Wednesday, January 14, 2015

WA DOL "Look Twice" Video

Washington State
Department of Licensing

Folks - this is well worth watching
and sharing with your friends
and family,
especially if you have a new or teenage driver!

And - riders... it's a great reminder for all of us!!

Click below for the WA DOL "Look Twice" video

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

2014 Season Ending

SantaCycle (circa 2008)

Saying Goodbye
to 2014

SantaCycle (circa 2009)

When the Olympia Toy Run ends you know the year is coming to a close;
and we look back on the year with fond memories of rides, events, and friends
with whom we've shared the miles.

Unfortunately some of our friends took their last rides this year,
leaving their families and loved ones to morn the loss.
And they will be missed.

"Nearly 40-Percent of Washington State Motorcycle Deaths are Unendorsed Riders"

Still others endured
the hardships of tragedies,
like the Oso mudslide,
family illness,
and other natural
or man-made events.

Still -
with each,
we shared their
loss and pain.

But the one thing that stands out the most,
through all the good and bad we've shared,
is how we
stick together and support
not only those with whom we ride,
but with our community and our nation.

We ride because we're free,
and that freedom has always come at a price.

So this year we'd like to close by saying,
"Thank you!"

To all of you that supported a ride, participated in an event,
or simply passed along a random act of kindness to a fellow rider,
a family in need or a complete stranger. 

THIS is the true biker spirit!

So don't let the images portrayed on television or in the movies
change what you feel inside.

Remember to simply -

"Pick a direction...
                                   and ride!"

~ Sniper ~


Sunday, November 23, 2014

37th Annual Olympia Toy Run - Dec. 6th


37th Annual Olympia Toy Run
Saturday, December 6th, 2014

South Sound Center, Sears Parking Lot
711 Sleater-Kinney Road SE, Lacey, WA
(Exit 108 on the south side of I-5)

10:00 AM – Gate Opens
 11:00 AM – Performers
 1:00 PM – Ride Begins

Admission is one (or more) new, unwrapped toy(s)

… OR …
$10/rider or $15/w passenger


PLEASE do NOT donate stuffed animals!
 That’s right… toys!!!

 No throwing candy while driving the parade.
We haven’t heard that you can’t pull over, stop, and hand it to kids/people;
BUT – be sure to give the bikes behind you plenty of warning!
AND – be careful pulling back into the parade!!!

Ride is from
Sears parking lot in Lacey
Marathon Park / Deschutes Parkway in Olympia

Ride Route
Exit South Sound Center to south taking a right onto Pacific Ave
Continue on Pacific, merging onto State Ave
Left onto Capitol Way
Right onto 5th Avenue
Left onto Deschutes Parkway

!!Park as directed by Volunteers!!

All motorcycle riders and street legal bikes are welcome.

Please refrain from promoting other activities,
events and organizations!!

No raffle tickets may be sold
official Olympia Toy Run Raffle Tickets.

Riders must conform to state laws regarding street riding –

especially in regard to licensing, motorcycles and helmets.


~ Sniper ~

"Pick a direction...
and ride!"


Thursday, November 20, 2014

2014 International Motorcycle Show


The dates have changed for the

The Progressive International Motorcycle Show will be in the Washington State Convention Center on November 21 - 23, 2014.

You can buy tickets on-line; but, be sure to look for discount codes before buying.

So now it's time for the editorial:

For the past several years, we (the Wild Bunch) have, individually or as a group, been attending the IMS. And every year we say, "Never again!" But as the year comes to a close, and the advertising touts a "new and improved IMS", we give in and go. And to be quite honest with you, other than seeing Urban Custom Bikes' entries in last year's custom bike competition, the vendor area and displays have been ever more disappointing with each passing year. For all the hoopla and marketing, you can (quite realistically) see the same level of products and services at any motorcycle dealership, sports center or on-line.

Yes, it's great to meet up with other bikers, but not for the expense and trouble of attending an over-marketed event like this. And the discounts for tickets... they're laughable. As are the advertised "events" that take place during the IMS in Seattle.

You probably noticed the "STD" in the discount code we provided above. We can only assume it stands for "Standard" discount. And while other cities may enjoy the benefits of their local fair weather during this time of year (think Phoenix and Long Beach), someone on the IMS planning committee seems to be able to pick the rainiest days of December to convene a motorcycle event in Seattle. And then they find a way to split up the vendors and manufacturers (many of whom have told us the cost to attend is not worth the return on investment) across various venues throughout the facility.

The biggest complaints we hear actually come from the vendors!

 So unless you're riding your bike (in past years this was during the worst part of December), you can expect to pay the exorbitant parking fees commonly associated with Convention Center events. Oh, and let us not forget the pricey (read that as "overpriced and tasteless") food options available in the Convention Center.

In summary, if you haven't gone before, try it once (just so you can say you've done it); but also to be able to judge for yourself the value in going.

As for the rest of us, we'll find something else to do that weekend... like ride!

(The opinions expressed above are a compilation of the author's notes from prior year IMS events and comments from attending Wild Bunch riders. Please use your own judgement in determining the benefit and value of attending any event.)
"Pick a direction... and ride!"

Sunday, September 21, 2014

33rd Annual Oyster Run: Anacotes WA Sept 28, 2014

33rd Annual Oyster Run


The Largest Motorcycle Run
In The Pacific Northwest!

Sunday - September 28, 2014
Anacortes, Washington

A free event!
Open to all!
No time schedule!
No required route!
No official starting point!
Just get there!!


Music By "The Unfaithful Servants"

The Seattle Cossacks Motorcycle Drill Team
Wild Bunch "Teddy" with the Seattle Cossacks

The Whidbey Island Rollergirls

~ Please ride responsibly and respectfully! ~

You and your fellow riders
set the public’s image of
the entire biker community…


Until next time -
"Pick a direction...

and ride!"

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

TFTD: Thought For The Day - 9/17/2014

"In a car you're always in a compartment, and because you're used to it you don't realize that through that car window everything you see is just more TV. You're a passive observer and it is all moving by you boringly in a frame.
On a cycle the frame is gone. You're completely in contact with it all. You're in the scene, not just watching it anymore, and the sense of presence is overwhelming."
— Robert M. Pirsig
(Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values)

"Pick a direction...
and ride!"

~ Sniper ~

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Labor Day Weekend Ride - Saturday 8/30/2014



the weather on Saturday and Sunday
turned out to be iffy in some parts of WA.

But that didn't keep local riders
from getting in one more ride
before the "dry" season ends!

Monday was gorgeous!

Was that you I saw on WA's
back roads and byways?

There are still plenty of opportunities
to sneak in one more ride!

Keep an eye on the weather...

And let us know where
YOU want to go!

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