The Right Coast Ride
What is the RCR?
The Right Coast Ride (RCR) is an annual
gathering of the Denizens of
Doom, usenet's very own motorcycle gang. It is aimed at bringing
together biker geeks from the "right" coast of North America -- from
the eastern seaboard to the Mississippi River. The RCR has been
happening every year since 1992 as a floating event, moving around to
various sites within the area bounded by the Mason-Dixon Line on the
north and the North Carolina/South Carolina border on the south.
You do not have to be a "member" of the Denizens of Doom, have
number, know who the Keeper is, or even know anything about bikes or
computers or anything like that to attend. Everyone who reads this is
automatically an honorary Computer Geek on Bike and will be
welcome, as will friends, family, and children.
List of RCR's
On the Naming of the Event
"I had just moved here from CA four months earlier when the
planning started. "Right" was a pun -- being a term for both
"East" and "correct," e.g., this is the right coast to be on!"
-- Ed Green, Grand Oompah RCR-I
The Traditional Boundaries
The geographical boundaries of the RCR have been much discussed,
usually on an annual basis. The boundaries are actually
guidelines rather than
rules -- it is up to the individual Oompah to decide where to hold the
The definitive answer is, however:
There is some variance in folks' memories about whether the area
includes South Carolina and/or Pennsylvania; I believe that both are
- East of the Mississippi River
- West of the Atlantic Ocean
- North of the northern South Carolina border
- South of the southern Pennsylvania border
The Wonder Twins
||Only two Denizens have to date attended all
RCR's: Dave Lawrence and Martyn Wheeler. This group shot was
taken at RCR-VII (photo: Josh Fielek), when there were five who
had attended them all.
Left to right, they are: Ian Howie, Mark Cervi, Dave
Lawrence, Mr. Bill, and Martyn Wheeler.
The One True Motorcycle
||One motorcycle has been ridden to no less
than ten RCR's to date. No
other individual bike comes close. This is Mark Cervi's 1987 Moto
here pictured at RCR-VII (photo: Josh Fielek).
A full list of anyone who's ever reputed to have
attended an RCR. This page is rather large -- please be
patient. It's also out of date, of course...
The more recent RCR's have had award ceremonies. This list of
awards is mostly incomplete until I can get more information on it.
This is the definitive photo record of the Right