2018 Scooter Cannonball Run Information 2018-01-22T16:25:14-04:00

2018 Scooter Cannonball Run Information

The information below is specific to the 2018 Scooter Cannonball Run.  Please visit the Event FAQs page for general information about the event or the Event History page for scorecard results of previous Scooter Cannonball Runs.


  • Start: May 26, 2018
  • Finish: June 4, 2018 (10 days)


The 2018 Scooter Cannonball Run will begin in Morro Bay, California and finish in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  The total distance of the recommended riding course is estimated to be 3,900 miles.  The event will overnight in the following cities.  Registered Riders will have access to hotel information on the Riders Forum.

Ride the Cannonball and stay for Amerivespa!  The 2018 Amerivespa scooter rally will be in nearby Richmond, VA June 6-10 2018. Riders interested in attending Amerivespa will need to separately register for Amerivespa.  For more information visit their website, //www.amerivespa.net

Qualifying Scooters & Handicap System

Participation is limited to Scooters with an engine displacement less than 280cc. A Scooter is a two or three wheeled vehicle that satisfies AT LEAST THREE OF FIVE of the following conditions:

  • unit construction of engine, transmission and rear swing arm
  • wheels no larger than 10 inches
  • originally equipped with a step-through style frame
  • originally equipped with running boards or leg shield
  • a single cylinder engine design

In 2012 the Scooter Cannonball Run adopted a handicap system for scoring purposes. The handicap is based on both the age and displacement of your scooter and is normalized to a 1979 Vespa P200E. The handicap takes into account the power/cc of every vespa made since 1946. That said some models performed better than average and others worse. For more information please use the Handicap Calculator.

Rules & Format

2018 Scooter Cannonball Run Rules

Riders are awarded points based on their ability to ride and navigate their scooter to predefined checkpoints each day. This is not a race. No benefits, actual or implied, monetary or otherwise are awarded to any rider who finishes with the highest number of accumulated points each day or at the conclusion of the event. The event has established rules that are intended to provide all participants (riders, support personnel, spectators) with a common understanding of the format of the event.  Returning Cannonball Run Riders will find the 2018 rules to be consistent with prior years.


Rider Registration begins December 1, 2017.  Registration is open to a limited number of participants (approximately 75 riders).  This limit is determined by hotel availability and event format/capacity.  There are 55 riders registered as of January 15, 2018.

The registration fee is $35.00/entrant.  An entrant consists of one specific scooter and one specific rider together.

The registration fee is non-refundable. Organizers reserve the right to reject any registration for any reason. If your registration is rejected you will receive a full refund.

T-shirts and other Cannonball swag are no longer bundled with the registration process. You will be able to order merchandise prior to the start of the event and have it shipped directly to your home.

Support drivers and related non-riding participants should not use this form.  This is for riders only. If your support personnel need access to the Registered Riders Forum please request access through the forum itself once you have registered.

You are not bound to riding the specific scooter you identify at the time of registration. This is requested for information purposes only. Your entry scooter and final handicap will be calculated at the start of the event.

You understand that this is not a race. The Cannonball does not condone unsafe activities such as excessive speed, reckless vehicle operation, riding impaired, or any other activity that results in riders exceeding their personal limits, endangering other riders or the public.

You will be required to sign an acknowledgement prior to the commencement of the Cannonball Run, certifying that they understand the rules and that you are aware of the risks inherent in participating in the event. The rules and specific acknowledgements will be made available in advance of the event on the Registered Riders Forum.

Online Rider Registration