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American Iron Magazine


American Iron Magazine: Readers know why we are the world's #1 best selling magazine for American motorcycles. Published every 4 weeks (13 big issues a year), we keep you up on everything you need to know about Harley and Indian motorcycles! We cover the entire riding experience for you. Subscribe today for the latest new motorcycle and product reviews, news and views, real world do-it-yourself tech, customs and classics, as well as great tours and event coverage.

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american iron

EDITOR IN CHIEF Buzz KanterEDITOR Steve LitaSteveL@AmericanIronMag.comART DIRECTOR Tricia SzulewskiASSISTANT EDITOR Stephen LongCLASSICS EDITOR Jim BabchakSKILLS EDITOR Don GomoWOMEN’S POV EDITOR Cris Sommer SimmonsONLINE MANAGER/DESIGNER Matt KopecCOPY EDITOR Keith Blair PowellCONTRIBUTING Markus Cuff,WRITERS Eric Ellis, Rick Fairless,“Panhead Jim” Mahaney,Chris Maida, Donny PetersenCONTRIBUTING Don Kates/Shooters Images,PHOTOGRAPHERS “Panhead Jim” Mahaney,Chris Maida, Mark VelazquezADVERTISING DEPARTMENTTerry O’Brien203/994-9518TerryO@TAMcommunications.comTony Frey605/645-6875TonyF@AmericanIronMag.comPRESIDENT/PUBLISHERBuzz KanterSENIOR VICE PRESIDENT/ASSOCIATE PUBLISHERGail KanterCREATIVE DIRECTORTricia SzulewskiSENIOR STAFF ACCOUNTANTClaudia GaravitoSTAFF ACCOUNTANTKathy GrecoADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANTRosemary CafarelliREADER SERVICES• On Line AIMag.com• Address Letters For PublicationLetters, American Iron Magazine, 1010 Summer St., Stamford, CT 06905E-mail Letters@AmericanIronMag.comInclude name and address. Letters may be edited.• Subscription ServicesWrite to American Iron Magazine, SubscriptionServices, PO Box 3000, Denville, NJ 07834.E-mail custsvc_ameriron@fulcoinc.com.• Back Issues (Digital & Print)Back Issues, American Iron Magazine, 1010 Summer St., Stamford, CT 06905Call 203/425-8777, ext. 114, Fax 203/425-8775, or buy directly…

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ride in peace, arlen ness

I was very aware of Arlen Ness and his many accomplishments long before we met in the early 1990s. I was honored to introduce him, quoting from Tim Remus’ excellent book about Arlen, at his induction into the Sturgis Hall of Fame. I had bought this magazine a year or two earlier and was a bit awestruck by Arlen. On the other hand, Arlen was humble, polite, and friendly, characteristics I have always associated with him since. And that wasn’t just his public persona—I can’t ever remember seeing him acting counter to those values.As a young man, long before he got involved in motorcycling, Arlen worked as a pinsetter in a local bowling alley. A fun fact is that Arlen, as a semiprofessional bowler, earned enough money knocking down pins…

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big wheel keep on turning

You know the song lyric, I’m sure, but the title of the tune is not Big Wheel. The actual title is Proud Mary, in reference to a riverboat. It was written by John Fogerty and first performed by his band Creedence Clearwater Revival in 1969. One year later, the popular, upbeat version by Ike and Tina Turner was released. And since then it’s said that over 100 artists have covered it, even Leonard Nimoy and Elvis. But, frankly, I’m partial to the Tina Turner version. Now that I have you humming Proud Mary to yourself, read on.I’ve mentioned my Daytona Bike Week adventure in a couple of my editor’s columns recently. And there’s a full story on the horizon. But I thought I’d write about a particular Bike Week fashion…

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arlen is my elvis

Hey, y’all! Like thousands of others around the world, I was extremely saddened to learn of the passing of my friend Arlen Ness. As a teenager growing up in Irving, Texas, motorcycles were the most important thing. My love for motorcycles is what drives my life. Back then, motorcycles monopolized my days (still do). They ranked right up there with chasing girls and trying to score some beer! (Not so much on the girls or beer anymore!) One of the best days of my life was when I took a girl with me to the flat track races on my Honda CL100 on a Friday night, and the beer vendor sold us beer even though we were underage—it was a huge night! (In Texas then you had to be 18…

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quoted & noted

Wheels Through Time renamed Dale’s Wheels Through Time MuseumWHEELS THROUGH TIME—AKA THE MUSEUM That Runs—has announced that it is updating its name in honor and recognition of museum founder and curator, Dale Walksler. The new name will be Dale’s Wheels Through Time Museum. Coinciding with the name change will be a new logo and branding, as well as new and updated merchandise. Beginning over 50 years ago, Dale set out with a vision to create and establish a collection that would preserve the history of American transportation. After 24 years as a successful Harley-Davidson dealer, Dale made a move to Maggie Valley, North Carolina, and has spent the last 17 years shaping the museum into a world-class institution. The museum now boasts over 375 of the country’s rarest and most…

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arlen ness at the quail motorcycle gathering

LAST YEAR, THE RENOWNED QUAIL MOTORCYCLE Gathering in Carmel, California, featured a very special collection of custom motorcycles. The special guests were motorcycle royalty: the Ness boys. Arlen, Cory, and Zach were awarded a joint distinction, the 2018 Legend of the Sport. Each of the three displayed some of the custom work that is usually on display in their Dublin, California, museum. You’re familiar with the Ness addition to many of their custom builds, and the display bikes were no different. The collection included the Art Deco-inspired SmoothNess and the wavy Curvaceous-Ness. Curvaceous-Ness has even been featured in the Smithsonian’s Design Museum.Being awarded the Legend of the Sport honor with his son and grandson is just one of the myriad awards Arlen earned in his life. And the collection at…