October 4, 2013
I have long been fascinated with early Harley twins, especially the J series models from the 1920s. The most exciting of these street bikes was the limited production JDH “Two Cam” hot rod Harleys produced and sold in 1928 and 1929 only.
The lower end of the JDH engine (above) looks different from the more popular J and JD as the cam chest curves up in the back and the lifter blocks are mounted above thecases. Th J and JD (below) lower ends had More on 1928 Harley JDH Two Cam Classic Motorcycle Project
The Motorcycle Cannonball 4,000 mile cross country endurance ride is less than three weeks away so many of the riders and builders are feeling the crunch. I thought I had my 1929 Harley JDH pretty well dialed in and ready for this amazing ride until I re-read the rules.
- 1929 Harley JDH Prepped For 2012 Motorcycle Cannonball endurance ride.
As far as I can tell I have everything done on this bike to make it legal for this event EXCEPT a functional brake light. I have the original tail light on and working, but it is more a running light than anything else and the rules require a functional brake light. And it is a good safety upgrade too.
I dug through my boxes of spare parts and found a wonderful reproduction of the famed STOP light used on the More on Final Modifications To My 1929 Harley-Davidson JDH Motorcycle Cannonball Motorcycle
August 11, 2012
The start of the Motorcycle Cannonball 2012 is less than four weeks away as I type this post. While four weeks might sound like a long time to get the final preparations done before setting off on a nearly 4,000 miles cross country ride, it isn’t.
My motorcycle, a rare 1929 Harley-Davidson JDH, is pretty well dialed in and ready, I dropped it off with my good friend Pete Minardi at Precision Custom Cycles in Whippany, NJ to give it the once over. I asked him to fabricate a better mounting bracket for the route holder and anything else he might notice.
Pete is a world class custom motorcycle builder and, like me, he is deeply passionate about older motorcycles. But he is a much more talented mechanic that I could ever hope to be. I am curious what else Pete does to improve the function and look of my Harley in the next week or so in his shop.
I still have the soft cast on my left leg and ankle due to the partial tear of my Achilles tendon. I have been wearing it 24 hours a day and night for almost 4 weeks now and I start physical therapy on Monday. The cast stays on for another 2 weeks, but the good news is that my surgeon thinks I will be healed up enough to ride the Motorcycle Cannonball if I am careful. Hope so. I feel fortunate that the damage was not worse.
So, less than four weeks, my bike is in the shop for a last minute look over by a new set of eyes, I can’t ride for at least two more weeks, and I have a nearly 4,000 mile ride to prepare for. I am running through lists of what I need to do, to get, and to pack. This week I will start pulling together all the spare parts, tools and riding gear I will need. Wish me luck.
On a slightly different note, a number of friends have asked when would the best time be to arrive at Newburgh to see the Motorcycle Cannonball action. My reply is the ride out on Friday will be pretty amazing, but it will be over rather quickly as I suspect all the riders will be nervous and anxious to get on the road. I am recommending interested spectators arrive on Wednesday or Thursday to see the bikes, chat with the riders and get some great photo opportunities. I expect most of the bikes and riders will be there Wednesday or perhaps even Tuesday before we leave. Hope to see you there.
And I can’t end this post without thanking my various sponsors and supporters on this very complex and expensive project. First and foremost. I want to than everyone who purchased a Team American Iron Support Staff T-shirt.
These limited editon T-shirts have been selling very well and we still have some available for sale ($20 plsu s&h on www.greaserag.com). Once we sell out we do not plan on printing any more. Click here for details or to buy.
I’d also like to thank our whole team at American Iron Magazine for supporting me on this (and covering the build and ride in print). Also Dale Walksler and the amazing team at Wheels Through Time museum in Maggie Valley, NC, Amsoil oils, Heathers Leathers (seat), Nolan Helmets, Vanson Leathers (jacket), and Coker Tires.
If you are interested in seeing the bikes and riders along the route and are curious when and where we will be each day of the two weeks on the road, check out www.motorcyclecannonball.com.