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

Riding a motorcycle through the Skagit Valley to the highest point on Fidalgo Island and across Deception Pass is a perfect way to experience Washington State even with snow on the higher mountain roads. Come along with BestScenicRoutes,.com as we explore grand views of the San Juan Islands in what is a quick day-trip from Seattle.

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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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Warehouse Motorcycle Racing

Group of motorcycle riders join weekly for debauchery in an empty warehouse. The truth of the matter is that this is an incredible experience to learn proper cornering, braking and general motorcycle operation techniques. These guys are really on to something.

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Ian Coates Around the World Update

This is an update on Ian Coates, the Smiling Wayfarer that I met in April of 2010. Ian is a 67-year-old from Hebden Bridge, England. He has the adventurous heart of a 27-year-old. He has been traveling around the world since 1999 on a Honda Africa Twin.

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The Humble Motorcyclist

Pride can get in the way of motorcycle skill development. Humbling experiences open our minds to the fact that there’s always room for vast improvement.

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Take a Highly Visible Stand, with High-Viz Motorcycle Riding Gear

As a motorcyclist, pleasing colors could also be explained as colors that don’t stand out in traffic. Personally, I prefer riding gear that will burn a hole in the eye’s of drivers all around me. Fluorescent colors such as blaze-orange, lime-green or high-viz yellow won’t be splashed on the wall of my house anytime soon. At least that is what my wife tells me. Fluorescent colors aren’t found in nature and really stand out in traffic.

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Product Review: Hyper-Lite LED lights for motorcycles

As with most motorcycles, my bike has a small single brake light that only garners moderate attention. I want a light that Las Vegas would be proud of to get through the traffic and nail drivers behind me right in

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Prelude to Conspicuity Article Series – Close Encounters of the 4-Wheeled Kind

Motorcycle conspicuity, conspicuous, motorcycle visibility, high-viz, being seen, being visible, stand out in traffic, motorcycle lighting, motorcycle commuting, traffic safety, motorcycle safety

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Product Review: AltRider Skid Plate and Crash Bars

A new player to the adventure motorcycle scene is AltRider LLC. The Seattle-based company makes precision engineered parts that are as rugged as the bikes they bolt to. In many ways they are more rugged than the bikes they bolt to.

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An Ellensburg Motorcycle Adventure: Lion Rock and Old Durr Road

Perspective, Hakan rides with the hills in the distance.

We uncork a bottle of wine and toast to the pursuit of adventure and to sleeping under the stars at 6,240 feet above sea level. Despite a few tumbles, the day was amazing. Stamina and skills were tested and with that comes accomplishment.

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Grand Coulee to Kettle Falls to Wauconda Washington

This trip included viewing the largest concrete structure in the United States, climbing dirt switchback mountain roads, two small ferries and finding a ghost town and mine once owned by a famous gum manufacturer.

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North Cascades Connections – Okanogan Forest to Grand Coulee Dam

The North Cascades Highway is a very popular route for motorcyclists seeking curves, scenery and small towns to eat in. Relatively few riders from the west side of the mountains venture off the Cascade Loop route. That, my fellow riders

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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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Olympic Peninsula – Port Angeles and Hurricane Ridge

The next morning we head back to Hwy 101 via NP2880. This road offers great views down the steep cliffs above the Dungeness River. We dismount in Sequim to find treats and coffee. We find both within a short stroll. The

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Olympic Peninsula – Hood Canal to Sequim

Leaving from Tacoma, our motorcycle takes us across the Tacoma Narrows Bridge northward to Bremerton along Washington State Route (SR) 16. We ride the V-Strom 650 through Bremerton to check out the Puget Sound and harbored Navy aircraft carriers. The

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