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About david

I am a 74 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), a 2020 Triumph Bonneville, and a 2016 Ford Focus ST. What else would you like to know?

A Resolution for Those Who Hate Resolutions

A Resolution for Those Who Hate Resolutions I’ve never liked or believed in New Year’s Resolutions. Although well-intended, they’re usually made by people up late celebrating, and often under the influence of alcohol. They usually die a rapid death by … Continue reading

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The Power of a Brand Name and Heritage

The Power of a Brand Name and Heritage The small internet corner where motorcycle enthusiasts lurk has been lit up recently by the news that BSA motorcycles will return in 2022.  People are excited, agog, gob smacked, and more! With … Continue reading

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My Favorite Writing Assignment

My Favorite Writing Assignment I was an English teacher for 31 years, and I had a lot of writing assignments I liked.  What follows is my favorite. Not the best or most important, actually. The best one ran for three … Continue reading

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Light Touring on the Triumph Rocket 3

Light Touring on the Triumph Rocket 3 As every video or published review indicates, as well as sales data, the Triumph Rocket 3 introduced in 2020 is an extremely capable motorcycle. Which is odd in and of itself, because at … Continue reading

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The New and Improved August 20-23rd Ride!

4 Day Motorcycle Ride: August 20-23, 2021 Friday, August 20th: 7:00am – Brekkie at the Crystal Creek Café. (optional) 8:15ish – on the road I-405 to Smokey Point rest area                               38 miles RIGHT on SR 530 to SR 20                              … Continue reading

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The Best Four Day Ride Ever in my experience

4 Day Motorcycle Ride: August 20-23, 2021 Please note: You need a valid passport and proof of Covid vaccination to enter Canada. You will also (at this time) need to get a PCR test within 72 hours of the 20th. … Continue reading

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On the Road Again Ride 2021 Final – probably

On the Road Again #1   2021        July 23rd to July 26th This one is more complicated than most, both in route and accommodations. Please read carefully, and then send me an e-mail at dapreston1947@gmail.com if you have questions, want to … Continue reading

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On the (motorcycle) road again – twice

Two motorcycle rides for this summer.  At last! I’m planning for (at least) two different rides for this summer.  The first will take place July 23rd to 26th, and the second in early September.  The order will be determined by … Continue reading

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The Triumph of the…Passenger

The Triumph of the… Passenger Do you enjoy giving a passenger a ride on your Triumph? It has always surprised me how few riders do. After all, that was how my own motorcycle story began, with a very carefully done … Continue reading

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Triumph’s Steve McQueen Scrambler…ugh!

Fair warning!  What follows is a rant, but a well-reasoned one. …I hope. Triumph has announced a “Steve McQueen Special Edition Scrambler 1200X” and it is a management and marketing error of epic proportions.  Just when I thought Harley-Davidson had … Continue reading

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