The Scooter Cannonball Run is a coast to coast endurance event for scooters. It is a time/distance/regularity rally where points are awarded based on miles completed and the ability to maintain the standard pace. This year it will begin in Savannah, GA and end eight days later in San Diego, CA covering 2633 miles. There are over 50 entrants riding all types of scooters. From a 1946 Salibury to a modern 3 wheel Piaggo MP3. I have decided join the fun this year. We will leave Savannah on April 22 and head west. I will be riding to raise money for KIDS and LEMUR'S charities. Please help us by purchasing some miles for one of these charities. Don't worry, I will be covering close to 6,000 miles out to California and back to Florida, so there are plenty of miles to go around. ALL monies go directly to the charity.

Monday, April 16, 2012


Now, about getting BIG RED ready to roll.  He will be washed, waxed and shined for sure before we head to Savannah. He is well maintained, but there are always mechanical issues to be addressed.

Since this is my pit crew.......

.......instead of this....

....I will do a lot of my own maintenance.

First up is a new rear wheel and balancing all wheels.  The challenge is to figure out which is the best all round tire that might last to San Diego. The best seems to a German tire made by Heidenau. I have used this tire before and it should get me the most mileage.  This tire still may not make it to San Diego, so I have another rim and tire ready to go.

Kirk of Cycle Gear balancing the tire for free

 OK. Had a little parts challenge.  The first new rear brake part leaked so I had to order another and wait a week for it to arrive from Scooterwest.  Got the new one on and away I went.....for 2 blocks.  There was a strange clicking sound from the rear wheel so I turned around and but it back in the garage.  I am thinking all day what the heck did I do wrong this time.

Yep, he is playing mechanic again. We told him not to do that.

 Later in the day when I had time to investigate I found the clicking problem was the weights on the rear wheel just barely hitting a transmission bolt. Not anyone's  error just something that happened. So, back to see Kirk and he rebalanced and moved the weights in a little so everything is now happy.

I have my tools and most of the necessary spares on the shelf from previous trips. I will review it all and maybe take something out or add something. Just depends on how I feel when I do it.

The scooter is driven by a rubber belt that runs from the engine to the rear wheel in an enclosed housing. This contraption also has little things called rollers and guides.  These all have to come out and be replaced. Though I did most of my own maintenance I took this into the local scooter shop. This way I can have a professional set of eyes back up my old worn out eyes in looking over the whole bike.

Jason, actually both mechanics are Jason, did the work on Big Red. He always does the work I don't do on my scooters.

That is about all I can do. All mechanical work is done. It is ready to ride and now it is up to Big Red to get me to the finish line.

"So, you think this is it? You think you are ready?"


In 2010 a movie crew followed the Scooter Cannonball Run.  This is the trailer they just released for the upcoming film.

Remember, "Anyone can ride a Harley across America, 
but it takes a real rider to do it on a 
scooter "