Motorcycle cannonball run across the USA

I’ve spent much of the past week following the 2012 antique motorcycle Cannonball run across the USA. The race runs from New York City in the east to San Francisco in the west. Currently the riders have a lay day in Sturgis, South Dakota, however, many are using that time to complete some very major repairs as well as routine maintenance.

Here’s an old pic of mine just to add some imagery to the post!

The motorcycle currently in 1st place is 99 years old and has completed 1,927 miles so far. Yes, that is a 99 year old machine being ridden coast to coast across the USA.

Lots of good info and pics here on the Motorcycle Cannonball dedicated site. Also on their Facebook page linked form there. Another great source of a day to day info of the event is on the Antique Motorcycle Club of USA website.

Many of the riders have substantial back up teams and mobile workshops with them. At the other end of the scale is Doug Wothke who rode his 1928 Indian from Alabama to the starting line in NYC alone and has no back up team. Unfortunately Doug has had some serious mechanical failures along the way. Read all about Doug’s preparation HERE and his postings on ADVrider and you can track him via his SPOT.

There is also an Aussie from Melbourne in the race. He is Chris Knoop, riding a rare JAP powered Invincible. His blog is HERE.

This event has really captured my imagination and the internet has enabled me to follow it fairly closely from this side of the world. I’ve embedded some YouTube video footage below, courtesy of

Here is the trailer for Chris Knoop’s film “The Invincible Adventure”

Post script: Here is a link to a wrap up of the event by Bill Wood

Post Post Script:  a great article with analysis of costs and how there are really old motorcycles and what appear to be old motorcycles by Paul d’Orleans in The Vintagent