Thursday, November 20, 2014

2014 International Motorcycle Show


The dates have changed for the

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.)
"Pick a direction... and ride!"

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

A free event!
Open to all!
No time schedule!
No required route!
No official starting point!
Just get there!!


Music By "The Unfaithful Servants"

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

The Whidbey Island Rollergirls

~ Please ride responsibly and respectfully! ~

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


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 ~

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Labor Day Weekend Ride - Saturday 8/30/2014



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

Saturday, August 16, 2014


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
 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



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
build respect for our place in the community.


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 ~

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Hell Yeah Hell's Canyon 2014; June 10-13

July 10 -13, 2014
Baker City, OR

HELL'S Canyon?

At the dam - 115 in the canyon!

Hell's Canyon 2014 - just outside Baker City OR,
is very appropriately named.
With temperatures ranging from the high 90's
(read that as "very high" 90's),
to well over 100 (think 115)...
it was a SCORCHER!

But, despite delays on I-90 heading down
(3 hour construction and accident delay)
and SR-410 coming back
(construction... and another 3 hour delay)
 the group (Joker, Gypsy, Sniper & the Mrs.)
made it there and back safely!

Joker and Gypsy on the road at HCMR!

So - for those that haven't heard, the Hell's Canyon Motorcycle Rally (HCMR) is an annual event held in Baker City, OR. People from all across the United State (and Canada too - a!) come to fry and bake in the unbearable sun. OK - I made that last part up. According to Joker, this was an unusually hot summer and the past 4 or five HCMR events (with the exception of one rain storm) have all had wonderfully pleasant summer weather. (Yup - 100+ this year! The year I just happen to bring the Mrs!)

One of our favorite Snapshot locations... Annie's Cafe!
Good food. Great service. Incredible people!
Rather than explain the whole concept of heading to Baker City to take an assortment of rides in and around the area, over the 4 or 5 days of the event, and spending time with an "interesting" assortment of riders of all types, I'll just let you follow any of the links I've embedded to the HCMR website. But suffice it to say that it's a blast touring along rides like "The Little Dragon" (188 corners in 14 miles) or the "Tamarack Trail" (53 miles of "peg grinding fun"). There's also the the "Lucky Hwy 7", Owyhee Dam, "The Devil’s Tail", Hell's Canyon Dam, and "Road Rash Pass"! The idea is that you tour each of these rides and get a pin for taking a snapshot of yourself at predefined locations along the routes.

Had a great time and got to spend time with friends.

Will we do it again next year?

We'll have to wait and see!

THE PINS! Whoooo Hoooo!

You have to "earn" the pins by riding the routes!

The routes are independent rides -
in some cases, with a couple dozen of your closest friends...
whom you've never met before!
The routes present you with scenery ranging from
scorching desert canyons to snow-covered mountains -
But the best part is just meeting up with friends -
old and new!