August 23, 2016

Picking Classic Motorcycles & Antique Parts in A Basement

I was invited to check out these classic motorcycles and parts in a woman’s basement after her father passed away. She asked me to help identify the machines and parts and to give her an idea of the values.

No, I did not buy anything but I was more than a little tempted on a few of the motorcycles. Nice Harley Cafe Racer XLCR and I loved the pre-war Knucklehead and VL Harleys.

Filed under History, Motorcycles 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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August 23, 2014

1902 Steffey Antique Motorbike

Over the years I have become more fascinated with the very earliest motorcycles, or motorbikes really. This is the lastest one I am fortunate enough to acquire at a very reasonable price – a running, but unfinished 1902 Steffey motorbike.

1902 Steffey motorbike in a shipping crate

I purchased this 112 yea old motorbike from an enthusiast who specializes in them. He did a partial disassembly, crated it up and shipped it to me at the American Iron Magazine office, where I am the Editor-in-Chief.

I took off the top of the shipping carton and carefully lifed out most of the machine in one piece. The seat, front wheel and rear sand were separate and the handlebar was loose on the mounting stem.

Antique 1902 motorbike in “knocked down” condition for shipping. Sort of like a wonderful mechanical jigsaw puzzle.

Once I got it all out of the shipping carton I stabilized it on the removable rear display stand, set the handlebars, remounted the thumb bell and installed the front wheel with interesting front brake. Note the wheels and tires are much newer than the rest of the machine. This allows it to be ridden safely.

All reassembled and almost ready to ride this vintage motorbike.

I mounted the saddle, adjusted the headlight mounting and aligned all the parts and pieces for the photo above.

Other side of the 1902 Steffey motorcycle and my 1941 hot rod Chevy truck,

Basically it is a turn of the century bicycle with the Steffey 2-stroke clip on engine mounted. The fuel tank is mounted on the wodden rear fender behind the saddle.  To start it the rider pedals the bicycle pedals to gain speed, then ease on the wooden handle lever in the middle to add pressure to the belt that transfers movement from the rear wheel to the engine pulley to spin the engine over.

Close up of 1902 Steffey engine and battery box

Ignition is via a battery in the large battery tube behind the engine, fuel is via the tank over the rear fender, and the fuel is delivered by a very primitive mixer (so crude I would not call it a carburetor). And check out the wooden chain guard and flexible exhaust system!

Filed under History, Random Ideas by Buzz Kanter

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