Classic Motorcycles Blog

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Advice for Small Riders

When I got my motorcycle license 20 years ago, the big question was, “what motorcycle is the best fit for me?” At just under 5’4″ with a 29″ inseam and 115 pounds, my choices were limited. I knew I wanted a sports bike and the smaller 250 cc machines just...

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The final Stage 15 — Palm Desert to Carlsbad

The final Stage 15 – Palm Desert, CA to Carlsbad, CA – 100 miles The last start on the last day. We sure got here fast. Like any intense event, time seems both to stretch in the middle like a rubber band and snaps back at you with speed at...

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Stage 14 — Lake Havasu to Palm Desert

Stage 14 – Lake Havasu, AZ to Palm Desert, CA – 241 miles The morning was clear and comfortable. After reviewing the scroll chart directions, many riders opted to bring extra gas since there were, in some cases, more than 85 miles between gas stations. Most of these old bikes...

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Stage 13 — Williams to Lake Havasu

Stage 13 – Williams, AZ to Lake Havasu City, AZ – 232 miles It was a sunny but cold start this morning for the ride from Williams to Lake Havasu, Arizona. But anything is better than yesterday’s rain. We had a surprise visitor, Robbie Burg, an old friend of Ziggy’s...

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Stage 12 — Page to Williams

Stage 12 – Page, AZ to Williams, AZ – 195 miles Awesome views, high desert, canyons, and then unfortunately rain and fog for the main event — the Grand Canyon. Since rain was forecast several riders started out in rain gear, others thought they would wait and see. Cris was...

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Stage 11 — Durango to Page

Stage 11 – Durango, CO to Page, AZ – 262 miles Bleak and dreary morning. The rain was pretty solid. Ziggy opted not to ride (since Sharon’s bike was not a points leader) and drove the crew van instead. However, Cris was still pushing to make the top 25, so...

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Stage 10 — Pueblo to Durango

Stage 10 – Pueblo, CO to Durango, CO – 264 miles Yesterday’s challenge was made difficult by the sheer number of miles and the heat. Today’s ride is an insane climb through the Rocky Mountains on 100-year-old motorcycles. Altitude sickness was also a problem for some riders. Riders first encountered the La Veta...

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Stage 9 — Dodge City to Pueblo

Stage 9 – Dodge City, KS to Pueblo, CO – 272 miles This was the longest, hottest stage by far. The morning started off with fog; a reminder of two years ago in Kansas for the 2014 Cannonball, but then the temperature was 37 degrees. The morning started off around...

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Rest Day — Dodge City

Rest day is for wrenching, laundry and rest. Personally, I was running on empty and found myself sleeping until noon. It’s hot outside — 85 degrees with high humidity. Pop-up shade tents dot the parking lot where crews are working on bikes. The results are in for the first 8 stages...

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Stage 8 — Wichita to Dodge City

Stage 8 – Wichita, KS to Dodge City, KS – 184 miles It feels like the old West: locomotives, old motorcycles, saloons, and lots of cowboy boots. The ride started at the hotel this morning, but as we arrived in Boot Hill it was like stepping (or rather riding) back...

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Stage 7 — Springfield to Wichita

Stage 7 – Springfield, MO to Wichita, KS – 250 miles The morning’s staggered start was the same as every day. I decided instead to photograph the variety of license plates on the motorcycles, because amazingly the riders came from all points of the globe — all over the US,...