#2 Steve DeCosa
I am honored to be a part of the 2016 Motorcycle Cannonball. I had a good finish in the 2014 Cannonball aboard a 1927 Harley Davidson JD that we restored at home.
My background is as a high school Technology teacher for 36 years. For the second two thirds of my career I taught Computer Assisted Drawing – Mechanical / Architectural CAD, and 3d Modeling with AutoCad and other industrial software products. As proud as I was of my students and their work and our curriculum, I’m enjoying retirement and having more time for my projects.
I began motorcycling in 2011 with a late model HD Heritage Softail. Prior to that, I had been an antique car guy all my life doing our own mechanical work, sheet metal, paint, upholstery and assembly at home. I also have a 1936 Ford coupe stock car that I restored and raced at over twenty different tracks over the years.
In 2012 I saw the sendoff from Newburgh, NY of the 2012 Cannonball, and was bitten by the antique motorcycle bug! I picked up a 1927 Harley JD project bike that came in pieces and boxes, and began restoration in 2013. I did all the light machine work, fin repair, welding, brazing, soldering, paint, pin striping, nickel plating, parkerizing, wheel building and truing, and mechanical assembly in our garage at home.
I am proud to have ridden my ’27 Harley JD cross country from Daytona to Tacoma in the 2014 Cannonball. For 2016 we are building a stock style 1915 Harley-Davidson 11 hp twin cylinder, three speed model that will have very few changes from original. My wife Joan will again be my Crew Chief and entire Crew.
We have met so many wonderful people through the Cannonball, and saw such amazing sights! We’re looking forward to seeing Cannonball friends old and new, and to the challenges of the 2016 Cannonball “Race of the Century”!
I invite everyone to watch updates of the build almost daily on my FaceBook page.
1915 Harley Davidson Twin
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