It's Motorcycle Cannonball time! But we must urge SAFETY FIRST.
All AMCA members, other motorcyclists and the general public are invited and encouraged to show up at any of these stops to witness this amazing event. But we need to ask you to confine your support to these official stops ONLY.
It may seem like fun to ride along with the Cannonball for an hour or a day, but from previous experience, we can tell you that’s a really bad idea. These old bikes don’t handle, accelerate or brake like modern machines, which is why the ride is laid out on lightly traveled back roads. If you and your friends create congestion by riding on the same roads as the Cannonballers, you take away the safety cushion these riders need.
So come out and cheer your fellow AMCA members when they stop in your part of the country. But then wish them well and let them ride off into the sunset without you.
This year’s Cannonball, set for September 5-23, from Portland, Maine, on the Atlantic coast, to Portland, Oregon. Below is a list of the stops where you’ll be able to catch up with the Cannonball this year.
2018 Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run
9/5-9/6: Cannonball Registration and Motorcycle Inspection: Marriott at Sable Oaks, South Portland, ME
9/7: Prologue (10 miles): 3 p.m. start at Bug Light Park, South Portland, ME; Photo Op at Portland Head Lighthouse, Fort Williams Park, Cape Elizabeth, ME
9/8: Stage 1 (145 miles): 8 a.m. Breakfast at Big Moose Harley-Davidson, Portland, ME; 11:15 a.m. Lunch at Harley-Davidson Shop of Rochester, Rochester, NH; Finish at Best Western Plus, Keene, New Hampshire
9/9: Stage 2 (251 miles): 9:30 a.m. Pit Stop at Hemmings Motor News, Bennington, VT; Finish at DoubleTree Hotel, Binghamton, NY
9/10 Stage 3 (227 miles): 9:45 a.m. Pit Stop at Finger Lakes Harley-Davidson, Cayuta, NY; 12:20 p.m. Lunch at Arkport Cycles, Hornell, NY; Finish at Harley-Davidson of Jamestown, Jamestown, NY
9/11: Stage 4 (273 miles): Finish at Buffalo Wild Wings, Bowling Green, OH
9/12 Stage 5 (260 miles): 2:30 p.m. Lunch at Kersting's Cycle Center & Museum, Winamac, IN; Finish at Holiday Inn Express, Bourbonnais, IL
9/13: Stage 6 (229 miles): Noon Lunch at Workman Harley-Davidson, Rock Falls, IL; Finish at National Motorcycle Museum, Anamosa, IA
9/14 Stage 7 (274 miles): 11:30 a.m. Lunch at Harley-Davidson of Mason City, Mason City, IA; Finish at Indian Motorcycle Factory and Experience Center, Spirit Lake, IA
9/15 Stage 8 (314 miles): Finish at Steamboat Park, Pierre, SD
9/16: Stage 9 (294 miles): 9:30 a.m. Sightseeing at Badlands National Park, SD; 2 p.m. Sightseeing at Mount Rushmore National Park, SD; 4 p.m. Ceremonial Finish at Harley-Davidson Way, Sturgis, SD; Finish at Glencoe CampResort, Sturgis, SD
9/17: Rest Day, Sturgis, SD
9/18 Stage 10 (299 miles): Finish at Beartooth Harley-Davidson, Billings, MT
9/19 Stage 11 (248 miles): Finish at Big Sky Harley-Davidson, Great Falls, MT
9/20 Stage 12 (242 miles): 12:30 p.m. Lunch at Snowgoose Grille, Saint Mary, MT; 1:30 p.m. Sightseeing at Glacier National Park, MT; Finish at Red Lion Hotel, Kalispell, MT
9/21: Stage 13 (254 miles): Finish at Lone Wolf Harley-Davidson, Spokane Valley, WA
9/22 Stage 14 (303 miles): 12:30 p.m. Lunch at Rattlesnake Mountain Harley-Davidson, Kennewick, WA; Finish at Federal Street, The Dalles, OR
9/23 Stage 15 (51 miles): Grand Finish
1:30 p.m. at Skamania Lodge, Stevenson, WA
SIDEBAR WITH CANNONBALL STORY
Come Along on the Cannonball with the AMCA
OK, so you don’t have to visit one of the stops, Bill Wood and the magazine staff have a way for you to be a part of the Cannonball experience from coast to coast, just by visiting this site daily starting September 6th.
Each day during the ride, you’ll find Cannonball posts in the Club News section of the site. Editors Bill Wood and Larry Lawrence will do their best to bring you stories and photos from the road as your fellow AMCA members head from Portland, Maine, to Portland, Oregon over 16 days in September.