Northwest Stories

A Three Generation Road Trip – Part I

Editors Note: This is a reader submitted article and was edited for readability by Diana Olmstead. Written By Tom Neal II, Photos by Tom II & Tom III The adventure started out on August 1st 2015 with my mom who is 64 years old, myself at 40, and my 16 year old son. We set out on three separate bikes ...

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A Motorcycle Master and A Music Video

By Diana Olmstead Quick Throttle readers are very familiar with Zacky’s Custom Rods and shop owner, Keith Wong who has been a loyal advertiser for many years. If you’ve ever had a chance to sit and talk with Keith you soon realize that he’s as down to earth as it gets, no ego, just a cool dude who has a ...

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A Rainy yet Rewarding 38th Annual Olympia Toy Run

Story by Diana Olmstead; Photos by Diana Olmstead & Robin Hudson Saturday, December 5th, started off as one of the wettest mornings in Olympia Toy Run history. At the crack of dawn a storm dumped several inches of rain in the area. Because we live in the Pacific Northwest and rain is simply part of the season, we adapt. The ...

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We Test the New Titan 1000lb Motorcycle Lift

  There are many brands, sizes and styles of motorcycle lifts currently available, usually falling into one of two categories – the professional market (service shops and dealerships) or the consumer market (motorcycle owners). The consumer market is interesting because it can be anyone from the bike owner who wants a better way to clean and detail his ride, to the wrench who wants to change tires, perform ...

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Mt Rainier H-D Grand Opening Party At the Hard Rock Cafe!

Written by Diana Olmstead, Photos by Robin Hudson, Merinda Bularz On Thursday Dec 12th, the Quick Throttle crew hopped a ferry headed for Seattle. We were looking forward to a fun evening in the city to celebrate the grand opening of Mt Rainier Harley-Davidson! The party was actually being held at the Hard Rock Cafe Seattle which is located right ...

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ROAD TEST: 2016 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide Ultra Review

Story and Photos: Koz Mraz Harley’s collection of limited-production Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO) models, aka “big wheels, big paint, big motors, big price” with factory warranties for 2016 are the CVO Limited, CVO Road Glide Ultra and CVO Street Glide. Harley says that owners of its Road Glide and Road Glide Special models ride the most miles per year of ...

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Easy Writer: Scripting an American Road Trip

I’ve written a lot of stories in my time; everything from movie scripts, TV screenplays to song lyrics. As a Moto-Journalist I’ve traveled Hong Kong to Hollywood filling pages with photos and prose. Usually struggling with traditional writing conventions, I have no plot, no theme, no storyline; just an endless ribbon of road that unfolds before me. Yeah, we’re going ...

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The 34th Annual Oyster Run: A Beautiful Sun Shiny Day in Anacortes

By Diana Olmstead The 34th annual Oyster Run took place on Sunday, September 27th. The morning started off a bit overcast and chilly but within a few short hours it became a beautiful sun shiny day in Anacortes, WA. The Quick Throttle crew actually rolled in the night before and settled into The Fidalgo Country Inn, located at the junction ...

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Rest in Peace Full Throttle Saloon

Photos by Perry & Traci As many of you know, the iconic Full Throttle Saloon in Sturgis burned to the ground early this month, caused by a faulty electrical cord near the bar. The loss was estimated at $10 million but much of the insurance had shifted to cover the rental cabins, which actually still remain. Owner Michael Ballard says ...

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Children’s Ride 20th Anniversary

By Diana Olmstead On Sunday, August 23rd the Quick Throttle staff hopped on our bikes bright and early to make our way to Destination Harley-Davidson in Tacoma where riders were meeting up to take part in the much anticipated Children’s Ride 20. After a brisk hour and a half ride we pulled into the dealership at about 8:30am. After we ...

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