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Century machine makes Cannonball history

Portland, Ore., Sept. 24—The 2018 Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run is over. At least for most. A small group of dedicated riders have chosen a route to the coast of Oregon and will continue on with their own unofficial Cannonball for an additional 179 miles today, proving that the road does go on forever and the party never ends. For the ...

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Still in the game

  The Dalles, Ore., Sept. 23—Saturday was a grueling combination of blowing winds and dust, hight anxiety and anticipation topped of by elation and gratitude for the exhausted riders. Will 99 riders still in the game, there was concern over the possibilities of breakdowns over long, steep grades and the stretch between gas stops had riders pulled over on highway ...

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The beginning of the end for Cannonballers

  Spokane Valley, Wash., Sept. 22—It’s the beginning of the end and riders have begun to lament over what life will be like when they aren’t living and breathing Motorcycle Cannonball. Of the 107 who toed up to the starting line in Portland, Maine, there are still 99 riders left in the race, and 44 of those riders have perfect ...

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Road to the Sun

Kalispell, Mont., Sept. 13—Thursday morning kicked off with rain, cold, and concern as riders were given a choice of going over the famous Logan’s Pass through Glacier National Park or a secondary, lower section of the park due to concerns for the old machine struggling over steep inclines, the descending declines with little to no braking power, and possible weather ...

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Rain, cold, fog—welcome to Big Sky Country!

Great Falls, Mont., Sept. 20—Yesterday was a dreary and very cold day for the adventurous riders, but the bikes loved the weather and generally performed well. Chris Tribbey was back on the road and the little X worked hard up the 7,400-foot pass to arrive at the Great Falls Harley-Davidson with a perfect score for the day. Byrne Bramwell is ...

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Shocking scoring changes abound

Billings, Mont., Sept. 19—The first day after the only day of rest for the group brought long miles, cooler weather, and an upset in standings. Most riders spent the day off the road wrenching and prepping for higher elevations and more grueling miles, so there was no rest for the already weary travelers as they journeyed across Wyoming and Montana’s ...

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2018 Rock, Rumble & Rebellion Indian Chieftain Dark Horse

Kuryakyn & Sturgis Buffalo Chip unleash “Rebellion” in the Black Hills Somserset, Wis., Sept. 11—The 78th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally set the stage for Kuryakyn and the Sturgis Buffalo Chip to unleash the third and final installment of the “Rock, Rumble & Rebellion” bike build series. Each year the Rock, Rumble & Rebellion design concept underscored one of those three ...

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Tuning, timing and turning wrenches

Sturgis, S.D., Sept. 17—The weary road warriors have arrived in Sturgis, South Dakota, and promptly set about celebrating their success thus far. With an astonishing 54 perfect scores, the goal to make every mile has turned intense. Today’s one day of rest is an opportunity to twist wrenches, tune and time the tired old iron and prepare for higher temperatures ...

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Halfway point and riders are tired

Pierre, S.D., Sept. 16—Despite early predictions of hot weather and massive break downs, the ancient iron ran well on Saturday even though it was hot. Sweep crews grumbled over the boredom of cruising the back roads looking for people to help and finding none, but were happy that no more than three bikes made the trailer. The bad news is ...

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Iowa cornfields and an Indian tour

Spirit Lake, Iowa, Sept. 15—The day started out overcast and misty as riders made their way out of Cedar Rapids, but it warmed up quickly as the group puttered across miles and miles of cornfields to find themselves motoring through a small Amish community. School children gathered at the fence to wave at the passing riders as adults trotted horse-drawn buggies along the ...

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