Slimey Crud Run -- Spring Edition

  • May 4, 2014 · 8:30 AM
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Slimey Crud Run - Spring Edition

If you are considering this ride - you should have some experience riding the Wisconsin county roads at a quick pace. The roads can be tricky and you need to be able to deal with the occasional gravel-strewn curve, blind corner, farm implement, stray dog or slow-going horse-drawn buggy. A rapid pace will be kept through the twisties so you will be leaning your bike over a bit. Knowledge of counter-steering is a very valuable tool out there. Stops/breaks will most likely only be made along the way for refueling, about every[masked] miles. This ride will cover approximately 500 miles.

***It is recommended each rider carry a GPS unit.***


Meet Up 8:30AM

Kickstands Up 9:00AM


There are no big ad campaigns, no corporate sponsors, no official website, no local or regional newspaper or TV promotions, not even the usual obligatory one-size-promotes-all beer banners with the name of the event emblazoned on a huge blank white spot. Despite all the makings of what should be an unknown event, the Slimey Crud Café Racer Run in southern Wisconsin is attended twice each year, on the first Sunday in May and October, by riders from all over the country and routinely has participants from at least five states in the upper Midwest. Its origins are nearly as murky as Stonehenge, dating back to the early Seventies, according to one of its co-founders, former Triumph/Bultaco/Matchless racer and current Triumph dealer Lyall Sharer. From humble beginnings, the event has become an organic thing that thrives on its own energy.

At each gathering, it isn’t uncommon for anywhere from 1,000 to 3,000 machines to show up. The Crud Run meanders across the scenic Wisconsin River valley from Pine Bluff in Dane county to Leland in Sauk County. The distance between the villages is less than 30 miles in a straight line, but the road mileage can vary from about 70 to, well, who knows? No specific route is prescribed, so the best way to go depends entirely on your imagination.

Despite the name, the event is not limited to the sheathed-in-plastic sport bike set. In fact, while there’s something for everybody in every class of bike, the event seems much more like a rolling vintage and classic bike show. Flathead, knucklehead and panhead Harleys; TR-6, Daytona and Bonneville Triumphs; Lightning and Thunderbolt BSAs; Moto-Guzzi Falcone and 850 Le Mans, Ducati SS-900 and Diana, Norton Commando, Vincent Black Shadow, Munch Mammut, BMW, Velocette Venom, Royal Enfield, Indian Chief, Suzuki RE-5, Honda CB 77, Hondamatic, CBX; Laverda Jota, Kawasaki H1, two-stroke, four-stroke, rotary, flat-trackers, touring, choppers, bobbers, adventure bikes, rat bikes, to name but a few of the types, brands and models seen at recent Slimey Crud runs. It’s a scene you really need to see to believe, and you can get some of the flavor by taking a quick tour of the photo gallery for pics of some of the unusual and great vintage machines that have turned out for recent Slimey Crud Runs.

Of course, there’s no substitute for being a part of the real thing, and fortunately you’ve got two shots at it every year.


Stoplight System = RED LIGHT

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  • Scott D

    Great opening of the season! Good run and it was great to see everyone!!

    4 · May 4

  • Mark

    It was fun. Every type and brand and style of bike. Some sweet cafe style bikes; cool dual purpose, and some interesting hD, along wiht sport tourers and sport bikes. Even cop bikes. Westher turned out to be nice today, too.

    5 · May 4

  • Pat

    Great ride and nice meeting everybody had a great time!

    5 · May 4

  • A former member
    A former member

    What a cool ride !!

    5 · May 4

  • Bogdan

    Fantastic weather for the Spring SCR! I think everybody had a great time, I know I did!

    3 · May 4

  • Beth

    Hope everybody has a great ride today!!

    3 · May 4

  • Bogdan

    Hello All! I will meet everybody at Lucky 7 Gas station in Monroe WI at about 10-10:15 AM. Here's the address: Lucky 7,[masked]st St, Monroe, WI 53566 .For those of you who we'll be at the Oasis please leave there at 9:00 AM to be able to make it to Monroe by 10-10:15 AM. If you have any questions please call/text me at[masked]-9050. See you in the morning! P.S. I-90 is under heavy construction so be extra careful and allow extra time to arrive at the Oasis (read: leave early).

    2 · May 3

  • Johnny

    AUTOCROSS at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates on this day! I would have totally joined in on this if the dates weren't the same!!! See ya'll soon.... Wish me luck BMW e46 ///M3

    May 3

  • Trent L.

    Got screwed at work and have to travel to Toronto on Sunday... not going to make this one.

    May 2

  • Jon P.

    Meeting on the westbound side like last time?

    1 · April 30

  • Terb W.

    I've been so busy with work I have not have time to complete the winter maintenance I started last December. I'm not complaining about the work I just wish I could join you all. Hopefully soon. I know may of you will be pleased. LOL

    April 28

  • Scott D

    Anyone riding from the northbrook area? Is there a GPS file for the route?

    April 28

  • Brandon E.

    Man, the one bad part of only having a track bike, not getting to do SCR any more!

    1 · April 1

  • Matt C.

    Would have loved to ride with you or meet you there, but I'll be getting back from Deal's Gap that day. Have a great time!

    1 · March 20

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