Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan to Key West, Florida 

STURGIS, S.D., JAN. 21—On Friday, September 6, 2019, a group of approximately 100 adventurous souls on antique motorcycles will take America’s two-lanes by storm and the world is invited to cheer on the excitement.

The Cross Country Chase, America’s newest antique motorcycle touring challenge, is brought to you by the tried-n-true crew at the Motorcycle Cannonball in partnership with Legends Motorcycle Museum. This down-n-dirty endurance run will prove out the “who’s who” of antique motorcycling. Not only will the winner be crowned a “Legend” and have life-long bragging rights after successfully completing the arduous run, but as a bonus, a cash prize will also be awarded. The cross-country challenge is for riders over 18, motorcycles manufactured between 1930-1948, and will be an extreme test of endurance, speed, navigation, and knowledge.

Endurance: Riders and machines will have to travel an average of 250-350 miles per day over a 10-day period while enduring mental and physical exhaustion, extreme cold and heat, various elevation changes, and the unpredictable elements of Mother Nature. Riders will tackle the Cross Country Chase on their own; no support crews of any kind will be allowed during the event. Participants will have to anticipate what is vital for the entire duration: all tools, parts, and luggage must be packed on their motorcycles. It’s just you, your motorcycle, and some of the best two-lane roads of North America.

Speed: Riders and machines will be challenged to complete stages in a timely fashion, which will require maintaining required speeds, making strategically planned stops while managing time throughout the day in order to check in to the final daily checkpoint at the required time.

Navigation: Riders are required to successfully navigate the 10-day, 2,500-plus mile route without going off course or getting lost. The Chase will provide riders with a navigation map daily that provides turn-by-turn instructions based on mileage.

Knowledge: Riders will take a 100-plus question test covering aspects of American motorcycling history, which will count towards the rider’s final score.



  1. Manufactured between 1930-1948
  2. Motorcycle will be handicapped on the following:
    • Age: The older the motorcycle, the higher the handicap
    • Engine Displacement: Motorcycles with smaller displacement engines will be handicapped higher than motorcycles with higher displacement
    • Average Speed: Part of the handicap will be based on your average cruising speed
  3. Must have ORIGINAL engine cases
  4. Must have ORIGINAL transmission cases (No late model transmissions)
  5. Period correct carburetors (No late model Mikunis, S&S, etc.)
  6. Paint (must be period correct)
  7. No modern choppers or bobbers (unless they look period correct)


Age: 18 and older

Current motorcycle license, registration and insurance are required. If you think you and your machine are cut out for this intense adventure, submit your application at


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