June 21, 2013

Team American Iron: I Will Ride 1936 Harley VLH In 2014 Motorcycle Cannonball

It seems my lot in life is to ride the newest possible model and year of Harley in each Motorcycle Cannonball event.

The first one was in 2010 and I rode a 1915 Harley with a cut-off year of 1915. In the second Motorcycle Cannonball I rode a 1929 Harley JDH with a cut-off of 1929. and in 2014 we have been told we can ride up to 1936, so I plan to ride my 1936 Harley VLH flathead.

Buzz Kanter, of American Iron Magazine, and my 1936 VLH classic Harley flathead motorcycle that I plan to ride cross country on the 2014 Motorcycle Cannonball.

I purchased this classic 80 cubic inch flathead VLH Harley less than two years ago with no plan or intention of riding it cross-country on the Motorcycle Cannonball. Since then it has been in the hands of my pals Larry Woods and Dale Walksler getting it sorted and running well and looking more correct. We followed some of this progress in the pages of American Iron Magazine earlier this year.

One-year only 1936 Harley VLH during the process of getting the paint “just right.” We added a bit more pin striping at Wheels Through Time after this photo was taken.

Now the real work comes. We need to tear it totally down and rebuild it to factory specs or better to carry me across the US on the Motorcycle Cannonball. But, I do not want to change the basic look of the bike. It will stay dirty and crusty looking, but run and perform like new.

In addition to pulling it down and rebuilding the wheels, chassis, engine, clutch and chassis, I need to add saddlebags and perhaps a different seat too. We will follow the progress in her and in the pages of American Iron Magazine.

Wish me luck. I suspect there will be an amazing amount of work ahead of me on this one.

Filed under Buzz Kanter Classic Motorcycle Blog, Cannonball Motorcycle Diaries, Events, Random Ideas by Buzz Kanter

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