Cannonball Run. Ladies And Gentlemen, Fasten Your Kidney Belts. It’s Going To Be A Very Long Bumpy Ride

All year, they have been preparing for this amazing -probably to become historical, 16-day and 3300 mile ride on motorcycles made before 1916. All participants are a little bit anxious, and  tomorrow Friday September 10th they will leave Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, on the first leg of their cross country trip to end September 26 in Santa Monica, California. The Motorcycle Cannonball is named after the famed Erwin “Cannonball” Baker who established 143 driving records from 1910 through the 1930s, His first record was in 1914 riding an Indian motorcycle, Cannonball made the coast-to-coast ride in 11 days.

Lonnie Isam, Jr (top right picture) is the promoter and owner of Jurassic Racing in Sturgis, South Dakota.  “It started out as just a bunch of guys wanting to go for a ride that we’d been planning out over the years, maybe 15 or 16 of us. Then everybody started hearing about it and wanted to get in on it and it just grew from there” he explains. Cannonball’s course master John Classen has painstakingly mapped out a route that he has traveled twice, mapping out distances that ensure most days are about 200 miles or shorter and avoiding as much as possible the interstates where most machines could not resist sustaining highway speeds. On the road there will be 12 hours of daylight each day and a goal of having every rider check in at the day’s ending point one hour before sunset. I will try to give you some updates coming to me directly from the road.

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10 Responses to “Cannonball Run. Ladies And Gentlemen, Fasten Your Kidney Belts. It’s Going To Be A Very Long Bumpy Ride”


  1. 1 nicker Sep 9th, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    Absolutely way cool..!

    I fret about taking a 42FL to the next town and these folks are taking a
    “…16-day and 3300 mile ride on motorcycles made before 1916…”

    Talk about motorcycle skill and dedication these guys and gals have it.
    The rest of us are wimps.

    -nicker-

  2. 2 raycwheeler Sep 10th, 2010 at 12:24 am

    Best of luck, may the Motorcycles gods be with you.

    ray

  3. 3 TRACEY STRAIN Sep 10th, 2010 at 5:56 am

    i am going to find me a bike that will qulifie and am going to ride this race if they have it again , this is great !! this is what america is all about .all the best to all riders..

  4. 4 Rogue Sep 10th, 2010 at 7:20 am

    May are friends doing this ride be safe and have the time of their lives.
    I and many others will watch and be with you in spirit.

  5. 5 Seymour Sep 10th, 2010 at 7:50 am

    I sure hope someone is filming the documentary!

  6. 6 Daddyeo Sep 10th, 2010 at 9:24 am

    These brave men and women are the heart and soul of motorcycling. Forget the Hoka Hey as that’s on modern motorcycles with all the technology of today. These bikes are the first incarnation of motorized bicycles and can’t be confused with modern bikes.
    Godspeed and best of luck to all the riders. I’ll see all of you in Santa Monica on September 26.

  7. 7 Chopperfugger Sep 10th, 2010 at 9:41 am

    Good luck to them – what is the route they are taking?

  8. 8 LENNY ASTC PERFORMANCE Sep 10th, 2010 at 11:29 am

    Have fun on a great ride love to see the photos from this. Where will they be arriving in Santa Monica love too be there.

  9. 9 Harley guy Sep 10th, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    Hey Chopperfugger, and everybody who’s interested, Google Motorcycle Cannonball, and the website will come up. Click on Route, and scroll down to the cities and time frame. Rider profiles, all the entrants, etc. are available on the website. Check it out, you can follow the ride as it progresses. It’s an awesome adventure! A once in a lifetime, maybe…

  10. 10 mike corbin Sep 13th, 2010 at 11:41 am

    Gotta love these bikes and folks !!

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