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Old Feb 25th 2013, 01:06 PM   #1
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I realized that I haven't lived here long enough to get to know the roads for motorcycling. Would like to get some ideas for "good" rides in this area, preferably good twisties, decently maintained roads and minimal freeway access. I thought if this is something that a few of us are interested in, we could add a link with google maps for the route.

I'll start by mentioning the loop around Mt. Rainier is good, but it's hit or miss with the condition of the road. Lot's of twisties. This is a ride for late spring/early summer through early fall. Otherwise there's snow and the road is closed.

On the peninsula, I took my Harley on the US101 loop, but mostly highway typre riding. Some twisties.
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Don't know a lot about the west side but on the east side we have a loop around grand coulee dam that's fun, sadly though some of the best roads I have been on were in Oregon. I would love for something to show me some better roads, the Rainer loop was fun I caught it in a perfect day, was alone so it was fun but would have been better with company. St. Helens roads were fun but in terrible condition, I still say 1199 meet up this spring/summer we just need to pick a route
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I like the St Helens run and I know some of the roads are bad but there is a lot of awesome ones. They have worked on some of them but there are still some rough spots. It's kinda my back yard so I head out that way frequently.

I know some other guys from Oregon that probably know some good runs there. There is always a WA/OR coast run that would probably be good.

Hey Bronch! Where's your thread for your Vegas track day review?
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Im not opposed to a st helens run, might be able to get my wife to tag along on her M796
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Don't know a lot about the west side but on the east side we have a loop around grand coulee dam that's fun, sadly though some of the best roads I have been on were in Oregon. I would love for something to show me some better roads, the Rainer loop was fun I caught it in a perfect day, was alone so it was fun but would have been better with company. St. Helens roads were fun but in terrible condition, I still say 1199 meet up this spring/summer we just need to pick a route
I'm open for an Oregon ride too. It's a hike for me though, so would probably make it some sort of overnight or weekend thing. We should should start throwing out some possible day rides and dates for the spring to meet up. It'll get me through the next few weeks!
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Im not opposed to a st helens run, might be able to get my wife to tag along on her M796
I just bought mine a Kawi 250r... It's her first bike, so signed her up for MSF in a couple of weeks. Maybe by the time we get an Oregon or St. Helens ride together I'll trust her on a group ride
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I like the St Helens run and I know some of the roads are bad but there is a lot of awesome ones. They have worked on some of them but there are still some rough spots. It's kinda my back yard so I head out that way frequently.

I know some other guys from Oregon that probably know some good runs there. There is always a WA/OR coast run that would probably be good.

Hey Bronch! Where's your thread for your Vegas track day review?
Hey man, what's up? Haven't seen you post for awhile...

Yeah, sorry forgot to post about the second track day. But, frankly it was the same format as day 1, just different drills. I'm really happy with the way they organized things, everything built off the prior lessons and you got to the point where things started to flow. I was noticeably faster, safer and in better control at the end of each day. They let you ride at your own pace, but you can pass anywhere as long as you leave 8ft between you and the other rider. Your coach follows you around and watches you ride, often will then lead you to show you something you could do better. Then at the end of the session he reviews what he saw, makes suggestions and listens to what you have to say so that you're on the same page. Really no pressure at all. Let me know if there's anything specific you want to know or more details.

I signed up again for levels 3/4 at The Ridge when CSS comes around there in July. You should think about it.
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I just bought mine a Kawi 250r... It's her first bike, so signed her up for MSF in a couple of weeks. Maybe by the time we get an Oregon or St. Helens ride together I'll trust her on a group ride
ya my wife just jumped up from a kawi 250, wouldnt be a bad idea to see if we could get them to go and ride at their own pace and let us go play
On that note I believe sometime in July, Ducati Bellevue is doin a womens only track day. My wife signed up, they pretty much said its just to try and help get some of the new riders comfy let them ride at their own pace and for the more experienced to go play. Figured I'd throw it out there.
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Hey man, what's up? Haven't seen you post for awhile...

Yeah, sorry forgot to post about the second track day. But, frankly it was the same format as day 1, just different drills. I'm really happy with the way they organized things, everything built off the prior lessons and you got to the point where things started to flow. I was noticeably faster, safer and in better control at the end of each day. They let you ride at your own pace, but you can pass anywhere as long as you leave 8ft between you and the other rider. Your coach follows you around and watches you ride, often will then lead you to show you something you could do better. Then at the end of the session he reviews what he saw, makes suggestions and listens to what you have to say so that you're on the same page. Really no pressure at all. Let me know if there's anything specific you want to know or more details.

I signed up again for levels 3/4 at The Ridge when CSS comes around there in July. You should think about it.
I was wondering if they were coming around again, whats the rates for the school?
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ya my wife just jumped up from a kawi 250, wouldnt be a bad idea to see if we could get them to go and ride at their own pace and let us go play
On that note I believe sometime in July, Ducati Bellevue is doin a womens only track day. My wife signed up, they pretty much said its just to try and help get some of the new riders comfy let them ride at their own pace and for the more experienced to go play. Figured I'd throw it out there.
I bought all of my bikes from there, including the used Kawi so I have 3 free track days. The women's track day is June 10th. They must be splitting the track up or something because they also have a regular track day for anyone. I signed her up for the women's track day too, more so because they said it was for new riders. She's pretty excited about it. I hope she likes riding because she's diving in with both feet! We'll see how comfortable she feels as the date gets closer. I signed up for the regular track day. How about you?

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