2012 Motorcycle Cannonball Final Results

The 2012 Motorcycle Cannonball is done and in the history books. In general, 70 pre-1930 classic motorcycles entered this nearly 4,000 mile cross country ride.

The Motorcycle Cannonball riders gather at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge for the last leg of our coast to coast ride. My green and orange 1929 Harley JDH carried me well for nearly 4,000 miles.

An amazing 19 finished with perfect score (meaning they rode the entire route without any time on a trailer or truck AND left and arrived on time).  44 motorcycles are considered official finishers, and 25 riders were technically listed as DNF (Did Not Qualify) or DQ (Disqualified).

Riding my 1929 Harley JDH, I spent less than one day on a truck after I picked up a load of water in my gas tank and had carb problems. With less than one day on the truck I dropped from an other wise perfect score every other of the 15 riding days, to a reasonable 31st place over all. This shows how tough the competition was. My friend Scott Jacobs dropped from 3rd place to 29th because his bike would not start one day!

How did Harleys do on this event? 1914 Harley took 2nd place overall, and Harleys ranked #9, 11, 12, 13, 16, 17, 18, 20, 22, 24, 25, 26, 27, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 and 35th of the top 35 finishers. 

For complete results please visit www.motorcyclecannonball.com

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2 Responses to 2012 Motorcycle Cannonball Final Results

  1. Paul Bugeja says:

    It is interesting that Brad Wilmarth (kudos) took 1st place on his 1913 Excelsior with the number of Harleys in the competition. I would like to know if the Excelsior brand was considered a more reliable bike than Harleys in the early 1900’s. I don’t want to minimize Brad’s riding skills, motorcycle maintenance and of course good luck during the ride. /Paul

    • Buzz Kanter says:

      Brad did an amazing job (again) on his Excelsior. Please note that 19 riders finished the 2012 Motorcycle Cannonball with perfect scores, and Brad took top honors as the rider of the oldest motorcycle of the 19. Not taking anything away from Brad, but all riders with perfect scores did something amazing. And several of them were on Harleys.