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    First Cannonball casualty

    Sorry to report that John Pfeifer is out of the race. He's from my area and was told he worked on this bike for two years to get it ready. No idea what caused the fire but glad he's ok....


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    Bad news and never want to see this. Hope John is better for wear than his bike.

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    Re: First Cannonball casualty

    I hope the rider is okay, but I have to say, I hate seeing that happen to a bike that otherwise, survived for 100 years.

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    i notice the bikes have a huge route chart thingy on them on the dash, why not use a tiny gps to cover this and mount a fire extinguisher here? a lot of bikes are in a group, so you'd often have others too with units to at least quell it till help gets there.

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    Re: First Cannonball casualty

    looks like a fuel leak. It's an odd photo. how would the coil get ahead of the bike? It was 96% in the philly area today. I would not want to ride an air cooled bike from Alantic City to Harrisburg. wait till they see tomorrow's traffic heading west. 2 years ago i got stuck in September 11th traffic in Pa. the amount of folks that drive to the flight 93 crash sight is mind blowing.

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    That just sucks !!! My heart goes out to him.

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    I hope everything turns out. Bikes can be fixed, burns heal slowly
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    Re: First Cannonball casualty

    Heard that a broken rocker arm pierced the tank.....

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    I heard a mechanical issue with broken engine parts puncturing the gas tank, dumping raw gas on the hot engine. Many of the Cannonball riders do carry fire extinguishers on their bikes. Guess there was not one near by.

    A real shame, but glad John is OK.
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    reminds me of the song 'put another HOG on the fire', don't look nice, but it could be a whole lot worse., of course with a raw dump of gas like that you'd need a fair old lot of extinguishers.

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