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Pacific Northwest Racing Report

Flat Track Comeback

NEW - More bikes, more tracks, more races - we're seeing an uptick in popularity of a sport that was once golden in the Pacific Northwest.

  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.

Eating your way around the 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.

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.

   2016 Sound RIDER! events

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! Check out the 2016 schedule now.

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.

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

WE DID IT - It was an awesome week as we rode along the Columbia River from Astoria to Canada. The tourbook/GPS combo will be available in July in our online store.

  Local Resources

Pacific Northwest Road Conditions

RESOURCES - Wouldn't it be nice to have one page with all the links to every county and forest service road conditions page in the Pacific Northwest? We've got that!

Four Trip Planning Resources

NEW - Derek Roberts explores the logical options to preview before your next ride.

Communities Pages

RESOURCES - 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!


  Rider Know-how

Back in the old days: Part 1

NEW - A look at the differences between touring now and 100 years ago.  Trust us - you've got it made compared to the old days.

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.

Jacket Essentials

NEW - We take a look at what the essentials are that a rider might want to carry in their jacket, rather than on the 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. 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 - Funny money, deep clean chain service, smarter smart water and more.


  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? Ride Cool!

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

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Moto Guzzi V7 II


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