Hall of Fame Inductee – 2012
Buzz Kanter’s love of motorcycling started early – when he bought and restored a number of old bikes during his college years. Buzz also spent time racing motorcycles before he found is niche in the motorcycling world when he launched his first motorcycle publication – Old Bike Journal. That was nearly 25 years after his first motorcycle purchase.
In 1991, Buzz purchased American Iron Magazine – a two year old Harley publication that was in dire financial condition. He knew that if he didn’t turn it around, he would risk personal bankruptcy. They moved the offices from California to their cramped Old Bike Journal offices in Connecticut. By cutting expenses and refocusing the editorial package, they managed to make the publication profitable from the first issue.
Since that first issue, Buzz and his long-term staff have worked hard to add to the roster of magazines and to make their publications tops in the industry. Besides American Iron Magazine, Buzz also publishes Motorcycle Bagger, RoadBike and an annual all-tech magazine called American Iron Garage.
Buzz loves motorcycles – both old and new – but has a special place in his heart (and his garage) for the old iron. In 2010, he competed in the first Motorcycle Cannonball cross-country endurance ride on a 1915 Harley twin. He has ridden a 1947 Indian Chief from LA to Hollister to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the “Hollister Riots” with friends. He competes on a Ducati or Moto Guzzi 250cc in the Moto Giro in New England, has raced Vintage GP on his 1915 Harley and has ridden in both Motorcycle Kickstart Classics. There are many more rides he’s participated in and races he’s raced.