When Victor Boocock, Motorcycle Cannonball rider #29, decided to take his 1914 Harley Davidson single for a jaunt across America earlier this year, he did so with the explicit intention of being alone and with nothing planned. Just man and his machine.
Personable and charming, Japanese born motorcycle builder Shinya Kimura is Motorcycle Cannonball’s rider #80. Like so many of the Cannonball riders, Shinya has been working hard to ready his motorcycle for the 3,325-mile trip through 11 States that is scheduled for September 10, 2010. Shown here with his best friend and co-rider, Yoshimasa Nimi, the 1915 Indian twin is taking shape.
Frank Wesley Buddy Stubbs, Motorcycle Cannonball entrant No. 42, is the well-known and long-time owner of two Harley-Davidson motorcycle dealerships in central Arizona. Buddy, as everyone knows him, also has a background as a successful motorcycle racer and as a Hollywood stuntman. Buddy’s motorcycle museum, part of his Harley dealership operation, has a large collection of classic motorcycles, including the one he will be riding in the Motorcycle Cannonball.
“I've been the Harley-Davidson dealer in Phoenix, AZ for 44 years,” Buddy tells us, “and also have a dealership at Anthem, north of Phoenix.”
Energetic, enthusiastic, and smiling are just three words that describe Pete Young, Motorcycle Cannonball rider #36. Also a tireless ambassador for the world of classic motorcycling, Pete will be riding his 1913 Premier for the event’s historical odyssey this fall.
Residing in San Francisco, California with his wife Kim and their two small children, Pete is a true Renaissance man. An engineer by trade, he also restores and maintains his many vintage motorcycles, participates in local and national riding events, volunteers his time in support of the riding lifestyle, and even spreads the vintage bike word via an Internet blog site.
Some of the riders planning to compete in the 2010 Cannonball have extensive experience in long-distance riding. Some have even completed cross-country races on antique machinery before.
And then there’s Dave Fusiak, who readily admits, “I’ve never ridden cross-country on anything. The longest ride I’ve ever taken on a bike is about 150 miles.”
That’s not to say Fusiak is inexperienced. Since getting his first minibike in second grade, he’s never been without a motorcycle, progressing through a career as a motocross racer to become a serious collector of, and competitor on, antique motorcycles.