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Jun 1st 2017, 07:34 AM   #1
 
  Jan 2016
  Kennewick

  2014 FJR-ES
Baker City - 2017

Last May we had a wet (but still fun) Spring Ride to Kamiah, ID to kick off the 2017 riding season and this year's sunny Fall ride will again be to Baker City, Oregon on Friday, September 8 through Sunday, September 10.

For those unfamiliar with the Baker City ride, Baker City is one of our favorite riding destinations. It is a historic town in east central Oregon and pretty easy to get to from the Tri-Cities, one option is to get on the freeway and follow the signs south, another option is to take the long way through the mountains on some of the best motorcycling roads in the Northwest.

There are several "long" ways to get to Baker City, most are about 220-250 miles and will take 5-7 hours depending on speed and stops. Our hosts at Baker City will again be the Oregon Trail Motel located at 211 Bridge Street. It is an older but very biker friendly motel and a short walking distance to downtown. We have group rates of $40.25 for a room with one bed, $51.13 for a room with 2 beds (these rates include taxes and a small breakfast). You are responsible for making (and canceling) your reservation, just call the Oregon Trail at 541-523-5844 or 888-523-5882 and tell them you are part of "Steve's Ride". If the person taking the reservation doesn't know about Steve's Ride continue making the reservation and you will get the group rate when you check in.

I plan to lead a group and will leave the Clearwater Starbucks' parking lot at 9:00 AM on September 8. Please post in this thread if you are interested in participating in this ride and if you are interested in riding with my group on September 8. Those with schedule conflicts that can't make the Friday ride are welcome to join the group on Saturday in Baker City.

See you in Baker City....Ride Safe.
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Jun 1st 2017, 11:52 AM   #2
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  Jan 2016
  Garden Home

  2012 Versys...'83 BMW R80 RT...Suzuki GS 450t
alrighty..I can barely wait...no bike break downs this year...
Jun 1st 2017, 04:16 PM   #3
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  Jan 2016
  Richland

  Yamaha FZ1, KTM Super Duke GT, Yamaha FJR, Yamaha XS650
Reservation made.
Jun 1st 2017, 04:54 PM   #4
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  Jan 2016
  Eastern Oregon

  16 Honda Africa Twin, 09 Hayabusa, and 08 DR650
As much as I'd like to go, I can't make it that weekend. Leaving to Colorado for the KTM Rally so I can be brain washed into going "ORANGE " LOL
Jun 2nd 2017, 06:42 AM   #5
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  Jan 2016
  Travelling around the NW

  Triumph Bonnezilla, Little Ninja
Got it marked in my calendar. Too far out to say what'll happen with my work schedule yet, though.
Jun 2nd 2017, 08:33 AM   #6
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  Jan 2016
  Oregon Coast

  2017 BMW R1200RT
Reservation made. Will be first weekend in a week of riding. Had a great time last year and looking forward to a return.
Jun 2nd 2017, 11:38 AM   #7
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  Jan 2016
  Tri-Cities, dry side of Washington

  Kawasaki C-14
I'll be there; always been a great time / friends / good people / super riding and weather.

Here's our motel central. Management is friendly to M/C's and parking-lot-party-socializing.



Walking distance is the historic Geiser Grand Hotel

I've always been too cheap to stay there, but it has a nice bar you walk by on your way to everywhere



Dan - taking the long way to Baker City ...



Another branch in the road to get there
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Jun 2nd 2017, 11:56 AM   #8
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  Jan 2016
  Stumpy Puddleton

  R1200ST, CB350
Careful now, you don't want the New York Times to hear about it or 250K people will move there every year and it'll all be bulldozed and replaced with 3x3 cubes with condos -- cough, I mean "Lofts", excuse me -- above and cafes below selling Stumptown coffee and wood-fired arugula pesto on artisanal toast, and the sidewalks lined with the "hipster hedge" of beardies with manbuns waiting to get in, all of them tweeting "look where I am" selfies on their phones.

I hate it when that happens.
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Jun 21st 2017, 10:52 AM   #9
 
  Jun 2017
  Vancouver, BC

  2011 Triumph Sprint GT
I attended a couple of years back. Bubba over at sport-touring.net had suggested we join the ride in lieu of there being no WCRM 2015.5 that year. I had a hoot.

Steve just posted the plans for this year's ride in our WCRM thread, and like Bubba, I figure this would be a great ride to join in. So, to that end, I have booked time off, made my hotel reservation at the palatial Oregon Trails Motel, and joined this fine board as well.

See you all in September.

Cheers,

Kai
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Jun 23rd 2017, 04:10 PM   #10
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  Jan 2016
  Garden Home

  2012 Versys...'83 BMW R80 RT...Suzuki GS 450t
reservation in...I'll be anxiously awaiting Friday morning details...
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Aug 4th 2017, 04:05 PM   #11
 
  Jan 2016
  Kennewick

  2014 FJR-ES
Just a reminder to everyone that it is only 5 weeks until our annual ride to Baker City so I hope those who are going have motel reservations. Hopefully, the weather will be cooled off enough to enjoy riding in the afternoon and evenings (morning rides should have great weather). We will again be joined in Baker City by several of our STN friends.
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Aug 4th 2017, 10:49 PM   #12
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  Jan 2016
  Oregon Coast

  2017 BMW R1200RT
Let's hope that all the eclipse watchers have been able to get out of town before we arrive. I had dinner at Barley Brown's in Baker City a couple weeks back and asked one of the fellows that works there how they planned to deal with the crowd. He said it was just going to be "all hands on deck" and hope for the best. Will be interesting to hear how they did.

I'm looking forward to another ride in the Baker City area. I'll probably come from the coast to Heppner Thursday the 7th and then in Baker City via Ukiah on Friday. That part of Oregon has some beautiful scenery if anyone else is coming in from that direction. Last year I made a million stops for photos. Won't need to take as many pictures this year so expect it to be a faster ride.
Aug 5th 2017, 09:45 AM   #13
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  Jan 2016
  Tri-Cities, dry side of Washington

  Kawasaki C-14
Quote:
Originally Posted by mcrider007
Just a reminder to everyone that it is only 5 weeks until our annual ride to Baker City
so I hope those who are going have motel reservations...
Made my room reservation today!
Aug 5th 2017, 10:41 AM   #14
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  Jan 2016
  Ferndale Washington

  ZX10-R GSXR 600 Track Bike
Have Great Trip Guys!...The ride out to Hells Canyon Dam and stopping and meeting
"Scotty" is recommended.
Aug 10th 2017, 10:24 PM   #15
 
  Apr 2016
  US

Made room reservation. Will be riding from Yelm to Baker City straight through as we my daughter has a game Thursday night.

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