July 16, 2015

1947 Indian Chief Motorcycle Back On The Road To Sturgis Rally

I (Buzz Kanter) have owned this bike for something like 25 years. I used to ride the wheels off this old Indian Chief, but then parked it about 10 years ago when I ran out of garage space.

1947 Indian Chief motorcycle in the American Iron Magazine parking lot

1947 Indian Chief motorcycle in the American Iron Magazine parking lot

A few weeks ago I pulled it out of storage and got it running. In fact I rode it to work today at the American Iron Magazine offices (see above).  I plan to ride it to Sturgis in a few weeks to celebraste Indian motorcycle’s role in the founding of the Black Hills Motor Classic – otherwise know as the Sturgis Rally.

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THE RIDE TO STURGIS: We will ride from the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, IA three days on the road to Sturgis. This is a free ride open to riders of all makes, models and years, but we ask that riders of Indian motorcycles (old or new) ride up front.

We meet at the National Motorcycle Museum for a welcome dinner and tour of the museum on Thursday, July 30th.

We roll out from Anamosa, IA the next morning (July 31) and cover roughly 300 miles on back roads to Spencer, IA for overnight.

The next morning (August 1) we ride anouther roughly 300 back roads miles to Winner SD for an overnight.

Then, the last day (Sunday, August 2) we ride the rest of the way to Sturgis, SD and plan to end at the Indian dealer in Sturgis.

THE INDIAN MOTORCYCLE & CLASSIC AMERICAN IRON BLACK HILLS RALLY: Then there is more fun at The Buffalo Chip where we will hold our FREE Indian Motorcycle & Classic American Iron Black Hills Rally on Tuesday, August 4. Registration opens around 9 am and the event starts at noon. Field events (kickstart, slow race, balloon toss, plank ride, etc) and bike show. The all-brands American bike show is sponsored by Dennis Kirk. Open to all years of Indians (old and new) and pre-1984 American motorcycles.

Sponsors include Indian Motorcycle, American Iron Magazine, Motorcycle Rides & Culture, Greaserag.com, Heather’s Leathers, National Cycles, Sturgis Vintage Cycles, Jerry Greer’s Engineering.

Please consider subscribing to American Iron Magazine in print or digital delivery.

Click on DIGITAL or PRINT for more information and our discount prices.

Filed under Classic Indian Motorcycle History, Events, News, Random Ideas by Buzz Kanter

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June 23, 2015

Indian Motorcycle & Classic American Iron Black Hills Sturgis Rally

Going to Sturgis this year for the 75th?

Looking for a fun and free event specifically for Indian motorcycles and older American motorcycles?

Check out the 2015 Indian Motorcycle & Classic American Iron Black Hills Rally.

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Many years ago we at American Iron Magazine put on events in Sturgis and Daytona for classic American iron riders. They were a lot of fun and very popular. After too many years of not holding these events we are resurrecting them for the 75th running of the Sturgis rally this year.

This year’s Indian Motorcycle & Classic American Iron Black Hills Rally will be held at the Buffalo Chip outside Sturgis, SD on Tuesday, August 4, 2015. This event is open to all riders of Indian motorcycles (old or new) and all pre-1984 American motorcycles. It includes a bike show and fun field events like the slow race, kickstart contest, plank ride and more.

Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Indian Motorcycle, American Iron Magazine, Motorcycle Rides & Cluture magazine, Dennis KirkJerry Greers Engineering, Heather’s Leathers, Kiwi Indian and Sturgis Vintage Cycles, this event is free to all to participate or just to watch the fun and see some great old motorcycles.

The gates open for the 2015 Indian Motorcycle & Classic American Iron Black Hills Rally at 9 am for free registration. The field events start around noon, and trophies will be awarded at 4 pm. Rain or shine!

The bike show, which is open to all years of Indian motorcycles as well as all pre-1984 American motorcycles, is sponsored by American Iron Magazine and Dennis Kirk. Some of the bikes will be photographed and featured in the pages of American Iron Magazine.

Please help share the information on this event with your fiends who might enjoy it. Thanks and we look forward to another wonderful classic bike event.

Please consider subscribing to American Iron Magazine (for less than $2 per issue vs $7 on the newsstand) to get a great read and support events like this: IN PRINT or IN DIGITAL

Filed under Events, History, Motorcycle Places, News, Random Ideas by Staff Report

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June 5, 2015

American Iron Garage All-Tech Harley Magazine

One of the articles in thenes issue of American Iron Garage, on sale now, is how the crew at Retro Cycle in Boonton, NJ worked to bering this 1930 Harley VL back to life after being stored in a heated basement for more than a decade.

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The techniques used are not unique to the VL  or even just flathead Harleys, but to most classic motorcycles. In addition the magazine is chock full of great tech, how-to and installs for Harleys old and new.

The magazine is available on line with digital delivery at http://www.zinio.com/www/browse/product.jsp… or in magazine stores everywhere.

1930 Harley VL Project Bike in American Iron Garage article on how to bring an old bike back to life.

1930 Harley VL Project Bike in American Iron Garage article on how to bring an old bike back to life.

Back issues of this All-Tech Harley magazine are available for sale st www.Greaserag.com, while supplies last.

Filed under Classic Harley History, Classic Motorcycle Maintenance, Restoration, Trike & Sidecar by Staff Report

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