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The American Motorcycle Rally™ will encompass a 7000 mile trek, around the United States, over nine days.
The ride will start and end at C&A Harley Davidson, Plain City, Ohio with a specific starting time and an ending deadline. It's open to all riders from around the world, riding any stock manufactured motorcycle.
Tracking devices will be attached to each rider and motorcycle who is participating. Enthusiasts will be able to track their favorite rider throughout the event live on The AMR website.
The finale will feature a fantastic night time gala that will highlight the accomplishments and determination of all the participants.
The event is a points based. The rider who acquires the most points by the end of the event will be designated the winner. There will be seven check points from start to finish. At each check point riders will be given their next check point, a list of "pitstops" along the route, a time in which the rider must be at the following check point and a preferred route.
Each "pitstop" that the rider goes to will be GIVEN 1000 points. For every half hour that the rider is late getting to the next check point will be DOCKED 500 points.
The rider who acquires the most points will win the event. It will be impossible for riders to stop at every "pitstop" along the route and get to the check points on time, so the rider with the best set of directions and use of navigation equipment will have the advantage!
|Indianapolis Southside Harley-Davidson is sponsoring rider, John Q. Smith
You might remember him from his participation in the Hoka Hey Challenge
in 2010. We followed along on his journey with updates from him and his family and through tracking online. It was quite an adventure. |
This year's next big challenge for John is The American Motorcycle Rally. Our Service Department got his bike prepped an ready for the road. He and his family will be updating us on his progress through the Southside Harley Facebook page and we can also track his location on the The AMR website.
John has quite a riding history. Check out some of his accomplishments and several photos representing just a few of the places he has ridden his Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
He has a 5 gallon auxiliary cylinder tank mounted on the back seat and it has a low pressure pump that feeds right into the main tank. It is covered by a old stuff sack so that it looks like a bed roll so as not to look suspicious. He has a range of a little over 400 miles before he will need to stop for fuel. Mounted on the side of the auxiliary tank are a couple of bags which he will used to carry water so he can stay hydrated.
There will be a tank bag on the main tank for maps and misc items, two ram mounts on the handle bars one for his phone and one for his back-up GPS, a custom made mount for his main GPS and drink holder with two nite lights for reading maps in the dark.
Also, John had dual PIAA High Intensity Discharge lights mounted on the fairing for night riding.
Here are the updates as they came in from John Q. Smith during The American Motorcycle Rally:
June 14, 2012 at 8:01pm
Here is the 1st leg of the American Motorcycle Rally--20,000 possible points 1800 total miles. It would take 34 hours to complete. The Rally startes at 6am Friday and the riders have 24 hours till 6am Sat morning to be at Ooltewah TN--
June 15, 2012 at 7:30pm - update from his wife, Canda
AMR started as planned and they have been riding all day--It has become very difficult to keep track of who has gone where. John Q has been hitting more of the 500-1000 pts sites. The distance to Arlington VA - Kill Devil Hills NC was not something he felt was worth the time to get to, it may backfire. We will see in the end. We have 6 more days we can always change plans. I have gone to OOltewah TN to meet with him at the end of leg one.
June 16, 2012 at 3:45am
It's 3:45AM and they have been riding all day! John had to make a hard decision at Deals Gap. Go for the 2000 pts -ride the Gap at 3AM after riding all day. He knew he'd be late for check in and could lose those pts. Or he could head to the check in point and arrive on time. I'm glad to say he in heading on in. I lost him and another rider when they where in the mts. Their tracker just stopped moving for an hour. Not a good feeling waiting! Then they popped out 60 miles down the road and the ride was on again. Let's do it again tomorrow.
June 16, 2012 at 8:48am
And they’re off on Leg 2.
June 16, 2012 at 5:36pm
Trying to find his groove- making sure he hits the big points today-he rode over 1200 miles yesterday. He had GPS troubles yesterday too -he said he now has it fixed-- He also said he's feeling good.
June 16, 2012 at 11:15pm
oh no... John Q's bike has died on the side of HWY 49 in LA. Possibly a fuel pump? Looks like right now he is out---
June 16, 2012 at 11:32pm
Most recent update from John Q... Hello everybody this is John q smith for anybody that is following me on my motorcycle challenge just shy of 2000 miles into it and the bike is broke down in Lafayette LA Oh well it happens
June 17, 2012 at 4:17pm
Update from John Q. Smith - been trying to get the bike going all morning with the help of Dan and Fro ( by phone) only so much you can do in a hotel parking lot without parts and enough tools. Big thanks to Dan and Fro from Southside shop for trying to help me on there day off They are the the best!!!!
June 17, 2012 at 4:18pm
Update from John Q. Smith - On the first day of my challenge I rode through Ohio Pennsylvania west Virginia , Virginia and north Carolina riding a little over 1200 miles and collecting enough points for 5th place on that leg
June 17, 2012 at 4:20pm
Latest update from John Q. Smith - On the 2nd day of the challenge I rode through tn, ga al ms before breaking down in la I had rode about 800 miles and had enough points with what else I would have picked up before reaching Tulsa I would have been in a 3 way tie for first place on that leg which makes this break down even more heart breaking for me I was just getting warmed up
June 18, 2012 at 3:10pm
John Q. Smith would like to thank you all for following him and cheering him on. He said. "We'll give it hell next year".
June 20, 2012 at 10:40am
John Q. Smith wants to do the final leg of The American Motorcycle Rally so we got his bike fixed and he's on his way here to get it & head to St. Louis for the last leg. He didn't want to quit.
June 20, 2012 at 4:34pm
John Q. Smith is heading West on I-70 on his way to St. Louis. Here's the map showing his location & a link so you can follow along as he rides the final leg of the Rally.
June 20, 2012 at 9:41pm
Here's the latest from John Q. -- Hello everybody this is John q I am down again just outside of st Louis I hate to quit but the gods of the road just don't want me to do this I guess :(
June 21, 2012 at 6:22pm
Here's the latest from John Q. Smith - This is John q smith made it to finish line in Columbus after numerous problems was just interviewed by 2 wheel thunder looking forward to. Next year thanks sshd and everybody that followed along and a special thanks to my wonderful wife Canda