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Jul 4th 2020, 09:02 PM   #1
 Miruri's Avatar
 
  Jul 2020
  Eugene

  Ducati 1199 Panigale, Aprilia RSV4 APRC ABS
Looking for some good roads

Hello!

My husband and I moved from Southern California to Eugene a little order a year ago. Back in Cali we always aimed for one track day a month, and when not at the track we honed our skills in the canyons.

We are having a tough time finding rodes that make sense to ride spiritedly on. So far the ride to Wolf Creek and Fox Hollow are the only places we have experienced. Both of these areas are not ideal due to the residential neighborhoods and the the lack of safety rails along corners.

We would both love to meet fellow sportsbike and dirt bike enthusiasts. Where else should we try riding?
Jul 4th 2020, 10:28 PM   #2
 Willow's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Silverdale, WA

  848evo, DRZ400SM, XR100
Granted I'm not a local, so I'm sure more of your local riders will have more suggestions (well..... if they even log into pnwmoto any more.....), but when I'm riding down in your neck of the woods I've always like to hit Hwy 242 or Aufderheide to Oakridge just to name a couple.
Jul 5th 2020, 08:31 AM   #3
 Flyboymedic's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Hazel Dell, Wa

  Honda VFR800, Husqvarna TE 610, Ducati Hypermotard 1100S, Suzuki VStrom 650, Yamaha Radian, MZ 125SM
NE OR has some of the best roads in the state with nothing out there to impede your speed, except maybe an LEO.
Jul 5th 2020, 08:39 AM   #4
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  Jan 2016
  Woodland, WA

If by "safety rails" you mean Armco barriers, I'm not so sure I would consider them a plus. If you are down and sliding an Armco barrier is like a cheese grater and between that and hitting a tree or going off a cliff, it's a tough call.

One of my favorite routes is Shaniko to Antelope to Fossil. Great roads with no trees or Armco barriers and pretty good sight lines around corners.

Edited by McRider on Jul 5th 2020 at 08:43 AM
Jul 5th 2020, 10:30 AM   #5
 MarvTravis's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Kirkland, WA

  Kawasaki ZX-14
Blue Hills Scenic Byway in Eastern Oregon is outstanding - tight, challenging, scenic vistas, and good pavement!
Jul 5th 2020, 02:16 PM   #6
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  Jan 2016
  Garden Home

  2012 Versys...'83 BMW R80 RT...Suzuki GS 450t
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Originally Posted by MarvTravis
Blue Hills Scenic Byway in Eastern Oregon is outstanding - tight, challenging, scenic vistas, and good pavement!
I'll second that and all of the other roads mentioned...I ride out to Baker City just about every Sept. with a group out of Kennewick Washington...riding around the Blue Mtns. is a gas...
from Eugene just about any road to the coast is worth the ride...up 126 to 242 to Sisters is a great rip...a bit to the south anything leading up to Crater Lake is great..and of course Crater Lake isn't to be missed...58 has Salt Creek Falls on it which is a really nice spot to stop at...
Jul 5th 2020, 02:18 PM   #7
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  Jan 2016
  Woodland, WA

Do you mean Blue Mountain Scenic Byway? If so, yes, and some funky towns also, like Heppner and Ukiah for example. Pretty hot this time of the year, though, same as the route I suggested.
Jul 5th 2020, 02:35 PM   #8
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  Jan 2016
  Kirkland, WA

  Kawasaki ZX-14
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Originally Posted by McRider
Do you mean Blue Mountain Scenic Byway? If so, yes, and some funky towns also, like Heppner and Ukiah for example. Pretty hot this time of the year, though, same as the route I suggested.
Yes - Blue Mountain Scenic Byway. Rode it last Sunday as part of a 4-day ride from Seattle area to Colville, Lolo, Pendleton, and back to Seattle area.
Jul 5th 2020, 02:49 PM   #9
 Rusty Nail's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Sandy

  2007 FZ1
Welcome!

You are a little far south for me to help with the local roads for ya. If you can make the trip North to Detroit then go to Estacada you will not be disappointed. Get Gas in Detroit. No gas or stops for about 80 miles. There is nothing in between but campsites. It's not as safe as a track day but it is a wonderful road and beautiful country. Good for a spirited pace if you are comfortable passing cars. It's my favorite run.

Have fun and be safe.
Jul 6th 2020, 05:14 PM   #10
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  Dec 2019
  Salem OR

  S1000R
Good roads

I'm new to the area too and live a bit north of you in Salem.
A fun ride out of Corvallis Hwy. 34 to Philomath and then onwards to Waldport. Can head up to Mary's Peak which has awesome views of the valley.
Hwy. 22 to Tillamook leaving Grande Ronde and heading NW is fun as long as you time the traffic right: not recommended on a Friday afternoon or Sunday afternoon. It's fun if traffic is good. Less fun on those days due to RVs and the lines of cars behind them.
Hwy. 53 out of Garabaldi just north of Tillamook has lots of depressed pavement but is awesome and no cars at all.
I am still looking for more roads: hope to catch 36 out of Eugene heading west someday.
But really plan slaying McKenzie Pass which is just east of you and has the best technical riding with over 200 corners going one way to Sisters, OR.
Happy Riding!
Jul 6th 2020, 08:24 PM   #11
 Miruri's Avatar
 
  Jul 2020
  Eugene

  Ducati 1199 Panigale, Aprilia RSV4 APRC ABS
Thank you everyone for contributing this far! This is certainly giving me some ideas of where I can get some much needed practice in.
Jul 7th 2020, 10:05 AM   #12
 
  Jul 2016
  Oregon

  RGV250, Speed TripleR, Street TripleR, Caponord 1200, Multistrada 1260S
Welcome to Eugene

Well there are several logging roads running through the back country southwest of Eugene, some a little goaty. Territorial from Crow south has good pavement. At Lorane left on Cottage Grove Rd at the gas station, it takes you to Cottage Grove where you take I5 south to Curtin and pick up the south end of Territorial and back north. Or at Lorane take a right onto Siuslaw Rd. which takes you to Wolf Creek Rd. where you can make a right onto Wolf Creek Rd. or you can continue straight which takes you to the junction at the "big map" (you'll know it when you see it) If you take a right at the map you go out to Hwy 126 at Clay Creek, if you go left it continues out to Hwy 101 at Reedsport.

Hwy 36 from Veneta to Mapelton is mostly good pavement and as someone suggested Hwy 34 is an excellent ride. Also Hwy 242 to Sisters is a must do. As for saftey rails, here in Oregon we call them trees.

Hwy 126 is heavily patrolled by both OSP and Sheriff's Dept. , the others not so much.

I ride all these regularly and traffic is usually light except for 126.

Dennis
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