#116 Keith Martin
1924 Norton 16H
A Sears 5HP mini bike at age 7 inspired Keith Martin’s lifelong love of motorcycles. He’s never been without one since. The owner of Big D Cycle in Dallas, Texas, says that he feels lucky to have been involved in the motorcycle business for 30 years as a dealer, racer, mechanic and restorer.
In 1987 Keith went to work for AMA hall-of-famer and renowned Triumph tuner, Jack Wilson. Working for Wilson, Keith learned to do the very best job he could on every bike he worked on.
Martin has participated in nearly every form of motorcycle competition including road racing, drag racing, land speed racing at Bonneville, and the Pike’s Peak Hill Climb. He is excited to ride in his first Motorcycle Cannonball. However, Keith is no stranger to the race.
For 2016 Cannonball Century Race Keith prepared Richard Asprey’s 1915 Norton Model 16TT. Then he went along on the race as Richard’s crew chief. Martin says, “My first Cannonball was one of the best events I have ever been involved with. To be surrounded by real motorcycle people 24/7 for 16 days was truly magnificent. He’s preparing three flat tank Nortons for 2018, and he’ll be riding one of them as part of Team Norton.
Keith gives credit for the success and fun he’s enjoyed in his motorcycle adventures to his wife Alyssa. He says, “Without her I couldn’t do what I do.” Keith is looking forward to seeing his new friends again in 2018, and meeting more real motorcycle people.
If you need to contact Keith, you can send him an email: Keith@ntnoa.org