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When is the SCR?

The SCR is a Biannual Event

The SCR is held semiannually on the 1st Sunday in May and October.

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015
Sunday, October 4th, 2015

Sunday, May 1st, 2016
Sunday, October 2nd, 2016

Sunday, May 7th, 2017
Sunday, October 8th, 2017

Where do we ride?

Start in Pine Bluff and find your own route to Leland

Where: Pine Bluff, WI - The Red Mouse Bar - 10AM (Peak time of total people in attendance)
Ride To: Leland, WI - Sprecher's Bar - 1PM (Peak time of total people in attendance)
Ride Back to: Pine Bluff, WI (If you want to)
Route: Make up your own!

Looking for a place to stay?

There are many fine hotels and motels close to Pine Bluff

Hotels near Madison, WI

Sheraton Madison Hotel
706 John Nolen Drive, Madison, WI - (608) 251-2300

Radisson Hotel Madison
517 Grand Canyon Dr, Madison, WI - (608) 833-0100

Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor's Club
1 W Dayton St, Madison, WI - (800) 356-8293

Edgewater Hotel
666 Wisconsin Ave, Madison, WI - (608) 256-9071

The Dahlmann Campus Inn Madison Hotel
601 Langdon St., Madison, WI - (800) 589-6285

Doubletree Hotel Madison
525 W. Johnson St., Madison, WI - (608) 251-5511

Hilton Madison Monona Terrace
9 East Wilson Street, Madison, WI - (608) 255-5100

Comfort Suites Madison West Hotel
1253 John Q. Hammons Dr., Madison, WI - (888) 522-9472

Hotel Ruby Marie
524 E Wilson St, Madison, WI - (608) 327-7829

Madison Wingate by Wyndham Hotels
3510 Millpond Rd, Madison, WI - (608) 224-1500

A little about the SCMG

Ride Hard, Ride Short

There are no big ad campaigns, no corporate sponsors, no official website, no local or regional newspaper or TV promotions, not even the usual obligatory one-size-promotes-all beer banners with the name of the event emblazoned on a huge blank white spot.

Despite all the makings of what should be an unknown event, the Slimey Crud Café Racer Run in southern Wisconsin is attended twice each year, on the first Sunday in May and October, by riders from all over the country and routinely has participants from at least five states in the upper Midwest.

Its origins are nearly as murky as Stonehenge, dating back to the early Seventies, according to one of its co-founders, former Triumph/Bultaco/Matchless racer and current Triumph dealer Lyall Sharer. From humble beginnings, the event has become an organic thing that thrives on its own energy. At each gathering, it isn’t uncommon for anywhere from 1,000 to 3,000 machines to show up.

The Crud Run meanders across the scenic Wisconsin River valley from Pine Bluff in Dane county to Leland in Sauk County. The distance between the villages is less than 30 miles in a straight line, but the road mileage can vary from about 70 to, well, who knows? No specific route is prescribed, so the best way to go depends entirely on your imagination.

Despite the name, the event is not limited to the sheathed-in-plastic sport bike set. In fact, while there’s something for everybody in every class of bike, the event seems much more like a rolling vintage and classic bike show.

Flathead, knucklehead and panhead Harleys; TR-6, Daytona and Bonneville Triumphs; Lightning and Thunderbolt BSAs; Moto-Guzzi Falcone and 850 Le Mans, Ducati SS-900 and Diana, Norton Commando, Vincent Black Shadow, Munch Mammut, BMW, Velocette Venom, Royal Enfield, Indian Chief, Suzuki RE-5, Honda CB 77, Hondamatic, CBX; Laverda Jota, Kawasaki H1, two-stroke, four-stroke, rotary, flat-trackers, touring, choppers, bobbers, adventure bikes, rat bikes, to name but a few of the types, brands and models seen at recent Slimey Crud runs.

It’s a scene you really need to see to believe, and you can get some of the flavor by taking a quick tour of our photo gallery for pics of some of the unusual and great vintage machines that have turned out for recent Slimey Crud Runs.

Of course, there’s no substitute for being a part of the real thing, and fortunately you’ve got two shots at it every year. The dates for 2014 are Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 and Sunday, October 4th, 2015.

Once upon a time...

A long, long, long, time ago

The Slimey Cruds are essentially a loosely confederated group of fourtysomething hard-core lifelong sport bike-oriented motorcyclists whose motto is "Ride Hard, Ride Short."  The club has no formal rules, but hews to an unwritten- indeed, unspoken until this moment-code of honor that might be stated thusly:

A Crud never turns down a beer unless he already has one in each hand, or is busy lighting a cigarette recently bummed off another member.

Excerpt from The Slimey Crud Experience:
by Gary Charpentier

The rider sat tall and straight in the saddle. Burbling along at a reasonable pace, he was oblivious to the five rip-snorting Ducati's chomping at the bit behind him. His mount was a mid-sixties Triumph 500 Daytona, and he rode it with a style that bespoke many years experience and an intimate familiarity with his machine. At one point, noticing the eager Italian entourage behind him, he attempted to wave them on, but the leader of those Dukes declined the offer and remained a respectful distance behind thinking, "We're riding with The Man, Peter Egan. We shall not pass."

For those of you who read Cycle World or even Road & Track, Mr. Egan needs no introduction. This is the guy Road & Track sent to Italy to test drive the new Ferraris! His columns are a window on a world most of us can only dream of, yet meeting him impresses upon me the fact that he is really just a gentleman gearhead like the rest of us. He's also a great writer, of course, and some of the obscure references one finds in his columns and articles reflect an education rich in variety and depth. But deep down is a fascination with fine machinery with which his readers can readily identify, which makes him a really cool guy to talk to. I left him with a copy of this magazine (with my first column in it) and a very fine cigar, both of which he promised to enjoy that evening while sitting in his latest acquisition: an early Jaguar E-type roadster.

I met Mr. Egan at the Slimey Crud Motorcycle Gang autumn cafe racer ride. It was a perfect setting with perfect weather and a perfect bunch of people to share it with. That about sums it up. The roads around Madison, Wisconsin are a fascinating blend of curves and elevation changes all set in a bucolic agricultural scene made all the more dramatic by the season in which we experienced them. Autumn is a time of brilliant color, nature showing us its best just before bedding down for another long, cold winter. It is also the time of the harvest, which means that farm machinery can lurk around any given curve or over the top of the next hill, and large clumps of dirt and other organic matter dropped from tractor tires lie right in the middle of your apex-strafing line. Gotta be careful out there!

Several hundred bikes were on display in the parking lots of the two meeting places: Jakes bar in Leland and Sprechers bar in Pine Bluff, Wisconsin. Every genre and era was represented, with the emphasis on sporting motorbikes from Europe and Japan. There were a few Harleys, as always, and some of the "other" cruisers, but anyone with an appetite for the obscure or exotic was not disappointed at this gathering. There was no organized time or route for the run, simply a map with the two "marshaling areas" and a maze of tasty routes in between; all the better for variety's sake as well as for keeping the local constabulary guessing.

As things began to wind down for the day, I adjourned with Gene Rankin (who was riding his gorgeous DB-2) back to Jakes Bar to get acquainted with the members of SCMG and learn a bit of the history of this august group of motorcyclists. It seems that the Slimey Crud Motorcycle Gang was hatched by a group of graduate students at UW Madison as a way to share their favorite pastime with like-minded individuals. The name itself was selected rather tongue-in-cheek, making fun of the biker-mania which was prevalent in the popular media of the time. These gentlemen are neither mother stabbers nor father rapers, however their idea of a good time doesn't always agree with the strict definition of law and order. Membership is a hazy affair, as there are no "colors" to speak of, and my host Gene was even uncertain of his status, though he had been "hanging around" since the second meeting way back in, well, a long time ago, anyway. Everyone I met who was associated with this group would be a fascinating interview in his own right, but they all had places to go and... you know. I have promised myself I will visit them again. I believe they have another ride planned for the first Sunday in May. Anyone care to join me? GaryC-

- Minnesota Motorcycle Monthly circa May 1998

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