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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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EDITOR IN CHIEF Buzz Kanter EDITOR Steve Lita ART DIRECTOR Tricia Szulewski ASSISTANT EDITOR Stephen Long CLASSICS EDITOR Jim Babchak SKILLS EDITOR Don Gomo WOMEN’S POV EDITOR Cris Sommer Simmons ONLINE MANAGER/DESIGNER Matt Kopec COPY EDITOR Keith Blair Powell CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Charley Charles, Chris Maida, Jordan Mastagni, Donny Petersen, Tim Remus, William Robinson, Wayne Scraba, Dr. Mark Stanley CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Jim Dohms, Bob Feather, Don Kates/Shooters Images, Chris Maida, Siwer Ohlsson, Dino Petrocelli Jr., Michael Porubek, Tim Remus ADVERTISING DEPARTMENT Terry O’Brien 203/994-9518 Tony Frey 605/645-6875 PRESIDENT/PUBLISHER Buzz Kanter SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT/ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER Gail Kanter CREATIVE DIRECTOR Tricia Szulewski SENIOR STAFF ACCOUNTANT Claudia Garavito STAFF ACCOUNTANT Kathy Greco ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT Rosemary Cafarelli…

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object of desire

Most Americans buy and ride the bikes we do because we find them fun, exciting, and they often lead to adventures. Each of us has his own idea of what’s cool — chopper, bobber, rat, classic, or bagger. Personally, I prefer older classic machines as I feel they ooze character (and usually some fluids, too) and take more skill to start and ride well. Over the years I have been fortunate to buy and sell some great classic motorcycles. But I’ve often had to sell one or more bike to finance and make room for another, better one. After 40 years of buying and selling motorcycles I sure have met some interesting people and heard all kinds of stories. I recently offered a rare 1942 Harley Knucklehead for sale on Facebook. It’s…

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present arms!

I conducted a little research while writing this column. The search results for the term salute produced countless pages of information and no less than 9,500 words describing salutes on Wikipedia. Well, we don’t have room for 9,500 words here, so I’ll wrap it up quickly. A salute is a gesture (or other action) used to display respect. Salutes are primarily associated with armed forces, but other organizations and civilians use salutes as well. The most common salute is a hand gesture or motion, but salutes can also be performed with flags, swords, rifles, airplanes flying over, or my favorite: canons! I recently witnessed a rifle salute at the funeral of a friend who was a veteran. And as if the occasion weren’t somber enough, and even though they were firing blanks…

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riders of a certain age

Years ago, a friend of mine sent me a quote by famous gonzo journalist and author Hunter S. Thompson from a book called The Proud Highway (Today, it’d be called a meme, but this was in the dawn of the Internet age. It was just a photo with a caption). I know you’ve probably seen it by now, since I’ve only noticed it about 5 million times on my social media newsfeeds, but it read: “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming ‘Wow! What a ride!’” When I was younger, that made perfect sense to me, but…

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quoted & noted

Registration Open for Motorcycle Kickstart Classic, October 8-11 THIS OCTOBER, OUR MOTORCYCLE KICKSTART Classic will connect a pair of amazing must-do motorcycle happenings with a great two-day back roads ride. We start at Dale’s Wheels Through Time museum ( in Maggie Valley, North Carolina, and end at the Tennessee Motorcycles & Music Revival at Loretta Lynn’s Dude Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee ( The Kickstart Classic is a fun event, put on by American Iron Magazine, Garage Build magazine and It is open to all makes, models, and years of motorcycles, sidecar rigs, and trikes. It is a casual and fun two-day ride of about 350 back roads miles total. “Typically we get close to 100 bikes,” Buzz Kanter explained. “The older kickstart bikes ride up front, and the newer ones…

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A Name to Remember I started riding in the late ’60s. I had some Hondas and then a Triumph; I got my first Harley in 1972. I bought several magazines: one I remember was Street Chopper. Arlen’s bikes were the ones that really got my attention. He was a good man and had a life to be proud of. Don Wisecarver Greenville, TN Keeps Me Hanging On I have been fighting lymphoma for three years, keeps coming back—but I’m still building bikes in my garage. Arlen was a great guy, I rode with him and Bev on a Edelweiss trip in Spain 15 years ago. They were stand-up, superior folks compared to most out there. Everything Rick captured in his column. Hugh McLaughlin Akron, OH Putting Our Lives into Words I’ve been meaning to drop Rick a few lines…