2006 American Ironhorse Legend Chopper Review & Road Test Hot Bike

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As of 2006, American Motorcycles finds itself some pretty elite companies. Back in 2005 the company announced its ’06 lineup, the Fort Worth, TX, of high-performance, luxury custom and cruisers began a celebration of its year in business. Anyone who has the American V-Twin market can attest to what an accomplishment is these days.

Over the few years, under the leadership of the management team, including CEO Wil CFO Bob Krause, VP of Design Jeff VP of Engineering and New Product Development Waters, Director of Warranty L.T. Little, VP of PSO (production) Clark, and Director of Sales Sipes. the company has positioned in an enviable position in the industry.

The team has sharply focused its on the future, and in doing so has come up a strong plan to help those goals. While focus is on the upcoming years, in no way has the forgotten its humble roots; and current employees; and, importantly, all of its customers, way back to the first one.

IronHorse’s models include four bikes and three Pro Streets considers them Cruisers). a doubt the Legend is included the choppers-there’s no denying that-but the is not as radical as the Texas Chopper or LSC, although the bike has very definite chopper Acting as a bridge between the choppers and the shorter Pro-Street the Legend finds a unique in IronHorse’s lineup.

While this may not be immediately at first glance, it makes sense as you look at the bike’s then throw a leg over it and go for a You would be doing yourself a if you walked past the Legend on the floor, only to check out bike sporting a larger tire or a frame with upward stretch. This is the real deal; there are things to consider when a bike than trying to one with the largest rear

Where the Texas Chopper and LSC have 8 inches of stretch in the downtubes, the Legend has only 6 inches. The backbone shares the dimensions, with 4 inches when compared to stock This allows all the choppers to IronHorse’s patented Super Chopper Tank, which an instant classic when it on the Texas Chopper back in

Another major factor the Legend from the rest of the family is this year’s of a new set of handlebars designed exclusively for model. The bars and their risers are designed to pull to the rider 2 inches farther the bars on other models. coupled with the shorter doesn’t just make for ergonomics-the bars add to the bike’s ridability and control.

The Legend many common features other ’06 AIH models. As the entire lineup of AIH bikes, the begins with a frame exclusively for AIH by Daytec. One of the industry’s manufacturers of frames (both and rigid), Daytec will be all the frames used by AIH in 2006.

Manufactured from DOM tubing and high-quality components, the powdercoated unites an A-frame Softail-style tethered to the frame via a pair of manually adjustable shock Out front, the neck is raked to 38 and comes with a set of AIH’s own raked anmensions, with 4 added when compared to measurements.

This allows all the to utilize IronHorse’s patented Stretch Chopper Tank, became an instant classic it dd polished triple-trees, complete internal fork stops. out the front of the bike is a set of 10-inch-over tubes with polished legs.

Big news from AIH year includes the availability of wheels (actually, it’s a package consisting of wheels, brake carriers, pulleys, legs, triple-trees, axle and such), which come the factory backed by a five-year warranty (five years on the only) that’s honored by wheel manufacturer, RC Components. Our was fitted with a pair of wheels: a 21×2.15-inch up front and an anchoring a 240/40/18 Metzeler.

the Legend is a 111ci polished Sidewinder Plus engine. proprietary powerplant is standard on all models and can be upgraded to either a 117-inch or a polished 124-inch both from SS; (upcharges are and $2,000, respectively). SS;’s boasts bore and … of 4-1/8-inch bore and 4-1/8-inch for smooth operation, while its ratio is set to 9.5:1.

IronHorse only offers the in a carbureted version with no EFI at this point. Completing the package is an AIH ignition, and a good-looking and two-into-one exhaust system, with heat shields.

The primary drive is standard consisting of a wet chain drive and setup sending rotational to a right-hand-drive six-speed transmission. drive consists of a pair of and 70-tooth pulleys that a home for a 1-1/2-inch Kevlar

Other features found on the are a hydraulically operated clutch to give the rider reduced at the lever, four-piston brake floating brake rotors, and a rear fender. The turn have also been from traditional bulb-style to long-life LED-style. In addition, the LEDs have been to the rear of the fender to allow for rearward visibility of the lights.

AIH redesigned the wiring system to what the company calls an harness controller, which is to give a higher degree of over the bike’s electrical AIH has made available to dealers two new tools designed to work in with the harness controller. combination makes it easier for to troubleshoot and diagnose problems.

The Legend shares AIH’s information center with the of the line. Also new for this is a redesigned kickstand, giving the more cornering learance on the side of the motorcycle.

In addition to the chrome package buyers have the option of from 10 different wheel for that truly custom The base-priced Legend comes with a solid one-color job. AIH offers many color and graphic choices; all there are more than different combinations to choose AIH prices the paint and graphics in tiers: Series S, $1,650; XT, $2,250; Series XTR, and Series XTR Plus, $4,500.

American Ironhorse CHOPPER
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If you can’t find a combination makes you happy, AIH will you a one-off paint job on a case-by-case

We have had possession of the Legend for a now, and after having riders take it through its we must say that this is one and -executed motorcycle. Right the start, the designers of the Legend did an job of combining both form and creating a motorcycle that is not fun and easy to ride but looks doing it. By scaling back on the of the frame and not pushing the limits of the tire to 280mm (or larger), the of frame geometry, flexibility, power, and tire contact all add up to a great-riding motorcycle.

We always different-sized riders on our test and quite often there is a disparity in the way a particular bike various sizes of riders. this is true with the most of us felt comfortable on the The new handlebars go a long way in adding to the comfort; instead of having to forward to reach the bars, come back nicely, for a natural seating position takes a lot of strain off the rider’s back.

Power from the SS; motor is predictable. The powerband is strong and affording the rider the ability to accelerate over a broad rpm At times when cruising at a rpm for an extended period, the engine a slight amount of hesitation as the was wacked open hard. The motor ran smooth and did not transmit any vibrations into the frame at any of the rpm in which we operated the bike.

on the power produced by the SS; mill, designers did a good job matching the system to the stopping demands of the The system is very predictable and although application of too much brake can cause the narrow to lock.

Having the ability to the transmission into an overdrive Sixth gear was welcome as we ran the down the freeway in the 75-80-mph A simple gear change at speed allows for an even quieter ride as the rpm drop in the 300-rpm range. Due to the fact the tachometer is digital, there are three divisions for each rpm-the reason for our ballpark

This reduction in engine is welcome, as it not only quiets the but reduces wear and tear on its as well.

Keeping tabs on the is a snap, thanks to AIH’s information center. Everything you is right there between the At a glance you can check on speed, odometer, trip meter, beam, turn signals, and

The supplied information is almost as to read in the sunlight as it is in darkness. We like to see the addition of multiple meters, which should be to add with the advances in today’s

When you consider that the has a base MSRP of $30,195 and is by a 98-dealer network that take care of the bike warranty for 24 months and unlimited from the date of purchase, we that the Legend is a very value.

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