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Jul 23rd 2018, 07:45 AM   #1
 
  Mar 2016
  Seattle East Side

Windy Ridge - 7-22-18

Epic day. Perfect weather, got out of Issaquah at 7am, through Enumclaw and around Rainier via 410. Got to the view point on Windy Ridge at 10:30 with a couple friends. Two Pikes Peak Multistradas and a Multi Enduro.

If you've never done Windy Ridge, try to do so. Truly one of the best rides in the state. But be careful. It's isolated with a ton of exposure, some gravel sections, debris on the roadway, quite bumpy, etc. I would have zero interest taking this road on a sport bike, but guys do it.

Here's a quick edit with some on-board at the end. (Riding starts at 2:19) I'll post the whole 40 minute leg of the on board footage later when I get the time.






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Edited by Astair1299 on Jul 23rd 2018 at 10:03 AM
Jul 23rd 2018, 08:23 AM   #2
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  Jan 2016
  PDX

  An Ape and a Husky
Nice video! Love the eye-in-the-sky perspective.

Have you been up there before, as in last couple of seasons? I was wondering how much worse is the road compared to prior seasons.
Jul 23rd 2018, 08:31 AM   #3
 
  Mar 2016
  Seattle East Side

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Nice video! Love the eye-in-the-sky perspective.

Have you been up there before, as in last couple of seasons? I was wondering how much worse is the road compared to prior seasons.
It's been probably 7 or 8 years. There were 3 or 4 sections of gravel, about 50 yards long each. Those are new to my memory. The roadside shrubs and plants seem to be growing into the roadway more as well.

The way out to the viewpoint is in better condition, the way back is worse. The "slope side" of the road deteriorates faster and has more sunken areas, bumps, small rocks, etc.
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Jul 23rd 2018, 08:32 AM   #4
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  Apr 2016
  Molalla

  2007 Aprilia Tuono Factory, 2010 Honda VFR 1200f DCT
First time I've seen someone post drone footage on this site. Maybe I'm late to the game, but first time for me. Amazing footage, well done, sir. Other than the monstrous cracks on the downward slope, looks decent. Those on the sportbikes (last time I was there I was on my 05 gixxer thou), have fun, but beware, ride with care.. Nice job, dude. Excellent day, bikes, weather, friends, and the drone!!
Jul 23rd 2018, 08:50 AM   #5
 
  Mar 2016
  Seattle East Side

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First time I've seen someone post drone footage on this site. Maybe I'm late to the game, but first time for me. Amazing footage, well done, sir. Other than the monstrous cracks on the downward slope, looks decent. Those on the sportbikes (last time I was there I was on my 05 gixxer thou), have fun, but beware, ride with care.. Nice job, dude. Excellent day, bikes, weather, friends, and the drone!!
First time for me too....I try to fly within the rules, did a lot of research and even called the rangers and there are no defined restrictions on flying there other than the usual FAA rules.

You can't fly them within national parks (e.g. around Rainier) so I was glad to be able to get some footage in such a beautiful place. Glad you guys like it.
Jul 23rd 2018, 09:37 AM   #6
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  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2015 Kawasaki Concours 14 - The Origame Sea-Dragon
i almost bought the large enchilada up there on my ninja 1000 one day when i was doing a spirited right hand curve and the road surface took a roller coaster dip right at the apex and winged me instantly into the oncoming lane as a pickup was coming the other way. it was like i was suddenly at zero-g and my tires just weren't connected to the asphalt any more and inertia just did what it does (follows a tangent from the curve you are riding at the point of lost traction). I missed that guys rear bumper by somewhat less than nothing. It just wan't my time, as they say, otherwise youda read about it in the papers.

careful out there men.
Jul 23rd 2018, 10:02 AM   #7
 
  Mar 2016
  Seattle East Side

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i almost bought the large enchilada up there on my ninja 1000 one day when i was doing a spirited right hand curve and the road surface took a roller coaster dip right at the apex and winged me instantly into the oncoming lane as a pickup was coming the other way. it was like i was suddenly at zero-g and my tires just weren't connected to the asphalt any more and inertia just did what it does (follows a tangent from the curve you are riding at the point of lost traction). I missed that guys rear bumper by somewhat less than nothing. It just wan't my time, as they say, otherwise youda read about it in the papers.

careful out there men.

Yep, that's exactly the problem. Many curves have big dips before, at, or right after the apex, and most turns are blind due to long radius or overgrowth of shrubs.

Not for beginners, that's for sure.
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Jul 23rd 2018, 11:53 AM   #8
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  Jan 2016
  Adjacent to the Hobbit Garage

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i almost bought the large enchilada up there on my ninja 1000 one day when i was doing a spirited right hand curve and the road surface took a roller coaster dip right at the apex and winged me instantly into the oncoming lane as a pickup was coming the other way. it was like i was suddenly at zero-g and my tires just weren't connected to the asphalt any more and inertia just did what it does (follows a tangent from the curve you are riding at the point of lost traction). I missed that guys rear bumper by somewhat less than nothing. It just wan't my time, as they say, otherwise youda read about it in the papers.

careful out there men.
That's why we always recommend the Fish Tacos when riding FS-25 and FS-99. They pair well with most riding conditions. Yes, they may be a little slower, but do tend to provide a more harmonious outcome than the "Large" or "Whole" Enchilada.
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Jul 24th 2018, 01:37 PM   #9
 
  Mar 2016
  Seattle East Side

For anyone who's interested, here is the [almost] full length of FS-99 to the viewpoint.

My GoPro started acting up about a mile from the end inexplicably, and then was fine for the rest of the day. /shrug

Next time I am gonna mic up the camera to avoid so much wind noise, but the views are still great:

Jul 24th 2018, 05:43 PM   #10
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  Feb 2016
  Bellingham

  Suzuki
Wow, Sunday, with the whole place to ur self. (Early bird gets...) Great shots from the air.
Totally see the sloughing of asphalt on the downhill, with super buckaroo dips, whoop!

How do you stop when not at the end of road? I fear of getting stuck behind a string of 4 wheeled folks, when we've come such a long way?

Went down there as a clueless younster in 1984', when I thought I could get more power with no airbox or pods on a 80 GS 750 ET. I think at least I raised the mains, but it wouldn't rev past 6K, whoops. Fond memories thou, probably been about 10 years + since I got the triple violation on the way back thru Mt. Rainer via Randle. Soured the trip, but the Mt. St. Helens portion was beyond epic.

Great video.
Jul 24th 2018, 07:17 PM   #11
 
  Mar 2016
  Seattle East Side

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Wow, Sunday, with the whole place to ur self. (Early bird gets...) Great shots from the air.
Totally see the sloughing of asphalt on the downhill, with super buckaroo dips, whoop!

How do you stop when not at the end of road? I fear of getting stuck behind a string of 4 wheeled folks, when we've come such a long way?

Went down there as a clueless younster in 1984', when I thought I could get more power with no airbox or pods on a 80 GS 750 ET. I think at least I raised the mains, but it wouldn't rev past 6K, whoops. Fond memories thou, probably been about 10 years + since I got the triple violation on the way back thru Mt. Rainer via Randle. Soured the trip, but the Mt. St. Helens portion was beyond epic.

Great video.
Thank you.

Early birds get those worms.

Minimal traffic, and passing is easy with 3 good riders. We are safe and respectful, but also efficient. That said, we only had to pass a couple cars early on, otherwise it was open road. Got to the view point at 10:30.

Same story on the way home, with the exception of HWY 410 on the East side of Mount Rainier heading home. By 10am the entire area is fucked.

Normally I would never stop, but the views with the drone were impossible to pass up, and I had wanted to get a shot chasing my friends.

It was a great day.
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