Motorcycle Types Adventure / Dual-Sport Centenary Round the Globe Ride Begins Oct. 23

Centenary Round the Globe Ride Begins Oct. 23

2012-clancy-centenary-round-the-globe-ride-begins-oct-23 (1)

Clancy Centenary Ride – Around the Globe

Adventurous motorcycle globetrotters are slated to begin the Clancy Centenary Ride Oct. 23, 2012 from Dublin, Ireland. The global circumnavigation is to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first around the world motorcycle ride by Carl Stearns Clancy.

After reading the book Motorcycle Adventurer, which recounts the true story of the first global motorcycle ride, two Irish motorcyclists, Feargal O’Neill and his colleague Joe Walsh, came up with the idea of a 100 year celebration to promote their fellow Irish motorcyclist’s incredible accomplishment. Clancy’s ride was described in 1912 as “the longest, most difficult and most perilous motorcycle journey ever attempted.”

Clancy rode a 1912 Henderson motorcycle. The European leg departed from Dublin, Ireland October 23, 1912. His one gear, four cylinder motorcycle tagged Europe, Africa, Asia and North America, arriving back in New York City August 27, 1913. He said of the Henderson at the completion of his global ride, “The most remarkable feature of the whole trip is the surprising endurance of my machine, which now seems to be running as well as ever, in spite of the 18,000 miles it has in its bones.”

Two avid motorcyclists plan to follow the entire Clancy route. They hope to connect with American riders being organized for a departure from San Francisco on June 2, 2013.

Any motorcyclist can join the Clancy Centenary Ride. There is no entry fee and any make or model of motorcycle, old or new, is welcome. They can ride for a mile or 1,000’s of miles.

O’Neill has designed a pennant similar to that used by Clancy which will be passed along the route. The original pair of boots worn by Clancy has surfaced in Australia and plans to carry them with riders on the Centenary Ride are being made and hopefully they will return to their starting point in New York City and eventually end up in a museum display.

The Clancy info page is: http://www.HorizonsUnlimited.com/clancy

The Clancy updates page (HUBB thread) is: http://www.HorizonsUnlimited.com/clancyride

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

2022 Indian FTR Lineup First Look (8 Fast Facts)

It’s barely 2021, yet the 2022 Indian FTR lineup is here, and there are some significant changes to three of the four variants. In...

2021 Kawasaki KLX230R S First Look (8 Fast Facts)

Just a year after the debut of the Kawasaki KLX230R trail bike, we get our first look at the 2021 Kawasaki KLX230R S. While...

2021 Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS First Look (19 Fast Facts)

Forget what you know about any previous Triumph Speed Triple. The 2021 Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS is an all-new naked upright sportbike ready...

2021 Harley-Davidson CVO Limited First Look: Updates, Specs, Photos

The 2021 Harley-Davidson CVO Limited arrives with two new paint choices, plus a couple of updates in the dash area. There’s a new LED...

MP Magic 37.5 Tech Merino Wool Socks Review (All-Season Footwear)

I’m very picky when it comes to motorcycle socks. For dirt bikes, it’s easy. I always wear Fly Racing Knee Brace socks, as they...

2021 Triumph Tiger 850 Sport Review (13 Fast Facts)

Marketing is a funny thing. Usually, manufacturers exaggerate the displacement in model names—even if only by a little bit. However, in the case of...