Northwest Featured Stories

ABATE of WA: May Motorcycle Awareness Protest Ride

By Brian Lange In January, it was decided to celebrate May being Motorcycle Awareness Month by doing a ride from Tacoma to Olympia to draw attention to motorcycle riders and awareness of riders on the roadways. Then, came the Coronavirus, and all the issues that have accompanied it. Originally the ride was going to end at the Capitol in Olympia, ...

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Eagle Leather’s Helmet and Communication Systems Open House

February 22nd was the second year running for this informative event by Eagle Leather. Check out what it was all about here, as told by the owner of Eagle Leather: By Mike Toursal The Eagle Leather Helmet and Headset Open House was a tremendous success. We were able to give away more–$500 more—than the $2000 we advertised. If you were ...

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Road Bites

By Bryan Hall I live for road trips. It’s not a secret, anyone who knows me, or anyone who has read my stories knows that I love being on the road and checking out new places. Road trips take many forms, from a one- or two-day jaunt to a two- or three-week (or longer) excursion. I also love to eat… ...

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The One Moto Show

One Stop for Everything Motorcycle By Darren Wright The One Moto Show in Portland, Oregon had the widest range of all things motorcycle that I have ever seen. In its 11th year, there was something for everyone, whether your interest is vintage or modern, touring or racing, One Moto had it all. The show had bikes, bike related art and ...

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Black Thursday

(Neither snow, nor rain…) By Brian Lange, Legislative Affairs Officer, ABATE of Washington Photos by JD Gore After several days of snow, sub-freezing temps, and high winds, ABATE of Washington’s “Black Thursday” legislative event at the Capitol came off with nary a glitch. The only downside to the event was the reduction in the number of motorcycles participating. This was ...

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A.B.A.T.E. and Black Thursday

A special day for all motorcycle enthusiasts By JD and Jody We received a request from our Editor asking us to cover an event at the Washington State capital on January 16th. I checked my schedule and Jody rearranged hers, so we agreed to head north despite reports of severe winter storms. We were curious about what was going on ...

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Olympia Toy Run: It’s All About the Kids

By Darren Wright In 1977, Santa Joe as he is now known, was talking with some friends and wanted to do something that improved the reputation of bikers. So, they decided to collect toys for local children while doing what they loved, riding motorcycles. That first year, 27 bikers showed up in Olympia, Washington for the run, and the long ...

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A Look Back at Autumn

By Tracey “Gypsy” Kohman Having grown up on the east coast I learned how fleeting autumn is, and if you don’t catch it quick, it’ll be gone. It has always seemed that there was only one day where the leaves and colors are in full bloom, and you have that day to absorb it and enjoy it. It’s nearly guaranteed ...

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Canyons, Waterfalls and a Frosty Morning

By Bryan Hall It was a dark and stormy night. Well, OK, it was daytime, and it really wasn’t that dark, but the weather people said it might rain. I had planned a trip to play tourist… go visit some parks and waterfalls, ride some roads I had not been on before, and generally get the wind in my face. ...

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ABATE of WA: Black Thursday

By Brian Lange It isn’t unusual when speaking to someone about ABATE or our annual legislative event Black Thursday, to hear them say; “Oh yeah…ABATE…you’re the helmet guys.” While ABATE (A Brotherhood Against Totalitarian Enactments) was originally formed to fight bureaucratic overreach that restricted citizens’ freedom of choice, today ABATE is about much more than just being “the helmet guys.” ...

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