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#9 Chris Tribbey

Caledonia, WI

1911 Excelsior

I have been an active motorcycle enthusiast since 1978. Since then I have racked up over 500,000 miles on two wheels and have owned 50+ motorcycles. I have been lucky enough to have ridden on some awesome trips: Alaska, Mexico, Australia, and extensively in Europe. I am by nature a competitive person and have enjoyed competing in some motorcycle events from Field Games to long distance endurance rides. From the first Cannonball in 2010 I have keenly followed along as a spectator. I was in attendance at the Harley-Davidson Museum in late 2010 when Cannonball ride Bill Rodencal held an informal talk discussing his experience on the 2010 ride. I was hooked. Then in 2012 when the Cannonball route came through Milwaukee and stopped at the H-D Museum I was there to welcome the riders to Milwaukee. Goosebumps the entire night as I mingled with the riders and their machines. Fast forward to 2016 I thought I would follow along for a few days and drove down to Bloomington, IN and met up with the Riders, and followed along to Cape Girardeau, MO. Wow is all I can say.

In late 2015 I was able to acquire this one-owner 1911 Excelsior Model K Single from the Hazen family. 30.5 engine producing four horsepower. The restoration process is continuing and I will be riding the bike yet in later in 2016. This will give me time to put some miles on and become acclimated to the riding nuances the machine will dictate.

Being selected for the 2018 event is a dream come true for me. I want to thank the Reising (Hazen) family for trusting my intentions with this bike. I also want to thank my wife Nancy who provides so much support in this monumental project (restoration) and encouragement to participate.

See you down the road!