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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.


  Around the Pacific Northwest

Easing back into it

Soon the veil will lift. Should you head right out into a mass of tourists as soon as it does?

Sorting out Washington State's new endorsement process

As confusion abounds on recent changes for both permits and training, a seasoned pro sorts it all out for our readers.

Potholes in 2020

It's winter and the potholes have returned in a big way. Read what you can do to be part of the solution and make this world a better place to ride, one repair at a time.

2020 PNW moto changes

While some events and businesses come and go, there's plenty to look forward to in the coming year.

 Sound RIDER! Events

Ride anytime from now through summer. Knock off each cafe one at a time while enjoying the great food and roads that await you along the way.

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For five days in June you'll tour the interior, west, and east sides of the North Cascades. Each day there will be ample time provided to explore interpretive sights, museums, panoramic views, awesome side roads and much more that is simply missed while trying to complete the typical North Cascades Scenic Loop in 1-2 days.

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Whether you ride a sport bike, dual sport, sport touring mount, or adventure bike, there's something for everyone at the Rally in the Gorge. Advance registration is open now.

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 Beyond the Pacific Northwest

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

Order your copy here

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!

Rally Ready

Take the time to get you and your bike ready for the next rally destiantion. Our handy short list will help you be better prepared when you hit the road.


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 discussion 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 dealer specials, newest products, and coolest events.

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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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Café to Café 2020


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