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Old 09-20-2012, 01:29 AM   #704
Joined: Jul 2010
Oddometer: 79
The riders on them new fangled OHV engines don't realize that just to decclerate with their high compression engines is much more than both the brakes on a vintage bike can do. If a guy in front just lets off the gas, I have to stand on both my brakes to avoid a collision and still I pass him like a paycheck. And my brakes are as good as they come! Not fun to ride behind!

Here's the quote from the Facebook page why they don't publish. It makes complete sense to me:

There is no malice intended in not publishing our route. We do not publish the route of the Motorcycle Cannonball out of concerns for the safety of our riders. It is our number one priority. It's a wonderful experience for everyone when they meet people long the way, are assisted by enthusiasts, and get to talk about their bikes. We encourage people to come to our stops and meet the riders. Riders love the interaction when it's conducted in a safe environment.

Unfortunately, we have people show up to ride along, sometimes trying to join the group and this puts EVERYONE at risk. Modern day riders rarely realize the nuances involved in jockeying these old machines. It takes space, stopping is slower, and manuvering on a narrow, rough road is dangerous enough without having to avoid some body who zooms up to get a closer look. I have had several riders come to me on both runs and ask if something can be done about this since it scares the hell out of them. The fact that someone cannot understand this, tell me how little they know about riding a vintage bike. We simply ask that everyone please respect our riders.

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