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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?

Two Minor Motorcycle Safety Concepts

Two Minor Motorcycle Safety Concepts Anyone interested in operating a motorcycle safely is certainly spoiled for choice. In most areas across the world there are now a plethora of available courses to take, in the classroom, on a controlled course, … Continue reading

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Fun With Guessing Weights

Fun With Guessing Weights Imagine the summer of 1964. I was 17, working at my first job at the Excelsior Amusement Park, right on the shore of Lake Minnetonka outside of Minneapolis. The salary was a whopping $.69 an hour. … Continue reading

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Motorcycle Safety – Luck versus Everything Else

Motorcycle Safety – Luck versus Everything Else  An interesting response to the last essay came over the Facebook transom.  The author, (I think – it was not all that clear) felt that motorcycle safety was a matter of luck.  He … Continue reading

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Why Motorcycles are Safe

Why Motorcycles are Safe Short version: because everything is relative. I came of age in the 1960’s, which was, for those of you too young to be there (most of you), a time of tremendous social, political and philosophical upheaval … Continue reading

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How Good People End Up With Trump

How Good People Get Sucked into The Trump Swamp When I was in 9th grade I made a new friend. He sat next to me in a very poorly taught science class, and he was a “bad boy.”  He hung … Continue reading

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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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