Antique cycles to stop in Tupelo

By DANZA JOHNSON / NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Motorcycle enthusiasts will get a chance to see pre-1916 motorcycles at Ballard Park on Wednesday.
As a part of the Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run, more than 60 of the antique cycles will roll into the park Wednesday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.
The bikes are traveling 3,294 miles from the Atlantic Ocean on the East Coast all the way to the Pacific Ocean on the West Coast.
Pope, Sears, Flying Merkel, Excelsior, Henderson, Indian, Triumph, and the Harley-Davidson’s Silent Grey Fellows are but a few of the vintage, pre-1916 motorcycles that will be involved in the run.
The tour will leave Tupelo and head to the Isle of Capri Casino in Lula before heading back to Stuttgart, Ark., on Thursday.
Raplh Pifier, owner of Fire Guard Fire Extinguishers, is a longtime motorcycle enthusiast.
So when he heard that the run route was coming down the Natchez Trace through Tupelo, he offered to feed the riders.
“This run is very expensive for these guys, so me being a bike lover, decided to help out by providing meals to them,” said Pifier.
“This is going to be something people have never seen. Most of these motorcycles don’t go faster than 25 mph, so we’re talking about very primitive machines. We were just glad to be able to host the riders.”
At least two riders are coming all the way from Germany to participate in the run, said Pifier.
Contact Danza Johnson at (662) 678-1583 or danza.johnson@djournal.com.