CX500 vs. The Gorge

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by el guapo nada, Sep 20, 2010.

  1. el guapo nada

    el guapo nada Been here awhile

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    So, I have decided to make a continuing saga out of the many amazing rides I have discovered around the Columbia River Gorge. I am remaining (for now) within the 50 mile diameter area - "my playground" - described in my initial post: (http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=620864)

    There are so many great roads, this may take awhile - but I am having a blast and I love sharing this amazing area with y'all....:thumb

    I will update regularly so keep checking back for new rides......:ricky :type :ricky :type :jump:jump

    a little background:

    My Ride: 1978 Honda CX500 with 20,000 miles, local barn find, paid $550
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    The Rides: Over 5000 miles logged (and counting) all within a 50 mile diameter of my house, an 80/20 mix of Paved/Gravel back-roads. The loop below is a rough outline of my playground.

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    "Upgrades": (in order) All fluids flushed/replaced; Inline fuel filter installed; New front tire; Black duct tape seat repair (2Xroll); New fork seals (wanted to add 20w to improve handling but was impatient and went with the 10w available, will upgrade eventually); New battery; Multiple carburetor cleanings; "Silhouette" windshield creatively mounted (detachable); New rear tire - Shinko E-705 Dual-Sport, one size up from stock; The "Pine Sol Surprise"tm; :knary

    ATGATT?: Of course.

    without further ado........


    Todays trip is probably one of the most "historic" rides in my playground - due to the road itself - the last little leg of the Old Columbia River Highway running between Mosier and The Dalles (aka The Rowena Loops) - it was designed not to exceed a maximum grade of 5% and curve radius of 200 feet, which apparently translates into some really freakin awesome motorcycle riding. :nod The return leg on 7 Mile also has some ridiculous curves backed by epic views. :wink:

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    Provisions:
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    I keeed. Bike:
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    The start of something beautiful........:clap
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    Fall is almost here
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    Rowena Crest from the bottom of the loops
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    In the middle of the loops, was trying to capture all the turns visible from here, but couldn't
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    Near the end of the loops, just below the crest
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    From the crest...Fun stuff!! :wink:
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    This corner is a blast!
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    See the white picket fences that line sections of the loops?
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    The gorge to the east
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    The mouth of the Klickitat river and Lyle WA to the north
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    I spy a new road over there to explore
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    Salmon run is on!
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    stupid fence......
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    Mt. Hood explodes into view just beyond this crest, but alas, I haven't yet taken any pictures when the weather was nice.....
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    This is also an incredible view in nice weather, the high desert plateau's of Oregon just stretch into forever
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    This is where my camera informed me it's memory was full....:cry
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    Hope you enjoyed todays somewhat soggy trip! :ricky
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  2. el guapo nada

    el guapo nada Been here awhile

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    Had to go out again today.....it's been raining all night and on and off this morning, but, the way I figure it, I don't stand a chance of doing a long journey if I can't get a little wet in my own backyard....:brow

    Todays ride is responsible for most of the 5000 miles I've put on the bike - I use it as my test track when I play at being a motorcycle technician. It is an amazing little loop, and I'm on it in less then 2 min. from my house. It's made me realize how special this area is for riding, and how special riding is to me. I have affectionately dubbed it: (this ended up having a dual meaning)

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    my name is "el guapo nada" :eek1
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    Let's get started! :ricky
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    proof that summer did happen here
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    nice kitty.....
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    my favorite corner in this section
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    The Klickitat Mtns in the distance to the north soaking up some rain. See the dump? :confused
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    same spot, looking to the south
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    and around the corner is.......
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    had to hold the bike up while taking this one
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    ...and this one
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    this is the succession of the uphill right in the 2 previous photos - this section always makes me feel like I'm in a race
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    mo-tardy....a decrepit schoolhouse in a field....slightly off the mapped route.....
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    that looks damp
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    water crossing!
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    narrowly avoided this bad-boy
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    this is where I speed test the bike...top speed so far is 120 mph.......really......well, maybe more like 89mph
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    yes.....yes, that definitely looks damp.
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    every time I pass this it makes me think "work in progress"
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    one of the many scenic corners in this section
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    same corner as above
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    break time!
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    such a pretty thang....
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    just behind my bike - 8 Mile creek
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    yes, it is dumping on me now
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    one of the coolest corners in this section
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    it's raining, it's pouring.....
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    .....the old man, he's snoring.....
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    .....bumped his head in the middle of the bed.....
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    ....and couldn't get up in the morning!....(same corner as above)
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    did 'em!
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    Dam!
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    barge on the Columbia, or rather "Lake Celilo", in the distance......:cry
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    The Dalles (means "the narrows")
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    There is a huge mountain there.....I swear!
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    Thats Sevenmile Hill in the distance, the hill I rode down yesterday
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    Traditional canti-levered Indian fishing platforms on the Columbia, just below the dam
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    heading north on 197 back to my "access" road
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    backtracking the first section of my ride...the sky was amazingly divided and just incredible to ride under
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    the racing section
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    this one is to prepare you for the next photo......
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    as the title suggests: a dump. (it was hidden behind a hill in an earlier photo)
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    Hope y'all had a great weekend! Thanks again for checking out my rides....there will be more to come.........

    :ricky :type :ricky :type :jump :jump
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  3. el guapo nada

    el guapo nada Been here awhile

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    ...I am fortunate to have 3 day weekends.....:D so I decided I would continue "documenting" today. NO rain for this ride, just about perfect weather as far as I'm concerned....what a way to spend a Monday.......:evil

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    Another old schoolhouse, this one in much better shape, near the beginning of 15 Mile[​IMG]






    gettin' out there..
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    love the exposed rock in the hills around here
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    Fairbanks, OR, or Ore. as the sign over the scoolhouse reads
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    Abandoned schoolhouse in Fairbanks
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    even got some swamp action
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    15 Mile creek runs parallel the road most of the time
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    trying to capture the Big Sky........
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    Oh deer....
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    this guy seemed so forlorn
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    this is my favorite run-down structure Iv'e found so far, makes me think of the Wizard of Oz, especially when the surrounding fields are all green
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    heading up Japanese Hollow to Pleasant Ridge
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    pavement ends eventually
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    on top of the ridge
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    starting to come down
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    Fall is definitely close
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    last little bit of gravel, freshly graded for me
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    the last section of pavement on this loop is super twisty, a ton of fun!
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    Thats all for todays ride! Have a good one! :rayof
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  4. Kinsman

    Kinsman Ribs....for her pleasure

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    Nice photos, guapo. Like the liquid cooled transverse v-twin too.

    I was born and raised over on the wet side; what's midwinter like in your country?
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  5. BusyWeb

    BusyWeb Adventurer

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    :clap :clap
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  6. Ladybug0048

    Ladybug0048 Bug Sister

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    Lots of good stuff in your neighborhood.

    Subscribed. :lurk
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  7. AZstrommer

    AZstrommer Long may she wave!

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    Great photos of great roads!

    I love the CX! I sold and serviced those over 30 years ago whenI was just a young pup. I've always wanted oneĀ…

    Ride on!

    AZ
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  8. [Red]

    [Red] Intentionally Left

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    Superb mate, great pics and a beaut bike, I'd love to find a cx500.
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  9. el guapo nada

    el guapo nada Been here awhile

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    Thanks all....glad your enjoying so far, there are many rides to come....stay tuned.....

    @Kinsman - These days it's anybodies guess, but typically VERY COLD with at least 1 or 2 snowfalls..sometimes more sometimes less....the Gorge can be quite unpredictable as far as weather goes......and with this global weirding...much more so....wouldn't surprise me if we launched back into spring......:D
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  10. 42

    42 Bokononist

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  11. JaxObsessed

    JaxObsessed Endeavor to persevere.

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    Man... I love your area!! Great pix and travels Guapo!! Rock on!

    Here is a bit from Gifford Pinchot NF just over the border in WA.
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  12. troutwhisperer

    troutwhisperer Adventurer

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    Great photos. Whoever designed/built those roads was a motorcyclist!!
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  13. el guapo nada

    el guapo nada Been here awhile

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    Glad you got to check out some of the beautiful PNW - there really is no other place like it! I can't wait to check out FS25, and this:

    http://www.wbcdr.com/Map - inmate fishkens turned me on to it, check it out, looks like a little 600 mile slice of heaven.......

    Thanks again Jax...
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  14. el guapo nada

    el guapo nada Been here awhile

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    Thanks troutwhisperer....do you really know how to whisper to them fishies??:D
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  15. Photog

    Photog Charismatic Megafauna Administrator

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    Neat pics! And add me to the list of CX500 fans. I borrowed one for a couple weeks way back when and loved it.
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  16. pdxbrit

    pdxbrit Been here awhile

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    I live just near Portland and I can't believe these awesome roads are so close to me! Clearly I need to start heading east instead of South. Hopefully this weekend I can get out and try some of of your routes.

    Keep up the good work! :clap
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  17. el guapo nada

    el guapo nada Been here awhile

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    :bow Thanks Photog! I never thought there would be even 1 CX fan, much less multiple :thumb ...I seriously tried my hardest to pick up a modern bike a couple of
    weeks ago (rear disk brake:tb dual front disk brakes:tb monoshock:tb anti dive front suspension:tb <50 hp:tb etc...etc..etc..) but since starting this thread, I have become quite content - stoked even - with my ride. Thanks again!


    Howdy neighbor! Yeah, I have been really blown away by these roads....as I started to "discover" them I kept thinking..."This looks just like all the cool stuff people post on ADV from 'exotic' locations"..there are times I literally can't believe I'm in The Dalles :huh Yes, definitely make your way over and check it out! PM me if you feel like trying to coordinate something....can't promise anything, as I think my wife has figured out that if left unsupervised, I would do this ALL the time.....:D
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  18. el guapo nada

    el guapo nada Been here awhile

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    ....and like most, I must work...:whip

    At least it'll be Friday, the weather's supposed to be great, and I'm going to :ricky instead of the typical carpool. I wanted to get the map up tonight so I could take pics and post some of the am portion of my commute early tomorrow...my workplace is located in the heart of the Gorge, right on the banks of the Columbia and I want to share a little of that too...have a good night! See you bright and oily for the:

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  19. Birdmove

    Birdmove Long timer

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    What a great area to ride in! Nice CX500 too. Have you ever seen a CX500 or CX650 Turbo?

    Jon
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  20. el guapo nada

    el guapo nada Been here awhile

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    Thanks! I have seen pictures of the turbos, but never ran across one...supposedly they are fire-breathers!!:hair
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