The Café Racer is Making a Comeback in America

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July 19, 2011 | By: Patrick Garvin

The café racer got its start in Europe in the early 1960s, making its way across the pond later in that decade, and eventually catching on with a few factories in the U.S. Even Harley-Davidson gave it a shot in 1977 with the XLCR. But the AMF-built bike was pretty much ignored in showrooms and quickly vanished from the H-D lineup. Unlike the Beatles and Stones, the café racer trend in America was short-lived.

Then a new craze smacked America upside the head in the late ’80s and early ’90s with bikers morphing their motorcycles into grossly overpriced machines where functionality took a back seat to the largest back tire … Continue Reading

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New Publication has Fix-it Tips, Products, Discounts and Coupons!

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May 11, 2011 | By: Angi Kearney

If you’re a motorcycle literature buff, you might have heard about a great new publication by the folks who bring you American Iron and American Iron Bagger magazines. American Iron Garage is the first magazine of its type, combining a “how-to” tutorial and a catalog filled with parts, discounts and coupons.

The first half of the publication features how-to articles on repairs and additions to a range of Harley-Davidson motorcycles — from installing Mustang seats to Vance & Hines air intake systems and exhaust systems, to Kuryakyn passenger pegs and a number of Roland Sands Design items. And all of it is clearly explained by the talented staff of American Continue Reading

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