View Full Version : GYPSY RUN SIX "In the first person"

09-24-2012, 4:47 PM
The Gypsy Run was really healing for me, it was my first “Traditional” style run, other than the rides I did with bros in my early 20’s, The weekend really renewed my faith that there are real bikers out there. For me that's a title, that has nothing to do with what you ride or how full or empty you pockets may be, it's about the ride and the Gypsy sure is in that spirit. Walter from Kickstart Cycle Supply (http://kickstartcycle.com/) really does an amazing job of organizing and providing leadership for the group. Its totally freeform easy going but with a sense of purpose and he deserves big props for what he has done with the Gypsy Run (http://www.eastcoastgypsyrun.com/info/info.html)!

I normally attend the big events like Daytona but in recent years I have found myself increasingly dissatisfied with these "biker events" as I have said before they have seem to of morphed into a circus of trike’s, RV's and douche bags on stock bikes. Being a lover of vintage bikes it was sweet to see so many old bikes rolling at once, after all that’s what they were made for right! I feel like old bikes wave a middle finger at everything that is wrong with the purchased life style types.
The diversity and “anyone on 2 wheels is welcome” attitude was awesome and right up my alley since I make my living with both Jap & American parts. I don’t think I saw a single “Live to Ride” chrome doorstop or jacket all weekend and the event seemed to have a common spirit of zero tolerance for bs attitudes.

For me the event started with the Pre-Party and Bill’s midnight run. About 60 early arrivals met at Walters shop to support Bill’s idea of a high-speed tour of NYC. Bill said he had been bugging Walter to do this for a few years and I think everyone involved can say it was impressive. Walt lead the way and since I was running on 2 hours sleep. I decided to stick with him at the front of the pack. Ending up lost and sleep deprived in NYC was not my idea of a good time. We rode from Kickstart Cycle Supply (http://kickstartcycle.com/) to Indian Larry Motorcycles (http://indianlarry.com/) where they were waiting with FREE Beer and hot dogs. I started making friends right way and the thing I noticed most was the crowd was devoid of puffed out chests, and the posturing the makes me laugh in the Wild Hogs crowd.

The ride back was even wilder and after a few quick repairs to a couple of guys bikes, Walter brought us to his local bar to finish the night off. I have never had more fun on a motorcycle in such a short space of time. I had rented a hotel up the road from the shop but ended up sticking with the group and sleeping on Walter’s living room floor. Kuda had the couch and told me he had to put ear plugs in as I was having a fist fight with myself in my sleep and yelling. (Weird)

The next day we hit the road at about 8:30am to go to the start point, Cool Beans Café. (http://www.coolbeansnj.com/index.html) Departing at 10am we were in the twisties almost immediately and I can’t imagine the amount of legwork that went into planning such a perfect route. We ended up breaking into a few groups at one point even passing each other going in opposite directions, which had everyone rocking in their seats laughing. On an unplanned gas stop to get our bearings, I grabbed a few 12 packs and threw beers at people, this sort of broke the tension that we were clearly off track and semi lost. After an hour of bench racing and smoking we found our way to the right road and up to the campsite.

Some of my Canadian Bro’s threw up a Canadian flag on arrival and I gravitated to it as I was born and raised there. Even if I call Ohio home now I always find the Canuks to be good times and this round was no different with the flag attracting a cool mix of people. I ended up playing last man standing with Chris from Vancouver and a dude in his 60’s who wisely suggested we call it a tie at about 6am.

Up at 10am… second day on less than 6 hours fun! At least the tight roads allowed me little chance to fall a sleep in my seat! I tore it up for a while but made the mistake of checking my email on my phone… turns out I had a problem with my website www.oldbikebarn.com (http://www.oldbikebarn.com/)and being that we are not a giant company the only person to fix it was me. I went to McDogshit for free wifi and got it sorted in about 4 hours.

The problem with stopping was I had to navigate the very complex route to the second campsite solo and in the rain with no fender… I’m man enough to admit that soaked an frozen to the bone I considered giving up a few times especially after my last bandana gave out and I had to hang off the bike to see.

I made it to the second site after more than a few wrong turns and received a warm welcome… many had assumed I had given up like many others had (I rolled in at 11:30 pm). As I got off the bike I bumped into a friendly face, Kyle from Lowbrow Customs (http://www.lowbrowcustoms.com/) and he immediately offered me a beer, right there I knew my efforts were worth it... Later that night we had a good laugh when Kyle was complaining about lugging around a set a set of new Biltwell Mushman pegs (http://www.oldbikebarn.com/Mushman-Foot-Pegs-Black?sc=134&category=1503779) all weekend. Kyle explained that he was on his way out the door at Lowbrow (http://www.lowbrowcustoms.com) HQ when Bill form Biltwell (http://www.biltwellinc.com/) called to ask him to bring a set. He cut his finger on the package and was telling us how he was still lugging them around on his bike and did not know why. I shyly admitted, to much laughter that the pegs were for me. I had crashed my DYNA a few days before the Gypsy, bending my Frisco bars really bad. so I changed them out to a set of Biltwell Moto bars (http://www.oldbikebarn.com/Moto-Handlebars-1-Chrome-Plated-Dimple-and-Non-Dimple?sc=134&category=1503796) and thought I would install a set of Mushmans on the Gypsy to complement these MX style bars. Bill had agreed to bring me a set in his luggage from Cali.

Kyle and I proceeded to go hassle Bill about passing the job off but it was all in good fun. Bill was a stand up dude for fixing it even after he forgot (calling Kyle from the Airport) and Kyle was a trooper for lugging them around all weekend. This sort of describes the spirit of the Gypsy for me. Now I have pegs with a really GOOD STORY BEHIND THEM. I plan to use them until the next Gypsy then hand them off to someone on the next years run.

That’s what the Gypsy does… it makes really good stories. The collective energy, good vibes and good people involved make it a special time and place to be! I will have it on my calendar going forward for sure, special thanks to Walter, Bill, Kyle and all the sponsors.

P.S. If anyone knows Chris form Vancouver who drove chase truck please message me. Like a dumb ass I turned the paper he gave me with his details on it in to a wet wadded up ball of paper on the ride home. Now I’m in BC for a month with no way to reach him and we planned to meet up... I’m also looking for some bros with a spare bike for a day, I’m in currently in Nelson BC and looking to do a ride.


Couple of these shots are borrowed...

Bill waiting to leave with a blurry me in the back ground. (I was feeling blurry)

Mike's CB750 first guy I met on the run and a customer of mine.

Camp Canada and Alex's sweet Sporty

The unplanned Beer err I mean gas stop

Kuda and his awesome Pan

The Mushman pegs did make it onto the Dirt Glide after all

I kind of like the dent I think it will stay along with the Moto bars... need new grips though.

Walter the man who brings us all so much joy! Thanks bro for all you do!

09-24-2012, 5:54 PM
Good fucking times, man. Real nice to meet ya and hope to see ya next year.

09-24-2012, 6:11 PM
Its fucking long winded, but I did not know how to trim my memory of it all... I'll be there next year fosho -Bear

09-24-2012, 7:28 PM
Good shit man. This was my first Gypsy, but definitely not my last.

09-25-2012, 7:47 AM
Good write up Bear! This was a great time, I am definitely trying to make it next year as well -Kyle

09-25-2012, 10:59 AM
This was my 5th Gypsy Run. The Friends that I meet on the road are some of the best guys I have met in my lifetime! I can vouch for the good vibes. Walter calles it Chopper Karma! When I left my house in 2008 to embark on my 1st Gypsy Run I knew no one and came home after meeting a bunch of guys that were strangers at the begining to friends that I see 2 or 3 times a year for good times. Kyle, Mike Martin, Bear and Matt. Glad to see you guys and hope to see you in the future as well! Tim

09-25-2012, 11:01 AM
Bear - that dirt glide is ridiculously loud...riding behind you and watching you blast that random dude when he got all douchey on our way to indian larry's was priceless.

09-25-2012, 12:36 PM
Its fucking long winded, but I did not know how to trim my memory of it all... I'll be there next year fosho -Bear

I remember riding next to you on the way up the first day, your bike surprised me when it backfired a few times. That looks like such a fun bike to ride.

This was the bike/person you may have remembered.


P.S. Great story man, this year was so much fun.

09-25-2012, 12:48 PM
Bear - that dirt glide is ridiculously loud...riding behind you and watching you blast that random dude when he got all douchey on our way to indian larry's was priceless.

djthom do you mean the douche in the Landrover ? -Bear

09-26-2012, 10:43 AM
djthom do you mean the douche in the Landrover ? -Bear

It was some random on a dual-sport type bike... right before the bridge into BK.

he shit a little i think.

09-26-2012, 1:07 PM
Great write-up, it was my first time on the run as well. It's now something that I'm going to plan my year around.

09-30-2012, 5:44 PM
Bear - that dirt glide is ridiculously loud...riding behind you and watching you blast that random dude when he got all douchey on our way to indian larry's was priceless.
Ah now I know the one, he was on on Speed triple an not part of the Run and your right he was being douchey. We boxed him in good and after toying with hm a little I made room for him to get out. Seriously what kind a prick sees a group of riders an then tries to play ping pong through our ranks. Dude had no respect and deserved the scare he got -Bear

10-01-2012, 9:25 AM
Nice write up! Great ridin' with you, hope to see ya on the road again soon,

'49 panchop

10-03-2012, 9:50 AM
Bear - it was treat meeting you and hanging out with a (sort-of) fellow Canuck during the Gypsy Run - and GODDAMN was your bike loud! I was behind you for a lot of the first day, and I thought I was being shot at numerous times when you rolled off the throttle.

Look forward to staying in touch!