Originally posted by Buck Lovell on Tuesday, 29 November 2011 in Buck Lovell's - American Biker Blog
"The Roaring Twenties"
In 2010 the brave riders of the Cannonball proved that antique motorcycles could indeed pass the ultimate test. This is the test that pits rider and machine against the North American continent. Reviving a tradition as old as the motorcycles themselves, they took a ride into history. Not only proving the capabilities of the machines, but also confirming the pioneering spirit that this great country was built upon.
We would like to invite you to join us for an epic adventure of man and machine. On the 7th of September 2012, 50 Cannonball riders will start a two week journey across the United States on motorcycles built before 1930. Like the first run, your Cannonball will be coast to coast. This time we will take the more scenic route to the north. New York to San Francisco. While planning a relatively direct route, we also made sure to take in some of the best scenery our country has to offer. A quick look at the new route includes a dozen national parks and forests, the Great Lakes, the Missisippi River, the plains, the Black Hills, Rushmore, Devils Tower, Yellowstone, the Rockies, the High Desert, Shasta, the Avenue of the Giants, Pacific Coast Highway ,and the Golden Gate Bridge to name a few. An ambitious ride to say the least, averaging 300 miles per day, this will be a true endurance run.
We will start the run in Newburgh, New York at the newly opened Motorcyclepedia Museum. After crossing thru the Allegheny region of northern Pennsylvania we run down the coast of Lake Erie. Making our way to Muskegon Michigan, where we will take the high speed ferry across Lake Michigan to a hosted reception in Milwaukee at the Harley Davidson Museum. Then a short trip along the Mississippi River will bring us into Anamosa, for a hosted reception at the National Motorcycle Museum. A days ride thru the corn fields will bring us to Spirit Lake, Iowa for a factory tour and hosted reception at the new Indian Motorcycles plant. Making our way across South Dakota we will go thru the Badlands and the Black Hills to the half way point in Sturgis, South Dakota. We will have a day off in Sturgis and a hosted reception at the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum. After our rest day we will head thru Wyoming towards the front range and Yellowstone National Park. Crossing thru the Rocky Mountains in Idaho we will end up in the high desert region of southern Oregon. Dropping down into northern California at Alturas,we will cross thru the Mount Shasta area,and travel down the Avenue of the Giants Towards the coast. The last day will be over 150 miles of Pacific Coast Highway, taking us across the Golden Gate Bridge and into the city where we hope to have a farewell banquet after the ride.
Our preliminary schedule will be 15 days ,with 14 days on the road. It is possible that another day may be added out west depending on the difficulty levels in the mountains. The event will start on friday September 7th, with registration, and vehicle inspection on the 5th and 6th. The day off will be on September 14th, a friday when shops are open. The grand finish will be in San Francisco on friday September 21st.
The more northerly route will provide cooler temperatures. With 12 hours of daylight, we will average around 300 miles per day. Culminating in approximately 3800 miles total. All bikes will run the same route with the same time schedule. Motorcycles will need to be able to maintain at least 50 MPH on straight flat roads. We estimate less than 100 miles will be run on interstate highways.
The 2012 Cannonball will be a competition. The winner will be chosen based on miles traveled within an established time schedule.
The entry fee will be $1500. This year with the help of Covington Travel, we hope to keep the total hotel costs down around $1500 or less for double occupancy. Limited accommodations in some towns allows for approximately 50 riders and crew. We currently have about 20 spaces left to complete our field. If you are interested in joining the race please let me know as soon as possible.
Check it all out at www.motorcyclecannonball.com