Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Fly and rent

Dirty Crew East checking in...

Here at TDC East, we read a lot of ride reports.  Many of these ride reports go on for months and even years.  TDC East has a 12 year old, so these longer trips are just a few years out of reach.  That being said, flying somewhere and renting a bike for a week or so is possible.

Here are the ones that we at TDC East have our eyes on.  What, Swamp Monster?  You can get the time off?  Sounds good, let's go!

Quito, Ecuador.  Freedom Bike Rental.  http://www.freedombikerental.com/

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.  Bike Mexico.  http://www.bike-mexico.com/

and maybe, just maybe, we can get 3 or 4 of TDC to do this someday.  A much bigger trip, but if TDC East had a bucket list, this would be on it:

Pamir Highway, out of Osh, Kyrgyzstan.  http://www.muztoo.ch/


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Sunday Lowcountry Ride

Sunday 1/25/15, there were no kids activities planned, DW was off, and it was sunny.  I got a hall pass so I went out for a few hours.  First decision was which bike to ride.  I went with the big DR because it has better wind protection and it was a bit chilly.



Exactly one mile from the house I realized I hadn't attached the Walmart trash can wind screen (can be seen here:  Walmart Windscreen.  I turned around and started over.

I live about 14 miles from the intersection of Hwy 17 and Guerins Bridge Road north of Mt Pleasant (SC).  From there I went north on some dirt and some gravel and some pavement (Willow Hall Rd, Whilden Rd) until I was close to McClellanville.

Nice and hard packed:


We've had a lot of rain recently:


Sunshine!



I then crossed over to the east side of 17 into McClellanville.  There's a dirt road (Dupre Rd) heading out of town north.

I liked this house that was for sale in McClellanville:



Headed up S Santee Rd, then back on 17 briefly to cross the river, and another right turn onto N Santee River Rd.  Followed Estherville Dr and S Island Rd up into Georgetown.

This house is behind the little abandoned store at 17 and S Santee Rd:



Here's the address:



And here's the only other picture of the bike today:



This is along N Santee Rd:



I went into Georgetown and down Front St to the park at the end of the road.  Stopped for a cup of coffee to warm up, and then zipped back down 17 all the way home.  I need to take more pictures.  It was about 140 miles total - almost no traffic, blue skies... nice day.

Here's the approximate route I took to get up to Georgetown:


Thursday, January 1, 2015

01 Jan 2015 Dirt Ride

The Dirty Crew started the new year right. The Church of Dirt was attended at Tahuya, as had been done three years prior. It was the right thing to do.

Those in attendance were Ghostface KLR, MotoBum, Swamp Monster, and Guest Star 4-Fiddy.

Check out the amazing ride documentation video and interactive ride route map.





















The interactive map of the 01 Jan 2015 ride

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

2015 Seattle International Motorcycle Show

On Sunday, November 23, 2014, Last Minute Ryan, Ghostface KLR, Swamp Monster, and MotoBum hit the Washington State Convention Center to see the new 2015 motorcycles in the flesh.

Below is the photographic evidence.

Last Minute Ryan on Ducati Scrambler Icon (with friend)

Ghostface KLR and LMR discuss the finer points of the Ducati 1299 Panigale

The Indian Chieftain

MotoBum on Yamaha FZ-09

Lunch

Honda NM4 (could use an additional 1100cc)
Honda Grom - One Size Fits All

Honda CBR1000RR SP (image taken by a Honda/iPad kiosk)

Jesse on the Victory High-Ball!













Friday, November 28, 2014

TDC 2014 WABDR

In a nearly unprecedented move, core members of The Dirty Crew, accompanied by two of the very finest Special Guest Stars, made a fall season run at the Washington Backcountry Discovery Route on their mostly 250cc motorcycles for five days. The following is a brief excerpt of pictures and video captured for posterity during the October 16-20, 2014 seven-person group ride.

Enumclaw Leg Stretch

Mt. Saint Helens
CLICK TO VIEW VIDEO -- MotoBum Gets Beer
CLICK TO VIEW VIDEO -- Josh Corner Wheelie

Rainier

The Larch

Gifford Pinchot National Forest Lava Tube Arch Jump

Ice in the Ice Caves

From left to right: Righteous1, stunt WR250R


Edge of the World

MotoBum on Umtanum Ridge


Shotgun Ruthie's "Lil Trooper"

Oak Creek

The Cascades

Ghostface KLR on his WR250R

Long Shadows


The Vista
The Last Night
End of Ride - Photo by Swamp Monster (not pictured)

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Related historical posts:
TDC 2012 WABDR Run

Monday, October 27, 2014

MotoBum WABDR Prep

As MotoBum preps for a WABDR run with The Dirty Crew, he has only one issue -- that old Bridgestone Trail Wing TW302 has to go...

Video shot by Last Minute Ryan with a "phone."

Music by J.S. Bach; Minuet 2.


Monday, September 15, 2014

The Dirty Crew - Second Generation?

Ryan's first ride (other than a couple of circles in the back yard).  Training loop for the Desert 100 and full-fledged TDC membership.  Not to be confused with Last Minute Ryan of course.



Saturday, September 6, 2014

250 Take Over

This week something unprecedented happened. Half of the crew bought 250cc dual-sport motorcycles.

On Wednesday, Shotgun Ruthie bought a brand-new 2014 Honda CRF250L. Within hours, E-rock had a brand-new 2013 Yamaha XT250 delivered to his door.

Today, Ghostface KLR picked up a low-mile, every so slightly beat-up, used 2008 Yamaha WR250R.

Unprecedented!

These three machines join the TDC undercurrent of Last Minute Ryan's XT250 and MotoBum's WR250R, terrorizers of the alleys and loading docks of North Seattle.

Now, the minority's knowledge of riding the kind of motorbike that is the most-fun-with-your-pants on is... the majority.

This is the 250 Take Over. 

Shotgun Ruthie's Honda CRF250L
E-rock's Yamaha XT250
Ghostface KLR's Yamaha WR250R

Thursday, August 14, 2014

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Ghostface KLR, Last Minute Ryan, Shotgun Ruthie, and MotoBum put camp gear in Galactica, did the ton on the way to a Saturday night Skagit Speedway mini sprint and tuner "outlaw" dirt oval car race extravaganza (while listening to Van Halen), and camped in a beautiful Skagit Valley yard. We'd never done such a thing... any of these things.

The Scene of the Car Camp
The Camp

Wheat Did You Say?

I Can Barley Hear You

Last Minute Ryan Is Up
MotoBum Sees Food
Top To Bottom: MotoBum, Ghostface KLR, Last Minute Ryan
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Party Like Rock Stars With Watermelon Juice