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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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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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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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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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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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ABATE of Washington Spring Opener

By Darren Wright The 41st Annual ABATE of Washington Spring Opener was held in Easton, Washington, June 27th through the 30th. It felt more like summer than spring, but I guess that is because it was held the first week of summer. We arrived at the Silver Ridge Ranch on Thursday afternoon and were greeted by Scott Robinson, who is ...

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