Victor Boocock rides across the USA: 1914 HD one speed
On Saturday Victor finished his ride, 13 days across the USA from NYC to SF. We met him as he pulled into the Dudley Perkins HD dealership. He has been planning this trip for 3 years, and did a great job of it. Something around 300 miles a day on a very old motorbike, with no real problems to speak of, other than a screwdriver getting stuck in his (2nd) rear tire.
You can read some of the daily play by play here: http://www.motorcyclecannonball.com/forum/showthread.php?tid=220
The bike will be on display at Dudley Perkins this week if you want to see it in person.
This September, Victor and myself and 70 more guys will be riding pre 1916 bikes from Kitty Hawk, North Carolina to Santa Monica, California. A different route than Victor took last week, but about 3300 miles in 16 days. It is called the Motorcycle Cannonball, a link is here. Victor will again be on his 1914 HD, I’ll be on my 1913 Premier single. For more info on the Premier try these links. For more info on Victor’s bike you can dig into the Cannonball site.
Victor and the Missus.
One spare tire and one worn tire mounted on the handlebars. Also a pair of gloves, an air horn for stray dogs, GPS device, extra toolbox, etc.
Note that the rear carrier has an extra fuel tank, plus another tool box, a tattered rain kit, plus two leather cases to hold his clothes, more tools and spares, etc. The extra weight was about 60 pounds on that rear tire…
The rear tire expired after about 1800 miles. Ouch.
With these little oil bottles, Victor could lube the rockers while on the move…
Being interviewed by City Bike.
Twin bicycle taillights to match the headlights on the front end.
A toast of the bubbly
A wall of motors
Should we tell them that this one isn’t a 1911-1925 HD F head? Check the writing on the crankcase… ;)
Kareem Abdul Jabbar