That would be a terrible fate. One definitely to be avoided if at all possible
I sincerely thank you for your offer, but a complicating factor is something big I'm working on now (no, not a MÃ¼nch Mammoth) that will require a lot of time the fall of 2020 if everything falls into place. September 2020 comes at a very inconvenient time.
Sorry for the ambiguity. When I said "something big I'm working on" I didn't mean to imply I was rebuilding a big motorcycle. The Ariel and Spitfire are the only two rebuilding projects in the immediate future (although dreams of assembling a rat bike BSA from parts dance in my head...).
That's an alternative fact, i.e. something that 40% of people will believe despite it being total bunk. As either Abraham Lincoln or PT Barnum is thought to have said, you can fool some of the people all of the time. Anyway, no Presidential run for me. You heard it here first. As for another Cannonball run, ...
Originally Posted by George Kaplan
without being a slave to originality as you have been with the Spitfire.
I prefer to think of it as indentured servitude, since there's a glimmer of hope I might be released from its bonds someday.
A very distressing development occurred today. Participants in the recent Cannonball got a text from the organizers saying the 2020 Cannonball will be for pre-1930 motorcycles. Unfortunately, this means my 1928 Ariel again would qualify. The reason this is so disturbing is that it eliminates my hoped-for excuse that a different machine would be needed, which would have freed me from having to think about this. Damn...
Well you could consider it "sort of cheating" as that makes it newish by Cannonball standards.
Jeez, what does it take to get a little respect around here? ("Big deal, you rode a 90-year old bike across the country. Come back when you've ridden something old.")
Update: previous participants got an email from the Cannonball earlier today but weren't supposed to reveal details until they were "officially" posted. I extracted the following from an announcement that's now on the Cannonball website:
"This time we will be changing it up a bit, instead of the traditional East Coast to West Coast, we will be starting in the north in Sault Ste. Marie, MI located on the Canadian border and in the Heart of the Great lakes which is considered the 4th coast and making our way to the east coast landing in Kitty Hawk, NC for a 10 year Motorcycle Cannonball Anniversary Reunion. After our day off in Myrtle Beach, SC we will navigate our way through the deep south eventually making our way to the southern most point of Texas touching the Mexican Border near Brownsville, TX and having our grand finale on the island of South Padre Island, TX."
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Purely as a geography exercise, mind you, I was curious about the hypothetical transit distances and times to/from the start and finish given that a U-Haul is sub-optimal for the event. Compared with this year's event the one in 2020 would require 780 fewer miles and 13 fewer hours from my house, which isn't insignificant. However, that's still three 11-hour days to the start and two 9-hour days from the finish, which is significant.
If only we lived in, say, Ireland a cross-country Cannonball would be so much easier. Seriously, for me, at least, logistics is a much more serious issue than valve guide wear in considering whether or not to enter in 2020.
Chase-Harper informed me the bags being repaired under their lifetime warranty should be finished and shipped shortly.
Sometime within the last week the box containing the bags was delivered but it managed to hide until today among unopened boxes of Christmas presents that are still converging on the house. Someone had called some time ago to alert me to the fact that some of the materials they use today are different than when the bags were made 30 years ago, but those materials look great and I couldn't be happier with the results. The bags are as good as new and ready for the next 30 years. It's nice to know a company really means it when they say they have a "lifetime warranty."