The Organizer


Don Emde
Cannon Ball Ride Organizer
Publisher, Parts Magazine
Aliso Viejo, California

Don Emde is a third-generation motorcyclist with experience both on the racetrack and in the motorcycle industry. When Don won the Daytona 200 roadrace in 1972, he joined his father Floyd Emde to become the only father and son to have ever both won that prestigious race. Following his racing career, Don has been involved in the motorcycle industry as a book and magazine publisher. And most recently he researched a 1914 motorcycle ride taken by Cannon Ball Baker and organized a ride that retraced Baker’s route from San Diego to New York. Learn more at or AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame.

The Riders 

Randy Aron
Cycle Visions
San Diego, California
Jack Broomall
Malvern, Pennsylvania

Jack Broomall is a lifelong motorcyclist from Malvern, Pa. His riding resume includes membership in both the Iron Butt Association and the Bonneville 200 MPH Club. Now, the veteran of eight bike trips across the US, in 2011 he even completed the transcontinental trek on a thirty five year old, 125cc, two stroke Hodaka. Jack also does occasional track days and has completed several restorations of his favorite 1970s bikes. Broomall spent 30+ years as an automotive engineer in Detroit, but now keeps himself busy, part-time, at Martin Motorsports, a multi-line motorcycle dealership in Boyertown, Pa. There he manages Martin’s annual Modern Classics Bike Show, a tribute to the bikes of the 60s, 70s, and 80s. (
Bill Cooper
Van Leeuwen Enterprises
Arleta, California
Glen Dickerson

As retired architects, Glen and Catherine set aside their love and participation in Triathlons and took up motorcycling.
Their experience ranges from Dual sport riding in Colorado and Mexico to cross-country riding extensively in the US, Mexico, Canada, Japan, Scotland, England and Isle of Man.
They are long time advocates of rider education and safety and have been MSF instructors in New Mexico and have guest instructed with the lead instructors, (now running the Yamaha Champions Riding School) to teach a six week international Harley Davidson dealers riders school.
They have attended the Freddie Spenser and YCRS schools numerous times.
"This ride is of interest because we have ridden these roads, and many other historical roads for many years. As architects, we have always tried to understand how our country evolved. These roads have a story to tell. We feel we can both learn from, and contribute, to knowledge of this event."
Ken Freund
2014 Yamaha Super Tenere
The Write Stuff
Moorpark, California

I'm a long-time avid motorcyclist, full-time moto-journalist and frequent contributor to motorcycle magazines. I've ridden and tested motorcycles on six continents, including to Timbuktu.
Barry Hathaway

Barry is an automotive, motorcycle and travel photographer and writer based in Crestline, California, where he lives with his four year old daughter, Valentina. You can view his work at
Perry King
2005 Ducati 620 Multistrada

Actor and member of the National Board of the AMA
Absolutely Perry King
Denny Laidig
Akron, Ohio

I always wanted to ride cross country. The fact that this was a historic ride was something I just couldn't pass up. My brother Glenn was & remains an inspiration to me. I lost him in 2006 . I took Glenn's ashes with me sprinkling them at the start of this ride & different spots we visited including Erwin Bakers grave site, Apache Trail, National Road, Indy and the final day of our journey. If Glenn was still alive we would have made this historic ride together. So, in a small way we did just that . I used this time to enjoy the adventure & the other Riders .During the ride I reflected on where I am in my life right now, how I got here and what I want to do next. I have been riding motorcycles since I was 13. Opened my motorcycle dealership in 1970 in the same location since opening. I have competed in Trials, Harescrambles, MX, many cross country races .I was ranked as an A Enduro Rider. I road raced on the Lester Tire & Wheel Team 24 Hour Endurance where we won 2 national endurance championships racing WERA. We were undefeated in those 2 years & lost the 3rd year in the 23rd hour. I raced at Daytona 2 times once in the singles class on a 250 Bultesa (Bultaco TSS frame and Montesa 250 VR engine ( I still have this bike.) I raced a Kawasaki 1000 in a couple sprint races at Daytona.I have also rode the Invitational Colorado 500 13 times & many dual sport fun events over the last 15 years. I am humbled to say I won the Dave Mungenast award my last year of riding the Colorado 500. My wife Candy joined me in 1975. She has worked beside me in our business every day for close to 40 years. People tell us they could never handle being with their spouse 24/7. For us this has worked in every sense. We are a two man team. We got married to be together.
Yermo Lamers
Royal Blue 1992 BMW K100RS
Founder, Miles By Motorcycle
College Park, Maryland

I describe myself as a Software Guy, Motorcyclist, and Reluctant Writer. I'm the guy behind Miles-By-Motorcycle.

You can contact me here.
Catherine Long
Suzuki GSXR 750

I'm an artist, welder, retired architect, retired triathlete, mother of 3 boys, grandmother of 2 boys and a girl, love racing of any kind, motorcycle, cars, trucks, you name it. Love traveling, experiencing new places and people and also love to stay home and doing nothing on occasion!
Keith Mashburn
Gary McKechnie
2014 Yamaha Super Tenere

Gary McKechnie is the author of Great American Motorcycle Tours, the nation's best-selling motorcycle guidebook. He is also a National Geographic author (USA 101 and Ten Best of Everything: National Parks), and the state of Florida's 'Off the Beaten Path Insider' ( He lectures on American history aboard the ships of Cunard (Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria), Seabourn, and Silversea. He and his wife, Nancy, own and operate the Coconut Cottage Inn in Mount Dora, Florida.
Robert Pandya
Modified 2014 pre-production Chief Vintage
External Relations Manager, Indian Motorcycle
The Cannon Ball Project at Indian

Motorcycle guy lucky enough to get to work my ass off in the industry.
Pete Pfeifer
Arizona State Parks Off Highway Advisory Group 7 years
2013 Kawasaki KLR 685 named Yellow Horse

Don called me his "Arizona Guy" because I helped him validate the route Cannon Ball took through Arizona
Steve Read
Roland Rose
Ryan Rose
2013 Yamaha Super Tenere

37 years old, live in Huntington Beach, California with my wife Jen and our 2 year old son Hudson, work for the Long Beach Fire Department, I also work on the Pflueger Racing Trophy Truck team racing in the Unlimited Class in Baja, I've been on a motorcycle since I was 4, the Cannon Ball ride was my second time all the way across the country.
I was riding a loaner bike provided by Yamaha. It was a 2013 Yamaha Super Tenere. It was equipped with some really nice extras like cargo boxes, seat and tail bag from Saddleman, Integrated GPS and a taller windshield.
Tom Seymour
2012 Yamaha Super Tenere
Founder and Chairman, Saddleman Seats and American Kargo
Rancho Domingo, California

Motorcycling has been a lifelong passion, starting fifty years ago. I was lucky enough to later successfully turn a hobby into my life’s work without ruining my continued enjoyment of the sport. Riding in both the dirt and on the pavement along with race sponsorship are my dominant motorcycle interests. Saddlemen is an active member of the American Motorcycle Association, the Motorcycle Industry Council and in the 1970’s I was president of Yonkers Motorcycle Club, the nation’s oldest motorcycle club which recently celebrated its 110th anniversary.
Robert Shurley
2013 Triumph 800xc

Currently retired and ride/restore vintage bikes. I have been riding bikes off and on since the mid sixties. Primarily raced as an amateur for about six years in almost all disciplines. Class C, motocross, scrambles, desert, etc. worked in the motorcycle industry for about six years as a parts guy. Still love bikes and always will.
Tim Snodgrass
Rob Watt
2013 BMW 1200GS LC
Owner of Trailmaster Adventure Gear
Adventure Consultant to Butler Motorcycle Maps
Board of Directors of The Backcountry Discovery Routes
Ralph White

1963 Daytona 200 winner Finished 1963 ranked third in AMA Grand National points. 1965 winner of Loudon, Indianapolis and Springfield Nationals.

Read more about Ralph at the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame.
Court Butler
Chris Carter
Dan Maxey
Owner, Maxey's Motorsports
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Ronald Niemeyer
Perry Noel
Parts Manager,Harley-Davidson Bowling Green
Bowling Green, Kentucky
Gerald Tims
Bill Wheeler
Tom White

The Crew

Joe Colombero
Co-Rider for Mapping the Route

Joe created The Five Coolest Things with Matt LeBlanc for the Discovery Network covering Supercross, AMA road Racing, Freestyle and American Off-Road Racing. He has also produced DVD’s for Suzuki, KTM, Kawasaki, and Honda. He recently finished a documentary film on the life and career of 11-time Baja 1,000 Champion Johnny Campbell.
A freelance journalist for more than a decade, you can find Joe Colombero’s byline in many of the motorcycle industry’s top publications including Cycle News, Dirt Bike, Dirt Rider, Parts magazine, and Racer X. An all-around motorcyclist, Colombero has sampled Road Racing, Off-Road, Supercross, MX, Ice Racing, Rally Racing, The Baja 1000, TT, Flat Track, Vintage, Adventure, and has even ridden “monkey” on a side hack. Joe still races and rides whenever possible and has raced in Japan, Russia, Italy, England, Mexico, Alaska, and even on a live volcano in Iceland.
Nancy Emde
Owner, Trail Boss
Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California

Nancy Steward Emde, the sister of our organizer Don Emde, was the travel logistics manager for the Cannon Ball Centennial ride. She made history in 2006 as the first female rider of a Baja 1000 winning team, as she rode the last 100 mile leg of the arduous race, securing first place in the small bore motorcycle class. Make no mistake, she knows here way around the Baja Peninsula and has earned her own "trail boss" title. She accompanies, navigates, and "co-bosses" on almost every Trail Boss tour.

Learn more about Trail Boss Tours here
Brian Hardyman
Sr, Media Coordinator at Motorcycle Industry Council.

Videos from the ride can be found at
Chris Steward
Owner, Trail Boss
Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California

Chris started riding when he was 10 years old. He rode in the foothills around his hometown of La Canada, California, and later sharpened his off-road skills in the Mojave Desert. He eventually competed in roadracing at the club level. He was a natural and quickly began winning races and championships. In 1982, he began riding for Yamaha and won the Battle of the Twins Championship (BOTT) in its inaugural year. During his time off from racing , Steward spent time exploring and cross training in the Southern California deserts. He soon discovered the vast beauty of Mexico's Baja California. After he retired from racing in 1989, Steward continued to explore the Baja wilderness. In 1993, he decided to turn his trail-bossing hobby into a viable business.


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