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Endurance • Speed • Navigation • Knowledge
Sault Ste. Marie, MI to Key West, FL

September 6th – 15th, 2019

A cross country challenge for riders with motorcycles that were manufactured between 1930-1948, The Chase will be a test of Endurance, Speed, Navigation, and Knowledge.

The Cross Country Chase, brought to you by the crew at Motorcycle Cannonball and Legends Motorcycle Museum, will prove to see the who’s who of the Antique Motorcycle World. Not only will the winner be crowned a “Legend” and have bragging rights for life, but as a bonus, a Cash Award will be given.


Riders and Machines will have to endure an average of 250-350 miles per day over an 8-day period. Riders and Machines could endure fatigue, mental exhaustion, cold, heat, elevations, and all the ferocious elements of Mother Nature. Riders will have to endure the course of The Cross Country Chase on their own, no support crews of any kind will be allowed during the event. Riders will have to think about what they need to pack to make it the duration; all tools, parts, and luggage must be packed on your motorcycle. It is just you, your motorcycle, and some of the best 2-lane roads of North America.


Riders and Machines will be challenged to complete stages in timed fashion, which will require maintaining certain speeds, strategically planned stops, and managing time throughout the day to check in to the final daily checkpoint at the required time.


Riders will have to successfully navigate the 10-day, 2,368 mile route without going off course or getting lost. The Chase will provide riders with a Navigation Map daily that will give you turn-by-turn instructions based on mileage.


Riders will be given a 100-question test that will cover aspects of American Motorcycling history and will count towards rider’s final score.


  1. Manufactured between 1930-1948
  2. Motorcycle will be handicapped on the following:
    1. Age: The older the motorcycle, the higher it will be handicapped.
    2. Engine Displacement: Motorcycles with smaller displacement engines will be handicapped higher than motorcycles with higher displacement.
    3. Average Speed: Part of the handicap system 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 Mikunies, S&S, etc

Age: 18 and older

Jason Sims

Promoter / Owner

Since the first Motorcycle Cannonball run in 2010, antique motorcycle riders from around the world have anxiously signed up to follow Lonnie Isam Jr. across the United States on a unique journey that many have described as “life changing.” Before his passing in August of 2017, Lonnie had already passed the Cannonball torch to Jason Sims...Read More

John Classen

Course Master

John Classen returns for the 6th time as Course Master for the 2020 Motorcycle Cannonball. Since the inception of the Motorcycle Cannonball in 2010, John has been instrumental in laying out the challenging rides and incredible sights along the course for the Cannonballers. Now, he has created an unbelievable route for the inaugural Cross Country Chase....Read More

LeeAnn Sims

Administrative & Travel Coordinator

LeeAnn handles the everyday administration of the Motorcycle Cannonball and the Cross Country Chase.  With Jason taking over Cannonball operations, she saw a need for the lodging and travel portion of the event and opened a travel business appropriately named, Cannonball Travel, strictly to meet that need. LeeAnn has worked in the Human Services field for...Read More

Felicia Morgan

Press/Media Relations

Felicia Morgan has been with the Motorcycle Cannonball since it’s formative years and it has been her great pride to stand at the start and finish lines of each of the transcontinental runs. She now joins us on the Cross Country Chase. In her capacity as Media Director, she photographs the rider’s adventures and writes a...Read More

Rebecca Cunningham

Red Flyer Media

Rebecca Cunningham is a Visual Storyteller – Telling the stories of the people & lifestyles she loves through video, photography and writing. She has close to 30 years professional experience in video production, 30 years experience riding motorcycles (loves cross country riding) and over 15 years experience in professional writing & photography. When she is home,...Read More

Vicki Sanfelipo

RN, Health and Wellness Coordinator

Vicki is a Registered Nurse and EMT who cheerfully escorts Cannonball riders across the country, providing medical attention as needs arise. She is the author of “A Crash Course for the Motorcyclist” and established the non-profit organization Accident Scene Management (ASM) in 1996 in order to reduce injuries and fatalities to motorcyclists through First Response training....Read More