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Motorcycle Cannonball releases its 2020 route, opens registration

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2020 Motorcycle Cannonball route. Photos courtesy Motorcycle Cannonball.

Jason Sims, director of the Motorcycle Cannonball announced on Sunday that the route for the 2020 Cannonball will begin in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, and end in South Padre Island, Texas, with stops along the way at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Additional overnight venues include Traverse City, Michigan; Maggie Valley, North Carolina; Arkadelphia, Arkansas; and Luckenbach, Texas.

The race will be open to pre-1930 motorcycles (produced in or before 1929) and, as in years past, there will be separate classifications for pre-1920 motorcycles; single-speed, single-cylinder bikes; single-speed, multi-cylinder bikes; and multiple-speed, multiple-cylinder entries. There is also a 90-year or older division broken down into three classes for bikes over 600cc, bikes below 600cc, and bikes 101cc or smaller. Although the September 2020 event is more than 18 months away, registration opened on December 18, 2018, ensuring ample time for entrants to prepare for this epic ride.

Jason Sims on the 2018 Motorcycle Cannonball.

Bikes are to be presented in original state with only modern safety modifications. The original engine and transmission cases are required to pass initial inspection. Transmissions and carburetors must also be period-correct for the entered bikes. Bikes must have working headlight and taillamp, and two functioning mirrors. And they must be able to maintain a speed of 45 mph to enter.

Judging from the map accompanying the press release, the entrants will complete a minimum of 3,000 to 3,500 miles over 16 days by the time they reach the finish line.

Registration forms are already up on the website, however, the race is limited to 120 bikes and past participants will be given preference first, before new entrants are allowed to fill the field.

Stay tuned to the Motorcycle Cannonball Facebook page  and for further information as it becomes available. This race is not for the weak of heart or soft of buttocks either, so think about it long and hard before submitting an application. Many current entrants got started in the race by attending one of the previous race venues and talking to the staff, riders, and support crews. They can be a wealth of knowledge should you consider making the commitment.