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October 19, 2011

Motorcycle Cannonball 2012 – Another Vintage Motorcycle Adventure Of A Lifetime?

I spent an amazing amount of time and money in the last couple of years preparing for the first running of the Motorcycle Cannonball last year. Looking back I wonder how I managed to buy and build a 1915 Harley for this crazy cross country ride on pre-1916 motorcycles. I documented this in the pages of American Iron Magazine.

I had to find and buy the basic bike (actually it was two 1915ish Harley), all the needed parts and spares, and then organize myself enough to spend about two weeks on the road riding from Kitty Hawk, NC to Santa Monica, CA without being run over, exploding or getting seriously lost.

Me, Fred and Dave on our 1915 Harleys at the Texas state line. What a ride!

I am so thankful to have friends with more mechanical skills than I ever will have – guys like Dave Fusiak, Fred Lange and Dale Walksler. Fred designed the basic engine layout, Dave did a lot more work on my 1915 Harley than I did prior to and on the actual cross country ride, and Dale helped in countless ways, including basically rebuilding the entire top end of Selma, my 1915 Harley somewhere in More on Motorcycle Cannonball 2012 – Another Vintage Motorcycle Adventure Of A Lifetime?

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

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July 26, 2011

Update on 1926 Harley Classic Motorcycle Racer

This 1926 classic Harley motorcycle has not been started in over 10 years. Seems to be smoking a little..

I brought the 1926 classic Harley J down to Wheels Through Time last Sunday night with the plan to get get it running and sorted out. The to strip it down to race on Sunday in the closed off streets of Morgantown, WV in the Vintage Grand Prix at Mountainfest.

Working with Dale and Matt Walksler we got the bike running the first morning, then spend some time adjusting and fiddling with it for a day and a half. Today Dale and I went out for a ride around Maggie Valley. Dale on my 1915 Harley I rode on More on Update on 1926 Harley Classic Motorcycle Racer

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July 23, 2011

How Old Is Too Old To Race Classic Harley Motorcycle?

So, I ask you how old is too old to race in a vintage motorcycle event? A few weeks ago I was looking at my plans and realized I would be able to attend the annual Mountainfest event held in Morgantown, WV the end of July. I have been invited a number of times and have heard it is an outstanding event with something pretty much for everyone into motorcycles – new and old.

My initial plan was to drive down to Maggie Valley, NC with my adventure buddy Jim Sims to the Wheels Through Time Museum to visit my good friends Dale and Matt Walksler. The main objective is to rebuild Selma, the 1915 Harley I rode on last years Motorcycle Cannonball.

1926 Harley J classic model motorcycle

While there I was also wanted to rebuild a 1926 Harley I’d picked up last year. It had been on display in a recently out of business bar. So I had no idea how long it has been since last run. But I suspected it has been several years and More on How Old Is Too Old To Race Classic Harley Motorcycle?

Filed under Buzz Kanter Classic Motorcycle Blog, Restoration by Buzz Kanter

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