Photos and stories from motorcycle rides...

Had to get a trailer to haul all our gear - including the bikes!

ABTOR X (10th annual Anywhere But The Oyster Run) ride!

YouTube video of ride!

Team Ride West ride to Bellingham via Chuckanut Drive

John's First Moto-Camping Trip!

GSA Ride to Spada Lake!

2012 BMW R1200GSA added to the garage!

Fresh out of the crate!

Ride West BMW needs to install a few accessories, so I can pick her up the next day!

While Ride West BMW is installing some accessories on the new GSA, I've been loaned a new K1600GTL to ride for a day.

Happy boys on their new motorcycle!

Helga welcomes her new friend.

ABTOR IX (9th Annual Anywhere But The Oyster Run) ride

bulletTrip leader's ride report: http://www.davidpreston.biz/?p=106
bullet35 minutes of video from ride: http://contour.com/stories/team-ride-west-abtor-ix-dewatto-road-clip

Northern Olympic Peninsula

South-Eastern Washington and North-Western Idaho

Jeff and I met up with Ival in Issaquah. It was drizzling in the Seattle area, but cleared off as soon as we crossed Snoqualmie Pass.

The Enchantment Range from Indian John Hill rest area between Cle Elum and Ellensburg.

The father and son on the V-Strom and the old Yamaha were on hour 2 of a 21 day trip to and through Mexico and back.

Huwes' Cafe in Starbuck, WA.

Campsite at Hells Gate State Park in Lewiston, Idaho.

The highest and best use for motorcycle luggage.

The Snake River separates Idaho (foreground) from Washington State (background).

Downtown Tekoa, WA.

Rest stop at Ryegrass Summit on I-90 just east of Ellensburg.

Our route.

North Cascades Hwy, Columbia River, Stevens Pass Hwy

Meeting up in Arlington before heading towards the North Cascades Hwy.

Final fuel stop in Marblemount before heading up into the mountains. The next gas is 87 miles away in Winthrop.

Cutthroat Peak, as seen from the shoulder of the North Cascades Hwy.

Tim Johnson circles back to see why we've stopped. Yes - the North Cascades Hwy really was that empty on a beautiful sunny Sunday.

Parking lot at Washington Pass overlook.

Liberty Bell Mtn.

Parked in front of the Old Schoolhouse Brewery in Winthrop, WA.

Stopping at the top of Stevens Pass on our way back west towards Seattle.

We'd spent the prior three hours riding down the Methow River valley, along the Columbia River, and then up the Wenatchee River.

Our route around the North Cascades and along the Columbia River.

 

Four Rivers Ride

First joyride of spring

Mt. Baker/Mt. Shuksan/Austin Pass/Artist Point

Mt. Baker and her lensticular cloud, as seen from Hwy. 9 between Arlington and Sedro-Woolley

Mt. Shuksan

Mt. Shuksan as seen from Artist Point, at the end of Hwy. 542

Parking lot at Artist Point

The RTP attracts a crowd of fellow riders

Mt. Baker

The Portals, on the northeast side of Mt. Baker

Mt. Baker from Artist Point

RTP and Mt. Shuksan

Mt. Shuksan, Highwood Lake, and a RTP

One-lane bridge over the Middle Fork Nooksack River, along the Mosquito Lake Rd

I had the hairpin curves to myself on the way up!

253 miles of fun!

Dam Passes

Our route

Gassing up in Arlington

Tim's Ducati 900

Doug's BMW 1150

Brad's Honda 1100

Skagit River along Hwy 20

Field repairs on an Italian motorcycle using parts scavenged from a German motorcyle.

SR 20

Diablo Lake below Ross Dam

Brad checks out the view

Diablo Dam and Diablo Lake

Sunny day at Rainy Pass

Sunny day at Washington Pass

Tim rides along the Columbia River Road on the Colville Reservation

Columbia River from the Columbia River Road

Brad along the Columbia River Road

Grand Coulee Dam. Twice as tall as Niagra Falls. Enough concrete to pave a 4' wide/4" thick sidewalk around the Equator twice.

Walls of the Grand Coulee from our camp site at Steamboat Rock State Park

Camp

Heading back home over Stevens Pass on Sunday morning.

 

Riding on Volcanoes

Our route around Mt. Rainier and Mt. St. Helens.

Entering Mt. Rainier National Park on Hwy 410, near Crystal Mountain.

Takin' a break before entering the park.

Bike parked in front of Reflection Lake and Mt. Rainier.

Mt. Rainier and Reflection Lake.

Parked at Cougar Rock Campground, in Mt. Rainier National Park.

Mt. Hood viewed from FS road 99, on our way up to Windy Ridge.

Part of Spirit Lake, filled with log jams, as viewed from the road to Windy Ridge.

Mt. St. Helens peeks over the ridge, along the way to Windy Ridge.

Parking lot at Windy Ridge. The actual ridge is in the background, and has a nice set of stairs up to the top.

Mt. Rainier looms over Spirit Lake.

Spirit Lake.

Crater of Mt. St. Helens.

South to north panorama from Windy Ridge #1

South to north panorama from Windy Ridge #2.

South to north panorama from Windy Ridge #3.

South to north panorama from Windy Ridge #4.

South to north panorama from Windy Ridge #5. And Tim, too.

Parking lot from the top of the Ridge.

Mt. Adams from the summit of Windy Ridge.

Doug, Ival and Tim at Windy Ridge.

Scenery along road to Windy Ridge.

Scenery along road to Windy Ridge.

Mt. Rainier viewed from FS 25, just south of Randle.

New bridge replacing washed-out bridge along FS 25.

Washed-out creek below washed-out bridge.

Our camp at the Swift Creek Reservoir Forest campground.

Swift Creek Reservoir at sunset.

Swift Creek Reservoir at sunset.

Mt. St. Helens, viewed from FS 25 on the east side of the mountain.

The view into Eastern Washington from Chinook Pass.

The view into Western Washington from Chinook Pass.

Mt. Rainier from Chinook Pass.

Tipsoo Lake and Mt. Rainier.

Ival undoes the damage caused by riding a sport bike.

Mt. Rainier viewed from Sunrise.

The parking lot at Sunrise.

Parking lot at Sunrise.

Moto-marshal for the Lance Armstrong Foundation Seattle Livestrong Challenge

My team assembles in front of the Seattle Center at 6:00 AM.

Stickered up and saddled up at 6:45 AM.

Riders head across the I-90 Express Lanes.

Usually the cop car is behind me!

Heading up the hill in the Lakemont neighborhood of Bellevue.

Riders climb up a nasty hill on Village Park Drive in the Lakemont neighborhood of Bellevue.

El Diablo cheers on the riders on the steep climb.

Heading west on Yesler - just a few miles left!

Entering the home strech back into the Seattle Center.

The finish line!

Safely home

Moto-support for the Union Bay Bicycle Club

Snoqualmie Pass to Ellensburg to Yakima via the Canyon Road to Chinook Pass

Ready to roll

Pit stop just east of Cle Elum

Mt. Stuart

Mt. Stuart and The Enchantment Range.

Fall color

Fishin' and ridin' along the Yakima River canyon.

Larch turn gold near Chinook Pass

Heading up towards Chinook Pass.

Mt. Rainier from Chinook Pass.

Mt. Rainier and Tipsoo Lake

My route

Oyster Run 2008

Jeff and Doug get ready for the 2008 Oyster Run to Anacortes.

Tie-dyed chopper.

Bikes parading down Commercial St. in Anacortes.

Sea of motorcycles.

Enjoying the view from our lunch spot at West Beach on Whidbey Island.

Mt. Baker pokes above Joseph Whidbey State Park.

400 motorcycles take over the ferry between Whidbey Island and Mukilteo.

The big white motorcycle sure stands out!

Our route.

Arriving home from work early due to a spring snow storm.

Tough to see through the snow-covered windscreen!

Glad to be home - safe, warm and dry.

Annual swap meet at Ride West BMW in Seattle.

This sure is a pretty bike!

Wouldn't mind adding one of these to the garage someday.

Beautiful blue K75S sandwiched between a GS 100 (left) and a K100RT (right).

Glamour shot from West Seattle's Seacrest Park.

 

Pit stop in Monroe on ride along Hwy 203.

Skykomish River from Monroe.

Cascade Mountains from park in Monroe.

Bridge over the Skykomish River.

Pit stop in Darrington, WA 9/9/07 with Whitehorse Mountain as a backdrop. I'm on my way to the North Cascades Hwy.

One of the Seattle City Light dams along the Skagit River.

The North Cascades Hwy and Liberty Bell Mtn. as seen looking SSW from the Washington Pass over-look.

Kangaroo Ridge and the Early Winters Spires, looking ENE from Washington Pass.

For my first 'joy ride' 7/1/07, I went over Stevens Pass, Blewett Pass, and Snoqualmie Pass. Here the bike sits at the summit of Stevens Pass.

Funny how the German motocycle ended up in Leavenworth.

The new-to-me 2002 BMW R1150RT-P, in the front yard on a sunny day.

"I like daddy's new motorcycle!"

Future rider?

Picking up my new bike!

Now I have too many motorcycles. The red one is now off to a new home.

After the first wash since I got my first BMW motorcycle - a 1992 K75S.

The reflective tape on the back of the bags shows up here.

My daily commute vehicle - unless it's snowing.

I've added the tall windscreen, heated grips, driving lights, a new Corbin seat, a new side stand, and replaced a few worn out parts.

I had Corbin add the BMW Motorsport logo to the seat, as well as the red piping.

I've put on about 400 miles since getting the bike in early November, 2006.

In front of the Skykomish River and the Cascades, in Monroe, WA.

Snow on the ground near Carnation, WA.

Parked at Snoqualmie Falls.

Snoqualmie Falls.

The back of the bike - with the new plates!

Freshly washed and ready for sale.

This time with the tank bag.

For those who don't speak German, "motorrad" is German for motorcycle.

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