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Jul 9th 2020, 09:57 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by Flyboymedic
FeralRdr might have been referring to me. I bent my VFR rim slightly last year on one of those potholes. They can sneak up on you at a spirited pace! Oh, and I generally run about 32-35psi in the front so those of you that run lower pressures, beware.
You too?

I was actually thinking of someone else.
Jul 10th 2020, 01:52 AM   #17
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  Jan 2016
  Small Island Surrounded by Puget Sound

  07 Buell XB12STT, (Two) 12 Suzuki DR650 SE 72BMWR75/5 KIA @ 243K
Thanks for the Heads-Up on 90. Been a lot of years since I've been there. Probably be at WR late morning/early afternoon.
Jul 10th 2020, 06:25 PM   #18
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  Oct 2018
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  12'RSV4 Tuono, 03' RSV-R Haga, 03' CBR1100XX, 02'Honda GL1800 Goldwing, 83' Honda V65 Magna
we used to rail this when it first opened after the blast. Virgin asphalt, it was nirvana to say the least. The route has been poorly maintained so please ride with caution as there are many potholes and other bike eating obstacles to navigate if not paying close attention or blinding sun. Still a lot of fun to ride and very scenic, enjoy!
Jul 11th 2020, 07:44 AM   #19
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Yesterday was a long fun day of riding. Did the FS 23 → 90 → 25 Loop with a side trip to Windy Ridge. At places 23 & 90 are pretty bad. Lots of “Tree Shadows” masking some of the pot holes, sunken and missing pavement and frost heaves difficult to see.

90 is deceptive. You can be flying along on good road then all of a sudden you hit a spot of sunken pavement you didn't see until almost on top of it because of the shadows.

Windy Ridge was a little anticlimactic, the top half or so of St. Helen's was obscured by cloud.

Edited by MMcN49 on Jul 11th 2020 at 08:02 AM
Jul 11th 2020, 07:56 AM   #20
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Well, I didn't get out the door until much later than planned, but I did make it all the way out there and back before dark.





The mountain was beautiful, and the ride not too bad. As mentioned previously, FS-25 has definitely seen better days.

Ed? How did FS-90 look when you came down it?
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Edited by FeralRdr on Jul 11th 2020 at 08:06 AM
Jul 11th 2020, 04:06 PM   #21
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Nice Pics. What a difference a few hours makes.

<<<FS-25 has definitely seen better days.>>> Of the three, 23, 25 & 90, 25 was in the best condition, 90 the worst. 23 has 11 miles of dirt and like any other unpaved FS gravel road had quite a few pot holes. The paved sections had places that were in pretty rough shape.

Ed? How did FS-90 look when you came down it?

Lots of sunken pavement, pot holes, dips and road bed settling. The angle of the sun when I rode caused the trees lining the road to cast long shadows across it, making some pot holes and dips difficult to see. After hitting one hard, (no rim damage) took off the sun glasses, (only helped a little).

Don't get me wrong, I had a good ride and a great time yesterday but would not take either Buell on 90.

Windy Ridge (FS-99) Is Now Open.-mt-saint-helens.jpg
Jul 11th 2020, 07:31 PM   #22
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Thanks for the update. I don't blame you a bit for avoiding FS-90 on your Buells. After hearing that the road only got worse after I last rode it (and someone losing a rim to it), I haven't had any desire to ride it lately. Flyboy also having damaged a rim out there, only reinforces my lack of enthusiasm for that road.

It's a shame really. That route used to be a wonderful alternative to SR-14. It definitely wasn't perfect, but with the exception of a few hidden dips (in the shadows), you could still ride it at an enjoyable speed. You still had to keep an eye out for the occasional pot hole, but back then you could easily see most road damage, and subsequently dodge it without difficulty.
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