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Starting on May 31, 2022.  The 2021 Motorcycle Cannonball Video series will start releasing on the Motorcycle Cannonball YouTube Channel.   The first episode will air at 8:00pm EST with a live premier and chat and will proceed weekly every Tuesday at the same time dropping a new video!!

You can find the videos here:

 

https://www.youtube.com/motorcyclecannonball

HIT READ MORE TO GET LINK………Here is the link to the 2023 Motorcycle Cannonball.  Registration is open to the first 100 people that successfully complete registration requirements.  You can see more about registration requirements in the Apply page, Click this link below to apply:  Once information is filled in and you hit submit you will get an onscreen notification and a email to confirm we received your application.  If you do not get, please reach out to Jason @ 605-484-8576

 

Rider Registration :Motorcycle Cannonball

After successfully sending 3 next generation riders on the 2021 Cross Country Chase “Secrets of the Ozarks” the “Love of Old Motorcycles” organization of Motorcycle Mentors is giving the opportunity to a next generation rider to take part in the next Cross Country Chase September 15th thru the 25th where riders will endure Route 66.

A minimum of 2 riders will be selected 1 Male and 1 Female to participate in the 2022 Cross Country Chase “Route 66” that takes place September 15th – 25th starting in Springfield, IL and ending in Santa Monica, CA.  The event is open to motorcycles between the ages of 1930 and 1960.

Want to donate, get involved, please click the link below for further information.

Program Specifics:

To apply entrants will need to provide the following: (Link at Bottom of Page)

To apply click the link below:

https://www.loveofmotorcycles.com/

The Motorcycle Cannonball will return in September of 2023 and as in previous events it will be traveling Coast-to-Coast, from the Atlantic Ocean to Pacific Ocean; starting on the beach in Virginia Beach, Virginia, approximately one hundred riders will make their way over sixteen days to the Grand Finale destination of Huntington Beach, California.

Just like all the historic past events, Motorcycle Cannonball has researched and chosen the best route that we have ever put together and undoubtedly some of the best host cities along the way. It will be the most testing event as far as navigation and terrain are involved. No matter what class riders are in, this will be challenging and rewarding at the same time, pushing riders and their 90+ year old motorcycles to the limit.

Highlights of the event will include, the Official Start on the sandy beaches in Virginia Beach, traversing the Smoky Mountains, navigating the Appalachians, revealing the secret of the Ozarks, having a day of rest in Augusta, Kansas at the “Twisted Oz” Museum, rolling across the cornfields of Kansas, climbing over the Rocky Mountains (a few times), visiting two of the best National Parks in the United States (Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park), seeing the glow of the Vegas lights, crossing Hoover Dam, facing the heat of the Mojave Desert, and just when they think they are on the homestretch to the Grand Finale on the Pier of Huntington Beach, California, we will challenge riders with one more mountain pass. Plus, much more………

This event will be open to any motorcycle that is 90 years or older. This means that if you have a motorcycle that is pre-1933 it will be eligible for the event.

If you are interested in participating in the next challenge of Man/Woman vs. Machine, please click the apply tab at the top of the page to request an application.

Stay tuned for a recap of the Grand Finale.  We are busy celebrating the win of #64 Dave Currier!

It’s hard to believe that we have made it to the last overnight stop before we make the final 99 mile route to our objective; that just 15 days ago seemed like forever!  I can tell you what time stands still when you are on the Cannonball, if you ask any of the riders, staff, or support crew, no one knows what day, date or what time it is.  If you ask any of the group, they can’t even fathom that tomorrow is the last day.  We have all been through so much, been stimulated more than you can even imagine, and have made lifelong friends. As we roll into the last day 88 riders made it to the starting line, and we still have 33 with a perfect score.  Dave Currier, rider #64, on his single cylinder is still trudging along, even though he makes it looks easy he has had his share of problems just in the last few days including electrical issues, belt issues, and out of nowhere his motorcycle keeps vapor locking.  He is cool though, he handles the problems with a calm demeanor, and symptomatically like he has done it 200 times. You can witness that at night with him and his crew as they methodically go over every nut and bolt of that machine and a long checklist to make sure everything is completely perfect. Dave is ready but can his bike hold up another 99 miles? We will find out tomorrow when we land in South Padre Island.

You can literally see the physical fatigue starting to set in among the Cannonballers.  A before picture would show glowing skin, clean clothes, and bright smiles.  An after picture would show scruffy faces, dirty nails, weight loss, a little bit longer hair, and bags under their eyes from the constant stress they have been putting themselves through over the last fourteen days.  But, on the other hand, emotionally they are getting stronger as we are now only approximately a day and a half away from the finish in South Padre Island!

Today’s route was 280 miles that took us from Nacogdoches, Texas to Victoria, Texas with robust ranches in every view. Tonight was one of our largest stops to date, hosted by Steve and Joan Klein and the City of Victoria. Along with riders arriving at the destination there was also a local car show, and we were serenaded with a live band. We were treated to Texas style steaks hot off the grill. An amazing treat!

Support crew repair pits are set up right along where the hosted stop was at the Victoria Mall which means we have a ton of onlookers and enthusiasts watching weary riders wrench for one of their final nights before making the last push towards South Padre Island.  Tomorrow will be the riders last big test as they will make their way South along the coast to McAllen, Texas which will be home to our last night before crossing the finish line.

Stage Thirteen of the Motorcycle Cannonball takes us into Texas, our final state of the journey. And you know what they say, everything is bigger in Texas and that proves true as we had our biggest loss of perfect point bikes.

Today was tough on the old machines as five bikes with perfect miles were loaded on the sweep trailer.   Rider #8 Joe Gimpel, followed by #28 Joe Burch on his 1928 Harley-Davidson JDH; #34 Ben Pierce riding the Ner-A-Car; #79 Jody Perewitz who had been leading Class Five wound up on the trailer with a broken motor mount. Topping it off is #63 Erik Bahl, who up to this point boasted perfect scores on all previous Cannonballs, experienced a devastating fail when his 1915 Harley-Davidson front fork broke and left him stranded on the side of the road with no possible fix.

The route today almost immediately put us over the Texas State line with the first stop in Texarkana at Texarkana Harley-Davidson where the gracious staff fed riders a good Texas barbecue for lunch. The weather has warmed up considerably which may be taking a toll on the riders and their machines but for the lucky ones who stayed off the trailer, we arrived in beautiful downtown Nacogdoches, Texas for check-in.   We were greeted by our friends at Lumberjack Harley-Davidson who were set up there and provided tools and airlifts to riders that needed to make adjustments on their bikes. Rider # 64 Dave Currier is still holding tight onto the First Place in Class One and as Overall leader. Will his 1911 Harley-Davidson be able to stay tough the last few days? We will soon find out… follow along as we will be in Victoria, Texas tomorrow.

The Motorcycle Cannonball crossed the great Mississippi River this morning after a green flag start in Tunica at the Horseshoe Casino.  Many smiles as riders were greeted to completely clear, blue skies, something they haven’t seen in over seven days.  They were even happier to know that there was 0% chance of precipitation on today’s route of 243 miles ending in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. It just so happens that Rider #25 Scott Byrd is the Mayor of our host city tonight. Byrd, a veteran Cannonball rider was contacted almost 2 1/2 years ago letting him know that we will be coming through the area. Almost immediately, almost even without consent of the City Council said “weee in”!! Arkadelphia was a great host city, riders entered on Historic Main Street greeted by many locals to see exactly how their Mayor has held up during the toughest run on earth.  They treated riders, support crew, and staff to a great meal and even showered riders with gifts.  Next stop Texarkana Harley-Davidson for a Hosted Lunch and a celebration in downtown Nacogdoches, Texas for the end of Stage 13.  See you there!

The Motorcycle Cannonball is back on after having to call off Stage Ten. Weather has been harsh on the Southeast with storm after storm plaguing the area.  This isn’t the first time the event has been forced to make such decisions; a day has been called off due to weather concerns in every event except 2012.

Some riders reveled in having an extra day off to tinker with their machines and many of the riders used the down time to visit the Barber Motorsports complex in Birmingham AL just a few miles from our hotels. It appears that Mother Nature will start to clear up and play nice for the last part of our journey, but she sure did let us know that she is in charge she put out a roar this afternoon as riders made their way to Tunica, Mississippi battling another series of rain storms along the way. Officials had to work quickly as part of the route was under flash flooding and debris from the rainstorms that were ravaging through Western Mississippi.  An emergency checkpoint was set up and disaster diverted with all riders checked in safely at the Horseshoe Casino.  Weather looks great for tomorrow which should put smiles on all faces! Next stop Arkadelphia, Arkansas!