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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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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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Final Countdown: Greasebag Run

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Went out on the final pre-run of the Saturday ride. Roads look pretty good for the most part, but the asphalt of the last leg of the ride is still torn up, so some minor changes have been made to the route. A slight change in the route fixes that pretty easy. It’s a solid ride if I say so myself. Laid back and a lot of fun, mostly backroads, some twisties and some two lane highways thrown in to open it up on and relax. I’m guessing with pit stops it should take us between 4-5 hours. It’s about 120 miles, we’ll stop around the 60 mile mark to refuel. There are plenty of gas stations on the way, so if you’ve got a tiny tank and need to pull off that won’t be a problem.

Check bottom of this post for the final itinerary for Saturday, as well as some more pics of the scenery from the ride. I’ll have printed maps and directions at the Dice party and the departure location on Saturday.

What you need to know
I think most of you guys who are making out on Saturday are veterans of these types of run, so you know how it goes down. For those of you new to the whole thing, here’s a few things to be aware of, but let me first preface it with this – we’re only riding 120 miles, we’re only camping for 1 night – it’s not rocket science:

1) Be self sufficient. We’re not traveling to Alaska, so don’t go packing like we’ll be on the road for months, but bring what you need to keep you and your bike on the road. We’ll have some basic tools with us for road side repairs, but if the pack splits up, make sure you’ve got what you need to get back on the road. We don’t have any chase trucks or trailers, so if your bike blows up and is beyond a road side fix, have someone you can call to come pick you up. We’ll do our best to keep everyone on the road, but have a back up plan.

2) Ride your ride. It’s not a race. You’ve got nothing to prove here. It’s not a overly technical ride, and the roads are smooth for the most part, but some pot holes and rough patches are inevitable. What I’m saying here is: don’t be an idiot. The last thing we want to be doing is scraping someone off the side of the road. The ride is pretty laid back, enjoy it but be aware of road craters and dips. Know your skill level and the limits of your bike. Pay attention to the road and the people around you, not getting your GoPro in the perfect position to get a killer shot for your blog. Common sense is your friend. Riding in a pack is usually slower than riding solo (unless you ride with Fritz), so for the experienced riders who might not be able to deal with that, feel free to bomb on ahead. If you’ve never ridden in a pack before, this article on Chop Cult is mandatory reading: How to ride in a pack.

Be respectful. This goes for the whole event, but especially for the campground. Jay and his crew are great hosts and have welcomed us with open arms. The camp has been in their family for generations. Don’t be a douche – have fun, get you’re wild and crazy on, but don’t disrespect the property.

What to bring. Whatever you need to get you through the night. Tent, sleeping bag, blow up doll, mexican blanket, you’re favorite teddy bear – whatever. It’s 1 night, we’re in the woods – it’s not complicated. I highly recommend some bug spray. We’ll have beer and food, if you want to bring a battery powered blender and put together some mix drinks, that’s on you. Campground has bathrooms, but otherwise is a pretty stripped down, back to basics deal. For the ride, bring the tools you need to keep yourself on the road, and watch the weather to see if you’re going to need rain gear. If you’ve got a gas tank that only gets you 10 miles, you might want to think about something to hold extra petrol, we’re not going to be stopping for gas that often. If you forget anything, don’t sweat it – there are major chain retailers along the way and not to far from camp, so you can pick up anything you need. We’re going to NH, not the outback.

The final itinerary for Saturday.
Saturday, July 30: Ride & Camp
Departure time: 11:30 am sharp
Jump-off point: Great Road Shopping Center on Rte 225 in Lexington, MA
Route Map: Greasebag Run Directions
Campground: Laconia White Birch Campground, 148 Bean Hill Rd, Belmont, NH
Camping Cost: $15 per person, free food and drink while supplies last, no reservations require

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Jump off point: The Great Road Shopping Center in Lexington, MA. It’s on Route 225W, take exit 31B off 128. It’s on the left hand side, there is a Friendly’s Ice Cream right before it. Look for the sign above. Pull in and meet us in the back of the parking lot. We’re leaving exactly at 11:30, so get here early, refuel, grab some grub and be ready to take off.

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In case you missed it, here is a link to the final run route: Greasebag Run Directions

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