Represented the U.S. 10 times in the International Six Days Trial
PICKERINGTON, Ohio — Carl Cranke, a 10-time member of the U.S. International Six Days Trial team and a 2000 inductee to the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, died Saturday. He was 71.
Mr. Cranke earned seven gold medals and two silvers in ISDT competition aboard Penton, KTM and Yamaha motorcycles. The ISDT is now known as the International Six Days Enduro.
He was one of the top American enduro racers in the 1960s and ’70s.
At the 1977 ISDT in Czechoslovakia, Mr. Cranke suffered torn ligaments in his left shoulder and two broken bones in his left foot.
The U.S. team doctor, Ben Meyer, told him: “The most strenuous activity I would recommend for the next month is getting in and out of the shower,” to which Mr. Cranke replied: “I’ve got another race next week. I’ll be ready.”
He finished the 1977 ISDT with a silver medal in the 500cc class aboard a KTM.
Mr. Cranke was also a noted tuner and is credited with helping develop Penton motorcycles and his own specialized parts line.
He lived in Battle Ground, Wash.
Mr. Cranke’s biography is available at motorcyclemuseum.org/halloffame/detail.aspx?RacerID=151.
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