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Winter weather is
here. Gear up and enjoy the riding folks!
It is a 2005 1200c Sportster with
custom paint, Harley sissy bar and OE Zip off soft
bags. It has 1,679 Original Miles. Seller is asking
$6,500 obo. Well? You going to be riding this sweet
Sportster this summer? Contact seller via email.
Northwest Motorcycle Tours
I have received many emails from
out of state riders who journey to ride our US
roads. Those who have ridden our Washington roads
echo the same message.... They found Washington's
motorcycle riding to be some of the best if not he
best in the United States. Washington delivers super
slabs to tight twisties running through desert,
several mountain ranges, Puget Sound water way, farm
lands and coastal ocean beaches. All this and plenty
of unique eateries along the way. Some who wish to
ride our roads but do not have the time to make the
long journey by bike to get here should consider
Northwest Motorcycle Adventures. This is a top notch
motorcycle rental service that rents only Suzuki V-Strom's
which are well known as extremely dependable touring
bikes. Northwest Motorcycle Adventures is owned and
operated buy Doug Cushing. Doug takes pride in the
quality of his service and I have to say after
riding with him and seeing his maintenance routine,
rental gear and delivery service, I'm extremely
impressed. The bikes and gear provided are
impeccably maintained and of the highest quality.
What Doug offers is a complete turn key package
including delivery and pick up of the bikes. Along
with bike rentals, Northwest Motorcycle Adventures
rents high quality weather proof riding gear
including Nolan flip up helmets. What's stopping
you? Come see us and ride our roads. Need
information on riding Washington feel free to
contact me. Looking for the best roads Washington
has to offer? Visit my
Road Guide and
click the "Trip Log & Multimedia" link or graphic to
see the trip report, pictures and high quality video
stream of the ride taken with an on board camera.
Check out the
Northwest Motorcycles Adventure web
site for information on their rates and services provides.
2012 Hells Canyon Rally is just around the corner riders!
is a 4 day event I highly recommend you attend 2012
and beyond. The Rally is
geared more for riding with many day ride options including a ride into
hells Canyon and the "Gold Rush Course". At the end of each day there is a street party where folks can
partake in any of the great eateries for food and beverages. There is a bike
show, awards ceremony and plenty of venders as well. Registration will begin
soon. If you plan on attending, I recommend you contact local lodging to
reserve a room now as they go quickly. There is ample camping available at
the high school. There is even a bike wash available to keep that chrome and
paint shiny! Look for a silver Goldwing with an onboard camera. If you see
me stop by and say hi! Buy me a Jack & Coke. I won't stop you. :-)
Here's what you need to know and some useful information straight from the
horses mouth. Or should I say Steve and Eric Folkestad. They are
the founders of this amazing rally that will show you some of Oregon and Idaho's most
beautiful roads. I'll see you in HELL 2012! Hells Canyon that
This site offers 57 rides
13,786 miles of Northwest roads all with maps, photo shows and video.
Help make this site successful by sharing these documented rides and
destinations with your friends. Locating a ride destination is simple. Click
the Road Guide link in the menu. The Road Guide page will
display all logged rides. Each ride will have a brief description and maps,
map images as well as Google Earth 3D maps. Click the display image or Trip
Log and Multimedia link and you will be presented with the ride details
including a Flash photo show and 16:9 wide format ride video of the actual
roads ridden during the ride. Finding the perfect ride is easier then ever!
Looking for detailed information on Washington's roads? This site
delivers content rich, short day, full day and multiple day rides
with 16:9 wide format high quality video along with multimedia trip logs.
Photos are taken with high resolution cameras and presented to the viewer
via a flash photo slide shows. Content includes map images, downloadable
Garmin map files, an interface to Google Earth 3D maps and where to find the
top 10 burgers in Washington. Best of all, it's all free! If you like the
content please send my URL (web site link) to your ride buddies. Here is a
map of the rides I have covered.
Washington Roads If you enjoy the content of this site, please help
grow this site by passing the URL on to your ride buddies. If you like bike
talk... Join our
Registration is absolutely free!
Coming soon! The Hells Canyon Rally trip reports
and Video coverage in HD!
July 18th, 2010
MT Rainier & Chinook Pass One of Washington’s great mountains, MT Rainier is a great source of
motorcycling. This 201 mile ride will take you up SR 410 through the
Federation Forest and into MT Rainier National park. The destination is
Sunrise Visitor center at a altitude of 6,400 feet. This is the highest pint
reachable by vehicle. After Sunrise visit Chinook Pass. Bring a Camera.
June 13th, 2010
Canyon - Riding the Blue Mountains Day 3 The "Gold Rush Course" is an amazing 267 mile ride through the blue
Mountains. This ride will take you through a dead standing forest that
burned 6 years earlier and offer up some beautiful scenery. You will
ride roads that deliver non stop twisties and sweepers while at the same
time allot of scenery. The last part of the ride will deliver thrills
and on hell of adrenaline rush as it will feed you some of the tightest
turns we encountered the entire trip. If your attending the rally or
just passing through, this is a must ride route.
June 12th, 2010
Canyon - Riding the Canyon Day 2
This is an amazing 186 mile ride that is loaded with sweeping turns
and twisties galore! After crossing the Homestead Bridge, you will ride what
is known as "The Devils Tail". This is approximately 16 miles of non stop
twisties down the throat of Hells Canyon bringing you to past the Hells
Canyon Dam to the visitor’s center next to the Snake River. It's one of the
best rides I have ridden.
September 27th, 2009
Run 2009 - Ride the Northwest’s largest motorcycle rally.
The Oyster Run is an amazing event. Take the Mukilteo Ferry to Whidbey
Island. Ride Whidbey Island and some of it’s shorelines. Ride into
Anacortes the back way and avoid the crowd. Enjoy 255 miles of road and
thousands of motorcycles. Enjoy the music, people, food and the Seattle
Cossacks motorcycle stunt team. This rally is once a year and is a must
August 24th, 2009
Cascades - Stevens Pass Loop Day 2
- A nice short but scenic 56 mile ride over the Narrows Bridge,
through the small harbor town of Gig Harbor and on through Olalla to the
South worth Ferry terminal. Next a short ferry crossing to Vashon and then
ride Burma Rd on the west side and then head to point Robinson Light House.
Top it all off with a scenic ride around Quartermaster harbor and a ferry
ride to the Point Defiance landing in Tacoma.
August 23rd, 2009
Cascades - Stevens Pass Loop Day 1- This ride is an
amazing 2 day ride up and over the North Cascades hwy 20. Experience the
turquoise green waters of Diablo Lake and marvel at the peaks of the
North Cascades. Then ride down in to eastern WA To the western town of
Winthrop and on to Twisp and Chelan. Enjoy riding parallel next to lakes
Pateros and Entiat on Hwy 153 and then ride Hwy 97 to Leavenworth WA.
See Day 2 for Stevens Pass.
Every now and then I get an email from folks who are out of state and have
come across this site and interested in riding Washington roads. I do my
best to support them with information on the roads, other key destinations
and lodging if necessary. I have been wanting to post some content on ride
by visitors so that others like them can get the ride perspective by another
rider who too is from out of the area. This will be the first post of this
kind. This trip report and all photos were provided by Kevin Williams from his
ride through the Olympic Peninsula. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Trip Report with slide show.
Interactive Map of B-King Owners
This link will take you to an interactive map of Suzuki
B-King Owners around the world. This map is currently being populated by
PsychoRookie in the SuzukiB-King.org forum. As B-King owners around the
world opt in they will be added to the map. Pretty cool Idea in my
Owner Interactive Map
Available now for the Suzuki B-King 30
mm Bar Risers!
If your a B-King owner who has considered installing bar
risers, I have recently installed and reviewed a set of
D3 Components 30 mm bar risers. This
set of risers are exactly what the B-King needed to allow for the long
day ride or multi day ride. CNC Machined from 6082 T6 Aluminum and
finished with a black powder coat, this set of bar risers look as if
they belong on the bike unlike other brands.
Hinshaw's Motorcycle Store - Gets The
motorcycle store has been a great resource for new/used bikes and
service. They have a Dyno in the shop and very competent mechanics.
Recently they bought the Yamaha franchise and now carry the Yamaha line.
Now they carry Victory, Suzuki, Honda, Yamaha, KTM and Sym. Bored on a
rainy day? Visit Hinshaw's and make your way upstairs to check out their
vintage motorcycle collection.
Custom Airbrushed Paint by James Scott
your looking for high quality custom airbrushing and paint, check out
James Scott. I spent some time looking
over some of his work as I'm looking for some air brush work myself. I
was very impressed with the photos of the work he has done. James has
done two custom paint jobs for me and I was very pleased with the
quality of his work.The second of which is nearing its final stages of
clear coat and final buffing. Watch the
Transformation here! Visit his site and browse his
- Check out this work of art!
A Tribute to the Ladies of the Sport Women have been big contributors to the sport of
motorcycle racing, dirt riding and touring for quite some time. As time
moves forward the numbers of female riders grows. This is a short
article submitted by Kevin Patterson. Kevin wanted to take time to
recognize his wife Lisa Patterson and friend Carrie Robinson for their
love and commitment to the sport. And of course I through in my two
cents worth. Full
The Grim Reaper Resurrected
to a motorcycle accident my newly painted 2008 Suzuki B-King was in need
of new paint as well as a few plastic parts etc. I set out to resurrect the Grim Reaper bike from the
grave. To do so I had Hinshaw's motorcycles of Auburn restore the bike
to its original configuration. And that they did. Hinshaw's did an
outstanding job as always. Once I picked the pick up from Hinshaw's, I
enjoyed an invigorating ride strait to James Scott's shop. That's
right... Rods to Hogs! James is currently working magic with the
graphics I was interested in. He is using his skills to take the
pictures I was interested in and applying his own ideas to paint that is
turning out to be a true work of art. Stay tuned to see ongoing
the progress and photos.
Tom's is a very popular old school burger joint located in Olympia. It's
also #4 on my
top burgers list for Washington state. When
I first received Big Tom's I was pleasantly pleased with the quality of the
food and service. The only thing I found as a draw back to riders was the
lack of seating. I expressed my thoughts to the Owner Mike Fritsch and he
listened. Mike recently informed me that they now have 3 tables and a picnic
type table for outdoor seating. Big Tom's is also sporting new paint,
signage and get this... An ATM machine. Now that is convenient! Don't let
the seasonal change into winter deter you from one of Washington's great
burgers. Get your ride buddies together and ride on out for a great burger,
fries and a shake. And don't forget the Goop!
Suzuki B-King Dyno - Yosh VS.
Recently I was fortunate to work with the great guys of Hinshaw's
Motorcycle Store in Auburn WA on a joint Dyno video effort. This has
been in the works for some time. In order to pull it of with the highest
of video and sound quality we wanted to do this on a Monday when the
shop was closed. As soon as the starts aligned, Rick (mechanic), Jim
Speer (service Manager) and myself joined forces in the back of their
shop and made it happen. I showed up early to set up and watch a Suzuki
flat track bike Dyno. What a rush! Soon we were pushing in Hinshaw's
Suzuki B-King with Yoshimura TRC cans into the Dyno room and setting it
up for a run. We performed 2 runs and then rolled in my B-King with the
Two Brothers M2 carbon fiber cans. Both bikes delivered some tremendous
horsepower and torque. If you want to see those numbers you will have to
watch the video. Also note the rear pop up in the video. We lost
traction on the Dyno during the runs. :-(.
Dam Tour 2012 - Dam good rides!
brings a new season for one of the Northwest's great riding experiences.
There is a $20 entry fee to enter. You will receive a placard with a
unique number on it. You must send in a picture of your bike with the
placard in front of the Dam or Dam sign. This will get you credit for
that specific Dam. You have 16 Dams (required) and 4 bonus Dams
(optional). Get 8 in Oregon or Washington and get a State Pin. Get all
20 and you get a trophy. I will be
posting the videos on
Dam Tour Video Page as well as my YouTube channel. Subscribe
and get notified as new video is published to YouTube. Please visit
Steve & Cheryll's
Dam Tour web site and Steve's
PDXBiker.com web site. Steve and Cheryll have done some great
work with both sites. If you are interested in the 2011 Dam tour you may
sign up electronically on the official
Dam Tour site.
Mochas & Chowder @ Northern Fish Co.
ran across a gem of a coffee and Chowder stop. Northern Fish Co. is
located next to the Old Town Dock on the waterfront on Ruston Way in
Tacoma WA. The mint mochas are to die for as is the Clam Chowder and
Salmon Chowder. They server 16 oz. cups for $4.08. The chowder is worth
every penny. They buy Ivar's chowder base and mix in their fresh clams
or salmon. Enjoy your beverage of choice and chowder on the outer deck
over looking Commencement Bay. The view is great as is the service, food
and beverages. More information can be found on the
Joe Rocket & Cargo Luggage Review
review covers the Joe Rocket Manta XL tank bag and the Cargo Endurance
Monster tail bag. Both reviews have detailed video demonstrating the
mounting and the capabilities of each product. The tank bag sells for
$40 and the tail bag $99. The tail bag is expandable to a fairly large
size. The side compartments expand out and the main compartment expands
up. This bag also has padded shoulder straps hidden in the front pouch.
This allows it to be taken off the bike and used as a back pack.
Oberon Bar End Mirror Video
recently set out to find a really good built set of bar end mirrors that
would not only look great on my B-king but were of high caliber as far
as quality is concerned. Countless forum posts and online magazine
articles later I took a liking to the mirrors produced by Oberon
Performance Ltd. based out of the UK. The manufacturer was a pleasure to
work with and the product was as equally exceptional. Read my
and watch my video review and installation. You will see why
I speak so highly of this product and the manufacturer.
If you are a B-king owner or a fan of the bike. If your
seeking a diverse set of owners from around the world that team together
and help each other out instead of fronting each other off, this forum
is for you. I have been treated with great respect as they treat each
other. The forum layout, I think is top notch and easy to navigate. You
won't be able to pry me out of this forum. A big thanks to you all in
Suzuki Hayabusa and B-King Owners!
If your taller then 5'10" and are tired of the cramped rider position that comes
with the Hayabusa or B-King you have to check this information out. Joe
Satterwhite has assembled a Buell Peg/Lowering kit that requires no
machining, installs in approximately 30 minutes and costs under $100.00.
Read my review
(with pics) of Joe's kit.
B-King- Those of you who have followed my rides throughout Washington over the
past couple years know I started out riding a VTX 1800 and quickly moved to
a 2006 Honda ST1300 Sport Touring bike. A year later as I started
documenting longer rides so I moved up to a 2007 Honda GL1800 Goldwing. This
year although I found the Wing to be an excellent Touring bike that is also quite
nimble for it's size in the turns. A part of me was still missing the
agility of a sport or sport touring bike. Another part of me wanted
something with monstrous torque and looks that go way over the top! After several
test rides including the 2008 Hayabusa and 2008 Bandit 1250 ABS
I made my choice. After riding the 2008 Suzuki B-king I was hooked. The bike
has the Hayabusa engine that has been slightly de-tuned by valve diameter
changes, new intake and different exhaust. The result is only a 9.4 horsepower reduction.
The weight is only 15 pounds more then the Hayabusa. The gearbox has been
altered and houses slightly shorter gears. The end result is 161.4 HP @ 9,000
RPM and 97.9 ft. Lbs. torque @ 7,000
RPM. The beauty of this futuristic looking machine is
it's flat torque curve. On the road, torque is king. At approximately
2,500 RPM the Torque is 65 ft-lbs! I was amazed how I could literally lug it
in 6th gear with no bucking from the power plant. The folks at Hinshaw's
motorcycles are having a Hot Deals sale. They dropped the price on the
B-king to only $9,999. MSRP on the B-king is $12,899. A big Thanks to Jason
(Sales) and Bob (General Manger). They were very helpful and provided test
bikes to ride so I could make an informed decision. Go talk to Jason at Hinshaw's if you are in the market for a bike. As for the B-King, I put the
first 35 miles on it. I did take it up to 7,000 in a couple gears just to
get a feel for the power. All I can say is WOW! I can't wait until it's
broken in. The ride position is surprisingly comfortable and it has the best
brakes I have experienced on any bike I have ridden. It now rests in it's place in my garage next to my Goldwing. A full
review and a
video of the B-King is now available on this site. Other Reviews:
Rider Magazine's sport standard pick 2008!
Sport Rider -
Road-Quest.com delivers a
multimedia presentation of ride highlights from Washington roads
and destinations to viewers in an easy to view format rich with digital
content including 16:9 wide video of each ride, photos, text description,
downloadable Garmin Maps, Map images, eateries and a rich text description
of each ride. The content provided
help you plan and execute great WA rides. You'll find
hamburgers joints along the way as well! Other motorcycle road related sites
offer information on individual roads or highways. This site delivers
content rich documented rides with high quality
Testimonials may be found on the "Viewer Comments"
page. This page contains responses from users who have ridden some of
the rides and provided feedback
on the rides and content of this site. Many riders have trusted this sites information and
have had great riding experiences. This is, and will remain
a free site. I have many years of riding experience riding Washington roads and trails. I spend
a considerable amount of time
in a continuous effort to locate
new back roads, destinations and places to eat. I plan, execute and
document great routes to ride.
As I ride the routes, I take high resolution digital photo's and video of
the actual ride. If I
have not covered it, I plan to. If you have recommendations, please share. I will
ride them and then add them as I find time.
This site provides a multimedia presentation of the WA rides to leave
folks with a better idea of what roads or complete routes they may
want to choose for their next ride. They are all great,
but this site will allow you to quickly find the ride that is more appealing to you.
All you have to do is browse the "Road Guide" page. Click the
"Trip Log & Multimedia" link for a specific ride and you will be presented
with a multimedia presentation of the Northwest ride from my perspective. The trip
log contains complete trip detail, photo's, road conditions and 16:9 wide screen formatted video of the entire ride edited down
to a 3 to 5 minute video. All video is in Windows Media Video format (.wmv)
at 400 - 468 Kbps. You will find this bit rate of higher quality
in comparison to the
You Tube streams. If you spend any time on this site, spend it on the Road
Guide page and the trip logs listed within that page. There you will find the meat, potatoes
and gravy of this site. Speaking of meat, sometimes it's fun to plan rides around a great
burger. Check out the "Best
Burger" page. There you will find
some of the best hamburgers Washington has to offer rated from #1 on up by
the author of this site. Take note that on the "Road
Guide" page, all rides that I have ridden and ate a burger
that I consider within the top 10 for Washington, will display a hamburger icon.
Search this site for
Highways, rides, roads, lakes or burgers. What ever it is just use the
Search feature and
type in your search criteria to quickly display the pages of the site that
contain the information your looking for.
of you located it in the Puget Sound area that are interested in hooking up
with others and doing some riding, join our forum. We post rides and events
within the forum and on the forum calendar. If you are from out of the area
we still invite you to join us in the
forum for some bike talk etc. We have a
very diverse group of riders with many different motorcycles manufacturers
and riding preferences. Come
join the rides.
the Author I am a IT professional located
in the South Puget Sound area. I have been riding motorcycles for over 31 years. I have ridden dirt bikes
most my life until a few
years ago. Over the years I have owned street bikes of various sizes and
styles. I currently own 2007 Honda Goldwing and a 2008 Suzuki B-King. I tend to ride all season
with the exception of heavy rain
or snow. When I'm not working, I'm
spending time with my family, traveling, riding my Goldwing, playing around
with digital photography, video editing or working on my web sites. I
hope you enjoy the motorcycle rides Washington has to offer as well as
content I have provided within this site.Enjoy the rides and