#2 Steve DeCosa
1915 Harley-Davidson 11F
I am Steve DeCosa of Oswego, New York, Rider No. 2 for the 2020 Motorcycle
I guess I’ve forgotten how difficult the Cannonball is, because I am back for a fourth time
to ride an ancient machine across the U.S!
In 2014 I rode from Daytona, Florida to Tacoma, Washington aboard a 1927 Harley-
Davidson that we built at home.
In 2016 I rode from Atlantic City, New Jersey to Carlsbad, California; and in 2018 I rode
from Portland, Maine to Portland, Oregon on a 1915 Harley-Davidson we also built at
Our 1915 Harley earned the Class 3 (Multi-Cylinder/Multi-Speed) Championship in 2016,
and again in 2018.
At this time, I am undecided which machine to ride for 2020 – our 1927 Harley JD, our
1915 Harley 3 speed Twin, or a 1912 Harley chain drive Twin we are working on.
Regardless of which machine I choose, it is an honor to participate in the Motorcycle
My crew will consist of my wife of forty-seven years, “Crew Chief” Joan, and our daughter,
“Assistant Crew Chief” Alyson.
I took up motorcycling in 2011 shortly after retiring from thirty-six years as a high school
Industrial Arts/Technology teacher. I taught many different “shop” classes over the years,
but most of my career was teaching CAD – Computer Assisted Drawing and 3d modeling
for architectural and mechanical applications with AutoCad and other industrial software
products. As proud as I was of my students and program, it is a great privilege to be
retired and have time for projects such as the Cannonball.
Before taking up motorcycling, I’ve enjoyed fifty years of various Model T, Model A, and
Flathead V8 Ford projects, including some vintage racing. On both the car and bike
projects we’ve had fun doing all our own mechanical assembly, body and sheet metal
work, paint, pin striping, upholstery, wiring, wheel lacing, nickel plating, light machine
work, and fabrication in our home garage.
I will always be grateful to Lonnie Isam Jr. for having the vision and passion to create the
Motorcycle Cannonball; and to Jason and Lee Ann Sims for their dedication and capable
We treasure our friends and experiences made through the Cannonball, and look forward
to making new ones!
Godspeed, and Good Luck to All