2016 Motorcycle Cannonball Will Be A Major Challenge

This September a unique motorcycle event will take place – the Motorcycle Cannonball.  This event will have 100 motorcycles, all over 100 years old travel from one side of the USA to the other!  This will be a real endurance event!

On Saturday, 10 September, 2016 100 riders will depart Atlantic City, New Jersey and travel 3400 miles across America to San Diego, California on Monday, 26 September.  There will be 16 days on the road with one day off.  Fortunately most of the route will be on two-lane back roads with less than 100 miles on interstate highways.  As a result the motorcyclists will have to average 250 to 300 miles per day.  This will test the reliability of these old machines.  Only 100 motorcycles will be selected to start this event and all of the motorcycles must have been built in 1916 or earlier.

Cannonball Run

This event is named after Frank “Cannon Ball” Baker who made numerous cross country record setting runs in the first half of the 20th Century.

Frank Cannonball Baker

Frank “Cannon Ball” Baker set his first cross country record in 1914, riding coast to coast on an Indian motorcycle in 11 days.  Set set numerous records using both cars and motorcycles.

Flying Merkel

This Flying Merkel Motorcycle Would be Eligible For The Motorcycle Cannonball

The Motorcycle Cannonball would be a real challenge.  I wish the competitors well.  Just to finish this event would be a major accomplishment.  I don’t know the details of the route, therefore I can’t identify potential locations to watch these brave motorcyclists pass by, but additional details might be provided on the event website at the following address:


If you have any comments or questions, then leave a comment below or send me a private email at the following address:  shanna12 at comcast dot net

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