Cris wants to be the 1st woman to ride the Motorcycle Cannonball. If you don’t know, this event is a 3200 miles run on vintage motorcycles, the name after Erwin “Cannonball” Baker who set many riding records in the early 1900’s. At the time Erwin made the US coast west coast in just 11 days on roads which were not roads, but mostly dusty trails.
Riding a vintage motorcycle on very long distances is a challenge for both the rider and machine, a test of physical endurance and of performance. Cris will begin the transcontinental run in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina riding a 1915 Harley Davidson. She states that it’s the thrill of her lifetime.
She has been involved with motorcycles since she was 9-years-old when she began riding with her stepfather. At 14, she was riding on her own and at 19 Sommer-Simmons was the owner of her first Harley Davidson. She is the co-founder of the magazine Harley Woman, the world’s first motorcycle magazine just for women. She has been a freelance writer contributing to many publications such as American Iron, Motorcycle Collector, Easyriders, V-twin and publications in other countries including Japan, Spain and Australia She also wrote a children’s book that has sold over 12,000 copies titled “Patrick Wants to Ride”. She released “The American Motorcycle Girls 1900-1950” which is currently the number one selling motorcycle history book on Amazon.com. She is also an inductee in the National Motorcycle Hall Of Fame, in the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation and in the Sturgis Hall Of fame (picture by Michael Lichter).