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Re: OT Cannonball Run HD
« Reply #15 on: 06.07. 2018 11:26 »
Now that is a saddle!

 I agree.

 American bikes have comfortable rider perches. Wide and thin.

 5 inches of padding is not going to make up for a seat that is too narrow to start with, and making it 3 feet long is not going to make it any better either.

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Re: OT Cannonball Run HD
« Reply #16 on: 18.07. 2018 21:17 »
Hi All,
Well the HD has departed on its first leg of the journey to USA
I managed to get about 250 test miles up on it, I would have preferred to get some more but ran out of time
I had to do a rebuild on the gearbox over the last week, luckily a friend has a HD project bike that I was able to
scavenge for some bits  *eek*
On yesterdays test run I called to his workshop and he recorded a little video of it running
he has posted the video on his facebook page (its open to non facebookers)
https://www.facebook.com/medazacycles/

Back to relative normality now for a few weeks (hopefully)
John
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Re: OT Cannonball Run HD
« Reply #17 on: 18.07. 2018 23:15 »
Hi All,
Well the HD has departed on its first leg of the journey to USA
I managed to get about 250 test miles up on it, I would have preferred to get some more but ran out of time
I had to do a rebuild on the gearbox over the last week, luckily a friend has a HD project bike that I was able to
scavenge for some bits  *eek*
On yesterdays test run I called to his workshop and he recorded a little video of it running
he has posted the video on his facebook page (its open to non facebookers)
https://www.facebook.com/medazacycles/

Back to relative normality now for a few weeks (hopefully)
John
John, is that you in the video?

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Re: OT Cannonball Run HD
« Reply #18 on: 18.07. 2018 23:43 »

 I'd be more than HAPPY to listen to that for more three-odd thousand miles   *smile*
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Re: OT Cannonball Run HD
« Reply #19 on: 19.07. 2018 20:22 »
Hi All,
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John, is that you in the video?
Yes, that's me on there  *eek*

On a bit of a high again today, I called to a friend today and we fired up the Rudge
engine I rebuilt before tackling the HD
He has been working away getting the rest of the bike together since taking the engine back
It was another case of total refurbishment, a four year project to get it this far *eek*

John
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Re: OT Cannonball Run HD
« Reply #20 on: 02.09. 2018 22:42 »
Hi All,
Well the time to travel to USA is very near  *eek*
Leaving home tomorrow and staying in Dublin tomorrow night to connect with the flight to Boston on Tuesday AM
we have a couple of days to pick up the crated bikes and get to Portland for the "tech inspection" and get ready
for the "Off"

Wish us Luck  and follow the event on the internet (Riders no.66 and no.123) + me as service crew  *work*

John
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Re: OT Cannonball Run HD
« Reply #21 on: 03.09. 2018 00:03 »
Good luck John. You will have an adventure and that's for sure!
 *smile* *eek* *smiley4*
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Re: OT Cannonball Run HD
« Reply #22 on: 03.09. 2018 04:41 »
I'm planning/hoping to view the bikes and meet John on 9/13 in Bourbonais, IL. Maybe Sluggo will hook up when they get to Portland, OR. Anyone else near the route who might visit?

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Re: OT Cannonball Run HD
« Reply #23 on: 03.09. 2018 09:42 »
Best of luck John and riders/bikes.
Just don't do what my boss did and try to take your tools as carry on luggage  *bash*. He had to wait for the next flight  *red*
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Re: OT Cannonball Run HD
« Reply #24 on: 04.09. 2018 05:12 »
Good luck John!

 No way in the world could I get time off to meet up with you, but you will be within 300 miles or so I guess.

 I think your going to like this trip, and I really hope you enjoy it here!

 Oh yeah, and try and keep track of the Harley to BSA ratio on normal roads. It's got to be 3500 to 1 *smile*

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Re: OT Cannonball Run HD
« Reply #25 on: 08.09. 2018 03:31 »
Hi All,
Well Saturday is the first "proper" day of the event *eek*
There has been a lot of spannering going on , todays run to the photo shòot through Friday evening traffic was really hard on pre 1929 clutches and brakes not to mind overheated engines *ex* *ex*  *ex*

Lee,
the ratio would be more like 350000 to 1 *sad2*

Richard
Did you get the pm I sent you?

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Re: OT Cannonball Run HD
« Reply #26 on: 08.09. 2018 04:42 »
Yes sir. Sorry for the slow reply. I will call tomorrow.

Thanks.

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Re: OT Cannonball Run HD
« Reply #27 on: 09.09. 2018 01:06 »
Hi Richard and All,
Both bikes ran well today (HD and Ariel)
But tomorrow is a much longer run
Breakfast at 6am is not usual for me *eek*

Ok Richard
Read your message

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Re: OT Cannonball Run HD
« Reply #28 on: 13.09. 2018 04:25 »
Had some great phone conversatins with John over the last couple of nights. He's been busy as a three-legged dog with fleas keeping after his two charges. Today he reports a great running day for the Ariel, but Tom, the Harley rider, is ill. I suspect John is bedded down about 60 miles from me. 

Tomorrow I'm riding out 83 miles to see the bikes and riders at the scheduled stop closest to me. That will be my longest ride ever on a motorcycle. So it's my own personal Cannonball. Wouldn't do it if I didn't have a friend on a big Harley riding along.

Turns out, I won't get to meet John in person. Support crews can't be on the same route with the bikes. If there's a breakdown, the bike is picked up by the official truck and carried to the next end point where the crew can work on it. Points are deducted accordingly.  Also turns out, John's support route runs 30 - 40 miles south if where we will ride to get to the stop for the bikes.

John told me an amusing fact about the race. The riders don't know where they're going on the back roads until they get there. The route is wound onto rollers that mount on the bars and the rider scrolls through the instructions ss he goes.

I'll be sure to post some pictures, hopefully not of my bike broken down.

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Re: OT Cannonball Run HD
« Reply #29 on: 14.09. 2018 01:25 »
DID IT! What an awesome event. My bike ran great on the 180 mile round trip. My body ran great most of the way until cramping-up in the last 50 miles. Met the rider of the '23 Ariel that John is supporting. Took a lot of pictures that I will post next week. (Actually, like an idiot, forgot my phone and took the pictures with my riding buddy's phone.)

Met a gent with an A10 in the works. Pointed at the web address on my chest and asked him to join-up, so expect.to see him here soon.

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