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About david

I am a 73 year old motorsports nut who lives in Snohomish, Washington. After a 31 year career as an English teacher, I segued into a self-created job in the motorsports business. Now retired, I was involved in customer relations for Ride West BMW in Seattle, after almost 10 years of similar work for the Cycle Barn MotorSports Group. I own, at the current time, a Triumph Rocket 3 (2020) and a 2016 Ford Focus ST. What else would you like to know?

ABTOR for 2020

The ABTOR for 2020 In about 2002 I invented an event called the ABTOR.  This came about through requests from Cycle Barn customers (where I worked at the time), regarding the annual “Oyster Run.” The “Oyster Run” is held on … Continue reading

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The Triumph Rocket 3 at 5,000 miles

The Triumph Rocket 3 at 5,000 miles Actually 4,943 miles, but we’ll take the last 57 miles on faith. It has been deluging lately, with even more rain than the Seattle area is justifiably known for. Now retired, I tend … Continue reading

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reading pickup trucks on the road

Reading Pickup Trucks on the road Pickup trucks used to be simple. When I was first starting to drive cars or (better yet), ride motorcycles, if you were enjoying a sporting day on a winding back road and came upon … Continue reading

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A different perspective on Covid-19

A Different Perspective on Covid – 19 By now, almost everyone in the world has heard of, and been affected by in some way, the virus pandemic. Tragedies abound, from those who have lost their lives to the millions who … Continue reading

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Touring Southeastern Washington on the Triumph Rocket 3 GT

Triumph Rocket 3 GT touring – Southeastern Washington First of all, if you live anywhere in the Northwest United States, days two and three of this trip, and part of day 4, will be well worth your time, in any … Continue reading

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Elk River and Boggan’s Oasis Ride

July 10th-13th – 2020 – Return to Elk River and Boggan’s Oasis I realize that most of my friends will not be able to go on this ride due to work, other obligations, or virus concerns. BUT! If you live … Continue reading

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Touring the Rocket 3 GT with a Viking Bag

Setting Up the Rocket 3 GT for Touring Actually, you can tour on any motorcycle you own. It comes down to what you have and what accommodations you are willing to make.  I took a ride from Minneapolis to Seattle … Continue reading

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First multi-day ride of 2020!

And you are invited! If interested in joining in, e-mail me at david@davidpreston.biz East to Tour the Olympic Peninsula – 4 days  (June 26-29) Friday 7am Brekkie and then leave at 8:15am I-405 to I-5 to Smokey Point Rest stop            … Continue reading

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An idea for an advanced degree

An Idea for a Master’s Thesis Or maybe a doctorate – probably in Sociology. It occurred to me several months ago (when wearing a mask for virus protection was still debatable), that my motorcycle friends seemed to all have adopted … Continue reading

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The 2020 Triumph Rocket 3 GT – in the rain

Riding the 2020 Triumph Rocket 3 GT in the rain I live outside of Seattle, Washington, USA. There’s a saying among motorcyclists around here that if you don’t like riding in the rain, you don’t ride.  This is a bit … Continue reading

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