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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?

Trading a Triumph Bonneville T 120 for a Rocket 3

Trading my Bonneville T 120 for a Rocket 3 GT On the face of it, trading in a beautiful 2016 Triumph Bonneville T120 for a new 2020 Triumph Rocket 3 GT does not seem to make much sense. It appears … Continue reading

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Choices in a pandemic; Ride or Not?

Choices in a Pandemic:  Ride or Not? It should be noted that hidden in the word “pandemic” is the word “panic.”  We all make choices about all sorts of things, and panic is not a useful baseline stance for making … Continue reading

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Make It Happen

Make It Happen! This is a scary time, and things are likely to get worse before they get better.  You’re probably dealing with a myriad of problems: self-isolation, kids home from school, fear of contagion, loss of your job for … Continue reading

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Why Your Favorite Motorcycle Brand Was Not at the Show

Why Your Motorcycle Brand Was Not at the Show As the motorcycle show and Expo season winds down, I read many comments from enthusiasts that were dismayed or appalled or extremely angry that their favorite manufacturer chose not to attend … Continue reading

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Potential motorcycle adventures for summer 2020

Three Potential Summer Trips 2020: East to Tour the Olympic Peninsula – 4 days  (June 12-14) Friday 7am Brekkie and then leave at 8:15am I-405 to I-5 to Smokey Point Rest stop            30 miles I-5 to 530 to Arlington to … Continue reading

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The Seahawks and Last Gasp Failure

Seahawks at the Goal Line – Been There, Done That Today the Northwest is full of angst as the great public opines on the Seahawk’s failure to score from the one-yard line at the end of a game.  Again.  I’ve … Continue reading

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Calculating the Cost of a Motorcycle (or anything else)

What is the Actual Cost of a Motorcycle (or anything else)? After receiving hundreds of responses from all over the world to my essay on coping with your motorcycle dealer (thank you), almost all of them positive (thank you!), I … Continue reading

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How to Cope with Your Motorcycle Dealer

How to Cope with Your Motorcycle Dealer Twenty years ago, it was common for people to refer to motorcycle “stealerships” (so clever), and gloat about how they purchased products for less on the Internet. Many people felt they were smart … Continue reading

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Minnesota vs. Iowa Football Memories

Minnesota vs. Iowa Football memories In high school, the Explorer Post I belonged to “worked” University of Minnesota football games.  Our particular group had two tasks.  Before the game, we were in charge of raising the flag during the playing … Continue reading

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Harley-Davidson’s problems, and how to fix them. 2019 Version

Harley’s problems, and how to fix them. (2019 version) Not the first essay on this topic, for sure, and a frequent subject flogged by many for the past twenty years or so.  But now, with the promised release in late … Continue reading

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