The start point for today’s Back Forty Enduro is the corner of Rocky Point Road and Highway 30, just NW of Portland.  There’s a small gravelled wide spot in the road right after you leave Highway 30 – look for the SFRC pop-up canopy. 
A reminder:  for Maximum Fun don’t bother with the maps or GPS, just ride out 30 until you hit Rocky Point.
We’ll have coffee and donuts waiting for you!  A reminder that the ride is FREE (though we’ll have a donation can set up if you feel like kicking in a few bucks).  Food starts at 9 a.m., with riders’ meeting and launch at 10 a.m.
NO LONE RIDERS, since there’s no chase truck; either bring some friends or be prepared to make some at the ride start.
If you’re trailering or trucking a bike to the launch, there’s not enough space there for your truck.  However, on the north side of Highway 30, less than a mile east of Rocky Point Road, there’s a truck weigh station with a giant gravel lot on its west end.  We don’t know if you’re OK to park there, but it’s a giant lot and always nearly empty.  It is at the sign for the Rocky Point Marina.  (Pro Tip:  avoid the doubt and just ride your motorcycle to the start point!)

Miller success!!

Jared and Andrew made it down to Miller this year for the AHRMA races.  Both brought home some trophies:  Jared earning a 2nd and 3rd in 250GP, Andrew a 3rd in Sounds of Thunder 2.

Great work gentlemen!!!



OMRRA Vintage Daze

Vintage Day for the Oregon Motorcycle Road Racing Association is coming up soon!

Head to Portland International Raceway on SUNDAY, 16 August, for great Vintage (and modern!) road racing.
In addition to vintage racing (including dead-engine Le Mans and GP starts), there’s plenty of other good stuff going on that day:
- Parade laps at lunchtime (bring your bike!)
- Motorcycle Field Games, courtesy of the Flying 15 (bring your bike!) – 1 p.m. on
- Swap meet, courtesy of the Cretins (bring your stuff!) – 9 a.m. on
- Vintage bike show, courtesy of Oregon Vintage Motorcyclists (bring your bike!) – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Ride your bike up to the track and join in the fun!  The vintage racing begins just past 10 a.m.; full schedule here.  Please note the time for track crossings.  (Due to new management at PIR all Vintage Day activities will take place inside the track.)
Better yet, head out to the track on Saturday night and camp out with us!
$10/day to get in the gate at PIR.  $2 off coupon here.
More details to follow, but SEE YOU THERE!  If you’re interested in joining in the fun (field games / swap meet / bike show / etc.) please drop a line to

What the …??? Schedule change!

Please note that we have moved this year’s two-stroke ride FROM Saturday, September 26th TO Saturday, October 3rd.

Sorry for the inconvenience, but now you have another week to get the jetting just right!



Goldrush Ride 2015



You don’t want to miss this: the annual SFRC Goldrush Ride

Featuring: the best roads in the state, weird bars, ghost towns, swimming holes, fireworks, dredge crawling, you know the drill.

When: Saturday-Monday, July 11-13.

Where: Meet at the Huckleberry Inn in Gov’t Camp on Saturday morning. Ride departs Government Camp at 10am.

A few more details:

We’re working on lining up a camping spot in Sumpter. We’ll be staying in Sumpter both Saturday and Sunday nights, with a day ride on Sunday. If you don’t want to camp, call *soon* to book a bed at the Stockade (541-894-2360), the Depot Inn (541-894-2522), or any of the area cabins or B&Bs.

The Elkhorn is doing a ribeye dinner on Saturday night, and there will be a pancake breakfast Sunday morning.

“Maps free, camaraderie free, donations welcome, speeding ticket pay as you go.”

Six Hours has passed …

Thanks to all the participants and volunteers who made the Six Hours of McMinnville possible, especially Oregon Superbikers.  Check out Bob Edwards’ photo gallery here.  Thanks for shooting, Bob!

Let’s do this again sometime!



Photos by Bob Edwards, Oregon Superbikers, and Colleen Miles.

Official lap counts:

  • Hot and Hazardous:  397
  • Chili Caliente Rojo:  364
  • Mao ‘Em Down:  355
  • The Progrommers:  347
  • Cretins Racing:  338
  • Team Flying Pizza:  333
  • Team of Champions:  332
  • Team Sharky:  246
  • Team XL-ERATE:  210
  • Team Jim and Travis:  125

Final standings, modern (1st, 2nd, 3rd):

  1. Hot and Hazardous
  2. Chili Caliente Rojo
  3. The Progrommers

Final standings, vintage:

  1. Mao ‘Em Down
  2. Cretins racing
  3. Team Flying Pizza

Final standings, overall:

  1. Hot and Hazardous
  2. Chili Caliente Rojo
  3. Mao ‘Em Down


Six Hours update

The Six Hours of McMinnville Endurance Race kicks off the morning of Sunday, 14 June.

Come on down and check out some of the action!  $10 at the gate, Yamhill county fairgrounds:  2770 NE Lafayette Ave, Mcminnville, OR 97128.


If you’re interested in racing, there’s still a grid spot open!  $275 per team, details (including signup details) here:

Open practice on Saturday the 13th – all the laps you can turn for $50!  Visit the Oregon Superbikers link (below) for details.

Thanks to Oregon Superbikers and the Portland Karting Association for partnering with us on this event.




Spring Opener – Sunday, May 24th!

Imatra3Let’s Ride! This Sunday, May 24th, meet at 633 N Tillamook St at 9:00 for pancakes & coffee! This is a free ride, maps will be available at the start. Figure on approximately 200 sweet scenic miles! See you there!

While this is a street ride, don’t be scared if there are brief gravel sections connecting the smooth bits.



HELP NEEDED – Let’s get SB694 through the house!

SB694 passed the Oregon Senate last Thursday, so we are halfway there!  It now must pass the House of Representatives.

We are heading to Salem this week and next week to join forces with other organizers ofSB694 and meet face-to-face with members of the House (contact us if you’d like to come help).  There are many more Representatives to educate about the bill than there were Senators.  BUT we know that when Representatives have already heard support from their constituents for SB694, they are much more likely to support it.  We learned in the Senate that constituent lobbying REALLY has an impact!

So, please, call and email your Representative to express your support for SB694.  To help pave the way for our meetings in Salem, it will be most effective if you do it no later than May 4th!  Here’s how:

1.  Find your Representative here:  (Be sure to click on the “House” tab, not Senate)

2.  Call and email your Representative.  Below is a sample script/email.  (Thanks to Mike F. and Christopher S. for their work on it!)  But, as always, it’s most effective if you put it in your own words.  And even more effective if you also call to express your support.

Representative <<NAME HERE>>

Oregon House of Representatives

Salem, OR 97310

<<DATE HERE>>, 2015

Representative <<NAME HERE>>:

As a motorcycle rider and automobile driver in Oregon I support Senate Bill 694.  As a constituent of your district, I ask that you please vote “aye” on the bill.  Your “aye” vote will help Oregon reduce traffic congestion, increase motorcycle safety, and lower fossil fuel consumption in the state.

The bill would allow motorcycles and scooters to filter between lanes of traffic when traffic is stopped or going 10 mph or less and the motorcycle could only travel at a speed of 20 mph or less (i.e. school zone speed).  The bill only applies to freeways and highways with posted speeds of 50 mph or more.  The bill is timely given both the congestion problems facing our state, and Governor Brown’s transportation initiatives.

SB 694 passed the Oregon Senate on 23 April by a bipartisan 18-10-2 vote.  It also received a 5-0 “do pass” recommendation out of the bipartisan Senate Committee on the Judiciary.  Motorcyclists throughout the state strongly support the bill, as shown by the statements recorded here:

For additional information, please see recent coverage from The Oregonian’s Joseph Rose on the bill (the story includes a poll indicating a solid majority supports the bill):

I hope you find this information useful and again I ask for your support of this bill:  please vote “aye” on SB694.  I also ask that you please respond to this letter with your position on SB694 and motorcycle lane filtering.


OMRRA Round 1

Let’s do it again today! Get over to PIR for a full day of OMRRA racing.  Ten bucks gets you in the gate – stop by the SFRC pits and say hello!

SFRC had a pretty good first day of roadracing.

SFRC had a pretty good first day of roadracing.

Six Hours of McMinnville Endurance Race

RACE DATE:  Sunday, 14 June
6-hour endurance race.  3 hours each direction.  No break between direction changes; once all the riders are in the hot pits we will ‘restart’ in the other direction.Teams will be placed according to the number of laps completed.  First place goes to the team that completes the most laps, etc.Track is the McMinnville Karting track; 14 corners, 6/10 of a mile:

Tentative day schedule
Registration and tech inspection:  8 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Mandatory rider’s meeting:  9 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Practice and tech inspection:  9:20 – 10 a.m.
Race:  10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Awards:  5:15 p.m.

Minimum team size:  1 person.  Maximum team size:  3 people.

There will be six teams per class.  Both classes will race at the same time (12 bikes on-track at the same time) but each class will be scored separately.


The cost is $175 per team, plus a $100 down payment to reserve your grid position.  Total cost per team:  $275.

Teams may camp at the track the night before, at a cost of $25 per pit.  (Pro tip:  get to know your neighbors and create a ‘mega-pit’)

No gate fee for racers.  Gate fee for non-racers is $10.


Modern Smallbore:  Maximum displacement of 250cc, two-stroke or four-stroke, any year.

Vintage:  Maximum displacement of 500cc, two-stroke or four-stroke, up to and including 1980 models.


There will be trained medical personnel on-site during the race.  There will not be an ambulance on-site unless one is called by the medical team.  Corner-workers will be on-site.

Scoring (i.e. counting laps) will likely occur with transponders.  We’re working on this detail; most likely you’ll be issued a transponder for use, free of charge.  Details to follow.

The snack shack will be operational during the race.  There may be other on-site food options – details TBD.

SFRC will provide a MIG welder, air compressor, and other specialty tools for general use.  Don’t assume we’ll have what you need, though!  Please bring your own tools and spares.


Bikes must be show workmanlike construction.  Tech requirements for specific bike types to follow, but are in general more slightly less stringent than most road-racing tech requirements.  Bellypans are NOT required.

Gear requirements to follow, but full-face helmets, over-the-ankle boots, gauntlet gloves, and full leathers or textile gear required.  Leathers or textiles may be two-piece.  Back protectors are strongly recommended.

Bikes must be capable of setting lap times consistent with competitors’ machines – please contact us if you have questions about your bike’s eligibility.  (Rule of thumb:  no mopeds, step-throughs, etc.)

Teams must have fire extinguisher present in pit.

A race license is not required.

Crashed machines must undergo a technical inspection before reentering the race.

Additional rule details will be forwarded to participating teams.


Available spots will be given to teams on a first-come, first-serve basis.  A $100 down payment is required to secure your team’s position on the grid, with the balance due on race day.  To check availability or start the reservation process please contact Patrick Leyshock at:


Oregon Lane-Share-share!

Here’s something serious! 

Imagine being able to legally, SAFELY and smoothly make your way through the traffic-jam that is forming from San Diego to Seattle!

Not only is the Washington Legislature working on a bill right now–but there are currently two bills working there way through the Oregon Senate Judiciary Committee related to lane filtering for motorcycles and scooters! Please take a moment to to some light slacktavism and let our lawmakers know how you feel on this matter. Take a moment to cut and paste the following letter into emails to the sponsor of SB694, Senator Kruse (Sen.JeffKruse@state.or.usand the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Senator Prozanski (

Senator <<NAME HERE>>
Oregon House of Representatives
Salem, Or 97310

March <<DATE HERE>>, 2015

Senator <<NAME HERE>>:

As a motorcycle rider and automobile driver in Oregon I support both SB694 and SB420.  Either bill will increase motorcycle safety on our public highways by legalizing a practice known as “lane filtering.” 

There are numerous advantages to lane filtering.  Traffic flows better because there is one less vehicle in the lane.  The practice removes hundreds of vehicle spaces from a crowded highway, easing traffic congestion while at the same time providing a measure of safety for the motorcycle rider.  The practice is legal or permitted in nearly every other country in the world, and reactionary arguments that “it just wouldn’t work here” are not compelling. 

An additional concern for riders on our highways are rear-end collisions; these make up 40% of all crashes in the US.  A recent California Office of Traffic Safety study found that motorcyclists who took advantage of lane filtering were less likely to be involved in a rear end collision.

The California study also found that the majority of riders who filtered their way through traffic did so lawfully and at prudent speeds.  See:

I hope you find this information useful and again I ask for your support of one of these bills.  I also ask that you respond to this letter with your position on motorcycle lane filtering.


Thanks to Chaplain Mike, BFC ( for helping get this letter started!


Alley Sweeper Update


LOVE-BREAKUpDear The Alley Sweeper,

I’m writing you because our relationship is done. You’ve changed so much since we met. I hope we can still be friends. I may love you, but I’m definitely not in love with you. You’re gonna have to learn to accept that. I’m not sure whether we can see each other in the future but, for now at least, I definitely need a break. It’s not me, it’s you. We need to start seeing other people.  The SFRC will NOT be hosting you this year, Alley Sweeper.   I am not running away from you, I am running towards myself.  That being said, I want all of our friends to know that the alleys are public right of ways handed down from our forefathers.  Forefathers that granted us all the right of access and freedom to their special gift.  Even though we are no longer a thing, the alleys are still open to all and should be enjoyed 24/7/365.  Open to our friends who treat them responsibly by nurturing the kale, chard, blackberry brambles, raccoons, rats and feral cats that dwell there; and always respect the shopping carts, compost piles, yard debris, abandoned firearm casings, used syringes and all the other colorful detritus that reside there and makes Portland so Portland.

Above all else, please, remember to keep all of OUR alleys well and truly swept, often and with love.  

The Alley Sweeper is dead; long live the Alley Sweeper.

- Sang-Froid Riding Club

Crash Podium


The SFRC headed up to Woodland last weekend to race some vintage motocross.  Travis thumped the 500 and Austin flew the 250 … good stuff!!!

Meanwhile, club member Jon Munns boards a plane soon to represent the U.S. motorcycle race team  at Australia’s Phillip Island Classic.

Vintage racing is a ton of fun.  Come race with us!  Drop a line to find out how.

thumpin_travis flyin_austin

Back 40 Enduro is a GO! – Saturday November 22

Back40 5

There has been some unexpected weather but let’s get outside!
It’s again time to head out and explore some of Oregon’s dual-sport terrain.  Join the Sang-Froid Riding Club on Saturday, 22 November for the 2014 “Back Forty Enduro”!

The start point this year is a wide spot on Highway 224 about five miles south of Estacada.  The wide spot is on the left side of the road, just before the Promontory Park Marina (which will be on your right).  Look for our EZ-Ups.  We’ll have hot coffee waiting for you, and your team will be issued a piece of survival equipment.

The destination point will be announced that morning.

The rules are the same as last year:  your team must make its way from Point A to Point B without the use of maps or GPS.  No roll charts, no trail marking, no sweep truck – just your team and collective wits.  The team that turns the fewest miles on pavement wins.  Bring some teammates or be prepared to make new friends.

Gather ~8 a.m., pre-ride meeting at 8:45, start at 9, last team must arrive by 2 p.m.

This is a point-to-point ride.  At the destination you’ll be ~10 miles from gasoline, ~60 (paved) miles from Portland.  While it’s possible to do an out-and-back loop to the starting point, you may run out of daylight.

Details:  gas up in Estacada.  Bring water, food, compass.  Tow straps/rope not a bad idea.


Get Ready – Back 40 Enduro II

Coming up next, Back 40 Enduro 2 – November 22!

We’ve been out scouting routes, buying safe passage from tribal leaders and measuring glacier stability.

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Stay tuned for details and optimal tire choice!

Two-Stroke Ride!

2strokeride2014Join SFRC for our 15th Annual Two Stroke Ride

Sunday, September 21st

Meet at Kenton Station (8303 N Denver) at 9:30am for breakfast and benchracing, then we’ll head out around 11am for 50 miles of some of the best close-in twisty roads the area has to offer.

Around 1pm, the ride will arrive at 611 N Tillamook for a good ol’ fashioned STREET PARTY.

There’ll be burnouts, beer, and LIVE rockandroll music! Plus gymkana!

Drag the dusty ol’ smokers out of the shed and join us for some blue smokey fun!

Swap Meet

Our friend Kenny is hosting a motorcycle swap meet at his shop this Saturday, the 6th of September.

Check it out!  Sell something, buy something.  9 a.m. – 5 p.m., 9400 NE Halsey in Portland.



SFRC racer Jon Munns completed the Isle of Man Classic TT race, placing 7th overall in the 250cc class.  Way to go Jon!  Propers to Jared, Tim, and Courtney for their support and pit crewing over there.


From Australia to the Isle of Man, Jon’s got this!