Backfire Motorcycle Night

Backfire Motorcycle Night 3rd Wednesdays in (Seattle),Wa. Celebrating the Cafe Racer, Ratbike and Vintage since 2008. The NW's premier and first DIY alternative Bike night.

Currently on hold due to Covid and the size of our turnouts. In the meantime Drop by Backfire motobar in the Greenlake area .

Operating as usual

Pre-Order this Thick, Black Cotton, Premium Backfire Moto Zip-Hoodie. Front and Back Graphics.We are taking pre-orders o...
11/17/2020
Pre-Order Backfire Moto Front and Back Logo Zip-Hoodie

Pre-Order this Thick, Black Cotton, Premium Backfire Moto Zip-Hoodie. Front and Back Graphics.

We are taking pre-orders on this hoodie to help out with costs. With the new government restrictions on our event, shop, and, meeting space we need to be careful and cost-effective. We will have these ready and shipped out well before Christmas even if we only sell a few. The shipping date is set for the week of December 1st, 2020. We will be making these hoodies regardless of pre-orders. Pre-orders just help out in these rough times. Thank you in advance for your ongoing support and trust.

https://backfiremotoshop.com/collections/hoodies/products/backfire-moto-front-and-back-logo-zip-hoodie

Just going through my old camera and posting pictures
10/31/2020

Just going through my old camera and posting pictures

Just going through my old camera and posting pictures

Going through some old photos. Found this cool one way before masks were required.
10/31/2020

Going through some old photos. Found this cool one way before masks were required.

We've been working on a new shopping site to get the new Hoodie order on. Here is the new site. It's in the early stages...
10/31/2020
Backfire Moto Shop

We've been working on a new shopping site to get the new Hoodie order on. Here is the new site. It's in the early stages and we are still working on it daily. There is a small amount of stuff on it now. We will let you know when the the new hoodies are on it. Check it out often as we are adding new stuff daily. Thanks! www.backfiremotoshop.com

Found some pictures of this Hoodie Design. Should we make it available again? If I get over twenty yes votes, it's go ti...
10/27/2020

Found some pictures of this Hoodie Design. Should we make it available again? If I get over twenty yes votes, it's go time!

Found these on my old Nikon. Sorry no photo editing, but look pretty good. Feel free to tag yourselves if this is your b...
10/27/2020

Found these on my old Nikon. Sorry no photo editing, but look pretty good. Feel free to tag yourselves if this is your bike. Colin and crew!

We possibly posted these before from a Backfire Moto in 2019, but thought you all might enjoy them again to help get you...
10/22/2020

We possibly posted these before from a Backfire Moto in 2019, but thought you all might enjoy them again to help get your mind off all the sh*t going on in the city and world even if it's just for a minute.

Please keep a look out for this beauty.
10/04/2020

Please keep a look out for this beauty.

My 2015 Triumph Bonneville t214 was stolen from my apartment on Friday night. It was parked on 24th and Thomas. Only 1000 of these were made. Please contact me with any information. 206724438three

Backfire Motorcycle Night's cover photo
08/10/2020

Backfire Motorcycle Night's cover photo

Backfire Motorcycle Night's cover photo
08/10/2020

Backfire Motorcycle Night's cover photo

Backfire Motorcycle Night
08/10/2020

Backfire Motorcycle Night

06/26/2020

Hi, We hope everyone is staying safe and enjoying the great weather. We are working on a Backfire Moto collage and would like to ask you all to send me your favorite pictures of the event or your bike. please send it in a PM to Backfiremoto. Also if you send us the pictures you are agreeing on being in this Collage.

05/15/2020

Scott, his pal and his beautiful Harley exit the Backfire Motorcycle Night Backroom bike show.

Came across this today.
05/11/2020

Came across this today.

**‼️STOLEN 5/9/20‼️**

Please keep your eyes out for this Puch.
It was stolen in the U District of Seattle.

Please email MTM with any information or sightings.

#puch#magnum#puchmagnum#moped#toptank#mopeds#mofa#mofacross#mopedlife#mopedarmy#seattle#stolenbike#stolen#udistrict#fremont#ballard

Somehow this old motorcycle got  stuck to the back of my car, so I thought maybe I’d put these bars on that I got at the...
05/10/2020

Somehow this old motorcycle got stuck to the back of my car, so I thought maybe I’d put these bars on that I got at the Cretin MC Swap meet last year for like 10 bucks. See sticker. This little bike I think might be my Bonehead Enduro bike. Anyways the bars are missing the little cover thing and I was like going to order one and then I thought why should I order one when I already have some very amateur leather skills and some recycled dead cow skin. Here is the outcome.

05/09/2020

This video has all the. Basic ingredients. Cool music, cool bikes, sweet artwork, crappy beer and super cool people.

05/08/2020

Pretty long video and didn’t even get all the cool bikes in. This was at the old location The Shop. Wonder if we will every have events this size again?

05/05/2020

Well we can’t have Backfire Moto for awhile, but I have a lot of photos and videos on my phone, so I am just going to start uploading them so we can get stoked for when we can start up again!

Thanks for sharing  Jonathan Rundle those were fun days and hopefully soon we can bring them back!
04/15/2020

Thanks for sharing Jonathan Rundle those were fun days and hopefully soon we can bring them back!

Digging through some old files, I found these from an April 2009 Backfire, probably one of the first I attended. Camera phone quality has come a long way since then...

Backfire MotoBar
03/25/2020

Backfire MotoBar

Hey if you were thinking of a way to help support us through these lean crazy times we are digging out or stock of Shirts, Hoodies, and Hats, etc... We have these on stock so you are sure to get them. You can either receive them by mail which might be a few days, we could arrange to meet or we could actually deliver them sometime if it's within 8 miles of Backfire MotorBar, 7701 Aurora Ave N. Seattle WA 98103 or you could wait until we open and pick them up them. So far we have just added a small number of Hoodies. Please check back often. Stay safe and hope everyone is doing well. We can't wait to see you again! http://www.backfiremoto.com/shop.html

03/17/2020

Virtual Backfire! Take a picture of you and your bike and post it here on 3rd Wednesday. Just your bike is fine.

03/17/2020
Backfire MotoBar

Backfire MotoBar

Due to the recent shut down of the bar, we are offering some DIY space. PM us if you want to rent out some space. We can work out hourly, daily, etc...We offer a nice bench, lift, compressor some tools, some specialty tools, some manuals, and some onsite help. Also, we can offer some storage. 7701 Aurora Ave N. Seattle, Wa 98013. The old Moto International Space. You can also email us at [email protected]. Text us at 206-701-9411.

We have a bathroom you can use and yes we have some toilet paper.
Thanks

03/16/2020

There is no Backfire Motorcycle Night this month. Ride safe and see you soon!

Drop by Backfiremoto Bar tonight (Wed. March11th) in Greenlake after "Well Oiled Wednesday" for an evening of Bluegrass ...
03/11/2020

Drop by Backfiremoto Bar tonight (Wed. March11th) in Greenlake after "Well Oiled Wednesday" for an evening of Bluegrass by Lind and Gross an old-time Bluegrass duet of Banjo and fiddle. It's Free!

03/09/2020

Due to the current health situation happening in our city Backfire Motorcycle night will be held at 7701 Aurora Ave N. Seattle, Washington 98103. That is the Backfire MotoBar Venue address. For all those that didn't know we opened a Bar/ Space last year with the same name as the event. We are doing this because we expect it to be small. We are also starting the event at 5 pm and ended at 9 pm. We are going to try to make parking as convenient as possible, after 7 pm the whole Aurora Ave N. is parking.
The Main Event/ Motorcycle Night will be going back to its original site in Ballard, Washington. 17th and Leary, hopefully as soon as the current health situation is sorted out we will announce the moving month back to Ballard. But I will reiterate, it at our small bar for now.
See you soon, stay safe and healthy! Remember Backfire Motorcycle Night is every third Wednesday’s. This one is March 18th.

Philip
03/01/2020

Philip

Hello fellow riders ! I’ll be doing a pop-up the first three Sundays of March at Hazlewood in Ballard starting at noon. I have a bunch of killer leather jackets made just for riding and everyone of them is in great condition and fairly priced. Men’s and women’s ! Lots of warm clothes to layer up with and boots and denim vests as well ! Come check it out. To see some of the great stuff, just hop over to Instagram and go to #roughmixvintage Thanks for stopping to look ! 12-6pm Hazlewood - Ballard

Phil is doing a pop up moto-shop at Hazelwood tomorrow (Sunday ) ! Drop by and check out his curated tasteful  bargains!
03/01/2020

Phil is doing a pop up moto-shop at Hazelwood tomorrow (Sunday ) ! Drop by and check out his curated tasteful bargains!

Came across some cool older pictures.
02/26/2020

Came across some cool older pictures.

Backfire Motorcycle Night
02/01/2020

Backfire Motorcycle Night

02/01/2020

Breaking News! Backfire Motorcycle Night Event is moving out of SODO. This is the every 3rd Wednesday event. New Location To Be Announced. Spring Opener is in March. Stay Tuned.

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7701 Aurora Avenue Avenue NW
Seattle, WA
98117

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Web site: www.backfiremoto.com BLOG: http://www.backfiremoto.blogspot.com/ Typically bikes start showing up about 4pm and stay till about 10pm Please do not park in front of driveways, crosswalks or fire hydrants. Participating Venues are: The Shop and DERBY and the Food trucks that we personally invite and approve to participate. NO VENDORS PLEASE!!!!!!

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3rd Wednesdays in the Industrial SODO district 2233 6th Ave. South (Seattle),Wa. Celebrating the Cafe Racer, Ratbike and Vintage since 2008. The NW's premier and first DIY alternative Bike night.

Backfire Moto also has a new space with retail, events, beer, snacks, beverages and lots of other things. Located at 7701 Aurora Ave N. Seattle, Wa 98103.

It’s all about Fun and Friends….We just wanted to design a dream motorcycle meet up that was for us and our friends. We are three friends : Sean Dunlap , Sean Westlake and Todd Werny who have been riding and skating and wrenching together since the 90s . Dunlap is a graphic designer , Westlake owns the local Moto –Bar “The fusebox” and I operate “Space Oddity “ a Vintage Furniture store and T-shirt shop. We are all original founders of the Cretins MC an American Café racer club since 1992. We are basically Café racer / ratbike guys. But, today almost nine years later , Backfire encompasses a much broader spectrum of sub-generas . After spending a couple of decades promoting and advocating and organizing on behalf of our overlooked and under-acknowledged genera of motorcycles , we wanted to design our own event that focused on what we loved and enjoyed about the Northwest motorcycle culture. This event would in essence be a response to years of attending bike events where we never felt at home. We wanted Backfire Moto to be casual and focused on hanging out and socializing with people who had the same interests. No commercialism/vendors or glorifying of “showbikes” and “celebrity builders” . The Northwest has a giant advanced DIY alternative motorcycle culture that just needed a meet-up to pull it all together . We aimed to provide that DIY mecca.

​Backfire is an easy routine, no big deal. Once a month you hop on your bike after work and meet up with a few other friends on bikes along the way. You notice that there are more motorcycles than usual in the city today and then you realize that they all seem to be heading to the same place. Backfiremoto, an underground meet up of hundreds of bikes in an industrial oasis just outside the city . Starting up in Spring , Backfire happens every third Wednesday at 4 pm ( rain or shine) and goes till the last bike rolls back out into the night . It happens on the corner of 17th Ave. NW and Leary Ave NW in Ballard which is in an industrial / Maritime zone which is also a concentration of dozens of bars and restaurants. As you take the corner your world is transformed into a motorcycle dreamscape. We blast Punk Rock into the crowd of greasy shop talking zombies as they hang out smoking cigars, drinking beer and exchanging important gas soaked information. Hundreds of bikes line the streets for blocks. Cafe Racers , Rat bikes , bobbers, brat bikes and any kind of vintage bike that you can imagine as well as modified mopeds, and vintage scooters . We started the night to provide a meet up for exactly those kinds of bikes. Over the past 8 years we have grown to the point of seeing Backfire become more than just an alternative to the generic Harley Culture that pervaded the media almost a decade ago. Then, We woke up one morning and noticed that the DIY , alternative bikes we had been advocating and promoting for over two decades had become commonplace in the NW! Café racers were everywhere! We are happy to see the impact that Backfire has had on creating so many new friendships and off shoots to the scene. It is fun to watch the scene grow and develop. Major motorcycle companies are popping out retro bikes that are tempting to even die hard vintage guys like us. It is definitely changing the face of the scene for sure. But , we plan to stick to our roots and to keep the event as people like it…simple , DIY , Free and fun. We may tweak the event a bit to spice it up from time to time but don’t expect much change in the future. It’s all about the great people who show up each month to share their knowledge and show off the bikes that they love. Thanks for 8 Great years! Come visit us at the DJ / Info. T-shirt booth and say “Hi”!!!!​

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1974 BMW R90S for sale Complete re-build by Bob’s BMW of engine, tranny, final drive and wheels with
No backfire tomorrow?
I have only had the chance to get 'Go Fast' to one Backfire... hoping we'll get one this year as as dangerous as it is to ride, it runs great.
Is there gonna be a meet this month?
backfire this month?
Lending new meaning to the term "agricultural"
Since we can't get out as much as I would like, I have been relying on movies and podcasts more than ever. Have you seen these movies? Looking and can't find them.
April 24th 2010. 10 years ago, my Suzuki and my first backfire! Sean Westlake and Todd Werny, I met you guys that night.
Digging through some old files, I found these from an April 2009 Backfire, probably one of the first I attended. Camera phone quality has come a long way since then...
first backfire of the year, here's what I was gona ride
is it moving to second Wednesday of the month ?