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Monthly podcast about motorcycle events, news and people in the Pacific Northwest.

Monthly podcast about motorcycle events, news and people in the Pacific Northwest.
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Monthly podcast about motorcycle events, news and people in the Pacific Northwest.




#1809, September 2018 – Smoking the Vodka

A vintage Yamaha is tearing up on the Bonneville Salt Flats breaking records in a most unusual way, vintage bikes will soon be rolling into The Dalles and we’ve got live segments recorded during the Rally in the Gorge.


#1808, August 2018 – Wheels off the Roadway

It’s August and things are heating up. We have two feature segments to go with that as we cover the highlights for the upcoming Rally in the Gorge and share multiple Tips and Trips to ride cool this summer. The show kicks off with news of a top-secret project, and how the Washington Attorney General is messing with our marketing. Newsbytes reveals a deer strike to one of our own, Niken pricing and the rise in hooligan deaths in the PNW. The calendar is packed with car and bike shows, track...


#1807, July 2018 – Emotional Dumpster Fire

Karen Thomson from Avid Moto Tours joins us in studio to talk about her upcoming Northwest Volcano Tour in September. There’s some crazy stuff happening in our news bytes file both locally and on a global level. Things settle back down with a packed summer calendar, it’s wildlife season and you need to move your maintenance schedule to a spread sheet. All that and more on the July show.


#1806, June 2018 – Tater Fuel

The ultimate riding weather is kicking in. Decent temps, no fires (yet), just pure moto bliss. This month the guys focus on new gear coming on the market. The calendar is jammed packed, we’ve got updates on a number of happenings in the PNW, a few great tips and so much more.


#1805, May 2018 – Meet the readers

Our special guests today are… our newest readers as we review the results from our 2018 Reader Study and share some insights to some of our newest subscribers. Newsbytes reveals insights into what’s going locally and nationally in the world of two wheels including a tip on a very cool exhibition coming to Portland this summer. The Calendar is packed with events from around the Pacific Northwest including a hill climb, the last Western States 1000 and a GPS tour. The show closes with some...


#1804, April 2018 – Let’s all move to Boise

Insurance specialist, Chris Gibbens with a Seattle area State Farm branch joins us to talk about selecting coverages and playing it safe when purchasing insurance for you and your motorcycle. Derek and Tom are contemplating what effects a trade/tariff war could have on motorcycling in general as well as the local economy. The LA Times picks up where we left off on our recent State of Jefferson Ride idea. There’s lots going on in the Newsbytes segment as we talk about a dealer buy and sell,...


#1803, March 2018 – Air today, ride tomorrow

Backfire Moto is on the move to historic 4th Ave in the SODO District and we’ve got two of the founders, Todd Werny and Sean Westlake in the studio talking about the big change. During Newsbytes we discuss Crater Lake joining in on exorbitant prices for riders to enter the park starting in May. Yamaha is bringing a police bike to the US, Suzuki gets 5 recalls in one month and welcome to our newest contributor, veteran moto journalist Andy Cherney. The calendar features poker runs, a pop-up...


#1802, February 2018 – Back from the Frozen North

Today’s interviews are with Cycle BC and The Pacific Riding School. Derek and Tom have just returned from the Vancouver Motorcycle Show and they share tidbits about their trip. The Mecum auction in January was one one of the biggest and the entire assets of Excelsior-Henderson were on the block. Cycle World cuts back to quarterly issues and much more on this month’s show.


#1801, January 2018 – The Moto Calendar Ahead

There’s a whole year of riding ahead and Derek and Tom have plenty of ideas for you to plug into your 2018 riding calendar. We get a visit from a special woman from Redmond who thinks she knows it all. But does she? Several recalls will put bikes in the shop this winter. Are you on the list? A longtime dealer owner passes, and it looks like there’s light at the end of the tunnel for a local company’s German parent. What are you doing for breakfast next weekend? You’ve got options. You want...


#1712, December 2017 – Holiday meals on two wheels

Tom has just returned from the International Motorcycle Show and shares what he knows about all the new models and sights on the floor. Boggan’s Oasis burns to the ground, MAG files for bankruptcy and Indian announces a big bore kit. It’s a light calendar as we roll into the holidays.


#1711, November 2017 – Canadian Vortex

Kris Fant with WomenADVRiders magazine is our guest today, telling us about their new campaign #AdventureIsAttitude. It looks like Derek may need to run the show solo today as Tom’s been taking advantage of the mild fall weather causing him to disappear into oblivion. Riders are up in arms about the proposed $50 per motorcycle by entry fee to key national parks. Dealer news rolls in from Skagit Powersports, Big People Scooters and Triumph of Seattle. Today’s show is dedicated in memory of...


#1710, October 2017 – Hello Autumn

Jonathan Koch has been traveling the Western US on his Harley-Davidson Doin’ IT For The Kids and he’s here to tell us more about his moto sabbatical. We’re looking at some of the new 2018 models and Derek discovers some interesting numbers on local commuters. The calendar is packed with highlights including swap meets and events perfect for fall. We close with tips about being fit and venturing beyond your own motorcycle.


#1709, September 2017 - Electric Scam?

There’s plenty to talk about as Confederate goes electric, Harley-Davidson drops the Dyna and V-Rod in 2018 and Kenneth crashes his GL1500 into an elk while driving intoxicated. The September calendar has some great rides to enjoy before the fall weather chills down the Pacific Northwest. We read through some of the feedback provided from years Rally in the Gorge event and wrap the show with a few tips and tricks.


#1708, August 2017 – It’s Rally Time

It’s time for The Rally in the Gorge and we’ve got interviews with Connie Adams who procures door prizes and auction items; and Jesse Murphy who will be teaching every day during the event. Our social media post about the MSF 1 second group ride following distance suggestion caused a stir so we discuss it in detail. Is the Washington State Patrol trying to curb motorcycle fatalities, or profiling bikers? Washington Road Construction is heavy, Alta and Zero motorcycles gets added to three...


#1707, July 2017 – Things are heating up

This month we interview Eric Folkestad as he prepares for the third annual Pendleton Bike Week. It’s hot, so the duo talks about the caveats of heat management. It’s also rally time all over, so the pair discusses what you need to do to get prepared. Motorcycle thefts are way up in Spokane and is Harley-Davidson buying Ducati? That and more newsbytes along with a fat calendar make up for a jam-packed show.


#1706, June 2017 – Feeling Eurofouric

Our special guest for this show is a highly regarded Pacific Northwest Motorcycling Ambassador, Dave Richardson who is joining us to talk about the latest models of euro bikes based on the Euro 4 Emissions standards. The show kicks off with a discussion about the recent Sound RIDER! Road Trip 2017, a new product – the EZ Gauge Deluxe in-line air gauge and who are the up and coming moto heroes? Our newsbytes and calendar segments are packed full of eye-opening tidbit and event to keep you...


#1705, May 2017 – Out of the brine, into the sunshine

Our special guest for this show is Pacific Northwest Motorcycling Ambassador, Dave Eady, sharing bits about his stunning collection of memorabilia. For many it’s riding season again and we’re talking where to ride and where not to. A brief recap is in order concerning the upcoming Sound RIDER! events and then we discuss the new collector’s moto t-shirts on the way. Newsbytes is packed with information about name changes, a possible IPO r sale for Ducati, a new dirt track riding school in...


#1704, April 2017 – Derek’s running the show

It’s April and you know what that means – somewhere in here there must be a spoof. A great coffee table book has hit the market and we’ve got an exclusive interview with the author. Derek introduces a new segment – Gas or A-- (insert donkey option here). It’s also time for the part-time riders to throw a leg over the bike and we’ve got some events for you to think about. We’re talking new products, a new dealership, a price break on rider training and what’s going to happen now that we...


#1703, March 2017 - The nature of the nature

If you’re not a year-round commuter, then riding season is just around the corner, but with all mother nature has been dishing up, it’s going to be an interesting year ahead. As long as we’re cooling our heels waiting for spring, let’s talk about healthy and nutritious foods you can take on the road. For the interview segment, Tom talks about the latest updates for Rally in the Gorge, Café to Café, Road Trip and the Sasquatch Dualsport GPS Adventure Tour. Don’t miss the last-minute event...


#1702, February 2017 – You ask – we answer

After looking at our recent web stats, Tom and Derek compile some of the keyword and phrase searches to come up with a list of questions our readers are obviously asking. To add to the fun we attach some catty names to who we think might be asking and then the pair proceed to answer. But before we get to that, the pair review a plethora of newsbytes happenings and a brief calendar overview. The show wraps with a few tips leaving plenty of time for you to get back to prepping your bike for...