At Crooked River Ranch

by: PHOTO BY RAGINA ANDERSON - Contestants in last year's Steel Stampede races navigate terrain.The first weekend in May, the Steel Stampede motorcycle races will return to Crooked River Ranch for the Ranch's eighth annual American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association event.

Sponsored by Powroll Motor Performance and Redwood Engineering Northwest, the event features trials and scrambles on vintage motorcycles.

The event will be held Saturday and Sunday, May 3 and 4. Motorcycles from the 1950s, '60s and '70s will be operated by competitors who range in age from in their 20s into their 80s.

Featured motorcycles include vintage AJS and Matchless, Triumph, BSA Co., Greeves, Honda, DKW and Husqvarna models. There will be a new class for 2014 featuring late 1960s and early 1970s motorcycles. Former national and regional champions will be participating in this event.

The trials competition has a new masters class for advanced riders to ride a more difficult line. The trials loop, featuring hills, valleys, boulders, tree roots and a variety of seemingly insurmountable objects, will be longer than in the past two years to challenge riders.

In trials, riders conquer the terrain with skills and balance. Speed is not a determining factor; the goal is to complete the course without the rider's feet touching the ground.

Scrambles and trials events were some of the earliest forms of off-road motorcycle competition. Scrambles challenge riders to negotiate a natural terrain track as opposed to a groomed course. Courses consist of hills, valleys, ruts and jumps, which riders must negotiate as quickly as possible.

Vintage trials have special sections for very old machines and less skilled riders, as well as extremely difficult sections for expert riders on newer machines.

First-time spectators will likely be amazed at the terrain these riders are able to negotiate, according to organizers.

Saturday afternoon features a golf tournament which combines the scores from golf and the trials event for a special award.

Sunday's events kick off with the Cycle Gear Northwest Vintage Motocross Regional Series. Sign up opens at 7 a.m., with riders meeting at 8:30 a.m. Practice begins at 8:45 a.m., followed by the first race at 9:15 a.m.

The event, presented by the Crooked River Ranch Club and Maintenance Association, in conjunction with other Ranch clubs and organizations, benefits the Crooked River Ranch community.

General admission is $10 per person per day, with some discounts available. For more information, visit the website at or call 541-388-2136 or 541-548-8939.

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