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Rumble, Rumble, Rumble!

Posted 09-30-2009 at 06:31 AM by Gamuru (The Path Less Traveled)


This was as close as we got to the Oyster Run this year. My wife and I were waiting to cross Highway 20 at La Conner-Whitney Road. Bike engines were roaring all around us. So much so that it made the hair on my arms stand up. Awesome! It was like being in the middle of a hornet's nest, only louder. While waiting in line I pulled my camera out of my pocket and snapped the above picture...
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Tired Again?!?

Posted 09-17-2009 at 06:59 AM by Gamuru (The Path Less Traveled)

While sitting in Ike's last Friday for dinner with the wife, I noticed what looked like a piece of chewing gum stuck to the rear tire of my scoot. After we finished, I walked out to see what it was. Yeah, not gum... cords. The tire was worn out. You know, the one I just put on in February; just eight short months and barely 11,000 miles ago. Man, that was quick.

I've ordered another one from Cycle Barn in Smokey Point and will keep track of the miles on this tire. If it wears out...
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Labor Day Weekend Loop

Posted 09-09-2009 at 06:00 PM by Gamuru (The Path Less Traveled)
Updated 09-10-2009 at 06:18 AM by Gamuru

What did you do for the holiday weekend? I know the wet weather kept a lot of people in. And for us bike riders? I suspect most skipped taking them out for rides. In our travels over the weekend, motorcycle sightings were few and far between.

My wife and I had made plans awhile back with her sister and brother-in-law to meet up for a ride weekend. In fact, now that I think about it, we discussed it way back in June when we went down to Coos Bay, Oregon, for our nephew's graduation....
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On the East Side

Posted 09-05-2009 at 07:41 PM by Gamuru (The Path Less Traveled)

My wife and I are spending the holiday weekend at her sister and brother-in-law's place in Odessa. Today, we rode our bikes from Ellensburg to Yakima by way of the Canyon Road. I'll post more on our trip when I return to my own computer but wanted to share a photo with you I took on the way back to their place.


April says she's certain we brought the crappy wet-side weather...
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If it aint one @#$% thing it's another.

Posted 08-31-2009 at 08:42 AM by sschering
Updated 08-31-2009 at 03:03 PM by sschering

A few weeks ago I had to tow the bike home when it refused to start.. then the starter circuit failed, that took the ignition too so I couldn't kick it..

Finally this weekend I got the carbs cleaned, starter and ignition fixed.. It was running great!
Took it to work this morning.. I'm half way across the 240 from Kennewick to Richland when suddenly the the back of the bike drops.. The she starts to wiggle.. aww crap!! rear tire is flat!!!!
Pull in clutch, ease it down...
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Why no insurance required in WA?

Posted 08-29-2009 at 06:20 AM by Gamuru (The Path Less Traveled)

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Not sure this is a LEO question, but any insights would be welcome. A motorcycle can certainly do significant damage to third party property and life.
SWS asked the above question in the Ask a LEO section and got me thinking again about the hot-button question of whether motorcyclists should be required to carry insurance in Washington. I had read somewhere a "sense of Congress" stating that motorcyclists weren't required because, in many cases, the value of their bikes...
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Missing and Stumbling?

Posted 08-22-2009 at 06:39 AM by Gamuru (The Path Less Traveled)

Do you suffer from missing and stumbling? When you roll on the throttle, does it feel like one of your cylinders has gone out to lunch? Well, my friends, read on. I may have a solution for you.

Yesterday, in preparation for the big XJ Bikes meet up in Tumwater, Washington, I decided to show my wife's bike some love by giving the engine a good cleaning with some foaming engine degreaser. After reading the instructions on the can, I proceeded to make the engine ready for the grime-cutting...
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Stinking Badges

Posted 08-21-2009 at 01:23 PM by Gamuru (The Path Less Traveled)
Updated 08-21-2009 at 01:36 PM by Gamuru

An eternity ago, I sanded down and repainted my wife's gas tank and side covers. Part of the project was to change the stock Yamaha badges from gold to chrome to better match her new paint color. After several attempts, I finally found a chrome sticky-back tape that worked well for adhering to the badges.

Well, today, I finally finished the last badge and get 'em all put back on the bike. I took a step back and admired the new look it gave her bike. The chrome really looks much better...
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Return to Mt. Baker

Posted 08-18-2009 at 06:22 AM by Gamuru (The Path Less Traveled)
Updated 08-18-2009 at 07:26 AM by Gamuru (Fixed broken links)

Back in May, I wrote:
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I'll definitely return, but later in the year. Artist's Point (I think it's called) is further down the road from the Mt. Baker parking lot, but it was completely blocked by a wall of snow. I hear tell the views from there are awesome. Perhaps the wife and I will make another trip at the other end of summer.
I'm happy to report that we made the return trip on Sunday. The weather was great; not too hot, not to cold. There were a few clouds about, but for the most...
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398-tya

Posted 08-17-2009 at 06:49 AM by Gamuru (The Path Less Traveled)
Updated 08-17-2009 at 08:09 AM by Gamuru

Congratulation! You get the Asshole Driver of the Day Award!


We followed this asshat in his Honda Odyssey Touring Edition off Mount Baker all the way to the interchange with Highway 9. That's like 30-something miles of pure hell! He did the speed limit exactly five times in that entire stretch. I know because I counted.

What was it that qualified him for the award, you ask? No, it wasn't the fact that he had almost twenty...
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