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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?

Touring on a Bonneville in Oregon Heat

A Triumph Bonneville In the Heat of Oregon I’ve become a real fan of the four-day motorcycle trip. The logic of it goes like this: most of my friends are, unlike me, not retired. A four-day journey that begins on … Continue reading

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Harley-Davidson’s Self-Inflicted Wounds

Harley-Davidson’s Self-Inflicted Wounds Well, they certainly can’t say they were not warned. Ardent motorcyclists have been worried about the future of Harley-Davidson since about 1998 or so and have been talking and writing about it in magazines and blogs and … Continue reading

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Motorcycles Looking for Ghosts Backwards 2018

Here is the final version Motorcycles Looking for Ghosts Backwards            2018 Pat Cordell, Donna Gaross, Rick Panneman, Brian Hardy, me Day #1 to Sisters.  7am Brekkie  8:30am start   Friday,  August 10th I-405 and then I-5 to Portland to I 205                                  … Continue reading

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The Underbelly of the Anti-Union Movement

The Underbelly of the Anti-Union Movement Not much ink has been utilized regarding the recent Supreme Court decision regarding unions. Specifically, what happens to union members who pay dues, earn contract benefits, and who work with those who opt out … Continue reading

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The Triumph Tour of Gentlemen

 The Triumph Tour of Gentlemen Can you tour on a Triumph Bonneville T 120? Of course you can. You can “tour” on any motorcycle capable of maintaining safe highway speeds – which in some areas approaches 80 mph.   The question … Continue reading

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Curiosity Did Not Kill the Cat

Curiosity Did Not Kill the Cat This is the sequel to the essay I posted yesterday called “The Crash That Wasn’t.” Ever since I’d gotten home from that incident it had bothered me.  A lot. I’ve ridden this road for … Continue reading

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The Crash That Wasn’t

The Crash That Wasn’t Since this essay deals with motorcycle safety, I should begin with some background for those who are not frequent perusers of my musings.  I’ve been riding motorcycles for 51 years.  After three decades of enthusiasm, including … Continue reading

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Risk vs. Reward: There but for the grace of Whomever…

Risk vs. Reward: There but for the grace of whomever… As a motorcyclist, do you feel you have “fast” days and “slow” days?  Sometimes you’re in a great mood and really into the road and the machine. You ride aggressively,focusing … Continue reading

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The Misunderstood Career of Danica Patrick

The Misunderstood Career of Danica Patrick Danica Patrick completed her racing career yesterday at the Indy 500, which she had announced earlier would be her last race.  Many before her have made the decision to retire and then changed their … Continue reading

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2016 Triumph 1200 Thruxton for sale!

My brother in law was intended to be the half-owner of my 2016 Triumph 1200 Thruxton.  After it was all put together with the addition of the R model rear shocks and the Triumph flyscreen he wanted,  I paid for … Continue reading

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