First post of 2013!

facebook I pretty much doubt anyone still monitors this blog but just in case, Happy New Year! My apologies for not being more active here but I find I do most of my microblogging on Facebook now. Feel free to join me if you like. But for some reason I woke up today wanting to blog and it got me to thinking about all the places I hang out online. It’s not like I dropped the internet or anything!
Dan Crouch on Twitter I’ve had a personal Twitter account for years and it still looks the same. It basically gets RSS fed links from Rare SportBikes and German Cars For Sale Blog. It’s on my list of to-do’s to get them their own pages one day but I hesitate when I think about the interaction required to do it right…
Dan Crouch Videos - YouTube I spend a lot more time on YouTube since we dumped cable. I miss HD sports but practically everything else I can get online one way or another. I don’t upload many videos but I do try to “like” stuff I enjoyed.
Battlefield 3 As you may have noticed from my YouTube likes, I am a Battlefield 3 addict. I’m not very good at it but it is such a great game with so many different ways to enjoy the game. And the graphics are stunning. I used to think $99 for a game was absurd but considering how much I play it’s a bargain. I don’t share much on Battlelog but if you play on PC you can stalk me now!
pinterest I’m trying out Pinterest, mostly to see if it’s viable for my other websites but it’s a great time waster to see what others are pinning too.

First Day of Summer, I Ride to Mary’s Peak

Our weather in Oregon has been a bit on the cool and slightly wet side this spring. But today temperatures jumped to nearly 80 degrees and it was too good to pass up. I did ride the bicycle a bit to try and get back on that horse, but the ride on the Ducati was sadly only the third ride of the year.

Paul and I are planning to hit Laguna Seca for MotoGP and do a proper vacation on motorcycles. But I’m a bit out of practice to say the least. He may be taking his BMW R75/5, but he’s damn proficient on it in the corners and I really do have to work to keep up with him. I need to attend one of Roger’s MotorcyclExcitement schools in the near future! (I maintain his current website and hope to make a new site for him soon!)

The good news is that Paul did such a stellar job dialing in this bike for Sears Point last year that she’s ready to hit the road again with nearly no adjustments.

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Attending EESCC Event 3 AutoCross

As of right now, it’s my birthday next week and I think my first wish will be to attend the autocross this weekend with EESCC. If you search my site, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of this Eugene based organization as they run a professional event with a lot of friendly community feel. See below for some video of me in the S2000 when I first got the car. I haven’t been in a few years and I’m really looking forward to it. Plus I’ll be joining my buddy Gary from OSU who brings out his Cadillac Seville. I’ve included a video of his as well below.

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Here is a video of my buddy Gabe when we were actively running S2000blog.com:

And here is a run I did myself after just a couple weeks of owning the S2000:

And here’s Gary in his latest run this year:

My 2001 Honda S2000 AP1 Has Been For Sale for 2 Weeks with No Bites!

Well this hasn’t happened to me before. I think all the cars I’ve offered for sale in the last 10-15 years have all sold in less than 2 weeks. After a full detail from Carlos at Sports Car Shop in Eugene I was confident that my 55k mile AP1 would have lots of attention, especially with the VIN-matched factory hardtop being available as well. Amazingly the only contacts I’ve had are standard issue Craigslist spam farm emails. See to the right for my ad, which I think is priced below book and accurately represented.

And here is my competition:

2001 Honda S2000, 31k miles adult owned – $13900 (Beaverton)

This is a 2001 Honda S2000. It has been adult owned and garaged it’s entire life(sunny day car). It currently shows 31,830 on the odometer though the weather is getting nice so it may get a few more miles on it before the car sells. I hold a clean title in my hand. This car has never been wrecked and the original soft top is still in excellent condition. The interior is also excellent, it looks pretty darn close to brand new. The drivers side seat foam is still perfect which is very hard to find on S2000’s. The exterior has some minor rock chips etc as you’d expect with a used car but still shines and looks VERY good. No dents or door dings. The car will come with all the manuals, aftermarket car cover, both keys w/remotes, convertible boot cover, and front license bracket and plate(not currently on the car). The car is all stock minus the following:

1)Boston Acoustics speakers. The OEM speakers are included so you could go back to stock though I can’t think of any reason you’d want to. The OEM speakers have PAPER cones!!!

2)USA-Spec ipod adaptor. This allows you to plug your ipod in to the OEM stereo and control your playlists via the CD shuttle controls. This is one of the few adaptors that allows full control of your ipod through the OEM stereo. It’s plug and play, so no holes were drilled nor any wires cut. You can simply unplug it and throw it away if you don’t like it.

3)Short antenna. The OEM antenna looked bad and such a sporty car. Again, this is plug and play(it just unscrews). The OEM antenna is included in case you want to go back.

4)K&N air filter. The OEM filter was dirty and I wanted the best replacement so I bought a K&N. It simply drops in the OEM airbox.

5)Updated banjo bolts. Honda changed the bango bolts mid ’02 for better oil flow. This was a recall everywhere else in the world but in the USA. Better safe than sorry so I replaced them.

6)rear suspension tweek. The ’00-01 cars were known for their snap oversteer. Part of this is because they had the stiffest rear sway bar of any other year and part was the suspension geometry. I have corrected the suspenion geometry and replaced the rear sway bar with a ’02-03 model. This is the next stiffest sway bar if you look through all model years. This helps take the ‘edge’ off without changing the feel of the car much. The original sway bar is included.

I’m asking $13900. Cash talks and BS walks. Please don’t contact me if you don’t have he funds available and no test drives without funds either. I can email more pictures on request and I can show the car most evenings. Low ballers will be ignored. I’ve watched the market for two years and I know what these cars sell for and what they are worth. With 31k miles this Honda is barely broke in…


Honda S2000 OEM Hardtop Extras Clean Title – $18500 (vancouver)

2002 S2000. Only 53k miles. Well maintained. Needs nothing.
Sebring silver with RARE red interior/black accents.
Soft top is in excellent condition.
2002 models are by many considered the most desirable. First year with a GLASS rear window in the soft top, suspension updates, cosmetic updates…and it was before the second generation changes, which in my opinion took away a bit of the character of the car. They kind of toned things down a bit too much for my taste.
Anyhow, it includes a lot of great extras that really enhance the appearance and driveability of the car, such as…..

*AP2 Wheels (17″), bigger size than AP1 for better handling and road grip (one of the few knocks on the stock AP1 models)
*OEM matching Honda Hardtop (a few scratches on it but in excellent condition)
*Clear Bra (great for keeping the rock chips away)
*Upgraded Comptech Exhaust/Sounds great
*Upgraded Stereo and Speakers (kenwood excelon with infinity speakers)
*Wheel and Seat locks
*High End Alarm (lots of extra features to keep it safe)
*Honda factory shop manual

So for the time being I think I’m going to pull the car off the market and enjoy it. Almost as soon as I had the car listed the spring weather turned to awesome and we’ve really enjoyed having a convertible for three weekends straight. There’s also an autocross coming up that I’d like to do with my buddy Gary who campaigns his Cadillac!

In the meantime I’m going to assess how much I’d like to keep the car versus shopping for another bike with the equity I have in the car. I miss the hunt and because aside from when the weather is nice, the car really doesn’t get driven much now that I work full time from home.

Decisions, decisions…

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Happy New Year: 1 Owner 89 CRX Si with 52k Miles!

Just spotted via the VWVortex forums, here’s a car I’d love to snag: An unmolested, one owner, 52k mile CRX in yellow. Paul and I had a friend in college that had a low mileage car EXACTLY like this one and it was a blast to drive. Spirited acceleration, go cart handling, and great Honda ergos on the inside.

1989 Honda CRX Si on eBay

$11k sounds high to me but they’re accepting bids. Considering super clean MKII GTi’s can fetch 7-9k these days when they surface, I’d put this in a similar category value wise. I’ll be watching to see if it sells for sure!

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P.S. New Years Resolution: Post more on this blog! I’m going to be less winded and hopefully more frequent as a result. For anyone still subscribing, thank you for hanging on and I hope to make this a cool place to hang out again this year. Feel free to friend me over at Facebook too if you like, just shoot me a note with the invite so I know who you are 🙂 -dc

Late Motorcycle Camping Trip in Central Oregon

My latest motorcycle adventure was an early fall trip to the Ochoco Mountains with Paul, Scott and Keith. We were originally planning to take a repeat trip as last year to Paulina Lake but decided the weather looked better a bit further east. This is also the regular, all summer long, every weekend possible, and preferred spot for Paul, Scott and Keith.

This date had been on the calendar most of the summer and we were all committed. Good thing it was as it was the only camping I did this year. This is practically a sin living in the Willamette Valley and my wife is finally considering riding two up to make sure she doesn’t miss the only camping trip of the year again next year.

We had a pretty wet week prior to the trip but sure enough the forecast held up for the most part and we were treated to low 70’s once over the pass. Of course it got colder than shit overnight being so clear. When I woke up in the morning I could see my breath in the tent. But I was nice and toasty thanks to Matt’s 20F rated bag and tent (thanks for the loaners!)

I also hate to admit I haven’t really been east of Redmond before. I was expecting the same kind of landscape as in Sisters and Bend but once you’re out in this country the subtle colors become so vivid.

Final admission is that I didn’t take the 750SS this time, but once again enjoyed taking Paul’s VFR 750 for this trip. The Duc is plenty capable of making the trip, but I also know that Paul’s VFR is always at the ready to make a week long camping trip and decided to enjoy the speed and practicality of his mount. He took his R75/5 which he rides nearly as quickly as the VFR. Very cool ride.

I took some bad Blackberry pictures and I’ve also added some from the other guys. I hope you enjoy and if you need an affordable but stunning vacation, go east!

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Indy MotoGP 2011 Wallpaper 1920 HD

Here are some of my pictures from the 2011 Indianapolis MotoGP. RareSportBikesForSale.com was on hand of course as this is an event we try to always make! The gallery is late as usual but at least within 30 days!

These were taken on Friday during a practice session. Doug, Bruce, and I all found ourselves in the same spot on this day as you can get pretty close to the riders with no fence in the way to spoil the shots. Race day, this spot is 20-30 people deep and nearly impossible to get unless you camp out all day in the spot. We usually show up just before the race nowadays since we’ve been there two straight days already and two boozy bike filled nights downtown as well for the bikes on the circle event.

On to the pics! That’s Rossi above, and here is Hayden. His sister had just got married and he wore this helmet to celebrate!

And here’s last year’s champion, Jorge Lorenzo:

Here are the others without post-processing but made available at 1920×1280:

And if you want to see more streetable rides, check out all the bikes I spotted in the parking lots and downtown in this Facebook album for RSBFS.

Thanks again to Doug for being a great host in Indy!

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Low Mileage Classic Car Craigslist Finds Tonight

Paul scored himself a nice find tonight that inspired me to hit Craigslist myself to do some shopping. I can’t talk details yet, but he wants the Intra rims back. Here’s a picture of the rims I bought from him last year for a future, undiscovered project. Period correct Porsche 928 clone wheels from West Germany with 4×100 pattern:

So off I went surfing Portland, Craigslist for privately listed classics. The chase (hazy fantasy shopping) is a big part of the fun. But I added another layer to my criteria: A car that could qualify for casual and/or classic TSD rallies, like the upcoming Brighton Rally that I work with. Never done one and it sounds like fun. So I set my budget constraints appropriately and knowing there could be a couple thousand needed immediately, I set off. What I found surprised me. Take a look:

My top pick is probably this 73 240Z that has been recently refreshed for $9k:

Rehabilitation of a cool classic.

We put in a fresh motor, new seals in the transmission, real wheel bearings, resent paint and interior work.

Mileage says 18,000 on the odometer, but being an old car, we think it’s higher than that.

We also have replacement glass if you’re not a fan of the unicorn art on the windows (which we didn’t do).

Unicorn glass? Are you kidding?! Gotta keep that LOL!


My next pick is this last year 1976 BMW 2002 with fresh paint and engine, from an owner that has had the car since 1980! ($9995)

European Classic – 1976 2002 BMW, 2nd owner – owned since 1980
117,756 miles, new engine installed 11,000 miles ago
Navy blue seats, with Black dash and console
Original owners handbook,

While it doesn’t quite sound 100% correct in terms of interior, a single owner for the past 31 years could prove to be a very special find.


My 3rd pick is this 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280S with 30k original miles and a fresh paint job! Not normally a car I’d be seeking out, but would make for a great car for classic rallies, wine tasting Sunday’s, and maybe even the occasional show with that kind of mileage.

Not quite clear if it’s an auto or manual, and the color isn’t my favorite. But a chance to own a well preserved Benz of this era is enticing at $7k.


My wife’s pick is this 1965 Ford Thunderbird for $9k. The paint isn’t the original color, but it represents pretty damn well and sports only 72k miles.

I’m more of a European minded focus but I have to admit this is a good looking ride and would be a pleasure to pilot or co-pilot for the right events.


In the honorable mentions wrap-up, I like the look and price of the Alfa Romeo GTV6 with records and recent engine work:

and this “restored” MR2 has my attention too. Unfortunately this car and the previous pick are probably not eligible in most classic rallies, but they crossed my path and I couldn’t look back while feeling nostalgic.


Like I said, my original intent was to find a car suitable for classic car rallies and a few of these don’t meet that criteria. A few of the others do though and it would be fun to try out for a while compared to the rather safe choices I’ve made in the S2000 and e36 M3 before it.

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Long Overdue: Actually Using My New Specialized Bicycle!

{note: This is not a guest post, I actually did this LOL! -dc}

I posted on Facebook nearly a year ago that I had been shopping for a Specialized road bike and was hoping to start an actual exercise regimen. It’s been since college that I had any regular riding time, and since high school that I had done any intentional exercise. I knew it wouldn’t be easy getting back on but I didn’t think it would take this long either.

Specialized Road Bike

Still, there’s been alot going on this year and even getting out for a short ride was better than no ride from time to time.

But my wife has been kicking ass on the elliptical machine doing 600-800 calories a day and she feels better and looks great. Something clicked for me this week and I decided it was my turn to take this more seriously.

Yesterday I set out on what I thought was a good first ride over about 45-50 minutes. I tried to pick a route around town that had some gentle hills and nice scenery. Wasn’t tough as Corvallis is one of the friendliest bicycle communities in the country and there are bicycle routes everywhere. I was a little foolish though in that I had a bacon, eggs, and crumpet break”feast” and went on my ride an hour later. The gradual rise along Walnut and then the uphill as it turned into 53rd almost got me sick. Which is also about the time I realized I hadn’t brought any water — idiot!! But the bike path by the OSU horse barns is a nice shot with the wind at your back and the rest of the route was smooth.

Day 1 Route, 8.2 miles:

Today I went back out and wanted to do something a little flatter but compensate by taking a longer route. I stuck with just an energy bar before heading out and I think this helped alot too. I wanted to ride the bike path along Philomath Blvd. like I used to in high school from Bellfountain and Airport all the way to CHS. Even managed to fit in a little business along the way with Rolling Stone Pizza (I’ll be doing a new website for them soon) at the Wednesday Farmer’s Market.

Day 2, 9.1 miles:

Both rides should have me burning around 600 calories each. The day 1 ride due to duration, day 2 due to the 18mph average speed. And day 2 was only 35 minutes. I think initially I’ll stick to routes like this as it was more satisfying seeing more scenery in less time. Probably a byproduct of having two motorcycles 😀

Anyway thanks for listening to me ramble and please feel to post any comments with suggestions — especially anything to help me stick with it!

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