Scooter Cannonball 2018

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by cdwise, Nov 30, 2017.

  1. cdwise

    cdwise Long timer

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    Registration is now live and max engine size is 278cc which allows many "300"s to participate. So I've registered. I figure registration is only $35 so why not even though I'm not sure I'll actually make it to the start next year with everything else going on.

    In case you are wondering dates are May 26-June 4 starting from Morro Bay California and ending in Richmond Virginia just before Amerivespa if you have any interest in attending.
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  3. cdwise

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  4. tonymarchman

    tonymarchman Been here awhile

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    Sounds good!!! Let's go!
    Tony in Tn
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  5. kantuckid

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    My challenge is to convince myself there's a logic (if that's the right word?) to riding ~2,500 miles west to come back toward home again? :lol2
    It's only 36 hours by car on I roads.
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  6. cdwise

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    Nothing whatsoever logical about riding the cannonball. For some it is a challenge they set themselves. For others who aren't in it to win it consider it a lovely way to tour and socialize in the evenings while riding at their own pace during the day.

    I believe there will be a contingent from eastern Tennessee that will be trailering scoots out so they only ride one way. Gonna be some lovely scenic riding this cannonball.
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    tortoise2 Been here awhile

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  8. cdwise

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    I doubt it, remember that the route shown right now is the concept not the exact roads. Besides there was a "forced" divided highway/interstate type section in I think Idaho but I saw ATVs being ridden on it.
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  10. kantuckid

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    I would consider a trailer cost share arrangement but cannot use my own trailer, as no driver.
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  11. kantuckid

    kantuckid Long timer

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    If you happen to be one of the trailer from TN to California bunch, I do have interest! PM me if you like.
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  12. tonymarchman

    tonymarchman Been here awhile

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    I might ride the scoot out there early to allow my gf to catch up with her friends while I explore the countryside. Of course I will know about a month before departure. How soon before departure day will you be leaving?
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  13. kantuckid

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    No plans at this time. I do think that by the time I rode to TN It'd be more logical to ride west and be nearly halfway to KS where I can stay with relatives. I'm not that anxious to ride I-40 either...
    The Tony- the picture above looks like something you'd send to "Farmer's Only.com" ?:lol2
    Given that we are close in age & have VERY similar profiles (73 r75/5 & Triumph,etc.) , lets stay in touch on this idea? Or just ride to Central America instead?

    I do wonder how hard to get lodging on the Cannonball route?
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  14. cdwise

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    There are host hotels that are listed in the rider's forum. Usually along with at least one other nearby as in 1 block. One of the considerations for day's ending points is the availability of hotel/motels. There are one or two stops where there aren't a lot of options due to the nature of a cross country no freeway route. It is advisable to make your reservations early. After all you can usually cancel or pass them off to someone else if you end up not going near the end.
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    sealsam Sam...I am.

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    If anyone wants to ship a bike to SoCal, I've got a small place in Long Beach with lots of battery tenders.

    This would put you about 220 miles south of Morro Bay, an easy ride up the 101. The LB airport is only a couple miles away if you're flying in, I could pick ya up.
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    Seriously considering this and really have no excuses aside from what is either sanity or cowardice...or both.

    I would definitely need to be part of a team.

    PNW, are you doing it for sure?
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    td63 Been here awhile

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    Heh, this is what I love about following your adventures: they always inspire me to step up and at least attempt a tiny sliver of what you're willing to bite off. I'm like, sitting here, quaking in my boots over a 3k ride and yer, like, "well, I'd probably make it a 4-6,000 mile ride." lol

    This is worth thinking about seriously. In the past 12 hours I've gone from "I'll wake up tomorrow and come to my senses" to "why the hell not?"
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    Think the gps file is available ?

    Opps ! answered my own question. They download from the Google map in .KML format. Used WinGDB to convert to .gpx . Not too difficult.
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    Note the route on the site isn't necessarily the exact route that will be taken just the general plan. Exact routes or at least actual checkpoints will be provided to registered riders. Hotels for each leg are already available to those who have registered.

    There is a very good support truck/team from California as well as the Tennessee one which I suspect will be the same as it was in 2014. You don't have to have to trailer with them to or from to get support during the cannonball itself. Last cannonball I was part of Squadra Lumica (aka Team Snail which is kind of ironic since all 4 team members finished in the top 10) and I rode both ways. While we won't have trailer room we will have an SUV that can carry supplies so could support a couple of other riders that way.
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  20. tortoise2

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    Noticed a "2006 Honda Ruckus - 177cc" among the registered riders . . so likely a China GY6 engine with a BBK.
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