Wednesday, September 24, 2014

OYSTER RUN: Weather Update!!!

33rd Annual Oyster Run
Sunday – September 28th
WEATHER FORECAST





High: 62°F


Forecast: Partly to Mostly Cloudy

Chance of Rain: 10%

Wind: SSW at 7 mph

Humidity: 81%

Sunrise: 7:06 AM


The Largest Motorcycle Run
In The Pacific Northwest!


Sunday - September 28, 2014
Anacortes, Washington
  

Sunday, September 21, 2014

33rd Annual Oyster Run: Anacotes WA Sept 28, 2014

33rd Annual Oyster Run

The Largest Motorcycle Run
In The Pacific Northwest!


Sunday - September 28, 2014
Anacortes, Washington
  
(OYSTER RUN IS ALWAYS THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF SEPTEMBER)

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Want to ride up with
The Wild Bunch?


You can reach us at -

This is a free event!
No time schedule!
No required route!
No official starting point!
Just get there!!


THIS YEAR’S EVENT FEATURES

Music By "The Unfaithful Servants"

The Seattle Cossacks Motorcycle Drill Team
Wild Bunch "Teddy" with the Seattle Cossacks

The Whidbey Island Rollergirls

Street Vendors

Entertainment

Food

&

The experience of beautiful downtown Anacortes!


Pick your own route or join us
AND
support Biker Friendly along the way!

This is a
"Ride at Your Own Risk”
FREE EVENT
~ So please ride responsibly and respectfully! ~

EVERYONE IS WELCOME
. . . . . BUT REMEMBER . . . .

You and your fellow riders
set the public’s image of
the entire biker community…

DON’T TARNISH IT!


TAKING THE FERRY?????

In April 2014, Washington State Ferries (WSF) implemented a change
in their reservations system.

Reservations are currently available to motorcycles on the
Port Townsend - Coupeville route
and
Anacortes - Sidney BC international route.

Motorcycles are no longer exempt from
WSF “No Show” reservation penalties.

In other words,
if you make a reservation,
and don’t show...
it will cost you!

Starting April 6, 2014 motorcycles are subject to a penalty similar to all other vehicles.  There is still no deposit or upfront payment, and the fare at the tollbooth is the same with or w/o a reservation.

The penalty applies to those making a reservation and not travelling on the day of their reservation.

WSF “No Show” Penalty Rates:
Port Townsend – Coupeville Route:  $4.00
Anacortes – Sidney BC Route:  $20.00
For more info, click on; http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/



Until next time -
"Pick a direction...

and ride!"



Wednesday, September 17, 2014

TFTD: Thought For The Day - 9/17/2014

"In a car you're always in a compartment, and because you're used to it you don't realize that through that car window everything you see is just more TV. You're a passive observer and it is all moving by you boringly in a frame.
 
On a cycle the frame is gone. You're completely in contact with it all. You're in the scene, not just watching it anymore, and the sense of presence is overwhelming."
 
— Robert M. Pirsig
(Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values)




"Pick a direction...
and ride!"

~ Sniper ~

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

2014 International Motorcycle Show

HEADS UP!

The dates have changed for the

And they are already advertising!
(Use discount code "IMS15STD" for $2 off on-line ticket purchases!)

The Progressive International Motorcycle Show will be in the Washington State Convention Center on November 21 - 23, 2014.

You can buy tickets on-line, but be sure to look for discount codes before buying.

So now it's time for the editorial:

For the past several years, we (the Wild Bunch) have, individually or as a group, been attending the IMS. And every year we say, "Never again!" But as the year comes to a close, and the advertising touts a "new and improved IMS", we give in and go. And to be quite honest with you, other than seeing Urban Custom Bikes' entries in last year's custom bike competition, the vendor area and displays have been ever more disappointing with each passing year. For all the hoopla and marketing, you can (quite realistically) see the same level of products and services at any motorcycle dealership, sports center or on-line.

Yes, it's great to meet up with other bikers, but not for the expense and trouble of attending an over-marketed event like this. And the discounts for tickets... they're laughable. As are the advertised "events" that take place during the IMS in Seattle.

You probably noticed the "STD" in the discount code we provided above. We can only assume it stands for "Standard" discount. And while other cities may enjoy the benefits of their local fair weather during this time of year (think Phoenix and Long Beach), someone on the IMS planning committee seems to be able to pick the rainiest days of December to convene a motorcycle event in Seattle. And then they find a way to split up the vendors and manufacturers (many of whom have told us the cost to attend is not worth the return on investment) across various venues throughout the facility.

The biggest complaints we hear actually come from the vendors!

 So unless you're riding your bike (in past years this was during the worst part of December), you can expect to pay the exorbitant parking fees commonly associated with Convention Center events. Oh, and let us not forget the pricey (read that as "overpriced and tasteless") food options available in the Convention Center.

In summary, if you haven't gone before, try it once (just so you can say you've done it); but also to be able to judge for yourself the value in going.

As for the rest of us, we'll find something else to do that weekend... like ride!

(The opinions expressed above are a compilation of the author's notes from prior year IMS events and comments from attending Wild Bunch riders. Please use your own judgement in determining the benefit and value of attending any event.)




Saturday, August 23, 2014

Labor Day Weekend Ride - Saturday 8/30/2014

LABOR DAY WEEKEND

WHY WORK WHEN YOU CAN RIDE?

Well...
the weather on Saturday and Sunday
turned out to be iffy in some parts of WA.

But that didn't keep local riders
from getting in one more ride
before the "dry" season ends!

Monday was gorgeous!

Was that you I saw on WA's
back roads and byways?

There are still plenty of opportunities
to sneak in one more ride!

Keep an eye on the weather...

And let us know where
YOU want to go!


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Sunday, August 17, 2014

TINA'S RIDE: August 16 - Cruise Cle Elum


TINA'S RIDE
Saturday, August 16, 2014

WE DID IT...

Rode over to Cle Elum WA



for the
18th Annual



With a stop off in North Bend for breakfast at


No - we didn't have any "Twin Peaks" cherry pie,
but we did have a great breakfast and terrific service!!!
























Oh... and on the way home,
we did stop at




2014 Tina's Ride Attendees from Lt to Rt:
Arvel (Wild Bunch Co-founder), Robert, Joker & Gypsy
Sniper (Wild Bunch Co-founder), Tina, Mikel Ann & Scott

So a big
THANK YOU
 to all that rode / drive / attended!

See you next year?

Until then -

"Pick a direction...
                                       and ride!"

~ Sniper ~

"Lil' Willy"
1954 Willys Aero Ace DeLuxe



Sunday, August 10, 2014

REMINDER & FINE PRINT!

JUST A REMINDER

The Wild Bunch strongly encourages you to
promote and support your local rider groups and clubs
in serving our community.

Through our actions,
we can change the community's image of motorcyclists
and
build respect for our place in the community.


THE FINE PRINT

The Wild Bunch is a non-affiliated rider’s group, not a club.

Wild Bunch coordinated events are designated gang/club neutral.

Riders participating in Wild Bunch events must be licensed to operate their respective vehicles and observant of all applicable laws and regulations.

Riders participating in Wild Bunch coordinated events

do so at their own risk.


~ Sniper ~