Getting Ready For The Cannonball Challenge. Shinya Kimura.

On September 10, 2010 the green flag will be waved to pre-1916 motorcycles like Pope, Sears, Flying Merkel, Excelsior, Henderson, Indian, Triumph, and the Harley-Davidson’s Silent Grey Fellows, and riders will be thumping their way from the US east coast to the west for the . I have quite a few friends participating to this 2-week event, and this video shows you one of them, Japanese born and US based Shinya Kimura, preparing the 1915 Indian twin he will ride.

12 Responses to “Getting Ready For The Cannonball Challenge. Shinya Kimura.”

  1. 1 TodT Aug 27th, 2010 at 7:05 am

    I can never get too much of Shinyu’s working environment. Everything in that garage reeks with coolness.

  2. 2 Aug 27th, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    Good luck for the challenge to all participants.

  3. 3 BadMonkeyMW Aug 27th, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    This whole thing is the essence of motorcycling. A bunch of guys doing something unique simply for the love of riding and the love of bikes. Good luck to all of them.

  4. 4 Cris Sommer Simmons Aug 28th, 2010 at 10:31 am

    And one American girl!!

  5. 5 martin Aug 28th, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    This is a great article,and if nothing else on their ride they have fun.

  6. 6 Aug 30th, 2010 at 11:19 am

    These are on close-out sale.

    Have a great trip. You guys & gals should be able to find someone that can make a secure sheepskin cover for the seat. Comfy at mile 2,459.
    Can you ride with no hands on one of those “puddle jumpers”? Just long enough to take a toke from a hash-pipe? 🙂 Stay ripped.
    You folks will have an unforgettable adventure.
    Your shops chomp. It’s fun to work at a bench where all your stuff is where you left it.
    I talk to my motorcycles all the time. Tell them which one’s going to be worked on today, and what work will be done in the future, to the others leaning on kick-stands.

  7. 7 Aug 30th, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    The k-belt above is for kids.
    Here’s one from JCW. Extra large though.

  8. 8 Aug 30th, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    Wear something around your neck. A lot of body heat is lost from a bare neck.
    Foam earplugs are a must.

    Don’t drink coffee, it makes you pee.

  9. 9 Aug 30th, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    Vest’s are good to have on hand. Keeps the wind from blasting your chest.
    Sometimes a vest is all you need, that and a tube of SPF-50.

  10. 10 Aug 31st, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    I have two vests if you want them. They’ll fit. Canvas w/quilted interior. One’s khaki, the others one’s black.
    They both have V-Twin on the left and “kirk” on the right. You can take a magic marker and make the “K” into an “R”.
    One of you can be Kirk and the other one Rick.
    Lemme know. I’ll roll them up tight and put them in a priority box.

  11. 11 Sep 7th, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    Wool stays warm when it’s soaking wet.

    Wet cotton doesn’t.

  12. 12 Sep 8th, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    Kidney belts

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