From the web site
and discussion threads:
Ride with us at LocoX! We will be getting together at noon on the 30th of October and heading out to ride from the LocoX Headquarters to the Skyline Loop in Tennessee and back between about 12:30pm and 3pm. We will be heading through some of the best twisties in the South East and you don’t want to miss it. Once we get back, we will have the following:
* Gates open to spectators at 2:00 pm ($10 donation requested and Free Parking)
* Freestyle FMX Stunt show performed by FMX East
* Freestyle Stunt Street Show perform by Anger Management
* Live Music
* Free BBQ provided by Bush League for riders and passengers ($5.00 plate for all others to benefit the Hooters/Kelly Jo Dowd breast cancer research fund).
* Wings from Hooters
* Mexican Food from Bandito Burrito
Silent Auction - Bids accepted from noon to 4 pm, winning bid announced at 4:30pm at LocoX (credit cards accepted for auction items):
* Motorcycle Accessories
* Autographed Memorabilia
Raffle Tickets sold for $2 each (cash only) and raffle goes on from 11am to 5pm. Raffle items will be awarded to winning ticket holders starting at 5:00 pm (or when riders return from the ride)
* Tons of Industry Tee shirts & Apparrel
* Stunt Bike DVD’s
* Skull Candy Ear Buds
* 1 set of professionally mounted Dunlop Q2 tires
* $100 LocoX.com gift card
* Much, much, more…
All Raffle, Auction, Food and Gate proceeds go to benefit the Hooters/Kelly Jo Dowd Breast Cancer Research Fund. “Stop Staring and Start Caring!”
The ride is a 111 mile loop, looks like it will be around a 2 hr ride.
Also...We will have a SECONDARY MEET SPOT for those of you who don't want to ride into the shop first. And I will be having a riders meeting before this ride addressing topics like giving space in corners/ where you need to ride, front middle or back of pack/ and not riding above your head!!(knowing your riding ability). I DO NOT want these rides to get any one hurt or make anyone uncomfortable while on there bike. This is for a good cause and for fun! We are all part of the sport bike family and we were all new riders at on time or another, so for some of the new guys ask the guys that have been around for info, tips ,and techniques that they use that can help you in corners or along the way.
The stunt bike groups Anger Management
and FMX East
will be doing some stunting after the ride, so be sure to come out!
There will also be a burn-out pit and the winner gets a set of Dunlop Q2 tires.
Click here to see the gallery. Buy photo prints and gifts!
All proceeds help pay Huntsville Car Scene bills.
I was running behind schedule so I missed the start and end of the ride, but was able to catch a good part of Jesse Toler
and Rodney "Rowdy" Sargent
tearing it up with their sick tandem tricks. The last time I saw these two talented riders, it was a competition and they were going all out for the sickest trick. But with the marginal pavement and the atmosphere of a show, it was time to show off some synchronized stunting.
After the sportbike stunting was done, it was time for some freestyle motorcross. But with very limited time for testing and setup, and a wind that was pushing the riders in the air as they were aiming for their return ramp, it was only possible to get a few good stunts in. But what amazing stunts they were. Hats to to Clint and Doug of FMX East
. It was great to meet you both, and I hope to see you out here again.
The burnout contest had everything from a Suzuki sv1000s, to a custom chopper with ape hangers, to Jesse Toler on his stunt bike with a brand new tire.
All the burnouts looked great, and even though there was no officially announced winner, I think Jesse Toler took it because he popped his tire.
His bike was overheated too, and was gushing coolant after the tire went.
But the crowd loved it.
And then Jesse changed his own tire--stunter, mechanic, and all-around great guy. I was talking to Jesse about our now defunct local stunt bike group 256 North
and how they would've been doing the same thing he and Rodney are doing if they kept at it. And Jesse had these great words to say about determination--"I've seen guys stop [stunting] because of a bad crash, girlfriends, or not having enough money, [etc]. But if you're determined, you'll keep working at it and eventually get there." Well said Jesse, and I think those words apply almost anything in life as well as stunting. I thought about what he said at the end of my 16hr day questioning why I'm doing what I do. Thanks for the words of inspiration.
A good sized crowd had gathered to watch the stunt shows at the end of the ride. About the same number of riders came out as last weekend, maybe a slight bit more. The ride was smoother overall than last time with bikes spaced out in smaller groups and at different paces. But unfortunately, avid rider and radio personality Ken from Rocket 95.1 went down...and pretty badly too.
From a first-hand witness that posted on the TVSC email list: "It was a mild left-hander, that led into a tight right. No clue what happened, but it seemed to me that he made no attempt to turn the bike. He wasn't in too hot, line was good, he just never turned. He grabbed a huge handful of brake and went into a slide. The bike went down quickly and ejected him in the process. I was too busy trying to get stopped to follow his path off the road, but it was a bad place to go down. The bike ended up against a tree, and he ended up just past that, a few feet into the tree line. There was no clean path to where he ended up, and he must have taken a beating in the process." While his zx10r was pretty trashed, he was lucky enough to be released from the hospital later the same day. Thoughts and prayers go out to you for a speedy recovery.
And speaking of Rocket 95.1, the lovely Shea Fox was out at the event as well, even hanging out rooftop for some close up action of FMX East. And you said you couldn't watch stunt riding...
The raffles were held towards the end of the day and raised a good amount of money for a great cause. Brandon kept things lively MCing and DJing the event with a great selection of music as well as an entertaining raffle and auction session.
This was a great event for a great cause. I can't wait the next one in spring.
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