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 to October.  (Your decisions may vary)  This weekend offers: 

Saturday, April 23rd

The annual Washington Vintage Motorcycle club’s annual motorcycle and car show and swap meet.  This is an excellent opportunity to ride to Mt. Vernon, pay a few bucks, and wander about looking at fully restored vintage motorcycles, unrestored “projects,” and piles upon piles of parts and various oddities of petroliana. Most items are for sale.  Riding a motorcycle there reduces your chances of making a purchase. Both motorcycles and cars and their iterations of completion and wholeness are present.  Polish it all off with a cheeseburger and you’re good.

Alas, I cannot attend this one this year due to a family party in Tacoma with relatives I really enjoy!

Sunday, April 23rd – two choices!

Sunday offers The Tulip Ride, a large charity ride that focuses on, (surprise) the rambunctious glory of the vast tulip fields around LaConner.  Mostly a Harley event, but not entirely, and you will be welcome on anything with an engine and two or three wheels. Google the event name for registration details.


The annual RAT Pack luncheon in Chehalis.  RAT is the “Riders Association of Triumph,” an enthusiast group sponsored and supported by Triumph rather sporadically until about 10 years ago, when a change of marketing focus led to its demise. At least officially.  Triumph types being the independent sorts they are, RAT soldiers on all over the world through the efforts of a devoted few.  

In the Northwest that would be Portlander Soren Winslow, who organizes an annual meet up and lunch deal somewhere between Portland and Seattle.   This one will be held at Ramblin’ Jacks in Chehalis, at around 1pm, although the time is really not important.   You end up with a huge parking lot with dozens and perhaps hundreds of motorcycles, most of them Triumphs, and you wander about and make wise comments about other people’s choices.   Again, most of the motorcycles will be Triumphs, but I have found in the past that most Triumph riders are open to anything anyone chooses to ride.

I get to go to this one!  I intended to go last year, when my Bonneville was one day old, but the weather was so awful that all of the sane friends who were going to ride with me opted out, and after waiting for them for a while in a torrential downpour with high winds I had to agree with them.  Hoping for a better day this year.

I’ll be at the Park ‘N Ride at the 160th exit off I-405 (just South of Bothell) at 10:30am, with a hoped for leave time of 10:45 or so.  My intent is to freeway slog it there, and then take a more interesting route I will make up on the fly for the ride home – weather permitting.

Care to join me?


Ride safe, ride fast, and ride often!




David Preston                        Copyright 2017

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?
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