Cannonball Record Breaker bike now on sale
Pack two wheels and tie it to a budget
When a man named Alex Jones drove from New York to Los Angeles on his beloved 2015 Yamaha FJR1300 in under 33 hours, he wasn’t just completing a list of goals by staying awake stupidly late – he was also plotting a route usually run by machines with a few extra tires.
“[The Cannonball record was] generally operate in high-end German cars, ”says Jones. “And I couldn’t afford it. But then a few years ago I read the story of a motorcycle race. I could do it on a small budget. So I found the right bike with 80,000 miles already and bought it for $ 4000.
The challenge itself – known as the Cannonball Baker Sea-To-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash – spans a breathtaking 2,800 mile distance from the Red Ball Garage in Manhattan to the Portofino Inn in Redondo Beach, California.
As for the “one run on a motorcycle”, was completed by a Calvin Cote, who claimed to have completed the dashboard on his BMW K1600 in 35 hours and six minutes – which means Jones broke the previous motorcycle record by a clear margin.
Jones, still the fact-checker, fondly recalls the event in an email to RouteAndTrack:
“On the morning of October 17th at 6:24 am EST, I drove out of the Redball Garage in New York on a 2014 Yamaha FJR1300 equipped with a 7 gallon auxiliary fuel cell, radar detector, laser jammers, two mounted telephones and an auxiliary. lighting.”
“The road passed through a highway through the center of the country, with traffic and construction considerations. The ride was uneventful, the weather was clear but windy.
“During the ride, the cruise control stopped working and there were some issues with the electronics that did not go as planned. The auxiliary lighting went out just after dark and the rear tire was almost bald on arrival due to wind and road conditions.
“Arrival at the Portofino Hotel in Redondo Beach was at 12:16 pm PDT the next day for a total time of 32 hours and 52 minutes.”
We are also told the most grainy details by a man named Smith:
“He stopped seven times in total … and only for fuel.”
“He drank in a Camelback, ate protein bars, took caffeine pills to boost his alertness, and used a catheter and condom to drain the urine generated through a tube and onto the pavement… Funny details. “
Today Jones allegedly seeks to fuel the banks with his various hobbies and has put the iconic bike up for sale. here on craigslist (We will include these photos at the bottom of the article for you in a gallery.)
Included are “several phone mounts and power cables, plus a wired Valentine One radar detector and Adaptiv TPX laser jammer.” the seat and the luggage rack will be included in the sale, as the fuel cell replaced this).
There’s also a better windshield, highway stakes for more comfortable navigation, and a bunch of aftermarket lighting upgrades.
Machine maintenance included the recent change of brake pads and wheel bearings (performed in the last 10,000 miles), as well as a new set of tires.
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