2017 Bol d’Oregon – the fire burns strong!

SFRC proudly presents the 3rd annual 2017 Bol d’Oregon: 6 Hour Endurance Race.

Registration is now open.  Race date is Sunday, June 18th, 2017 at the Mac Track.

If you would like to enter a team please email the following information to boldoregon@gmail.com

  • Name, email, and phone number for the team captain who will be the primary contact for team.
  • Names of the other team members.

More information regarding rules, schedule and payment will be coming shortly, but the overall event will be very similar to years past.  What we know for sure:

  • Date: June 18th, 2017
  • Location: Mac Track – 2770 NE Lafayette Ave, McMinnville, OR 97128
  • Two categories:
    • Vintage: 500 cc or less, 1982 or earlier, 2 or 4 stroke.
    • Modern: 250 cc or less, any year, 2 or 4 stroke.
  • Cost: $300 per team.  ($100 deposit, $200 day of – payment info to come soon)
  • Team: limited to (3) members.  
  • Race: 6-hour endurance race w/ special test event TBD.

Legislation – we need your help!

It takes FIVE MINUTES to make your voice heard.  Let your legislators know that you:
1.  Support lane-sharing in Oregon
2.  Oppose federal import tariffs on European motorcycles

Lane-sharing

In 2015 the SFRC and many other motorcyclists actively campaigned for Oregon’s Senate Bill 694, which would have legalized lane-sharing in Oregon.  The bill gained noteworthy traction in the legislature, passing the Senate with a 2/3 bipartisan majority, and passing unanimously (5-0) through the Senate’s Judiciary Committee.  (Read a brief summary of bill here.)
For the 2017 legislative session, State Senator Jeff Kruse has reintroduced the same bill, it is now called Senate Bill 385.

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

2.  Email them and let them know you support SB 385.  (Better yet, call them and tell them!)

Import tariffs

To help sell U.S. beef in Europe (really … we’re not making this up) the U.S. government is proposing substantial tariffs on European motorcycles.  Besides making the bikes more expensive for you, the tariff is very likely to put your favorite local KTM / Husky / etc. shop out of business.

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

1.  Complete the simple form at the AMA site
-OR-
2.  Complete the simple form at the Offices of US Trade website and say that you oppose the tariff

Calendar!

We’ll be publishing our 2017 calendar within a few weeks, and will drop you a line when it’s out.  We are looking forward to riding and racing with you this year.  Stay tuned!

BACK 40 TSD – THERE IS NO TURNING BACK!

The BACK 40 TSD will be at Jordan Creek OHV.
Registration opens at 8:30 AM
Mandatory riders meeting 9:30 AM
Event starts 10:00 AM
Awards 3:30 PM

Directions: HWY 6 towards coast. At milepost 18 turn left at big brown sign for Jordan Creek OHV area. Approx 1.5 miles, just after first bridge, you will see the SFRC pop-up tent. You made it!

If you are trucking your bike out, ride sharing encouraged to limit required parking at the staging area.

We will be providing morning coffee and light food/beer at awards ceremony. Pack extra nutrition and hydration as you see fit. The event is a loop so you will, hopefully, end up where you started for celebration / awards.

At registration you will pick your category and your time bracket.
2 Categories: Dirtbike (MOTO) and Dualsport (DS) – Knobbies encouraged – Don’t overthink it – we are out there to have fun, ride whatever you want in whatever you want that will be the most fun for you.
3 Time Brackets: Fast, Medium, Slow – Again, don’t overthink it – if you are usually first while riding with your buddies, pick Fast. If normally you cruise around at the back, pick Slow. Really, it’s that simple, don’t overthink it.
If still unsure at registration just pick one that might be right. At the riders meeting everything will become clear and you will have an opportunity to change category and time bracket before the event start – so, you know, don’t overthink it.

Here is link to a PDF map of the OHV area: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Documents/Recreation/TillamookOHVGuide2014.pdf

See you in the morning!

The BACK 40 TSD is less than 3 days away!

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SFRC will be announcing the location at 5 PM on Friday Nov. 18th by email, website and social media.
The location is approximately 1 HOUR from downtown Portland.
If you are trucking your motorcycle out to the event we encourage you to ride share so as to limit the amount of parking required at the event.
Registration for the event will open on-site at 8:30 AM.
There will be a MANDATORY riders meeting at 9:30 AM sharp. You won’t want to miss this as we will have information to communicate vital to maximizing your fun.
We will be providing morning coffee and light food/beer at awards ceremony. Pack extra nutrition and hydration as you see fit. The event is a loop so you will, hopefully, end up where you started for celebration / awards.
Looking forward to this! Weather looks perfect! It’s FREE!

BACK 40 TSD – EVENT PARTNERS

SFRC is happy to announce that CYCLE GEAR, WOODSTOCK ACE HARDWARE and the owners of SERRATTO, CLYDE’S PRIME RIB, and THE LIGHTHOUSE INN have all stepped up as event partners for the Back 40 TSD. Each event partner has donated awesome prizes to give away to the top finishers in each of the categories. November 19th just got even better! Now you have a chance to take home some really cool stuff for doing nothing but riding the Back 40 TSD.

Note, as always, the Back 40 TSD is FREE to participate. We will announce the location through our mailing list, social media and on this website prior to the event.

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Back 40 TSD

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SFRC Back 40 TSD

When: Nov. 19th, 2016
What: 3-stage off-road TSD w/ (4) “extra-special” tests.
How: 2 Categories – Dual Sport (DS) or Dirt Bike (DB) Knobbies encouraged.
Where: Within 90 minutes of Portland, OR.   Exact location TBD – Will be announced via SFRC mailing list, website and social media prior to the event.

The reason

The reason you’re not successful in life is because you ride four-strokes.

The reason girls don’t like you is because you ride four-strokes.

The reason guys don’t like you is because you ride four-strokes.

The reason you’re a bad dancer is because you ride four-strokes.

The reason you care that you’re a bad dancer is because you ride four-strokes.

The reason your career is a failure is because you ride four-strokes.

The reason your dog wishes you’d die is because you ride four-strokes.

The reason your parents tell their friends that “you’re still figuring out who you are” is because you ride four-strokes.

The reason your friends laugh at you behind your back is because you ride four-strokes.

It’s that time again.  Sunday, 18 September.  Gas up the stinkwheel, and join Sang-Froid Riding Club for our 16th Annual Two Stroke Ride.

We’ll be meeting up in St. Johns at the appropriately named 2-Stroke Coffee shop around 10am and heading across the Bridge and up into the hills around noon.

Lunch and liquid refreshments will be at Helvetia Tavern (10275 NW Helvetia Rd Hillsboro, OR 97124) around 1pm.
On the way back to town, we’ll be stopping in at Skyline Tavern ( 8031 NW Skyline Blvd Portland, OR 97229) to fire up the grill and throw some ‘shoes.

Redeem yourself.

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Bol d’Oregon Recap

The Sang-Froid Riding Club thanks to everyone for attending — and racing in — last week’s Bol d’Oregon.  Hope you had fun!
We had a blast organizing the race.  Saw and heard lots of great bits.
In the Modern class, less than fifteen laps separated the top three finishers, after six full hours of racing.  Reverse Oreo Racing and Hot & Hazardous fought an exceptional, prolonged battle.  In over five hours of racing, the two teams were never more than a couple laps apart … sometimes Reverse Oreo in the lead, sometimes Hot & Hazardous.  A crash by Reverse Oreo in the race’s sixth hour helped their opponents ease ahead.  Hot & Hazardous continued to lay down consistent laps, giving them a three-lap lead over Reverse Oreo Racing by race’s end.  Team Dirt Trackers finished third on their 300 Ninja.  The Dirt Tracking team (or are they really road racers trapped in a dirt tracker bodies?!?) traveled down from Washington to compete, and included a father and son (Happy Father’s Day!) and AMA racer Kurt Hawk.
In the remainder of the Modern field, myriad battles ensued.  Team Half Fast relentlessly challenged the Dirt Trackers, finishing only two laps behind when the race clock hit 6 hours.  Team Incomplete, Tres Hombres, Team Vicious, and the “Spencer, Matt, and Mike Experience” rounded out the Modern field, with Team Incomplete refilling their leaking rear tire every three laps.  At race’s end, the pile of broken 250 Ninja windscreens seemed as high as a mountain.  Is that part of the “streetfighter” look we keep hearing about?
The Vintage racing was just as competitive, with a heavy dose of mechanical resourcefulness thrown in to keep things interesting.  TSX-R placed first on their unusually-named machine (Yamaha DT360), overcoming a flat-tire-induced 12-lap deficit to finish with 362 laps under their belt.  Hot on their heels was Flying Fifteen racing, mounted on their 1980 Honda CR250R.  A chunk of the bike’s expansion chamber (the size of an iPhone) blew out mid-race, pegging the decibel meter.  After a Mountain Dew-can-based repair failed, the Coconut Water-can-based repair held fast, eventually putting the team in second place, four laps down from the leaders.
Cretins Racing’s MX250 Yamaha ran solid all day, leading the Vintage class for hours in the middle of the race.  Racer Scott Odegaard described the machine as getting “looser and sketchier” as the day went on.  A handful of broken spokes nearly turned the rear wheel into a taco during the final hour, but their consistency throughout the race logged them enough laps to finish in third.  Meanwhile, Meticon “opted” to switch to a different piston mid-race (after a hole was discovered in their first piston), with Team Sharky and Team Pizza succumbing to unresolvable mechanical failures.
THANKS AGAIN to all the teams and spectators.  Tell your friends about the race, and let’s do it again next year!

2016 Bol d’Oregon Endurance Race

Please join us on Sunday, 19 June, for the 2016 Bol d’Oregon Six-Hour Endurance Race.

Race is held at the Kart Track in McMinnville.  Race begins with a LeMans start at 10:30 a.m.  (The grid is full, but come on down and watch some great racing!)

Vintage and Modern classes; 1-3 people per team; team with the most laps complete on their bike after six hours wins the race.

$10 gate fee.  Come on down and check it out!

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Thanks to Oregon Superbikers and the Portland Karting Association for helping make the race happen!

Race-day schedule:

8 – 9 a.m. – registration and tech inspection
9 – 9:15 a.m. – mandatory rider’s meeting
9:25 – 10 a.m. – practice (one direction only) and tech inspection
10:30 – race begins; Le Mans start
1:30 – direction change (no break; only a direction change – see details below)
4:30 – race ends
5:15 – awards

 

Season Opener Ride! Saturday, 21 May

When:  Saturday May 21, 2016

Start: Carver Oregon at the Carver Hangar for breakfast

Meet at 10am & Leave at 11 am

Lunch at the Korner Post Steel Wheels Lounge, in Detroit

End: Portland Oregon at Club 21

Ride is FREE.  See you all there!!!!!

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First Aid for Motorcycling

There are spots still available in the upcoming classes on Motorcycling First Aid.  In this 90 minute course – brought to you by the Sang-Froid Riding Club and Motofit Group –  you’ll learn basic first-aid skills, tailored especially to motorcycle riders (and it’s taught by a motorcyclist, naturally!).  Plenty of time for Q&A, too.

Two classes are scheduled in Portland:
- Friday, 26 February, 7 p.m. (doors at 6:30 p.m.), Cheshire Motorsports, 4815 SE Division St.  CLASS IS FULL
- Saturday, 27 February, 9 a.m. (doors at 8:45 a.m.), Portland Fire Station #12, 8645 NE Sandy Blvd. CLASS IS FULL

Class size is limited to 30 people; please email us at info@sang-froidridingclub.com if you’re interested in attending.

The class is FREE (though donations are appreciated, and go to the instructor!)

Thunder down under

What’s that?

What’s that?

It’s Jon Munns with his Formula 1300 trophy!

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Jon has been “down under”, representing the United States in the Phillip Island International Classic Road Races.

Way to go Jon!

 

 

Winter Dirtbike Racing

A bunch of us and some friends went up to race Woodland MX this weekend.  Took home lots of wood and smiles.  A pic of the day… braaaap!IMG_6152

HANGOVER SCRAMBLE

SFRC had multiple members ride in this year’s Hangover Scramble.

Fun, chili dogs highs, breakdowns and glory were had by all in a mix of speed and dirt and chills.

Ring a ding ding ding in the New Year!

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Lane sharing interview

SFRC’s own Courtney Olive was interviewed in the November issue of the AMA’s magazine, about his efforts to legalize lane-sharing in Oregon.

The SFRC hasn’t given up the fight for legalizing lane-sharing in Oregon, and we can’t do it without your help.  Stay tuned during the next legislative session for announcements and calls-to-action!

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BACK 40 ENDURO

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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!)