Swag 2011

Swag Attack: Spectro Oils

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Part of organizing the Greasebag is reaching out to companies that I have never talked to before, i.e. the cold call. Most of the time, I don’t get a response – I can’t say I blame them, they don’t know me or the greasebag, so in many cases it’s a leap of faith for them. But every once in a while, they step up and jump in to help us out. Spectro Oils is one of those guys and boy did they step up to the plate. I’m always surprised and stoked when this happens, but with Spectro I should have known they would be there to help us out. They’ve been supporting grass roots events, small shops and the chopper community all over. The giving back to community is what makes them extra special in my book, but it’s the quality of their product that makes them my choice for my personal needs. I’m not going to get into the whole oil debate here, but I’ve been using their 20/50 in my bikes for the past few years and I couldn’t be happier with it. I also use their tranny and primary fluid and it’s all top notch in my book. High quality product + continual support of our community makes me a loyal customer for life.

So what did they send? How about 2 full cases of 20/50 oil, plus at least 100 of those beer coozies (they’ll come in handy at the Saturday night camp out), plus a ton of stickers and full size banners. Absolutely brilliant. If you’ve never tried out their products before, head up to the greasebag and you’ll have a chance to bring some of it home with you.

Many thanks to these guys for supporting us and giving back.
Make sure to check them out at http://www.spectro-oils.com/ or at your local purveyor of fine motorcycle goods.

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Help Spread the Word

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The Greasebag is soon approach and we could really use your help spreading the word. If you have a blog, website, twitter feed, facebook page or whatever, help us get the word out. It’s not about the vendors or raffles or hijinks that make an event (but they help), it’s about the people who show up. The more the merrier, tell the folks at your local bike shop or tattoo parlor. Hell, tell the local hot rod guys too, while it’s a bike event, we like seeing classic hot rods just as much as the next guy.

Here’s some things you can do to help out:
Copy the image above and post it on your blog along with a link to greasebag.com

Invite your facebook friends to the event. We have an official event page and everyone is invited: Official Greasebag Facebook Event

Post the flyer to your facebook page and tell your friends to come party with us.

Start a thread on your favorite message board, post the flyer and let people know about it. We have threads on the Jockey Journal and Chop Cult, but there are so many forums out there we couldn’t possibly get to them all. This would be huge, if you can help us with this, it would go a long way (just don’t spam the boards).

Get your local hoodlums together for a mini group ride out to the meet up spots.

Post a link to greasebag.com on your twitter feed and tell people to come out and hang.

Post one of the banner links from below in the sidebar or header of your blog or website and link them back to greasebag.com (for banners 2 and 3, click the image for the full size).

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You don’t have to be local to help out, you don’t have to actually make it to the event to help out (although we’d love to see you there, we realize flying in from L.A., Machu Picchu or Bali might not be realistic). If you support grass roots events geared towards us not them (you know exactly what I mean) then help us get the word and make this the rippenest underground chopper event the New England has ever seen. If you dig all the free tech we post to Knucklebuster, help us out with getting the word out. If not for us, then do it for all the sweet chopper pics that will be posted to your favorite blogs afterwords.

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Swag Attack: Acme Choppers

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Let’s start this week off with a bang shall we. I rolled up to Acme Choppers a week ago for the abomination that has become bike week; mostly to see the guys at Acme and pass out some flyers. While I was at the shop checking out all the new projects in process, Wayne says “Let me get you some stuff to give away at the Greasebag.” I’m stoked of course. The crew at Acme have been generously donating the real estate to make the greasebag happen since day one, to say nothing the additional help they throw in getting ready for the show and the set up on the day of. In my view, they already go above and beyond to help us pull it off, the fact that they’re doing more just goes to show their dedication to making cool shit happen in New England for the 2-wheel, moto obsessed. So Wayne goes into the back room, and I figure he’s gonna grab a couple of shirts or something and call it a day. Next thing I know, he’s rolling out with a huge Rubbermaid container, filled to the brim with apparel. But it’s not just a whole new wardrobe in their, he also throws in one of their gorgeous aluminum oil tanks and a set of their BMX grips. What else can you say but wow. The stuff is absolutely awesome, and the oil tank is one of those things I get that make me say “I can’t believe I’m going to give this away.” Some lucky bastard is going to walk home with it.

Acme rules, but you guys should know that by now. The stuff they make is at the absolute top of the ladder when it comes to quality, function and design. These guys are perfectionist and it shows in their work. One look at the frames or springers they make shows how much precision and attention to detail they pour into every piece that leaves their shop. When you want the absolute best stuff available, these are one of the guys you call.

Check them out at acmechoppers.net or call them directly 603-524-2263
If you want to learn more about the shop, check out the article on Chop Cult

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Swag Attack: Griots Garage & Chaose Cycles

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I’ve told you how ridiculous the Greasebag raffle is. Those of you who have attended before know that the volume of stuff we give away is epic. This year is turning out no different, my dining room is already piled high with goodies to give away, wait until you see some of the stuff I’m going to be posting next week. Look at the list of sponsor logos to the left, all those guys have stepped up big time and I’m always humbled by their generosity. The great thing is that every year, new sponsors step up to chip in, both of these guys are new to the Greasebag this year and I’m stoked to have them.

Griot’s Garage makes and sells volumes of goodies for the garage rat. Everything from tools to maintenance products. They’ve sent us a whole bunch of their high quality cleaning products to give away. Hey, even us dirtbags need to scrape the mud of every once in a while. With the frequency that we all clean our bikes, this stuff could last a lifetime.

Check them out at: http://www.griotsgarage.com/

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Chaos Cycles is one of the fine purveyors of New York custom motorbikes. I’ve featured their builds on knucklebuster going back to year 1 and George is a awesome guy who keeps upping his game. We’ve got a bunch of apparel from them to throw into the mix, and with any luck we’ll convince the CC crew to come out and party with us.

Check them out at: http://chaoscycle.com/

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Swag Attack: Sideburn Magazine

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How awesome is this – one of the absolute best moto magazines on the scene today has donated a whole stack of issues to give out at the greasebag. If you’re not familiar with Sideburn, you need to poke your head out of the ditch and click on over to their site to check them out. The very best of trackers (dirt, flat, street, board, etc..) and chock full of style and class. Their tagline of “the world’s best go fast, turn left magazine” is no joke. It is, hands down. I’ve got 3 stacks of 4 issues to hand out at the greasebag, plus a bunch of cool stickers to go with it. Go check them out, order some issues and dig into their blog, which is also top notch.

Website: http://www.sideburnmagazine.com
Blog: http://www.sideburnmag.blogspot.com/

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Greasebag Ride & Camp, Saturday July 30

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It’s taken longer than I wanted to finalize this info, but it’s finally all settled and I can now release it to the hoards.

The Saturday ride is going to leave out of Lexington, MA and 120 miles of back roads later we’ll end up at the Laconia White Birch Campground in Belmont, NH. For those of you who camped out at the 2009 Greasebag, it’s the same spot. The crew that owns the place is top notch and welcomed us back this year with open arms. The campground is a back-to-basics, middle of the woods deal, but it’s easy to get to get back into civilization. It’s maybe 5-10 minutes from downtown Laconia, and it’s a straight shot from the campground to the show at Acme Choppers on Sunday. A camp spot is going to run $15 per person, plus you’ll be able to eat and drink for FREE thanks to our sponsors at Biltwell, Chop Shop Cycles, Kickstart Cycle Supply and Chop Cult. It goes with out saying that those guys rule. No reservations are needed to secure a camp spot, just show up and you should be all set, we’ve got plenty of room.

Ride Info
We’re going to meet up in the parking lot of the Great Road Shopping Center on Rte 225W in Lexington, MA. Take exit 31B off of Rte 128 and follow 225W down to the shopping plaza. You can’t miss it, look for Friendly’s Ice Cream and Staples, and take a left into the plaza at the light. There are plenty of gas stations and restaurants around, so everything you need to shake off the hang over from the Dice party and shove off is there. Speaking of shoving off – departure time is 11:30 sharp. If you want to ride with us, be there before then, at 11:31 we’ll be gone. You are of course free to find your own road to the campground; I’m guessing we’ll arrive there around 4:30 after gas and food stops.

As for the actual route, 225 is one of my favorite roads in MA, after getting by a bit of stop & go in town, it opens up nicely – you’re gonna dig it. There might be some changes to the actual route at the tail end of the run when I do the final pre-run. When I last road the route a few weeks back, some of the roads in NH were pretty torn up from the winter, especially if you’re riding a rigid chop. I’m going to pre-run the route one final time a week before the actual run, if the roads are still shit, we’ll divert to more friendly asphalt.

Here’s a link to the actual turn-by-turn directions of the run as it stands now: Greasebag Run Route

One last thing – we’ll have some basic tools with us for roadside repairs, but no chase trucks with trailers to haul you home if you’re engine blows up. As always, if your bike is prone shrapnel oil explosions, be prepared with what you need to get it back on the road or a cell phone to call someone to pick you up. We’ll make every effort within reason to keep folks on the road, but we’re not going to hold up the pack for half a day.

More camping info:
We’re only camping one night, so this should be pretty simple, bring what you need for the night/next day, which I would imagine to be minimal. One thing I would highly suggest packing is some bug spray, we’re in the middle of the woods, those fuckers will eat you alive. The campground has proper bathrooms and showers should you need them; we’ll have firewood, food and beer. If your adult beverage preference is more exotic than beer, that’s on you. If you want to make smores by the campfire, ask McGoo for some pointers and bring your own chocolate. If you need a lazy boy and HD widescreen satellite TV to really enjoy the experience, please don’t come.

This last bit should go with out saying, but I’m going to say it anyway. Regardless of everything else, we’re going to have a killer time – we’ll eat, drink, get stupid, be loud, rowdy and pass out in the dirt. We’ll do all of this while being respectful to the campgrounds. This is a family run business that has been in operation for generations. They are great people who have opened their arms up to us and let us stay loud and rowdy till the wee hours of the morning (they even came down and partied with us last time we were there). Don’t be a fucktard.

So let’s recap the essentials:

Ride info:
11:30 departure from Great Road Shopping Center
Rte 225W in Lexington, MA
Exit 31B off Rte 128

Link to run route: Greasebag Run Route

Camp Info
Laconia White Birch Campground, 148 Bean Hill Rd, Belmont, NH
$15 per person
Free food, free drink
No reservations needed

Get stoked.

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Greasebag Sponsor: BikeExif.com

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BikeExif.com is easily one of my top 5 motorcycle sites. These guys elevated the quality of bike blogs by leaps and bounds with their focus on quality photography and well written articles, and they’re pumping it out on almost a daily basis. I also really dig that they don’t focus on one singular type of bike style. You’ll find everything from cafe racers to vintage iron to sportbikes and even choppers. For someone like me, who’s outlook is rooted in the chopper / vintage bike scene, it provides a great viewpoint into some of the best bikes being done in other styles. I love pretty much all things 2-wheeled, regardless of what clique it might be popular with so BikeExif is a daily stop when I’m pointing and clicking around the ‘net.

I’m stoked that these guys have signed on to be one of the Trophy Sponsors for the Greasebag. Having their support means a ton, even more so because they’re based in Australia. Just goes to show that the people who give to and support this community we are all are a part of are not constricted by international borders. I will continue to harp on this point because it’s one of the main reasons the Greasebag exists – it’s about our community coming together to celebrate what we love, it’s about making shit happen without concern for profit margins or marketing strategies, it’s all about getting together and having a damn good time.

If BikeExif is not one of your daily clicks, it should be. Check them out at http://www.bikeexif.com/

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Greasebag 2011

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Friday, July 29:
Dice Magazine Pre-Party
The Baseball Tavern, 1270 Boylston Street, Boston, MA
Bikes, Bands, Booze, Babes, Boston. In conjunction with the Rippin’est Town Rally.

Saturday, July 30
Ride the back roads from MA to NH.
Camp in the woods. Eat and drink for free. Cause a ruckus.
Sponsored by Biltwell, Chop Shop Cycles, Kickstart Cycle Supply and ChopCult.com

Sunday, July 31
Party. Bike Show. Swap Meet.
Food, music, beer, give aways, prizes.
Acme Choppers, 14 Lexington Dr, Laconia NH

Swag 2011

Swag Attack: Eastern Fabrications & Heyltje Rose

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Eastern Fabrications and Heyltje Rose have been with us since day one and their support has always meant a great deal to me. I’ve written about Lock in the past and how I dig on the perspective and creativity he brings to the motorcycle world. Heyltje is brings her innovative style and artistic vision to the leather working game, creating one-of-a-kind seats, bags and jewlery amongst other things. They’ve graciously donated a whole bunch of shirts to the swag raffle along with sponsoring one of our trophies. Sadly, this will be the first year in Greasebag history that they won’t be with us in person, but certainly in spirit.

Check out the killer work both of these guys do here:
Eastern Fabrications: http://www.easternfabrications.com/
Heyltje Rose: www.heyltjerose.com

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Swag Attack: LC Fabrications

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Jeremy at LC Fabrications steps up again with this huge back of goodies to give away at the Greasebag. Tons of builder parts carb caps, tach drive eliminators, oil caps and more. Plus a whole mess of t-shirts and stickers. For those of you who don’t know, Jeremey’s parts are super high quality, made in the USA stuff. His pedigree as a world championship bike builder passes straight through to the stuff he makes for the garage builder. Awesome stuff, and I’m super stoked to have him helping us again this year.

Make sure to check out his full product line and the killer bikes he’s built at:
http://www.lcfabrications.com/

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