Classic Bike Guide
The Jack Pine Enduro
The Jack Pine Enduro started as the Jack Pine Run, by the Lansing Motorcycle Club of Michigan in 1923 – an 800-mile, three-day trek.
For many years, the run was the realm of big Harley-Davidson and Henderson motorcycles, often as combinations, fording raging rivers and climbing tortuous inclines.
In the late 1930s the club began to use as its base Jack Pine Lodge, a holiday resort and campsite in Upper Michigan. The resort had been won by the owner in a card game.
In the postwar period, British machines arrived for the competition and there were wins for AJS and BSA, with the first win by a Triumph in 1951.
Triumph competed with BSA and NSU for the top honours for next 15 years, with Triumph winning seven times, before Husqvarna started a long run of victories.
In its heyday, the Jack Pine Enduro, as it was renamed in
1959, would attract 600 or more riders tackling a course that was a gruelling 500 miles off-road over two days. The event had the same kudos in US motorcycling circles as Daytona.
These days, the enduro is shorter and runs over a single day. More purpose-built enduro bikes take part, with Gas Gas and KTM slogging it out for the top spots.