Motorcycle Cannonball.

June 20, 2014

1936 Harley VLH Rebuilt For Motorcycle Cannonball

Working with the great folks at RetroCycle in Boonton, NJ we have finished rebuilding my 1936 Harley VLH in preparation for the up-coming Motorcycle Cannonball in September.

Motorcycle Cannonball 1936 Harley VLH from Adventure Power’s Team American Iron

Here is a teaser photo of the bike pretty much ready to go. This is my spare engine, which is pretty much broken in now. So I will swap out to my competition engine and keep this one in the support truck “just in case…”

You can read all about it in the pages of American Iron Magazine, as we have been following the build for several months.

Every single nut and bolt has been off this bike for inspection, redoing or replacing. Every single one. It is mostly original stock spec with modern Continental tires and an upgraded 12-volt ignition system. For more info on this amazing 12-volt, solid state generator system please contact Robb at Retrocycle.

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

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June 8, 2014

Motorcycle Cannonball Update 1936 Harley VLH

Update on Buzz Kanter’s Motorcycle Cannonball efforts for 2014. We (at RetroCycle in Boonton, NJ) have the 1936 VLH Harley totally rebuilt and running the spare “B” motor to break it in.

Photo break at 150 miles of breaking in this classic Harley VLH before the Motorcycle Cannonball.

The goal is to run this engine for a few hundred miles, deal with any and all issues that arise, then swap out to the A motor to break that in too and have the B motor as a back up.  You can read all about it in the pages of American Iron Magazine.


Filed under Buzz Kanter Classic Motorcycle Blog, Cannonball Motorcycle Diaries, Classic Harley History, Classic Motorcycle Maintenance by Buzz Kanter

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December 23, 2013

2014 Motorcycle Cannonball Dates, Routes & More

This is the route and dates for the 2014 Motorcycle Cannonball.

In working on this route for the 2014 Motorcycle Cannonball endurance event, they have tried to fulfill several criteria:

A coast-to-coast route across the United States. We start the run in Daytona Beach, Florida on the worlds most famous beach. We finish the run after 4150 miles, on the Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington.

Approximately a two-week schedule. We start on a Friday in Daytona Beach, and finish in Tacoma two weeks later on a Sunday. The route is 17 days total, 16 days on the road, and one rest day in Junction City, Kansas. The day off is on a Friday, a week after the start, a weekday when shops are open. The two days before the start in Daytona Beach we will have registration, vehicle inspection, an optional practice run, a short classroom session, and a hosted welcome reception.

Most days 300 miles or shorter. Our goal was for all days to be at most 300 miles, but in some areas there just aren’t enough cities at appropriate locations with sufficient hotel rooms for a group our size. Two days are longer, both are after the rest day. The typical schedule for a 300 mile day ,assuming the motorcycle maintains 50 mph on straight flat roads, will be an 8:00 am start and a 4:00 pm finish, for a total of 8 hours on the road. This schedule includes a 45 minute lunch break ,and three 15 minute refueling breaks. Time will also be set aside for viewing scenic and historic sites.

Short days for the Start and Finish. The first and last days will each be the shortest days, with a late morning start in Daytona Beach, and a mid-afternoon grand finish in Tacoma.

A scenic route. The run will start at the world’s most famous beach on the east coast of Florida. Daytona Beach is rich in motorcycle racing history and will be a fitting Official Start. The route will then take us through the lakes and forests of northern Florida and into Georgia and the Great Smoky Mountains. In Chattanooga, Tennessee, we will be treated to a fantastic hosted reception at Coker Tire World Headquarters and Museum. Traveling through the heart of Tennessee we will visit the Cyclemos Museum in Red Boiling Springs.

After riding through the “Land Between The Lakes” region in Kentucky, we will cross the Mississippi River at Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Crossing the Ozarks in Missouri will bring us to the wide-open plains of Kansas, where we will have our one rest day. Our riders will meet the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains at Colorado Springs where we will be stopping at the Rocky Mountain Motorcycle Museum. Famed motorcycle artist David Uhl will be hosting a big event for us at his studio in Golden, Colorado, the night before we climb 12,000-foot Loveland pass to cross the Continental Divide the first of three times. The entire route through Colorado promises to be spectacular.

Entering Utah through Arches National Park in the Moab region, we will make our way to Springville, Utah, where riders will be treated to a private tour of the Decker studio where he creates his motorcycle masterpieces in bronze. The newly opened Legends Motorcycle Museum of Springville will also be hosting a reception for our riders. As we leave the shores of the Great Salt Lake we will travel out into the desert with a brief stop at the world famous Bonneville Salt Flats. The High Desert of Utah and Nevada will give way to the mountains and forests of western Idaho as we follow the Little Salmon River all the way to the Washington border. From the Columbia River Basin we will enter the Cascade Mountain Range and Mount Rainer National Park. The Grand Finish of the Run on the shores of the Puget Sound in Tacoma will be at the world-class LeMay Museum.

Avoid Interstate highways. There are a few places where the interstate is the only road available. We have avoided most of those places, so the total distance traveled on interstate highways will be less than 250 miles. That only occurs in the west. All roads are paved.

Museums and receptions. We have plans for three stops at motorcycle museums, including hosted receptions. Over a dozen hosted stops at motorcycle dealers. Two hosted lunch stops, and a few city hosted events. There will also be a farewell dinner after the finish in Tacoma.

Pre-event We Sept. 3 Registration
Pre-event Th Sept. 4 Registration
Stage 1 Fr Sept. 5 Daytona Beach, FL to Lake City, FL 175 Miles
Stage 2 Sa Sept. 6 Lake City, FL to Columbus, GA 275 Miles
Stage 3 Su Sept. 7 Columbus, GA to Chattanooga, TN 250 Miles
Stage 4 Mo Sept. 8 Chattanooga, TN to Clarksville, TN 250 Miles
Stage 5 Tu Sept. 9 Clarksville, TN to Cape Girardeau, MO 200 Miles
Stage 6 We Sept. 10 Cape Girardeau, MO to Sedalia, MO 300 Miles
Stage 7 Th Sept. 11 Sedalia, MO to Junction City, KS 250 Miles
Rest Day Fr Sept. 12 Rest Day; Junction City, KS
Stage 8 Sa Sept. 13 Junction City, KS to Burlington, CO 325 Miles
Stage 9 Su Sept. 14 Burlington, CO to Golden, CO 300 Miles
Stage 10 Mo Sept. 15 Golden, CO to Grand Junction, CO 275 Miles
Stage 11 Tu Sept. 16 Grand Junction, CO to Springville, UT 300 Miles
Stage 12 We Sept. 17 Springville, UT to Elko, NV 300 Miles
Stage 13 Th Sept. 18 Elko, NV to Meridian, ID 275 Miles
Stage 14 Fr Sept. 19 Meridian, ID to Lewiston, ID 275 Miles
Stage 15 Sa Sept. 20 Lewiston, ID to Yakima, WA 250 miles
Stage 16 Su Sept. 21 Yakima, WA to Tacoma, WA 150 miles

You can follow the preparation and actual ride with Adventure Power’s Team American Iron in the pages of American Iron Magazine as well as their web site.

Filed under Cannonball Motorcycle Diaries, Events, Random Ideas by Staff Report

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