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Apr 15th 2019, 04:12 PM   #1
 Chrishil54's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Kirkland

  2009 V-Star 1100 Custom
Seattle to Spokane

I'm heading over to Spokane in late July for a couple days. I leave on a Friday and come back that Sunday.

Route suggestions (besides 90)? Considerations:
  • Must be in Spokane on Friday evening and back in Seattle on Sunday.
  • Has to have gas stations about every 100-110 miles (that's about my tank range).
  • Plenty of area to pull over and enjoy the views, water, de-water, etc.
  • Cruiser so prefer to avoid lots of tight curves in the road, sweeping curves are fine.
  • Great phone service in case of a breakdown (riding solo).
Apr 15th 2019, 10:42 PM   #2
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  Jan 2016
  SeaTac

Go White Pass on 12. It ends up in Yakima. It is a little different view for part of it anyway. Once there you can take 82 and 395. A little more 'secondary' roads but not near as fast as pounding 90 all the way.

Edited by Parilla125 on Apr 15th 2019 at 10:44 PM
Apr 16th 2019, 04:10 PM   #3
A2B
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  Jan 2019
  Methow Valley

  ATK Rotax, Buell xb12ss, CL160
I'd guess Seattle to Spokane is about 6 hours on I90 at 65-70mph with stops for gas and lunch. Any North-South zig zag is going to add time and most of the fun, scenic secondary roads are posted 60mph. Hwy 2 through Leavenworth, Wenatchee, Coulee City, Wilbur, Davenport, etc is not a bad option for the trip guidelines you listed. Just came up through central WA today and the Odessa coulee, dry falls areas are super fun/scenic roads. See how that trip goes and adjust your return accordingly. Maybe loop down through Harrington, Odessa, Soap Lake, Moses Lake, etc and catch 90 for a quick trip home Sunday. Just depends if you're a 12hr in the saddle kind of guy. Not judging! just curious what cruiser has a 100 mile fuel range?
A2B
Apr 16th 2019, 06:21 PM   #4
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  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2013 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 Harlequin
if i was gonna do I-90 i'd take the Camry. AC, cupholder, leather seats........
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Apr 16th 2019, 09:41 PM   #5
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  Jan 2016
  Kirkland

  2009 V-Star 1100 Custom
Quote:
Originally Posted by A2B
I'd guess Seattle to Spokane is about 6 hours on I90 at 65-70mph with stops for gas and lunch. Any North-South zig zag is going to add time and most of the fun, scenic secondary roads are posted 60mph. Hwy 2 through Leavenworth, Wenatchee, Coulee City, Wilbur, Davenport, etc is not a bad option for the trip guidelines you listed. Just came up through central WA today and the Odessa coulee, dry falls areas are super fun/scenic roads. See how that trip goes and adjust your return accordingly. Maybe loop down through Harrington, Odessa, Soap Lake, Moses Lake, etc and catch 90 for a quick trip home Sunday. Just depends if you're a 12hr in the saddle kind of guy. Not judging! just curious what cruiser has a 100 mile fuel range?
A2B
I get about 110-120 miles per tank (3.5 gallon) so generally plan on 100 miles before gas. That give me about 40 mile cushion, with the reserve.
Apr 17th 2019, 06:32 AM   #6
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  Jan 2016
  Northeast Olalla

  07 Guzzi
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sentinel
if i was gonna do I-90 i'd take the Camry. AC, cupholder, leather seats........
For that fast of a turn around this is probably the best option, however, motorcycle riders have not become famous for making really good travel decisions.

If I lived where you do (and hadn't committed suicide ) I'd use something like this to get there and back.
Apr 17th 2019, 07:21 AM   #7
bcj
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  Jan 2016
  teh rock

  K1200RS SV650
The North Cascades Hwy opens tomorrow.
Apr 17th 2019, 08:10 AM   #8
 
  Dec 2018
  Goldendale WA

  Classic Sportsters, Triumph & BSA
WSDOT post says Chinook wont open till Memorial Day....broken snow blowers etc
Apr 17th 2019, 11:33 AM   #9
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  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2013 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 Harlequin
Quote:
Originally Posted by Texasl
...

If I lived where you do (and hadn't committed suicide ) I'd use something like this to get there ...
and if you had, you'd.....fly?

what?
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Apr 17th 2019, 10:07 PM   #10
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  Jan 2016
  Kirkland

  2009 V-Star 1100 Custom
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Originally Posted by Texasl
For that fast of a turn around this is probably the best option, however, motorcycle riders have not become famous for making really good travel decisions.
It's more of never having ridden a motorcycle across the state and this is a good excuse kind of thing.
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Apr 18th 2019, 05:43 AM   #11
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  Jan 2016
  Northeast Olalla

  07 Guzzi
Quote:
Originally Posted by Akdawg
WSDOT post says Chinook wont open till Memorial Day....broken snow blowers etc
Which means that 30 May is on my calendar for my annual ride across there.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sentinel
and if you had, you'd.....fly?

what?
And people say I'm the smart ass on this site.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Chrishil54
It's more of never having ridden a motorcycle across the state and this is a good excuse kind of thing.

I like the cut of your jib. It sounds like my mantra: Direct routes are for delivery trucks.
Apr 18th 2019, 06:40 AM   #12
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  Jan 2016
  here

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Over 20 back on 2
Apr 18th 2019, 08:41 AM   #13
A2B
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  Jan 2019
  Methow Valley

  ATK Rotax, Buell xb12ss, CL160
Good for you!, for taking on a new adventure. Check over your bike- air, oil, coolant, tires, etc., watch your favorite motorcycle movie the night before, start early and you'll have a blast. Whether you're a fan of the "rider wave" one thing is for sure. All those folks will stop and help if you have problems. As Texasl said, true bikers are famous for their questionable judgement, so don't let us down. Ride fast and take chances....
Apr 18th 2019, 04:18 PM   #14
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  Jan 2016
  Kirkland

  2009 V-Star 1100 Custom
I'll have new-ish tires, oil change and tune up just before then. Since it's an air cooled bike, I don't need to worry about coolant. I do worry about toasting a leg on the engine though.
Apr 18th 2019, 07:34 PM   #15
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  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2013 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 Harlequin
oddly, this thread gave me a brain worm. I keep hearing Eric Clapton, but he's saying
"spo-cain" instead of "co-cain."

Cant get it out of my head.

Oh, and however you ride that long ride, give your self like twice as long as it takes so that you can stop a lot and look at the shit you're riding past.

2 cents.

dog, i miss the 70's.

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