After Stage 9, plenty of the 2014 Motorcycle Cannonball riders are likely beginning to appreciate the wonders of modern motorcycle engineering.
The Cannonball, run on vintage bikes, built before 1936, takes a toll on participants, who often have to spend all night fixing their bikes after vibrating wildly behind the handlebars all day. The participants’ motto is “Wrench, Ride, Repeat.”
As of the end of Stage 9, several riders (38) are still tied with 2147 points (for 2147 miles ridden). Of the Canadian entrants, Byrne Bramwell is in 62nd place, with 1898 points on his 1920 Henderson K. Scott Blaylock is in 66th, with 1762 points on his 1928 BMW R62. Robb Priske is in 78th, with 1455 points on his 1932 Harley-Davidson V.
None of the Canadians have any penalty points.
For a sped-up video that shows you the commitment it takes to ride this rally, see below.
But wait! There’s more! Motorcycle nomad Bean’Re has been filming Cannonball riders en route; see some of his interviews below. You can find more on his YouTube channel.