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American Iron Garage January/February 2018

American Iron Garage: The ultimate do-it-yourself, tech and homebuilt motorcycle magazine. Looking to learn more about how to maintain and customize your own motorcycle? American Iron Garage is jam packed with great do-it-yourself tech and homebuilt custom motorcycles. Plus, easy to follow step by step how-to installs, maintenance tips, home garage tool reviews and safety features. A must read for the weekend wrench.

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4 min.
unfinished business

I just got a text from a friend in the midst of working a deal to buy an unfinished project bike. It’s a rigid Ironhead Sportster chopper with an extended springer front end and wire wheels. From the grainy cellphone shot he sent me it looks like the bike has no paint, and the tank (with obligatory see-through sight-window tubing) and rear fender are bare metal. ...could be a blessing or a curse, or a combination of the two There’s a tubular steel fabricated sissy bar and an ill-fitting seat, which bears a slight resemblance to a Softail seat you’d commonly find at a swap meet. The handlebars are straight dragbars, with controls in place, but apparently no cables, and there don’t seem to be any in-struments. The engine is bolted in…

3 min.
bearing down on your bling

It’s important to keep your bike clean and in working order. This makes your bike more reliable, but, more importantly, safe! But how well do you know your bike? This reminded me of something that happened at this year’s Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials. It’s important to know your bike and check it out before you ride I had just finished a run on the salt flats, returned to my pit area, and parked my bike on the blue tarp. For those that haven’t been to Bonne- ville, you place a tarp on the ground of your entire pit area. This serves two purposes: first, it protects the salt from any contamination from sources such as engine oil, chain lube, cleaners, and fuel. Second, the salt clings to every-thing—shoes, tires, tools, and other…

3 min.
old bikes yield new projects

In my last column I talked about how the building bug had gotten me pretty bad. Well, in true Chopping for Broke fash-ion, I went out looking for cheap, buildable Shovelheads. I had a couple of unpromising leads, and the prospect of finding a bike was starting to look a bit dim. Don’t get me wrong, there were plenty of bikes out there, but most of what was in my price range was pretty much just a titled frame and an engine, some with or without the transmission. From a builder’s standpoint, that really is all you need. But half of the fun of getting a new bike is tearing it down and learning every nook and cranny of your chopper-to-be. After a bit of looking I finally found my…

5 min.

Garage@AmericanIronMagazine.com Diggin’ The PrideI’m I’m especially proud of this bike. I restored it to its original mechanical condition and performed some custom work. I chose to set up the primary like a 1998 Evo, using the inner and outer primary as well as the clutch assembly; this just seems to work very well for my style of riding. My friend Tommy Hill at Pete Hill Mo-torcycle handled the electrical and wiring work. Thank you! Richard Robinson Via Internet Fueling The Artist’s Inspiration I am an artist from London. I usually do sculptures, but I found bike tanks really inspiring, so I am making tanks with my own style. I think each motorcycle is a piece of art, so why not go further and make it a masterpiece? I am from Bosnia and have lived in…

5 min.
like a bull

We think Kalan Adams’ 2013 Sportster Seventy-Two is trying to kill him. Either that, or the speed bump he and his Sporty hit while going 40 mph is trying to do the deed. Regardless of who is trying to do in whom, the com-bination of Harley and inclined pavement equaled Kalan flipping over his handlebars, “soaring through the air” (his words, not ours), and skidding about 20'-30' on the pavement. He didn’t even get road rash! What he did get, however, were the bones in his arm shoved upwards into his left hand, shattering it completely. The arm, as a result, was shattered also. (He additionally severed one of his nerves and tore three ligaments in his fingers.) Doctors ended up putting 14 pins in his left hand and implanting four bone…

5 min.
stitching goddess

Thank God for the Revved-Up Women Motorcycle Expo! We mean this in pretty much every way imaginable. For one thing, it puts a spotlight on the female riders and manufacturers of the world, all of whom play a crucial part in the motorcycling community. Secondly, if it weren’t for the expo, we may have never found this beautifully put-together 2015 Indian Scout built by Teresa Morgan from Blessing, Texas. Luckily, AIM’s Creative Director Tricia Szulewski was at that same gathering, and at one point she spotted the Scout amongst the sea of bikes. Turns out, Teresa was at the expo with her husband, Tom, and he, too, came astride an Indian, a 2015 Chieftain. But it was the Scout that caught Tricia’s attention. From her years as an art director, Tricia thought it…