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Eating your way around Hood Canal

NEW - While many riders make an annual loop, there are the obvious standbys, and then there are the new places you may want to discover.

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  Around the Pacific Northwest

2016 PNW rallies overview

NEW - Whatever you ride, there are plenty of rallies for all. Have a look at some of the highlights of our hand-picked lot.

10 classes to amp up your riding skills

NEW - Derek Roberts looks at 10 different above basic riding courses you can take to expand your riding skills - on the road, off the pavement and at the track.

SR! Backoffice Tech Update

NEW -  An inside look to changes we've made to the Sound RIDER! online magazine - all for the better.

Vintage Motorcycle Swap Meets & Shows

NEW - Between April and May, you could keep yourself busy for four weekends checking out the old iron around the Pacific Northwest.

The Motoshed

NEW - Seattle gets a moto-commune. Find out why this little hive is buzzing with small upstarts and residents that need a place to wrench their bikes.

Ad Blockers: What are you missing?

NEW - Sound RIDER! is a small independent publication made possible in part by local businesses. If you're running an ad blocker, find out why you should white list our magazine.

   2016 Sound RIDER! events

Road Trip Self-guided GPS Tour   5/16-20

REGISTRATION IS OPEN - Come ride with others as we trace a pavement route along the Columbia River from Astoria to Canada.

Cafe to Cafe Grand Tour   3/1 - 9/30

REGISTRATION IS OPEN - The annual grand tour of 15 restaurants scattered throughout the Pacific Northwest. Hit your targets anytime the time is right for you.

Sasquatch Dualsport GPS Adventure Tour   6/13-17

REGISTRATION IS OPEN - The annual 5-day tour of some of the Northwest's best dirt roads. This year we ride from Long Beach, Washington, into Canada.

The Rally in the Gorge   8/24-28

REGISTRATION IS OPEN - The 14th annual rally embraces sport touring, dual sport, adventure and sport bike riding. 5 days, 4 nights, 3 volcanoes and TOO MUCH FUN!

  Archive favorites 

Mountain pass mentality

ARCHIVE - Going up, going down. It all requires certain mindsets to get comfortable with the changes.

Electrical gremlins

What's it like to change your headlight? Try this one at home first.

  Rider Know-how

6 Secrets: Riding at night

NEW - David L. Hough takes a look at the hazards to riding at night and how to stay out of harms way.


Seek out old moto books

NEW - The old ones are out of print, but you can dig a little and find them. What can we learn from these old books and how have we evolved since they were published?

  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. Grab your headphones and enjoy.


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

Tips & Tricks

EVOLVE - Eating light, cleaning hydration systems, mountain pass mentality, and more.

Communities Pages

UPGRADED - Enhance your passion for a particular riding style by using our Communities pages to locate upcoming events, area clubs, used and hot deal bikes specific to a riding style and, of course, dealers and service providers. Jump in now!

  Now in the Sound RIDER! store...

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

BACK IN STOCK - Techniche Evaporative Cooling Vests - Available with and without collars. Or, how about a collar and zip-off sleeves?

THE NEW STANDARD - Base Layers - Choose from tops, boxers, leggings, and socks. All moisture wicking for any season you ride.

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