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Cross Country Chase


Written by Jason Sims
January 19, 2019

For Immediate Release:


Motorcycle Cannonball and Legends Motorcycle Museum present:


The Cross Country Chase


Sturgis, SD-January 21, 2019- On Friday, September 6, 2019, a group of approximately 100-adventerous souls on antique motorcycles will take America’s two-lanes by storm and the world is invited to cheer on the excitement.


 The Cross Country Chase, America’s newest antique motorcycle touring challenge, is brought to you by the tried-n-true crew at the Motorcycle Cannonball in partnership with Legends Motorcycle Museum. This down-n-dirty endurance run will prove out the “who’s who” of antique motorcycling.  Not only will the winner be crowned a “Legend” and have bragging rights for life after successfully completing the arduous run, but as a bonus, a cash prize will also be awarded. The cross-country challenge is for riders over 18, motorcycles manufactured between 1930-1948, and will be an extreme test of endurance, speed, navigation, and knowledge.


 Endurance:  Riders and machines will have to travel an average of 250-350 miles per day over an 8-day period while enduring mental and physical exhaustion, extreme cold and heat, various elevation changes, and the unpredictable elements of Mother Nature.  Riders will tackle The Cross Country Chase on their own; no support crews of any kind will be allowed during the event. Participants will have to anticipate what is vital for the entire duration: all tools, parts, and luggage must be packed on their motorcycles.  It’s just you, your motorcycle, and some of the best 2 lane roads of North America.


 Speed:  Riders and machines will be challenged to complete stages in a timed fashion, which will require maintaining required speeds, making strategically planned stops while managing time throughout the day in order to check in to the final daily checkpoint at the required time. 


 Navigation:  Riders are required to successfully navigate the 8-day, 2,500+ mile course without going off course or getting lost. The Chase will provide riders with a navigation map daily that provides turn-by-turn instructions based on mileage.


 Knowledge:  Riders will be take a 100-question test covering aspects of American motorcycling history and will count towards the rider’s final score. 


 


 Qualifications:


 Motorcycles:



  1. Manufactured between 1930-1948

  2. Motorcycle will be handicapped on the following:


    1. Age: The older the motorcycle, the higher the handicap

    2. Engine Displacement:  Motorcycles with smaller displacement engines will be handicapped higher than motorcycles with higher displacement

    3. Average Speed:  Part of the handicap will be based on your average cruising speed. 


  3. Must have ORIGINAL engine cases

  4. Must have ORIGINAL transmission cases (No late model transmissions)

  5. Period correct carburetors (No late model Mikunis, S&S, etc.)

  6. Paint (must be period correct)

  7. No modern choppers or bobbers (unless they look period correct)


 Riders:


Age:  18 and older


 Current motorcycle license, registration and insurance are required. If you think you and your machine are cut out for this intense adventure, submit your application at www.themotorcyclechase.com



2018 Motorcycle Cannonball with Tom Banks


Written by Jason Sims
January 18, 2019

Follow along as Antique Motorcycle enthusiast Tom Banks from Pennsylvania talks about his experience on the 2018 Motorcycle Cannonball in which he rode a 1920 Harley Davidson motorcycle from Portland, Maine to Portland, Oregon


 






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