#90 Paul Warrenfelt
1935 Triumph 2/1 250cc Single
My name is Paul Warrenfelt and I will be riding a 1935 Triumph 2/1 250cc single in the inaugural Cross Country Chase. I participated in the 2018 Motorcycle Cannonball as rider #90 on a 1920 Triumph Model H. I am very much looking forward to this equally challenging but very different event compared to the Cannonball.
Regarding my background, I live in Indianapolis, Indiana, a city with the honorary title of the “Racing Capital of the World” and was the long-time home of Erwin “Cannonball” Baker.
I am formally trained in both Engineering and Business and have worked in both fields throughout my career. I recently retired from the corporate world and am working on starting a motorcycle related business.
My first motorcycle was an Italian made Harley Davidson Leggero. I had an incredible 65cc engine! This was well before I had my driver’s license. My first “real” motorcycle was a Triumph Tiger Cub with a 200cc engine. That was the one that really got me hooked on motorcycles and Triumph.
I became interested in very old, vintage, motorcycles through a friend who inherited a 1914 Indian. He mentioned to me one day that it had not run in 50+ years. Never want to shy away from a mechanical challenge, I asked him to bring it over. To make a long story short, we got it running and I became very interested in bikes of that era. The mechanical complexity and craftsmanship is fascinating.
My 1935 Triumph generates about 12 horsepower from its single cylinder engine and has a 4-speed gearbox. It was manufactured in Coventry, England.
I enjoy doing all the mechanical work on my bikes myself. I worked in a couple of motorcycle shops as a mechanic during high school and college.
The 2018 Cannonball was an amazing event. Along with my teammates that year, Arrie and Skippy we had the experience of a lifetime and made many new friends along the way!
I am sure many of my new Cannonball friends will participate in the Chase. I look forward to seeing them in Sault Ste. Marie (and hopefully also in Key West!) in September.