Friday, July 24, 2015

East Tenn Ride for Kids - Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation



One of the best charity rides you can help support, the East Tennessee "Ride for Kids" supports the Pediatric Brain Tumor Association is this Sunday, July 26th, 2015, at the Oak Ridge Civic Center, 1403 Oak Ridge Highway. Note this is a different location from previous years when it started out of the Pellissippi State campus.
This is the 32year for the Ride for Kids, and it has grown to 37 different rides across the country.The ride registration opens at 8:00am, and closes at 9:30am. A $40 donation is requested. Kickstands up at 10:00 for the guided, police escorted ride, Rain or Shine! All participants get a free lunch, and are eligible for the drawing for a Honda motorcycle. Come out to support a great cause!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Haulin for Holly - Post Ride Update

 The Haulin for Holly fundraiser ride wasn't hurt at all by the reschedule due to weather. 65 riders and a total of over 100 people showed up for the event. The set of Tires that was donated by Cycleblend and raffled off raised $385 (we added $ 15 to make it an even $400).
All total $3,200 was raised by the generosity of East Tennessee Dirt bike riders.. Here are few pictures from the event.
 The start of the tag team Hare Scrambles
 Riders going through the grass track section of the course.
The pit area, and guys waiting for their partner to come around.
Rider in the tight woods section
Teammates swapping the wrist band between laps, while others wait on their guy to come through.
 
 

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Haulin' for Holly Hare Scrambles / Cancer Fundraiser MOVED TO JULY 11th

UPDATE: DUE TO WEATHER CONCERNS THE HAULIN' FOR HOLLY RIDE HAS BEEN MOVED TO THE RAIN DATE - SATURDAY JULY 11th

Saturday, June 27th JULY 11th is the Annual "Haulin' for Holly" 2 hour tag team hare scramble and fun ride at the Lewis family farm in Loudon TN. This event gets bigger every year and is the third leading fund raiser for the  Penny F Garrett Sarcoma Foundation. 100% of all money raised will be presented at the Annual Creeper Ride to End Cancer, which in turn donates it to the MD Anderson Cancer Research Center for Rare Cancers.


The format is this. All riders names go into a hat, so you don't know who your partner will be. There will also be classes for Parent / Child teams, and an Iron Butt class for anyone who wants to ride the 2 hour race on their own. After the tag team race lunch will be served, and anyone who wishes can ride the trails at a more leisurely pace. So if you don't want to race, just ride, that's cool too. 

The cost is a $25 donation, and there is a $5 donation for each person to cover lunch (Everyone eats!).Trails are open til 6:00pm for fun riding.

Location: 1839 Dogwood Valley Road, Loudon TN 37774. Signup starts a 7:00, Race Starts at 9:00. For more info email: Steve Lewis at  llewis3066@aol.com

Cycleblend.com will be donating a new set of Bridgestone  Off-Road Tires (M-59 front / M204 Rear)to be raffled off, with all of the proceeds donated to the ride. $5 per chance, and buy as many as you want!


This is really a fun event for everyone, and a fundraiser where you can be assured all the money raised is going to the cause. Hope to see you there!

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Indian Motorcycle Test Rides this weekend @ Knoxville Indian



This Friday, Saturday and Sunday (19/30/31) there is one of the rarest of all occurances, free test rides on brand new Motorcycles! Knoxville Indian / Victory /Triumph (I think that is the official name) which is now located in the former Knoxville Honda / Yamaha building, has demo rides going all three days. The fleet includes every Indian model. Can't beat that!


I snuck out at lunch Friday and rode the new Scout. There is a very good chance I could end up with one of these someday. The 100 hp V-Twin is more Ducati like than Harley, and finally someone built a sport cruiser that doesn't weigh 600 lbs. Handling of the large front tire was something I wondered about, but it turns out to be very stable and balanced. It's just a nice riding bike.
Anyway, get by and check them out. Its a great opportunity. 

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

AMA Pro Hillclimb Saturday May 30th Rain or Shine!

I've always wanted to see the top level motorcycle racers of every form. I've been able to catch Moto GP, Mile Flat Track, AMA Superbike, and World Trials, but until now I've never had the opportunity to see an AMA Pro Hill Climb. They just don't have them in this area.  However, This Saturday there will be an AMA Pro Hillclimb at Buffalo Valley, just North of Cookeville TN.  Admission is $20, and kids under 12 are free. Its being held at Middle Tennessee Dragway (how ironic a Hillclimb is being held at a Dragway!) There are also dirt drag races for 10 different classes. 
Gates open at 8:00am CST. Dirt Drag Racing goes from 9:00am till 12:00, and the Hillclimb goes from 12:00 till 3:00
Location: Middle Tn Dragway - 680 Rock Springs Road, Buffalo Valley TN 38548
Directions: I-40 to exit 268, go north 1 mile, Turn Right on Rock Springs Road. Info-Gary at 931-260-9509

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Coal Creek Dual Sport Ride at Windrock Park- June 13-14

This is the second year of this event which once again heads out of the Windrock Park Campground, just outside of Oliver Springs, TN. Saturday's route has over 100 miles of riding, and Sunday's route has 70 miles. There are optional "Advanced" routes on both days, but be warned, the advanced sections are really for smaller dirt bikes with full knobbies. Unlike many Dual Sport Rides, this one is mostly trail. A route sheet holder (AKA Roll Chart) is a necessity for this ride. GPS coordinates are not provided. The cost is $100 for both days, and $55 for one day. For more info email jbsaki@gmail.com or call John Strange at 865-322-0193. You can also look up Slate Creek Motorsports on Facebook

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Smoky Mountain Crawl - Townsend Tenn. June 19-21


For 3 days in June, the 19th, 20th, and 21st there will be a large gathering of scooter and small bike enthusiast at the Tremont Lodge in Townsend Tenn., The Smoky Mountain Crawl! I've never met any of these folks, but looking at the videos they have posted on their website this looks like an incredibly fun group to be associated with.
The Smoky Mountain Crawl is marketed as a "Rukus, Grom, and Slow Bike Extravaganza" Does that sound like fun or what? (If you don't know what a Rukus or Grom is, shame on you, plug the names into your google machine) There is going to be a large group of specialty suppliers and vendors for small bikes on hand, and lots of giveaways. It should be a big time (pun intended) . The home website is www.MNNTHBX.com
Check out their promo video at :  https://vimeo.com/125959403