The Henderson Deluxe Endurance Run

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Last September, Frank Westfall completed his fourth cross-country trip on a Henderson Four, a motorcycle most people wouldn’t consider taking for a weekend ride, let alone a multi-thousand mile trek.
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The Henderson company ceased operation in 1931, not quite 20 years after its first model hit the road in 1912.
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Frank and his fellow enthusiasts have proved that careful preparation of an 80-plus-year-old motorcycle can enable it to survive a coast-to-coast run.
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The left lever is the shifter, while the right lever is a redundant clutch lever.
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In 1998, Frank was back for the second Great Race, this time starting in Seattle and ending in Boston. He built a Henderson special for this event, shoehorning a 1928 engine in a 1924 “long tank” frame.
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The sprung seat, combined with a good lambskin cover, keeps things comfortable.
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“The tortoise beats the hare on an endurance run,” Frank continues. “I told Mark I wanted my motor stock — no hot rodding. I wanted dependability. A lot of the engines on the trip were over-engineered for power."
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Owner Frank Westfall aboard his Cannonball-survivng 1924 Henderson Deluxe.
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1928 Henderson forks run drop-center rims for safety.
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The sidevalve four puts out 28 horsepower.
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Mark Hill rebuilt the engine to stock specifications before the 2012 Cannonball.
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Frank’s routine during the 2012 Cannonball was to get up, ride the course, pull into the evening stop, trade a few stories with fellow riders, and start wrenching.
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The Henderson still runs its original 6 volt electrical system, but with modern bulbs, wire and switches.

1924 Henderson Deluxe
Claimed power:
 28hp @ 3,400rpm (factory)
Top speed: 80mph (stock, guaranteed by the factory)
Engine: 79.4ci (1,302cc) air-cooled sidevalve inline four, 2-1/16in x 3-1/2in bore and stroke
Weight: 400lb (wet, per owner)
Fuel capacity/MPG: 6gal (22.7ltr)/20-30mpg

Last September, Frank Westfall completed his fourth
cross-country trip on a Henderson Four, a motorcycle most people wouldn’t consider
taking for a weekend ride, let alone a multi-thousand mile trek. Accepting the

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