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Victor Boocock rides across the USA: 1914 HD one speed

June 5, 2010

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:

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.

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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.

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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


Some pics of the Dudley Perkins HD dealership.  FYI, Dud was a Hall of Fame racer/dealer/sponsor/good guy.  Google him for some more info.


A wall of motors

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Should we tell them that this one isn’t a 1911-1925 HD F head?  Check the writing on the crankcase…  😉

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Kareem Abdul Jabbar

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. June 6, 2010 8:57 pm

    Great story and photos. The Excelsior engine on display is quite a crack up!

  2. Ganesh .R permalink
    June 6, 2010 10:57 pm

    I’m full of tears with joy & stumbling for words due to happiness!!! Amazing, really amazing, this is the true love between the man & his machine. Give it to a person who is a regular commuter, he would be even frightened to touch the motorcycle. But one who loves so deep, so passionate & knows inside out of his machine will never ever give up for anything. Kudos to Mr.Victor Boocock; My heart felt congratulations.

  3. william whalen permalink
    June 8, 2010 8:45 pm

    I can’t type fast enough to express my admiration for taking a bike such as this,on such a trip, which most folks buy and trailer to a few expos a year, MAYBE starting it for the crowd, I rank this achievement with the greatest of the century, right up there with the invention of penicilon, the Hubble telescope, Einstiens’ general theroy , I digress, great to see such a feat performed and my admiration cannot be relayed with a keyboard. Just let me close with , THANK YOU , Victor, you are my hero! Willy

  4. Anonymous permalink
    June 17, 2010 8:50 pm


  5. wagner peres permalink
    July 13, 2010 4:42 pm

    Amazing history! I have two dreams: a day own a hd like this and make a big jorney me and my bike alone on the road! Congratulations Mr. Victor from brasil

  6. December 15, 2010 6:42 am

    Great ride Victor.


  7. Alcione Lara permalink
    March 16, 2011 4:06 am

    parabéns amigo! O mundo precisa de homens que mostram que sonhos são possiveis e podem ser alcançados.
    Congratulations my fiend.The world needs man that show dreams are possible and can get it(sorry my English)

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