Motos in Moab
Amongst the red rocks bordering the Colorado river burned an enormous bonfire; a collection of trees and shrubs from the surrounding landscape raised as an obelisk against the night sky. The fire raged as a burnt offering to the gods of youth, freedom and petroleum. A gathering of more than 250 people raised their voices as two motorcyclists revved their engines tearing around the bonfire in friendly competition. Welcome to Motos In Moab.
We had first set up this Memorial Day camp out to be held at a KOA in residential Moab. The presumed intimacy of the camp out was overshot by more than one hundred motorcyclists from all over the country. Everyone rode down Friday morning to the KOA that was run by a bunch of squares. You could feel the vibe that everyone resented our group of motorcycle folk that had taken over this family retreat.
We had a good first night, but woke up to police and management kicking us out without reimbursing the thousands that had already been paid in full for the next couple days. We were less than amused or surprised. After a long argument with the manager a few of us drifted around the campground and left causing a scene.
One of the first things the owner requested was that we had to build the biggest bonfire anyone had ever seen.
After a few hours of scouting, a couple people found the owner of some amazing BLM land. This guy and his kid, who had owned the land for many years, agreed to host the campout for the remaining 2 days. One of the first things the owner requested was that we had to build the biggest bonfire anyone had ever seen. We were stoked! So a handful of hours later there we were, making moto campout and social media history.
The iconic photos that were taken from that weekend, specifically the bonfire racing, have resonated throughout the motorcycle community for an entire year. Now we are facing the second annual event on May 27th of 2016, which is hosting almost 1,200 people and a flat track this go around. The growth was so substantial that all the family and friends of @SALTCITYBUILDS have been heading down to clear the massive fields to accommodate for the much larger numbers. All the hard work of those who make this event so awesome will be appreciated by over 4X the amount of people that last years event brought down. Can't wait to see what carnage this year will have in store.
Johnny Bones is proud to announce that we will be bringing our debut line of clothes to sell at this years camp out. We will also be releasing a one-off Motos in Moab shirt for sale exclusively at the event. Stay tuned as we will be posting a recap write up on the debauchery that ensues. See you out there.