Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run – Sept 6 – 23, 2018


Riding only motorcycles made before 1929, on September 6, about 100 riders will depart Portland, Maine heading for the Pacific Ocean, Portland, Oregon. The motorcycles, of any make or model, and the riders hit all sorts of weather and road conditions en route on this 3750 mile endurance ride. Antique brakes and electrical systems, magnetos are challenged and repairs are made on the roadside or at overnight stops where midnight oil is burned, sometimes till sun up.

This northern route could certainly include all types of weather; from tropical storms and 90-degree temperatures in the East to freezing temperatures and snow in the mountains of the North. With 12 hours of daylight, riders will average around 250 miles per day, culminating in approximately 3,750 miles. All bikes will run the same route in an allotted time schedule. Motorcycles will need to maintain at least 43-50 mph on straight, flat roads. It is estimated that less than 10 miles will be run on interstate highways, and less than 1 of those miles on urban interstates.

The competition will involve correctly navigating the route using each day’s Course Instructions. The winner for each class will be the motorcycle and its rider that covers the most on-route mileage over the 16-day run, within each day’s specified time schedule and in compliance with the Event Regulations.

The Stage #6 stop, September 13, is at the National Motorcycle Museum, in Anamosa, Iowa. We invite you to spend the day at the National Motorcycle Museum and wait for the riders’ arrival. We have so much to see! We look forward to you helping us welcome these courageous riders and their vintage machines!


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