Cannonball is go!

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Two competitors high-five each other on their way past the Wright Brothers monument just after the start of the 2010 Cannonball. Photos by Barry Hathaway.

The 2010 Cannonball is underway. Forty-four pre-1916 motorcycles posed for a vintage-style panoramic photograph at the foot of Kill Devil Hill in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, this morning before firing up and roaring westward toward the California coast. Only 16 days and 3272 miles to go before the winner is declared on Santa Monica Pier!

A few bikes took to the shoulder of the road with (hopefully temporary) mechanical issues even before the 5-mile mark. Many of the near-100-year-old machines are capable of cruising at 50 mph, but are those main bearings and cylinder walls getting enough lubrication?

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Shinya Kimura cruises past the Wright Brothers monument in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, on his way to California on his 1915 Indian Twin.

It’ll be interesting to see how many of these fantastic old machines survive this test. One thing’s for sure, everyone here is having a blast.

Stay tuned...