The 'Cannonball Run' roared through Southern Oregon and Northern California after making a stop in Klamath Falls on Thursday.
Gary Wright of Colorado says he just had to take part in the Cannonball Run after meeting riders two years ago in New Mexico...
"It's a bucket list thing for me."
Paul Ousey notes that the cross-country ride began in New York...
"Today is like day 12, with a total of about 4000 miles on pre-1930 motorcycles."
66 of those motorcycles pulled into Klamath Falls on Thursday, and they quickly drew a big crowd.
"We're like a traveling circus." Says Gary Wright. "Wherever we stop, there seems to be a a crowd for them."
Christine Hemphill of Australia adds that the event isn't just for guys...
"Three ladies raced last time the Cannonball was on in 2010. One of them actually took the trophy home - so she did very well."
While all of the motorcycles in the Cannonball Run are street legal, they do lack some of the modern comforts.
"Well, this bike has a rigid frame." Paul Ousey points out. "There's no shocks on it."
"There's a few folks riding with windshields." Adds Gary Wright. "But a lot of them don't have a windshield."
But it's that link to the past that makes the ride special for many, such as Tom Hayes of Dublin, Ireland...
"So it's interesting that it's more mechanical, and you're more involved with the machine."
There are riders from 13 different countries.
"This is a 1925 Invincible J.A.P." Notes Christine Hemphill. "It's an all-Australian motorcycle, made in Melbourne."
The Cannonball Run will finish up in San Francisco on Sunday.
Only motorcycles built prior to 1930 are allowed in this year's race. Motorcycles had to be from 1916 or earlier in the 2010 Cannonball race.
You'll find more information on the web at: www.motorcyclecannonball.com