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


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


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


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)

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, ever so slightly beat-up, used 2008 Yamaha WR250R.


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

blank TDC blog post title because a pithy one will not do

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
Party Like Rock Stars With Watermelon Juice

Monday, August 4, 2014

Another 1000 Wheelies - Done

MotoBum's second thousand motorcycle wheelies project is complete. The complete weblog, including the final post containing pictures and video, is located at:

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Goodbye ADVStunt1 - KLR Sold

Ladies and gentlemen, ADVstunt1 has now left the building.

MotoBum's 2009 KLR650 is now gone, sold to a man from Lynnwood. The best part of the deal was that the machine went to a good home. The fact that both parties in the deal were stoked was another.

ADVstunt1 Goes Away in Some Dude's Trailer
This bike did it all. From the original 1000 Wheelies Project to The Dirty Crew's Arctic Ocean Expedition 2011, numerous Tequila Tours to our WABDR experience, four years of endless commuting to being the sled of choice for Shotgun Ruthie on her "dirtymoon" with Ghostface KLR and the rest of TDC (with Special Guest Stars Chris "Mendo Moto" Brown and Josh "Righteous1" Miller) during the ORBDR, it was amazing.

And now, MotoBum, and the rest of the inflicted The Dirty Crew members, can close the chapter on ADVstunt1. Next.

The winning craigslist ad went something like this:

2009 Kawasaki KLR650 + extras - $4250 (Shoreline)

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condition: good
Gently used blue/black 2009 Kawasaki KLR 650 dual sport motorcycle for sale. 24,313 original miles. One owner. Always garaged. Ready to go on an epic adventure today!

Fitted accessories:
Laminar Lip windscreen
Progressive Suspension rear shock
Continental TKC-80 Twinduro tires
SW Motech engine guard with highway pegs
SW Motech skid plate
SW Motech center stand
SW Motech 12-volt socket
Barkbusters Storm hand guards
Magura X-Line EX bend enduro 1 1/8" handlebar
Rox Risers (adjustable) with Rox extension
Righteous easy-pull clutch lever
Pro Grip Rally Grips
Grip heaters
PackRat Luggage Rack
Caribou/Pelican 35L locking side cases with internal curtains (not shown)
Twisted Throttle 1L bottle mounts (on both cases)
Adjustable fuel screw on carburetor
Eagle Mike Doohicky upgrade with torsion spring
No-Toil Air filter

Oil & oil filter changed religiously
Battery maintained religiously
Air filter cleaned regularly
Original stock skid plate included
Original handlebar and hand guards included
Original clutch lever included
Original tool kit and owner's manual included
Carburetor needle raised; runs smooth
Current registration through Feb. 2015
Title in hand; ready to sell today -- $4250 or best offer

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KLR, KLR650, GS, tour, touring, "helment"