Slimey Crud Run -- Spring Edition

  • May 5, 2013 · 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.***

 

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Meet Up 8:30AM

Kickstands Up 9:00AM
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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. http://www.slimeycrudrun.com

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.

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  • Matt S.

    I have my video of our ride up online as well as the GPS route. Anyone should be able to save the route from Google Earth/Maps if they want it for future reference. http://blog.matthewsupert.me/ridelog-may-5th-2013-slimy-crud-run

    5 · May 11, 2013

    • Mark

      Matt, I thanked you on your webpage last week (sorry Hans, I'm just competitive.)

      1 · May 14, 2013

    • Hans K

      :)

      May 15, 2013

  • Mark

    I had a blast last Sunday. Can't wait for the next ride!

    May 11, 2013

  • hai t.

    walked into work at 5:40 pm with 1 1/2 eyes open but wow, never had this much fun before. Even tho shit happen but somehow it was taking care of like a piece of cake, special thanks to Bogdan and Beth and everyone that help make the event going so smoothly =)

    3 · May 6, 2013

    • Mark

      Hai,

      May 11, 2013

    • Mark

      I am glad that you made it to work on time.

      May 11, 2013

  • Matt S.

    Hans and I are lost. I assume we are heading north on 39?

    2 · May 5, 2013

    • Bogdan

      Somehow, magically... it worked out huh?

      2 · May 5, 2013

    • Hans K

      Yeh...having Bogdan around works out...he can even go around Hail Storms...:-)

      1 · May 6, 2013

  • Nick

    sorry guys, late night at a friends birthday party, not going to make it tomorrow morning

    May 5, 2013

    • Nick

      more exhilarating than the track?

      May 5, 2013

    • Rodney S.

      You don't get lost on a track, lol Or have gravel corners or police... and also get to see a gorgeous spring wisconsing all this together and much more was exhilarating men..

      May 6, 2013

  • Bogdan

    Fantastic roads, great riders, gorgeous weather... and a monkey wrench in between to spice things up. When is next trip? :)

    1 · May 5, 2013

    • Rodney S.

      Nice job bro!! today You show us all the goodies of Wisconsin back roads...

      May 5, 2013

  • Beth

    Awesome riding with you all today! I had a blast! Everyone kept a great pace :-))) And wow, couldn't have asked for better weather! Three cheers for a spectacular Spring SCR 2013!

    1 · May 5, 2013

  • Trent L.

    Great ride and a great route on the way up

    1 · May 5, 2013

  • Chappy

    One of the more interesting days we've had. Good ride overall with excellent weather.

    2 · May 5, 2013

  • Hans K

    lot of Bikes. The fun was in getting there. Bogdan did a great job leading...Thanks

    3 · May 5, 2013

  • Matt S.

    My. Cell is[masked]

    1 · May 5, 2013

  • hai t.

    uhh. i have work at 6pm in chicago. do you guys think i'll make it back in time?

    May 4, 2013

    • Rodney S.

      I figure you can leave the formation any time, just make sure you tell the leader....

      1 · May 5, 2013

    • Beth

      6pm, it'll be close but I think you'll make it

      May 5, 2013

  • Matt

    It turns out I'll have to work that day...I won't be able to make it.

    May 4, 2013

    • Mark

      Sorry you can't make it tomorrow but there will be plenty of other rides this season.

      2 · May 4, 2013

    • Rob F.

      Sorry to hear that. We'll have to get together in the NW burbs for a ride soon.

      1 · May 4, 2013

  • Mark

    May 4, 2013

  • Brandon E.

    VEGAS BABY

    1 · April 13, 2013

    • Beth

      Win big!! Yes, I said WIN :-))

      May 4, 2013

  • Rodney S.

    I look at this hand signals over the internet: http://www.ridemyown.com/articles/safety/handsignals.shtml

    May 4, 2013

    • Rodney S.

      Or this other video: http://www.youtube.co...­

      May 4, 2013

    • Beth

      Hi Rodney -- as stated in your welcome email, it is your responsibility before attending any RTRC rides to read the pinned topics in the MESSAGE BOARD section of our site: http://www.meetup.com...­ You'll find one particular thread covering "Group Riding - Rules For The Road" here: http://www.meetup.com...­ which highlight the various hand signals and lane positioning preferences we adhere to on group rides. Please read these pinned topics, you'll find they contain quite a bit of valuable information regarding rider safety. If you have any other questions, please feel free to PM me! :-)

      1 · May 4, 2013

  • Matt S.

    I may be updating my RSVP to +1. I have a friend who is interested but checking his schedule. He is an experienced rider.

    1 · May 4, 2013

    • Chappy

      Could you influence the morning temp any? I'm getting arthritic in my old age. The afternoon is looking great!

      1 · May 3, 2013

  • Keith W

    Will see you guys on the road!

    1 · May 2, 2013

    • Beth

      Ride safe!!

      May 3, 2013

  • Nick

    Could you guys tell me what route we are taking? I may be able to do part of it.

    April 29, 2013

  • Rodney S.

    Not so long ago I ride to the Dells, but I took the highway and it was a pretty long trip..... I think the back roads will be lots of fun. See you guys in Paradise! lol

    April 29, 2013

  • Len M.

    Wish I could go but I can't this year, maybe in the fall. But if I could make a suggestion, since some may not understand the RTRC riding concept, maybe everyone who plans to ride the Crud should attend Wednesday's meeting at Cheeseburge in Paradise. Then you could all go into great detail about what is expected. Just a thought. See you soon.

    1 · April 29, 2013

    • Mark

      Excellent idea - that is one reason I am planning on going Wednesday evening. One of my questions is for us to get to Leland - roundtrip - that is already 220+ miles so if the day's ride is +/-500 miles, that just means a 300 mile loop in 5-7 hours which is pretty easy to do without flying at light speed all the time.

      April 29, 2013

    • Mark

      Reading Beth's comment below, looks like I'll just get to ride with the gang to Leland before I need to return to the Chicago area for that meeting late in the day...bummer. Oh well, something to look forward to in Autumn 2013.

      April 29, 2013

  • Rodney S.

    8:30 am on a Sunday it's a drag.... lol I will make an effort to join, not jet sure I can.

    April 28, 2013

    • Rodney S.

      So, we start 9ish right? what time do you think we gonna be at Leland? And after there where are we going? Are we riding together with our group or we just doit on our own if we dicide so?

      April 28, 2013

    • Beth

      Kickstands up is at 9am. We'll arrive in Leland some time between noon-1pm. Once we are finished in Leland, we'll begin the return trip to Chicago. Tradition is to stop for late lunch in Janesville. All group rides are together. If you plan to do this ride on your own, please do not RSVP that you'll be joining the group - so as to avoid confusion when we are doing role call during the riders meeting in the morning.

      April 29, 2013

  • Mark

    Bogdan, Hi. We meet up at 830a at the B-Oasis. So what time do you typically finish? I ask because that same Sunday, I need to be at a meeting in Chicago by 545p. I am thinking that I will peel off from our group by 130p to allow 2 hrs riding back home...What do you think?

    April 27, 2013

    • Beth

      We won't be stopping for lunch /break until we get to Leland, other than for gas. But you are welcome to break off from the group any time you need to. Just let someone know so we don't think you've gone missing :-)

      April 27, 2013

    • Mark

      Yo entiendo. Gracias, senora.

      1 · April 27, 2013

  • Len M.

    Birthday gift--Cubs tix same bat time, same bat channel. Nuts.

    March 14, 2013

    • Beth

      Boooooo! (but GO CUBS GO!)

      March 25, 2013

  • Karen W.

    Flying back home to shoot a wedding so I can make $$$ for Track Days :)

    March 11, 2013

  • Natalie G.

    Did a bit of riding in Wisconsin last year. Let's see what you guys can show me. Can't wait!

    1 · January 28, 2013

  • Mark

    Can't wait for it. In the meantime, I'm still riding - was up in Wisconsin last weekend; during the week; and will be riding this weekend.

    December 6, 2012

  • Len M.

    What route might we be taking? Same as last Run?

    November 16, 2012

    • Bogdan

      You eager beaver! :) That's 6 months out !:)

      November 16, 2012

  • Len M.

    So far so good.

    October 25, 2012

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