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Oct 26th 2017, 01:57 PM   #1
 Halbie's Avatar
 
  Apr 2016
  PDX

  2013 Honda CB500XA
Good roads OR City/Mollala/Estacada triangle

Hi

Going for a ride down there tomorrow, and i donít know the roads well. When Iím in that area, it always seems like Iím in the countryside and should be riding on nice roads, but I seem to end up on highly trafficked, not great roads for riding. This is particularly true south of Oregon City

Please let me know if you have suggestions for roads, routes, places to avoid, etc.

Thanks.


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Oct 26th 2017, 09:22 PM   #2
 WarpShatner7's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Stumpy Puddleton

  R1200ST, CB350
In my limited experience the region SE of Portland Metro is like that for some reason; full of people, to paraphrase Rocket Raccoon, in no hurry to get from someplace stupid to nowhere at all.

I get down there once in a while by way of Redland Rd, fill up with ethanol-free at Redland, and I find that 211 S of Estacada is pretty fun, fast and empty, and of course 224 up the Clackamas River is spectacularly nice and damn near traffic free except on weekends at the height of the outdoor season.

Other than that, no, it's not as fun a riding area as you'd think it would be until you get south of Salem at least; weirdly clogged with suspiciously clean, bigger than Jehovah pickups with 10 cyl Cummins engines and tailpipes you could park a Fiat 500 in that don't look like they've ever hauled anything that didn't come from Costco.
Oct 26th 2017, 09:31 PM   #3
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  Apr 2016
  Molalla

  2007 Aprilia Tuono Factory, 2010 Honda VFR 1200f DCT
Greetings y'all...so I was out 224 to the ranger station this afternoon. There is miles of newly paved tarmac all the way to the ranger station, but with the recent wind storm(s), there is a lot of ground up, soupy leaves and pine needles on the road, especially in the shaded areas of select corners. But it is spectacularly beautiful out there. Of course, there are myriad of roads and routes, silver falls is gorgeous and dry, with very little traffic. Outside of Mt Angel there are lots of nice, wide open 25 mph corners to be had, etc. I'm thinkin about firing up the Aprilia tomorrow as well...hit me up if anyone's interested. Roughly around noonish....

Edited by craiger on Oct 26th 2017 at 09:32 PM Reason: Spelling
Oct 26th 2017, 10:47 PM   #4
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  Jan 2016
  Silverdale, WA

  848evo, DRZ400SM, XR100
Nestucca River Rd

Bible Creek Rd.

My experience, very little traffic.
Oct 27th 2017, 12:28 AM   #5
 Pigs's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Portland

  bicicleta
unger rd is pretty good. Ill usually take that while heading out towards ripplecreek ranger station.
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Oct 27th 2017, 01:20 AM   #6
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  Aug 2016
  PDX OR USA

  '07 Shadow 600 (Gremlin) & '88 Hawk GT (Rekka)
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Originally Posted by Halbie
Hi

Going for a ride down there tomorrow, and i donít know the roads well. When Iím in that area, it always seems like Iím in the countryside and should be riding on nice roads, but I seem to end up on highly trafficked, not great roads for riding. This is particularly true south of Oregon City

Please let me know if you have suggestions for roads, routes, places to avoid, etc.

Thanks.


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Oct 27th 2017, 08:16 AM   #7
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  Jan 2016
  Sandy

  2013 Spyder
Too bad you missed all the Thursday night rides this year. Lee shows us all the good stuff in those areas. It really is a great place to ride if you know your way around. I can't give you a route because I'm always too busy riding to read the street signs.
Oct 27th 2017, 06:30 PM   #8
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  Jan 2016
  Stumpy Puddleton

  R1200ST, CB350
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Originally Posted by craiger
so I was out 224 to the ranger station this afternoon. There is miles of newly paved tarmac all the way to the ranger station, but with the recent wind storm(s), there is a lot of ground up, soupy leaves and pine needles on the road, especially in the shaded areas of select corners. But it is spectacularly beautiful out there..
Couldn't resist based on this description, and went up there around 1:00pm for an Italian tune-up. Yeah, the new pavement is just past the wet tarry stage and is very nice. I turned around at the fork to FS46 though because as you say, there's a fair amount of soggy leaf mush and from that point you can't really take it at speed because of it.

On the other hand a good thing about this time of year for go-fast purposes is there aren't very many bugs . The ones you do get tend toward the big n' juicy, though.

And on that topic I discovered something after I got back, when I ran out of Honda Cleaner: Meguiar's Quick Detail is much, much faster at softening and releasing dried bug guts. As in damn near instantaneous. I had a a few weeks encrustation all over the front, and a good soak with the Honda is what I usually use, but when I ran dry I switched to the Meguiars and damn, I've been wasting that other stuff. From now on I'll save it for the finishing stage and use half as much.
Oct 27th 2017, 09:30 PM   #9
 
  May 2016
  SW Portland

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Originally Posted by WarpShatner7
Couldn't resist based on this description, and went up there around 1:00pm for an Italian tune-up. Yeah, the new pavement is just past the wet tarry stage and is very nice. I turned around at the fork to FS46 though because as you say, there's a fair amount of soggy leaf mush and from that point you can't really take it at speed because of it.

On the other hand a good thing about this time of year for go-fast purposes is there aren't very many bugs . The ones you do get tend toward the big n' juicy, though.

And on that topic I discovered something after I got back, when I ran out of Honda Cleaner: Meguiar's Quick Detail is much, much faster at softening and releasing dried bug guts. As in damn near instantaneous. I had a a few weeks encrustation all over the front, and a good soak with the Honda is what I usually use, but when I ran dry I switched to the Meguiars and damn, I've been wasting that other stuff. From now on I'll save it for the finishing stage and use half as much.
+1 On Meguiars quick detail. I've done some tests with spraywax, honda cleaner, glass cleaner etc. For some reason the Meguiars works the best for bugs. I spray a few squirts on to the front fender of my bike, let it soak, wipe off. Then a 2nd few sprays and polish. Really does the trick. Man, I use that stuff for everything. Even works great for cleaning bugs off your jacket.
Oct 28th 2017, 08:21 PM   #10
 
  Sep 2017
  Tigard, Oregon

  Tiger 800XCx,CBR929RR,YZ250
Thanks folks for the heads-up about road conditions.

Had a great ride out to my usual turn-around and was even able to make record time back into Estacada.
Good roads OR City/Mollala/Estacada triangle-209137ca-f70d-4d0b-929e-7205668972a4.jpg

And as far as McGuires goes the Motherís spray detailer works just as well. I discovered it when taking our ĎVette out to the various car shows and tried it in place of the usual. Seems to work just as well at dissolving the little buggers.
Oct 30th 2017, 07:49 AM   #11
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  May 2016
  Wilsonville

  S1000RR
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Originally Posted by WarpShatner7
In my limited experience the region SE of Portland Metro is like that for some reason; full of people, to paraphrase Rocket Raccoon, in no hurry to get from someplace stupid to nowhere at all.

I get down there once in a while by way of Redland Rd, fill up with ethanol-free at Redland, and I find that 211 S of Estacada is pretty fun, fast and empty, and of course 224 up the Clackamas River is spectacularly nice and damn near traffic free except on weekends at the height of the outdoor season.

Other than that, no, it's not as fun a riding area as you'd think it would be until you get south of Salem at least; weirdly clogged with suspiciously clean, bigger than Jehovah pickups with 10 cyl Cummins engines and tailpipes you could park a Fiat 500 in that don't look like they've ever hauled anything that didn't come from Costco.
Its obvious that you don't know much about Mollala, Estacada, Sandy, and south of there. I do like few roads over by Vernonia but SE is pretty close to it. There aren't that many people who know a lot of those roads but Lee is the master. MtAngel, Silverton, down to Salem and Detroit Lake all great riding.
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