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21st Century Motorcycle Winterization

Motorcycle technology has moved ahead in the new century where old school advice may not be the best thing for your bike. We sort it all out and bring it up to date.

  Around the Pacific Northwest

Dave Eady

We say so long to one of the most loved ambassadors of the Pacific Northwest Motorcycle scene.

Sound RIDER! 2020 Event Recap

Despite a pandemic, protests, epic smoke, and whatever else life throws at ya, we did manage to pull off half our events this year. Here's the recap.

Slow Ride Home

The award-winning documentary is now streaming. 3,700 miles in 11 days. Scoots aren't just for short trips...

My Life in Bikes

Longtime PNW shop owner Dave Richardson has retired and released not one, but two books about his four decades in the motorcycle business.

Sorting out Washington State's new endorsement process - Part 2

With a new structure in place, training prices now vary by region in Washington State. Read Dave Wendell's update.

 Beyond the Pacific Northwest

Offsetting your moto carbon footprint

Riding motorcycles for leisure (travel) or as a sport (track riding) does add to the columns of carbon shot into the atmosphere. But there are ways to offset that.


Frazier Shrugged

Seasoned moto journalist Dr. Gregory Frazier spent the winter compiling a number of columns about his 6 around-the-world motorcycle navigations into a single compendium. Live, laugh, and learn.

Read the review here

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OEM trial and error

It seems odd sometimes when a manufacturer who specializes in one bike type goes off in another direction

Custom motorcycle seats

The bad, the ugly, and making it good... - no, wait - making it GREAT!


Thinking about buying a new or used bike? Have you moved? Are you planning a long trip? Use our handy resource page to find out where to search for recalls on your bike.

  Regular Features and Columns

The Sound RIDER! Show

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


UPDATED - Where to watch flat track racing, bike nights, 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 going on 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 books, dealer specials, newest products, and coolest events.

Available Now Inside the Sound RIDER! Store

MULTI-PURPOSE GEAR FOR YOUR RIDE AND COVID 19 - Learn what gear you may be using during riding that will double as a safety add-on during the pandemic. But if you don't have it, we do.

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.

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