Peoria Riding?

Discussion in 'Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States' started by Glenngineer, Mar 5, 2013.

  1. Glenngineer

    Glenngineer Scooty Puff Sr.

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    Hey guys,

    I'm moving to Peoria for work this summer, and I'm wondering what the riding is like out there. I'm probably selling my DL1K and the wifes Ninja 250 prior to the move, and trying to figure out what the next bike will be.

    Compared to Boston, we're I'm from and currently living, it sure looks like a lot of flat, straight roads. Maybe the right time to get the cruiser bug out of my system? Is there any decent dual sporting close by? Twisties?

    Thanks,
    Glenn
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  2. QCGoose

    QCGoose n00b

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    You got it.

    Real twisties aren't found until you've gone as far north as Savanna.
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  3. 2whlrcr

    2whlrcr gooligan

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    If you want good riding around Peoria, you better buy a dirt bike, trials bike or TT bike.
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  4. dwthump

    dwthump Been here awhile

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    Grew up a bit north of Peoria but I can report there are tons of great ADV roads in the area. There is also a cool ride from Peoria to Henry along the Illinois river. You can go on forever, river town after river town. Get a KLR and put some knobbies on it and you'll be fine.

    Darren

    *It's a KLR, I'll catch up*
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  5. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    Send a PM to Critic. He is in a club there and can share a bunch of good information about riding in the area.
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  6. Glenngineer

    Glenngineer Scooty Puff Sr.

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    Thanks guys - the flat and straight sounds true, but having some good dirt is really exciting. I don't have that here, and I've always wanted a legitimate dual sport....
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  7. Critic

    Critic More or less!

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    I sent a pm or two or three. Sorry, satellite is not Hi-speed internet!

    Back to PIA. You can start by going to www.peoriatt.net This will take you to the PMC site (Peoria Motorcycle Club).
    Then you can look at:
    www.brushyridgemotosports.com
    Leaf River DS and Enduro
    Cow Patty and Bitter End DS's
    Geneseo, IL DS and Enduro

    Peoria has dirt, road, cruiser, touring, racing, corn and beans. If you are an AMA member, look at the event schedule for Illinois.
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  8. Backwaterdogs

    Backwaterdogs Adventurer

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    There are a 'few' decent roads around peoria, but not much.

    I live in the area and have a couple DR 650s that my son and ride. We usually stay west of Peoria as there are some good paved county roads, with some hills and twists, especially over in Knox Co...just gotta find 'em.

    We did take a longer trip up north...Someone mentioned savannah, which is great...just north of there is a town called Galena, some pretty good riding around there. and just north of Galena in SW Wisconsion(an easy day's ride) there are tons of fantastic roads everywhere.

    As far as bikes, plenty of cruisers around the Peoria...no shortage there...but, my other bike is sport bike and my main daily commuter.

    PM me ... I might can show you some roads close to peoria that are great for a dual sport or a cruiser.
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  9. Spaceman3750

    Spaceman3750 Aggravating as Hell

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    I was going to recommend that road. I hit part of it last year and had fun, there were several dirt trails heading up the hills that made me wish I was on a KLR.
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  10. nickgindy

    nickgindy KLR Basher

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    I have alot of family from Pekin area so I'm tuning in.
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  11. Critic

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    Glenn, Another point about the Counties around Peoria is strip mines. Illinois is full of coal, so it has many years of strip mining in the near past. The result is a lot of lakes, mounds of earth and curving roads, which are former hall roads within the mines.
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  12. Feo

    Feo Gordo no más.

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    I moved here (Washington) in November, so I haven't had much riding time to explore. My job takes me to some of the smaller towns from time to time, so I'm scouting that way. :lol3

    My co-workers are all cruiser riders (except for the one with his own motocross course :lol3).

    I'll be putting new coils on the Capo tomorrow, then a chain and it'll be ready to find some gravel roads.

    Any pointers would be appreciated.
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  13. Critic

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    Start by going over to the river on 24, then up 29. There are several roads going up and down the bluffs from Spring Bay all the way to 180. The same is true on the other side of the river. You can go up one and down another with good connecting roads between them. Once spring hits, riders meet at the Shell station next to Jonah's rest. 7:30 ish (7-8). Blast off time is 8 am. Ride for 1 to 2 hours ending at a place to eat. Also, we meet up all winter long at Rendezvous rest. in Creve Coeur between 6 and 8. The food is ordered at 8, usually 6 to 8 guys.
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  14. Feo

    Feo Gordo no más.

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    Thanks.

    It may be couple weeks before I have the time, but you'll see me out. Gotta shake it down before I head back to TX for a couple weeks in April.

    :thumb
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