August 30, 2012

Last Minute Details Before Motorcycle Cannonball

We leave from Newburgh, NY for San Francisco one week from tomorrow so I am rushing around tending to the many last minute details in prepping my Harley, my tools, spares and gear, and myself for this amazing adventure.

On the first Motorcycle Cannonball I taped a small American flag on a cheap wooden pole onto the mirror stem of my 1915 on September 11, 2010. I hoped it would hold up OK for at least that one significant day. I was the only rider to flag our flag that day or any other on the ride across the US.

As it turned outed out, that cheap little flag lasted the entire ride across the US. Granted it was a little worse for the wear, but it lasted the entire way across.

So this year I wanted again to fly the American flag, but wanted a better set up. I contacted our friends at Pro Pad and explained what I needed along with a few photos of the bike and rack. They sent me just the deal to bolt right on and look great. We all agreed it would be better to have the flag behind me so it would be less distracting than on one of the mirrors in my peripheral vision.

I also stopped at an auto parts store on the way home and bought the last two ignition condensers they had in stock. Good items to carry in my spares (along with the extra coil) in my saddlebags. The guy at the counter had no idea what they were. When I asked him to check inventory for condensers, we asked me what make and year car I needed an air conditioner condenser for.

Filed under Buzz Kanter Classic Motorcycle Blog, Cannonball Motorcycle Diaries, Gear by Buzz Kanter

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August 31, 2012

PanheadJim @ 10:24 am

Buzz,

I wish I could meet up with you guys at one of your stops, but the route is a little too far north this year. I really enjoyed seeing the bikes and riders at the first Motorcycle Cannonball and I am sure that this one will be just as exciting. Good luck and I look forward to follwing your trip via your posts to this website. You do us all proud riding with the American Flag on your trip as I think this undertaking truly captures what it means to be an American. I hope more riders follow your lead and display the Flag as well.

-Panhead Jim

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