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Old 12-01-2012, 12:14 PM   #1
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The Real Cannonball ~ World's Most Extreme Enduran

If anyone is interested is trashing themselves and their scooter in an all out balls-to-the-wall WFO road race across America, then you should compete in this epic one-time-only event! Be there, or be square! Prize for 1st Place Overall: $1,000.00 and a really bitchin trophy. Take something tangible home for your efforts. 10% of entry fees are donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.

http://www.motorscooterlandspeedfederation.org

Please Note: The Real Cannonball, sanctioned by Motor-Scooter International Land-Speed Federation, is not affiliated with www.scootercannonball.com, an 8-day timed/scored rally in which "[p]articipation is limited to scooters with an engine displacement not more than 250cc" held in even numbered years.

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Old 12-02-2012, 07:15 AM   #2
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Cool! Will try to get a sponsor and do it!
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Old 04-16-2013, 07:04 AM   #3
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Who's Entered?

Stan Scott is already posting elsewhere on this forum:
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=874739 and has a strong following!


Unlike Stan, who's riding to New York via Florida, my Gilera 175cc Runner is being crated today for shipment to the East Coast. It leaves by truck tomorrow, April 17th.

MSILSF: The Real Cannonball Official Motor-Scooter Entry List

Class I: (50cc to 100cc)

Tom Wheeler* / Kymco S9 70cc Malossi
Ft. Smith, AR
tomwheeler@ * ** *
http://www.wheelerpowersports.com

Class II: (101cc to 175cc)

Alan Spears / Gilera 175.8cc Runner
Chula Vista, CA 91911
www.aesracingltd.com
https://www.facebook.com/scootermeister.spears
http://www.meetup.com/Beach-Cities-S...ents/55416082/


Andrew Marquez / Bashan 175.3cc
Pembroke Pines, FL 33025
arthur.marquez@ * * * *

Class III: (176cc to 300cc)

Ryan Jeffries / 250cc RJ Custom
Wilmington, IL 60481
Jeffries356@ * * * *
https://www.facebook.com/ryan.jeffries.33

Stan Scott / Honda 250cc Helix
Tucson, AZ 85706
Dixieflyer43@ * * * *
https://www.facebook.com/stan.scott.353?fref=t
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=874739

Class IV (301cc to 650cc)

No entries

Class V (651cc to 850cc)

No Entries

Sidecar

No Entries

* Supporting Entry (Not participating)


The Real Cannonball Tiddler [Motorcycle] Division

Class I
Roy Hixon
2002 Aprilia RS50 (70cc)

Class IV
Deb Canter
2007 Kawasaki Ninja 250

Vern Ebert
Honda 360

Bill Murar
2006 Ninja 250

All entries are Ohioans, GO BUCKEYES!!!

Unlike the scooter magazines who have completely ignored this event, Cycle World has invited Roy Hixon / Aprilia RS50 (70cc) to stop by its office after the race for an interview and photo op.

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Old 05-10-2013, 04:31 PM   #4
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So, what the status of the race. It's 10 may, and I expect the early finishers are laying on the beach in Redondo drinking adult beverages and telling lies.....we need news....

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Old 05-10-2013, 04:37 PM   #5
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Here's Alan Spears summary on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=O5_zjnc1VLI
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Old 05-10-2013, 08:44 PM   #6
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Can someone help me out. I watched the youtube video with Alan Spears. I googled the Real Cannonball Run and came across this 3 page thread at modervespa.com http://modernvespa.com/forum/topic98719

Tempers are very high here and there is a lot of arguing. It seems that a very large Scootering Community is at odds with this one fellow.

Somehow I have the impression that the Real Cannonball Run event only had 3 or 4 participants. Was any of that real or was the "event" just made up and staged by some freinds and then posted online?

Just curious. ...and confused.
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Old 05-10-2013, 09:47 PM   #7
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Can someone help me out. I watched the youtube video with Alan Spears. I googled the Real Cannonball Run and came across this 3 page thread at modervespa.com http://modernvespa.com/forum/topic98719

Tempers are very high here and there is a lot of arguing. It seems that a very large Scootering Community is at odds with this one fellow.

Somehow I have the impression that the Real Cannonball Run event only had 3 or 4 participants. Was any of that real or was the "event" just made up and staged by some freinds and then posted online?

Just curious. ...and confused.
I'm pretty sure that the dischord is caused by the naming of the event as the "real" cannonball. The http://www.scootercannonball.com has been around for far longer. I have no idea about the legitimacy of the "real" cannonball as an event, but I do know that claiming provenance when there is none is poor form.

The MSILSF seemed like a cool organization when it was first formed. The idea was for a organizing body that would allow small wheeled scooters to have a go at land speed records in their own classes. This particular turn of events has me concerned that they aren't serious about promoting racing.

This http://therealcannonball.proboards.c...e=1#1366597341 is particularly "classy". I have never heard of an organization publicly admonishing companies who didn't want to sponsor an event or a rider.

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Old 05-11-2013, 09:26 AM   #8
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I just watched the collection of "real cannonball" video's on you tube.....I now know all I will ever need to know about Mr Spears and his organization.......I guess some people are always looking for their 15 minutes of fame..........I'm out
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Old 05-11-2013, 08:26 PM   #9
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Alan Spears = douche

Oops, sorry, wrong forum for that.
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Old 05-12-2013, 09:27 AM   #10
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I just watched the collection of "real cannonball" video's on you tube.....I now know all I will ever need to know about Mr Spears and his organization.......I guess some people are always looking for their 15 minutes of fame..........I'm out
As an outside observer with no affiliation with any side in the disputes I am not going to give up on the concept just yet. I think there is a new wrinkle in scooter endurance racing that has a definite appeal to me. As with most endeavors their has to be some weeding out of the unfavorable characters. The concept seems sound and if you look here :

http://www.scootercannonball.com/for...forum.php?f=38

there seems that there is hope of the concept spreading around the country (even tho they have some controversies raging). And then guys like Bill Murar are trying to support a good cause:

http://www.lakeerieloop.com/rideinfo.html

True grassroots racing that COULD have a future!
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I suspect that had the event been named something other than the "real" scooter cannonball and profanity not been the prevailing response to a request that the name be changed to avoid confusion with the much older event there would have been much more support from the scooter community.

Kymco has sponsored folks in the scooter cannonball http://scootercannonball.com complete with scooter and corporate gas card and parts/mechanical assistance. Other dealerships and vendors have provided various levels of support from the loan of scooter to charity donations to the participant's designated charity. Quite a few participants have rebuilt their scoots more than once on the side of the road or in a hotel parking lot. People have had their support truck stolen with all their specialty tools and spares for vintage scoots. Yet I've never seen a single participant with the sort ranting against the manufacturers of their scoots much less the folks who "refused to sponsor" them as earlier links in this thread show.

Okay, it isn't a "balls to the wall no rules event" but then those sort of events are illegal in the US. I will say my hat is off to TusconStan and his ride report of his trip out and what he has posted so far about his days on the road during the "real scooter cannonball". Pity he wasn't running the event.
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The scooter cannonball has been going every 2 years since 2004 or 2006 I think. It also switches directions each time and also has a higher turn out of 20-30 riders. The organizers for the scooter cannonball seem to do a pretty good job of organizing routes, hotels, and even a shop at some point where riders can do some minor/major repairs along the way. If Alan had researched the history of this event it probably would have learned a thing or two to put on a better event than he did. But I guess it's REALY important to have a sanctioned in his mind event for the REAL cannonball.

I have never met Alan on the scooter circuit, and hopefully never do. After watching that video that wasted 10 minutes of my life, I hope Piaggio and Leo Vince tell him to go kindly screw himself. Well, maybe not kindly, he is a lawyer and should be smacked up side the head for the threats he has made for lawsuits with the companies above, along with Shell Oil, and probably his mom for giving birth to him.

Ok ok, I need to stop now...

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Old 05-12-2013, 12:37 PM   #13
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Oh my.... After reading the link above: http://therealcannonball.proboards.c...e=1#1366597341

I can't stand this guy even more now..... Bashing Barbour jacket company for not sponsoring him with a free jacket for a race that no one knows about??? Maybe if you were running maybe, oh, let's say... The Paris Dakar?!??! Another ASS point for Alan.

Well, several more ASS points for the rest of the post in that link...


Hmmm, I think I have too much free time today.....

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/...reme-endurance

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Old 05-12-2013, 10:35 PM   #14
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Oh my.... After reading the link above: http://therealcannonball.proboards.c...e=1#1366597341

I can't stand this guy even more now..... Bashing Barbour jacket company for not sponsoring him with a free jacket for a race that no one knows about??? Maybe if you were running maybe, oh, let's say... The Paris Dakar?!??! Another ASS point for Alan.

Well, several more ASS points for the rest of the post in that link...


Hmmm, I think I have too much free time today.....

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/...reme-endurance

This guy reminds of a character Jack Lemmon played in a '70's comedy film (yeah, Im that old!) called theOut of Towners.

The guy in that movie had an ever-lengthening list of people he was gonna sue after he returned from an ill-fated trip to New York city. That list was several feet long by the end of the movie.

The movie was hilarious, but Scootermeister is just sad. He actually believes he's in the right....
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Old 05-13-2013, 08:22 AM   #15
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Im glad someone else agrees with me. I was starting to feel like a bit of a douche for bashing

A few things that someone else brought up about this and Alan’s ride. Is his bike even legit in the US? If not, how did he register it? Well, that’s another discussion that could go on for hours.
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