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    Alley Sweeper: 2014 SFRC: Urban Enduro - Portland, Oregon

    Who is going this year?

    Last year was a LOT of fun and a good chance to meet new people. You will see a very wide (wild?) variety of bikes and people. You get to wave at neighborhood peoples as you ride through their back alleys.


    What: An alley sweeper in Portland, Oregon put on by the Sang-Froid riding club. Anyone can attend.
    Here is last year's thread about this (with photos of the event starting with post #23). https://tw200forum.com/forum/trails-o...y-sweeper.html
    Here is an article with a good general description: Portland Alley Sweeper Urban Enduro « MotorcycleDaily.com ? Motorcycle News, Editorials, Product Reviews and Bike Reviews
    Here is a thread from the ADVrider forum about this year's ride: 2014 Alley Sweeper - ADVrider


    When
    : Saturday, April 19.

    What: Anything with 2 wheels and a motor.

    Who?: Everyone and their brother and their mother hopefully.


    (I see that this has been mentioned the in Washington State group but I thought I ought to post here for those of us who don't read the Washington group page.)

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    Classics, mopeds, scooters,.....all sorts of motarded beasts. Great fun!! Wish it was closer.

    It's very cool that the Portland community is cool with 'gangs of bikers' ripping through their back yards.

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    Am I right in thinking that the ride is random through whatever alley(s) you want to ride, or is there an established route(s)?
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    Quote Originally Posted by admiral View Post
    Am I right in thinking that the ride is random through whatever alley(s) you want to ride, or is there an established route(s)?
    Hi Admiral,

    There are "suggested" routes that can be run in either direction at any time. It is basically: "here are some good places to go". Most people break up into smaller groups - each doing it their own way. Whole sections of Portland end up with motorcycles everywhere, buzzing in every which direction. The only time you see everyone together is at the meet up at the beginning and then usually in smaller clumps at lunch.

    If you get lost or separated from your group, you can just tag along with another group - bikes are everywhere. Or, you can fly solo on your own adventure.

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    Guess it's the time of year where I get super jealous of all you Pacific NW guys! What an awesome event, it looks like an absolute blast. There's no way I can make it this year, but maybe I ought to just start planning early for next year!

    Post lots of pics and vids!
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    Got the tw out and went for a warm up ride yesterday in this portland heat wave. I'll be there!
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    Quote Originally Posted by LittleCowTW View Post
    Got the tw out and went for a warm up ride yesterday in this portland heat wave. I'll be there!
    Hi LittleCow,

    Are you going to be riding this beastie:?

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    I live in a small town of 800 people, we have two or three small 200' long alleys.. My wife and I rode our bikes thru one and some old guy came out screaming and raising holy hell etc. I got super pissed off and screamed back even louder. Long story short, don't ride this alley guys.I've been told by my wife not to pick on the old fart anymore.. OMM. (o;
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    I haven't decided yet but the tires on that sucker are a mite slick. It may be a job for the 550.
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    Quote Originally Posted by old white truck View Post

    Sweet! Looks a lot like my Pirate TW that got run over. Little café thumpers are a ton of fun to ride at their limits. Got to admit it was fun while it lasted. Can't wait to build another, but this time with the same engine and trans as Tdub2.




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