Kim and I attended the Sang-Froid Riding Club’s 5th Annual Alley Sweeper event.
This was our first time at the event and the bits of info I found online were not super forthcoming about what it was. I gathered it was a low key, do-what-you-want rally where you can go through a lot of unpaved back alleys, all public streets, and see a side of Portland most don’t know about.
Started with a lot of bikes:
Some needed extra TLC on the road:
We gave out cookies:
Started with a large herd:
After everyone started getting off the suggested route, we picked up some riders who figured out a sidecar passenger makes a wonderful navigator, and we hit a lot of great alleys.
After the riders spread out, the event was a lot more fun. Less worrying about being clipped by impatient solo bikes. We got stuck due to lots and lots of stickerbushes necking down to just enough room for a solo bike and had to turn around, helped by the dozen of riders behind us. Aftermath:
What stopped us, with plenty more of the same behind it:
Joined the group at Dusty’s, took photos there, got the Urals and the Triumph outfit all gathered together.
Hit the bonus stage and moseyed home for an entertaining evening. Good humorous stories about brushes with Portland’s finest, to retell at another time.
We met a lot of great folks, saw excellent motorcycles and had a good time. Even with the occasional rain shower, it was enjoyable and I can’t wait for next year’s Sweeper!