#13 Dean Bordigioni
Santa Rosa, CA
1914 Harley Davidson
Hello, my name is Dean Bordigioni and Iï¿½m number 13 in the 2018 Motorcycle Cannonball (CB). This will be my fourth Cannonball, oh my, even though before the start of my third in 2016 I thought that would be my last, and then especially after ï¬nishing I thought I was done for sure.
Welcome to the ï¿½Vortex of Insanity”. The CB is a bit of a disease. It has replaced over 90% of my motorcycle riding energy, which is OK as I have a lot of other things that interest me and Iï¿½ve had quite a life on motorbikes. It takes months to recover from the ride, and then months and months to get your bike together for the next one. You wake up in the middle of the night with a start, ï¿½damn, I forgot to order yada yada”. This goes on for months. Forgettabout the last few weeks. You are basically insane.
Then you pack your bike and your gear and you or someone drives it across the country, at least for me as Iï¿½m in California. This may be the worst week of the entire two years of prep as your little baby is vulnerable. Regardless of your cautions, something can happen including accident and theft – the bastards!
I was an athlete once a long time ago. Before the game there was always the butterï¬‚ies, and then that ï¬rst hit – football obviously – and it was all good. All the anxiety and preparation builds within the vortex, especially when you arrive at the takeoff point, this year Portland, Maine, even though youï¿½re really happy to be here and see your once-every-two-years friends. Everybody is jazzed and the feeling of privilege and wonder start to erode the vortex. Just like that ï¬rst hit, when we leave that ï¬rst day it is glorious and it all makes sense again.
Our ride across America, on vintage bikes and mostly vintage, two-lane roads is magniï¬cent. Exhausting and painful at times, but magniï¬cent. Iï¿½m truly looking forward to seeing the Cannonballers again, getting stoked after passing inspection and waking up way too early on that ï¬rst day, putting on the gear and wearing the game face. My nature is to do my best, so I will try with all I have once again.
We are Team Vino. We have had a very successful run in the Cannonball over the past 6 years and weï¿½re going for it again. Iï¿½m proud and honored to have Ciro Nisi of Italy on Team Vino this year, rider #102. We met at the 2016 CB and have become friends, amici. His lovely daughter Frederica may not be able to attend this year, but weï¿½re hopeful she can.
Chrystiano Miranda has been my road mechanic for the past three CBs and heï¿½s returning this year. Chrys once worked for me at my Harley-Dealership in Marin County, CA – Golden Gate Harley-Davidson. He is a brother now.
Fellow Cannonball rider Robert ï¿½BIG SWEDE” Gustavsson will be riding shotgun again as driver and mechanic.
My brother Tom Bordigioni, great friend Kurty Kurt Campbell and all around good guy and cheap cigar buyer Bruce Cooper will once again be crossing the country on modern motorcycles and meeting up with the team at the end of the day.
My ï¬rst CB build, my ï¿½23 H-D J, was built by Marty Schilber, my former Service Manager at Golden Gate H-D. That engine has crossed the United States twice on that build, winning Class II in 2014, and its returning for the ï¿½18. Iï¿½ve decided to start with my 1914 Harley Single, but the ï¿½23 will be with us just in case.
Steve Huntzinger built some of my ï¿½23, but he was the only one who touched my 1914, the bike I piloted in the 2016 CB. That bike made a historic run across the country, ï¬nishing every full mile and winning Class I. We didnï¿½t win the overall, but that was my fault, not the bikeï¿½s. I truly believe my 1914 Harley-Davidson Single Belt Drive is the ï¬nest motorcycle to ever compete in the Motorcycle Cannonball.
To read more about Team Vino, please check out my winery website: annadelestatewinery.com. There is a Team Vino page in About Us.
I want to thank Lonnie Isam, our hero, for founding the MC, and Jason Sims for carrying the torch after Lonnie left us. You are doing a great job Jason.
Thank you for reading if you got this far!