We have a great support team this year. Metalhead Greg and Radar are our chase and advance drivers. Greg is one of the best chase drivers on the planet and Radar is looking to dethrone him. So here is the deal with the chase truck. The chase truck will be following the run. If they sees anyone by the side of the road they will stop and help. There will basic tools and supplies on the truck. The truck WILL NOT wait around all day as you try to fix the unfixable. If you can’t sort yourself out on the side of the road in a timely manner, on the trailer you go. There is an advance truck that will be arriving at the campsites before us and setting things up. This truck will be equipped with a major compliment of tools and supplies. (welder, compressor, generator, Etc.) That is where will try to fix you up right. The chase truck is not going to carry your personal shit, so don’t ask. The driver’s numbers will be published in the run books.
I checked the forecast today and this is what I found.
Thu Aug 27 Partly Cloudy 78°/59° 10 %
Fri Aug 28 Partly Cloudy 74°/62° 10 %
Sat Aug 29 Scattered T-Storms 75°/64° 40 %
Sun Aug 30 Scattered T-Storms 80°/60° 40 %
I am hoping this turns out to be another example of the historic inaccuracy of weathermen. If not, the run is still on. Because rain dates are for pussies! We had a bit of rain on last years run and we still made every mile and had a blast. So plan on getting wet. Pack your rain gear but hope that the weatherman is yet again WRONG!
I have been getting some emails asking about various details about the run. Sorry if I have not been clear on some things, I will try to fix that right now.
Is it OK to come for a day, or go right to the campsite?
Everybody is welcome anytime for as long, or as short, as ya want. If yer bike is down, come to the party on Sunday. Just show up and have a good time.
How much will it cost?
There are no fees. The only official cost is the camping for Saturday night. $12.50. you pay when you check in, just tell them you are with the Gypsy Run.
How do I register for the run?
There is no registration. Just show up.
How do I know where to go?
If you come to the Bowl Bash, I will be handing out maps. If you are at Cool Beans for the Kick off, I will be handing out maps.
The PDF maps will be available for download on Wednesday.
I fucked up on the address for the Autumn Bowl. Here is the real address, with updated map.
The Autumn Bowl
73 West Street.
Brooklyn, NY 11222
Between Milton and Noble
Click here for map.
Last year New York started a “crack down” on loud pipes and non DOT helmets. Usually how this goes is the first few weeks the police are out in force, they write some tickets then they get on with something more important. Last year they set up a “Motorcycle Safety Inspection” checkpoint on the main route to a local mega rally and wrote a bunch of tickets. I thought this was all over with, but I was wrong. Read all about this years effort here. This is one of the many good reasons why I don’t post the route maps till the last minute. We did not run into anything like this on the run last year but my personal moto is “It is better to have it and not need it that need it and not have it. ” so at the very least HAVE YOUR PAPERWORK IN ORDER! (Insurance, Registration and a valid Motorcycle Endorsement.) You can ride away with a ticket for loud pipes, you ain’t going anywhere if your bike gets impounded. I don’t want to scare anyone off, but it is better to think about it now.
I was keeping this under my hat, but the cat is out of the bag. This year we have a special guest along for the run, Easyriders’ chief documentarian Michael Lichter. Anyone who has spent any time with Mike will tell ya the same thing, “good guy to be around, once he gets that whole focus thing down he might get something published”. There is a little known fact about Mike, He LOVES it when you flip him the bird when he is taking your picture. You probably won’t get in a magazine, but he will appreciate it. (Am I kidding? Only one way to find out…) All joking aside we are blown away that Mike can go anywhere in the world and he decided to come to our run. Thanks Mike!
The official kick off is 10:00 am at Cool Beans Coffee Shop. Feel free to come by early, they open at 7:00. The food is good, the coffee is great and the girls behind the counter are even better. We will be there around 9:am to get properly caffeinated and pass out run books.
Cool Beans Coffee Shop
304 Kinderkamack Rd
Oradell, NJ 07649
(link to map)
“The Gypsy Run is our kind people on our kind of bikes. Sponsorship of grass roots events that are centered on riding in an investment in the future of this culture, and Biltwell Inc. is proud to participate.”
Bill Bryant – Biltwell Inc.
Co-Founder of the El Diablo Run
“As far as we are concerned, we are planning on being a major sponsor of the Gypsy Run every year. The web ﬂow alone from the blog and forums completely geeked out our web guy and brought a ton of interest in us. For a grass roots run, Walter and company do it right. Just ask anyone who has been on the run and they will tell you the same.”
Andy Camay – American Icon
“You would be a fool to miss this! The best time I have had in years.”
Mike Plazzo – 47 Industries
“I like Gypsy Runs! They am fun and we drink lots!”
Dr. Benway – Winner of the Best Bike Prize GR08