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. 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.