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About david

I am a 69 year old motorsports nut who lives in Bothell, 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 have been married forever and have two grown children. I own, at the current time, a Triumph Bonneville T 120 , a Triumph Thruxton, a Fiat 500S and a VW Tiguan. What else would you like to know?

Distracted Rider Awareness Month

Distracted Ride Awareness Month April is national distracted driver awareness month, which you’d know if you didn’t spend so much time on your phone…  Anyway, let us counter steer away from that to think for a bit about – distracted … Continue reading

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How to Be Comfortable on Your Motorcycle

How to Be Comfortable on Your Motorcycle I’ve seen a lot of discussions lately about the pros and cons of changing out the stock seat on a motorcycle and replacing it with an aftermarket item.  One thing missing in these … Continue reading

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What I Have In Common With the USA Women’s Olympic Hockey Team

What I Have In Common With the USA Women’s Olympic Hockey Team   Today is an exciting day if you watched the final game of the women’s hockey tournament at the Winter Olympics.  The USA women won the gold medal … Continue reading

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Another shot at gun control

Another shot at gun control I know, a terrible pun, but laughing is better than sobbing.  The best idea below is not mine,  but I do not remember where I read it.  In any case, since any mention of gun … Continue reading

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Motorcycles and Hot Rods in Canada in late June

Motorcycles and Canadian Hot Rods in Late June – a 4 day adventure. This will be a lovely ride starting Friday, June 22nd, and ending on Monday, June 25th.  You might note that the distances are pretty reasonable for a … Continue reading

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The Retro Mod Motorcyclist

The Retro Mod Motorcyclist This essay takes several disparate jumps, so those looking for smooth segues between paragraphs will be disappointed. However, it will all come together at the end. I think. I’m a motorcycle enthusiast, but also a car … Continue reading

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Triumph Bonneville vs. Triumph Thruxton

Bonneville vs. Thruxton If you read the last post, you know that I recently became the owner of a 2016 Triumph Thruxton that now cozies up to the 2016 Triumph T120 Bonneville in my garage.  It was a strange series … Continue reading

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The Thruxton Saga – the Bike That Almost Wasn’t

The Thruxton Saga – or how I got a second bike by surprise I purchased a new Triumph Bonneville T 120 in the spring of 2016. At the time I was also attracted to the 1200 Thruxton, but since I … Continue reading

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Planning A Motorcycle Ride in Cold Weather

Planning a Motorcycle Ride in Cold Weather Two words to keep in mind when planning a ride in cold weather.  “Discretion” and “Adjustment.” Let’s define our terms.  By “cold” I refer to temperatures at or just above 40 degrees Fahrenheit. … Continue reading

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Motorcycle Holiday Gifts Across 50 Years

Motorcycle Holiday Gifts Across 50 Years I purchased my first motorcycle just over 50 years ago. I learned to ride the pristine blue and white 1965 Yamaha 250 one minute after the first owner handed me the key. After only … Continue reading

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