“I think this has been the hardest race of my life,” said Currier. “It’s a real chore, I had about eight hours in the saddle each day.”
Riding his 1911 belt-driven Harley Davidson, Currier and 88 competitors drove through 11 states for 16 consecutive days. From Michigan to South Padre Island, Texas, they’ve covered just over 3,700 miles.
“The bike is big. I have short legs so my feet don’t touch the ground,” Currier said. “To start it, you have to pedal to start it, it’s a belt drive. To make it move forward, you have a lever that tightens the belt and the bike moves forward.”
But Currier, who had a team to plan and polish this custom bike, didn’t just compete; he won.
“I had a police escort, it was an absolutely amazing deal,” Currier said. “They closed the roads.
He crossed the finish line with that checkered flag, winning a bronze trophy.
“Before the finish they handed me the checkered flag and I arrived with the checkered flag,” said Currier. “It was amazing. (It’s) always hard to talk about it.”
Currier thanks John Rouland of Northern Crankshaft in Thief River Falls for doing much of the engineering and engine work on the 1911 Harley.
He told his local sponsors; Milwaukee Tool, Acme Tools, Dakota Fence and TechLine Coatings all played a part in the victory.
Currier, who turned 68 during the race, believes he got a little help from the angels above. His father, Dick Currier, sold Indian and Harley motorcycles in the 1940s and 1950s to Fargo. He ran them too, and Currier thinks his dad would be pretty proud.
“He was a big part of my life,” Currier said. “That’s why I called it ‘The Last Ride’.”
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