Monday, October 13, 2014

Olympic Peninsula Campsite Poaching

Ahhh, the Olympic Peninsula. The promised land of rugged beauty, epic peaks, and the stunning vistas to appreciate them all. I have a definitive love affair with the northwestern part of Washington. It's hard not to. Lucky me that I have a work event in Bellingham the first part of August, and as something that's becoming a bit of a tradition for me I dip out of work a few days early and ride my motorcycle up for a little camping and rallying before meeting up with my coworkers. Throw in the Dead Baby Downhill, Seattle's 16+ year running freakbike race and Party, and you know I had a damn good time.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Two Jakes are Better than One

Summer always seems to carry way over into fall this time of year in Portland. I'm ready for the rain to begin and the sun decides to hang out for another month. I'm definitely not complaining! There may be fewer daylight hours in the day, but I'm doing my best to take full advantage of the good riding weather while we have it.

So tonight my good friend Jake (we Jakes stick together) led me on a ride through the West Hills just outside of Portland.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Hibernation: A Recap!

I spend the cold, wet, months of Portland's winter hibernating (read: working in my studio). But that's not to say that time is completely devoid of motorcycles. In fact Portland is home to one of the cooler handmade motorcycle shows in the country: The One Motorycycle Show. It falls in early February, and this year aligned perfectly with Portland's own "Snowpocalypse". Perfect timing for all those rad group rides hoping to zip around the city and wind up at the show.

Far be it for me to take anything other than a two-wheeled ride to the show, but not about to fight the KLR the whole way there, I opted to throw some zip ties around the wheels on my dirt jumper (quick studded tires) and pedal my way over.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

What the heck is South of The Dalles?!

If someone were to ask me if I've ever ridden around South of The Dalles, Oregon much I'd probably replied, "No. And why the f*ck would I?". To be fair I think a lot of folks would have the same opinion. In planning trips I pour over maps for hours to find interesting roads and terrain. More often than not these roads fall into those lush green color coded areas indicating a National Forest. Much of central Oregon falls into the category of "Nothingness". Many family roadtrips through central Oregon as a kid taught me it's a barren roadless wasteland of hot, dry,  dying farmland. I wouldn't hesitate to completely skip over this portion of a map...

Leave it up to a handful of Bicyclists to prove everything I just said: WRONG.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Flying Fifteen Spring Opener!

This Sunday (March 23rd) is the Flying Fifteen Spring Opener! I went last year and had a damn good time. Meet at 10 AM at Kelly's Olympian and be ready to ride some rad twisty roads in the Portland-area with a bunch of other fun riders.

Check their website for more details: FFMC

Monday, March 3, 2014

T-Shirts now available!

I've been working on a few side projects during Portland's rainy months. One of which are these rad new Moto-Ryder t-shirts. Now you can own a rad shirt with a sweet illustration by the amazing San Francisco based artist, Tim Lamb. As an added bonus: buying a shirt goes to support this blog and further reporting on exciting new rides in the Northwest.

Just check out this rad guy riding a 1972 BMW R75/5 flanked by my cute shop pup, Juniper. Better yet, think about how good you'll look wearing one. Available in Charcoal Gray or Turquoise.

Order one today!