Alright, it may be slightly delayed… but I finished my video from the 2013 Sang-Froid Riding Club Alley Sweeper Urban Enduro. After the event I did a mini status update with photos of the damage to the bike and myself after wrecking it twice. Now it’s time to answer the question posed to me via instagram, facebook, AND twitter: “Can you explain to me how that’s fun?”
Sure… riding through mud, potholes, gravel, grass, and whatever else you happen upon is not for the faint of heart. It’s for the motorcyclists who like to get dirty, like to feel their back tire lose traction. Those of us who enjoy those “oh shit moments” and riding with other friends.
The Alley Sweeper is not about property damage or disrespect to neighborhoods and communities. Motorcyclists are ALL ABOUT community!
I don’t have enough time to chop up the GoPro video right now, so here is a light review of the 2013 Sang-Froid Riding Club Alley Sweeper Urban Enduro today (some people are still out doing it).
My tally on the poor borrowed XS400 (below)… one close call, two low sides, a bunch of mud, broken GoPro mount (sorry and thanks Joe), broken headlight bucket, tweaked front end and turn signal. Oh and a sweet bruise.
Swap meet time! So much good stuff, and entertaining people. Like these fellas I met from Gassers Garage in Portland.
There’s still two days to go, and tons of cool stuff…
…for science! Or… for the love of moto! Or simply because it’s fun to do things that aren’t maybe the best idea. Either way, Thor raised $50,000 to bring some amazing books to print… two years of the One Motorcycle Show. To entice investors, he said he’d jump over them for another 10k. He got it. Today, he jumped ‘em.
Remember the posts about helping fund the One Motorcycle show books kickstarter project? Well, the crew hit their mark… so Thor upped the stakes by agreeing to “jump over all the people who pledged” if they hit 60k before time was up. Happily for us, they made it!
If you’re in the Portland area you should come down to Club 21 (2035 NE Glisan St.) tomorrow (Wednesday Apr 3rd at 5p) and witness Evil Thornievel jumping a bunch of folks.
A really keen design company here in Portland released an interactive video about some prominent Portland motorcycle builders. Why should you care? Well, besides that it’s always a treat to hear what inspires other motorcyclists… the bad ass imagery comes to mind.
“Why’d you build it if you aren’t going to ride it?” - Casey Him
Some screenshots and favorite quotes below.
While each facet of our everyday life has it’s own culture that is constantly developing, motorcycling is one that seems to have much room to grow. We are behind the times in some areas; ideals and standards were formed and are now being broken, however more often in some regions. More evident in motorcycle racing where the rules and regulations change rather frequently and are written and formal, other pockets and cliques of motorcycle community have unspoken norms that most people adhere to. Similar to the way we build societal norms dependent upon religion, race, region, etc… sometimes it just requires someone to take a sidestep and create a new movement that transcends the average, the expected, the usual.
To me, that’s what the One Motorcycle Show has done. While Portland has it’s own level of eclecticism that adds variety to most events, this “movement” really could have began everywhere. What movement, you ask? The movement of motorcycling becoming whatever you need it to be. A stress release, cheap travel, a way to bond with your kids or explore dirt trails… whatever it may be.