January 22, 2011
Last year I was so gung ho to buy, build and ride my 1915 Harley-Davidson across the US on the Motorcycle Cannonball. I knew it would literally be the ride of a lifetime. And what a great time I had doing it.
Most Harley magazine editors can only hope to be able to cover an event like that. I was the only Harley magazine editor to actually live and ride it, and on my own motorcycle that I had help build.
Along the way I had more fun, adventure and challenges than anyone could ask for in a decade of riding. If you did not get enough detail here on this site then I suggest you might consider buying some old copies of American Iron Magazine, where I documented the buy, build and ride over six or seven consecutive issues.
After many “technical difficulties” along the 2400 miles that I rode Selma, I finally pulled out 3 days shy of the end with no ignition when my last spare magneto crapped out somewhere in New Mexico. I had already seized the motor once and nearly blown it up and rebuilt another time but with no magneto I was out.
Selma and I were truely exhausted. I said good bye to all my new and old friends on the ride and flew home the next day. Selma made her way back in a truck a week or so later. Since then she has sat quietly in the corner of my garage waiting her turn on the lift.
That was in September, 2010. It is now the middle of January 2011 and I am only now starting to get inspired to rebuilding Selma and getting her back into roadworthy condition. Yesterday I called Competition Distributing, with the first of several parts orders, including a few parts that were worn out, and a rod to the compression release that broke. When they arrive in a few days I might finally be in the spirit of bringing Selma back to where she belongs.
Still burned out from the trip and surrounded with a couple of feet of snow on the ground, I am in no hurry, but I feel I do need to start one of these days soon.
Selma is registered and insured so I might as well get her back up and running and surprise a few more people seeing some yuppie looking Harley magazine editor ride by on a bike older that they have ever seen.
October 31, 2010
American Iron Magazine is the best selling Harley-oriented magazine in the world for a reason. And we usually offer a good deal to subscribe ($24.95 for 12 issues that sell for $5.99 each on the newsstand). But, until Dec 31, 2010 we are offering a special deal to encourage new readers to subscribe.
You can buy or extend your own subscription to American Iron Magazine at the standard rate of $24.95 for one year and buy 2 gift subscriptions to new subscribers for $24.95 total – or half price of our standard subscription rate.
There are a few simple rules for this Harley magazine offer – US delivery only, offer expires Dec 31, 2010 and the 2 half price gift subscriptions are for new subscribers only.
Click on Harley Magazine Subscription Deal to sign up and take advantage of this limited time offer.
March 11, 2010
In case you did not know, in addition to running this Classic American Iron Magazine and Classic American Iron Forum, we also run the American Iron Harley forum and publish American Iron Magazine, the world’s best selling Harley Magazine, and RoadBike, an all brands motorcycle cruiser and tourer magazine.
We have recently upgraded the American Iron Magazine web site and would like to invite you to check it out. While American Iron Magazine focuses mostly on newer Harleys and other American V-twins, we feature at least one classic Harley or Indian motorcycle every month.