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Jul 10th 2020, 10:15 PM   #1
 
  Jul 2020
  Tacoma

  1988 Suzuki GN250
"New" to riding New to Washington

I've been riding off and on for the past decade but just recently got my Endorsement. More importantly I'm a transplant from Colorado and I love love love exploring on two wheels in this beautiful state.
I'd love to hear stories of your adventures and the "sweet spots" and "must go-to".

Thanks! Ride Safe
Jul 11th 2020, 05:31 AM   #2
 Texasl's Avatar
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  Jan 2016
  Northeast Olalla

  07 Guzzi
Welcome to the asylum. Meds to the left, "I love me jackets to the right.

A ride over to Mt Rainier is always a nice one, especially when the Stevens Canyon road is reopened. My preference for doing the loop route is to take 410 from Enumclaw to 123, the cut up through the park (entrance fees apply) to Paradise, and then come back out via Elbe and Hwy 7.
Jul 11th 2020, 06:53 AM   #3
A2B
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  Jan 2019
  Methow Valley

  ATK Rotax, Buell xb12ss, CL160
Thanks for joining in! Is the 250 your main ride? Look into exploring the central basin areas of Washington. Lots of neat small towns and scenic winding roads. Hwy 17 between Soap Lake and Coulee City, Hwy 21 between Wilbur and Odessa. Not much traffic and posted speeds are 55 or 60mph, which is torture for the twisty stretches. Few years back I rode my 160 from Twisp to Clarkston and it was a blast!
Jul 11th 2020, 07:15 AM   #4
 TREX600's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Custer, WA

  Suzuki 09 GSXR 1000 Suzuki 09 DRZ 400SM 1970 Yamaha 250 DT1 Enduro
Welcome!
Jul 11th 2020, 09:48 AM   #5
 curve addict's Avatar
 
  Apr 2016
  Des Moines, WA

  ...1987 Yamaha FZR1000...
Howdy
Jul 11th 2020, 12:46 PM   #6
 Parilla125's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  SeaTac

I-5 to I-90, over the pass, I-82 to Yakima, 12 to 410 to 512 to I-5 and point of beginning. Or the reverse. Almost exactly 300 miles from my house back to my house.
Last time I did it was on two different 250 Ninja’s two days in a row before an afternoon shift at work. 70-80 nearly the entire way on the freeways. You get to see such a variety of landscape it is crazy. Good times.
There are a number of fun rides locally heading to water. Point Defiance, Redondo, Three Tree Point, Seahurst Park, Lake Samamish. The Green River Gorge is always pretty, as are the backroads to Monroe or Buckley.
These are all pretty much scenic routes I listed. If you want a ‘go fast in the twisties’ route they may be frustrating to you because of slower traffic.

Edited by Parilla125 on Jul 11th 2020 at 12:57 PM
Jul 12th 2020, 11:52 AM   #7
 
  Jul 2020
  Tacoma

  1988 Suzuki GN250
Quote:
Originally Posted by A2B
Thanks for joining in! Is the 250 your main ride? Look into exploring the central basin areas of Washington. Lots of neat small towns and scenic winding roads. Hwy 17 between Soap Lake and Coulee City, Hwy 21 between Wilbur and Odessa. Not much traffic and posted speeds are 55 or 60mph, which is torture for the twisty stretches. Few years back I rode my 160 from Twisp to Clarkston and it was a blast!

The 250 is the main ride. I want something more highway capable but the budget only allowed for maintenance and getting the Suzuki back up and running for the season.

Thanks for the suggestions I'll look into them
Jul 13th 2020, 09:30 PM   #8
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  Jan 2016
  Blaine, WA

  2012 Yamaha FJR1300
Welcome.
There is so extremely good mountain twisty riding in the NE corner of the state. Think Republic and do some clover-leaf rides from there. Look for the small (but paved) roads going over the passes.
Many great riding roads as you travel hwy 14 up the Columbia River. The Carson-Cougar loop on the SE side of Mt St Helen is staple for many. Make the ride out to Windy Ridge, you won’t regret that.
Then there’s Oregon..... You find the Pacific Northwest has plenty of great motorcycle roads.
Have fun!
Jul 13th 2020, 09:54 PM   #9
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  Jan 2016
  Silverdale, WA

  848evo, DRZ400SM, XR100
Welcome to pnwmoto.

Sweet spots? Tons in WA and OR (mostly E. WA and E. OR). Lot's of roads you can ride 50 miles and/or more and not see a car.........or maybe one or two....
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