|The Bicycling World and Motorcycle Review, April 25, 1903|
With the help of the California Motor Company and Goodman publishing, Wyman was finalizing preparations for his epic motor-cycle ride across America. It is likely this two sentence news clipping was the first public notice of Wyman's attempt. It would be the beginning of publicity designed to launch The Goodman Company's new periodical, "The Motorcycle Magazine."
We are pleased to announce Janus Motorcycles will join the 2018 - Wyman Memorial Challenge, 'Rendezvous.' 115 years after Wyman's historic 1903 journey, on single cylinder, 200cc motorcycle, Janus Motorcycles is paying tribute to the Wyman legacy by duplicating this challenging ride on their top-of-the-line Halcyon 250. Janus and riders from around the country will 'Rendezvous' in the San Francisco Bay Area on Memorial Day weekend. The Grand Tour begins Monday, May 28 and runs through Saturday, June 2, 2018.
Richard Worsham, co-founder of the company will be riding the Janus Halcyon 250 from San Francisco to New York City. The Janus Halcyon, single cylinder, 229cc, 14 horse power, 5-speed motorcycle is built in Goshen, Indiana. Janus Motorcycles is the hosting authority for the 624.3 Goshen Wyman waypoint.
Since the California Gold Rush days, the distance between San Francisco and New York City set the standard for cross continent travel. The completion of the transcontinental railway shortened a grueling eight week wagon journey to a relatively comfortable 83 hour express train ride.
|Iron Butt Magazine, Spring 2013|
Wyman's 50 day motorized journey from San Francisco to New York City represented the next step in the technology of personal transcontinental travel. Today, on modern motorcycles, members of the Iron Butt Association pay tribute to Wyman's legacy, making the San Francisco to New York City ride in under 50 hours.
George A. Wyman...
"World's Toughest Motorcycle Rider, circa 1903"