Best in show on this year's edr is gonna get this sweet custom holster complete w/ skate knife/fire steel and Mizu fuel (or tequila) bottle courtesy of Bolts Action. If you've never been on the run, let me explain: there really is no official bike show. We just wander around and look at bikes during the trip and if the bike and rider are around on Sunday about 4:00 at the Desert Inn Hotel's pool, we'll pick our favorite and give him the "Best in Show" trophy. Other awards include a hand-made tool roll from Motostuka for the "La Cucaracha" and a custom solo bag from Ace Cycle Service & Supply for the winner of the prestigious "Iron Butt" award.
We've got some good stuff for the bike games, Circle of Death race and of course the cash prize of $500 for the king of the Coctagon. Bring your A-Game this year, folks!
JC at BajaVoyager.com sent us an update for what to expect when you roll into Ensenada on May 25â€¦
There will be taco combos and plenty of beer for Diablo Runners at the cash bar and food cantina on the closed-off street in front of the Desert Inn Hotel in Ensenada starting 2:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon. Food and booze will flow into the night, and coffee and breakfast burritos will be served 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sunday and Monday. Drinking will be permitted on the closed street and in the fenced parking lot behind the hotel, but cops will be on the lookout for outside booze from non-authorized EDR vendors. In other words, please support the individuals and small businesses who support our event. Of course, beer will be served poolside in the hotel courtyard, and this is the place where prizes for the bike show will be announced 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon. JC has promised local talent will be slinging comida and cerveza, so you can expect the fiesta in Ensenada to be muy caliente!
If you're an EDR sponsor, please see McGoo or JC at the Desert Inn when you roll in Saturday afternoon to get checked into your room. Everyone with reservations at other hotels should take care of check-in first, then roll back to the Desert Inn for the street fair and food fest happening at our host hotel.
We're less than two weeks away from the mass exodus to San Felipe on May 23. Is everyone ready?
Soul Expressions, our local tattoo shop is offering $20 EDR tats on Wed, from 1:00 in the afternoon 'til 1:00 in the morning. They're easy to find, right between Biltwell HQ and Hard Hats bar on Jefferson Ave. in Temecula. Aaron Mason is working on a sheet of flash specific for the event - you know, tacos, sombreros, lil' devils, etc. This offer is good if you happen to be in the area again after the EDR as well.
A big pile o' patches just showed up. There's only one way to get the dated, rocker versionâ€“ride your bike to Mexico and ask me for one when we get to Ensenada. We don't charge anything for 'em, but you gotta earn it. The round ones will be available to anyone for $5.00. We'll sell them at the Happy Hour on Wednesday, and then take 'em down to Baja as well. If there are any leftovers, we will put 'em up in the Biltwell online store. Less than a month to go. See ya' soon...
Talking to Jake (two-time Curculo de la Muerte winner) over the weekend brought up a good point. He was telling the story about a couple of guys who got rolled up by the San Felipe cops last time.
Here's the deal and how to avoid the hassle: No Fireworks in Camp. It's simple as that. The palapas are roofed with old, dry thatched palm fronds and go up in flames pretty easily. The people who run the camps are our friends and let us get away with a hell raising good time, but they've nicely asked that we don't blow shit up in the camp. Go down the beach, fine. Wanna wrap your buddy's Honda in det cord and blow it to kingdom come? Drag it out to the Circle of Death track and have at it.
If it's your first time on the EDR, realize that it's a big party. It's loud, people get drunk, it goes all night and it's not the best environment for a good night's sleep. So, if that's a big deal to you, move further down the beach a ways, get a hotel or jam up the road about a mile north and camp there. Otherwise, grab a beer and have fun. There will be no lights-out at 10:00PM so get with it, or avoid it. This is an adult party; please don't bring kids or sensitive types.
Where the cops come in to the picture is if you do decide to disrespect the deal we have with the camp owners. The 60-year old securidad is surely not going to tackle a posse of a dozen dudes to get them to stop. He'll call his bros at the Policia, and they'll roll in later, pick a couple guys at random and off to jail you go. Depending on what you have in your pocket, who got hurt, etc you could be there for a night or two or maybe longer. We don't make these rules or enforce them, the last thing I'm interested in is baby sitting grown men or being the hall monitor. So come have a good time, but stay out of jail!
When it debuted at the Slab City Riot in 2010, the Coctagon pitted man against man in a dick-shaped chamber of horrors in what instantly became the most famous freakout in Slab City history. Banned by Imperial County constables in 2011 due to its macabre nature, the Coctagon will rise again on this year's El Diablo Run when 24 men will do battle on the sandy shores of San Felipe. The rules for the Coctagon are simple:
â€¢ Helmets and eyewear required â€¢ No dead end blows â€¢ Lose your bat, you're out â€¢ Step or get pushed out of the ring, you're out
The last man standing will win up to $500. This year the entry fee for the Coctagon is $10 per man, and must be paid in cash to Harold "McGoo" McGruther during yard games in San Felipe Friday afternoon.
At sundown Friday McGoo will issue bats to the 24 prepaid combatants and the fight will begin. The final purse will be determined by the number of bikeriders man enough to enter the Coctagon. If we sell all 24 bats, Biltwell will match the $240 entry fee with $260 additional prize money for a winner-take-all total of $500. If we are one man short of the 24-man max showdown, the purse will be 100% of entry fees received. Old racers call this "100% payback."
Here's a video to remind folks who missed the original Coctagon what's in store for them in San Felipe Friday, May 24:
We've hosted a super informal motorcycle show on every EDR, and 2013 will be no different. We say "informal" for three reasons:
â€¢ The judges are rarely sober
â€¢ The prizes are never valuable
â€¢ Our esteemed MC never gets the brand of bike or name of the owners correct
Shit box production values aside, this year's EDR Bike Show will be conducted in the parking lot on Sunday in Ensenada, and it's event you don't want to miss.
Like years past, there will be three classes:
â€¢ EDR Best in Showâ€”generally given to the hard-ridden machine with the highest build quality and production values, but sometimes our cast of judges has thrown a bone to some rusty runner just to keep things honest
â€¢ EDR La Cucarachaâ€”Spanish for "the cockroach," La Cucaracha winners are generally guys whose asses have been so thoroughly kicked by whatever greasy piece of shit they rode to Mexico, they deserve a trophy just for showing up. The fact that these guys wrench morning, noon and night to keep these tired bikes on the road is icing on the cake
â€¢ EDR Iron Butt Awardâ€”Bestowed upon the man (or woman) who rode the farthest or took the biggest risks to cross the border. In its five-year history, two women have won the EDR Iron Butt awardâ€”a testimony to the fortitude of the fairer sex if ever there was one
Generous sponsors usually pony up for some cool prizes, and when this happens you'll hear about it on this blog first. Good luck and have fun, Diablo Runners, and see you in Mexico!
The video production team of Tyler Malinky (Lowbrow Customs) and Wes White (Four Aces Cycle) have been avid supporters and participants on the EDR since day one. On EDR IV in 2012 Wes and Tyler combined forces with a team of legit camera, lighting and editing professionals to create the first and only feature-length DVD of our little jaunt to Baja. "EDRâ€”A Mexican Motorcycle Adventure" showcases a half dozen cool bikes and their owner/builders as they recount the trials and tribulations of life on the harsh desert highways of this treacherous foreign landscape. Celebrated by neophytes and seasoned chopper aficionados, "EDR" is a tour de force every serious film and bike buff should have in his arsenal of time wasters. Order your copy today by clicking the image. All proceeds from the sale of "EDR" go to finance stupid things like beer, pussy and rusty motorcycle parts.