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Sep 4th 2018, 10:03 PM   #1
 Big Cham's Avatar
 
  Jun 2016
  Bellingham

Clarkston/Lewiston quite the central hub for good motorcycle rides.

Long story short, if I was to do it all over again, I would of pulled a Thumperpilot and towed my motorcycle,mountain bike, and fishing pole and camped out at Hells Canyon State Park. Instead I road my motorcycle and stayed at a Motel 6 in Clarkston and in Baker City. For the few days I was there, I found the roads to be very scenic and motorcycle friendly...meaning awesome pavement, hours and hours of awesome corners, and most importantly very little traffic and police. Check it out on google maps and you will see what Im talking about. Heres the route I did in two days....its only about a 6 hour drive from Bellingham.
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Edited by Big Cham on Sep 4th 2018 at 10:09 PM
Sep 5th 2018, 01:37 AM   #2
 chadams66's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Garden Home

  2012 Versys...'83 BMW R80 RT...Suzuki GS 450t
yeah there's some beautiful country and roads out there...I get out that way usually twice a year on the Return to Kamiah or Baker City rides...will be out there this weekend on the Baker City ride...I can't wait...
Sep 5th 2018, 11:00 AM   #3
 
  Jan 2016
  Oregon

  2017 Kaw Ninja 1000 ABS (Z1000SX)
Nice! Ninja 1000?

Can't see if you did Lolo pass into Missoula?
Sep 5th 2018, 11:40 AM   #4
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  Jan 2016
  Tri-Cities, dry side of Washington

  Kawasaki C-14
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Originally Posted by chadams66
...will be out there this weekend on the Baker City ride...I can't wait...
will be there, too.

Return to Baker City - 2018
Sep 5th 2018, 12:39 PM   #5
 Big Cham's Avatar
 
  Jun 2016
  Bellingham

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Nice! Ninja 1000?

Can't see if you did Lolo pass into Missoula?
2017 Ninja 1000 ABS.....the KTRC electronics and adjustable rear suspension makes for a smooth ride....in two summers I have already put on 15K miles.....went through Death Valley back in July with no issues. Didnít make it to lolo pass, but it is on my chopping blocks of roads to do. BTW, the capacity of the tank is between 200 and 220 miles....I ran out of gas around 200 miles once.
Sep 7th 2018, 06:31 AM   #6
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  Jan 2016
  Travelling around the NW

  Triumph Bonnezilla, Little Ninja
If you ever go back for Lolo Pass, the Lochsa Lodge just on the Idaho side of the pass has e-free gas, nice food, and cabin rentals for reasonable pricing (not super cheap, but they don't gouge you for being in the middle of nowhere either). And just a few miles down the highway and half mile hike is a hot spring.
Sep 8th 2018, 01:02 AM   #7
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  Jan 2016
  Rome

  SV650S, CRF450R, and others
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Originally Posted by Big Cham
Long story short, if I was to do it all over again, I would of pulled a Thumperpilot and towed my motorcycle,mountain bike, and fishing pole and camped out at Hells Canyon State Park. Instead I road my motorcycle and stayed at a Motel 6 in Clarkston and in Baker City.
I have done the annual OR trip too many times to waste my tires on slabbing it to Oregon... To me it's not worth the tires or the headache. This trip I ended up in Walla Walla for 2 nights at a friend's house (he was in our group).

Looks like you had a good trip!
Sep 10th 2018, 09:29 PM   #8
 KRUKOV's Avatar
 
  Feb 2016
  "A" Town

  2 Kawi's
Those look like some pretty awesome roads, I might have to get down there some day
Sep 10th 2018, 10:38 PM   #9
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  Jan 2016
  Silverdale, WA

  848evo, DRZ400SM, XR100
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I have done the annual OR trip too many times to waste my tires on slabbing it to Oregon... To me it's not worth the tires or the headache.
What roads are you talking about? And what part of OR are you getting to? Just curious.



OP, I've always wanted to check out Hells Canyon, but everything I read about FS39, the road isn't that great. Just curious of your take on it.
Sep 10th 2018, 11:19 PM   #10
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  Jan 2016
  Rome

  SV650S, CRF450R, and others
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What roads are you talking about? And what part of OR are you getting to? Just curious.
OP, I've always wanted to check out Hells Canyon, but everything I read about FS39, the road isn't that great. Just curious of your take on it.

I covered 2,600 miles in Oregon on my trip this year, the 3rd week of August. There are so many roads I couldn't begin to say. Honestly, we missed a bunch from previous years.
I spent 2 days riding the west side, a couple days in the central mountains, and several days in the east side. My peeps know the backroads, which is a great advantage. Those back roads...that's where the fun is!



(P.S. Oregon is one of only a few states with paved logging roads. You do have to watch for deer, cows, and other people on the one-lane roads; quick reflexes are a must. Honestly, it's like a dirt biker talking 'bout Baja. Unless you've been there, you don't know what you're missing).

Back to Cham's adventures...

Edited by Thumperpilot on Sep 11th 2018 at 10:13 PM
Sep 11th 2018, 09:04 PM   #11
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  Jun 2016
  Bellingham

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I covered 2,600 miles in Oregon on my trip this year, the 3rd week of August. There's so many roads I couldn't begin to say. Honestly, we missed a bunch from previous years.
I spent 2 days riding the west side, a couple days in the central mountains, and several days in the east side. My peeps know the backroads, which is a great advantage. Those back roads...that's where the fun is!



(P.S. Oregon is one of only a few states with paved logging roads. You do have to watch for deer, cows, and other people on the one-lane roads; quick reflexes are a must. Honestly, it's like a dirt biker talking 'bout Baja. Unless you've been there, you don't know what you're missing).

Back to Cham's adventures...
Not my adventure....just some ideas to pass on to my fellow riders that inspire me to explore this beautiful country that we live in......seeing how I met all you guys at the beginning of this motorcycle life in shorts and you while on the side of the road with the center of my rear tire wiped out during my first monkey butt ride......
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Sep 11th 2018, 11:40 PM   #12
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  Jan 2016
  Adjacent to the Hobbit Garage

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Originally Posted by Willow
What roads are you talking about? And what part of OR are you getting to? Just curious.



OP, I've always wanted to check out Hells Canyon, but everything I read about FS39, the road isn't that great. Just curious of your take on it.
The northern part of the road is not in the best shape. It's not the worst Forest Service Road I've been on, but the pavement has seen better days. The past few years there have been lots of pot holes, and cracked pavement. I haven't been on it since last September, so I don't know what new damage there is. That's not to say that the entire northern section is horrible. There are many places that you can run up to speed without problems, but there is enough damage throughout the area to make you stay on your toes. I would also add, that compared to some of our local Forest Service roads (FS-25 East of St. Helens), FS-39 does seam to weather the winters a little better. There certainly isn't the same type of major damage that is on FS-25 (no major dips, or sloughing as I recall). Having said that, what there is can still ruin your day if your not careful.

These were taken on one of the nicer parts of the Northern section.


FS-39 Looking North


FS-39 Roadside Break

The Southern section (Roughly Here) was repaved back in 2015, and according to WarpShatner is still in great shape.

These were taken back in 2015, a few weeks after the repaving project was completed


FS-39 Looking South.


FS-39 Looking North

When we rode it last year, the new pavement was still in great shape.

Some of us are heading out that way this weekend, so I'll post up an update next week.
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Sep 21st 2018, 12:27 PM   #13
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  Jan 2016
  Adjacent to the Hobbit Garage

Well, we're back from another great Rattlesnake/Hells Canyon Run. I'm ashamed to say that I didn't stop to take any pictures; but that was due to the fact that we were having a good run. Unfortunately, this means that I can only provide a simple update.

First off, the Southern section. The new pavement is starting to show a little wear, but fortunately, no real "tear". It's no longer buttery smooth, but it is still in great shape. There were a few small pot holes (top layer of the pavement has "scraped" off, but nothing deep or dangerous. Also, they were limited to the higher elevations up by the turn off to the scenic view point. The good news is that some of the pot holes that were just north of the "new" pavement from last year, were fixed this year. Hence, the pavement from the Bridge over the Imnaha River by Ollokot Campground, all the way down to HWY 86 is in very good shape, with good paint markings (Southern Map Link). There were a few corners in the upper elevations with pine needles and some small smattering of gravel in the road; but they weren't an issue as everything was dry, and the gravel wasn't enough to cause any real slippage.

Nothing really new to report for the Northern Section. None of the damage from last year has been fixed, but there certainly isn't anything horribly new. I will say that some of the pot holes have gotten a lot worse. However, those that I would describe as "Heinously Ugly" (they will definitely ruin your day) are easily seen, and thus can also be easily avoided. One thing I would like to touch upon, is the paint markings of the northern section. If you look at the above picts of the northern section, you can see that at one time the road had been marked (center line). As you can see, the paint markings have faded out. For some folks this may not be a huge issue, and to be clear, there are a lot of places along the northern section where the road is open and wide enough for it not to be an issue. North an South bound traffic usually have more than enough room and visibility to pass each other safely. Where it does become an issue is in many of the tighter, blind corners. In a few of these corners the road actually narrows quite a bit. In years past, we have encountered many oncoming vehicles that have not made any pretense of trying to keep to the right in these tighter corners. What you really want to watch out for, are large RV's and commercial trucks. Last year we encountered a large mobile home that was halfway into our lane on a 25 MPH yellow signed curve. This year we encountered a tractor trailer moving in our same direction (South). It certainly wasn't an 18-wheeler. The tractor was a single axle rear with a single axle trailer (similar to what you see for local beer delivery, or restaurant supply). We had no problem safely (and sanely) passing it, but I sure wouldn't have wanted to encounter it as an oncoming vehicle in the upcoming 10-15 Yellow marked corners. The road in that section narrows to barely enough room for two small cars to pass each other. To be honest, we were completely surprised that the truck was on that route. Logging trucks, I can understand (not that they would have been better), but the commercial tractor trailer was a surprise.

On a side note, the Rattlesnake Grade was fantastic as always. Boggin's Oasis has been rebuilt, but wasn't open when we went by on Saturday. Having talked to them on the phone a few weeks ago, I know that they were hoping to be open by then, but that was contingent on the power company getting them hooked back up in time.
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Edited by FeralRdr on Sep 21st 2018 at 12:30 PM
Sep 23rd 2018, 07:22 PM   #14
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  Jun 2016
  Bellingham

Sounds like a road you visit quite often......as for myself I’m gonna try it again this coming weekend.....weather here in Bellingham is getting chilly and wet.....great for MTB, not so much for motorcycles........I figure I’ll tow and ride this time.....The weather is looking pretty good in that area this weekend.
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