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Optimum Performance

How two track junkies turned a passion into a three dimensional business, starting with track days, then bringing service and now the Aprila and Moto Guzzi lines to Kirkland.

  Around the Pacific Northwest

2019 Pacific Northwest Calendar Submissions

NEW - It's time to submit your 2019 events to the Sound RIDER! Calendar, the largest compilation of motorcycle events in the region. Begin by checking to see if your event(s) have already been listed. If not, use the 'CLICK HERE to post an event' link near the top of the page.

Mercer Island

NEW - Sure - it's grey and wet, but you never know when a nice day might come along in the dead of winter...

Seat Concepts

NEW - Having escaped the perils of Southern California, a dynamic duo sets up shop in Idaho to build affordable after-market seats for a multitude of makes and models.

Picnic at Port Alice: Part 2

NEW - Fiction from the Pacific Northwest about riding motorcycles along Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

ALSO - Missed it? Read Part 1 here

Riding Vashon Island

NEW - When the cool weather sets in, there's a low elevation ride just a ferry ride away. Breeze away to Joyland...

100 + Honda Motorcycles arrive in Tacoma for Master Collector Exhibit

NEW - Master Collector Brown M. Maloney of Sequim, Washington, shares a fair chunk of his large Honda motorcycle collection at the new exhibit showing now at America's Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington.

2019 Sound RIDER! Event Dates

NEW - It's that time of year when employers are hammering staff for 2019 vacation plans. Click through to see our schedule of moto events you'll surely want to be in on. Additional details of each are coming in the next issue.

 Beyond the Pacific Northwest

AIMExpo 2018 Recap

NEW - We recap the American International Motorcycle Expo held in Las Vegas during October. New bikes, new gear and more.

European Touring: Part 2

NEW - Thinking about heading over the pond for some touring? What was true in the 20th century has changed in the 21st. Take it from a girl who knows all about it.

ALSO - Missed it? Read Part 1 here

Fall & Winter Moto Projects

NEW - Your bike may soon be going into suspended animation, but we have ways to help the two of you get a few things done as the colder days settle in.

  Regular Features and Columns

The Sound RIDER! Show

SHOW - Tom and Derek cover the latest Pacific Northwest motorcycling news and events. Enjoy discussion about current happenings and interviews with local businesses and key players. A smartcast for smart riders.


UPDATED - Where to watch flat track racing, club rides for non-members and more. Do you need an excuse to ride? We can help.

News Bytes

LIVE FEED - Find out what's happening daily with updates as they happen. We keep it informative and fun all month long.

Hot Deal Bikes

BUY NEW - New, non-current bikes at great prices, many with warranties. If you were thinking twice about buying new - think again.

Used Bikes

BUY USED - Looking for a used bike? We've got hundreds across all makes, models, and styles. Updated often.

Tips & Tricks

NEW - an all-new round of sensible ideas for the sensible rider. That's you, right?


UPDATED - Check out the latest dealer specials, newest products, and coolest events.

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POPULAR NOW - Self-guided GPS Tours of the Pacific Northwest - Choose from paved and dual sport/adventure routes.

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WE KNOW HOW TO RIDE WARM - MSL Base Layers - The warmest base layers on the market, hands down.

ALL YOU NEED IN ONE PACKAGE - Tire Air/Care/Repair - We've put together a tire all-in-one-kit that includes a top grade pump, repair kit, and in-line gauge for just $110.

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