Cannonball Motorcycle Diaries

September 23, 2014

STOLEN HARLEYS! Motorcycle Cannonball Harleys, Truck & Trailer Stolen in Tacoma, WA

The day after completing the grueling ride (nearly 4,000 miles) across the U.S. on antique motorcycles on the Motorcycle Cannonball endurance run there is bad news. A truck, trailer and 4 classic Harleys were stolen from the parking lot of the Murano Hotel in Tacoma, WA.

American Iron Magazine is posting this info here and asking everyone to please share this in the hope that we can track down and recover the stolen machines and parts.

THERE IS A SIGNIFICANT $10,000 REWARD FOR THE RETURN OF THESE MACHINES.

The Stolen motorcycles are:

STOLEN CLASSIC HARLEY 1919 Harley J – Mississippi Antique Plate #9620.

STOLEN HARLEY. 1926 Harley JD – Texas Antique Plate #BDKX4

STOLEN Harley 1928 Harley Davidson JD – Texas Antique Plate # BFGV2

STOLEN HARLEY – 1931 Harley-Davidson VL – Texas Antique Plate #BFGR3

Stoeln F250 Ford truck and Doolittle trailer.

In addition to these four classic Harleys, a 2001 Ford F250 (Texas plate 89LBC7), and a 2007 Doolittle trailer (Texas plate 41968M) were also stolen.

We at American Iron Magazine ask that you share this info with everyone you can think of to help us try recover these stolen vehicles as soon as possible.

Filed under Cannonball Motorcycle Diaries, Random Ideas by Buzz Kanter

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August 19, 2014

Fine Tuning Classic Harley Linkert & Spark Plugs 1936 Harley VLH

As I continue to fine tune my 1936 Harley VLH there are basically two areas I am still focusing on – the carburetor and the oiling.

Classic Harley spark plugs burning lean

This is what the plugs looked like a few days ago. The near white insulators tell me it is running too lean. So I adjusted the high speed needle 3 clicks richer and checked – still a bit lean. So I fattened the carb up 3 more clicks and the plugs look a lot better. (See below)

Spark plugs burning better from classic Harley

Now that I have the plugs looking about right (at least for the conditions here in Connecticut) I need to focus on getting the total loss oiling system dialed in on my rebuilt 1936 Harley VLH. I leave in less than 2 weeks for the start of the Motorcycle Cannonball. This year we are riding over 4,000 miles from Daytona Beach, FL to Tacoma, WA.

I will be riding this bike as part of the four vintage Harleys (2 JDs and 2 VLs) Adventure Power’s Team American Iron. Wish us luck.

You can read about the building of this motorcycle in American Iron Magazine – available in print (back issues at www.Greaserag.com) or in digital delivery.

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

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August 10, 2014

Recent Update on Team American Iron & Motorcycle Cannonball 2014

The third running of the coast-to-coast Motorcycle Cannonball is less than a month away and this one is going to be amazing. Covering over 4,000 miles it runs from Daytona Beach, Florida to Tacoma, Washington. (Map and details at www.MotorcycleCannonball.com).

Buzz Kanter's 1936 Harley VLH for the 2014 Motorcycle Cannonball

Buzz Kanter’s 1936 Harley VLH for the 2014 Motorcycle Cannonball

My plan is to ride this totally rebuilt 1936 Harley VLH. We rebuilt it from one end to the other at Retrocycle in Boonton, NJ and followed the progress in the pages of American Iron Magazine.

In addition to rebuilding the chassis and entire drivetrain, we installed an amazing and virtually invisible Retrocycle 12 volt upgraded electrical system so I can actually use the lights to see and be seen. Our team sponsor and battery supplier is Adventure Power, the tires are from Continental, synthetic oil from Amsoil, and general support from the folks at Wheels Through Time.

There are four bikes and riders on this year’s team, name Adventure Power’s Team American Iron – American Iron Magazine columnist, and return Cannonballer Cris Sommer-Simmons on a 1930s Harley VD, her husband and rock star (Doobie Brothers) Pat Simmons on a 1929 Harley JD, 3 time Cannonballer Paul Ousey on his 1925 Harley JD and me – publisher of American Iron Magazine, Motorcycle Bagger and Motorcycle magazine, on this 1936 Harley VLH.

Buy a 2014 Support Staff T-Shirt for Team American Iron Motorcycle Cannonball

Buy a 2014 Support Staff T-Shirt for Team American Iron Motorcycle Cannonball

You can buy a blue or gray Support Staff t-shirt – while supplies last – to help support the team and get a cool shirt. Click SUPPORT to order yours.

You can follow our progress on Youtube on the Buzz Kanter channel HERE. I will attempt to upload new videos from the road every few days if I get the opportunity.

You can subscribe to American Iron Magazine, thw best selling Harley magazien in the world, in print by clicking PRINT, or in digital delivery worldwide by clicking DIGITAL.

Here is a “walk around” video of the bike https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbID_QviBx8

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

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