It’s impossible to have a list of motorcycle endurance records and not include Cannonball Baker, who in 1914 set a new transcontinental record of 11.5 days riding from New York to San Diego. That might not seem such a feat now, but keep in mind the brakes, power, suspension, seat and frame he had to contend with on 3,378 miles of mostly unpaved dirt roads.

Daytona 200 winner Don Emde recently retraced Baker’s route, riding across the country with modern technology in 2011 and again in 2014 with a group of 30 riders to mark the 100th anniversary of the original journey. Emde chronicled those trips, along with the research he put in for it, in his book, Finding Cannon Ball’s Trail.

  • Vijay Ranganathan

    All good stories of endurance. Story #10 makes me feel young all over again 🙂

  • MyName

    For the full leathers marathon, do you have to wear moto boots and a helmet?

    • I don’t think so, but I only know what was written on the Guinness website.

    • Sayyed Bashir

      I would think so, otherwise you are just wearing a leather jacket and pants which is not much of a record.

  • Old MOron

    Some of these are pretty moving. Good finds, T-rod.

  • Sayyed Bashir

    In 1987 I rode back from Daytona Bike Week to Fort Worth TX on my 1986 Harley Softail Custom: 1224 miles in 23 hours. Rode through the night, and next morning I was going to sleep on the motorcycle, nearly riding off the road, but arrived home safely (except for one small crash in Louisiana while trying to stop under a freeway light to look at the map and not noticing the construction curb in the dark – hurt my knee but kept riding anyway). The whole trip was 4,000 miles in 7 days. Later in August during the hot TX summer, rode to the top of Manitoba Canada in search of cooler weather 5,000 miles round trip in 10 days.

  • Old MOron

    “which Evans will be documenting in a soon to be published memoir on MO”
    So Evans, are you saving this one for a rainy day?

  • kenneth_moore

    What is it with Indian riders (the nation, not the bike) and weird riding feats? I’ve seen them on ladders balanced on bikes, guys on each other’s shoulders, standing on their heads. Maybe there’s something in Kingfisher beer…

  • denchung

    One of these records has already fallen, broken just eight days after we posted this list: http://blog.motorcycle.com/2017/03/06/oddities/carl-reese-sets-new-24-hour-track-distance-world-record/