Austin Vince is coming back to Portland Dec.19

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by pdxjim, Nov 16, 2013.

  1. pdxjim

    pdxjim Two Stroke Terror

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    Thursday December 19.
    Clinton Street Theatre
    Portland, Oregon

    The Sang-Froid Riding Club presents " Mondo Sahara " by Austin Vince
    The thrilling new expedition and film – Mondo Sahara!

    The aim was, starting in London, to ride off-road, across Spain, Morocco and Western Sahara. With this behind us, we would meet up with Richard Kemplay of Beast of Burden. Whilst we were riding out, he would have been burying food, fuel and water across the deserts of Mauritania. Once we rendezvoused at the Mauritanian border post he would hand us a GPS plot of the supply dumps and off we’d lunge into the Empty Quarter of the Sahara. Englishmen and Americans, following a Garmin speck across the wilderness for 1200 miles. Each night locating and digging up the supplies for the next day. Nobody had done anything like this before. It was only going to be four weeks but would still be a class-A adventure!

    As usual, Austin's goal is to show, beyond a doubt, that "in only 4 weeks door to door, a bunch of regular guys, with hardly any specialist gear, can have an affordable world-class travel adventure!" The SFRC has brought Austin to town before and it's always a good time.
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  2. Baroquenride

    Baroquenride Everyone dies, but not everyone truly lives.

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    I'm not trying to rain on the parade, but it's going to come off that way. I went to last years event and was really turned off with how much of a drunk he is and how much he bitched about this or that. I'd love it if he could sober up and present the adventure without the whining. Now that I think about it, I just couldn't take it anymore near the end and just got up and walked out. I know others had a great time so don't take my word for it. :1drink
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    Mr. Fisherman PROUD 2B Riff Raff!

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    But what is it going to cost?
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  5. tblume

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    Last year was $4 but donations accepted; $1 PBR... if I recall correctly.

    Good riddance.
    He explained his displeasure with getting short changed by his "hosts" the night before at the Seattle touratech towards the end and apologized for his behavior (and calling them and Ewen and Charlie cunts; I agree on this point)

    The presentation on RTW travel by anyone without a bajillion dollar budget was the point. He's a legend and you bailed because you were turned off?

    Really...:ddog
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  6. HellsAlien

    HellsAlien a has-been that never-was

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    i have to agree with baroque. I too was embarrased by this man's display of alcoholism/bad manners and left early in disgust.

    SFRC you need to raise the bar with this guy before he sullies your reputation again.
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  7. peterman

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    but, but, but,,I'm problly drunk by now, or getting close to it,,and you still like me dontcha?,:eek1,please oh please,,,:rofl
    I read this every time it comes around, and I think,,so what? Is this the guy with the cooking show, or the guy that tries to get laid in every little village, or another one of the same, "pay me to ride, and I'll tell you a story" sort of antic. Either way,,I'm out!
    ride with us all day, sidle up to our campfire and tell yer story,,or not.
    If folks were paying me money to talk, I'd start making shit up!
    I remember a winter so cold, you had to go indoors to strike a match because the flame would freeze outside! We had to release the clutch on the bikes very slowly, because the spokes were brittle with cold and would simply snap in half!:1drink
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  8. 4corners14

    4corners14 Been here awhile

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    I saw him in Seattle a couple of years ago. He's an ass. I was embarrassed for the promoters. If he's a legend in the biking world, we need some new examples.



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  9. Baroquenride

    Baroquenride Everyone dies, but not everyone truly lives.

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    This is similar to what I was looking for- an evening on his personal stories of people he'd met, experiences he'd had, and how he'd do it again and the changes he'd make. This is a cool movie and I hope to see the guy talk about it some day.
    Ashes Before Dust http://vimeo.com/76342730
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  10. Baroquenride

    Baroquenride Everyone dies, but not everyone truly lives.

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    Oh yeah, I completely forgot about that! Yeah, I'm in full agreement and I think that was the tipping point with me too!!!!
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  11. tblume

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    All BS aside, it was an inspirational presentation of regular people riding motorcycles around the world or cross continent, from the first Anglo to travel from Europe to S Africa solo (a woman in the 1930s iirc) to Ed March on his 90 cub, at 17 years old or something.

    The upshot is this- it's easy; having a job and responsibilities is harder... walking away from your life to live on the road is the hardest part.

    Sorry to offend.
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  12. bdcorrigan

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  13. Motomuffin

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    I loved the presentation and Austin! And if you all didn't know this, most americans do act like entitled cunts when traveling abroad.
    Politics can't be divorced from travel.
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    ....with almost 300 million Americans out there.....I'm not sure I could try to say what "most" of them would do or say on any topic. As far as his presentation....if I want to watch Porn, I'd rather not do it with 50 guys in the room... but that's just me. :D :rofl :D


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  15. Scott_PDX

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    I missed the Austin event last year. Having recently come across Mondo Enduro and Terra Firm DVD's, them boys had some interesting adventures. Maybe I need to find out for myself - I do have a low tolerance for negative BS, but a fine appreciation for $1 PBR's.

    Speaking of Sang Froid, anybody know what this is..."December 15th – “Back Forty Enduro”

    http://sang-froidridingclub.com/calendar/
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  16. Motomuffin

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    Of course I'm not sure that the percentage is most but it was in my experience.
    I think he's a showman and has strong opinions, and last I heard, in this country you're free to express them. Just as we're all free to express ours here. I think it's great that we're going to perhaps cull the people from the presentation who wouldn't enjoy it.... And isn't that the whole point of this place anyway?
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  17. mtbdemon

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    Hmmmm, I have seen Austin each time he has come to Portland over the last few years and saw him the last two years at Overland Expo in Arizona where this last year he showed Mondo Sahara and whatever you think of Austin, I really think all you adventure riders will enjoy the movie....A LOT
    As far as Austin goes, I think he is either your cup of British tea or not-I have spoke with him extensively at Overland and found him very engaging and not a prick in the least-Yes, he can be a bit preachy but I think he has some valid points since but he has seen much of the world that we, as American tourists rarely see...

    SEE the movie, you will enjoy it!!
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  18. Maddaddy

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    You can expect Austin to be in Austin style. If you don't like him or his humor, that's okay. Don't complain if you been fooled twice, he is of a different culture.

    If you have not seen him speak, then you can expect: Nudity, profanity, preaching, backhanded humor, mockery of you and your adventure bike, mockery of the 'adventure bike' industry, and british humor. All in good fun.

    He will also sincerely encourage you to get out beyond the safety zone of your life, travel by whatever means you have, show you it can be done with little money, and that you don't need some behemoth motorbike because that's what the industry is telling you what you need to be successful.

    And, not to take it all so seriously.

    I can also tell you he is thankful for you and supporters like Touratech.
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    You've never seen Russian tourists have you? They make the average American tourist pig look like a member of the diplomatic corp.
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  20. soyanarchisto

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    I think some people just seek out reasons to be offended. I went to a presentation by Striking Viking some years ago and some douche got into him about his political views. He shouted out something like "we're here for a slide show not to hear about your liberal political views."

    Different strokes for different folks. You pays your admission you get your ride.
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