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American Iron Garage March/April 2017

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.
small business shout-out

@TylerGreenblatt I HAD A GREAT EXPERIENCE RECENTLY WITH A SHOP THAT’S BEEN TURNING OUT custom-built sissybars for over a decade now, Ginz Choppers, which you can see being installed on page 74. Several aspects made working with Ginz a positive experience, and I think indicative of many manufacturers in the American V-twin industry. First, the sissy bar was insanely easy to install. It was obvious that they had done their homework to ensure the proper fitment for my specific bike. The second is that each sissybar is hand-fabricated to the buyer’s specs; there aren’t hundreds of the exact same thing sitting on a ware- house shelf, and I’m unlikely to park next to someone with my exact setup. And, lastly, owner Gin contacted me around the time my sissybar was sup-posed…

3 min.
just in case

OVER MANY YEARS OF RIDING, RACING, WRENCHING, AND GOING TO motorcycle events, I’ve learned that sometimes the unexpected hap-pens. Accidents happen, whether you’re on the road, at a bike show, or in your garage, and you may need medical attention and to have someone notify a loved one. It can even be something nonmotorcycle-related such as an allergic reaction. In any case, you’ll need a quick response by those around you, as it may save your life. Accidents happen, whether you’re on the road, at a bike show, or working in your garage Oh, you say that won’t happen? Hopefully it wasn’t, but, it’s best to be pre-pared Just In Case! Let me tell you about what happened to me. I was lucky because I was able to get up and get…

2 min.
letters

Garage@AmericanIronMagazine.com Night And Day This salvaged 2007 Harley Nightster received a facelift. I always wanted to do a partial rebuild of a Harley-Davidson, and I finally got the chance. When I found this salvaged bike, the story was that it had been laid down and sustained substantial damage, though it was in good mechanical condition. Check your local state regulations for paperwork involved in titling a salvaged bike. In most cases, it is proving purchase/ownership and general repair proof that major components did not come from stolen motorcycles. In my rebuild, I replaced the top clamp/speedo with a top clamp from Joker Machine, Ryca Mo-tors clubman handlebars, Russ Wernimont Designs (RWD) mirrors, Arlen Ness grips and pegs, Saddlemen solo leather seat. I also extended the radius of the rear fender by…

6 min.
barnyard build

MUCH IS MADE OF THE HOME MECHANIC—hell, you’re holding a whole magazine dedicated to it—and there’s good reason for that. As the home builders go, so too does the growth of the sport we’re so passionate about. Availability of resources, budget, creative direction, taste, climate—these are just some of the multitude of factors that shape a build. Ultimately, it comes down to the sheer will to get the damned thing finished. Often times, this calls for improvisation and invention, some-thing garage wrenches know all about, and George Kiser’s Sportster exemplifies both the hard work and the satisfying results of a garage build. Or, as George remarks, “not even a garage build. This is a woodshed build.” Hailing from Virginia, in the backwoods where some-times miles can separate neighbors, George proclaims himself…

4 min.
vintage vibe

WHEN HARLEY-DAVIDSON INTRODUCED the world to the Softail frame in 1984, it immediately caught the attention of vintage bike fans. It was a nod to a simpler time, before H-D incorporated rear suspension into its bikes. With its hidden rear suspen-sion and unique frame, the Softail was designed to mimic the lines of the MoCo’s first rigid motorcycles. Since its intro-duction, the Softail has garnered a huge following not only because of its classic-looking chassis but because it’s such a versatile platform that can be customized into just about any style. The Softail really shines, however, when done up in a classic, old-school style. This is especially true when the starting point of the project is a Softail Deluxe. That brings us to Joe Greco and his custom Deluxe you…

4 min.
with one foot “on the pegs”

YES, YOU READ THE TITLE OF THIS STORY correctly. Jake York was 18 when he started building this 2006 Titan bobber about three years ago. He wasn’t even of legal drinking age! (He’s 21 now.) Before you hear the whole story about Jake’s childhood and what his life was like growing up, the first part of his tale will probably make you think that he was predestined to cus-tomize his own Harley before hitting his 20s. You probably wouldn’t have been surprised if he started before his teens. But that’s not the case. In fact, after hearing everything from start to finish, we bet that he would’ve started building much earlier than 18 if things had been different. The story revolves around Jake’s late father. Jake’s dad had his own Harley, a…