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#72 Dan Kraft

1928 Indian 401

1928 Indian 401

Dan Kraft, #72 was the same age as his riding number in 2016 on his second Cannonball Run.   In 2014 Dan rode with his middle son, Robb Kraft; and in 2016 and 2018 with his eldest son, Todd Kraft  #71. In 2020 Dan and Todd (#71) will partner again.  Dan has been married to his beautiful wife, Janice for 54 years and together they have three sons, a daughter, two daughters-in-law, and nine grand-children. Born and raised in Santa Cruz, Dan is well known and beloved in the community. Dan started Kraft’s Body Shop, 54 years ago out of his garage and today it has over 40 employees. Dan is retired and his son, Todd, continues to operate the family business. Dan’s hobbies are too many to list but a few include—Old Ford’s, Old Cars, Indian Motorcycles, Whizzer bikes and Surfing. Dan and his son Todd rode Thor motorcycles for the 2016 Cannonball Run with the Thor Losers. Those bikes proved to be quite a challenge to not only pull together but to keep running for the last Cannonball.  In an early test ride on Mother’s Day 2016, Dan went down on his bike doing a good deal of damage to his face, hand and bike.  Although not completely healed, he felt good enough to participate in the 2016 ride. One souvenir of the accident was his hand-made metal eye patch with his #72 on it. Dan enjoys looking like a pirate and occasionally uses the eyepatch to this day. On the 2018 Cannonball, Dan Kraft rode a 1928 Indian, with the Surf City Vintage Riders. Three of his grandsons, Daniel, Michael and Jed were able to join the support crew for a portion of the ride and enjoyed wrenching on the bikes with their Poppy and dad.  During a practice run, Dan’s bike caught on fire and if it weren’t for the quick thinking of Daniel, Michael, Jed and Bob Beatty– along with a sacrificed vintage Indian leather jacket, gravel and a fire extinguisher–the bike would have burned to the ground!  Luckily the boys inherited their love of vintage bikes from their Poppy and after a few long nights, they got #72 back on the road to finish the ride. Dan has been talked into doing the 2020 Cannonball for a fourth time.