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Jun 30th 2017, 05:02 PM   #1
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  Jan 2016
  Adjacent to the Hobbit Garage

Old McKenzie Pass is Open - 29 June 2017

Actually it's been open since the 19th.

Roads currently, are over all in very good shape with the exception of FS-46/Brietenbush Rd. Specifically there are some major potholes that are in the area just north and east of Detroit. As you move to the Northeast, they start to "peter-out". If coming from the North, you will start to see them as you approach the northern edge of the lagoon area just north of the marina. That's not to say that the rest of the road between Ripplebrook and Detroit is in great shape. Though there are lots of places you can run at speed, there are also many places where the road becomes bumpy. The good news is that if you want to run at speed here, you certainly can; but you'll definitely want to be riding on the balls of your feet with your ass off the seat when doing so.

There currently are paving operations on HWY 224 west of Ripplebrook. The good news, is that the delays are relatively short, and they may be close to completion. We rode several miles of nice new buttery smooth asphalt before hitting the flagger.

We also hit FS-42 on the way back, and it is in really good shape. There is the occasional debris running over the side of the road, but nothing that blocks passage or can't be easily avoided.



One more thing. Yes, there was gravel in some of the 15-20 MPH corners of the hill section west of the Lava field. It wasn't much and was easily avoided, but it was sitting in the same corners that in previous years became heavily graveled over time.
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Edited by FeralRdr on Jul 1st 2017 at 09:36 AM
Jun 30th 2017, 09:35 PM   #2
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  Mar 2016
  West Linn, OR

  2016 Husqvarna 701 Enduro, on 17's :)
Gracias amigo. Thanks for the info.
Jul 1st 2017, 10:48 AM   #3
 
  Jan 2016
  Oregon

  2017 Kaw Ninja 1000 ABS (Z1000SX)
Nice Bike, Dude!

Any plans to replace stock pipes?
Jul 1st 2017, 12:56 PM   #4
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  Jan 2016
  Adjacent to the Hobbit Garage

I've thought about replacing the stock pipes, but I'd rather not do it for just the aesthetics. The benefits that make it worthwhile for me, would be to drop weight, and with a dyno-tune/ECU flash gain some additional torque and horse power.

Here's the thing though, when talking about replacing the exhaust systems (in part or whole), we're talking about a modification that has a relatively high cost to benefit ratio. For me, I'd rather put the money first into a mod that will give me more bang for my buck. That doesn't mean that it wouldn't be worthwhile for me to do the exhaust, only that I'd rather prioritize more cost effective mods such as a suspension upgrade first. Then I can do the exhaust as my disposable funds allow.
Jul 9th 2017, 06:09 PM   #5
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  Jan 2016
  Spanaway

Yes sir it is!

Left yesterday to Spray and came back over the McKenzie pass this AM. Had that pass all to myself! Zero traffic except for a few bikes of the pedal type. 940 miles in 2 days.
Jul 9th 2017, 09:12 PM   #6
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  Feb 2016
  Washington

Thanks for the good info, Feral, as usual!
Jul 10th 2017, 08:17 AM   #7
 
  Mar 2016
  Columbia River Gorge

  Ninja 1000
Old McKenzie Pass is Open - 29 June 2017

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I've thought about replacing the stock pipes, but I'd rather not do it for just the aesthetics. The benefits that make it worthwhile for me, would be to drop weight, and with a dyno-tune/ECU flash gain some additional torque and horse power.



Here's the thing though, when talking about replacing the exhaust systems (in part or whole), we're talking about a modification that has a relatively high cost to benefit ratio. For me, I'd rather put the money first into a mod that will give me more bang for my buck. That doesn't mean that it wouldn't be worthwhile for me to do the exhaust, only that I'd rather prioritize more cost effective mods such as a suspension upgrade first. Then I can do the exhaust as my disposable funds allow.


FYI- I replaced stock exhaust on my 2011 N1K w two Brothers slip-ons = 118.81 hp and 73.16 torque. Recently added K&N and PCV = 124.72 hp and 75.42 torque. Not a big change in numbers on paper, but the performance boost has been awesome. It's like a new bike.

Not a complaint, but fuel mileage has dropped a lot. Probably 30-40 miles less per tank.


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