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Ride marking 100th anniversary of 'Cannon Ball run' to stop first in Yuma

YUMA, ARIZONA - On May 3rd, 1914, Erwin 'Cannon Ball' Baker hopped on a 7 hp Indian motorcycle in San Diego and, with a bet that he couldn't cross the nation in 20 days, dazzled everyone when he reached New York City in just 11-1/2 days -- at a time when there were few paved or improved roads.  A New York journalist impressed by his adventure tagged Baker with the nickname of "Cannon Ball," which stuck with him the rest of his life.

To commemorate Cannon Ball's record-setting and historic feat, a group of 25 motorcyclists will leave San Diego at exactly 9 a.m. PDT May 3 -- 100 years to the minute of Baker's 1914 departure -- and ride 2,999 miles to reach New York City on May 14, matching Cannon Ball's record. They will retrace the approximate route ridden by Baker, as re-created by motorcycle racer and author Don Emde and motojournalist Joe Colombero.

As it was for Cannon Ball, their first stop will be in Yumawhere the mayor is issuing a proclamation declaring May 3 "Cannon Ball Centennial Ride Day."  Gary McKechnie, who is riding as the representative of the Motorcycle Industry Council, and other members of the group will be available in Yuma for print, radio and television interviews.

To arrange a phone or in-person interview, contact McKechnie at 352-383-2679

Recognizing that today's motorcyclists ride with the same independent spirit as generations of riders before them, the 2014 Cannon Ball Centennial Ride was created to inspire future generations to re-discover the pleasures of safe motorcycling and the spectacular diversity of America. To that end, the website created in connection with the ride,, details the route and includes a "then and now" section showing the many changes that have occurred in the last century. The Cannon Ball Centennial Ride is supported by Motorcycle Industry Council, Yamaha, Butler Motorcycle Maps, Cycle Visions, Saddlemen, Continental, Motion Pro, Moose Racing, Trail Boss, DP Brakes, Boyko Racing, and Touratech.


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