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post #1 of 12 Old Sep 10th, 2010, 5:19 pm Thread Starter
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Motorcycle cannonball

Sept 16-18 the Motorcycle Cannonball consisting of 58 riders on pre 1916 motorcycles will be stopping in Hot Springs, Arkansas on their coast to coast ride.
Yes, I did say pre 1916 motorcycles riding coast to coast.
http://www.motorcyclecannonball.com

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post #2 of 12 Old Apr 21st, 2012, 3:25 am
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Re: Motorcycle cannonball

Looks like they filmed one of these . . .

http://youtu.be/gG9Ze95DjFo

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post #3 of 12 Old Apr 21st, 2012, 8:09 am
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A friend and I went to see them. We rode from Los Angeles up to Mt. Wilson, then over the Angeles Crest Highway to meet them at the Harley-Davidson dealer in Victorville. The next day they rode into Santa Monica, their final destination.

Some riders were very friendly and others were very grouchy. You couldn't blame them too much - they had just ridden across the desert in temperatures over 100 F.

They had a photographer/videographer with them. He rode on the back of a motorcycle, facing backwards. He had contrived a padded post that went between his legs to keep himself from falling off the bike.

My favorite quote was, "If it ain't leakin' oil, then it ran out."

Here are some selected photos that I took.

Photos: Group shots, the photographer's motorcycle with the rear-facing seat, a few old Harleys.
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A few more photos of some of the non-Harley motorcycles - Excelsior, Henderson, Indian, Pope, and Premier.
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Re: Motorcycle cannonball

Hi , Maybe it's just me,...but ...I don't see were there will be stopping in Hot Springs, Arkansas on their coast to coast ride. It looks like they maybe not too far from me to get a look at them.

http://www.motorcyclecannonball.com/...=255&Itemid=53



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Re: Motorcycle cannonball

The original post was referring to the 2010 Cannonball run. I think it was the 2011 run that was filmed. The map posted shows the 2012 route.

It looks like a hell of a lot of fun . . .

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Hi Ken , your right..I didn't catch the year of the original post. Turns out a friend of mine was some kind of support rider in the 2010 Cannonball run. He has a Sidecar rig that is set up to carry a cannonball bike on ...like a flat bed tow truck kind of thing. I would put a picture of it here , but it was linking back to FB .

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For the record, the photos I posted were taken on 25 September 2010, the day before the riders arrived in Santa Monica. I saw the "reverse passenger seat" that was used for photos and videos. There was no Motorcycle Cannonball in 2011, so it is reasonable to assume that the video for the film was taken in 2010. The 2010 Motorcycle Cannonball followed a southern route from Kitty Hawk to Santa Monica.

The 2012 Motorcycle Cannonball will follow the northern route posted above, from New York City to San Francisco via Sturgis.
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Think there's time to get this one fixed up for the next Cannonball?

1903 Indian original unrestored, oldest known u.s.-made motorcycle



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After hanging on a dentist's wall for 30 years and then being stowed in a garage and then a basement, a 1903 Indian motorcycle will have a new owner. On Saturday, April 21 at the Frederick County Fairgrounds bidders from around the country will compete to own a piece of two-wheeled history from Charlie Alder, Jr.'s estate.

"This motorcycle predates the Harley—the bike most Americans associate with home grown motorcycles," explained Steve Rinker, who runs Buck's Indian, an Indian motorcycle restoration firm in Romney, WV. Rinker added, "The handful of 1902 Indian models that were built were then deconstructed, their parts used to build the 1.75-horsepower 1903 models. And as far as we know, this is the only complete 1903 still in existence."

"What makes this bike particularly intriguing is that it's never been restored. Except for a few nuts and bolts used for early repairs, this bike is all original," added Josh Ruby, the auctioneer entrusted with selling the motorcycle for the Alder estate. "And I do mean 'bike.' This is one of the most primitive motorized vehicles you'll ever see—a real peek into what innovation looked like over a hundred years ago."

The motorcycle has already travelled more miles in 2012 than it has cumulatively in the last 90 years—albeit in the back of a van. "It was a hit at Daytona [Bike Week]," said Rinker, who has been storing the bike at his private museum of antique motorcycles until it makes its trip to the auction in Western Maryland.

Multiple pre-1930 Indian and Harley Davidson motorcycles—and even a side car—will accompany the 1903 model on the auction block. While those models have some limited sale comparables, Ruby admits he doesn't know what to expect as far as number of bidders or sale price for the 1903. "This motorcycle hasn't been sold since the 1950's. The last time it changed hands outside of the family was during a barter for $50 of construction work by Charlie's dad—before the bike was considered to have collectable value. So, it will be exciting for all of us, as those bids come in."

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Re: Motorcycle cannonball

Thanks for the post. In September they're going to be within 250 miles of where I live. Great excuse for a ride.

Thanks again for the heads up.

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120 miles from home to Sandusky, OH - their third stop, September 8-9. Maybe we'll check them out!

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I was curious about the auction and searched on it:

It sold for $155,000.

http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2012/...ls-for-155000/

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