#9 Chris Tribbey
1947 Harley-Davidson WL
I have been an active motorcycle enthusiast since 1978. Since then I have racked up over 500,000 miles on two wheels and have owned 50+ motorcycles. I have been lucky enough to have ridden on some awesome trips: Alaska, Mexico, Australia, and extensively in Europe. I am by nature a competitive person and have enjoyed competing in some motorcycle events from Field Games to long distance endurance rides. From the first Cannonball in 2010 I have keenly followed along as a spectator. In 2012 when the Cannonball route came through Milwaukee and stopped at the H-D Museum I was there to welcome the riders to Milwaukee. Goosebumps the entire night as I mingled with the riders and their machines. Fast forward to 2016 I thought I would follow along for a few days and drove down to Bloomington, IN and met up with the Riders, and followed along to Cape Girardeau, MO.
In late 2015 I was able to acquire this one-owner 1911 Excelsior Model K Single from the Hazen family. 30.5 cu.in. engine producing four horsepower. The restoration process is continuing and I will be riding the bike yet in later in 2016. This will give me time to put some miles on and become acclimated to the riding nuances the machine will dictate. Being selected for the 2018 event is a dream come true for me. I want to thank the Reising (Hazen) family for trusting my intentions with this bike. I also want to thank my wife Nancy who provides so much support in this monumental project (restoration) and encouragement to participate.
The 2018 Cannonball event was the hardest thing I have ever attempted. Proud to have finished the event with 2857 miles. So many memories and friends made that will live with me forever.
Now a new challenge: The Chase. I will be riding my 1947 WL Harley-Davidson 45 cu in three-speed with tank shift/foot clutch. I will be preparing the bike this spring for the ride