The American Motorcycle Girl’s Cannonball Diary

At K and G Cycles, we salute all women riders! Here is an awesome story of how in the fall of 2010, Cris Sommer Simmons, “the American Motorcycle Girl*”, rode her 1915 Harley-Davidson cross-country from Kitty Hawk, North Carolina to Santa Monica, California. In a field of 45 riders, she was one of two women, and the only American, to take on the 3,000 mile pre-1916 Motorcycle Cannonball Cross-Country Endurance Race.

Her daily diary tells a special story of both human and mechanical endeavor.  Riding cross-country on an antique motorcycle presents many challenges, mentally, physically and, of course, technologically.

“Riding onto the Santa Monica Pier on ‘Effie’, my 1915 Harley-Davidson, to the finish of the Motorcycle Cannonball was a highlight of my over 30 years of motorcycling.  I felt as though I was riding on behalf of all the women motorcyclists who came before me and loved to ride. This is my story.”

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The book is a high quality, heavily illustrated, hardcover, 8 x 8.5 inches, with 192 pages.

*Three time Motorcycle Hall of Fame inductee, Cris Sommer Simmons is also the author of the highly acclaimed, best-selling The American Motorcycle Girls 1900 to 1950 (also available from both sources above.)