Last year, in the barely-equipped home base of Classified Moto, we re-designed and built six or so groovy motorbikes in the hours when we weren’t writing commercials, or teaching high school or photographing tires and pasta salad. And often having a crew of less than two, I consider each of those bikes to be a small miracle.
Still, though, in painful moments the bony finger of opinion pokes us in the chest and reminds us of our missteps. Maybe we didn’t build our bikes the way a real builder would have. Or we didn’t build enough of them. Or maybe we lingered too long on something that was not a motorcycle (a lamp/poster/road trip, for example). But as you know, unless you’re a Chesapeake Bay lump backfin crabcake with very little breading and a lemon wedge, you can’t make everyone happy.
And so, I hereby announce our next great adventure and give my word that we will try our best not to let it interfere with Classifying motos.
IMAGINE A YEAR FROM NOW… five or six of us from CM fly across the pond with a small allowance of cash and a taste for adventure. We buy some cheap motorcycles and spend a week or so preparing them for an epic trek across Europe.
Kindred spirits along the way saddle up and join our adventure as our pack of motley motos grows to conspicuous proportions. We eat, drink and laugh our way across the continent for thousands of kilometers.
When the trip comes to a close, we auction our bikes off in a public square and donate the money to an orphanage.
Then we say our goodbyes and part ways.
The whole trip would be captured on video and edited upon our return as a documentary available on ClassifiedMoto.com and elsewhere.
Can you imagine the fun we would have?
NEXT WEEK we’ll start rounding up sponsors, but the first order of business is getting the word out to all our European friends from Facebook, Twitter and this site. Respond in the comments here or email me if you’d like to be part of it in any way. Whether you have a shop where we can prep the bikes, a barn we can sleep in or maybe you just want to join the ride, let us know and we’ll put you on an email list to keep you posted.
I know this sounds a bit ambitious, but we haven’t stopped surprising ourselves yet. And no matter how much we love building bikes, this kind of thing is what Classified Moto is really about. There’s no use resisting. It’s inevitable.
What do you say? — JR
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