11/02/2014

EDR 2015 UPDATE



We just got back from a little pre-run to make sure everything is good-to-go for EDR15. Yep, the desert, beach, beer, potholes, federales, hookers, bars, palapas, twisty roads and all that good stuff is all still there and ready to party. Basically, nothing has changed. 

Here's your lodging details:

SAN FELIPE / THURSDAY / FRIDAY / May 28 / 29

There are a handful of palapas now open for paid reservations at Kiki's Campo. 
Kiki also has a dozen or so brand new hotel rooms behind the camp, at the north end of the Circle of Death track.
You can contact him directly for either reservations, and should do so soon because things are starting to fill up already.
Email him at: kikimr.baja@hotmail.com 

Ruben's camp next door is ready to go and free palapas will be given on a first-come-first-served basis. Biltwell covered the cost of these palapas, so they are free to riders. If you miss out on one, you can also camp on the beach (best spot anyway) for free, and park your bike in either camp. There will be plenty of cheap beer, tacos and "entertainment" at Ruben's Camp both nights, as well as good deals on breakfast and coffee in the morning. This is not a family-friendly environment, you have been warned. 

An alternative, La Palapa RV camp on the south side of Ruben's will have palapas for rent, but they are not free (probably about $30 per night and you can fit about 4 people in each one). The boss lady here is not able to take reservations in advance, but the campground is large and there are plenty of spots, so it's just about guaranteed that you wont get skunked. Should be plenty of palapas for everyone. 

The Route:

For riders following our route from Temecula, there is a new gas station on the south side of HWY 8 about 66 miles out of Santa Ysabel, so we don't need to fill small tanks from pickups like last time.

The road south of the Mexicali border to San Felipe has no significant changes and is in the best condition we've ever seen. No construction at this time. Still has some potholes and is typical Mexico, but no surprises so far.




ENSENADA / SATURDAY / SUNDAY May 30 / June 1

Everyone is staying at the Villa Marina hotel, which is the largest, pinkest building in Ensenada. If you get lost, head towards the coast and the giant Mexican flag. Near that flag, the VM is the only twelve-story building in town. 

You absolutely need to make your reservations well in advance. Juan Carlos at Baja Voyager handles dozens of race teams for the Baja 1000, is a professional guide for factory Toyota and has fixed the Ensenada side of the El Diablo Run for years. Go to his website to contact him here for your reservations: bajavoyager.com/contact.html

The Villa Marina has a nice pool and secure bike parking. We've arranged good deals on food and booze here and there will be two bars set up: one in the parking lot and one by the pool. The VM is not the Ritz, but it is very accommodating and we've got the whole thing locked down so it'll pretty much be a big party the whole time. 

The Route:

From San Felipe to Ensenada, it is as rough as it has even been. Plenty of potholes that will totally ruin your day. Remember those surprise speed bumps? Yep, still there, but they've moved them and they are unmarked just to test your skills. Slow down. There was no construction on this stretch today, but who knows what will be in store for us in May? This route is only a little over 150 miles, but it can take a while depending on circumstances. Just chill out and enjoy it and you will have a much better time than if you decide to haul ass. More than a few crashes have happened along this part of the ride and most of them have been a result of riding too fast. Don't forget to pull off to the left in Valle De Trinidad if you are going to need gas along the way. There is also gas in Ojos Negros, but it's around 100 miles from SF, so if you are a tiny tank nerd like us, you better stop in Trinidad to top off. 

The Ensenada to USA Border has good and bad news. There was a landslide that caved in part of the toll road. But, they fixed it. Then it caved in again. So, there are some detours onto the free road. The free road is a little slower and slightly longer, but scenic and skips one toll, so that's a bonus. This may be fixed by spring, but either way, just head north out of Ensenada and follow detour signs to TJ/San Diego. It's nearly impossible to get lost and there is gas along the way. The really good news is the border crossing has been upgraded and moves WAY faster now. What used to take three hours on a Sunday afternoon in a truck today took about an hour. On a bike, you should split lanes and be through it in a few minutes. The road conditions on this route were very twisty with fun elevation changes but not nearly as rough as the route from San Felipe. Slow truck traffic is the main obstacle. 

We will have more info on Bike Games, Coctagon, Circle of Death, day trips, awards and sponsors later in the week. 


10/13/2014

El Diablo Run 2015 Dates

We made this video as a joke earlier in the year. We figured people had to be getting tired of the "super-serious, I'm the greatest motorcycle-craftsman in the universe and it's a totally spiritual experience" videos that have been so popular this year. I wish we could have fit a garage door opening scene and some slow-motion sparks from an angle grinder. We thought it was funny, but I don't think anyone else really got it. Watch it if you like McGoo's fanciful prose, our friend Mike Tubb's fake Irish brogue and dudes battling it out on the beach with wiffle ball bats. Yes, there will be a Coctagon for 2015. Bring your A-game, son.

We're going down early next month to dial in details, and we'll share 'em as soon as we get back. In the meantime, the dates are secure, so make your plans:

Thursday, May 28:
Ride to San Felipe, Baja

Friday, May 29:
Hang out, drink beer, fix bikes

Saturday, May 30:
Ride from San Felipe to Ensenada

Sunday, May 31:
Hang out, avoid jail, awards presentation

Monday, June 1:
Split lanes and take names all the way home

8/26/2013

NEXT EL DIABLO RUN: 2015


We're getting a lot of questions lately about the next El Diablo Run. Here's the deal — for the foreseeable future it's going to be an every other year thing. This is for several reasons: it helps keep the crowd down, makes it easier on our friends who come from far away and allows us the time to ride other areas too. We personally love Baja and spend as much time riding there as possible, but like everyone on the EDR, we can only spare so much time off work, away from the family, etc. We've got a fun trip to Canada planned for summer 2014, so that'll be the big trip for us.

So, to answer the question — nope, no EDR for 2014. But, we are planning on one in 2015 and hope to see you there.

-Bill, McGoo & Crew

6/25/2013

Rocker Patches



OK, I got some extra rockers stitched up. 

If you were on the run, and only if you were, send me a self-addressed, stamped envelope at: 

EDR Patches
c/o Biltwell Inc.
25839 Jefferson Ave
Murrieta, CA
92562

I found some stickers and a few round patches. I'll throw stickers in every envelope until they run out. 

If you want a round patch, put a five spot in there.

Thanks, and please pass the word to any of your friends who may have missed out.

-Bill

5/20/2013

Mexican Motorcycle Insurance Made Easy


Two words: Muy peligroso. They mean "very dangerous" in Spanish, which is what operating a freedom machine south of the border can be if you're not properly insured. Fortunately, Bajabound.com makes covering your culo in Mexico easy. For more information, click the link.

Almost Time

Alright, things are heating up. People are rolling into town already. Bikes are getting furiously worked on and last-minute shake-downs are happening all over. Here's a few things to note:

Turn right here, towards the 8 on S2. Or just follow the pack...

There will gas stops every 50-ish miles between Temecula and the border in Calexico.

On the map, I should have put highway S2 where it shows the Biltwell gas stop on 79. That road has a couple names on google, but it is clearly marked S2 with signs when you are actually on it.

Here's a more accurate and detailed map: http://goo.gl/maps/dPoFN

We are leaving the shell station at Front St and the 79 at 7:00AM on Thursday morning. (29115 Front St.) and will gather up near the border at the Jack in the Box (just north of the old Pizza Hut) at 703 Imperial Ave in Calexico. I'd imagine we'll be there about 11:00 and leave within an hour after everyone has had a chance to top off and grab some lunch.

First gas stop after leaving Temecula is about 50 miles in Santa Ysabel. (Warner Springs gas station is closed.)

Once we leave that stop, we will go through Julian. When we leave Julian, the road called the Banner Grade drops elevation fast and gets super twisty. BE CAREFUL. Someone is going to get hurt on this road, don't let it be you. Give some extra distance between yourself and other riders. You are not going to get lost, and you don't need to pass other people on this section. It's only a few miles, so hang tight.  DO NOT jam on your brakes and wad up the whole pack. DO NOT ride over your head.

At the bottom of Banner Grade, we hook a right on county road S2. I marked this 79 on the shop rag map, so be advised: I'm a moron. We have a gas stop set up on S2 between mile marker 48 and 49. There should be plenty of room to pull over into a little clearing and top off. It is about 50 miles from the last gas stop in Santa Ysabel to this set up. Gary and Kenzie will be filling gas jugs and it'll be up to you to fill your own tank. Yes, they work for tips! If you have a giant tank, save time and gas by letting the dudes with small tanks fill up. No need to top off your five-gallon tanks at this spot.

From the roadside pit stop to the Jack in the Box in Calexico is about another 50 miles. Like I mentioned, that's our rally point. We will give a little time to gas up and grab some lunch, then we're crossing the border. Once we cross, there is no way that we'll all stay together. This is where your adventure starts! Just keep pointing south, try to stay on highway 5 and follow signs to San Felipe. Once you get to SF, get to the lighthouse and follow the coast north for about a mile. We'll be at Kiki's and Ruben's campos.

5/13/2013

EDR Trophies, etc...



Best in show on this year's edr is gonna get this sweet custom holster complete w/ skate knife/fire steel and Mizu fuel (or tequila) bottle courtesy of Bolts Action. If you've never been on the run, let me explain: there really is no official bike show. We just wander around and look at bikes during the trip and if the bike and rider are around on Sunday about 4:00 at the Desert Inn Hotel's pool, we'll pick our favorite and give him the "Best in Show" trophy. Other awards include a hand-made tool roll from Motostuka for the "La Cucaracha" and a custom solo bag from Ace Cycle Service & Supply for the winner of the prestigious "Iron Butt" award.

We've got some good stuff for the bike games, Circle of Death race and of course the cash prize of $500 for the king of the Coctagon. Bring your A-Game this year, folks!

We'll see everybody in nine days and a wake-up.

-Bill

5/10/2013

Mas Cerveza, Por Favor!


JC at BajaVoyager.com sent us an update for what to expect when you roll into Ensenada on May 25…

There will be taco combos and plenty of beer for Diablo Runners at the cash bar and food cantina on the closed-off street in front of the Desert Inn Hotel in Ensenada starting 2:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon. Food and booze will flow into the night, and coffee and breakfast burritos will be served 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sunday and Monday. Drinking will be permitted on the closed street and in the fenced parking lot behind the hotel, but cops will be on the lookout for outside booze from non-authorized EDR vendors. In other words, please support the individuals and small businesses who support our event. Of course, beer will be served poolside in the hotel courtyard, and this is the place where prizes for the bike show will be announced 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon. JC has promised local talent will be slinging comida and cerveza, so you can expect the fiesta in Ensenada to be muy caliente!

If you're an EDR sponsor, please see McGoo or JC at the Desert Inn when you roll in Saturday afternoon to get checked into your room. Everyone with reservations at other hotels should take care of check-in first, then roll back to the Desert Inn for the street fair and food fest happening at our host hotel.

We're less than two weeks away from the mass exodus to San Felipe on May 23. Is everyone ready?

5/03/2013

EDR INK



Soul Expressions, our local tattoo shop is offering $20 EDR tats on Wed, from 1:00 in the afternoon 'til 1:00 in the morning. They're easy to find, right between Biltwell HQ and Hard Hats bar on Jefferson Ave. in Temecula. Aaron Mason is working on a sheet of flash specific for the event - you know, tacos, sombreros, lil' devils, etc. This offer is good if you happen to be in the area again after the EDR as well.

4/25/2013

Patches


A big pile o' patches just showed up. There's only one way to get the dated, rocker version–ride your bike to Mexico and ask me for one when we get to Ensenada. We don't charge anything for 'em, but you gotta earn it. The round ones will be available to anyone for $5.00. We'll sell them at the Happy Hour on Wednesday, and then take 'em down to Baja as well. If there are any leftovers, we will put 'em up in the Biltwell online store. Less than a month to go. See ya' soon...

-Bill

4/12/2013

"Hey man—when is the Circle of Death race again?"

Billdozer and I could scream ourselves silly telling Diablo Runners to be ready for this, that or the other thing and there would still be a dozen dudes who missed something because they didn't know when shit was going down.

NOT THIS YEAR.

Here's a schedule of events for EVERYTHING: our departure from Temecula day one all the way through the trophy presentation poolside in Ensenada on day four. Print this handy flyer and make sure everyone in your crew has a copy. We'll hand out copies at Biltwell HQ Wednesday afternoon, but supplies will be limited.

EDR is five short weeks away… are you ready?


3/25/2013

How to stay out of jail on the EDR



Talking to Jake (two-time Curculo de la Muerte winner) over the weekend brought up a good point. He was telling the story about a couple of guys who got rolled up by the San Felipe cops last time.

Here's the deal and how to avoid the hassle: No Fireworks in Camp. It's simple as that. The palapas are roofed with old, dry thatched palm fronds and go up in flames pretty easily. The people who run the camps are our friends and let us get away with a hell raising good time, but they've nicely asked that we don't blow shit up in the camp. Go down the beach, fine. Wanna wrap your buddy's Honda in det cord and blow it to kingdom come? Drag it out to the Circle of Death track and have at it.

If it's your first time on the EDR, realize that it's a big party. It's loud, people get drunk, it goes all night and it's not the best environment for a good night's sleep. So, if that's a big deal to you, move further down the beach a ways, get a hotel or jam up the road about a mile north and camp there. Otherwise, grab a beer and have fun. There will be no lights-out at 10:00PM so get with it, or avoid it. This is an adult party; please don't bring kids or sensitive types.

Where the cops come in to the picture is if you do decide to disrespect the deal we have with the camp owners. The 60-year old securidad is surely not going to tackle a posse of a dozen dudes to get them to stop. He'll call his bros at the Policia, and they'll roll in later, pick a couple guys at random and off to jail you go. Depending on what you have in your pocket, who got hurt, etc you could be there for a night or two or maybe longer. We don't make these rules or enforce them, the last thing I'm interested in is baby sitting grown men or being the hall monitor. So come have a good time, but stay out of jail!

3/19/2013

Enter the Coctagon if You Dare

When it debuted at the Slab City Riot in 2010, the Coctagon pitted man against man in a dick-shaped chamber of horrors in what instantly became the most famous freakout in Slab City history. Banned by Imperial County constables in 2011 due to its macabre nature, the Coctagon will rise again on this year's El Diablo Run when 24 men will do battle on the sandy shores of San Felipe. The rules for the Coctagon are simple:

• Helmets and eyewear required
• No dead end blows
• Lose your bat, you're out
• Step or get pushed out of the ring, you're out

The last man standing will win up to $500. This year the entry fee for the Coctagon is $10 per man, and must be paid in cash to Harold "McGoo" McGruther during yard games in San Felipe Friday afternoon.

At sundown Friday McGoo will issue bats to the 24 prepaid combatants and the fight will begin. The final purse will be determined by the number of bikeriders man enough to enter the Coctagon. If we sell all 24 bats, Biltwell will match the $240 entry fee with $260 additional prize money for a winner-take-all total of $500. If we are one man short of the 24-man max showdown, the purse will be 100% of entry fees received. Old racers call this "100% payback."

Here's a video to remind folks who missed the original Coctagon what's in store for them in San Felipe Friday, May 24:

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3/14/2013

EDR V Bike Show Details


We've hosted a super informal motorcycle show on every EDR, and 2013 will be no different. We say "informal" for three reasons:

• The judges are rarely sober

• The prizes are never valuable

• Our esteemed MC never gets the brand of bike or name of the owners correct

Shit box production values aside, this year's EDR Bike Show will be conducted in the parking lot on Sunday in Ensenada, and it's event you don't want to miss.

Like years past, there will be three classes:

• EDR Best in Show—generally given to the hard-ridden machine with the highest build quality and production values, but sometimes our cast of judges has thrown a bone to some rusty runner just to keep things honest

• EDR La Cucaracha—Spanish for "the cockroach," La Cucaracha winners are generally guys whose asses have been so thoroughly kicked by whatever greasy piece of shit they rode to Mexico, they deserve a trophy just for showing up. The fact that these guys wrench morning, noon and night to keep these tired bikes on the road is icing on the cake

• EDR Iron Butt Award—Bestowed upon the man (or woman)  who rode the farthest or took the biggest risks to cross the border. In its five-year history, two women have won the EDR Iron Butt award—a testimony to the fortitude of the fairer sex if ever there was one

Generous sponsors usually pony up for some cool prizes, and when this happens you'll hear about it on this blog first. Good luck and have fun, Diablo Runners, and see you in Mexico!

- McGoo