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Greasebag 2011 Recap

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As I mentioned a few days ago, the Greasebag was incredible. After six months of planning and running around to get everything organized I couldn’t have asked for or imagined a better result. Being surrounded by a multitude of smiling friends, both new and old, who are laughing, talking bikes, telling stories – that’s what it’s all about – that’s why it was so important to me to bring it back for another year. The bikes and the road are the things that initially bring us together, but it’s the people that keep us around.

I don’t think it’s necessary to do a blow-by-blow of every minute of the weekend. If you were there, you knew how it went down. You know it was the combination of the overall vibe and the people that really made the entire experience. If you weren’t there, well, you missed out. That said, there are a few moments that jump out as some of my favorites.

  • McGoo breaking his 7-month alcohol abstinence and subsequently crashing a birthday party and bachelorette party on the upper floors of the Baseball Tavern.
  • The pre-pre-party at Remy’s
  • The grin on Matt Davis’ face after riding my FXR all weekend.
  • The killer turn out at the Dice party, even in the face of pouring rain.
  • Canadian Rob’s absolute dedication to getting down to the show, even in the face of mechanical issues. Where most people would have given up, he pushed on and I’m glad he did. Not only is his Pan Chop one of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen, but I’m stoked to call him a friend.
  • The Saturday ride – from beginning to end. Way bigger turn out than I expected (70-80 bikes), but even better was that the almost entire group stayed together for the whole ride. That many bikes rolling through small New England towns felt like a force of nature. The hairs on the back of my neck stood on end when I looked in my rearview mirror and saw an endless row of motorcycles. Absolutely awesome and inspiring. Kudos to everyone who not only rode well, but kept their shit together. I only know of a couple minor break downs that happened, and those guys got right back on the road with some quick repairs.
  • Keith Stone – nuff said.
  • Boston-talk at the picnic table. I think the hardest laughs of the weekend happened here. Beer through the nose laughter.
  • The Providence/South of Boston crew knowing how to bring the party – circle of headlights stage and all. I haven’t heard anyone testing positive for STDs yet, but I’m not putting it out of the realm of reality.
  • The entire crew at White Birch Campground who welcomed us with open arms and were amazing the entire time we were there. The campground rules, but the folks that run it are even better. Hell, they even invited us back!
  • Gourmet S’mores around the camp fire. Seriously, shit was delicious. Full plank or half plank?
  • Henry raging at his first ever outlaw biker camp out. Little dude hasn’t even turned 2 yet and he has more street cred than you. Conceived on the Gypsy, baptized at the Greasebag. Hallelujah.
  • So many new friends.
  • Walter losing it when McGoo went into club-talk mode at the 2nd gas stop.
  • Canadian Justin’s unexpected jubilation at winning a bike show award. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a guy more stoked than he was at that exact moment. Dude threw down hard all weekend and was just a great guy to be around (funny accent an all).
  • Spiced Rum? WTF?
  • Karen scheming’ and Paul’s surprise
  • SMCD on a mission to fill parking spots in front of the Baseball Tavern with bikes and scooters. Mission accomplished.
  • Masshole Mike being Masshole Mike.
  • 15 giant pizzas being devoured in less than 5 minutes.
  • Did I mention Keith Stone? It was a smooth weekend.
  • The bikes – so many local killer bikes I had never laid eyes on.
  • The people – from the out-of-towners to all the locals that showed up in force. That’s what events like this are all about.

I’m sure I’m forgetting a lot, the whole weekend was a blast and a blur all at once. Thank you to everyone who showed up and made it a killer time.

As much as the Greasebag is a bit of a one man show, I also get a lot of help from others folks, so some thank you’s are in order:

To all the sponsors who stepped up and made it possible, thank you. I know I’ve said it plenty of times before, but without our sponsors we wouldn’t be able to do this. Their donations allow us to put on the event and keep it free. Extra thanks to Chop Shop Cycles, Biltwell, Kickstart Cycle Supply and Chop Cult for providing the food and beer. Support all these businesses because they’re the ones that are giving back to the community and that support keeps it going.

My brother Gino was my right hand man all weekend, from the Dice party to the final unloading of gear on Sunday. He did everything from hauling beer to taking pictures to selling raffle tickets, and a million other things in-between. I couldn’t have done it without him and I couldn’t have asked for a better wingman. You rocked it G, thank you for all your help.

The Dice party on Friday night wouldn’t have gone down the way it did without the help of Steve and Fordy. Thank you guys for making all the arrangements and putting everything in place for such a killer time.

It’s worth mentioning the crew at White Birch Campground again; they’re really that awesome. Thanks for letting us rage on your property and have a killer time. We’ll be back.

I’m lucky to have a great group of friends and family who’ve been supporting me since day one. Whether it was by spreading the word, being a sounding board, lugging gear or helping to run the show, they’re all invaluable to me. So thank you to: my brother Raff, Harvard, Ace, SMCD, Nardi, Dave K, Bill B., Walter, McGoo, Bryan, and Matt D.

Wayne, Jay and everyone at Acme Choppers. Not only for letting us take over your parking lot but for all the help leading up to and on the day of the event. Not only that, but when someone needed help getting their bike back on the road, they were right there, wrench in hand. I can’t say enough good things about these guys, they build killer bikes, make unbelievably high quality parts and have a motorcycle mecca of a workshop, but above it all, they’re just top notch guys.

Thank you to everyone who helped with the event in some shape or form. Whether it was by handing out flyers, spreading the word on the interwebs, unloading the van or directing traffic. There are too many people to list here, but a sincere thank you to all of you.

Last, but not least, my wife, who put up with 6 months of my insanity and neurotic behavior while I strung the show together. She was my rock and my biggest cheerleader the entire time, willing to give up weekends away or any semblance of a social life just so I could work on my little motorcycle weekend. She had my back the entire time, even when things got chaotic, and I am continually humbled by her support and dedication.

That’s a wrap folks. 2011 is in the books. We’ll be back in 2012; in what shape or form I’m not sure yet, but as soon as I figure it out, I’ll let you know. All I can think about now is riding my bike and seeing my friends again at the Gypsy Run in September .

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Greasebag Camp Photos: Part 1

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Photos By Gino Mortillaro

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Greasebag Dice Party Pics

Slowly going through the pics. Here are a few from the Friday night Boston Dice Party.
Photos by Gino Mortillaro

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Greasebag Wow

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I’m still a little brain dead from the weekend, but wow – that was absolutely incredible. Couldn’t have asked for a better throw down. A perfect example of reality surpassing all expectations. Great guys, great bikes, great roads, killer weather, lots of laughs, plenty of debauchery,Keith Stone throwing down hard and just an all out incredible time. Thank you to everyone who came out, especially everyone who did the ride and camp. Double extra awesome stoked thank you’s to everyone who traveled from far away places to party with us – CA, NJ, NY, TN, DC, and of course, all my Canadian brothers. To all my New England brethren who came out to support a local grassroots event – man, you’re support just makes me over the moon stoked and puts a huge shit eating grin on my face.

I’ll have a more coherent recap in the next few days once I regain my wits, but I really just wanted to say thanks to everyone who made it out, as well as all the Sponsors, everyone at White Birch Campground, The Baseball Tavern, Acme Choppers and everyone who lent a hand over the weekend.

mind = blown

Pics above by Canadian Rob.
Tons of pics to come, if you shot photos or video over the weekend, please send them my way, would love to see them. email
grail21@gmail.com

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One last thing

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One last thing – we’ll have live updates from the whole weekend on the Knucklebuster facebook page. So go over there and “like” us and you can get the latest news and updates as they happen. From pics to any changes in plans or hot spots to meet us up at.

Here you go: Knucklebuster on Facebook

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Today is the day

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Dice Party Boston, at The Baseball Tavern, 1270 Boylston St, Boston, MA. 8pm

Bands: The Allstonians, The Egos, Larkin Brigade, Cradle to Grave, Riki Rocksteady plus R.J. Riel; three floors plus a roof deck overlooking the Boston Skyline. Plenty of 2-wheel parking Free Admission for the bar areas.

Started the day off by pick up a few beers for camping tomorrow. We should have enough.

Lots to do today, so I’ll be away for the ineternet box. I’ve got a certain Brit bloke to pick up and shuttle over to club. See you guys tonight.

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Swag Attack: The last batch of goodies

We’re 1 day away from official the official Greasebag kickoff with the Dice party in Boston and I’m STILL getting killer swag for the Sunday raffle. Check out the goodies that came in this week.

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Andy at Pangea Speed sent in a whole bunch of killer swag including an absolutely gorgeous (and heavy as fuck) sterling silver points cover. My photo does not do it justice, it’s an absolute work of art. Check him out at http://www.pangeaspeed.com/

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Wompy at Still Kicking rocked us with some sweet shirts and stickers. Wompy makes some killer builder parts that you should be checking out. His Brass Knuckle pull starters for Evo sporties and his custom air cleaners are absolutely stellar. Check him out at http://stillkickingstore.blogspot.com/

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Jason at Eternal Combustion was trying to make it out to the GB in person, but sometimes life gets in the way of living. His presence will be missed but he sent in some cool swag nonetheless. We’ve got a couple of his molotov fuel cells plus that rad mini finger tail light. Check him out at: http://www.eternalcombustion.com/

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I’ve saved the best for last. Not only did Joel at image one send over a bunch of shirts, but the custom painted “gas can” is absolutely ridiculous. Seriously out of this world – I want it on a shelf in my garage – but alas, someone at the greasebag is going to be able to take it home. The pinnacle of cool. Joel has been with us since day 1, and we’re stoked that he’s helping us out again. Joel puts on his own grassroots ride/camp event called Run 4 Your Life. It’s the weekend after the Greasebag (August 5-7) and goes through Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. Make it if you can, it’s a good time for sure. More info here: http://r4yl.blogspot.com/

Thanks again to all the sponsors, in just over 24 hours all the shenanigans begin.

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Greasebag Run Printable Map

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Click the link below for a PDF that you can print out and tape to your gas tank for the run on Saturday. I’ll have a bunch of these to hand out the morning of the run, but if you want to print out your own in case you miss the main group, here you go.

Greasebag Run Printable Map

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Final Countdown: Greasebag Jamboree

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The show on Sunday is going to “officially” kick off around 11am, although we’ll be there earlier so you’re welcome to come down. The run down of the show is pretty simple – we’ll have vendors, food, music and most importantly, some killer bikes to check out. No crazy circus sideshows or mechanical bull riding contests. Hang out, check out bikes and talk shit. We’ll pull winning tickets for the crazy swag raffle about once an hour. We’ll call the winners of the Bike show around 3pm, so if you want to get in on that, you bike has to be registered by 2:30 at the latest. After that, we’re just partying.

We will not be selling adult beverages, but you can bring your own as long as you keep it on the down low. Don’t get any smart ideas about bringing booze to sell either, that will get you kicked right out.

If you’re camping out the night before, getting to Acme Choppers is super simple. Jump onto 106, pass through downtown Laconia, and you’re there in short order – 10-15 minutes tops. If you’re coming from another area, click here to see the directions page. The address for Acme Choppers is 14 Lexington Dr, Laconia NH if you need something to punch into your GPS.

As far as the bike show is concerned – No Categories. No people’s choice. No bullshit. 12 Winners – our favorite bikes out of the entire bunch walk home with the glory. $5 entry fee for the bike show, which goes directly into covering costs for the event.

Get stoked, this is going to be one for the books.

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Random News and Notes

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Check out the lead story on Chop Cult this morning. Digging the Greasebag love. Thanks to the entire crew over there for helping spread the word.

I’ve got a couple vendor spots left for the Sunday show. If you’ve got some parts you want to sell and want to set up. Drop me a line and I will hook you up (vendor space is always free).

Make sure to check out facebook event page if you’re looking for people to ride out with. There are a couple of crews getting together from different parts of the North East who are looking for others to join up with. Check it out here: Greasebag on Facebook

I’ll have posters at the camp on Saturday night and the show on Sunday. If you want one, come see me.

For liability reasons and also because we’re in the middle of a dense wooded area, no fireworks at the camp Saturday night. Sorry and thanks.

Stay tuned, more updates later today.

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