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Suzuki Kind of Guy

As a person who is not tied to a particular motorcycle brand, why are 90% of my miles on a particular brand of bike? This recent realization caused me to pause. Kudos to you, Suzuki.

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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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85 Miles of Dirt – A Group Ride through Snoqualmie National Forest

Group rides on dirt roads are best served wet. Putting a bunch of two-wheeled hooligans on a dry dirt road puts the strong taste of dust in all but the leader’s mouth. Lucky for us, we live in the Pacific

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Mounting GPS to Suzuki V-Strom

The recent product review of the Garmin Nuvi 500-series GPS received many inquiries about how it was mounted to my motorcycle. This is how I mounted the Garmin Nuvi 500 to a Suzuki DL650 V-Strom. To start, I have a

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The Buzz Around Town

Getting around in town can be a hassle. The streets are packed with SUV drivers who are more intent on talking on their cell phone than actually paying attention to what’s going on around them. Don’t even get me started

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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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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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Buzzing through Mt. Rainier National Park

  Ah yes, the joys of roughing it in a rustic camp ground. Who needs an expensive hotel room. There were three tents each with a happy motorcycle camper in our campsite. It was $15 of bliss split three ways

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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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Motorcycle camping San Juan Islands

  It’s an hour after we planned to be out the door. That’s okay, because we’re heading for the San Juan Islands and it just isn’t island-like to be on time. It’s all about chilling out. Fretting over the little

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