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Jul 13th 2016, 11:24 AM   #1
 
  Jan 2016
  Beaverton

  '13 636, '14 N1k, DR650
Roads being un-paved to save money

Rode some roads near Detroit this weekend. Two sections of 1 road were washed away a few years back, and have yet to be fixed, and just have had gravel put down instead. Perhaps this is why.

Roads being un-paved to save money

This combined with lower displacement sport bikes maybe not being a thing anymore means I guess I should look for a proper adventure bike soon I guess.
Jul 13th 2016, 11:32 AM   #2
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  Jan 2016
  PDX

  '14 St3R, '05 DR650
I'd read the article but it immediately bitched at me for running an adblocker, so I left the page.
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Jul 13th 2016, 11:59 AM   #3
 
  Jan 2016
  Beaverton

  '13 636, '14 N1k, DR650
TL;DR

Communities with very little tax income (I'm thinking eastern OR, many coastal regions; specifically in regards to moto-ing) find it cheaper to just rip up pavement, and put down gravel instead.
Jul 13th 2016, 12:21 PM   #4
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  Jan 2016
  Portland

  2006 FZ1, 1999 R1
What a moral and ethical cesspool the US has become.

Rather than shake some pocket change from the uber rich, we'll buy dune buggies. Yee hah!
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Jul 13th 2016, 12:57 PM   #5
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  Jan 2016
  Washington

I'm all for it
Jul 13th 2016, 01:23 PM   #6
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  Jan 2016
  welches, Oregon

  2008 Kawasaki Versys (Sylvester), 1972 Suzuki RV90 (vanvan), 1981 Honda TwinStar (Bobber),yamaha 225
id say maybe you should get a versys i love mine and it doesnt mind unpaved roads
Jul 13th 2016, 01:35 PM   #7
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  Jan 2016
  Portland

  bicicleta
I'd rather go on a well made gravel road over a crappy paved road.
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Jul 13th 2016, 02:12 PM   #8
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  Jan 2016
  Adjacent to the Hobbit Garage

If the roads in question are Forestry Service, then it's not a local community issue, but a Forestry Service one (Federal Govt). The Forestry Service not having the funds to fix their roads is (unfortunately) not uncommon, as they tend to always have a very limited road repair budget. From what I understand, the only real time that they get a sizeable amount of repair funds is when Logging or Mining operations are being conducted in the local area (to the road damage). Having said that, they can also get emergency federal disaster funds, as in the case of flooding or when Mt. St. Helens erupted.
Jul 13th 2016, 03:09 PM   #9
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  Jan 2016
  PDX

  '14 St3R, '05 DR650
Quote:
Originally Posted by SilvieFox
id say maybe you should get a versys i love mine and it doesnt mind unpaved roads
If only the Versys were sexy in any way... :P

It sounds to me like it's not just limited to forestry service roads, otherwise there wouldn't be much to talk about - FS roads are commonly in various stages of disrepair for long periods of time (if not indefinitely).
Jul 13th 2016, 03:59 PM   #10
 
  Jan 2016
  Beaverton

  '13 636, '14 N1k, DR650
Quote:
Originally Posted by FeralRdr
If the roads in question are Forestry Service, then it's not a local community issue, but a Forestry Service one (Federal Govt). The Forestry Service not having the funds to fix their roads is (unfortunately) not uncommon, as they tend to always have a very limited road repair budget.
The ones I was specifically mentioning were - for better or worse - not forestry roads.

Still, (ir)regardless of which entity is responsible for them, it may become more common to find new gravel where pavement had previously been.
Jul 13th 2016, 04:05 PM   #11
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  Jul 2016
  The Couv

Gravel is the devil BOOOOOOOOOOO
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Jul 13th 2016, 04:05 PM   #12
 
  Jan 2016
  Beaverton

  '13 636, '14 N1k, DR650
Quote:
Originally Posted by SilvieFox
id say maybe you should get a versys i love mine and it doesnt mind unpaved roads
It's currently #1 (by a huge margin) on my list of new bikes to get.

Quote:
Originally Posted by wooden
If only the Versys were sexy in any way... :P
Pre-2015 I would 100% agree with you.
Current gen finally got Ninja styling that every other Kawai has had for a decade. To me it looks a lot better than some of it's counterparts (Vstrom specifically).

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Edited by Andenthal on Jul 13th 2016 at 04:07 PM
Jul 13th 2016, 04:11 PM   #13
 
  Jan 2016
  Beaverton

  '13 636, '14 N1k, DR650
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pigs
I'd rather go on a well made gravel road over a crappy paved road.
I would as well.

The cynic in me wonders how often a gravel road would be kept in good condition though.

A paved road typically takes a few years to turn to crap. A gravel road can turn to poo after 6 months - depending on usage. I have a hard time believing that a cash starved municipality will put up the cost of maintenance before the road goes to crap.
Jul 13th 2016, 05:16 PM   #14
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  Jan 2016
  PDX

  '14 St3R, '05 DR650
Quote:
Originally Posted by Andenthal
Pre-2015 I would 100% agree with you.
Current gen finally got Ninja styling that every other Kawai has had for a decade. To me it looks a lot better than some of it's counterparts (Vstrom specifically).
That is indeed a vastly improved look. Bout time.
Jul 14th 2016, 07:49 PM   #15
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  Mar 2016
  West Linn, OR

  2016 Husqvarna 701 Enduro, on 17's :)
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Originally Posted by Andenthal
Rode some roads near Detroit this weekend. Two sections of 1 road were washed away a few years back, and have yet to be fixed, and just have had gravel put down instead. Perhaps this is why.

Roads being un-paved to save money

This combined with lower displacement sport bikes maybe not being a thing anymore means I guess I should look for a proper adventure bike soon I guess.
What is the name of the road being referenced here near Detroit?
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