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Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 04-05-2007, 09:17 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 518
Posted By Ryan A
New Trail Bike

It's been a difficult but enjoyable process over the past few weeks as I've tried to figure out what would make the best trail riding bike for me. I've looked at KLR's, KTM's, BMW's, and Suzuki's....
Forum: Layin' down tracks 04-02-2007, 07:07 PM
Replies: 930
Views: 121,828
Posted By Ryan A
GPS unit?

I'm looking for a GPS unit that I can swap between my mountain bike and motorcycle. Any suggestions?
Forum: Ride reports 03-31-2007, 05:51 AM
Replies: 5,363
Views: 1,931,265
Posted By Ryan A
Rudeness is a weak man's imitation of strength....

Rudeness is a weak man's imitation of strength. Don't let the bastards grind you down - they're just weak people who don't know how to deal with their own pain and choose to try to sabotage others'...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 03-29-2007, 07:31 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,302
Posted By Ryan A
I'm sorry I didn't make it down for this one......

I'm sorry I didn't make it down for this one... had (have) a ton of work to finish up tonight. :(
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 03-26-2007, 04:17 PM
Replies: 2,546
Views: 141,488
Posted By Ryan A
This place is free...

This place is free (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tent_City_4_(King_County,_Washington))

:rofl
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 03-25-2007, 07:27 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 953
Posted By Ryan A
First, welcome! Second -- and I say this as...

First, welcome!

Second -- and I say this as a long-time cyclist (road and mountain) who has put in countless 100+ mile days in the bicycle saddle -- it's a different (and worse) kind of sore butt...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 03-25-2007, 03:35 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 5,003
Posted By Ryan A
I just took my wife out last night to Alligator...

I just took my wife out last night to Alligator Soul (http://www.alligatorsoulrestaurant.com/) in Everett. How we've lived here since 2000 without visiting this local gem escapes me. This place...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 03-25-2007, 01:44 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 25,548
Posted By Ryan A
I'll have to check out the Exped stuff when my...

I'll have to check out the Exped stuff when my Thermarest Ultralight (bought in 1998) wears out. So I guess that'll be about 2015. :D
Forum: Equipment 03-25-2007, 12:18 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,871
Posted By Ryan A
I really hate the way Joe Rocket jackets fit (in...

I really hate the way Joe Rocket jackets fit (in that they don't). I do use the Joe Rocket Ballistic pants, however, which do a great job for the price - -they're about 1/3 the price of more...
Forum: Equipment 03-25-2007, 12:12 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 838
Posted By Ryan A
There's a good thread on this topic up in the PNW...

There's a good thread on this topic up in the PNW regional forum (http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=172595).
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 03-25-2007, 11:39 AM
Replies: 124
Views: 25,548
Posted By Ryan A
The Kermit Chair looks good for truck camping but...

The Kermit Chair looks good for truck camping but I'm a big advocate of packing light and multi-purpose whenever possible. I'm not a fan of big things like that hanging off my bike.

Thermarest...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 03-25-2007, 09:29 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,467
Posted By Ryan A
Mountian bikers aren't allowed to get pissed. ORV...

Mountian bikers aren't allowed to get pissed. ORV usergroups are mountainbikers best friends because of common interest in access advocacy and trail maintenence. Any mountin bikers that get their...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 03-25-2007, 09:27 AM
Replies: 3,240
Views: 293,201
Posted By Ryan A
Further north. :rofl

Further north. :rofl
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 03-25-2007, 09:25 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,549
Posted By Ryan A
While it's true they are funded through federal...

While it's true they are funded through federal taxes, it's not entirely accurate to say they exist solely because of federal tax dollars. They really rely on useage fees to keep the ranger stations...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 03-24-2007, 10:10 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 907
Posted By Ryan A
No secret spots in my head -- it's been about 4...

No secret spots in my head -- it's been about 4 years since I've been out on the trails up there on a mountain bike -- never paid attention to any posted signs that time :evil

My dad tells...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 03-24-2007, 08:21 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 907
Posted By Ryan A
I don't live in Spokane, but visit fairly often....

I don't live in Spokane, but visit fairly often. Aren't there some pretty cool trails up near Loon Lake?
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 03-24-2007, 08:14 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,467
Posted By Ryan A
Is Captial Forest (Olympia) still open to ORV?...

Is Captial Forest (Olympia) still open to ORV? Back in the early 90's I used to mountain bike in the Captial Forest all the time and was constantly dodging crazed motorcyclists. There used to be some...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 03-22-2007, 05:58 PM
Replies: 2,546
Views: 141,488
Posted By Ryan A
How many beers do we have to buy you for...

How many beers do we have to buy you for test-rides? :D
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 03-21-2007, 08:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 573
Posted By Ryan A
Good lord people around are generous with their...

Good lord people around are generous with their bikes! Maybe after we've had a chance to meet up at one of the MAG's or, better yet, ride together, I'll see about taking you up on your offer. I'll...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 03-21-2007, 07:20 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 573
Posted By Ryan A
Thanks for the lead, I'll check them out. ...

Thanks for the lead, I'll check them out.

I'm not sure. I've read that the 'strom is more like a 90% road 10% gravel type of bike. Since all of my riding is on the road right now, that sounds...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 03-21-2007, 05:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 573
Posted By Ryan A
DS rentals?

Are there any shops in the Seattle (or north) area that rent DS bikes? All my motorcycle experience is actually on street bikes -- I'd like to see how much dirt I'm going to have to be able to get...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 03-20-2007, 07:51 PM
Replies: 2,546
Views: 141,488
Posted By Ryan A
I'll hold the good stuff back for later - give...

I'll hold the good stuff back for later - give folks motivation to buy a round or let me win at darts!
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 03-20-2007, 07:46 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,155
Posted By Ryan A
Even NE Portland is just a short (I forget what...

Even NE Portland is just a short (I forget what they call the BART jr they have there) ride from downtown -- I love downtown Portland, I think it's the best on the west coast. And I say that as a...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 03-20-2007, 07:20 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 357
Posted By Ryan A
Perfect Afternoon

When the day began with driving rain which turned to a heavy mixture of rain and snow I thought my plans to pick my bike up from its valve and belt job up at Skagit would have to be scrapped once...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 03-20-2007, 07:16 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,155
Posted By Ryan A
Greetings from one noob to another, Shawn....

Greetings from one noob to another, Shawn. Sheesh, NE Portland, eh? Are the bullets still flying in the part of Portland? I spent some time there in the mid 90's and man was that a nasty place. Of...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 03-20-2007, 07:07 PM
Replies: 2,546
Views: 141,488
Posted By Ryan A
I plan to show up on my Monster :D

I plan to show up on my Monster :D
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 03-19-2007, 06:12 PM
Replies: 2,546
Views: 141,488
Posted By Ryan A
Hey Bra, Spam Musubi is da kine! :D

Hey Bra, Spam Musubi is da kine!

:D
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 03-19-2007, 04:40 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 972
Posted By Ryan A
Ha -- I've actually found most of the Goldwing...

Ha -- I've actually found most of the Goldwing types I've encountered to be pretty friendly. You know, you meet the nicest people on a Honda :rofl

I used to ride the STP (bicycle from Seattle to...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 03-19-2007, 04:33 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 5,003
Posted By Ryan A
Even if it is a tourist trap, I actually do enjoy...

Even if it is a tourist trap, I actually do enjoy the BBQ at Dixie's BBQ in Bellevue.
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 03-19-2007, 04:27 PM
Replies: 2,546
Views: 141,488
Posted By Ryan A
Maybe after a few meetups I'll like you guys...

Maybe after a few meetups I'll like you guys enough to make you some spam musubi then :D
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 03-19-2007, 04:25 PM
Replies: 3,240
Views: 293,201
Posted By Ryan A
Duke's Chowderhouse on Ruston Way (Tacoma) is a...

Duke's Chowderhouse on Ruston Way (Tacoma) is a good bet.

Anthony's at Pt. Defiance (Tacoma) is also a nice spot.

Engine House No. 9 (also Tacoma) is a great spot filling station too.
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 03-18-2007, 06:18 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,361
Posted By Ryan A
April 6th in SW WA? I hope everyone has good...

April 6th in SW WA? I hope everyone has good raingear!
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 03-18-2007, 06:16 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 5,003
Posted By Ryan A
Oh, if we're going to include Seattle, we've got...

Oh, if we're going to include Seattle, we've got to include Duke's Chowder House. I love that place.
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 03-18-2007, 05:34 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 5,003
Posted By Ryan A
Good Eats and Drinks

The ADV meetup threads got me interested in swapping places to eat and drink so I figured it might be a good idea to start a thread for PNW folks to share their favorite places... it's always good to...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 03-18-2007, 04:37 PM
Replies: 642
Views: 33,667
Posted By Ryan A
Sounds like a plan!

Sounds like a plan!
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 03-18-2007, 04:04 PM
Replies: 642
Views: 33,667
Posted By Ryan A
Thanks for the invite, Cob. I must just take you...

Thanks for the invite, Cob. I must just take you up on that unless we happen to meet up at Redhook or The Eagle first. :D
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 03-18-2007, 04:02 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 972
Posted By Ryan A
I haven't been in to RIDE in Woodinville yet...

I haven't been in to RIDE in Woodinville yet either... maybe I'll take some time to stop in next time there's a beermeet at Redhook. :)

As far as usage, touring will definitely be a big part of...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 03-18-2007, 01:55 PM
Replies: 2,546
Views: 141,488
Posted By Ryan A
Longhorn Saloon & Oyster Bar...

Longhorn Saloon & Oyster Bar (http://www.pubcrawler.com/Template/ReviewWC.cfm/flat/BrewerID=1449)

Note of clarification: I'm still interested in checking out the place in Edmonds. :1drink
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 03-18-2007, 01:25 PM
Replies: 2,546
Views: 141,488
Posted By Ryan A
That's a nice spot, but why not just go the whole...

That's a nice spot, but why not just go the whole hog and hit Bob's Burgers in Fairhaven, Bellingham? Great burgers and beer and, better yet, it's at the end of Chuckanut Drive.

Seriously though,...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 03-18-2007, 01:09 PM
Replies: 642
Views: 33,667
Posted By Ryan A
Right you are, the Moto Guzzi V11 Sport...

Right you are, the Moto Guzzi V11 Sport (http://www.motorsports-network.com/MotoGuzi/New/SPRTy2.jpg) has quite a different look than that.
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