American Iron Magazine’s Kickstart Classic ride is less than three years old but is growing in popularity and fun. It is a two day ride motorcycle ride open to all makes, models and years of motorcycles. We prefer motorcycles with kickstarters, but electric start motorcycles are allowed too. They have to ride in the back to pick up any parts that fall off the older motorcycles up front.
The first Kickstart Classic was started by me (Buzz Kanter) and my friend Dale Walksler of Wheels Through Time museum in Maggie Valley.
It was a way to get some friends together to enjoy a couple of days of vintage motorcycle riding from Wheels Through Time down to the Barber Museum outside Birmingham, AL in 2011. I rode my 1936 Harley EL, first year Knucklehead.
We rode through some amazing twisty mountain roads outside of Maggie Valley and stopped every once in a while to check the bikes and socialize with other classic motorcycle enthusiasts along the way.
This first ride was so popular with the 40 riders they were asking about the when the next one would be before we finished the first one.
The second ride also started at Wheels Through Time and, sponsored by BAKER Drivetrain, it grew to about 70 riders. We rode from Wheels Through Time in Maggie Valley, NC to the AMCA (Antique Motorcycle Club of America) national motorcycle meet in Denton, NC.
I rode my shiny red dual-carb 1949 Harley Panhead hot rod.
The next Kickstart Classic is scheduled for May 15 & 16, 2013 from Charleston, SC to St. Augustine, FL. We pull into St. Augustine the day before the Riding Into History classic motorcycle show and charity fundraiser. Once again, this ride will be lead by Dale Walksler and me, and we are both honored to be the Grand Marshals of the Riding Into History event.
This May 2013 ride, sponsored by Spectro Oils, GEICO Insurance and American Iron Magazine, will likely have more older bikes than usual as we have invited all past Motorcycle Cannonball riders to join us on their actual Cannonball bikes. The 2010 ride was limited to 1915 and earlier motorcycles, and the 2012 ride allowed up to 1929 motorcycles.
There is a special Motorcycle Cannonball display area at this year’s Riding Into History event. I plan to ride my 1929 Harley JDH “Two Cam” that I rode 4,0o0 miles across the US on the 2012 Motorcycle Cannonball.
For those who can’t make it to the May North Carolina/Georgia, Florida ride, we have just announced a second 2013 Kickstart Classic ride in the New England area September 27 and 28 starting in Newburgh, NY and ending outside Concord, NH in time to be part of the fun Pewter Run for antique motorcycles.
This September 2013 Kickstart Classic is sponsored by American Iron Magazine, BAKER Drivetrain, GEICO Insurance, Spectro OIls and RoadBike magazine. Registration information and details will be posted on www.aimag.com in June 2013.