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American Iron Garage #319

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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3 min.
that’s gonna leave a mark

“…busted knucklew were just a part of the job” My wife, on the other hand, is a pro. And it freaks me out when I see her look away from the keyboard or the monitor and carry on a conversation with me while typing entirely different sentences on a word doc at 60-plus words per minute. It looks like a robotic scene from The Stepford Wives. It’s freaky. I bring this up now because I’m wincing every time I tap a key on my keyboard with the little finger of my left hand. It’s bandaged up thoroughly, and it’s difficult to bend at the joint near the tip. Gashed it pretty good working on my bike this past weekend. It was one of those situations where you know if the ratchet slips…

3 min.
windows to the soul. protect them.

…I’ll tell a story about a friend who lost vision in one eye One of the worst habits is careless eye safety! Eye safety always needs to be adhered to in your shop. Why? Over time, it’ll become habit. This habit of wearing safety glasses will seem more normal in your shop. Another good habit to develop? Washing your hands. While working with metal, shavings and abrasive dust accumulate in your garage. It’s so easy to get shavings or abrasive particles on your fingers or your gloves without realizing it. When some dust gets in your eye, you rub it, and that metal or abrasive debris is now in your eye. Therefore, it’s important to keep your hands clean while working in your garage. Before touching your eyes, remove any type of…

5 min.

Garage@AmericanIronMagazine.com Hannover Football Sporty I wanted a cool street tracker for around town, so I went for my very first Harley and transformed it. The paint is my favorite part of the bike. Most H-D riders are on a quest to “murder out” their rides: black on black on black. I wanted to go bright, shiny, and add a splash of color. It’s a ’96 883, with a Kerker 2-into-1 that confuses a lot of people. They say, “What is that? That doesn’t sound like a Harley.” Craig C. Submitted via GarageBuild.com Something Different I set out to build something different, something that not everyone has, and to honor my late father. Plus, I needed a reason to get back out and ride. It’s got all updated electronics, making it a cooler old bike. Powdercoated…

6 min.

The trauma that Wayne Dinges experienced is undeniable no matter how innocuous the circumstances may have been, which only exemplify the sheer magnitude of what occurred. Especially when considering the events that followed over the span of multiple years: the complete transformation of a 2001 Road King Classic—a bike Wayne had never planned on customizing. Wayne recounts the moment as though it were yesterday. “I’ve always loved the classic look of a bike,” he says. “But I soon found out a few weeks after buying my King that there are a lot of others who must, too.” It was, we imagine, a dark and stormy night when Wayne came to this realization. “I remember walking out of 7-11 and seeing another parked beside mine,” he says. “They looked exactly alike.” Cue ominous…

6 min.
exiled to the basement

Those of us who reside in the Northern Hemisphere share the misfortune of being more than mere acquaintances with nearly perpetual winter, unlike our southern friends living in areas that are much less susceptible to inclement weather. It’s during these snowy months when we Northerners are forced to put down the kickstand for what seems like an eternity. But we have endured! A resourceful bunch, we have made the best of these trying times by tinkering away in our garages. But not all of us are so lucky. Garages are a rare commodity for most people, and even those who may have one still find themselves in situations that force them to become even more resourceful by venturing into more unsavory spaces, like a basement. This happened to Peter Baldwin when chopping his…

7 min.
turbo sporty on the cheap

Variety, as they say, is the spice of life. Well, whoever “they” are, Bryce Schmidt of Salina, Kansas, definitely agrees with them. The stretched-out, mono-shocked, turbocharged Sportster you see here is a wild variation on a familiar platform; it exists because of Bryce’s quest to have as varied a custom motorcycle background as possible. “I originally built the bike in my home garage, but since then I’ve become an owner/operator of a custom motorcycle and repair shop called American Iron Cycle Works here in Salina,” says Bryce. “We get a lot of younger guys coming in, and they often start the conversation by saying, ‘I just picked up a bike, but you probably won’t think much of it because it’s not a Harley.’ I think everyone, in a way, is a Harley fan…