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You all may know Seattle's reputation for rain and clouds, year-round (it actually gets less rain than LOTS of other cities -- NYC, SFO, DC, etc. -- but ours is spread-out over many many more days). Last winter was the wettest on record EVER, but I still got out on my then-bike a fair amount. Spring was no prize, weather-wise, and summer took a while in getting here (you don't rely on consistently good weather until after July 1st, if even then). I got my new Classic though on July 1st and my timing was lucky -- we've had a record 53 straight days (old record was 51) without measurable rainfall and we'll definitely get a few more before any possible threat of a little spotty rain maybe this weekend. No significant rain in the extended forecast, either. I'm getting out as much as I can on my Indian these days because I know what October through May is like around here!
 

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I lived in Seattle summers of '95 and '96. My experience is that every summer in Seattle is the right summer to ride. Summers are much like northern California with a clear dry season, just much shorter. It was great riding my Heritage Softail down the mountain in Bellevue into Pioneer Square where Adobe was located at the time.

On the way home, when the "mountain was out," it was an awe inspiring sight as Rainier came into view as I turned a certain corner.

Take some motorcycle trips on the ferries if you haven't yet.
 

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I moved from Seattle to Ketchikan Alaska 24 years ago.

Seattle gets approximately 1/4 the annual rainfall that Ketchikan does. We had a saying up there, "ride today, rust tomorrow".
 
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I lived in Seattle summers of '95 and '96. My experience is that every summer in Seattle is the right summer to ride. Summers are much like northern California with a clear dry season, just much shorter. It was great riding my Heritage Softail down the mountain in Bellevue into Pioneer Square where Adobe was located at the time. On the way home, when the "mountain was out," it was an awe inspiring sight as Rainier came into view as I turned a certain corner. Take some motorcycle trips on the ferries if you haven't yet.
I have motorcycled onto a ferry before, and yes it's great, especially on a warm summer day. Right to the front; no waiting, no registration. Haven't done it this summer yet though. Gotta do that.
 
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