It's a Throwdown, not a Bro Down
Matt and Dean may stand alone among publishers of underground lifestyle magazines for chopper hooligans, but they have plenty of competition in the field of throwing parties. One such master is Trent Schara of Atomic Customs. Now entering its fourth year, Trent's Ground Zero Throwdown in Albuquerque, NM, offers a taste of what biker parties were all about before troglodytes in Stony Straps and neoprene skull masks pillaged the landscape. The Throwdown comprises the holy trinity of biker bashes: a ride, an overnight campout, and the time-honored tradition of a downtown takover on Saturday night. To help separate the douchebags from the badasses, last year's Throwdown route included 15 miles of dirt road. This benign challenge was enough to keep the chrome polishers on the HOG poker run, and that's just the way Trent and his supporters like it.
Booze, bikes and tomfoolery, with a little nuclear folklore and martian mythology thrown in for good measure. That, my friends, is the Ground Zero Throwdown
Lead, Follow or Get Out of the Way
So, what lessons can be learned from the musings of Trent Schara, Dean Micetich and Matt Davis? Well, if you're tired of posers, cagers, baggers and floppy-tittied saddle tramps ruining your scene, stop bitching and start planning. Host a bike night at your local watering hole. Reserve some ground space at a campground 100 miles from town and invite locals on an overnight hellride. Host a motorcycle swap meet in your front yard, and invite all your friends to bring their rusty shit to swap and sell. The Internet has made organizing fun stuff like this easier than ever. Take the bull by the horns and there's no limit to what's possible. Remember, 68 years ago Sturgis was just a hill climb and motorcycle race.
Ah, the good old days...