Motorcycle Types Touring / Travel 2018 Transcontinental Cannonball Run Dates Set for September 8-23

2018 Transcontinental Cannonball Run Dates Set for September 8-23

Transcontinental Cannonball Run Dates

The Transcontinental Cannonball Run has become one of the most incredible antique motorcycle events in the world, and the 2018 event promises to build on that status.

Set to begin on September 8 in Portland, Maine, this year’s slate of 100 registered riders mounted on pre-1929 classic motorcycles will cross the North American Continent on a route covering 3,649 miles to Portland, Oregon, ending there on September 23.

2018 Transcontinental Cannonball Run Dates There will be a rest and repair stop with some run-related festivities in Sturgis, South Dakota on September 17. Despite the length of the event, the route will include less than 10-miles of interstate highway.

Jason Sims, owner of the Motorcycle Cannonball in Sturgis, South Dakota, has announced that the roster for the fifth biannual running is full, the route confirmed and that riders from five continents will participate in next year’s event. Indeed, riders from 32 states and ten countries are signed up for the run.

If the sheer length of the run wasn’t challenge enough, Sims says this year’s route may present special challenges.

“This route is going to be a challenge, we’ve never taken such a northerly route. The terrain combined with the range in ages of the bikes is going to make for an interesting run. We’ll cover some of the best riding areas in the country. It’s going to be a difficult trip and we’ll have a lot of long days and hard riding,” Sims said.

2018 Transcontinental Cannonball Run photo The field will include a wide range of antique motorcycle brands, many extinct for decades, according to a release from event organizers.

“During the MCR event, participants will ride vintage pre-1929 motorcycles such as Henderson, Indian, Triumph, Harley-Davidson, Norton, Excelsior, BSA, Thor and others. Among the more remarkable marques will be a Brough Superior, an Ace and an American Single. A 1926 Rudge is also expected to line up in Maine, as will a Reading Standard and an Ariel.”

“The 2018 Motorcycle Cannonball Run’s roster includes new riders from South Africa, New Zealand and England as well as returning rider Ciro Nisi from Italy, Harry Verkuil from Scotland and Juergen Ullerich from Germany. World traveling rider personality Doug Wothke is returning, as will Cris and Pat Simmons, Victor Boocock and several other United States riders. Southern California bike builder Shinya Kimura will also be at the starting line. He is the only rider who has navigated all five runs on the same 1915 Indian motorcycle. Each entrant has their own amazing story to tell and is anxious to tackle this year’s route through 13 states to arrive at the Grand Finish in Portland, Oregon,” the release continued.

More information is available at

24 of the Best Retro Motorcycles For Under $10k (2020 Models)

Although going retro can be expensive when buying a new motorcycle, there are plenty of excellent wallet- and credit-friendly choices in the visually appealing...

Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle 131 Crate Engine Unveiled for Tourers

Harley-Davidson has unveiled its newest Screamin' Eagle crate engine - one that makes the popular 120R crate motor seem small in size. Meet the Screamin'...

Triumph Partners With Bajaj Auto: New Models Coming

Britain’s Triumph Motorcycles and India’s Bajaj Auto Limited will be working together to produce Triumph motorcycles in the 200cc to 750cc range. The two...

2019 Yamaha Niken GT Two-Up Test: Passenger-Friendly Motorcycle

We’ve reviewed the quirky-looking 2019 Yamaha Niken GT a couple of times, and comprehensively covered the technical side of the three-wheel motorcycle. Based on...

2020 Triumph Thruxton RS Test: Retro-Modern Motorcycle

The city of Albufeira is a sight for travel-weary eyes. Located in the Algarve region of Portugal on the Mediterranean coast, I dare say...

2020 MotoGP Schedule: 20-Round FINAL Calendar (Dates, Circuits, Tests)

Dorna has finalized the 2020 MotoGP schedule, which features some significant changes over the 2019 calendar. The 2020 MotoGP calendar grows one round to 20...