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post #1 of 8 Old 12-22-2016, 10:32 AM Thread Starter
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Hey guys! Figured I would finally join a forum. I have just over 30k miles on my 2013 zx636r and I've loved every mile. I currently work at a dealership in Seattle as well. If any of you guys are in Seattle let me know.
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I am so glad you don't work for State Farm, Jake.

Welcome.

At one time I lived in Puyallup, as well as Olympia, and owned a house north of Gig Harbor.... some of the best riding I have ever experienced.
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I love riding here.... Once you figure out how to layer properly to stay warm and dry!!!! I live in Kent/Covington but I work in North Seattle.
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Powered gear is key.

The Olympic peninsula offers a lot of good riding, if you tire of going east. Probably more accessible, this time of year.

I used to really like the sudden week or two of warmth in February..... made a nice change.
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"Basic stuff fellas. Use your head for something other than to break your next fall."

"There's this adage that we have 2 ears and one mouth so we should listen twice as much as we talk. Unfortunately with the Internet people have taken this old adage and turned it around. They have two eyes and 10 fingers so they think they need to post 5 times as much as they read. And since they have 10 fingers and one brain, they only have to think 10% of the time! "
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Yeah I have the oxford heated grips on my bike. That's all I have that is heated but I'll have to go out and explore the peninsula soon. I haven't gone out there yet but I've heard nothing but good things. Any specific road I should go on out there?
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If you ride along crescent lake, then head for the Sol Duc hot springs you do pretty well.

Closer to sea level, I really enjoyed riding along the Hood canal. Allyn, Bellfair, Shelton, maybe on down to Raymond for a really long ride.

The best part is the low number of people.... take the Mukilteo ferry, ride off north of Bremerton, head west. Can't go wrong.
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"Basic stuff fellas. Use your head for something other than to break your next fall."

"There's this adage that we have 2 ears and one mouth so we should listen twice as much as we talk. Unfortunately with the Internet people have taken this old adage and turned it around. They have two eyes and 10 fingers so they think they need to post 5 times as much as they read. And since they have 10 fingers and one brain, they only have to think 10% of the time! "
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I love riding here.... Once you figure out how to layer properly to stay warm and dry!!!! I live in Kent/Covington but I work in North Seattle.
Hello and welcome! I'm in the Kent area every now and then. I haven't ridden in that area yet, but I hope to sometime!

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Yeah I have the oxford heated grips on my bike. That's all I have that is heated but I'll have to go out and explore the peninsula soon. I haven't gone out there yet but I've heard nothing but good things. Any specific road I should go on out there?

I have First Gear Heat-Troller (infinitely adjustable) electric jacket & gloves. I never far/long without at least the jackets... even for those brisk mornings or cool evenings. Especially in the PacNW.

These aren't in 'your backyard', but they are fabulously great rides:
1) Starting @van couver, WA. Take SR14 E to Carson, WA (top off); here head N on Wind River Rd, the stay on main spur as it segued to FS 25 (becomes Rd). This route takes one between a natural gap that splits My. St. Helens and My Adams. It terminates@ Randle, WA@US12. This is the vastly less traveled 'backside' of Mt St Helens. I would strongly encourage you to take the spur roads (FS99) that to you to fascinating points of interest (Windy Ridge V.P.) inside the M.S.H. Nat'l Volcanic Monument... Bring a camera! You can dbl back on FS99, or utilize FS 26 loops back to FS25, but further N. Little known factoid: the Mt St. Helens volcano is about 30-mi W of the other Cascade Range volcanoes... Geologists cannot answer why. From Randle you can go W back to I5, or for a longer adventure head E and go N-NW on SR 123 thru the S entrance of Mt Rainier N. P. (road closed in winter), or go even further E and hook up w/SR410 to the E entrance to M. R. N. P. to Puyallup, WA.

2) Another option is to go E on SR14 to Underwood, WA & SR141, going N to Trout Lake. Here, go E on Trout Lake-Glenwood. At Glenwood, one has 2-options: a) Go S-SW on Glenwood-BZ Corner Rd back to Underwood. b) @Glenwood go E on Glenwood-Gloldendale Rd. This takes one to Goldendale, WA which is located on US97, via SR142.

Now a funny thing happened on the way... ... ... Yet another option is simply take SR 14 to Lyle, WA and head NE on one one the most enjoyable (moderately technical) roads in the Evergreen State! SR142, up {literally} the Klickitat River (I like it better going to the NE rather than SW; with that said, it 'rides' like two very different roads, depending on the direction travelled. So, once you 'reach the top' one can reverse the previous route discussed above, or continue over 3107 ft Satus Pass, which is a not hugely technical mtn road, but entertaining all the same. One comes out Horse Heaven Hills/Toppenish Ridge into to Yakima Valley. Unfortunately, it's on to US97/I-82. Your options are take US12 back to I5, or continue slightly N of Yakima, WA to Selah, WA where you can jump on the lovely SR821, thru the Yakima Canyon - which is a fabulous fly fishing piece of water. Now, one enters the small college town of Ellensburg (CWSU), and here you take I90 W to Seattle. Which for an Interstate freeway is still rather scenic going over 3022 ft Snoqualmie Pass.

Two other 'local' rides are Whidbey Island; take the Mulkiteo-Clinton Ferry (check crossing times and show up an hour+ prior to boarding). Whidbey is the largest island in Pueget Sound. You could spent a weekend+ and just tour the island. Note: the S portion of the island is the 'artsy' more 'liberal' half, whilst with Oak Harbour Naval Air Station on the far N end, it's the more 'conservative' half. It really is noticeable. Also of note, the ONLY bridge from the island to mainland is @Deception Pass State Park (N end)... Do yourself a favour and explore the park. But, this is of importance, it is a very narrow saltwater passage with winds coming off the Straight of Juan de Fuca. I would cross the bridge in the a.m., before the afternoon winds pickup. The winds are stiff enough to pancake you, so rider beware. Do not attempt in inclement weather, seriously! But don't let this advisory detour you from visiting the island. If in doubt, there's a ferry crossing to the W from SR20 to Port Townsend on the Olympic Peninsula as well as the previously mentioned one @clinton , which is brief and super easy.

My in-laws all live in the Puget Sound area, so I ride up there quite a bit. PM me if you want other options. The 101 Olympic Peninsula loop is great, the WA coast S of that to the Columbia River is a bit of a yawn.

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