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Founded in 1989, American Iron Magazine has grown into the world's best selling Harley magazine. a new issue every four weeks (13 a year) cover American motorcycle reviews, news , events and custom bikes. it's mission is to educate, inform and entertain Harley enthusiasts.
Harley-Davidson unveiled two new Sportsters, the Iron 1200 and the Forty-Eight Special, and it has shared two separate videos for each bike. Check them out below.
The Harley-Davidson Iron 1200 Sportster
Since we started reporting on the goings on at Chaos Cycle, we’ve made it clear that shop owner George Stinsman had made it clear that the vision for this build was to turn a good-not-great Dyna Super Glide into a super street tracker. He envisioned a bike that could tear up the streets of New York just as well as it could escape the city and prowl the back roads quaint mountain towns. Of course, a Dyna provided him the perfect canvas.
What better way to make the beast’s presence known than with a rapturous roar? For that, George selected MagnaFlow’s Riot 2-into-1 exhaust system. The MagnaFlow exhaust puts power to pavement with a noted boost in the performance and, of course, sound. George then dialed in and tuned the 1584cc Twin Cam 96 with a Vance & Hines Fuelpak.
The powerful 1 3/4″ to 2″ to 2 1/4″ stepped, stainless steel head pipes come equipped with a durable non-bluing Magna-Black coating and 12mm and 18mm O2 sensor ports. This is a stylish piece of equipment, helping George to accomplish two feats in one: attaining the brawling street tracker style and all the extra power to match.
So far we’ve chronicled the Memphis Shades Café Fairing, Ridewright 40-Spoke Wheels, Twin Power Chain Conversion, and Saddlemen Eliminator Tracker Tail installs on AIMag.com, but there’s plenty more premium parts we haven’t mentioned yet. By the time you see everything that’s on this bike you’ll be chomping at the bit to have it in your garage. And you can. There’s still time to get your tickets for a chance to win as the drawing isn’t until March 17, 2018, in Daytona Beach. Tickets are available at OfficialBikeWeek.com for $50 each with a maximum of 4,500 tickets being sold. Buy two tickets and you get one free, and your odds of winning get incrementally better. The winner of last year’s Official Bike Week Motorcycle, Rick Claar of Virginia Beach, bought two tickets and he’s glad he did because it was his second ticket that hit. Good luck. See you on the sunny beaches in Daytona!
In issues #355 and #356 of American Iron Magazine, we installed a S&S Easy Start Gear Drive Cam Chest Kit in a 2006 Road King that already had a new S&S performance air cleaner and exhaust system. We told you at that time we were running this series slightly different than we normally do by showing you the cam installation, the third and fourth part of the series, first, and that we would do the new S&S air cleaner and exhaust system in separate future issues. We, of course, had installed and tested the air cleaner first, followed by the exhaust system before the cams went in, but we wanted to run the camshaft articles first this time around. Well, it’s time to do the air cleaner install, complete with the dyno chart.
What we bolted onto our test Road King was a S&S Stealth air cleaner kit with chrome Domed Bobber cover. This kit fits all 1999-2006 CV carb-equipped engines, and 2001 and later Delphi EFI-equipped engines, except 1999 Softails and all throttle-by-wire bikes. As you’ll see in the accompanying photos and captions, this is an easy air cleaner to install, and it looks great on the bike!
Since this air cleaner helped move much more air through the engine than the stock unit, we also had to adjust the engine’s air/fuel mixture settings using a Dynojet’s Power Vision fuel tuner. The Power Vision is an easy system to use to access all the parameters you need to dial in the bike’s air/fuel mixtures. The Power Vision can be used for any modification you want to make to the engine, be it a minor upgrade like an air cleaner or a major one like increasing the engine’s displacement.
As for who did the installation for us, we went to the same excellent shop that did the two-part camshaft installs in this series and many of our performance builds, Rob’s Dyno Service. Dan took great care of us and installed the air cleaner. Rob then tuned our bike and ran our dyno tests.
This year marks the 77th anniversary of Daytona Bike Week, which means there is another opportunity for one lucky rider to win a custom Harley-Davidson, bought, built, and presented by American Iron Magazine. The Daytona Chamber of Commerce once again approached AIM to build and promote the official Harley-Davidson of Bike Week, hoping to continue the success of 2017’s fully customized 2010 Ultra built by Street Stuff in Norwich, Connecticut. This year, American Iron partnered with Chaos Cycle, owned and operated by George Sinsman in Long Island, New York, and the results are nothing short of tremendous.
Having gone with a bagger last year, AIM decided to pare down the look of this year’s offering, with an eye toward current trends in the industry. Editor Steve Lita got his hands on a 2010 Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide. Chaos Cycle’s George wanted to deliver the “New York Hardcore” treatment by giving the stock Super Glide a street tracker makeover, and he transformed it into a bike meant to be ridden fast and hard. His work is a bona fide success.
To read our full review of the 2018 Daytona Bike Week Motorcycle pick up issue 360 of American Iron Magazine. This issue hits newsstands on February 27. Or you can download it instantly TODAY online by clicking DIGITAL DOWNLOAD.
At American Iron Garage we applaud the do-it-yourselfer—the guy tucked away in his garage or basement or shed modifying his bike with his own two hands. There’s nothing like doing some mods to your bike to personalize it. And the fact that you did it yourself somewhat guarantees nobody else’s bike will be just like yours.
However, there’s a lot to be said for well-designed, prefitted kits, too. They offer fewer headaches, easier installation, less time off the bike, and sometimes cost less than trying to fabricate something from scratch.
Enter this Harley-Davidson Café Custom Tail section for 2010 and later XL883N, XL1200CX, XL1200N, XL1200V and XL1200X Sportster models. Everything comes in the box to convert your plain-Jane, all-too-common-looking Sporty into a solo seat-equipped customized café bike.
The kit is available unpainted or prepainted in a variety of factory Harley finishes. The first one to go on the market was the Vivid Black version, so that’s what we requested from The Motor Company. See the sidebar for a complete list of the available custom colors.
Harley likens the look of this bump-tail to Sportster-based racing and performance bikes of the ’60s and ’70s, such as the iconic 1977-78 Harley-Davidson XLCR Café Racer model. Personally, I don’t think it looks exactly like the XLCR (a favorite bike of mine), but it absolutely presents the highly popular modern café theme.
This kit quickly converts your Sporty to a single seater, so you can dump the rear passenger footpegs for a cleaner look. Just add some lower handlebars and mid- or rear-set foot controls, and you’ll immediately have a more aggressive riding posture.
This tail section is completely bolt-on; no cutting, welding, or frame modifications. Just a few hand tools were all that was needed, so put the torches away. Also, the installation is reversible, so you can easily convert your bike back to the stock look if you desire. Overall, the installation was a snap and didn’t take long at all.
A side benefit of installing this kit is the one-year limited warranty on accessory parts offered by Harley-Davidson.
The Women’s Coalition of Motorcyclists (WCM) announces the newly elected Board of Directors for the 2018-2021 term. The elections were held during the month of December 2017. The newly elected members of the board include: Dangerously “DP” Persistent as board chair, Ermalisa “fearLESS” Jackson as recording secretary, Lisa Malachowsky as industry liaison, and Tai Day as secretary treasurer.
DP and Tai are re-elected members of the board and delighted to continue to fuel the future of motorcycling by helping to create more scholarships, more industry connections, and improving the WCM financial standing. They look forward to working with the new members of the board, Ermalisa Jackson and Lisa Malachowsky.
Jackson will join the Board as Recording Secretary. She brings over 20 years of administrative experience, a passion for motorcycling, and the desire to raise awareness and exposure to the sport of motorcycling by connecting existing and new riders with the appropriate resources and opportunities.
Malachowsky brings a deep background to the position of industry liaison after working at motorcycle dealerships, a helmet manufacturer, and aftermarket accessory companies. Lisa is a lifelong rider who has given back to the motorcycling community through event coordination. Lisa will also be focused on general fundraising and building the visibility of WCM among the OEM industry.
Reelected members include: Cris Baldwin as vice chair, Syl Salenius as corresponding secretary, and Maggie McNally as social media manager. WCM expects to move the industry forward by promoting female riders as an integral part of the overall powersports product direction. The female ridership component is the only area where tremendous growth can happen if appropriately served.
Portland’s Premiere Moto Show Never Disappoints
By Bryan Harley
The paned windows of a dilapidated industrial building in a sleepy Portland district flickered with newfound life, ignited by the din of a thousand conversations filling its chambers and an incessant flow of people through its doors. The 100-year-old foundry was an ideal backdrop for The One Moto Show, a showcase of craftsmanship, ingenuity, and fabricating skills. The entry line stretched from the chain-link fence surrounding the building the adjacent street as approximately 15,000 fans filtered in over a three-day period to check out the curious collection of customs, curios, moto-themed artwork, and photography. Show organizers See See Motorcycles says approximately 164 bikes were entered in the show, a loose number because “some builders snuck in more than one.” Just inside its doors, an immaculate 1937 Knucklehead with a 1930 sidecar sat front and center, while not 40 feet away was Suicide Machine Company’s carbon fiber-clad Street 750 flat tracker. This diversity makes The One special, and never knowing what you were going to see around the next corner added an extra layer to the 2017 experience. When you’d pick a favorite, you’d walk into the next room and fall in love with another.
Matt Harris of .40 Cal Customs award-winning 1923 JD Harley-Davidson racer called the “Tennessee Waltz.”
While singling out one motorcycle in a building filled with exemplary builds is nigh impossible, show founder Thor Drake presented Matt Harris of .40 Cal Customs “The One Show Award” for his 1923 JD Harley-Davidson racer called the “Tennessee Waltz.” Harris’ metal shaping skills are evident in the aluminum bodywork surrounding the 1923 flathead nestled in a handbuilt frame, from the twin-saddle tanks to the purpose-built shrouds shielding the bar and downtube to the dorsal finned tail section. It’s easy to envision this thing on the Salt, Harris reaching under the seat to grab another gear while manipulating the rear-set foot clutch with his right foot as its twin all-white Coker tires spit up salt. This beautiful build has indeed been Bonneville-tested, as Harris squeezed 89 mph out of a 74″ engine with a three-speed tranny and 9 hp.
“The [.40 Cal Custom build] seemed to permeate the spirit of the The One Moto Show the most. The 1923 JD Harley-Davidson was built to race and built to break records on the salt flats of Bonneville and built to be ridden. Congrats to Matt and all of the other award-receiving builds,” stated the One crew.
Sosa’s custom Knuck
An equally deserving build sat not far away, Christian Sosa’s low-slung Knuckle-powered creation with a stout leaf spring fork. The fact that you could barely get close to this bike due to the crowd constantly surrounding it, coupled with the fact that we kept gravitating back to it like moths to a flame, is a testament to the caliber of work that went into it. From the beads of the welds on the handcrafted frame to the flawless shaping of the fuel and oil tanks, Sosa is indeed a master of his craft. His attention to detail is over the top, from the one-off cast brackets connecting the tanks and backbone to the plunging rod running through the tank to the cylinder head. The rod is part of his intricate system of universal swivel joints, homemade gears, mounts and rods that make up the bike’s throttle linkage, Sosa’s crowning achievement on this build.
(From left to right: 1959 Panhead, an Amen Savior frame chopper, & Iron Society’s ’55 Pan Shovel.)
On the opposite end of the spectrum to .40 Cal Customs and Sosa Metal Works vintage vibe, Denver-based Threepence tapped into current trends with its dressed 1981 Ironhead. Though the bike’s style is current, Threepence deserves props for dressing out a Sportster instead of the more commonplace Dyna. With its tall risers tucked neatly behind a club-style fairing, a tail trimmed down to next to nothing, a sweet diamond-stitched leather seat and shiny chromed pipes, Threepence’s “The Fixer” looks primed to loft its front Lyndall wheel skyward. The bike’s split rocker boxes have been rounded out cleanly and a Ribsey air cleaner from Boyle Custom Moto dresses up the old Ironhead. Then there’s the paint. The airbrushing job by Joshua at The Forge and the generous amount of gold flake dazzles the senses.
Threepence’s ’81 Ironhead
Further demonstrating to what extremes the Sportster platform can be taken was Gary Winebrenner’s 1957 “Newton” chopper. Talk about a garage build. The 1957 Ironhead engine rests in Winebrenner’s rigid square loop frame with a homemade leaf spring backbone. Automotive-looking side panels are bolted to the frame and double as rear-axle supports. The tank is mounted below the super-stretched neck. It has what Winebrenner dubs Cadillac ride suspension, runs Halibrand Magnesium Dragster Wheels from back in the day, and has only a rear brake run off the bars. A bucket housing from Peterbilt holds the twin headlights in place. The placard accompanying the bike states it was built to test Newton’s Laws, and we believe it. Winebrenner’s originality did not go unnoticed as he was presented the “Style for a Mile” award from the Icon1000 team.
Being a Portland-based business, Icon had an undeniable presence at the One, filling a corner of the foundry with edgy, in-house customs. The avant-garde gear manufacturer hosted a VIP/builder lounge in an old locker room tucked into a corner of the second floor, complete with an Evel Knievel pinball machine and PBR flowing from a makeshift bar in an old shower room. Saturday night, Bud Adams of HamaHama Oyster Co. was serving up freshly shucked fresh oysters out of this shower room, the oddity of the arrangement quintessentially Portlandic. With its multitude of sights and sounds, the 2017 One Moto Show served up a heap of sensory overload. Cheers and laughter erupted from the room hosting the electric mini-bike races. People squeezed in tightly around the makeshift race course constructed of plywood pressboard planks as each round four racers were pulled from the crowd to battle on a beer-sodden track. More often than not the rider who washed out the most received the loudest applause.
Every wall of the old foundry was kaleidoscopic, from black and white photos of past Pacific Northwest TT and motocross races, to a collage of prints from the always offbeat Dirt Quake event, to the haunting death-faced
Christian Sosa of Sosa Metal Works
Two bearded buds yuck it up! Commonplace at The One.
boardtracker of Christopher Galley’s Holeshot painting. Music streamed from the stage in a corner of the grand ballroom, from hard-charging, guitar-driven riffs to tambourine-tappin’ ’70s-style psychedelia.
On Sunday, the show culminated in some serious bar-banging action. For the second year in a row, The 1 Pro flat track races went down at Salem Speedway, with skill levels ranging from pro to the always entertaining super hooligan races. Intensity levels amped up this year because The 1 Pro was the first race in the newly founded 10-round RSD Super Hooligan National Championship Series. The snarl of angry exhaust began bellowing from the bowels of Salem Speedway early and lasted all day, as approximately 2,000 race fans gathered to witness the spectacle.
A $6,000 purse in the Pro main attracted plenty of Pacific Northwest A-listers, from Davis Fisher to Slammin’ Sammy Halbert. While Halbert shot off to a strong start, Jeffrey Carver was not to be denied this day as he carved through traffic, into the lead, and never looked back. Carver also won the Pro Dash for Cash, making it a clean sweep at the second annual The 1 Pro races.
In the Super Hooligan main event, riders stampeded like bulls into the first turn. Chris Wiggins was indeed a Speed Merchant as he made a mad dash to the first corner, the amateur rider beating the pros out for the $300 K&N Holeshot award. After that, though, the skill set of AMA Pro rider Halbert started to shine as he snatched the lead and held it to the wire, pocketing the $250 bonuses from both Dunlop and Bell Helmets. Halbert roasted the tire of his Roland Sands Design (RSD) Indian Scout Sixty hooligan bike at the end of his victory lap much to the delight of the crowd.
Somehow, Thor Drake and the See See team keep finding ways to make each One Moto Show more memorable than the last. Even Drake admitted that outdoing the spectacle that was the 8th annual show will be a difficult task as it’s one-and-done for the building that hosted it this year. But if there’s anyone who can pull it off, it’s the sly See See fox with the sweet ‘stache.
America’s most unique motorcycle race – the bigger, better and faster Harley-Davidson TT presented by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys at Daytona – is set to dramatically expand its fan-friendly flavor on March 15, 2018, with the addition of several exciting new features. These include pit-road bleacher seating (see yellow area on map, above), which gets fans across the Speedway’s legendary tarmac and up close and personal to the TT action, and a multifaceted, family friendly UNOH (University of Northwestern Ohio) Fanzone in the legendary Daytona International Speedway infield, which incorporates vintage bike displays, a Harley-Davidson stunt show, and much more.
Of course, just as at last year’s inaugural Daytona TT, there will also be an hour-long and fan-friendly rider autograph signing session in the paddock garages from 4:30 to 5:30 pm. This is an exclusive opportunity for fans to check out the amazing AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines and AFT Singles machinery, and get up close and personal with the riders.
Perhaps the coolest thing about the UNOH Fanzone is that everyone’s invited! It’s true. Anyone with a Reserved Grandstand ticket or a General Admission ticket ($30 pre-order, $40 day of race – and kids under 12 are free) will be able to walk across Daytona’s famed tri-oval asphalt to get to the infield UNOH Fanzone, which will feature a host of cool attractions including live music from two different bands, plenty of motorcycle-specific vendors, the aforementioned Harley-Davidson stunt show, a kids area, plenty of unique food and drink options, and two separate vintage bike displays.
The first of these is a vintage and antique race bike display from 20th Century Racing featuring Harley-Davidson and Indian Motorcycle board track racers from the 1920s, Class-C hand-shift racers from the ’30s and ’40s, and Bultaco ‘trackers from the 1960s. The second display comes from the Antique Motorcycle Club of America’s (AMCA) Central Florida Sunshine chapter and features a host of machines 35 years and older. So whatever your tastes you’re bound to find something that tickles your two-wheeled funny bones.
Trackside seating for the March 15 Harley-Davidson TT Presented by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys at Daytona is general admission ($49 pre-order, $59 day of race) and available on a first-come/first-served basis. The views from Daytona International Speedway’s pit road bleachers are unmatched, and will keep you close to the on-track action and the paddock.
There are also two VIP ticket options for the Daytona TT. The first features access to the Daytona 500 Club, which offers exemplary views of the DAYTONA TT course from a luxury suite high above the track, and includes flat screen TVs, exclusive rooftop seating, dinner, all-day snacks and beverages (including beer and wine), priority parking and a souvenir event program.
The second VIP option features access to the Rolex 24 at Daytona Lounge, and includes premium hospitality for individuals or small groups. Amenities include climate-controlled lounge seating, flat screen TVs, WiFi, all-day snacks, a premium bar, and premium parking. You can also step outside the lounge and enjoy general admission seating with spectacular views of the Daytona TT action.
Whichever ticket package you choose, do not miss the action at this year’s Harley-Davidson TT Presented by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys at Daytona. Featuring the resumption of the Harley-Davidson and Indian Motorcycle wars of 2017 in AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines, the action-packed AFT Singles competition, and a redesigned race track featuring wider and faster corners and 150-foot jump section, the DAYTONA TT is sure to launch American Flat Track’s 2018 season with a major bang.
Gates open at 1:00, with practice at 2:00 sharp. Opening ceremonies are at 6:00, with racing starting at 6:30. Don’t miss it!
Get your tickets for the Bigger, Better and Faster Harley-Davidson TT presented by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys at Daytona on March 15, 2018, at Daytona International Speedway. General Admission tickets start at just $30, and are on sale now via the Speedway’s website at or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.
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