7/28/2016

Lodging / Camping at the El Diablo Run 2017


Our trusted friend JC can help with your reservations if you don't want to camp on the beach or take your chances on the first come, first serve palapas at Ruben's.

JC has can set you up at Kiki's, the palapa camp on the south side of Ruben's, in a hotel room nearby or in town, and he also has some homes and condos available for rent. Hit him up!

Here is his contact info:
jcbajavoyager@gmail.com
facebook/bajavoyager
www.bajavoyager.com

More details on lodging/camping here.

7/08/2016

EDR VII Sponsors Confirmed

The companies and individuals who have supported previous El Diablo Runs are some of the most standup businesses and people it's been our pleasure to meet. This year's list of sponsors is the most diverse ever, but they all have one thing in common:

They are committed to going on the ride.

From everyone at EDR HQ, thanks for your support!

47 INDUSTRIES

AMERICANA SPEED SHOP

BABES RIDE OUT

BILTWELL INC.

BURLY BRAND

FOUR ACES CYCLE

HOT BIKE MAGAZINE

INDIAN LARRY MOTORCYCLES

KICKSTART CYCLE SUPPLY

LED SLED CUSTOMS

LOWBROW CUSTOMS

OLD BIKE BARN

S&M BIKES

S&S CYCLES

SPEED KINGS CYCLE

STREET CHOPPER MAGAZINE




6/27/2016

El Diablo Run 2017 Dates

Here's the schedule:

Friday, May 12:
Tacos and beer upon arrival in San Felipe

Saturday, May 13:
4-5ish: yard games
5-6pm: open practice for circle of death, all classes
6:16-6:45: rigid class motos and finals

Sunday, May 14:
3-4: open practice for circle of death
4:00-4:30: bike show prize presentation
4:30 to 5ish: circle of death swingarm class motos and finals
6ish: cocatagon

Monday, May 15:
Split lanes and take names all the way home

Notes:
We are working on updating all details on this site, but here's the basics:

• The EDR will be three nights in San Felipe this time. No Ensenada leg. This will make things simpler and allow more time for relaxing on the beach, riding excursions, etc.

• We will not be leading a ride from Temecula this time. Plan your own route and we'll see you Friday when you make it to camp.

• See schedule above for things like yard games, Coctagon, Circle of Death, etc.

• Yes, we realize this weekend is Mother's Day. It's the only weekend available, so take momma to lunch the weekend before or bring her along!

• Camping will be free in Ruben's Camp and on the beach for the entire time. We will have more info on booking alternative camping in neighboring palapas and hotels later in the summer.

• We will put out the word when we are ready to talk about sponsorships. It'll be simple, cheap and grass roots like always. Please email mcgoo@biltwellinc.com if you are interested and he'll get back to you once we confirm the details

• Stay tuned to this blog for more info as it develops.

• Get that hunk of shit you call a chopper finished and ready to roll, you've got almost a year to prep!



10/20/2015

WTF?! EDR Books?

Yep. We just got these babies back from the printer, and they are neat. This 100-page coffee-table-quality book documents the machines and mayhem of the 2015 El Diablo Run in Baja California, Mexico. Geoff Kowalachuk’s eye for composition, color, and culture brings you an inside look at this unique event whether you participated in it or not. 10”x10” hard cover is perfect-bound and the interior is printed on 80lb glossy paper for a substantial feel and great photo quality. This is a low-quantity run, so numbers are definitely limited.

Get yours here.








6/14/2015

4/28/2015

2015 El Diablo Run Map

Here's a route map, with mileage and written directions, plus a link to a google map:


A big group of us will leave together from Mo's at 0800 on Thursday, but undoubtedly plenty of riders get left in the dust going through traffic leaving town. Know the route, stick to it and you can catch back up at the next gas stop. If you can't do it from memory, you should print this out and have it with you. Once you leave Temecula there are plenty of places where your phone is not going to work so don't depend on it.




The section from Temecula to the 98 is about 123 miles of glorious twisties. Someone always runs out of talent and crashes on this section, so be prepared. I wrote a story about riding in a pack for Chop Cult a while back and you should read it here: http://www.chopcult.com/news/articles/chopcult-archives-how-to-ride-in-a-pack.html

See you soon!

-Bill

4/21/2015

EDR TATTOOS

Our bud Aaron Mason and the crew at Soul Expressions in Temecula are going to do their EDR special again this year: 12 hours of $20 pork chop tattoos, the day before we split. First come, first served. We'll post up the flash as soon as it's wrapped up.



4/10/2015

Schedule, etc



We don't do a whole lot of "organizing" on this event, but there are a few things that actually happen on time and you should be aware of them. Here's the basic schedule:

WEDNESDAY:
4:00-7:00PM Preparty at Biltwell HQ 42349 Winchester Road Temecula, CA 92590


THURSDAY:
8:00AM Kickstands Up from Mo’s Egg House 27405 Jefferson Ave, Temecula, CA 92590
2:00PM til? Tacos & Beer, Ruben’s Campo, San Felipe


FRIDAY:
3:30-5:00 PM T-Shirt & Patch Vending at Ruben’s big palapa
4:30 PM Registration for games at the track
5:00 PM Plank Race
5:15 PM Kickstart Race
5:30 PM Co-ed Two-Up Slow Race (Female rider/Male passenger)
6:00 PM Circle of Death Open Practice
6:30 PM Circle of Death Suspension Class
6:45 PM Circle of Death Rigid Class (Awards immediately after)
7:00 PM Buy your Coctagon bat from McGoo
7:30 PM Coctagon on the beach

SATURDAY:
6:00-9:00AM Breakfast burritos at Ruben’s Campo / Ride to Ensenada at your own pace / You should be on your way before noon

1:00-7:00PM Tacos & beer at the Villa Marina hotel pool

3:00-6:00PM T-Shirt & Patch vending at the pool (See Bill for your rocker patch)


SUNDAY:
7:00-9:00AM Breakfast at the pool
12:00-4:00PM Lunch at the pool
4:00PM Awards at the pool


MONDAY:
6:00-8:00 AM Breakfast burritos in the parking lot
Haul ass home, son!
See you in 2017...

Stay tuned for more details as we get closer.

3/20/2015

Twenty-Four Men Enter, One Man Leaves…


Que en as mas macho—you, or one of 23 other kooks dumb enough to enter the Cocktagon in San Felipe Friday, May 29? The rules for our Wiffle Bat Battle Royale are simple: buy your bat and start swinging in a dick-shaped arena drawn in the sand. Fall out of the Cocktagon and you're done. Drop your bat and you're out. Everything and everyone else is fair game in what usually proves to be the funnest three minutes in Mexico.

McGoo will start selling bats right after Circulo de la Muerte finals early Friday evening, and the Cocktagon will rage at sundown. The entry fee is $10 per bat,, and if 24 bats are sold, Biltwell will double the prize pot to a whopping $500 for the last man standing.

Bring your helmet and your outlaw spirit to the Sea of Cortez behind Ruben's Campo on Friday, May 29 and let the games begin…

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