The American Motorcycle Girl’s Cannonball Diary
by Cris Sommer Simmons – Published in 2012, hardbound, 192 pages.
Motorcycle Cannonball! Just the name is powerful and romantic. This book, written by American Iron Magazine columnist Cris Sommer Simmons, is her personal diary leading up to and riding across the US on Effie, her 1915 Harley-Davidson.
What’s it like to prepare for an event like this that had not been done before? Follow along as Cris learned how to ride a foot clutch motorcycle, and then ride it and push herself from Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, to Santa Monica, California, in 16 days. Cris and her all-female mechanics and support team were joined along the way by her husband Pat Simmons of the Doobie Brothers. The fun, frustration, and fantasy of it all! Photos and foreword by world class photographer Michael Lichter.