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In Search of a Dirt Road with a Mount Baker View

Beautiful Mt Baker near Baker Lake

A scenic dirt motorcycle route in search of Mount Baker viewpoints. The route leaves from Hamilton, Washington and connects with Bake Lake Road. Fantastic views can be had along the tail end of the route. The beginning portion is just straight up hooligan dirt fun. Ride at your own risk.

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Posted in North Cascade Connections, Washington State

What is an Adventure Motorcycle

So what exactly is an adventure motorcycle? An adventure motorcycle is often used on long rides along paved and unpaved roads. Adventure motorcycles can be grouped into the overarching category of dual sport or enduro motorcycles. These bikes are capable of carrying one or two passengers and their gear on overnight or multiple day trips miles from civilization. They have longer suspension of six or more inches, to absorb the imperfections of dirt roads, double track trails and perhaps single track trails.

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Posted in Thoughts on Motorcycling

Product Review: Giant Loop Great Basin Saddlebag

Hands down, the best solution that I have found for packing camping gear on a motorcycle is the Giant Loop Great Basin Saddlebag. These guys have it going on.

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Olympic Peninsula – Elwha Dam to Port Townsend

Continuing the relaxed nature of this trip, we weren’t in a hurry to leave the comfort of our sleeping bags. The sun began to warm the ground by the time that we woke up. This was to be our last

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Weekend Get-Away to Olympic Peninsula, the Greenest Place in Washington State

The true spoils of riding possibilities in the Evergreen State would make motorcyclists obese if it were edible.

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Posted in Washington State

Product Review: Garmin Nuvi 500-series GPS

Is it worth a few extra dollars to ensure that products work as advertised and last through the rigors of motorcycling? Most of the time, I would answer with a resounding “yes,” Ease of use and the ability to withstand

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Riding and the Pursuit of Adventure

The question of why I ride a motorcycle is asked quite often. It seems that the answer would be simple, “because I like it.” My weekend rides don’t elicit that question from onlookers near as often as my daily commute. People understand the

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Flashpacking is packing light, packing geek

Packing for a long trip on a motorcycle is a challenge. A search for “packing light motorcycle” returns more than 4 million results on the subject. The first result of that search is for Tom Mehren’s book Packing Light Packing

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Product Review: Aerostich Warmbib

As a kid growing up in Northern Minnesota, I remember snowmobiling in temperatures far below zero degrees Fahrenheit. We never thought about how cold it was. We were too busy enjoying the ride. The winter months in the Pacific Northwest

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Product Review: Aerostich Roadcrafter One-Piece Riding Suit

The single best feature of the Roadcrafter one-piece is how quick and easy it is to put on and take off.

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Private Screening of “One Crazy Ride”

One Crazy Ride is what a motorcycle adventure should be. Exploration into the unknown for the sake of finding it.

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Cascading views along Washington’s Mountain Loop Highway

All I’ve got to say is “wow.” The Mt. Loop Hwy is made for the Suzuki V-Strom 650 that I was riding.

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Posted in Ride videos, Washington State

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An Ellensburg motorcycle adventure: Lion Rock and Old Durr Road

Grand Coulee to Wauconda via Kettle Falls

North Cascade Connections: Okanogan Forest to Grand Coulee Dam

North Cascade Connections: Okanogan Motorcycle Adventure (Loop including: SR20, Baldy Pass, US97, CA97 and CA3)

Washington State: Olympic Peninsula

Elwa Dam to Port Townsend

Port Angeles to Hurricane Ridge

Hood Canal to Sequim

Olympic Peninsula weekend get-a-way, the greenest place in Washington State

Washington State: Puget Sound Region

Bucolic Mosquito Lake Road

In search of dirt road with Mount Baker view

Cascading views along Washington's Mountain Loop Highway

Mount Baker Highway to Artist Point – A Grand View of Mount Baker Volcano

Lake Cavanaugh Road in the Heart of Skagit County Logging and Scenic Beauty

Snoqualmie National Forest group ride

Skagit Valley Fields, Fidalgo Island Views and Aptly Named Deception Pass

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival by motorcycle

Skagit bird ramble

Finney Creek Road, over the hill we go

Skirting the North Cascades Highway

Unwrapping the fine curves of Chuckanut Drive

Thoughts on Motorcycling

An old story to start a new adventure

Close encounters of the 4-wheeled kind

Ian Coates the smiling wayfarer

Ian Coates around the world update

Flash packing is packing light, packing geek

Importance of Environmental Awareness for Motorcycle Riders

Looking ahead to better corners

Motorcycle ride inspiration

Nearly 40-percent of Washington State motorcycle deaths are unendorsed riders

Riding and the pursuit of adventure

Scooters as around town transportation

Scratched paint as evidence of a well-ridden motorcycle

South Park attacks Harley Davidson in episode titled "The F Word"

Suzuki Kind of Guy

Take a highly visible stand with high-viz motorcycle riding gear

The Five Phases of D.I.Y. Learning - Applied to High Risk Environments

The humble motorcyclist

What is an adventure motorcycle?