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Jul 13th 2016, 06:37 AM   #1
 Grumbler's Avatar
 
  Apr 2016
  Boise, ID

South Orygun Coast?

Have only done the Crescent City, CA to Brookings, OR section. The views slightly north of Brookings were killer,
but had to turn back and head out to Klamath Falls due to time constraints.

BTW, the Crescent City to/from Brookings stretch is a snoozer. Best past was CA-197 aka N. Bank Rd alongside the
Smith River btw 101 and 199.

Tentative p-p-p-plan is to ride from Boise, ID to Roseburg, OR via Burns, Christmas Valley and Diamond Lake. WB 42
and 42S to Bandon then south towards Crescent City.

Better off moteling it in Roseburg or Winston? What about inexpensive lodging on the coast? Any comments and
suggestions about the South Orygun Coast would be much appreciated!

Orygun Coast is, AFAIC, a speed trap with tons of small towns. It's loaded for bear with cagers and motorhomes.
Am hoping that the South Orygun Coast will be more, uh, wide open.

Spring and Fall said to be the best times to go. Definitely wouldn't want to be out there on a summer weekend!

Gracias!
Jul 14th 2016, 12:14 AM   #2
 Burphel's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Travelling around the NW

  Triumph Bonnezilla, Little Ninja
I'm living in Newport for the summer. Furthest south I've made it so far is Florence. As a general rule, the farther you are from one of the larger towns, the better the riding and the better the chances of finding a mom'n'pop motel with a vacancy. I'm finding that the roads heading E/W from the coast to the I5 corridor, passing over the coastal range tend to be far better than the coast itself. Although maintenance on all of it is a gamble.

I see a lot of OSP on the main roads, especially in the areas designated "safety corridors." I've yet to have them spin up on me for doing 10 over *knock on wood*. The bigger worry is getting stuck behind a 30ft long RV towing an SUV through really good twisties. I swear, the reason the safety corridors have accidents isn't the curves, it's the people who go around them super slow and then get their pudge facked by someone driving normally. And of course, they're oblivious to slow vehicle turnouts.


Edited by Burphel on Jul 14th 2016 at 12:17 AM
Jul 14th 2016, 06:20 AM   #3
 
  Jul 2016
  Clackamas

  2017 KLR650
I did the loop below a couple of months ago...great time and yes, the farther south the better. We ride bikes so RV's are but a blur...

Speed traps in and around towns: I saw a few but had two local sheriffs stop and talk with me when I was resting...just BSing about bikes and such, nice guys.

I camped so no help on the hotels. Good luck and your ride sounds like a blast.

Jul 14th 2016, 11:26 AM   #4
 2wheelpodcast's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Medford Oregon

IMO stay off the 5..... ride the coast down and back
Jul 14th 2016, 06:23 PM   #5
 
  Feb 2016
  Spokane

  Vstrom 1000, DRZ 400 XR600 and way to many vintage mxers to list
Riding highway 395 South of Burns Oregon is just plain boring. It is long and straight.

Highway 395 north of Burns is awesome.
Jul 15th 2016, 08:40 AM   #6
 
  Jul 2016
  Clackamas

  2017 KLR650
Quote:
Originally Posted by 2wheelpodcast
IMO stay off the 5..... ride the coast down and back
Agreed...I5 south of "Ewegene" is a little nicer than the north stretch.
Jul 16th 2016, 05:28 AM   #7
 Grumbler's Avatar
 
  Apr 2016
  Boise, ID

Quote:
Originally Posted by 2wheelpodcast
IMO stay off the 5..... ride the coast down and back
I-5 blows btw Ashland and Grants Pass, too. Prefer riding btw Phoenix/I-5 and Wilderville/199.
Jul 16th 2016, 05:36 AM   #8
 Grumbler's Avatar
 
  Apr 2016
  Boise, ID

Quote:
Originally Posted by dstevens
Riding highway 395 South of Burns Oregon is just plain boring. It is long and straight.

Highway 395 north of Burns is awesome.
Burns to Ridley sucks. Ridley to the rest area just north of Hogback Summit is a drone. 395 is more interesting btw Hogback Summit and Lakeview. Killer twisties alongside Lake Abert.

395 north of Burns is the best part.
Jul 16th 2016, 06:02 AM   #9
 Grumbler's Avatar
 
  Apr 2016
  Boise, ID

Quote:
Originally Posted by outdoorgb
I did the loop below a couple of months ago...great time and yes, the farther south the better. We ride bikes so RV's are but a blur...

Speed traps in and around towns: I saw a few but had two local sheriffs stop and talk with me when I was resting...just BSing about bikes and such, nice guys.

I camped so no help on the hotels. Good luck and your ride sounds like a blast.

How many nights did it take you to complete that loop? Camping saves tons o' moola. OTOH, the older we get, the more we prefer lodging to camping! Can alternate btw campsites and motels on longer road trips. Still, $80-100 for a motel room, especially if riding solo, adds up. :/
Jul 16th 2016, 06:14 AM   #10
 Grumbler's Avatar
 
  Apr 2016
  Boise, ID

Quote:
Originally Posted by Burphel
I'm living in Newport for the summer. Furthest south I've made it so far is Florence. As a general rule, the farther you are from one of the larger towns, the better the riding and the better the chances of finding a mom'n'pop motel with a vacancy. I'm finding that the roads heading E/W from the coast to the I5 corridor, passing over the coastal range tend to be far better than the coast itself. Although maintenance on all of it is a gamble.

I see a lot of OSP on the main roads, especially in the areas designated "safety corridors." I've yet to have them spin up on me for doing 10 over *knock on wood*. The bigger worry is getting stuck behind a 30ft long RV towing an SUV through really good twisties. I swear, the reason the safety corridors have accidents isn't the curves, it's the people who go around them super slow and then get their pudge facked by someone driving normally. And of course, they're oblivious to slow vehicle turnouts.

If I had the time, would zig-zag down the coast via the east-west roads. Would mean doing some I-5 sections if no north-south secondary roads available.

The roads bordered by 84. 5, 97 & 58 are terrific! Start in The Dalles and end at Box Canyon Summit or continue to Westfir, etc.
Jul 16th 2016, 07:15 AM   #11
 
  Jul 2016
  Clackamas

  2017 KLR650
On my Oregon coast loop I did it in two nights...stayed in Astoria then shot the entire coast in one day (Thursday) on 650 Versys. Stayed in Brookings night two and then pulled the Redwood Hwy and I5 home.

I carried my backpack gear and have done several of these trips this spring/summer...have two more planned east of the Cascades on a new Versys 1000.

Some campsites are cheap ($15) but I've paid up to $32/night at places like Potholes up on Moses Lk. That's getting into cheap hotel prices now...
Jul 19th 2016, 11:36 AM   #12
 Grumbler's Avatar
 
  Apr 2016
  Boise, ID

US-101 sure is a busy 4-lane road with stoplights in Brookings. As for
east of the Cascades, have done many of the roads out there in good,
old Eastern Orygun. Gets bloody hot out during the summer months.

Paulina Highway btw Prineville and US-395 sure is isolated although I
think once was enough as it was pretty much a drone until we hit 395
and had a blast going downhill towards John Day.

Seems as if the most dramatic section of Orygun Coast is btw Bandon
and Brookings.
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