This was Hogg’s second attempt at the feat, his first was in 1918 and that trip ended within three miles of the Colorado River when he ran out of food, smashed his back tire, and was washed out by heavy thunderstorms. His 1921 trip, a success, took Hogg’s four days to complete. He left Peach Springs at 10 a.m. on the morning of January 13 and returned on the evening of January 16.
Hogg said of the trip, “It was a wonderful trip, and I wouldn’t have missed it for anything. At the same time I wouldn’t advise any solo rider to try it as a pleasure jaunt. It’s too hard a trip, and is a much harder job for a machine than most riders would care to subject their mounts to. If one has enough lead in his breeches, and doesn’t care about how much he ‘dings’ his machine – then a solo trip to the bottom of the Grand Canyon is well worth while. My trip to the bottom of the canyon, however, does prove that our present day motorcycles are built to stand up under service that is harder than the average rider can stand. We never touched a tool to the little Sport Model on the entire trip, and we finished the climb out of the canyon with the same Los Angeles tires which brought the machine to Arizona. I believe that the trip in and out of the Grand Canyon is one of the most severe tests to which a motorcycle has ever been subjected, and it goes without saying that machine which will stand up under such punishment is a pretty good machine for the average buyer to invest his money in when he wants reliable consistent service under conditions of ordinary use and for touring. A motorcycle that will take a man to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and bring him out again ought to take a man just about any place he ever wants to go. If economy means anything to the prospective buyer of automotive transportation, it is well to reflect that the descent and ascent of the Grand Canyon was made with a little less than two and a half gallons of gasoline and with only two quarts of lubricating oil.” Now, that’s a trip!