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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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Skagit Bird Ramble

It’s a rare sunny winter day in the Skagit Valley of Western Washington. Temps hover at 34 degrees. A fully fueled Suzuki V-Strom sits idle and cold in the garage. News reports mention the Audobon Society’s Christmas bird counts going on throughout

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Winter Arrives in the Cascade Mountains; Cayuse, Chinook and Washington Passes Closed

Rain in the foothills equals snow in the mountains. That’s right my fellow riders, Mother Nature is closing us off from our beloved mountain passes. The Washington State Department of Transportation has closed Cayuse and Chinook passes for the winter.

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Riding Wizards Take to the North Cascades Highway

  Washington State Route 20, also known as the North Cascades Highway, stretches 436 miles from Port Townsend to Newport, Washington. It is in fact the longest stretch of highway in the State of Washington. The true North Cascades Highway

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Yakima to Everett via desert river canyons and tree-lined mountain passes

  The prospect of being a certified Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) RiderCoach has brought me and the V-Strom to Yakima Washington for a 60-hour course. The city of Yakima and surrounding Yakima Valley is known to be one of the

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Scenic ride through Mount Saint Helens destruction

This is a beautiful area with year-round mild-weather, however, a deep scar reminds us of the power of Mother Nature when she decides to show her teeth.

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Unwrapping the fine curves of Chuckanut Drive

a bridge erupts out of a corner in the road and you are dropped in a tree and cliff-lined area along Samish and Bellingham bays overlooking the San Juan Islands. This is where the road becomes truly magnificent. I gently pressed the handlebars left and right as I swerved along the tree-lined cliffs of Chuckanut Drive.

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Let's Ride! Motorcycle Exhibit at the Washington State History Museum

Private screening of One Crazy Ride

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

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AltRider skid plate and crash bars

Aerostich Roadcrafter one-piece riding suit

Aerostich Warmbib heated gear

Best Product Innovation 2013 - Aerostich Magnetic Baby Onsie

Book Review: Sound Rider Guide to Motorcycling through Western Washington

Clean the Winter Blues Away with Original Bike Spirits

Fly Racing Trekker dual sport helmet

Giant Loop Great Basin saddle bag

Giant Loop Fandango tank bag

Garmin Nuvi 500 and 550 GPS

Mounting GPS to Suzuki V-strom

GIVI AirFlow windshield

Hyper-Lite LED lights for motorcycles

Original Bike Spirits Cycle Wash

One Crazy Ride DVD

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Idaho

The Spiral Highway, Idaho's Motorcycle Gem

Washington State: Eastern Region

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?