Northwest Featured Stories

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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First Impressions: Iron Horse Apparel

They say to make that first one the best. We know that initial encounter can be the most lasting. By JD Gore and Jody   It was at the ABATE Swap Meet in Monroe, WA that Jody and I first met Jay and Sharon Doan, owners of Iron Horse Apparel. And just before making their acquaintance we were checking out ...

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A Look at Motorcycle Crash Data

By Brian Lange ABATE of Washington It seems there has been an increase in motorcycle crashes this year, and especially in fatalities.  If this is true, many factors could be contributing to it.  There are several possible reasons for this increase, and the perception that it is so large this year could be to blame. Some of the reasons may ...

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Gordon’s Story

As Told by the Gerbing Family   In the 1970’s when Gordon Gerbing designed and manufactured the first heated jacket liners for motorcyclists, he not only founded Gerbing’s Heated Clothing, he founded an entire industry. They now have a brand new company, with the people who have the most experience keeping motorcyclists warm: The Gerbing Family.    Here is Gordon’s ...

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Ocean Shores went Hog Wild!

By JD Gore and Jody Davison An event was called off, then a rally cry was heard, and Ocean Shores responded in magnificent style. Many like myself were dumbfounded when the word got out that the biker event held at the Convention Center in Ocean Shores for the past several years was cancelled. We were excited to make the ride ...

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