It feels good to get back in the saddle again with this weeks Taco Moto Tuesday. I went around wishing people a "happy new year" for no real reason, it just felt right? I don't know. I've seen most of you this year already, but for some reason it just felt like home. Happy to meet the newcomers who made this their first Taco Moto Tuesday and all the salty regulars! Or was that seasoned?
Wish Don a merry Christmas or something, he just had his second child! Go Team Parents!!!
Thanks to Don The Beachcomber in Huntington Beach for the $1 taco hospitality and letting us occupy the Dagger Bar this week. Every week is a different (or at least rotating) location. For upcoming TMT date & places follow @TacoMotoTuesday on the IG. EVERYBODY WELCOME.
BLUE VELVET ~ Photography from the grassroots 2016
Our 7th annual amateur photography book, 100 full color pages of photography by Lady Hump and Lady Alizon and whoever else picked up the camera at any number of moto campouts, parties, alien bars, church bazaars (there was that one on the IERides Iron Garden Getaway) or along any number of Taco Moto Tuesday or other motorcycle rides. The best of the blog from a whole year of shenanigans. Printed in house #DIY by our very own Vinnie Vegas. 100% content, 100% advertisement & corporate sponsor FREE
CHOPPERS ARE DEAD and MY OTHER RIDE IS YOUR DAUGHTER shirts have been restocked in the shop $20. each includes FREE (U.S.) Shipping, FREE Sticker, FREE Buttons, FREE Screened Shop Rag (designs will vary).
Large BACK PATCHES available also. Same shirt designs on our heavy duck canvas, screened (sew on only, do not iron), and hemmed so they wont fray'out after riding for 5 minutes on the freeway.
Back Patches are between $15-$20, same free stuff as listed above for back patches... USA orders only, sorry, I just can't play the international mail theft game any more, it's cost me a finger and a toe.
Great day riding with Nick, and Rich, and everyone else who came out and took a spin with Inland Empire Rides! They've already announced their ANNUAL CAMPOUT dates of November 3rd-4th-5th (it'll be here before you know it!....) so be sure to mark your calendars. AND REMEMBER, IT'S A FREE CAMPOUT! ~ No wristbands, parking fees, membership dues, or other profiteerism or greedocracy involved! Make sure you follow @Inland_Empire_Rides on the IG
Even more pics from the Inland Empire Rides, Cruise to the Stagecoach Inn. 2/12/2017.
Gonna go ahead and thank both Nick Faught and Rich Silva for putting these rides & campout(s) together! They're both sexy dudes if you wondered... wonder no more. So they've also said that everyone should reserve November 3rd-4th-5th for our annual Campout. It's (I've been told) is going to be a BEAVER of a time.
Kit spent the day easting BBQ in Costa Mesa appreciating the Brad Boyle Motorcycle Collection. He reports that of all the bikes, there wasn't a drop of oil on the ground and that each had a tag of the last service date and when the bike was last started.
Kit with Marty Tripes winner of the 1st and 2nd SUPERBOWL of MOTOCROSS at the L.A. Colosseum.
There's already a slew of non-Corporate America events popping up on this years calendar and that's so hawt right now... like fleas on a dogs butt. Avoid the MoCo'late latte' BUDlight crowd and support something being organized by ordinary folk. Remember them? They used to put on almost everything just a few years back (at least the stuff we featured on this little blog)... until the pirates and the profiteers decided to play the lifestyle branding hustle, put their size "takeover" feet in the door and bribed the concierge (or straight up stole the money out of the cookie jar) and call it their "sizzle" We'll have our team "spice up" (*) your event! (not funny) (*from an actual email solicitor I received)
We used to maintain an EVENT CALENDAR on the blog sidebar but discontinued it about two years ago. Maybe it's time to bring it back again now that social media has all but forgotten blogger, blogs, blogging as a trending method of mass communication. To do that, readers would actually have to get off "cell phone" mode and try something they probably haven't done in years, go DESKTOP! "Whoaaaa...." (I know, it's revolutionary. But it's not.)
ala Obi Wan Kenobi, "this isn't the blog you're looking for... move along..."
Disclaimer Butthurticus; And I by no means authored this ideology, I'm merely sharing it through my own eyes. It's not that I'm some angry hater-anti-corporate sponsored events. Without them in existence, we wouldn't have the lesser... wink wink tinker-bell. It's fun to lose. Or maybe we would? We recognize there is far larger ever-growing FAN base for them to solicit and sling their "Kool Aid County Kumbaya" events. Bring out the dancing poodles! At least until the bubble bursts... when the flatulent mass hysteria sputters to death in the slow lane and the glass eyed fascination ends, people turn to new beads and trinkets which now capture their attention... Do you think Corporate-Hot Rods will ever be popular again? Somewhere there's a warehouse filled with parts for Plymouth Prowlers and Chevy SSR's!
FUCK YOUR CORPORATE SPONSORS because we didn't need them before, and we still don't. We DO SUPPORT those who support us (and "us" as in the general community), like minded individuals (are you paying attention?), small shops, small businessmen, fellow riders who have an idea of a cool place to go camping, craftsmen, artists, musicians, fabricators, and used parts hustlers. We support grassroots in a variety of forms and functions.
We don't buy into the need, necessity, marketing agenda, or infiltration of large stock index businesses, wristband mega events, VIP Parking, Global Properties beer brands, corporate sponsors, powered-by, presented-by, those that outsource their IT department and sell their logos branded on American flags, fingerless gloves, and jockey helmets, factory pushing hosts who's only and ultimate goals are silk pajama motorsports pocket linings and separating the little kids from their milk money (opposed to a sincere mutual contribution).
We absolutely hold fast to encouraging others to make their own decisions by utilizing their freedom of choice, deciding what they (you) desire from your own participation. If you want to "pay to play" go right ahead...Go Team. If you'd rather just make miles and camp under the stars, have a few beers and not concern yourself with feeding frenzy of vendor booth pre-distressed fashion and endless aisles of Chinese wares, you can do that too.
Get involved where you can. Volunteer, Donate, Contribute, and Create. Throw a chopper party at a bacon wrapped hotdog cart in the middle of the ghetto, don't segregate; invite the mulatoos and albinos, the sexy and the ugly. Make the chopper part you wanted to buy, make it twenty times if that's your learning curve. Ask your friends for help. Make your own shirts with crayons or magic markers if you fucking want to! Sing the song of the wind with a Coyote. Learn to Ice Skate with greybeards. Make films. Take pictures. Be part of something... or pay to attend something... make your own choice.