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Jul 3rd 2016, 08:43 AM   #1
 
  Jan 2016
  Kennewick

  2014 FJR-ES
Return to Baker City 2016

Last May we had a Spring Ride to Kamiah, ID to kick off the 2016 riding season and this year's Fall ride will again be to Baker City, Oregon on Friday, September 9 through Sunday, September 11.

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 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 $38.08 for a room with one bed, $48.96 for a room with 2 beds (these rates include taxes). 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 9. 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 9. 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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Jul 3rd 2016, 11:02 AM   #2
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  Jan 2016
  Richland

  Yamaha FZ1, Ducati 1198S, Yamaha FJR, Yamaha XS650
In. Thanks for setting this up again Steve!
Jul 3rd 2016, 08:55 PM   #3
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  Jan 2016
  Garden Home

  2012 Versys...'83 BMW R80 RT...Suzuki GS 450t
barring unforeseen circumstances I shall be in attendance...
Jul 4th 2016, 05:12 PM   #4
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  Jan 2016
  Richland, WA

  2011 Triumph Sprint GT & 1998 Yamaha YZF600R
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In. Thanks for setting this up again Steve!
Did they every determine what spooky noise was emanating from your ride?

-Wolf-
Jul 4th 2016, 06:00 PM   #5
 
  Apr 2016
  US

I'm in. Coming from Olympia Washington area.

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Jul 4th 2016, 07:04 PM   #6
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  Jan 2016
  Oregon Coast

  Suzuki V-Strom 650 Adventure
What roads do you have planned to ride once in Baker City? I just returned from a trip that took me through there and the roads are really amazing. One of the best was 203 through Medical Springs. I made the loop Baker City -> Medical Springs -> LaGrande on 203. Not real long but absolutely amazing views and nice roads with few cars.

The Highway 7 stretch between John Day and Baker City is another beautiful road.
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Jul 4th 2016, 07:51 PM   #7
 
  Jan 2016
  Kennewick

  2014 FJR-ES
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What roads do you have planned to ride once in Baker City? I just returned from a trip that took me through there and the roads are really amazing. One of the best was 203 through Medical Springs. I made the loop Baker City -> Medical Springs -> LaGrande on 203. Not real long but absolutely amazing views and nice roads with few cars.

The Highway 7 stretch between John Day and Baker City is another beautiful road.
There aren't any "planned" rides after we get to Baker City since there are many different ways to get to Baker City, everyone is free to plan their own route or relax in Baker City. Last year there was a group ride to Hells Canyon Dam.
Jul 4th 2016, 08:20 PM   #8
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  Feb 2016
  Spokane, WA

I got a new-to-me Buell Ulysses this spring and have been having a blast exploring some off the pavement sites. I was maybe thinking about getting off paved roads some to explore one, or several ghost towns around Baker City. Any adventure Bike Riders interested? Its just a thought at this point.

THIS SITE has some good info about Baker Co. Ghost Towns.
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Jul 5th 2016, 07:37 AM   #9
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  Jan 2016
  Richland

  Yamaha FZ1, Ducati 1198S, Yamaha FJR, Yamaha XS650
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Did they every determine what spooky noise was emanating from your ride?

-Wolf-

Yes, it was the generator rotor bearings.
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Jul 5th 2016, 09:54 AM   #10
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  Jan 2016
  Pasco, WA

  2001 1150GS
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I'm in.
There goes the neighborhood
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Jul 5th 2016, 02:03 PM   #11
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  Jan 2016
  Richland

  Yamaha FZ1, Ducati 1198S, Yamaha FJR, Yamaha XS650
Reservation made.
Jul 6th 2016, 07:31 AM   #12
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  Jan 2016
  Tri-Cities, WA

  Aprilia, Honda, Suzuki & Triumph
Count me in too. ...looking forward to this one again!
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Jul 7th 2016, 06:23 PM   #13
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  Feb 2016
  Spokane, WA

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I got a new-to-me Buell Ulysses this spring and have been having a blast exploring some off the pavement sites. I was maybe thinking about getting off paved roads some to explore one, or several ghost towns around Baker City. Any adventure Bike Riders interested? Its just a thought at this point.

THIS SITE has some good info about Baker Co. Ghost Towns.
I'm hearing crickets on this idea so far
Jul 7th 2016, 07:03 PM   #14
 
  Jan 2016
  Kennewick

  2014 FJR-ES
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I'm hearing crickets on this idea so far
Been there, done that....wasn't that much fun. Seemed like all the roads worth exploring were already paved.
Jul 8th 2016, 02:02 AM   #15
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  Jan 2016
  Travelling around the NW

  Triumph Bonnezillah, Ninjette
It's a bit soon to book a room yet, but that is on one of the weekends I should be off work!

I might be in...
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