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#39 Cameron Saure

Queen Valley, AZ

1925 Harley-Davidson JDCB

My first knowledge of motorcycles began at a very young age from my Mothers Brother (uncle) who raced Harley Davidsons and Vincents in the 40s and 50s. He was into dirt flat track, drag racing and running a Vincent streamliner at Bonneville. He always sent me pictures and postcards of his racing exploits when I was a kid which I still have most of. He also taught my Mother to ride in the early 50s on his Panhead bobber. As a result there was enthusiastic support at home when I first got a new 1965 Honda at 10 years old. Then I moved on to a 1966 650 BSA when I was 15. After a couple years on that it was Several Harley Davidsons including Sportsters, several Panheads and a couple Shovelheads. Some of which I still own, plus several other motorcycles. Over the years these were ridden all over the America. What better way was there to see the country during the gas crisis in the 70s! I have also owned a 33 VL,30 VL and a couple old Excelsiors (single and twin) in the past. Other passions included Model T Fords, Early V8 Fords and a 1929 Great Lakes Biplane that I restored that I enjoyed flying around the country without the conveniences of electric start, radios and electronic navigation. That is why I think the Cannonball fits very nicely into my passions. I chose a 1925 Harley because a basket became available and it was made in the same year that my late Father was born, sort of a commemoration to him and his memory. He would have enthusiastically supported me on such a venture. The 25 JD was a fairly decent rust free motorcycle that someone began a restoration on in the late 60s but had never completed the project, which then sat for years. It had the wrong engine (a 22 J) and very few 25 engine parts except cases. I am in the process of searching out all the correct engine parts to complete this. I like my motorcycles to be as absolutely correct as possible, but absolutely believe in riding them as much as possible. which is what they were meant for in the first place. I hope to include positive updates on this project in the future.