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Get Ready for the Honda Relay Rally Across America

by Richard Backus


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Attention Honda Four owners! The online Single Over-Head Cam 4 Forums is organizing one of the coolest rides we’ve heard of in a long time, the 2011 SOHC4.net Relay Rally Across America. Mapped out to hit every state in the Lower 48, plus Canada and maybe even Alaska at the very end, the 187-day relay starts March 12, 2011, at Daytona International Speedway in Florida.

We heard about the relay from SOHC4 forum member Jerry Griffin, who’s taken on the job of relay coordinator. From what Jerry’s told us, and from scouring through related posts on the SOHC4 forum, the relay is taking on a life of its own, with SOHC Honda owners across the U.S. and Canada signing on for relay legs.

The route meanders across the U.S. so as to hit every state in the Lower 48, starting in Florida and working west across the southern part of the country to California, then doubling back east across the country’s mid-section before heading up the East Coast, then back west again through the Great Lakes region, into the Upper Midwest, Canada, then the Pacific Northwest and, maybe finally, the western edge of Canada and up into Alaska.

Jerry says they hope to make it to Canada and points northwest by the end of the summer, with each leg of the relay ridden either by a member of the SOHC4 forum or a suitably insane “guest.” Instead of a baton, riders will hand off a Godzilla doll at the end/beginning of each leg, and riders will complete log books detailing their efforts. SOHC Honda owners who aren't already members should log on to the SOHC4 forum, sign up to become a member and get involved in what will surely be one of the great rides of the decade.

We’ve hoping to play a small role in the event, posting blog updates and photos of the rally’s progress as riders work their way across the U.S. We think this is about the coolest, wackiest ride we’ve heard of yet, and can’t wait to see how it all pulls together. We plan on posting our first blog update on March 13, the day after the first leg starts, with regular entries following. Heck, we might even have to give this ride its own blog page! Check back often, this is gonna be one hell of a great ride. – Richard Backus 

james acklin
3/31/2011 10:12:52 AM

Can anyone tell me when the ride is going thru Illinois? I live in east central Illinois close to the Indiana border and would love to join the ride.


ode
3/5/2011 8:11:34 PM

Seems like the Benelli 500 Quattro, along with its' smaller brothers and Moto Guzzi 400 GTS would fit right in, given that they're based on the Honda CB 500 SOHC engine design. This would be a great opportunity to see these very rare bikes out in public! I know they're usually hidden away, but why not put out the word and give them an invite anyway!


travis thur
3/4/2011 1:56:42 PM

I can't wait for the ride to start! There are a bunch guys from NEGA me included getting ready to take the first handoff. I can't wait for Saturday!!


theofam
3/3/2011 1:33:54 PM

gaardvark, you bet you can join the ride! SOHC4.NET's rules on this ride only dictate that a SOHC4 must carry the mascot all legs of the ride. But, anyone that wants to join a leg(s) riding whatever they have is more than welcome to participate. It's not what you ride, it's that you ride!


gaardvark
3/3/2011 11:54:35 AM

meant to add... can I still play?


gaardvark
3/3/2011 11:43:06 AM

Current bike: 1979 BMW R65 - looks rough but rides fine.


bruce isaachsen
3/3/2011 8:35:18 AM

I am going to the forum (or should I say fourum)right now to sign op my 1977 Naked Old Wing (it is a SOHC four cylinder even if it is horizontal). I need to be a part of this in the Mid Atlantic! Thanks for covering it. Motorcycle Classics keeps getting better and better.


paul ignatowski
3/3/2011 7:16:51 AM

This is great! My favorite magazine covering my favorite bike forum's coolest ride, (in which I'm signed up to take part in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan leg). Great job MC Classics!