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Post Wed Sep 15, 2010 1:52 pm

Our friend Matt Olsen crashed the Sears.

Scottsboro, AL~September 14, 2010 – Matt Olsen, Motorcycle Cannonball rider #85, has crashed his motorcycle while riding the Stage 5 section of the historical shore-to-shore run that is on day 5 of the 17 day adventure.

According to Matt’s father, Carl Olsen who is also a rider in the rally, the younger Olsen hit a pothole in the road and went into a shimmy on his 1913 Sears. Olsen had almost straightened his machine out when the wobble turned into a tank slapper and Matt went over the handlebars. His left forearm is broken in both bones, requiring surgery that his father reports he came through very well. Matt is in a cast which will immobilize his arm and wrist for the 6 weeks required to allow the bones to heal correctly. In addition to the arm, Olsen also has numerous face cuts and a “slightly broken nose,” but prognosis is good and there is expected to be no permanent damage. Olsen will fly home from Huntsville, AL to Aberdeen, SD tomorrow afternoon.

The 25-year-old Olsen holds the distinction of being the youngest man to have the title of Iron Butt Rider, having earned the title twice in one week. One title was for riding 1000 miles on the oldest Harley-Davidson, a 1936 H-D Knucklehead with 2-up and then again in the same week for covering the 1000 miles solo on a 1939 H-D.

The determined young man is in good spirits and insisted his father and crew stay on to continue the Cannonball run. Carl relayed a message from his son’s hospital bed, saying Matt was pulling for the rest of the Cannonballers. “This whole event is just awesome. The riders are all working together and helping each other to make as many miles as they possibly can and it’s revitalizing their spirit. Everybody’s in it for everybody else. I will definitely be back next year.”

It won’t be on the Sears, however, since the bike is reportedly totaled.

Best wishes to Matt for a speedy recovery and Ride sAfe! all you Cannonballers.


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Post Wed Sep 15, 2010 4:58 pm

Re: Our friend Matt Olsen crashed the Sears.

Wow !! What a huge bummer !! Matt was very lucky to come out of the crash with so few injuries ! I know you read this forum Matt so hang in there. You got all winter to recover. The Sears ? Totaled ???? Your Dad will find a way to bring it back to life. :wink: Pa


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Post Sun Sep 19, 2010 8:38 am

Re: Our friend Matt Olsen crashed the Sears.

Matt, if you see this thread,I know you probably haven't thought of this yet but just in case you're eventually considering "modifications" to your cast,( to facilitate better wrench pulling), just remember that voids the warranty!...Mike


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Post Tue Sep 21, 2010 11:39 am

Re: Our friend Matt Olsen crashed the Sears.

Hey Matt,

I'm just one of the thousands that you have been gracious enough to chat with over the years ... both in person and via correspondence. Hang in there and best wishes for a speedy recovery!

Mark Branstner

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