Slimey Crud Motorcycle Gang Café Racer | 2016 Dates
No riding season may ever be complete without participating in the twice-yearly Slimey Crud Motorcycle Gang Café Racer Run that rolls on the first Sundays in May and October. This year, the Sunday dates are May 1st and October 1st, so mark your calendar.
If you don’t get a chance to attend Sturgis, Daytona Bike Week, the Laughlin River Run, or other such events this summer, then maybe the Slimey Crud Run will be the one that fits your calendar. On the other hand, even if you do get to do all of those events this season, you may want to add the Crud Run to your plans.Set in southern Wisconsin on some of the best motorcycling terrain and back roads in the country, the Crud Run starts in Pine Bluff, Wis. – a few miles outside Madison – and ends up in Leland, Wis. How you get to Leland from Pine Bluff is entirely up to you; there is no specified route, no “road captains” to follow around, no event agenda, and no entry fee. Freelance to your heart’s content and get lost cruising the broad Lower Wisconsin Riverway; it’s all good.It’s a great “run whatcha brung” event, where no brand or type of bike is favored. You name it, you may well see it there—adventure bikes, cruisers, choppers, street fighters, standards, classics, rat bikes, sport bikes, trikes, sidehacks, bobbers, customs, dirt bikes, scooters, mopeds—and, of course café racers.For a look back at some of the past Crud Run events we’ve covered, check out:Top 10 bikes of the Slimey Crud Café Racer Run-Fall 20142014 Spring Slimey Crud Run RecapSlimey Crud Café Racer Run Rocks Southern WisconsinFor a great look at the Slimey Cruds themselves and the history of the event, the documentary DVD “American Café” is just the ticket. Check out our American Cafe review.See you there!
This week we ride two genre-departing motorcycles from the established American manufacturers. Jess McKinley gives us his thoughts on the all new Harley-Davidson Pan America Special, and Ron Lieback gives his on Indian’s latest version of the FTR 1200 S.