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American Iron Garage November/December 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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4 min.
thrill of the chase

Whether you’re starting a bike build or hunting for that elusive period-correct vintage part, nobody can deny there’s pent-up excitement that comes along with doit- yourself bike building. I can’t imagine one would get the same feeling if you had abundant resources (aka a fat wallet or blank check) and just called a builder and said, “Build me something.” For this, I pity the wealthy. The seller closed it out with a jovial remark about how his wife told him “either the bike goes—or I go I’m talking about the search that happens before the excitement of owning your next project. Whether scrolling through the seemingly endless duplicate auctions on eBay (why do those people list the same exact item 52 times?), or the search of your local and neighboring communities on…

3 min.
man’s best friend

Many of us have furry, faithful friends walking around our homes—our dogs! We feed them the best food, take them to the veterinarian, and play with them in the yard. Then at night they sit by us while we watch TV and relax together at the day’s end. But do we really watch them while we are in our shop or garage? There are so many dangers that we may never consider. Antifreeze has a sweet taste, so make sure your dog is not in the area while you change your antifreeze. 1. While working in the shop we usually have water or drinks in the refrigerator. Be sure you also have a clean bowl with water for your dogs, too! 2. There are many poisonous chemicals in our garages. Antifreeze has a sweet…

3 min.
on to the next

@MilwaukeeBenny A couple of weekends ago, I was fortunate enough to attend Fuel Cleveland with my brother-in-law and one of my best friends. My brother-in-law rode in from Milwaukee, and my buddy and I blasted off from Pittsburgh after our workday was done. I didn’t really know what to expect with this show, besides the obvious plethora of handbuilt motorcycles. Prior to the show I hooked up with a few friends that I had not seen in quite a while and caught up a little bit, which is always nice. Going around from swap to swap and show to show you meet many different people, and often times don’t get to catch up until events like this come around again. Sometimes all you need to get motivated for something new is a…

4 min.

Garage@AmericanIronMagazine.com The Few, The Proud Here is my 2007 H-D Springer Classic FLSTSC with 48,262 miles on her. I bought her brand new on July 17, 2007; the factory color is called Olive Pearl, and per H-D customer service there were only 145 made in that solid color, out of 2,581 manufactured in 2007. More than half of the all Olive Pearl-colored versions were shipped to about four or five different countries. The rest remained here in the US and I have one! She’s won 102 various awards and trophies to date, the most presti-gious of which being the Willie G. Choice Award that I won on in 2015 at the H-D Museum in Milwaukee, plus I took a first place in my class, stock Big Twin. It was a day that…

4 min.
from instagram to the garage

The power of social media is undeniable. All within the confines of your own home (or wherever the hell you are when you’re socializing online), you can do the following: see motorcycles from around the world (and, bet-ter yet, troll bike posts you think are lame), interact with and follow big-name builders for the latest news (or stalk them, depending on the severity of your attentiveness), and share Harley builds you like (especially showcasing your own custom-made masterpieces). But what if I told you that social media—or, to be more precise, Instagram—could be responsible for the creation of sweet builds like this 2001 Iron 883 Sportster bobber? Confused? Let me explain. In 2014, Eric Valencia of Pinetop, Arizona, hadn’t owned a Harley, let alone wrenched one. But that didn’t mean he didn’t want…

5 min.
sharp-dressed indian!

Remember that defining moment in August 2013 when Polaris first entered, nay, leapt into the motorcycling scene by unleashing the Indian Chief-tain, Chief Classic, and Chief Vintage? It created a shock wave so intense it was felt across the entire industry. Michael Sheets of Montoursville, Pennsylvania, sure remembers it. He sure felt the brunt of that shock wave, too. From that day forward, Mike wanted nothing more than to upgrade his 2002 Suzuki Marauder VZ800 to an Indian. But there was a problem. “Indian only had variations of the Chief, which were a bit pricy,” Mike says, adding that this was especially the case then, seeing as he was just a fresh-out-of-college grad. But then something awesome hap-pened. Polaris unveiled its rendition of the Indian Scout. “I just knew that bike was it,” Mike…