Corvallis area riders

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by E-Bum, Oct 14, 2008.

  1. E-Bum

    E-Bum Been here awhile

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    So I was just wondering if there are any ADVers here who are in the Corvallis/Monmouth/Albany/other area? I'm a junior in mechanical engineering at OSU, so I'm in Corvallis for another two years (maybe less?). I was getting bored this week and thought that a ride would be a lot of fun if anyone knows any good places. I did Mary's Peak a week ago with my brother and dad, but they live in Portland... So, if there are any sunny weekends (fingers crossed), maybe we could meet up and do some rides?


    Oh and while I'm here, I may as well ask if there are any dual sport riders at OSU. I've seen a couple KLRs around...
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  2. 2much2do

    2much2do Motorpsychlist

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    There are several of us in the general area. I ride back and forth between Sweet Home and Philomath during the week, so if you're looking at the right time you might see me go by. The hills to the east are a good bet for riding until the snow closes them down. I hear there is plenty of fun to be had south of Mary's Peak as well, but I haven't explored that area much.

    -Wes
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  3. BrandonR

    BrandonR Been here awhile

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    I saw lots of DS bikes this Spring and Summer commuting. between Albany and Corvallis. I've been off the bike for a couple months due to injury but am starting to get back to it now.

    I'm not a student or faculty but I do work in connection to OSU.
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  4. E-Bum

    E-Bum Been here awhile

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    It looks like I will be passing through Philomath a lot on weekends to go to the mountains or to go to the beach. What do you ride 2much?

    Also, last weekend we saw what we thought was a 990 Adv coming up Mary's Peak as we were heading back down. An Adv'er perhaps?


    By the way, it's extremely easy to notice me. I ride a Zebra-painted Africa Twin. It's hard to miss...
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  5. BrandonR

    BrandonR Been here awhile

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    A nice pavement trip is to head down to Alsea Falls. There's lots of gravel roads out in the Coast range south and West of Mary's Peak (Siuslaw NF).
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  6. green08

    green08 GreenKLR08

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    I live in albany, I'm always up for a ride. I cant't do it this weekend it is ELK SEASON!( unless I shoot one opening day). Anyother time I'm good. I have been wanting to hit the high cascades before the snow comes, maybe get an overnight camp in. A friend at work just bought a KTM 630 and is in need of dual sport tires, so if he gets his tires we can all go for a exploration up to cascades.
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  7. E-Bum

    E-Bum Been here awhile

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    That would be cool. I'm in 3rd year of ME right now so I am extremely busy and probably wouldn't be able to do an overnight thing unless I got all my work done during the week.... But we will see.
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  8. Road Rash

    Road Rash Infamous

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    Alot of them were prolly some of us coming back from one of Raindogs events in Yachats last spring and summer :freaky
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  9. E-Bum

    E-Bum Been here awhile

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    I just went and did the Mary's Peak ride again with a friend on his CBR. The 34 section of it had the best curves and I'm wondering if the twisties continue if you don't turn off on Mary's Peak Road? It was a good day yesterday though, last bit of dry weather for a bit I'm guessing.
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  10. Zuber

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    Hey E-Bum, there's about a dozen or so dual-sport riders that are active in Corvallis. We just did a ride on Sunday (today) that basically made a circle around Mary's Peak on hard packed dirt two track. You start in Philomath, follow hwy 20, left on Woods Creek Rd, at the gate make a right, at the tee make a right, then get lost.

    It goes close to Burnt Woods, Harlan, Elk City, Alsea and back to Philomath.

    Get yourself a Siuslaw NF map and a Bench Mark Oregon Atlas. For the summer, get a Wilamette NF map for the cascades. You won't need more than those for a long time.

    You can make a great loop on pavement. Go out west on 34 to the berg of Alsea, Left on 201 (Lobster Vly Rd) for a mile, then left toward Alsea Falls. Just keep on the pavement and you'll end up in Alpine. This is a BLM Back Country By Way. Make a left in Alpine and you'll end up back in Philomath. Maybe take you 1 1/2 hour. Will take you weeks to forget it.

    We have a group of old farts that have lunch in Corvallis on Thursday at various locations. PM me with your e-mail addr. and I'll put you on the e-mail list.
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  11. alainmax

    alainmax ca vaut le detour !!

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    Hi E-Bum,

    sounds like some great options coming your way!!!:evil
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  12. 2much2do

    2much2do Motorpsychlist

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    I'm on a red R1200GS, usually with some side bags on it.

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  13. BrandonR

    BrandonR Been here awhile

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    Could have been, but were you on the road at 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM on a regular basis?

    I spent the day on Sunday out in the Siuslaw driving around so I now know a couple more roads out there that I didn't before. There's lots of DS opportunities out there.
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  14. BrandonR

    BrandonR Been here awhile

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    The curves pretty much end there as far as Hwy34 goes but there's some nice curves heading up to Alsea Falls too (watch for moss on the road though).
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  15. E-Bum

    E-Bum Been here awhile

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    Hm, I will definitely take a look at the Alsea Falls ride one of these days when my workload decides to cool off. Zuber, you have a PM :D.
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  16. raindog

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    swing by independent motorcycle repair in Philomath and introduce yourself to Jonas..he's an ADV'r

    Gravity's dog lives in Corvallis near 30th
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  17. peterman

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    I'd focus on exploring the cascades side of things this time of year. It won't be long before it will be closed by snow, then ride the coast range when the passes get snowed in.
    Have you ridden the 11 road above Green-Peter reservoir? It's paved all the way over, but is a really nice day ride, and will be snowbound soon. There are lots of gravel roads up there as well.
    As Zuber said,,Benchmark Oregon atlas,,I cross reference with the forest service maps for more detail. There are more miles of gravel than there are of pavement in Oregon, and lots of it interconnects with a short hop on pavement in between.
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  18. smilin jack

    smilin jack Grandpa Adventurer

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    E-Bum, I'll have to keep watch for you... as I work in Corvallis and ride my Honda CB250 "dual sport" to work every day. 70 mpg (+/- 5 mpg). I've been riding the coast range since 1965 on small street bikes that we used dual sport, with knobbies etc. I still have the 17" tire chain from my Suzuki 150 cc.

    We are a materials test lab located in Corvallis. An OSU physics prof stated our company nearly 20 years ago. We have lots of OSU alumni working in the lab.

    We went to Fort Rock over labor day and rode the desert gravel and sand roads. Even met an ADVrider and his friend at the motel in Christmas Valley.

    I'm getting ready for elk hunting next month but would be up for a Sunday afternoon ride. I'd like to hit Sisters, OR on Hwy 20 and ride over to Mt Bachelor on gravel roads before it gets closed by snow.

    Smilin Jack
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  19. E-Bum

    E-Bum Been here awhile

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    Thanks suggestions, peterman.


    Smilin jack, I could have sworn I saw an older, small Honda the other way on 3rd street (or maybe 4th.... its the one that goes through Corvallis and turns into 99 S) walking on my way to Safeway. Might have been you. If I see a CB again I'll give them the ADV salute. If I get a nod or something I'll know it was you.... If I come home with a black eye, I'll know it wasn't.
    And it won't be hard for yo uto spot me, as I'll be riding the Zebra Africa Twin.

    The Cascades seem like they would be really fun to ride through although I think a trip like that would warrant a couple day ride. Does anyone know when the passes generally close? Soon I'm assuming...
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  20. BrandonR

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    I only know one road that connects from Sisters to Cascade Lakes Hwy. It's tough to get around the wilderness area. There's some cool terrain on Green Ridge (over by Black Butte) that's worth checking out.
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