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So long Mark - Long time northwest motorcycle entreprenuer and active enthusiast, Mark Pfenning has passed away as the result of a solo crash near Pilot Rock, Oregon along US 395 on 7/15. Pfenning worked at Seattle Cycle Center in the early 90's, he later founded Moto International, then worked for Avon Tyres, worked as the Northwest Regional Rep for Triumph motorcycles in the mid-2000s and was a former president in the Vintage Motorcycle Enthusiasts. He will be missed by many.

On Any Sunday - The Next Chapter - Coming this fall, Dana Brown (Dust to Glory) brings us up to date with the next On Any Sunday movie built around the franchise his father, Bruce Brown built some 40 years ago. We can't wait!

Break out your knee pucks - It's official, the North Cascades Highway, SR20 has been reopened for the spring and summer. Next stop for the team, Chinook and Cayuse.

Coming in November - The International Motorcycle Show will return to Seattle November 18-23 2014, just in time for you to stock up on your holiday shopping items and get a first-hand look at the 2015 models. Mark your calendar.

Yamaha's next Dual Sport? - Rumor has it Yamaha may make an announcment soon about importing it's lower cc Tenere' into the US. The motor company has shown a commitment with the Super Tenere' making it three years in the US model lineup.

AMA moves National Convention to Fla. - The AMA will combine it's national convention, which includes their Hall of Fame induction to coincide with the American International Motorcycle Exhibition in Florida this coming October. We think that's a smart move as it will up attendence for both events.

South Sound Motorcycles adds Ducati - South Sound BMW is back to being South Sound Motorcycles with the upcoming addition of the Ducati brand this spring, bringing their OEM offerings to three including Ural.

Ducati Bellevue adds online store - Ducati Bellevue knows everyone who's looking for great euro gear can't always make it into their store, so they've added a vast emporium of goodies to their website. Check it out more at

Max Meyers moves on - Local accident/injury attorney, Max Meyers, has left his former law firm, Scott Law, and opened his own shop. You can see all his offerings and order a free book on accident dos and donts at

Mild winter weather has Euro dealerships moving units - During our recent used bike updates for January, Euro dealers like South Sound BMW, Moto International, Triumph of Seattle, Ducati Bellevue and Ride West BMW were leading the pack in unit sales, primarily anchored by sales of used European units. Wow.

the Indians are coming - With Polaris' recent acquisition of the Indian brand, new units have begun to enter the market in the Pacific Northwest. Lynnwood Motoplex has added them to their showroom, but Hinshaw's will go one step further as they are building and entirely new shop next door to their current Auburn dealership, which will house both the Indian as well as the Victory lineup. Should be open Late-May to early June.

Lost in Hollywood - The DVD of the movie Dust to Glory has gone out of print. Neither MGM or producer Dana Brown can cut a sub-licensing deal with anyone else to re-release the DVD as the master is missing. Prior to any re-release the master would be required for making neccesary opening and end-credit changes. Yowsa!

Changes @ Puget Sound Safety Off-Road - Class locations and offerings in 2014 by Puget Sound Safety Off-Road take a major turn. A feature article about all the changes ran in the January issue of Sound RIDER!

Miley gets a Spyder - Billy Ray Cyrus presented his daughter, Miley, with a new Can Am Spyder for her 21st birthday on November 23rd. The Spyder is custom painted with her initials and comes with a full face Bell helmet in a matching paint scheme.  It's rumored that friends and family cautioned against a flip-up style lid as it could end her career as a tongue wagging fool once and for all.

Sully wins again - Mike Sullivan's racing career is giving him one more ride. Sullivan, 57, will be inducted into the Washington State Motorcycle Hall of Fame on Nov. 3, adding a finishing touch to a road racing career that stretched from 1986 to 2010.

Looking for Twisties? - In Oregon, go ride the Kings Valley Highway, in Washington take a ride up Jim Creek Road in Arlington and in Idaho take a spin on the Winchester Grade.

Looking for dirt? In Washington, enjoy a ride along the Puget Sound using Tahuya's 7 mile gravel stretch of North Shore Road. In Oregon, enjoy the gravel in the Painted Hills and in Idaho, take a ride through Angel Canyon.

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