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Reservation Racing: Thundering Herd 9/5/2014
Thursday, 11 September 2014 06:19
 
Reservation Racing: Ol Man River
Thursday, 11 September 2014 06:19

Unbelievable! That is what we thought when we rolled into the town center of Cape Girardeau.They closed off Spanish Street, put up huge speakers and welcomed us with fabulous hospitality. When we roll into town there is always a festive air like when the circus used to come to small towns. And Cape Girardeau joined right in. Crowds gaped at the display of these beautiful pre 1936 machines, restaurants and Taverns were spruced up with their festive finery and great staffs. The town sits right on the Mississippi river and it is proud of its heritage. The Csnnonball has its own stories, of course and one of these stories is about Buck Carson. Certainly one of the most popular riders, he ran into trouble yesterday. Young and tough as he is, he was a bit sad as his ride was interrupted. He will get the bike running again you can bet not that. Some of the other guests today are Thomas Trapp, David Lloyd, Paul Holsworth, Vinnie Grasser, and Jessica Lauritson.

 
Reservation Racing: Day 6 Carnage Record!

If you are into old westerns there is a classic you might know named Bad Day at Black Rock. Well today was it. At the start it was cold and rainy. Again. And it was going to be the longest ride of the Cannonball. The Kirk and Ryan were ready. They had five days of perfect scores and topped the charts at #’s 15 and 17. There seemed to no reason for this day to be any different. It was. Kirk was a hundred miles out when Pandora was done. It was kinda scary. He was going fast when his motor seized up and he skidded down the road. Another hour and half, Ryan was done. His trouble wasn’t so serious. Wet Mag. He could fix it and be on the road again tomorrow but his perfect score was over. After the day was over the toll of bikes on the seep truck was an all time record. Fifteen bikes were on the truck. Bill Wood has a bird’s eye view from the truck. Quite a story.

 
Reservation Racing: Day After

Ryan was able to get his bike back out onto the road the next morning. He wasn’t too happy without his partner but Kirk’s bike needed to have the engine replaced. With the rest day coming up and again cold and wet Ryan took off. Later we catch up to him as he and Kirk begin the process of taking the engine out of Ally, the parts bike and putting it into Pandora. They could do that and take a penalty hit of two hundred points. If they had just swapped out the bikes that would have meant disqualification. Finally, late in the evening Scott Byrd, the other dentist on the Cannonball stopped by for a few laughs. Work to be done, the Cannonball to be rode, laughs to be had.

 
Reservation Racing: Day 10 The Switcheroo

After easily cruising home the night before the SHTF right before race time. Ryan’s bike who other than getting wet, which an old girl doesn’t like, Morticia threw a hissy fit. More to the point 84 year old bakelite material crumbled in the Mag. Of course Ryan had no idea what it was so gave it a herculean effort to get it started to no avail. Thus Kirk was to be on his own for the first time in the race. He did good. As Ryan says, he brought home one for the Res. The Cannonball requires on certain stops that the bikes be parked and on display. This is a great idea for the crowds who have gathered by the thousands in some cases to see the vintage bikes. It is a little tough on the Cannonballers who have to ride all day long and then snooze for a couple of hours. But yesterday was exceptional. This time we stopped at David Uhl’s art studio. He is famous for his vintage bike paintings. The party was just fabulous, the food was great and the welcome was superb. Thanks David!

The boys worked late again last night and the bikes are ready for tomorrow! Great work, guys! The great climb over the Rockies!

 
Reservation Racing: Great Host

The ride from Grand Junction CO to Springville, UT had some spectacular scenery. At the end of the ride the Legends Motorcycle Museum put on a great feast, music, and a tour of Legends Motorcycle Museum by Rick Salisbury and his wonderful daughter Jen. We’ve been hosted by some wonderful folks but Rick put on a show for us that will be hard to beat. Scott Jacobs, a highly successful Motorcycle artist puts in an appearance. Buck Carson and Paul Ousey get get haircuts in the old time barber shop that is right in the Museum. There is now a reason that every biker has to go to Springville UT.

 
Reservation Racing: About the Ride

Yesterday the Cannonball was from Golden Colorado to Grand Junction, Colorado. It took us up and over the Rockies and we stopped in Leadville, Colorado. What a cool mountain town.

I was going to name this video Lone Wolf, in honor of Mike Carson. But he’s so shy so I thought better of it. Yes, the video has glitches. No time for great post processing. When you are getting video from the back of a bike its almost unwatchable so watch it without any BS because its all about the Ride, man. I can hear Dennis Hopper now. This is for the riders and those who love them. It is about the freedom and beauty of the Ride.

The music is from Warrior from Andy Caldwell. Its from Ryan Allen’s favorites collection. Bought and paid for from iTunes. And it ain’t being monitized.

 
Reservation Racing: Video Flashback, Morning Madness

From 14 September 2014. Somehow I missed this one.

Every morning it is the same. It is like the circus opening up its tent. A new day. The night before every biker has been tweaking the machine, every morning dawns with a new hope for the day, new stories ready to be told. You see it and one day it hits you how much this morning madness is compelling, addictive in the words of Robb Priske. People come out to see just this morning energy where the bikers are revving their motors, shaking hands, and wishing luck. There is drama, too. The desperate measures some are trying to deploy to get their bikes running before the cut off time. The time when the sweep trucks leave the house and the game is afoot or abike…

 
Bean're Report: Giuseppe Savoretti and his 1931 Moto Guzi Sport
Written by Alleydude   
 
2014 Motorcycle Cannonball Chattanooga Rider Check In
Written by Alleydude   
 
Antique Motorcycle Cannonball Run 2014 - Ed Siarkowicz Photographic Images, LLC
Sunday, 07 September 2014 14:17
 
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