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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 Fiat 500S and a Honda CR-V. What else would you like to know?

In Defense of Tank Bags

In Defense of Tank Bags Lately, I’ve noticed comments on several enthusiast site forums about tank bags.  Most of them are negative, listing all sorts of ominous outcomes to the use of a tank bag on a motorcycle.  Since I’ve … Continue reading

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Triumph Bonneville Touring 2017 – Part I

Triumph Bonneville Tour 2017 – Part I   Seattle to Los Gatos to Seattle  Solo Quick summary:  2025 miles – all smiles, no pain. No mechanical issues, no unforced rider errors, no intervention by official types. Overall mpg = 55 plus, … Continue reading

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How to Select People to Ride With

How to Select People to Ride With I’ve been a motorcycle enthusiast since 1962, when I was given a ride on the back of a bike ridden by my older brother’s friend. I’ve been a rider for 50 years, and … Continue reading

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The Re-Evolution of the Standard Motorcycle

The Re-evolution of the Standard Motorcycle (Caveat emptor:  I may have taken some liberties with history and facts on the way to a point. I presume my faithful readers will supply corrections and additions as needed.)   To take an explanatory … Continue reading

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Good Customer Service

Good Customer Service, on the other hand… Is rather common, really. We live in a service economy, and for most of us I suspect that good customer service is often not as hailed with shouts of joy as it should … Continue reading

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How to Lose a Good Customer

How to Lose a Good Customer Isn’t it amazing what efforts some companies put in to drive customers away?  They’re usually successful.  Fear not, this is not just another screed about how I was done wrong.  No, mine has a … Continue reading

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The 200 Mile Triumph Touring Warm-Up

The 200 Mile Triumph Touring Warm-Up I have the hard won advantage of being able to take a few week-long rides in summer and fall. Retirement will do that for you.  In my 50th year of motorcycling, I’ve noticed that … Continue reading

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The Start of the Northwest Motorcycle Season

The Northwest Motorcycle Events Season Starts! This weekend seems to be the unofficial start of the motorcycle “events” season for 2017. You’ll have an excellent excuse to blow off chores, work, and family commitments pretty much every weekend from now … Continue reading

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The Stupid Price Triumph, and Other Failed Dreams

The Stupid Price Triumph, and Other Failed Dreams I rode in to Triumph of Seattle today to have the “fly screen” installed on my Triumph T 120. It’s always a fun experience for me because I used to work for … Continue reading

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Microphones And The Wonder That Is Sean Spicer

I first got into announcing in my first year of teaching.   Our Rose Hill Junior High wrestling and basketball games were full house affairs  (life was different back then) and the coaches were two of my best friends. I did … Continue reading

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