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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?

Two Up on the Triumph Rocket 3

Two Up on the Triumph Rocket 3 I purchased my 2020 Triumph Rocket 3 in March, with no thought given to carrying a passenger.  At the time I had nobody in my life who would fill that role.  I was … Continue reading

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Responding to Treason With Brains

Responding to Treason with Brains I do not know who’s in charge of today’s response to the invasion of our capital by Trumpist zealots, but I’d wager that he or she plays a lot of chess. Many are insisting that … Continue reading

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The Search for the Second Motorcycle

The Second Motorcycle Search Here’s the situation:  for several years I had the pleasure of owning two motorcycles.  It was a subtle joy to enter the garage each day and decide which one to ride, depending on the distance, type … Continue reading

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The Insidious Nature of Gear Creep

The Insidious Nature of Gear Creep Have you noticed how much “stuff” you carry with you each day?  Of course, we now have the moral and logical obligation to carry and wear mask to slow the spread of this awful … Continue reading

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The Flat Learning Curve

The Flat Learning Curve Are you familiar with the concept of the learning curve?  It is an inexact measurement of how quickly a subject is accepted and internalized. If you sign up for a class you want to take, whether … Continue reading

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The Next Big Thing – Motorcycle Bagger Road Racing!

The Next Big Thing – Bagger Road Racing! Did you see the bagger motorcycle road race held at Laguna Seca a while ago?  What a hoot! This was for sure a “gimmick race” dreamed up by a bunch of aftermarket … Continue reading

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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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