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Jun 17th 2017, 06:19 PM   #1
 coastrider's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Oregon Coast

  2017 BMW R1200RT
New horse in the stable.

Brought the BMW R1200RT back from the dealer today. They did the initial service and installed engine guards, highway pegs (by Illium) and LED light on front and brake light (by Clearwater). Put about 200 miles on it getting it home. Tried to go to Salem then over to coast but gave up as there was no getting across the bridge in Salem to highway 22. Don't know what was up with traffic but it was not good. So back north to Portland then 26 to the coast. I'm enjoying the new ride.
Jun 17th 2017, 08:34 PM   #2
 TREX600's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Custer, WA

  Suzuki 09 GSXR 1000 Suzuki 09 DRZ 400SM 1970 Yamaha 250 DT1 Enduro
Nice bike
Jun 18th 2017, 04:43 AM   #3
 
  Jan 2016
  Grants Pass Oregon

Congrats on a really nice ride.
Jun 18th 2017, 11:37 AM   #4
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  Jan 2016
  Stumpy Puddleton

  R1200ST, CB350
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Originally Posted by coastrider
Tried to go to Salem then over to coast but gave up as there was no getting across the bridge in Salem to highway 22. Don't know what was up with traffic but it was not good. So back north to Portland then 26 to the coast.
Oh, 26 is such a waste of that bike. Or any bike. Next time get off at Wilsonville and go Newberg - Carlton - Beaver - Hemlock - Cape Lookout, or thereabouts. The road goes to gravel a bit at the top, but apparently -- I discover now with a bit of googling -- there's a way to bypass it:

Nestucca River Road Gravel Section Bypass - Bald Mtn Access & Bible Creek | Oregon Motorcycle Roads and Rides | MotorcycleRoads.com

(Personally I actually like the gravel section, and it's easily managed with road tires if you take it easy.)

Congrats on the bike.
Jun 18th 2017, 12:11 PM   #5
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  Jan 2016
  Oregon Coast

  2017 BMW R1200RT
Nestucca River Road is indeed a great ride. My plan Saturday was to visit a friend that lives in Dallas and then continue on to the coast from there. According to the GPS I was really close to his house but it did not appear that I was ever going to get across the river to Highway 22. So by the time I back tracked on I-5 I was tired and hungry and decided to just blast on back home.

Little did I know at the time that the huge traffic backup was due to a motorcycle fatality on Highway 22 just on the other side of the bridge I was trying to cross. A 24 year old rider from Woodburn according to an article in the Salem Statesman Journal.

Last time I was on Nestucca River road there were just three miles of gravel and it was really more hard pack dirt than gravel and no problem at all for the V-Strom I was riding then. Haven't seen the road yet this year.
Jun 18th 2017, 02:17 PM   #6
 
  Feb 2017
  Deming

  Gsxr600
Excellent choice.
Jun 19th 2017, 06:06 AM   #7
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  Apr 2016
  Eugene

When you have an RT you can have an in and out burger whenever you want! Nice machine!
Jun 19th 2017, 09:35 AM   #8
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  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2015 Kawasaki Concours 14 - The Origame Sea-Dragon
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When you have an RT you can have an in and out burger whenever you want! Nice machine!
Explain this.
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Jun 19th 2017, 04:23 PM   #9
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  Jan 2016
  Stumpy Puddleton

  R1200ST, CB350
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Last time I was on Nestucca River road there were just three miles of gravel and it was really more hard pack dirt than gravel and no problem at all for the V-Strom I was riding then.
True enough when it's dry up there. When it isn't, which being in the Coast Range is far more often than in the valleys, that hard pack dirt becomes a slick mud surface with the friction coefficient of Valvoline. It can be hard to spot too, because some sections don't dry out nearly as quickly as others and and the ones that don't are in in deep permanent shade where you can fail to notice the reason they're dark.

Just rode through today. Was basically coasting bolt upright or easing along in first with heavy clutch for some stretches, but it's manageable. The pavement continues to decay for the next few miles after a that, and it's now halfway to becoming gravel by sheer entropy. But it gradually gets much better, all the way to very good indeed a few miles further on.
Jun 19th 2017, 07:38 PM   #10
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  Apr 2016
  PDX

  2014 Triumph Daytona 675R
We took the bypass route instead of the 3mi gravel section yesterday. Wet for the majority and lots of moss on road surface. We popped out the other side and it was nice ride

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