PNW Riders is a motorcycle rider enthusiast community sharing the passion of riding in the beautiful Pacific Northwest region – Washington, Oregon, Idaho, British Columbia.
PNW Riders was created to bring together all motorcycle riders to one central spot for communication with other motorcycle riders, to share our experiences in motorcycles, and remain with the original concept of bringing motorcycle riders together for motorcycle rides and meetups.
The PNW Riders community shares a passion for motorcycles at various levels, and everyone brings different levels of experience, from the rider who just got their motorcycle endorsement to the seasoned track veteran.
All types of motorcycle riders are welcome on PNW Riders. We have consistently stated, since the first day, that all kinds of motorcycles and motorcycle riders will be welcome into the PNW Riders community.
PNW Riders is your forum and your community. We genuinely feel that PNW Riders belongs to each and every rider in our community.
PNW Riders derived from Washington Riders, which was originally conceived on February 23, 2004 by me, Daniel McIntosh (beansbaxter).
Like many things in our lives, PNW Riders was created by accident.
After unintentionally losing interest in various regional motorcycling groups and organizations for two years prior, I felt something better was possible, and the forum came to be – becoming live seven months later on September 28, 2004.
The years prior to Washington Riders
Before the “idea” became a live, functional site, several things happened for those two years.
I started riding motorcycles in 1996 here in Washington, yet it was the summer of 2002 when my perception about riding changed. After purchasing a new motorcycle in May of 2002, I was looking forward to the upcoming summer because now I had a good reason to skip class. I was a student attending Washington State University in Pullman, WA, and the summer of 2002 was spent riding motorcycles every opportunity. I made time for any motorcycle ride I could discover, and I was always trying to meet every motorcycle rider. I met Jason Huston (mcjunky) on the side of the road, as he stopped to put his wet weather gear on, and we were the only two sportbikes who joined a pack of BMW sport tourers, riding the entire day in the downpouring rain.
Next came the WSU Motorcycle Club, which was created and registered with WSU as an official club organization. We used the club as a tool to meet up with other students who rode motorcycles. The club became very popular, with several of us riding nonstop. These same riders were the original riders on the site: Travis Hudon (wsurc51), Brian Kopek (brikwsu), DJ Maclean (Badoogas), Chuck Cassius (r6fireman1996), Jess Cisco (ninjazx10rida), Bill Anderson (Bill Anderson), and Brian Neely (speedbump).
In those days, the problem was getting everyone on the same page for a ride. You could phone 10+ people to plan a ride at 9:00, and when a few people couldn’t make it until 10:00, we had to call all 10+ people back to let them know of the time change. After the ride, it was always a hassle to email everyone any pictures from the ride – everyone wanted to see them but not everyone would get them. Needless to say, an online community would have made life easier.
When everyone graduated from college, we all went our separate ways. The WSU Motorcycle Club popularity quickly dissolved, and any level of organizing rides went with it.
After the summer of 2002, I met Jeff at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, WA. I wanted to use my experience with the WSU Motorcycle Club to make something similar happen for EWU.
We applied to become an officially recognized student club, and we were one signature short of making it happen. When the winter season came, we decided to wait until a later time to try something, especially since no one would be riding motorcycles in Eastern Washington over the winter months.
After a hiatus of life, in the winter of 2004, Jeff and I stumbled back to the idea of starting a motorcycle club for EWU. This time around, we helped another group start the process, and it became a small, unorganized, completely dysfunctional EWU Motorcycle Club – which only amounted to one BBQ in the rain, which we did ride to with Ramona (crazylady).
While we were between life and school, our time was spent riding as much as possible. I tried to start a local online community, through a Yahoo EWU Group, but it was never used.
It occurred to me the EWU Motorcycle Club would ultimately have the same fate as the WSU Motorcycle Club. Every rider who was in school was going to graduate, and every rider had different ideas of fun when it came to motorcycle riding.
By this time, I was very active in several Internet online forums, yet these communities were specific to the makes and models of my motorcycle. I was not involved with anything regional for Eastern Washington, which led me to thinking about making something that would cater to Washington motorcycle riders. I felt if everyone graduated and moved off to the various areas around the state, we could have one umbrella site to still communicate.
There wasn’t much available – the best I could come up with was Washington Motorcycle Riders. I purchased the domain name washingtonriders.com on February 23, 2004. After buying the domain name, it sat dormant with no plan on when to start using it or when to build a community around it.
When I think of the summer of 2004, it was spent riding, riding, and riding. That’s all we did. I had left Pullman, was living in Spokane, and I still stayed in contact with many of the area riders from college. The barely used EWU Yahoo group was still online, which introduced me to Eric Staggs (Fighterama) and Brian Walters (mvbrian). Of all the motorcycle group rides I did that summer, it was meeting a local Spokane motorcycle chapter called R2X that changed things.
After riding with R2X, the idea for a website came up and I created an online community for the R2X group. The R2X rides and riders were awesome! While R2X was focused on being a local group of riders, Jeff and I were still interested in doing a website for motorcycle riders in the entire Washington state. The R2X riders were amazingly fun, I had so much fun riding, and I spent considerable amount of time building a website and an online forum community to help with the vision and intent of R2X.
Building upon that experience, I felt it was the time to start something up of my own. Using my own resources on every level, I started to work on the this new web project and the Washington Riders community, under the domain name washingtonriders.com, went live on September 28, 2004.
Times were very rough trying to get the Washington Riders community active. We spent the first couple months telling everyone we rode with in college. At the Friday opening of the 2004 Cycle World International Motorcycle Show in Seattle, I stood in the rain and handed out over 1500 paper flyers to everyone coming into the show, with only 1 person eventually signing up afterward. It was a very difficult time starting a motorcycle forum during the winter months.
During the 2005 riding season, activity on the Washington Riders community had been picking up immensely. Many of our motorcycle rides were branching out into nearby states – Eastern Washington riders were constantly riding in Idaho. It started to become apparent that we needed to add Oregon and Idaho regional sections to the community. That idea was cemented when John Byrne (Johnny-B) moved to Southern Oregon and introduced the idea of Oregon Riders.
The domain name idahoriders.com was registered on June 1, 2005, with the intention to add an Idaho motorcycling club to the forum.
The very next day, on June 2, 2005, the domain name oregonriders.com was registered, with the intent to add an Oregon motorcycling club to the forum.
Oregon and Idaho were added as motorcycling clubs in the Washington Riders community. I wanted to eventually change Oregon and Idaho from motorcycling clubs to designated sections, allowing three state regions to be underneath one Pacific Northwest site.
The domain name pnwriders.com was registered on June 28, 2005.
Less than a year before Washington Riders was created, during the week of Thanksgiving, I spent the entire week doing a major overhaul to the forum, migrating the site to a new server and making the change from washingtonriders.com to pnwriders.com – giving Washington, Oregon, and Idaho equal representation under one umbrella PNW Riders community site.
We get asked this question all the time, but we have yet to come up with a reasonable answer. We don’t make any money. We are constantly being harassed by disgruntled users. I guess it’s just too much fun!
The truth is – we all just love to ride motorcycles, and we wanted to make an online spot to meet with other motorcycle riders who live in our region. We wanted more motorcycle riding experiences, and we wanted to go on more motorcycle rides!
Aside from enjoying motorcycling as a sport, we enjoy the opportunity it provides to create a community with the same shared interest. In doing this, we’ve met people who otherwise we have never met, who have enriched not only our riding experience, but our lives as well. PNW Riders transcends motorcycling into an experience of community that we feel everyone can enjoy and benefit from, and those that don’t will probably die a wretched death in a fiery blaze of motorcycle carnage.