Suzuki VanVan Review

VanVan a Go Go: 2017 Suzuki VanVan 200

The bike makes a remarkable visual statement. The metallic gray version I first observed in the wild was just perfect: the piping on the pleated seat, the round headlight, the dirt track-style knobbies. It made me stop and look.
BMW R1200GS project bike in the water at the 2017 Bungee Brent's Backroad Bash. Photo: Angelica Rubalcaba.

Big Bikes at Bungee Brent’s 10th Annual Backroad Bash & R1200GS Project Update 3

The CityBike Wrecking Crew goes to Bungee Brent’s Backroad Bash every year—it’s become something akin to an annual corporate retreat, which I understand is what real companies call these outings that serve as backdrops for trust falls, sexual harassment and blackmail fodder. It’s a bit of a misnomer, though: we’re not corporate, and we damn sure don’t retreat. Ever.
Bungee Brent's Backroad Bash 2016

Bungee Brent’s Backroad Bash 2016, or “Do You Wanna Get Murdered? ‘Cause This Is How You Get Murdered!”

The scene has a real “The Hills Have Eyes” vibe—we’re in a grove of trees, with many high vantage (sniper) points surrounding us. The hodgepodge of digging and gardening tools, oddball collection of vehicles ranging from a dilapidated Vanagon to a modern Tahoe, and makeshift tent-like shelters add up to just creepy enough for concern. Against our admittedly limited better judgment, we poke around and call out a bit more. No dice.