Cris Sommers Simmons. The Only American Woman Ready To Endure The Cannonball Challenge.

After 9 months of hard work with the help of ace Antique Motorcycle Restorer Steve Huntzinger (just won a bunch of awards at the Pebble Beach Concours) and after some intense physical training to endure the 3325 miles of the Challenge between US east and west coast, Cris Sommers-Simmons and her 1915 Harley-Davidson 11J Twin 3 speed will be on September 10th on the starting line of the Cannonbal Edurance Run.

Front of her husband Pat, see her kicking her bike named “Effie” for the 1st time before going to practice her foot clutch/hand shifting. (For good luck she will have a Gumby figurine on the bike, like on all her motorcycles for the past 25 years.)

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11 Responses to “Cris Sommers Simmons. The Only American Woman Ready To Endure The Cannonball Challenge.”


  1. 1 David Aug 29th, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    Why doesnt she have period tires on the bike …… I sure they make repros that are of a high enough quality to use?

    SSDD; David

  2. 2 Rogue Aug 30th, 2010 at 7:19 am

    Way to go Chris!
    I know you have put a lot into this and I am sure you will do well.

  3. 3 Mike Tomas Kiwi Indian MotorCycle Co Aug 30th, 2010 at 8:25 am

    Huntzinger is top of the line and his bikes are outstanding both cosmetically and mechanically. Enjoy the times, Riding vintage bikes are a very cool experience. Enjoy.

  4. 4 gina woods Aug 30th, 2010 at 8:34 am

    Congrats Cris…wow she sounds great! You’ll do great on this trip….it’s part of your motorcycle journey and you’ve been conditioning for this for years! Have fun and enjoy the ride!

  5. 5 LeftTenant Aug 30th, 2010 at 8:54 am

    Go Cris! We hope to see the run as you all pass by in NM. Be well. Be patient. Be fast :)

  6. 6 Pepper Massey Aug 30th, 2010 at 10:57 am

    HUGE accomplishment and an experience of a lifetime! Congratulations, Cris!
    Enjoy the journey.

  7. 7 Jim Watson Aug 30th, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    Nice bike, but — what about that sweet old Linde “Heliarc” welding (TIG) machine shown just to the left of the bike. . . 1960 vintage? Not as old as the bike, but it’s been some time since I have seen one of those machines.

  8. 8 Ron Sep 3rd, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    Chris and Pat…I hope to see you at the old gas station in Hackberry, AZ on Friday, 9-24…smile for the camera….can’t wait to see all you hardy riders and machines…way to go girl…

  9. 9 Matt Sep 4th, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    Chris
    Best of Luck on your ride, I Hope to make that same ride some day.

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