How To Wakesurf

Learn how to wakesurf

In this “how to” series we are going to provide some guidance for those wanting to learn the art of waksurfing. This tutorial is largely geared for kids but the same principles apply for adults.


For wakesurfers, you want to be right at, or possibly just behind, where the wake is curling over. If you’re too far in front of the curl, you’re in front of the sweet spot. If you’re at, or slightly behind, the curl, you can easily shift your weight forward or even pull yourself forward into the sweet spot. You should buy a surf-specific rope that will give you about 15 feet of length to work with, although you’ll likely only need about 10 feet. Follow the link here to continue reading

Here is a great video tutorial demonstrating how to teach a small child.


We sell Tige boats here at Lynnwood Motoplex because we feel the brand offers the best possible wake for riders of all ages. Here is another article direct from the Tige blog to help you with your wakesurf set-up.

Below is a great print article from that covers everything from board choice, boat selection, proper weighting and driving the boat. Wakesurfing is becoming a common sport that is fun for all ages and if you haven’t tried it you’re really missing out on some fun. We call it the endless wave!

Learn How To Wake Surf

We will have you wake surfing in no time! Wakesurfing is one of the most exciting new water sports. Since a boat can provide you an endless wave on which to practice and hone your skills, wakesurfing is rapidly becoming one of the most popular board sports for inboard owners around the globe. No longer is surfing relegated to only coastal areas. Wake surfing has unlocked a new water sport for anyone with access to water and an inboard boat. Continue reading

We hope this collection of “How to” tutorials helps you get up to speed in no time when the sun shines and boating season calls your name.

Enjoy, Motoplex

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Bike Week Tent Event

Bike Week Tent Event

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The Reason Behind The Sportsman ACE

Polaris reveals the secret behind the Sportsman ACE

Sportsman ACE

“We do spend a significant amount of time and effort studying market trends and con- sumer trends. The observations were telling us that there was a potential opportunity here, so we put together some concepts and went out and shopped them with prospective consumers. We had some targets in mind. It gave us some good direction on what people were looking for, so we did build some prototypes and looked at variety of possibilities and did some consumer testing, and that really led us to the configuration of the product that we launched this week” said Longren.

“One individual was 6-foot-3, 275 pounds and he was convinced he wouldn’t fit in it. He was totally surprised how well he fit in the machine. There were some comments about people saying they were more comfortable in that than they are in a RZR. They didn’t think a vehicle that small and compact would offer that much space. Second is the performance of the machine. We positioned it as a 32 horsepower ProStar engine, and it sets expectations. After they had a chance to ride it, they were pleasantly surprised at how well it performed”.

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New Yamaha Motorcycle Dealer Opens

New Yamaha Motorcycle Dealer Opens in March, 1970

“I was all alone and had to put a sign on the door that said “back in 5-minutes” when I had to go to the bank or the bathroom” said Jim Powers Sr. (known as POPS) founder of Lynnwood Motoplex.Jim Powers Sr.

We recently sat down and spoke to our father about his first day working the old dealership and what it was like to open the door for the first time on that day in March 1970.

“I don’t know what we were thinking, we were so nervous about going into business at that time. I remember when Marie and I were headed South out-of-town one day and there was a billboard from Boeing that said “Make sure to turn the lights out when you leave” It was a tough time to be in business, the interest rate was over 17% and people weren’t borrowing money for toys” said Pops.

He had scraped together $500.00 along with another partner and his $500.00 to get the business started. They rented a building just off Hwy-99 in Lynnwood and were able to get Yamaha to fund a $2,000.00 flooring limit to bring the first Yamaha motorcycles in for sale. “I remember it was the first day and it was just me” said Pops, I didn’t have a service guy or a parts guy. We had Yamaha AT-1′s, CT-1′s and DT-1′s to sell along with spark plugs and oil, that was it! I was so excited, the Yamaha DT-1′s were the bike that everyone wanted. It was a 250cc 2-stroke enduro bike that could be ridden on the street. It came in white and orange, the orange one was the bike everyone wanted.

1970 Yamaha DT-1

He started selling them so fast that the folks at Yamaha said they couldn’t keep up the supply of machines Pops needed. He spoke to his friend Wally at Yamaha financial who was worried about Pops flooring allowance but Pops just calmly told him to “Keep-em Comin”.

Here is a great article about the 1970 Yamaha DT-1 from the Bike EXIF blog

After the first 6-months of business sales were increasing but Pops realized that there wasn’t enough profit to keep the doors open with two partners so he offered to buy his friend out. The friend agreed but wanted $10,000 for his share. Keep in mind this is 1970 and the store had been open just 6-months. Pops saw the potential in the business and doubled down on the investment and bought his partner out. And the rest, as they say…is history.

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How To Clean Your Helmet

How to clean your motorcycle helmet and liner correctly.

If you have a really nice helmet that you desperately want to keep looking (and smelling) as close to new as possible, read on…

In this post we assume that you have purchased a decent quality helmet in the past decade and that the liner is removable.

Step #1) Remove the liner and set it aside to be washed with your dirty motorcycle gear. Liners are typically held in place by velcro or snaps and are pretty easy to remove. Wash in cold water on the delicate cycle if possible (don’t forget the laundry soap). You can wash these items along with your riding gear but I recommend doing it only after your gear has soaked for a while in detergent so you can finish it off on the recommended wash cycle. Do not dry the helmet liner parts, set them aside to air dry.

Helmet Liner

Step #2) If you are cleaning a street bike helmet full of bugs and road grime start with some bug remover that won’t harm the finish. Most automotive bug removers are paint and clear coat safe. We like to use Simple Green. If you are cleaning a dirt-bike helmet, first use the hose to spray off the big chunks of dirt. You may have to use a soft brush to help remove the stubborn clay that sets up like cement when it drys. We like the small bench brushes that usually come with a snap on dust-pan. You can find these at most grocery or dollar stores.

Cleaning Brush

Step #3) Mix up a pail of soap (car wash or dish soap) with warm to medium hot water. Remove the visor or face-shield and wash the helmet thoroughly with a sponge or car-wash mitt. Don’t worry about getting the inside shell wet, they are usually made of a high impact polystyrene foam that will not absorb water and drys easily. Rinse the helmet inside and out with a hose on low pressure until the soap has been washed clean. You can also use an all-in-one cleaner for the helmet and liner. You will find it here.

Washing Helmet

Step#4) My favorite way to dry a helmet is to wipe it off first with a micro-fiber towel then blow out the inside with a leaf blower. I have a hand-held electric model and my wife will hold the helmet for me while I blow out the inside. Otherwise set aside somewhere warm to dry overnight.

Step #5) Assembly and final cleaning-Take the liner and reinstall it by either velcro or snapping it back in place. Next, spray some liquid wax or equivalent on the outer helmet shell, visor or face shield, rub it in well, let dry to a haze and buff to a high shine. Replace the visor/shield and give it a final buff to remove any finger prints. Now let’s go riding!

Tip, if you are having trouble keeping stickers on your moto helmet, get some clear fingernail polish and paint it on around the edge of the decal and let dry. It will not peel up that way, no matter how much you wash it!

Good luck,


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Team Tige Team Rider Yan Lecomte | Seattle Boat Show

Team Tige Rider Yan Lecomte autograph signing at Motoplex booth

Team Tige rider Yan Lecomte will make special appearances during the Seattle Boat show. He will be signing autographs from the Motoplex booth throughout the show. Please check our Facebook page here for up to date information.

Yan Lecomte

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Seattle Boat Show and Seattle Seahawks

What does the Seattle Boat Show and Seattle Seahawks have in common?

Boat Show Announcement;

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Subject: Seattle Boat Show 2014 – Exhibitor Update #16


Seattle Boat Show 2014 – Exhibitor Update #16

With the Seattle Seahawks win in the NFC Championship game last night, the Seahawks move on to play in the Super Bowl on Sunday, February 2! As previously announced, the Seattle Boat Show’s final day will now be Saturday, February 1 at both Show locations. This morning, we are updating all of our TV, Radio and online advertising to reflect this date change.

Centurylink Field

We’re also excited to announce a special Seahawks Fan Experience for their run to the Super Bowl. By special arrangement with CenturyLink Field, fans will be allowed onto the football field to take photos and celebrate the Seahawks victory over the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game. The field will be open from 12 noon until 2 pm (except January 29 andJanuary 30). Showgoers will be able to walk the turf, experience what it feels like to be staring at the goal posts and setting up to make that winning kick, take pictures in front of the goal posts and show their team pride leading up to the Super Bowl.

We’re encouraged heading into this week as ticket sales are currently up compared to this point last year. The first boat moved into the West Hall at 2:30 a.m. this morning, and move in is on schedule. With the closing date change, move out of the Show will begin at 8pm on February 1. Move-Out schedules and instructions will be sent to exhibitors mid-way through the Show.

See you at the Seattle Boat Show and maybe on the field!


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