June 17, 2012
1929 Harley JDH Two Cam Motorcycle Cannonball Update
I realize I have been working on my 1929 Harley-Davidson JDH every week to get better prepared for the up-coming Motorcycle Cannonball in September. I have been so busy working on the bike and my job at American Iron Magazine, Motorcycle Bagger and RoadBike that I have not posted anything on this blog in a while. So here is a quick update on my Motorcycle Cannonball Harley Two Cam.
The bike is running well, starting easily and making great power. The brakes are marginal at best but I am learning better how to cope with that. We added an era-correct luggage rack and a set of cheap saddlebags I found on ebay. I have two mirrors and the mounting bracket for the route holder, and installed a fork brace and a rare vintage Hanson roll up windshield.
I have the bike legally registered and insured and I am running a rear 1929 Connecticut license plate. In addition I added one of the two official Motorcycle Cannonball plates and need to figure out how to mount the other on securely.
I took the bike up to the AMCA Rhinebeck NY meet last week and enjoyed riding it around up there until the gas line split and began running raw gas onto the generator. I replaced the steel Y pipe with long rubber gas lines and a plastic T fitting I bought at in the plumbing section of Home Depot for a couple of bucks.
The bike usually starts on the first hot kick and runs well. I replaced the fossil oil in the sump and oil tank with Amsoil synthetic (thanks Amsoil for sponsoring Team American Iron’s Motorcycle Cannonball ride) and feel I might have only some fine tuning to do before the 3,800 mile ride from New York to San Fransisco in September.
If you would like to support Team American Iron we are selling our Support Staff T-shirts for $20.
The art on the front shows my 1929 Harley riding across the US.
The art on the back has my #15 and Team American Iron Support Staff.
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