Saturday, May 19, 2018

Mpls Ton Up Spring Social is tomorrow.

This looks to be bigger and badder than ever; bikes galore, vendors, beer, food,  stickers, t-shirts (because we are total whores for stickers and t-shirts) and of course, a swell time to be had by all. A new venue tomorrow, the Red Stag Supper Club in in NE Minneapolis, a fine place for your patronage. If you don't show, this will go down on your permanent record.

In honor of the Royal wedding

Some random British motorcycle pictures. God Save the Queen, yo.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Important Public Service Announcements

PSA no. 1: People in cars and especially pickup trucks: STOP DRIVING LIKE ASSHOLES.

Sounds about right.

PSA No.2: Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has appointed Chip Seal as the new Department of Roads commissioner.

Derpa, derpa, derpa....

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Random Motorcycle Picture of the Day

Trials riding, from the last Boring Rally five years ago.
Got another one coming up in August.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

It is all fake news

Yep, it is true. Everything read on this blog is fake news; including the announcement yesterday for Wednesday's gravel road ride. Not true and not happening because it's been moved to today at 5:30 PM. If you believed it was gonna happen on Wednesday, well then, you are sorta a big chump, aren't you? It will happen today as it has been officially announced by our press secretary, below. Yep, meet at the Kwik Trip. (Sorry for swapping nights).

You, in the back row: Wednesday's ride is now Tuesday's ride. Don't be no fool.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Gravel Ride Wednesday

There's been some interest in getting together weeknights for a ride; this Wednesday, 82 degrees and sunshine. A perfect afternoon for a Gravel Ride Wednesday on some fine county back roads around fabulous Red Wing. Meet up at the Kwik Trip at W. 7th and Plum @5:30 p.m.

It won't really look like this; from the '16 Northshore Shindig.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Random Motorcycle Picture of the Day

From a Mpls Ton Up Spring Social some time ago. The Spring Social returns, Sunday, May 20th at the Red Stag in NE Mpls.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Slimy Crud Run, Spring '18 in pitchers (that's pictures for those who can enunciate)

Two days and 600-plus miles for the Slimy Crud Run, Pine Bluff to LeLand, Wis. A good time was had by all. The event, captured by us, in pictures. Here you go.

Someone rolled up on a nice Commando.

A 1991 Super T from Canada, no less. Who knew?

At the Monarch in Fountain City, Wis. We like the Manx flag.
Neal wants one.

A beautiful CB 750.

Peter Egan (right) we all know who he is, talks bikes at Pine Bluff.

Our Man-in-the-Field furiously edits tons o' pictures under extreme deadline pressure for a major metropolitan newspaper. The guy on the right is homeless.

The one and only Bultaco making the scene.

Good crowd and a bad ass ol' Gootzy in Pine Bluff.

Crusty but rideable. That's the ticket.
A very lovely BSA Gold Star.

A very lovely John Player Norton

God loves BMW.

Sunbeam, the happy motorcycle.

Riding into town; Pine Bluff.

The usual suspects with Peter Egan.

And from our man in the field, additional coverage: Crud Run

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Out and about in the hinterland

More back roads; more break-in miles. The Bill Blue 351 big bore kit is breaking in mighty fine. Needs about 100 miles at no more than half-throttle. Got about 20 more to go before I can actually crack the throttle.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Random Motorcycle Picture of the Day

From Crud Runs of the past; The Spring 2018 event is this Sunday. Better get that ride in this weekend. Why? Because the following Sunday is going to be totally destroyed by yer mother.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Random Pictures from a random day of riding

Shoulda coulda woulda is no excuse for not getting out today for some riding.

First stop: the porta-john at the Frankfort, Wis. Town Hall. It wouldn't be a ride
without stopping here to pee.

Big bore kit day two: forty-seven nice and easy break in miles. Another fifty-three to go.

Leave my monkey alone. Post-ride crocky-tail.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Big bore kits make the world go 'round

Tired of eating everyone's dust? Puny horsepower got you down? Tired of the bigger bike boys pushing you around on the fire roads? Well, Bub, have we got something for you; the Bill Blue Big Bore kit. Why, yes, friends, you can make your anemic KLX 250 a monster on the road with the Blue Big Bore Kit.Up your output to an amazing 351 cc of pure power. Your friends will respect you; your neighbors will be in awe; your mom will invite you over for dinner again. Imagine the banter with co-workers around the water cooler? And your girlfriend? You can't imagine the new direction of your love life.

Stripping it down to the bare bones.

Prepping for the new top end.

Be a real man; make your bike bigger and faster.
Act NOW.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Whenever I drink beer in Cleveland....

I drink beer at Noble Beast Brewing. A wedding brought me to the fair city of Cleveland for a weekend of wedding stuff and a mini family gathering. Fortunately, there is a contingent of family that like to drink craft beers full of hoppy and malty goodness, and who, like me, want to seek out the local brew pubs. Game on. We made out way to Noble Beast and ordered up a couple of rounds. (The 666 Conducer Belgian Strong is awesome.) Toward the back, I notice two guys watching Moto GP. What the? I quickly abandon the family (Sorry, Fair Marie...) and catch the final four laps of the Austin, Texas round. Meet a couple of swell guys watching the race, and of course, we start yakking about bikes and riding. One of them is the father of the guy who owns Noble Beast. He had a nice Honda V45 Interceptor parked out front. Pristine and clean.  Unfortunately, my time there was short but sweet; I certainly could have swilled beer and talked bikes all night long. But I had dinner to catch with my sister before departing Cleveland. Anyway, if you ever get to Cleveland, drink beer here:

Noble Beast Brewing

As as usual, I usually shoot some crappy phone pics, always keeping an eye out for bike culture. Here ya go. From Cleveland, with love.

Once of the nicest '83 Interceptors out there.

Kawasaki two-stroker hangin' from the rafters at Noble Beast Brewing. Yep, it's motorsickle friendly. Yes sir, indeedy.

John C. Mellencamp's Honda 350 at - where else - but he Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Rob, get your's going. Seriously.

Elvis owned this monstrosity. No excuse for bad taste. That's why we love you, Uncle Elvis.
Also at the R&R HOF.

Bad ass beer coasters.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Random Motorcycle Picture of the Day

It's the annual flood run this weekend. Knock yerself out. If you simply like to ride twisty roads on an agile bike, it will otherwise be known as Saturday.

Note the green stuff on the trees; those are called "leaves." Good luck seeing any of those this weekend.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Random Motorcycle Picture of the Day

Yes, this is stoopid. We should be riding today and yet there is another freakin' snow storm happening. Minnesota, you can go suck it.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Walt Ride greatest hits...

Since today would have been Walt's 58th birthday (oddly, I have no photos of either of us on the ol' Sazook 250 we beat the crap out of  when we live in Illinois), here are a few from Walt Ride's of the past. Strangely enough, Walt Ride 2018 is 58 days away. I know for a fact that my big brother would have fit in with this eclectic circle of mutant motorcycle riders who are some of the best peeps on two wheels.

Mpls Ton Up Spring Social is tomorrow.

This looks to be bigger and badder than ever; bikes galore, vendors, beer, food,  stickers, t-shirts (because we are total whores for sticke...