Sunday, November 23, 2014
Thursday, September 25, 2014
The Seattle cossacks performed at the Lemay car museum which was the official end to the 2014 cannonball. The cossacks are a motorcycle stunt team who have have been together for 75 years. They all ride hand shift Harleys
Friday, September 19, 2014
Man I man. I can't believe that we are already on stage 14. Our bikes have covered a lot of miles and have not had any real problems or issues. We had to tighten up the neck bearings on my dad's 36 and I rotated the tires on my 36. The rear tire had 7 thousand miles on it and was getting a little thin. It still has some meat left to it . I will put a new one on before I ride the bike back to south Dakota. This is the first big trip that we have used all state tires. They are really nice and wear well. I got stuck in the rain on them one day and they did great when compared to other vintage tires . We got Jasons vl rebuilt and running again. He is out of the game in points and decided to continue riding our spare bike and having fun rather than beat his head against the wall with his old flathead. Over 30 percent of the entrants have broken down, given up or fallen out of the range of points needed to finish. This cannonball has been the most brutal one yet. Lonnie is going to do a 16 and earlier run in 2016 which is awesome. The days will be shorter and there will be fewer entrants.
Anyways here are some photos from the last few days.
Anyways here are some photos from the last few days.
Thursday, September 11, 2014
We got.to work on the bike as soon as the truck dropped it off. I changed the points, condenser and spark plugs and fired the el up. It still ran eratically. I shut it off and checked the pushrods and discovered that the rear exhaust pushrod was a little snug. I loosened it up and it fired right up and ran great. Scott is back on it today and he shouldn't have any problems making the distance
I woke up this morning and checked the motorcycle cannonball Facebook page and saw this sad image of the first bike to ever burn.to.the ground on the cannonball runs. The bike is a 28 jd and unfortunately very damaged. The good.news is that the rider is safe and sound
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
This 36 rl is being piloted by buck from texas. It's a nice complete bike that was restored in the 70s. Buck went through it to prep it for the run and has been tweaking and adjusting it to make it better on the road. He is a determined guy and a lot of fun to be around
Monday, September 8, 2014
My dad's 36 is jamming out and running perfectly. Unfortunately he is 40 points from a perfect score because of the flat tire that he got on the first day.
Jason is riding our 39 El since his vl is broke down he is not eligible for points while riding a different bike but at least he gets to enjoy the route. And scenery
When we arrived at Chattanooga we used the time we had available to tear into Jasons vl and do an assessment on the damage caused by under oiling. We got the front piston unstuck and we were surprised to discover that the bottom end and rods were OK. We overnight shipped some new pistons valves and gaskets to our next stop and will hopefully have the vld on the road this week.
Saturday, September 6, 2014
Friday, September 5, 2014
Here is a picture of my bike crossing the start line. Scott is is an ex marine and super disciplined. I think that he is going to do really well on the run and make a lot of miles.
Here is my dad doing what he does best-- smiling and riding motorcycle
Friday, August 8, 2014
Their bikes were running 30 second half mile laps, the pros were running 25 second laps. All of the new bike guys were shocked at how fast the old bikes were running. Thanks to all of our sponsors, the track promoters and the people that showed up to see the races. It was a huge honor to be a part of this event and see my wife and friends race on the original track that racers ripped around on at the first Sturgis.
Sunday, August 3, 2014
Britney and Jim will be putting on a cool exhibition run on their board track bikes on Tuesday and Wednesday at the pappy hoel vintage classic race. Brit will be on her 23 and Jim will be racing his 28 indian. It should be a neat experience.
Here is a picture of David Uhls official Sturgis painting for this year. The bike is a 1939 knucklehead that we built for a friend six or eight years ago. My friend Joe took some pictures of me on the bike way back then. We took the pictures of Britney and my sister last summer. David pieced the images together into a really cool piece. I ordered a print and can't wait to see it in real life.
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Monday, June 30, 2014
Brittney, lock and I headed west late last week for born free 6. Here is a picture of us with the bike I built for the show. This was the most challenging build that I have ever done. I did a lot of the work ay friends shops while Brittney and I were living in Minnesota and waiting for our son to be born. It's
We also drew the two winners for our cannonball golden ticket project that we have been working on. The first place prize is an all expense paid trip to go on the cannonball and ride my bike from Florida to Washington along with a 100 other old bike enthusiasts. Scott from the southern us won the first prize, and will have a great time riding an El coast to coast
The second place prize is an all expense paid trip to go to Milwaukee and visit the Harley Davidson museum and give a behind the scenes look into the archives. Kevin from Canada was drawn for that experience.
Thanks to everyone that signed up and participated. It's great to see how many people are excited about old motorcycles and riding them.
Sunday, June 15, 2014
In Two weeks we will pick the winner for the cannonball golden ticket project. The cannonball golden ticket is an opportunity for someone to win an all expense paid trip to go ride my 1936 knucklehead on the 2014 cannonball. My dad will be riding his 36 el and Brittney, my son and I will be running chase truck and supporting both riders. Harley Davidson stepped up and donated a second place prize for someone from any where in the world to go and visit the Harley Museum and get a behind the scenes look at the archives.
Here is a pic of my bike from the maternity photos that I shot with Brittney a few months ago. I have owned it for over ten years and ridden it and pushed it to its limits. It is the oldest Harley Davidson to complete an Iron Butt Run, and the oldest bike to do one with a passenger. I am comfortable in saying that it is the only bike that will be running the cannonball in September that has been ridden 24 hours straight and gone 1100 miles in less that 24 hours. Even though a 36 el is over 75 years old, it performs like a new bike. and holds up really well. who ever wins the Cannonball Golden Ticket, will have 2 of the best weeks of their life.