Northwest Featured Stories

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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The Oyster Run – “38 Years and Counting”

By Steve & Shaunna Wasserman Touted as the largest motorcycle run in the Pacific Northwest, the legendary Oyster Run held in Anacortes, Washington draws nearly 20,000 enthusiasts each year. Taking place north of Seattle on Fidalgo Island the fourth Sunday of September each year, riders are encouraged to Arrive Early and Stay Late….. Founded in 1981 by Limp Lee, the ...

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Cruisers: “A Road Runs Thru It”

By Steve and Shaunna Wasserman “You’ve never been to Cruisers!? After being asked that way, way too many times, my wife and I grew tired of being posed this question. So we decided to make the 250 mile turn and burn from our home in Montana to Cruisers Bar and Grill to see what all the talk is about… Kickstands ...

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Dress for the slide, not the ride

By Darren Wright If you ride a motorcycle, you have either heard the saying “Dress for the Slide, Not the Ride,” or you’ve probably said it yourself. I know I have said it more than once. It was late August; the riding season was getting shorter. My wife Sue and I had a four-day weekend away from work and the ...

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