STURGIS, S.D., March 30— Lonnie Isam, Jr., owner of Jurassic Racing in Sturgis, South Dakota, and promoter of the 2014 Motorcycle Cannonball Run, announced today that the third iteration of the transcontinental ride promises to be a truly exciting worldwide affair. Scheduled for 17 days in September, the coast-to-coast run on antique motorcycles has its roster full and the route set. This unique and grueling ride will be historic.
According to Isam, the endurance ride for pre-1937 motorcycles will get underway from the sands of Daytona Beach in Florida on Friday, September 5, and will include 115 entries from 32 states, 11 countries and three continents as well as the island of Japan. The historic run will indeed be watched by the world as motorcycles of all marques tackle a demanding route across America. A week into travel, riders will have a day of rest, repairs and some festivities in the hospitable town of Junction City, Kansas, on September 12.
Included in the impressive lineup of antique bikes will be some lesser-known marques such as a 1923 Ner-a-car, a Sokol 1000 and a Sunbeam m9. As predicted early on, the field will be overwhelmingly dominated by a remarkable 67 Harley-Davidsons, followed in concentration by 19 Indians, 16 Hendersons, six BMWs, two Moto Guzzis, two Moto Freras, as well as one Rudge, BSA Sloper and Brough Superior.
The continent-wide event is not a race, but will be a timed test of both the riders’ endurance and the roadworthiness of their respective machines as they navigate non-Interstate roads across 10 of America’s States. After a total of some 3,944 miles, the ride is slated to conclude on Sunday, September 21, in Tacoma, Washington.
Isam stated that the run, “Will be huge,” and while organizers and MCR Course Master John Classen are still working out the final details of some of the stops, it’s clear that there will be several opportunities for the public to meet the Motorcycle Cannonball riders during one of the 19 hosted events as they make their way along their arduous journey.
Five museums are on the route and will be visited as well: The Coker Tire Museum in Chattanooga, Tennessee; the Cyclemos Motorcycle Museum in Red Boiling Spring, Tennessee; the Rocky Mountain Motorcycle Museum in Colorado Springs, Colorado; the Legends Motorcycle Museum in Springville, Utah; and the LeMay Museum in Tacoma, Washington, will all play host to the riders as they wind their way towards the Northwest.
Flying event colors for the Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run is a great way to support this remarkable event. Official commemorative T-shirts, caps and lapel pins are now available at the National Motorcycle Museum Store and website: www.nationalmcmuseum.com/category-s/1847.htm, or call the Museum at (319) 462-3925 to order yours. The artwork is classic and these are the only official Cannonball apparel items available.
Complete information about the Motorcycle Cannonball Run, including route details and promoted events, is available at www.motorcyclecannonball.com.