The 2011 SOHC4 Forum Relay Rally Across America

| 6/13/2012 1:21:43 PM

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SOHC4 Relay Map 
Riders in the SOHC4 Relay Rally followed a meandering route that crossed the U.S. three times. 

Maybe it’s wise after an 18-day, 5,500 mile ride to take a break from the road. But Jerry Griffin couldn’t stop thinking about “what if” and the next thing you know a 10,000 mile, six-month relay/rally ride was the talk of the on line forum for vintage Honda Single Overhead Cam Four owners. Yup, crisscross the continent three times traveling through the every one of the lower-48 states, and what the heck, ride the Canadian provinces, too. Ambitious if not a little bit crazy.

750 550ks 

What started as a forum post back in December 2010 was ready to hit the road Saturday, March 12, 2011, from Daytona Beach, Florida’s Bike Week on the first leg of a triple transect of North America. To say the organization among forum members looked like a free-for-all is an understatement, but underlying all the discussion of hand-off dates and locations (not to mention where to stop for lunch) is a kind of wonderous, democratic, “we’re going to get it done” attitude. Some before the start, 250 riders had “officially” signed up to participate, but once regions for the ride were set and coordinators began pulling teams together, more riders signed on. Who knows the true number of riders who were ready to go, or how many more would join in “if” they have their winter projects back together and ready for a run. And just so everyone knows, you didn’t have to straddle a SOHC/4 to join the fun-- all riders were welcome. After all, the ride is really about having a good time and getting to know other bikers.

Yeah, it was more of a social than simply logging miles. Consider the ride mascot—Godzilla. Yes, Godzilla, the immortal beast made famous by the 1954 movie classic.

SOHC4 Forum Mascot, Godzilla 
SOHC4 Relay Rally mascot, Godzilla! 

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