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SR! Monthly Motorcycle Marketplace

Welcome to the Sound RIDER! virtual Motorcycle Marketplace. We understand that our readers want to know about specials and events that are currently under way at Northwest shops, as well as national motor sports entities in general, and the Marketplace does just that. Check out what's going on this month.

Down and Out - In Patagonia, Kamchatka and Timbuktu, Dr. Gregory W. Frazier

The newest book from Dr. Gregory Frazier is his latest installment in his books of traveling around the world. Since his last book, Motorcycle Touring, Frazier has been around the world again, only this time two-up. The book is a timeline of his motorcycle expeinces, the bikes he's owned, the places he's been - all written with his rye entertaining humor . It's a bench racing festival of learning the ins and outs of round the world touring, something Frazier has done probably more than anyone else on the planet. Since you probably won't ride around the world countless times, get it and live vicariuosly.

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The Rally in the Gorge

Mt. Adams, Mt. Hood and the Columbia River Gorge invite you to four days of fun roads and good times. The Rally in the Gorge is geared toward sport bike, dual sport and sport touring enthusiasts. 2014 marks the 12th anniversary of the event. Featured presenters this year include Greg White (Greg's Garage) and Mike Sullivan among others as well a favorites with seminars and clinics present by Happy Trails and Giant Loop. If you've been before, you know you need to go back because it's never the same rally two years in a row. If you've never been gerar up and get down here. This years event will be held over Labor Day weekend at the Hood River County Fairgrounds. Registration starts at just $70

Shorai Batteries

Step up to the latest battery technology with a new battery from Shorai. Shorai batteries feature lithium-iron technology which means lighter weight. You can even up your overall battery capicity and cranking power without needing a larger size battery. Contact Shorai with your year, make and model and request the recommened "step-up" battery model for your bike. Beacuse these batteries are lithium-iron technology, they are best charged and maintained using their intelligent charger for best results.

Shorai batteries are available at Ride West BMW, South Sound Motorcycles and better dealers in the Pacific Northwest. For nmore information visit their website at 

Ride West BMW

All summer long join us for Ride West group rides. We'll be traveling on great roads all over the Northwest including a very easy dual sport ride! Want to head down to LeMay for the Vintage Motorcycle Festival in August? We have a group ride scheduled for that as well so check out our calendar and join us! All bike brands welcome.

This month you can find us riding the track with 2Fast on August 11th, at the Riders for Health Scavenger Hunt on August 15th-17th, riding to the LeMay Vintage Motorcycle Festival on August 23rd and at the Sound Rider Rally at the Gorge from August 28th through September 1st. We hope you’ll join us!

What makes Ride West different? We’re Washington’s only exclusive BMW motorcycle dealer. We have a fleet of BMW demo motorcycles and sell used motorcycles of all brands. Ask for the details of any or all of these programs and join Ride West staff and customers on the road, on the track, or in the dirt!

Consistently rated one of the top BMW dealers in the USA –stop by the shop to see why.

All Moto Tire

If you live in the Puget Sound and need your tires mounted buy a pro, go see Don at All Moto Tire. All Moto Tire is the preferred mounting house in the Puget Sound region by the Motorcycle Superstore.

Looking for hard to find Heideneau or Vee Tires? All Moto is a direct reseller of these brands and can order up what you need and mount it as well.

Visit their website at

Crash Scene Safety Instruction

Would you know what to do if a member of your riding group was involved in a crash during an upcoming ride. The most critical time is often the time you're waiting for emergency services to arrive, so take control of the situation and learn what you need to know from the experts at Crash Scene Safety.

For more information about upcoming classes, or to schedule a class for your group visit the website at

The Sound RIDER! Guide to Motorcycling in Washington State

Escape! Whether you’re a local rider or visiting from afar, Western Washington features premium riding opportunities for riders of all styles of bikes. Deep forests, volcanic mountain ranges and a vast array of wetlands and rivers means there are plenty of twisty back roads in your future.

Motorcycling through Western Washington reveals essential day rides and numerous explorations that can be stitched together into endless days of touring. From the Olympic Peninsula, through the Cascades Range, from the border of Canada to the mighty Columbia River, whether you’re a new rider or an old hand, there’s something here for everyone.

CLICK HERE for more information and to purchase yours now.


Just in time for the holidays, the new Sound RIDER! Medical information USB card makes it possible to carry as much medical data as you need on your person. Keep it close to your drivers license or use the optional lanyard to place it around your neck so it's always with you should a medical technician need it. With 128 megabytes of storage you can also store scanned legal documents such as organ donor details, child custody release forms, power of attorney and otherwise.  Get yours online now by clicking here.


Why manufacturers sell bikes with straight, hard to get to stems makes little sense at all. There are 90 degree stems on the market that have proved to be not-so-pretty, and play havoc with wheel balancing on medium-sized tires. We’ve got the solution. Our new 84 degree durable ultra-light TV25 valve stems.

As much art as they are function, you can simplify getting air into your tires the next time you pull the wheels off. Unsurpassed fit and finish when compared to their Italian look-a-likes.

CLICK HERE for more details.

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If you're a Northwest or national motorsports company and have a special event or product you need our readers to know about, contact Stacey Swanson at 925-292-9470.

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Dualsport Northwest Rally 8/29-9/1 2014


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