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badico
09-29-2012, 6:28 PM
So Iv got no real plans except to ride my bike from SoCal to Washington and back anyone got any ideas of thing I got to see or stops to make along the way

heretic530
09-29-2012, 6:38 PM
if you are going up I-5, I am near Redding CA. I could probably get away from the shop for lunch or something

SeaChicken
09-29-2012, 10:57 PM
I'm out here on Whidbey Island in WA. It is worth riding oout on highway 20 and hitting chuck A Nut drive and going down 20 over the deception pass bridge to the south end of the island. then just take the ferry back over to Everett.

TridentCycleSupply
09-29-2012, 11:03 PM
just got done doing a trip up the 395 to tahoe, stopping off in yosemite (120), june lake loop and then tahoe, then over to SF and down the coast. i would highly suggest the 395 and the 120 and the june lake loop, tahoe is really cool too, past that i dont know...

sounds like an awesome trip though, how long you going for?

badico
09-30-2012, 12:13 AM
yea like 6 months ago i did a bonzi run up the 395 to tahoe and back this trip i think it will take me about 6-7 days

badico
09-30-2012, 12:17 AM
on my way north ill be going up the coast but my way back down south ill be taking the 5 ill have to get in touch with you

pineapplepower
10-01-2012, 6:17 PM
Im in the Seattle area, if you need anything give me a shout.

VPNick
10-12-2012, 1:41 PM
sounds great man...def throw up pics of thw trip after you get back...me and my buddies are planning a ride up to washington for like a week next year

pineapplepower
10-29-2012, 11:46 PM
If you guys make it up to Washington, you definitely need to go here...

http://www.caimag.com/forum/showthread.php?8302-Burgin-s-Motorcycle-Museum

nunez8853
11-02-2012, 7:04 PM
Check out dicks burgers if its still up its around the space needle and check out the EMP( experince music project) thats a sick ass place if your into hendrix both place are pretty kick ass. and take the up to

Whidbey Island is kick ass as well its worth checking out; but its been a few years since iv been up north so things might have changed

BootDragger
11-16-2012, 12:37 AM
I'm out here on Whidbey Island in WA. It is worth riding oout on highway 20 and hitting chuck A Nut drive and going down 20 over the deception pass bridge to the south end of the island. then just take the ferry back over to Everett.
Im in seatac, id like to hit the road with ya on a clear day!! Hard to find riders up north!

Hatchet54
11-16-2012, 12:53 AM
In California, stick close to the coast. AVOID the Grapevine (the I-5) at all costs if you value your time traveling. It is a miserable, miserable thing. I'd rather spend two days stuck in traffic on an even slightly stimulating road than spend 2 hours on that wind-blown dragstrip. I avoid it like the plague.

But that's just me.

As for further North. The California Redwoods are prime motorcycle country. There's many roads that will take you directly under the canopies of the tallest trees in the world, and on your motorbike you will feel like about the smallest most insignificant thing in the universe.

The Oregon coast is unforgettable. Make sure you take the turnouts along the cliffs to stop and get some good pictures of the lighthouses. I only have crummy ones from moving vehicles and I regret it. Take a dip in the Golden Coast and camp along a tributary.

I've never made it farther than Seattle. There's plenty to see in the area but I'll let the locals tell you about that.

seatraveler
11-17-2012, 10:40 AM
Im on Bainbridge Island, WA not a bad place to ride. Take the 5 up and the coast down? The 101 is a good ride.

Grantman
12-15-2012, 9:20 PM
In California, stick close to the coast. AVOID the Grapevine (the I-5) at all costs if you value your time traveling. It is a miserable, miserable thing. I'd rather spend two days stuck in traffic on an even slightly stimulating road than spend 2 hours on that wind-blown dragstrip. I avoid it like the plague.

AMen brother, I live in Bako and the 5 goes around us, but the 99 through here is just as bad only with slower traffic and dumbasses doing 40 in the fast lane. But if you wasnt some really good twisties follow the coast up to Hwy 58 and head east on 58. My OL gets carsick through there and it's the only place she ever does. Fun as hell on a bike but sucks balls in a car. once you get to the 99 go north for a few minutes and take Porterville Hwy (65) north to the redwoods and from there north it's just too many choices to pick for only one run.

heretic530
12-16-2012, 1:25 AM
I-5 is great from Redding, north. The rest of it sucks. the farther south you go, the worse it is... right now there is snow chains required from Mountain gate north. it is great ride in a pickup, just because the area is beautiful

I rode out of Klamath Falls, Oregon one morning, When I got down to Mt, Shasta City, CA, I stopped for coffee. The digital bank sign said it was 39 degrees, and that was feeling warmer then what I had come out of. That was a miserable ride

ThePete
12-16-2012, 1:31 AM
Yeah screw the 5, that shit sucks and its so damn boring, take the coast up till you can cut over somewhere up north if you're not doing the 395. I'm sure there are other routes but right now mountains are going to be pretty cold and there is less a chance of ice on the coast but it might be pretty wet. If you're driving and just want to make time balls to the wall up the 5 but try and hit the San Juaquine valley at night, less cops and there's nothing to see anyways.

smitty476
03-02-2013, 11:53 AM
A while back I needed to get out of LA and clear my head. So I hopped on my bike and rode solo to tacoma . Took the 5 all the way up. Wasnt too bad, had the rush of the trip for endurance on the way up, but on the way back it was boring as shit. All in all not bad. Currently trying to find time to make a trip via the 1 all the way up.

thats mt shasta in northern cal in the background

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elJimmyG
03-05-2013, 5:34 PM
Dicks is still around. There is one close to the Space Needle, and one up towards North Gate. I think that there might be one more, but I cant remember off the top of my head.

elJimmyG
03-05-2013, 5:42 PM
Yeah screw the 5, that shit sucks and its so damn boring, take the coast up till you can cut over somewhere up north if you're not doing the 395. I'm sure there are other routes but right now mountains are going to be pretty cold and there is less a chance of ice on the coast but it might be pretty wet. If you're driving and just want to make time balls to the wall up the 5 but try and hit the San Juaquine valley at night, less cops and there's nothing to see anyways.

I agree. I cant really think of anything nice to say about I-5. Personally, I love taking the 101 down the coast. Ive also been on some good rides up around Mt Rainier. Its true that you have to be aware of the weather though. I rode from Wenatchee to Olympia, taking the long route up around the mountain on the way. In Wenatchee it was like 98 degrees. By the time I was on the mountain it was more like 40 with snow on the side of the road still. Also, for some stretches the road can be a little rough. That being said, its beautiful and I recommend it.

K6
03-05-2013, 9:27 PM
Check out dicks burgers if its still up its around the space needle and check out the EMP( experince music project) thats a sick ass place if your into hendrix both place are pretty kick ass. and take the up to

Whidbey Island is kick ass as well its worth checking out; but its been a few years since iv been up north so things might have changed

I like the one on 45th, would stop in late nite get a couple a greaser w/cheese. Used to laugh when friends wanted to get "dicks on broadway" when we'd be @ our favorite bar on "pill hill"

K6
03-05-2013, 9:40 PM
So Iv got no real plans except to ride my bike from SoCal to Washington and back anyone got any ideas of thing I got to see or stops to make along the way

Been through NorCal , my favorite is off the 101 hit hwy 128 to the coast, or the 20, either one then ride up the coast on the 1 back to the 101. Go through eureka up to crescent city. From there you ride to grants pass then up the 5 or continue on up the 101 in Oregon. Beautiful country. Pending on time of year you can camp all along those areas. When in PDX you have to find the best steak house in the world, the acropolis, it's of hwy 99 just s.e. of PDX You'll love it cheap steak good great beer. SEA, lots to do & beautiful ride all over the N.W. :cheersmate:

elJimmyG
03-06-2013, 9:58 AM
God bless The Acropolis

ironhead86
03-12-2013, 7:18 PM
The new dicks is up in edmonds I thought.

EagleScout
03-13-2013, 10:23 AM
Been through NorCal , my favorite is off the 101 hit hwy 128 to the coast, or the 20, either one then ride up the coast on the 1 back to the 101. Go through eureka up to crescent city. From there you ride to grants pass then up the 5 or continue on up the 101 in Oregon. Beautiful country. Pending on time of year you can camp all along those areas. When in PDX you have to find the best steak house in the world, the acropolis, it's of hwy 99 just s.e. of PDX You'll love it cheap steak good great beer. SEA, lots to do & beautiful ride all over the N.W. :cheersmate:

I second K6 best decision I made on my Pacific coast trip was taking the 199 off the 101 from Crescent city to the 5. Most beautiful roads I have ever seen. Once you hit Portland (very cool city) take the 26 to seaside and finish your trip up the coast or continue up the 5(a little boring in my opinion but you're less likely to get wet).

elJimmyG
03-13-2013, 4:43 PM
The new dicks is up in edmonds I thought.

I didnt even know there was a Dicks in Edmonds. Just know the ones around Seattle (used to live there). Wish they had one out here in Olympia.

Mohegan69
03-27-2013, 11:58 AM
Im in seatac, id like to hit the road with ya on a clear day!! Hard to find riders up north!

Hey Man, I'm in the Seabeck area of Bremerton, if you're looking to ride, I'm down any weekend, hit me up.

riderinthewind
04-01-2013, 9:42 PM
If you run up the coast from Cali (Hwy 1 & US 101) you can stary on some realy sweet mostly two lane roads that are heaven on a bike. There are a lot of ways to get around without hitting the superslab...too many to list here...send me a kite and I'll give you some good tips wiht more details depending on what sort of stuff you want to check out..
You should check out Mt St Helens though. The road up there is a dead end leaving you looking into the throat of the volcano, and goes from about 200 feet elevation to about 4300 within 50 miles.
Burgins Museum (Vintage Motorcycles Northwest) in Spanway has one of only three known complete collections of knucklhead models in existence.
There is the Stonehenge Memorial just off the junction of US 97 and WA 14 overlooking the Columbia River Gorge. The ride down WA 14 to Vancouver from Stonehenge (or vice versa) is about 90 miles of twisting two lane that runs from arid scrubland to densely forested mountains, and up on some fairly high bluffs. A Very cool ride.
I saw a lot of suggestions about taking 395...thats a great road in Nevada and Oregon, but in Washington it is pretty straight and boring thru the deserty part of eastern Washington. There are a lot of better roads to take depending on where you are going, and what you are looking for. If you have any questions send me a kite and I'll give you more specific suggestions.

drseiss
04-16-2013, 1:04 AM
God bless The Acropolis

This man speaks the truth.

mono
04-19-2013, 11:58 PM
been reading the suggestions, starting out from pasadena area, planning on the 101 up through SF most likely? or maybe give SF city a miss and go around then up the coast to crescent city, then pop over to grants pass and grab the 5 for the last leg up..

anyone else heading that way around then?

i'm going to be riding my new-to-me kawasaki vulcan drifter 800