Year: 2010

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

Rear end collisions are near and dear to me, as they likely are to all motorcycle riders. Here is a brief story about one of the closest encounters of the 4-wheel caged kind that happened to me while stopped. The highway I was on happened to end and curl onto the entrance ramp to an […]

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An Ellensburg Motorcycle Adventure: Lion Rock and Old Durr Road

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An Ellensburg Motorcycle Adventure: Lion Rock and Old Durr Road

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Grand Coulee to Kettle Falls to Wauconda Washington

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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 is a shame. This article is part of the BestScenicRoutes.com effort to get people to […]

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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 is a shame. This article is part of the BestScenicRoutes.com effort to get people to […]

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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 day on the Olympic Peninsula. After gathering our food from the bear-proof cabinet, we begin […]

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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 coffee joint could have been found on any Seattle-area street. The treats on the other […]

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Olympic Peninsula – Hood Canal to Sequim

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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 edible. The only limiting factor to feasting on these spoils is time. Monica and I have a three-day weekend and our goal is to experience as much of the Olympic Peninsula as two nights and three days will allow for […]

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Scratched Paint as the Evidence of a Well-Ridden Motorcycle

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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 Northwest. Rain is not in short supply. Sun and weekends seem to be a particularly […]

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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 Mother Nature is worth something to motorcyclists. Unfortunately, the marketing hacks have tuned into this […]

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Skagit Valley Tulip Festival by Motorcycle

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Mounting GPS to Suzuki V-Strom

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Ian Coates the Smiling Wayfarer

The need for adventure pulls some riders away from the comfort of home for weekends or sometimes more extended multi-day trips. An adventurous spirit has taken one man around the world on a trip that will touch the two wheels of his early nineties Honda Africa Twin on the soil of every continent except Antarctica. […]

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Finney Creek Road, Over the Hill We Go

Many riders enjoy the solitude of the open road. For me, it is always better to share the adventure. That’s where a friend on another bike or pillion comes in to play. My wife enjoys riding as pillion. She has trekked along with me exploring mountains, deserts, lakes and oceans. All of which were fantastic […]

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Looking Ahead to Better Corners

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Skirting the North Cascades Highway

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Product Review: Giant Loop Fandango Tank Bag

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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 on the absolute lack of parking in most areas that would pull you from the […]

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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 weekend joy rides in nice weather. The aspect that they don’t get is the daily […]

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