Chuck Grimm

Chuck Grimm

We own a 2007 GL1800 with a Lehman Monarch II Trike Kit.

Saturday, 15 June 2019 17:08

Ride to Thompson Falls

On June 19th, 2019, after our GWRRA ID-H Breakfast Gathering, these four Musketeers, Richard, Bert, Lesley and your's truely, decided to go on a ride.  The 1st stop was at the Snake Pit in Kingston for a stretch of the legs.  Richard had taken us on a route that we hadn't gone before and we saw some awesome country.  

After about 10 minutes we were off again.  The next stop would be for lunch and yep, you guessed it.  Sprag Pole Inn, here we come.  They have some of most awesome Fry Sauce.  A wonderful flavor.  Lesley and I had our favorite sandwiches.  I believe it was the Sprag Pole French Dip, with Horse Radish Swiss Cheese.  What a joy to the taste buds.  Richard's BBQ Beef looked awesome and very messy.  Nope, not a drop on his Hi-Vis shirt.  Had that been me, well...  Bert also enjoyed her sandwich.  After spending some time talking with other riders and meeting two of the sweetest little dogs, "Russell" & "Wilson" and boy did they know they were cute.  Mom said that she named them like this to offset her son's two, who were named "Tom" & "Brady."  Good choice mom!!!  Well back on our 3-wheeled steeds we go.  

Next stop is Thompson Falls after a short stretch of the legs at Thompson Pass.  I tried to get a selfie of this group of ours but not a chance.  Couldn't see the screen no matter what.  So, with a little help from two couples that were riding as well from Troy we got the shots.  Thanks guys, who ever you were...  Got fueled up in Thompson Falls and then on our way to "Love Works Tie-Dye" in Ponderay.  

After a short stretch of the legs again at Clark Fork, we were off.  We arrived in Ponderay at "Love Works Tie-Dye." Boy, talk about a trip back in time.  I was looking for the Black Lights and the pictures of Jimmy Hendrix.  Ah, the smell of the Head Shops from back in the day...  

After a couple of items purchased we headed for Ice Cream at Dub's in Sandpoint.  I decided to live dangerously and ordered a MEDIUM swirl in a cup.  I will NEVER do that again.  The cone is about 3" high and there was a good 8 to 10" of Ice Cream above that.  Can you say "Dumb A**?"  

On we went aboard out steeds.  This time we were homeward bound.  We dropped off Richard and Bert in Athol and we go home about an hour later.  So, we started at 7:15AM and got home at 7:30PM, traveled 287 Miles according to Google Maps.  To say we were tired is an understatement.  But we saw some beauiful country that the Good Lord saw fit to put before us.  Was a glorious day to be sure.

Saturday, 17 June 2017 14:22

Trip to Enterprise, OR.

Back when we were members of GWRRA WA-N, we made a trip to Enterprise, Oregon for an overnight motel stay. On this particular trip, we were in a chase car. Our GoldWing was in the shop getting the differential repaired. The ring gear and pinion were broken. But that is a story for another day. It was kinda fun being in the Chase Car and we heard from our group that it was nice to have us there just in case something bad happened.

We stayed at the Ponderosa Motel.  Had dinner at the La Laguna Family Mexican Restaurant. We also visited the Wallowa Park & Campground.

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Friday, 18 August 2017 13:25

Region "I" Rally, Tillamook Oregon

August 16, 2017 ~ Lesley & I left Spokane and were bound for Tillamook to the Region "I" Rally and were fortunate enough to score an Aspen Tent camper for this trip.  If memory serves, it was a pretty day.  Everything was going well until we got to around the Tri-Cities when I realized that we had a little problem.  I stepped on the foot brake and it went all the way to the bottom.  The words that I uttered in the Intercom system would make a sailor blush.  If pumped the brake, I could get rear brake action.  The problem came when I had to make a quick stop.  Not sure if I would have enough time to pump up the brakes so, I decided to keep the distance between us and the vehicle in front of me larger than normal.  The front brake was just fine and it actually did a very good job at stopping the bike.  Even in a panic stop.  This did surprise me and I was thankful that these actions were few and far between.  We stopped for the night at "The Dalles" at the Motel 6. Got checked in and got some things out for the night. I still wasn't sure what the cause of the brake failure.  I looked under the back of the bike and I couldn't see any brake fluid on the ground, even after pumping the breaks several times.  I checked the master cylender and found it was low on fluid.  Well, there was nothing to be done since it was to late to see the service folks at the Honda shop.
   So, we decided to get some dinner and enjoy the night in a soft bed, Soothing our aching backshides. We visited the folks at the front desk and asked where a good place to eat was. They pointed us in the direction of "Cousin's Restaurant & Saloon." They are with walking distance so off we went. Now I must admit that I was quite impressed with this establishement. This is a place to go back to for sure. If memory serves, I had "Tom's Turkey with Dressing" and Lesley had the "Home Style Pot Roast." But then again, it could be vica-versa for sure. I do know that the dinner was wonderful.

August 17, 2017 ~ Today is the day we make it to Tillamook. To start the day off, it was once again back to "Cousins'" for breakfast. Breakfast was every bit as good as dinner. Portions were awesome, the coffee was good & hot. The service, just like the night before, was terrific. We highly recommend Cousins' for a hearty meal. You won't be dissappointed.
   After packing the bike back up, we went to the local Honda shop, "Fun Country Power Sports", to discuss this issue with the brakes and to see if they had any ideas. Well, put it short, they had no time for me.  The Service Manager told me that he had no one who could take a quick look.  And he wouldn't have till at least the next day. I found myself rather upset with this dealership. Afterall, there is a substandial amount of money that is invested in to a Goldwing GL1800 and you would think that the Honda shop would be a little more help. Suffice it to say, it sure seems to me that this is the norm. What's even worse was we were from out of town on the way to a rally, I explained this to them and all I got was basically a blank stare. So off to the parts counter I go, purchased a bottle of DOT4 brake fluid and I was rather rude when I handed over the money to pay the man. Where is the world is customer service these days? I topped off the Master Cylender, put the covers back on and off we went.
   After topping off the brakes, we were off to Tillamook. Our route will take us through Portland to catch US 26. After a short drive, we turned off of US26 to OR 6. This took us through Wilksboro and over the mountains and in to Tillamook. What an awesome ride through Tillamook State Forest. We arrived unscathed at the Tillamook County Fairgrounds and here's where we set up our tent and proceeded to enjoy life.

August 18, 2017 ~ We started the day with opening ceremonies at the rally preceeded by breakfast. After all that was completed, we were left to enjoy the rest of the day. If memory serves, we made our way towards the Tillamook Creamery but it was being remodeled and the parking was crazy, as in none available. So, we decided to check out the Blue Heron French Cheese Company. We did purchase a couple of items but we did have fun looking around at all the items for sale. Oh, lets not forget the tasting area where you can sample their products. From here, we made our way up to Garibaldi to take a look around. We stopped a local cafe for a bite to eat and for the life of me, I can't remember the location but it was pretty good. We then journeyed down to the Cape Meares Lighthouse. Not only was it a beautiful ride to the lighthouse, the lighthouse itself was quite spectacular. We walked down the path and interestingly enough, there are "Turn Outs" along the way to rest and check out the scenery. I made use of those both ways to be sure. I don't remember ever seeing a lighthouse up close and personal. I've seen a couple in the distance when I was a lot younger, but this is the first one up close. To see the workmanship that goes in to one of these structures and to see up close the safety they provide to passing ships in the night is awe inspiring. What was really a hoot was, while we were at the landing behind the lighthouse, there were a few whales playing in the surf out towards Pillare Rock. We made the trip back up the slope to the bike and there to great us were a few deer munching on the grass. Was a nice sight to see. From there it was back to the Fairgrounds for dinner and fellowship with our fellow wingers.
   It should also be mentioned that there were some games to be played as well. You know, "Split the Pot", "Trike Games" and the like. All fun to be sure. And, at around 8:45PM we started to gather for the "Light Parade." Almost every Goldwing Rally has one of these and they are always fun. Some riders get quite serious about "Lighting" up their rides. I know we did. Maybe not as much as others but there is a point where I will draw the line. Anyway, arrangments are made with the local Police Department to help us hold this event. They have at least one vehicle in the lead with lights going. Other officers block intersections for us so we don't have to stop. So, if you can imagine somewhere around 100 plus Goldwings traveling down the city streets with lights flashing and horns honking then maybe you can get an idea of what it is like. The townsfolk come out the sidewalks and wave along with take pictures. And of course, we honk and wave back. It's all in good fun. You see, we're trying to show people that not ALL bikers are terrible/horrible people. The light parade was a huge success and we along with the townsfolk had a great time.

August 19, 2017 ~ Train Ride from Garibaldi to Rockaway
August 20, 2017 ~

Cousins' Restaurant & Saloon,2114 W 6th St, The Dalles, OR 97058

Motel 6 The Dalles, 2500 W 6th St, The Dalles, OR 97058

Fun Country Power Sports 1318 W 2nd St, The Dalles, OR 97058

Region I Rally
August 17, 18, 19, 2017
Tillamook, Oregon


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Sunday, 02 February 2020 13:08

Dent Acres Camp Out

Dent Acres camp ground is located on the Dworshak Reservoir & is part of the US Army Corps of Engineers. This is just one of many that are located there. The camping fee is $20 per night which in itself is a good price, if you have a Beartuiful Senior/Access Pass, the fee is set at $10. This locatation is secluded to be sure.

This was our second trip with our, new to us, Bunkhouse Tent Trailer.

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Saturday, 01 February 2020 10:22

A good First Aid Kit

A good First Aid Kit

How to make a good First Aid Kit

Saturday, 01 February 2020 09:47

First Ride

A ride shortly after purchasing our Wing

Friday, 31 January 2020 13:30


Welcome to Trike the Northwest

By common difinition, the Pacific Northwest includes, Washington, Oregon, Idaho and parts of British Columbia.

Trike The Northwest is a forum to talk about trips made on a motorcycle throughout the Pacific Northwest. It is also a site that is geared towards those of us who ride 3-wheelers. The title really should be "Trek The Northwest" but I decided to stay with Trike for now. The plan is to allow members to create their own articles and post them. To tell the rest of us of their rides, trips and experiences. To discuss and provide tips and all other manner of stuff.

So, what is a Trike?

By definition, a TRIKE is:
  • A 3-wheel trike (including a Can-Am or Piaggio MP3)
  • A motorcycle with a sidecar.

You must have a 3-wheel sidecar/trike endorsement to ride any of the following types of vehicles on public roads in Washington (WA), Idaho (ID) & oregon (OR). By law, your trike or motorcycle with a sidecar may be impounded if you operate it without the proper endorsement.

Exceptions: You don’t need a sidecar/trike endorsement on your driver license to operate a 3-wheel vehicle if it meets all of the following requirements:
  • The seat is in a partially or completely enclosed seating area.
  • The vehicle is equipped with safety belts.
  • The vehicle is steered with a steering wheel.