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Mar 9th 2018, 11:34 AM   #1
 
  Feb 2018
  rochester, wa.

  the all mighty C14 -zx's fat sister
Local roaming dilema

As a lifelong Washington state resident I have long been aware of the "where to go now?" problem. It's that I've been everywhere. Several times. Way long ago this became an issue. I'm thankfully at 50 yrs. on bikes. But I can sit an visualize different roads and where the potholes are to avoid. It's nice to know the roads so intimately like where to hotrod and where to not, BUT.. it do get boring at times. And most of the time I don't care where I go as long as it's been awhile since the last visit.
My joy to ride keeps it fun. From the first time ever throwing a leg over my cousins BSA dirt bike till right now, it still feels new/exciting. For me, it's all about the bike. The sounds as I go along. The rise and fall of the road beneath me. All concentration is focused. Then, nirvana sets in and I feel myself taking that deep breath of sheer contentment. Great! BUT.. i have to go for two hours or more to find those awesome spots.
It used to be not enough time. Now it's not enough youth. Never had the health problems i do now. I'm telling you guys that getting old is not for sissies.
Ya I could trailer the bike somewhere..But that's not real biking to me.
Gee, I guess the real problem is I'm the old biker now. Not the roads.KJ
Mar 9th 2018, 12:20 PM   #2
 ZXtasy's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Moses Lake, WA

  2013 Kawasaki Concours C-14, 2005 ZX-10R Kawasaki (Nekkid), '99 Yamaha TW-200
Stay n the game, play by your rules.
Mar 9th 2018, 12:59 PM   #3
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  Jan 2016
  Kirkland, WA

  Kawasaki ZX-14
Consider trailering down to Northern California, (Redding/Red Bluff area), to avoid the long ride down there, and then ride the many passes between the valley and the top of the Sierras. There are great roads on the west side of I-5 too, (Hwy 36 between Red Bluff and Fortuna, and roads through the Trinity Alps).
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Mar 9th 2018, 05:10 PM   #4
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  Jan 2016
  Small Island Surrounded by Puget Sound

  07 Buell XB12STT, (Two) 12 Suzuki DR650 SE 72BMWR75/5 KIA @ 243K
+1 on the bike trailer.
Mar 10th 2018, 07:02 AM   #5
 GPD323's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Spanaway

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Originally Posted by MarvTravis
Consider trailering down to Northern California, (Redding/Red Bluff area), to avoid the long ride down there, and then ride the many passes between the valley and the top of the Sierras. There are great roads on the west side of I-5 too, (Hwy 36 between Red Bluff and Fortuna, and roads through the Trinity Alps).
We have trailered to Ashland many times and parked the truck trailer and headed out for 3 days in these areas before. We still have that option but the last few years we take back roads to at least Bandon OR and then into N-Ca to those roads, then the last day find ourselves in Klamath Falls and then for home.

Except for briefly hitting the slab its all back roads.
Mar 10th 2018, 08:29 AM   #6
 
  Jan 2016
  Woodland, WA

I lived in California for almost 30 years and thought I had ridden every curvy road in the state. This winter, though, I bought a Butler map of motorcycle roads in Northern California (Northern California G1 Map ? Butler Motorcycle Maps) and found a bunch of roads that are new to me. I'm planning a ride down there in early May to check them out. Butler also has maps of Oregon and Washington, but I found nothing new there.
Mar 10th 2018, 09:42 AM   #7
 
  Feb 2018
  rochester, wa.

  the all mighty C14 -zx's fat sister
Huh, haven't heard of the butler maps. Thanks for the heads up on that.
Mar 10th 2018, 11:14 AM   #8
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  Jan 2016
  Spanaway

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Originally Posted by k jenson
Huh, haven't heard of the butler maps. Thanks for the heads up on that.
I also have the butler maps, riding buddy scans his for cool roads every year he makes our routes for our annual BIG trips in May/Sept. He has found some really cool roads that were new to us.
Mar 10th 2018, 03:46 PM   #9
 
  Jan 2016
  Woodland, WA

I first came on the Butler maps when I was planning my ride on the Washington Backcountry Discovery Route. Considering the amount of effort needed to scout the routes and then make the maps, they are a bargain.
Mar 10th 2018, 04:30 PM   #10
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  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2015 Kawasaki Concours 14 - The Origame Sea-Dragon
Yeah. Me, too. I've lived in WA since 1991. I have been down all the convenient roads a hundred times. The ones that are left are the ones that take a day or half a day to get to before the ride begins.

I'm a day tripper, so this is hard.

I have been considering stretching my legs a bit, doing some over-nighters. But hotel beds give me the creeps, so I haven't done it.

Last summer I started riding to local-ish places to have lunch or coffee and not so much _just_ for the ride. My favourite rides nowadays are pretty short. I like Tacoma and spend a lot of time on 6th Ave.

There are a couple coffee places I like and can always park right in front of. I like Corinna's Bakery on Sunday morning. There is ALWAYS a good bike parking spot right in front of the door. They have nice outdoor tables and exceptional (exceptional) pastries.

I like sitting out front and talking to people about my bike, and about their old bikes (when it's Old Dudes who want to chat). I also like the car club dudes who go there every weekend. I think its like Alfa Romeo or something. They like to talk old motors and weird places in Europe they've driven.

Also, a ton of interesting people just walking by. I also like West Seattle and Alki for the same reason.

And, yeah - getting older is a bear. You have to come up with new ways/reasons to do the same stuff that used to just happen automatically. For me the trick is to slow down and relax.

The good thing about bikes - once you slow down, the whole world opens up. There are a million "low performance" bikes out there that are cheap(ish) and lots of fun. I know that's in my future, once I get tires of lugging the Connie around.



of course, THIS has to be over first.


Edited by Sentinel on Mar 10th 2018 at 05:38 PM
Mar 11th 2018, 08:00 PM   #11
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  Jan 2016
  Blaine, WA

  2012 Yamaha FJR1300
North Eastern Washington, North of Spokane has some absolutely spectacular mountian twisties. It is a long way from the Couv, but you could easily spend two or three long days riding up there (not including the day each way getting there). Very little traffic, very few cops (almost nonexistent), just lots of great roads and some Deer and Turkeys...lots of Turkeys! If you like mountain roads and curves it is definitely worth to time to make a trip up there. I recommend Fall, September, or early October. Thereís snow on some of the passes well into late Spring.
Most of these roads havenít made it on to the popular motorcycle roads websites, likely due to the lack of population in the area. If you need a few pointers as to where to ride, feel free to PM me. I havenít found them all yet, but Iíve got a short list of good roads!
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Mar 11th 2018, 10:41 PM   #12
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  Jan 2016
  Silverdale, WA

  848evo, DRZ400SM, XR100
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Originally Posted by Mikeames
North Eastern Washington, North of Spokane has some absolutely spectacular mountian twisties. It is a long way from the Couv, but you could easily spend two or three long days riding up there (not including the day each way getting there). Very little traffic, very few cops (almost nonexistent), just lots of great roads and some Deer and Turkeys...lots of Turkeys! If you like mountain roads and curves it is definitely worth to time to make a trip up there. I recommend Fall, September, or early October. There’s snow on some of the passes well into late Spring.
Most of these roads haven’t made it on to the popular motorcycle roads websites, likely due to the lack of population in the area. If you need a few pointers as to where to ride, feel free to PM me. I haven’t found them all yet, but I’ve got a short list of good roads!
What he said ^^^^

Edit: BTW.....never too old until you can't swing that leg over that seat..........but then again, you can have your friend help you get that leg over......

Edited by Willow on Mar 11th 2018 at 10:47 PM
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