American IronHorse Motorcycles Company Releases New Plans.

The new American IronHorse has a new website, soon 2 new models and wants to demonstrate its commitment to customers, dealers in reestablishing the tarnished brand. I publish below highlights of their press release. 
“Since acquiring American IronHorse (“AIH”) three months ago, Scott Meyers has led the Fort Worth based motorcycle company through substantial changes designed to improve the IronHorse product, customer experience and dealer responsiveness. To achieve these goals the Company has taken the following actions:
• Key personnel have been rehired to support warranty, parts, paint, and technical departments. • A process review is in progress to ensure quick turnarounds and top service levels for AIH’s dealers and their customers. • A clear dealer development strategy is being implemented and AIH has made strong progress in securing top performing dealers in key markets throughout the U.S. “In addition to our loyal IronHorse riders, over these last six months, our dealer network has shown terrific support and proved their dedication to the survival of the brand”, says Scott. • Unneeded overhead has been eliminated; this includes reducing the production facility from 224,000 square feet to 80,000 square feet. • AIH’s supply chain is being studied and parts suppliers and assembly methods are being evaluated to ensure the highest quality at the best value. • Product development has made substantial progress with production commencing on October 1 for special order 2009 Slammer and Texas Chopper models. These hand built originals will be available in
limited quantities through the dealer network. • New motorcycle development is also underway. A Pro Street styled prototype was debuted in Sturgis and a second will be shown at Biketoberfest in Daytona on October, 16-19. Both prototypes utilize the revolutionary S&S X-Wedge 117 c.i. engine. Commenting on AIH’s product development roadmap, Jeff Long noted “We are committed to the progressive design, performance, and heritage that makes American IronHorse a premium brand in the market”. • AIH rolled out a warranty policy that covers all new motorcycles purchased after June 4, 2008, with a full 2 year warranty coverage”.

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31 Responses to “American IronHorse Motorcycles Company Releases New Plans.”


  1. 1 George W Sep 25th, 2008 at 6:59 am

    Im confused about the commitment to customers as the only warranty u r honoring is after 2008 purchases?? What about all the bikes out here now ? More lies !!!!!!!!!

  2. 2 Radle Sep 25th, 2008 at 8:53 am

    If Charles Strand who clims to be the greatest AIH dealer in the entire USA is involved with this plan then beware…all prospective buyers and other AIH dealers.

  3. 3 Rodent Sep 25th, 2008 at 8:57 am

    Yeah, right! And I have the Brooklyn Bridge for sale with a new clean title, believe me, trust me,

  4. 4 A.I.H. Rider Sep 25th, 2008 at 11:23 am

    I’m surprised that press release did not start with..I’m Scott Meyers, and Jeff Long said I approve that message. We can’t even keep banks in buisness, but american Ironhorse wants to sell 40k bikes without warranty or parts support. Get in the game if you are willing to be a player. Nice press realease though. You can say anything you want, but untill we see some proof ,you are not to be taken seriously. To many people have been lied to and even if they are or were loyal to IronHorse,good luck getting them back!
    I get that the economy is really bad,but why all the hype right out of the gates and the sale of parts that many riders really need but can’t even get a call returned. Many of these riders are more than willing to buy parts that should be warranty!
    I’ts bad enough to have spent the money asked for these bikes and loose 10k in less than 2 months, but to not have support from the company really is a kick in the teeth.
    I will believe in Ironhorse when I see somthing actually happen that benefits the customer instead of just Scott or people like Jeff Long.

  5. 5 steveb Sep 25th, 2008 at 12:00 pm

    lets check the score card:
    customers aint interested in a tired brand with a damaged reputation – strike 1
    the market for “production customs has dried up and blown away – strike 2
    the bikes are dated style-wise – strike 3

    I dont know that this is an investment that is wise to make

  6. 6 Mr. Franks Sep 25th, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    I wish people would try to get their facts straight before they start shitting all over things. AIH is open for business, they answer their phone listed on their website, all remaining warranties are being accepted except for the bikes that were purchased after the bankrupcy and the purchase of AIH by Scott, they have made 2 bike redesigns all while Scoot dealing with having to close 2 stores, set back up a functioning company, and handle damage control throwing mud on anyone. I believe they are doing a good job and if any of you are looking at buying a bike as an investment, I would find a new business as bikes/cars have never been a good investment. I love my AIH bike because it rides and looks bad ass. If you don’t like AIH, you can lick my balloon knot!

  7. 7 steveb Sep 25th, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    lol – while I am happy for you regarding your love affair with your AIH, I have this vision of you Mr. Franx, all dressed in your finest Sunday go to “hog-meeting” leather underware, standing in front of a mirror chanting: ” I am cool, my bike is cool and I am the “baddest ass in da land”…. and ya know…you just may be…but so what?

    a bike is not only an investment (an i aint talking about resale) , it is also a committment. I have to ask – who in their right mind, who is in it for the long run – is going to commit to a product made by AIH when youve got so many other (and better in my mind) choices. (I keep my bikes on average longer that 15yrs – do you think your AIH will be around in 15?)

    oh, and i suggest you have a doctor look at the knotted balloon youve got stuck in your pantaloons….must be uncomy as all get-out.

    have a day

  8. 8 George W Sep 25th, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    Great article steve b

  9. 9 1550tc Sep 25th, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    Great just what the market needs another 40k kit bike. Guys give it up, these bikes suck, ride brutal, handle worse than a stocker and are way so over priced, that it ‘s not even funny. You can buy a decent NEW Harley for what these things depreciate in 6 months.

    SteveB

    I am cool, my bike is cool and I am the “baddest ass in da land”….

    Didn’t we get rid of these 5 up and 7 out yahoos in the last 2 years.

    I just loved blowing by these cool dudes on i-90 in Sturgis with their massive shinny V twin’s !!! Best of all was seeing them crawl thru Boulder Canyon, now it’s the yahoo’s on the 110, 80HP & 850lbs, screaming chicken harleys.

  10. 10 Mr. Franks Sep 26th, 2008 at 11:42 am

    steveb,

    Actually I don’t know what the hell a “hog meeting” is and I do not own anything made of leather, except shoes of course! And trying to picture what I look like from a blog message sure makes you look like a fag! And for your information a balloon knot is what your ass hole looks like, bend over and I’ll show you,ass hole! So what do you ride? And no I don’t think my AIH will be around in 15 years as my tastes change. The one thing that doesn’t change is my enjoyment of riding motorcycles and that is all that matters!

  11. 11 Al M. Sep 28th, 2008 at 10:31 am

    1550tc…U are a poser from way back.

  12. 12 time will tell Sep 30th, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    Looks like there is a lot of hostility for AIH but lets all calm down a bit and look at the facts.
    Fact1 the new owner is just that New Owner he is not the assholes that screwed everyone before, so maybe we should sit back and see what he does maybe he does have good intentions “time will tell.” My company was burnt by the Old AIH so if anyone has a right to be mad it is I but the New Owner is just that New owner. I think everyone deserves a chance to show if they are honest or just another piece of shit. Until he shows which he is everyone should relax and give him a chance to prove which one he is.
    Fact 2 AIH does have a bad name in the industry because of what the Old Owners did ,the New Owner will have a difficult time getting terms [ 30 day or 90 day net ] from any of the vendors that got burnt before so he will more than likely have to put up alot of his own money or the banks money and we all see how banks are doing, time will tell if he has the neccisary funds to make this all work.
    Fact 3 The economy is in terrible shape it will bounce back but now is a tough time to start a new bike company look at the big guys [ Harley has cut production by some 20 % and there bikes have held value better than any bikes in history] when taking all factors into consideration I am not sure they can make a 40,000 dollar bike and sell enough to support there costs of opperating right now. Sure there are always some people that have money even in bad times but with so many people hurting money wise and willing to sell off motorcycles that they bought 2 years ago to be the cool kid [ alot of these bike have little or no miles] it makes it harder to sell new bikes at three to four times the price and even when they find buyers some will simply not qualify with banks getting so tight with there money.
    I personally wish them well I hope they can and do survive but they definately have a long and hard road ahead of them. The one thing I would say to them is take care of your customers and vendors and you have a chance dont take care of either and you may as well go home right now .

  13. 13 Mike Kiwi Tomas, Kiwi Indian MotorCycles Oct 5th, 2008 at 6:42 pm

    I certainly don’t want to be involved in any hostilities and I don’t know the inner workings of what took place at AIH. I’m not sure of the legalities here of having to take resposibility of any of the past warranty issues but it surely would make good sense from a customer/buyer perspective. On the other hand it would cost the new owner a ton of money if the past folks did not do a good job of building a bike from the get go. Indian too would be a classic example. The Gilroy era Indians surely had more than their fair share of problems which ultimately lead to their demise. Along comes another group going to re introduce Indians to the market however none of the past Gilroy Indian models will be supported by them. I’m not sure what the answer is, on one hand it would show a lot of good will but on the other hand it would cost them a ton of money. Maybe if we look at it with bigger companies, say Harley Davidson, Ford, Toyota, etc. If they closed down today and re-opened tomorrow under new management or buy out like some m/c companies, how would one feel if they recently bought one of their products and it was no longer covered by any past agreements. I’m certainly not here to knock any company but just merely am left wondering what is the right choice and path for them to take. I also don’t think it’s fair that the consumer takes it in the shorts each time either.

  14. 14 A.I.H. Rider Oct 13th, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    There is some info and things that could shut down Iron Horse tomorrow if some one wanted to be prickish enough……it just might have to happen soon.

  15. 15 JEFF B. Oct 22nd, 2008 at 12:50 am

    I just cant belive what I have read.So many back woods people. I own a 2003 and a 2007 AIH. I have had problems with both. I also own four Harleys,one Buell One Outlaw Custom and four KTMs. And guess what??? I have had problems with all. I have just bought a 2008 105th CVO ULTRA.
    Guess what again ????It has three recalls on it now.And yes before you say Harley does have better service yes . But if it has tires or tits it is going to give problems.I love my AIM as much as the others .All are different in many ways.But most of all THIS IS AMERICA MAN. Give this guy the
    chance we all would want to be given to us. If you guys want something to complain about just watch your LOCAL NEWS TONIGHT.

    Jeff B.

  16. 16 JIM W Nov 5th, 2008 at 10:57 am

    I TOO AM UPSET WITH THE WAY THE PAST OWNERS RAN AND DESTROYED A RESPECTED AMERICAN MADE MOTORCYCLE, I FELT GIVEN THE TIME AND PROPER MANAGEMENT IT COULD HAVE BEEN MORE THAN A HARLEY WOULD EVER BE. I HAVE OWNED HARLEYS,BIG DOG,YAMAHA,SUZUKI,HONDA, BUT MY FAVORITE IS MY IRONHORSE SLAMMER. I HAVE HAD PROBLEMS WITH IT,BUT IF YOU EVER BOUGHT A NEW VEHICLE FIRST YEAR OUT, THERE ARE ALWAYS UNFORESEEN PROBLEMS THAT HAVE TO BE ADDRESSED AND CORRECTED, THE MOTORCYCLE BUSINESS IS SMALL SCALE COMPARED TO THE CAR MANUFACTURES, SO IT TAKES LONGER TO WORK THE PROBLEMS OUT AND THE SKILLED PEOPLE THAT KNOW HOW TO. I LOOK AT IRONHORSE AS A CUSTOM BUILT, LOW PRODUCTION MOTORCYCLE COMPANY. THEY WERE VERY NEW IN THE BUSINESS AND MISTAKES WERE MADE. MOST PEOPLE FELT THE MORE YOU SPEND ON A BIKE THE BETTER IT SHOULD BE. IN A SENSE THATS RIGHT, BUT PARTS ARE HIGHER WHEN YOU ARE A LOW PRODUCER, MIS-MANAGEMENT WAS ANOTHER PROBLEM THE COMPANY LOOKING AT MASS PRODUCTION AT HIGH END SALES WHEN THE COUNTRY WENT DOWN HILL. THEY SHOULD OF KEEP THE CUSTOM BUILT ATTITUDE AND NOT THE HARLEY ASSEMBLY LINE PRODUCTION. ALL THIS IS IN THE PAST, RIGHT NOW IRONHORSE IS A VERY UNSTABLE AT THIS POINT, THE PAST COMPANY DID NOTHING TO SUPPORT ANY WARRANTY- MY CONCERN IS, WITH ALL THE IRONHORSE OWNERS (NEW AND OLD)OUT THERE WHAT HAPPENS IF THIS COMPANY GOES DOWN FOR GOOD. WE COMPLAIN ABOUT THE NEW OWNER, WE FEEL WE GOT A RAW DEAL , HOW MANY OTHER TIMES IN YOUR LIFE HAVE YOU GOT A RAW DEAL AND GOT GOT UP AND GOT OVER IT, THE OLD IRONHORSE IS GONE QUIT FOCUSING ON THE PAST LETS FOCUS ON MOVING AHEAD AND TRY TO SUPPORT THE NEW IRONHORSE, INSTEAD OF PUTTING THEM DOWN FOR TRYING, WITH THE STATE OF THE COUNTRY IT IS GOING TO BE VERY DIFFICULT TO BUILD AND SALE CUSTOM MOTORCYCLES WITH LIVING THE PAST. GIVE THEM A CHANCE , JUST MAYBE OUR IRONHORSES WILL BE BACK ON TOP AGAIN LIKE 2006

  17. 17 ZEUS Dec 14th, 2008 at 5:13 pm

    I bought a 2005 LSC AIH off the showroom floor in May of 06. Only two things I’ve had problems with. First the electronics SUCK!! The digital instumentation went to crap on the first humid day. ( luckily DAKOTA DIGITAL now makes em just for AIH. And second, I don’t know why in the hell they would put a korean made tranny in an AMERICAN bike? O’h well 4,300 dollars later I had a Baker in it. Other than that, I think they are well engineered. Thank you

  18. 18 Tor Ludvigsen Jan 18th, 2009 at 3:29 am

    Hello i wil buye a 2002 model american ironhorse (Texas chopper) but i need paper on the brakes can you help mee.

    Kind Regards

    Tor Ludvigsen

    NORWAY

  19. 19 Tor Ludvigsen Jan 18th, 2009 at 3:31 am

    Can you switsh speedometer from miles to kilometers ?

  20. 20 outlaw2006 Feb 17th, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    I purchased a new AIH 2006 Outlaw from BWC in Minnesota. I traded in my HD for this bike. It was the best purchase of a MC I have made. This was one of Scott’s dealerships which really sucks, because he had to close it. Never had any mechanical problems, and this bike is kick ass.

    Give Scott a chance, he will prove you wrong.

  21. 21 Debra Stein " Bunz" Feb 22nd, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    I have had the pleasure of meeting & getting to know Scott Meyers. I met him through Steve Deyoung ( whom happens to be a friend & one of the best mechanics you’ll ever find). I’m from Montana. I own a 95 Sportster Hugger. When Scott decided to take over Ironhose we were happy for him, but at the same time lost. This I do know about Scott & Steve:
    #1. You won’t find anyone more honest.
    #2. They really care about you & your bike. ( HD, Chopper or your choice of ride.)
    #3. They are not there just to make a quick buck. They really love what they do.
    Scott closed Rocky Mountain Choppers in Gallatin Gateway ( Bozeman), Montana. And in doing that we lost a top notch mechanic ( Steve ) & a business we could trust!! Why else would my Dad & I drive almost 400 miles ( one way ) to get our Harleys ( 3 ) serviced? There are just a few ” Good Old Boys” left & Ironhorse in Fortworth Texas is very blessed to have these two great guys there!! You won’t find two better people! Ask yourself this question, “How safe do I want to be when I climb on that Steel Horse I ride?” On the business aspect of it, I have always got what I paid for & then some!! Not to mention two great friendships! Like Scott would say, ” Your family!”
    In closing I will say this, DON’T BE STUPID! Appreciate these guys ! It would be in YOUR best interest to give them a chance. If not, they can always come home to where they are REALLY APPRECIATED !!

  22. 22 randy goble Mar 26th, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    well i ride all the reply here and here goes mind i own 2 bigdogs and 1 aih slammer the bdm are back by the company. great bikes great people and company , now the rest of the reply:

    aih great bike ? like the ride but only 58 miles on a 07 slammer ? call aih in 07 and 08 old company no backing of bike , no service center would fix ,they say no payment from aih for serivce. dealer sent back all his aih’s and closed his doors too.(in K.C.) . called aih just the other day same old people but the NEW aih (JK!) try to buy entended warrenty but told no . ask about fix my bike that will cost me 2000 to 35oo to fix. chrome parts peeling and tach not working. did a claim thru court in tx but after the sell of old aih no money for us owners with big problems. had problems with bdm but back by company. you say h.d. owened 12 in 4 years from 2003 thru 2007 , would not and will step in a hd shop. local dealer (JK2). as for scott and susan meyers just remember in the business world today word of mouth can help you or hurt you so maybe your no to blame for all the problems with aih but you took it on ! good luck , my next ride will a bdm or better. but not a aih or a hd . 45,000.00 ride worth only a dime if you can find a buyer (jk3)

  23. 23 RICHIE H Jul 21st, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    I BOUGHT AN AMERICAN IRONHORSE CLASSIC NEW BACK IN 02. I LIVE IN NY. THIS BIKE IS BY FAR THE BEST CRUISER I HAVE EVER OWNED. THE 02 EAS BASED ON THE FATBOY CONCEPT.AIH SHOULD HAVE STUCK TO THIS SIMPLE,BARE BONES TYPE OF RIDE. ONCE YOU GET INTO THIS AIR RIDE SUSPENSION AND THE OTHER IMMENITIES ITS NOT A BIKE ANYMORE. OVER THE LAST 7 YEARS MY BIKE NEEDED A STATRTER,WHICH WAS COVERED UNDER WARRANTY,AND THE SOFTAIL SHOCK UNDER THE BIKE CRACKS THE SCREW ONCE IN A WHILE. NO BIG DEAL FOR A BIKE BASED ON 1950’S HARLEY TECHNOLOGIES.IT ALL COMES DOWN TO TATSTE. I TAKE MYU AIH ALL OVER THE CITY,PEOPLE STILL EYE IT UP AND DOWN WAY MORE THAN ANY HARLEY ITS PARKED NEXT TO. THE 113 SS KICKS ASS. THE RIDE IS UNCOMFORTABLE AND THE BIKE VIBRATES. FEELS LIKE A SHOVEL HEAD ON STEROIDS.LADIES AND GENTLMAN,THAT IS CALLED A MOTORCYCLE.TAKE THE COUNTER BALENCE BS TO THE BALLET.GET ON A REAL BIKE.GOOD LUCK TO THE NEW AIH.BEST PAINTJOBS EVER.YOU CANT BEAT THEM. JUST STAY AWAY FROM THE CADDILLAC TYPE MODELS THEY OFFER AND YOU WILL BE FINE. YOU WILL HAVE PROBLEMS,YES.ALL OF THESE BIKES INC BIG DOG AND HD INCLUDED.REMEMBER,ITS 1950’S ENGINEERING.DONT KNOCK IT.RIDE IT.ENJOY IT.IF YOU WANT TROUBLE FREE,GET A HONDA AND LOOK STUPID.

  24. 24 STEVE S. Sep 29th, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    1ST THING I WANTED TO SAY IS………MY 2007 american ironhorse classic is the best bike i have ever owned….it has everything that i always wanted in a bike….and i do agree that this bike is not for everybody….if u even think that u r a little poor……forget about it….cant pay the rent each month…..forget about it….but for the most part this bike attracts more crowds than a blonde walking down the street with half a tit hanging out….i have rode bikes all my life from little honda 50 to quads,trikes,rice rockets,harleys,go carts and so on………and now a ironhorse chopper……..shit…most people cant even reach the handlebars on this bike..so it mostly depends on the person….but i see on here that people are fast to hate slash judge and it seems to me that half of these people dont even own a ironhorse ……so then to me…u should not be writing anything…..if anything u should be sitting back doing some reading….u might just learn sumtin….

  25. 25 STEVE S. Sep 29th, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    i have had zero problems with my bike and if i do i trust the people where i purchased the bike to take care of any of my needs for 2 years….after that i dont need to call scott or jeff or todd or jake in texas at AIH….i have wrenches and tools in my garage where i have been working on all of my bikes all of my life …..they have all been fine no matter what harley store closed or yamaha dealer shuts down…its not the end of the world…if u wear a suit for your job then yes this might effect u….no offense…if your mirror vibrates loose and u have to call jeff or scott at AIH to talk about repair date and warranty issues then u should have bought a barbie dream car that comes with the free ken doll and spare donut tire….if u guys pick up a nail when ur out cruisin the strip in your living room then i think maybe…..just maybe that u and two of your buddies could get that donut on…….right?

  26. 26 mark hall Oct 28th, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    I LOVE MY TEJA IT ROCK AND GETS MORE LOOKS IT SO COOL HOPE THE GET THE CRAP TOGETHER AND LOVE MY HORSE 🙂

  27. 27 Dave Hand Nov 5th, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    I have trouble starting my 2006 texas chopper 111 cu. “Cold Natured” Once started and warmed up it starts and runs fine. Does anyone have any tips for cold starting their bike.
    Thanks for any help!

  28. 28 michael Jan 12th, 2010 at 10:03 am

    I have 2005 Texas chopper graet bike real head turner and no problems at all . but need a softer seat . and i would not ride any thing but a ironhorse or a indan motorcycle.

  29. 29 danny Jan 26th, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    Give the new AIH a break I tried to buy an AIH Outlaw during the time they were going out of biz. In the mean time I bought I an Outlaw frame & Iv’e started my own because I liked it that much.I’M 57 years old & have owned at least 1 HD continuously since 1969 I had an AIH Classic & absolutely loved it. For a custom you couldn’t beat it. Looks, Ride, Power, it had it all, wished I hadn’t sold it and the current owner has no intentions of selling it. I started out with a 60 Duo Glide I bought in 69 it’s got over 3 hunerd thousand miles. I bought a 80 Low Rider & 80 Fat Bob super Glide in 80. The FXE is now 93″ built by Pete Hill on a 57 Straight Leg. The FX is 88″ built by John Blanton another top notch nitro builder also on a rigid frame built by Amen. Just finished a Fatboy style custom based on a Bourgett Progett frame with a 120plus motor. My every day rider is a 99 Ultra with 40 grand on it did I forget to mention I DO NOT own a vehicle with more than 2 wheels I have owned over 50 HDs of one configuration or another. Guess what YOU HAD TO WORK ON EVERY SINGLE ONE OF EM!!!! IMAGINE THAT!!!
    Scotts got a rep for bein a straight up dude so give him chance to do somthin with what was a great American Custom Motorcycle Company.

  30. 30 juan Oct 26th, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    I`m looking to put a 280 kit on ,y 2004 Texas ironhorse any ideals were to go thanks

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