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Start your engines! Cannonball run comes through Cotati

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012 | Posted by | 3 responses

If you’re fascinated by vintage motorcycles, you won’t want to miss The Motorcycle Cannonball 2012 rolling through Cotati on Sunday, Sept. 23, en route to San Francisco for the final 93 miles of a 3,950-mile coast-to-coast endurance race.

Scott Jacobs rides his 1926 Harley through Iowa--day 5 of the Motorcyle Cannonball Endurance Run. (Michael Lichter)

It’s a “ ‘rolling museum’ of classic motorcycles,” according to world-renowned artist Scott Jacobs, the first officially licensed artist through Harley-Davidson’s Fine Art Program. Antique motorcycle specialist and former Cannonballer, Steve Huntzinger, restored Jacobs’ 1926 Harley.

The competition, which kicked off Sept. 7 in Newburgh, NY, is based on precision riding and navigational skills on classic pre-1930 motorcycles. The route takes 70 riders from 22 states and 10 foreign countries through a dozen scenic national parks and forests, as well as several stops at motorcycle museums and Harley-Davidson dealers.

Dean Bordigioni, owner of Annadel Estate Winery, in the Motorcyle Cannonball 2012

“Every rider knows his machine and that sweet spot where the bike motors along almost effortlessly. It’s critical in this vintage, you can’t push it,” writes Dean Bordigioni, owner of Annadel Estate Winery, on his blog. Bordigioni  worked with master mechanic Marty Schilber to restore his 1923 Harley Davidson JS that includes custom made parts.

The 16 stages of the route range from 93 to 326 miles, with fewer than 100 miles of the trip on interstates. Motorcycles are on display at each stop, and the public is encouraged to take photos and meet the riders.

They arrive at Michael’s Harley-Davidson in Cotati around 5:00 p.m. Saturday and depart Sunday for San Francisco.

For more information on the race, the route, and the riders, visit motorcyclecannonball.com.

Watch the riders depart from the Motorcyclepedia Museum:




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