A total of 107 intrepid riders set out from Portland, Maine on September 8 on a race across the country to Portland, Oregon, astride bikes manufactured prior to 1929. A cumulative total of 3,441 miles was traveled by each participant on secondary roads, through all kinds of weather and over mountains, through corn fields and expansive open plains in the quest to complete every mile and win the one-of-a kind trophy, created by sculptor Jeff Decker. Their efforts culminated in the Grand Finale ride from Dallas, Oregon, to the Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, Washington, on September 23. Dean Bordigioni was declared the winner of the race, and his 1914 Harley-Davidson was the only entry in the single-cylinder/single-speed transmission class to complete every mile of the route.
Although an additional 44 motorcycles completed the entire course without penalties, Dean was deemed the winner of the event because his motorcycle was the most difficult classic bike to ride that still completed the journey with no missed miles due to breakdowns. Dean was often seen putting along at a steady pace as other racers on multiple-cylinder and multiple-speed transmission bikes passed him during the course of the day. He struggled mightily while negotiating hills and mountain overpasses aboard his single-speed, belt-drive motorcycle, but he took his time and kept his chin to the handlebars as he gritted out 16 legs of the course over 17 days to take the top prize. Weather was often dicey, with rain cancelling one early day of racing between Binghampton and Jamestown, New York (only one official mile was logged that day for each rider). Temperatures, especially during the first few hours of each day, frequently dipped into the 30s and 40s.
Dean Bordigioni at speed. Photo by Michael Lichter.
In addition to the 44 bikes that logged perfect scores, five others also completed every mile, but received penalty points for being late to a check point. Jay Miner, aboard his 1918 Harley Model J, completed all miles except for one, and Richard Asprey, riding his 1915 Norton Model 16TT, missed only 11 of the 3,441 total miles.
Complete results are shown below, but we’ll run our photos from the September 9 stop at Hemmings Motor News with updated captions – including how many miles each of the entries completed – in a Hemmings Daily next week. You can also view thousands of Michael Lichter photos and many videos of each day’s racing on the MotorcycleCannonball.com website and the Motorcycle Cannonball Facebook page.