SPOKANE Area Riders

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by PNW Buttercup, Aug 13, 2010.

  1. Live2Ride

    Live2Ride Not Famous

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    As you are riding south thru Colfax, a block before the Arby's, take a left (at the stop light). It's only a 17 mile ride to Palouse, but its a VERY COOL 17 miles. But then again, I'm a simplton. :1drink
  2. DiamondLie

    DiamondLie Banned

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    HWY 272 (Canyon Rd.?) As you turn left onto this road you were on does it head STRAIGHT UP vertical out of town rather quickly? Think I know the route. Or, just looking on my maps now I see that the Palouse River Road looks interesting too.
  3. Dr. Hemlock

    Dr. Hemlock Honky Mofo

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    Headed from Spokane to Steptoe Butte on Hwy 27 - about noon picked up a screw in the rear tire, which left me stranded south of Fairfield. No cell service. Started walking until I got a signal. Wife picked me up, drove to Spokane for my trailer, then back to Fairfield where I had ridden on 10psi thanks to my little Slime compressor ($9 clearance at Target). Loaded the GS then north toward home when we saw a few motorbikes roadside. One bike disabled so we offered to haul it on our trailer. Right place - right time. Felt good to help a fellow motorcycle traveler.

    First flat for me. I had tube patch kit and some tools...but not the correct wrenches and no inflation device. So tomorrow I'll fix the flat, get my tool kit sorted, and hope for good weather next weekend. Live2Ride: Will give that Colfax-to-Palouse road a try. Last weekend I rode to the Snake River via back roads. Only saw three motorcycles all day. Today I saw well over 50 bikes on the road.
  4. FloorPoor

    FloorPoor Been here awhile

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    Tim, I just wanted to chime in and say thank you! We had a nice lazy Sunday ride, on good roads, through pretty country, in beautiful weather. And then finished up with a nice dinner and nice visit with you and your family, I'm humbled by your hospitality. It was great.

    You guys are blessed to have good paved routes nearby, every paved road within about 50 miles of my house is flat and strait and boring, that's why I've become such a dirt junkie. Hopefully I'll be able to make it up this way a little later in the season so I can check out the endless forest service roads you guys have seem to have around here.

    THANK YOU!

    BTW. IMHO, the best paved road ever trophy goes to hwy 97 on the east side of the lake:ricky

    You guys better get over there and tear it up before this nice weather has that road plugged up with slow minivans, Suv's and RV's. I have a feeling that riding that road during peak summer season would be very frustrating.
  5. Kootenai Rider

    Kootenai Rider Gentleman of Liesure

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    Fix't for accuracy.
  6. XR4EVER

    XR4EVER 919 excuses to ride!

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    Good find. :clap Wiring gremlins are the WORST!!
  7. FloorPoor

    FloorPoor Been here awhile

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    :lol3 I forgot about the slow cruiser guys:lol3
  8. DiamondLie

    DiamondLie Banned

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    Yeah...because a KLR is such a wicked fast machine??? :huh
  9. Live2Ride

    Live2Ride Not Famous

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    I hear they tear up sport bikes in the twisties. :ear
  10. Kootenai Rider

    Kootenai Rider Gentleman of Liesure

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    I have personally seen 3 KLR's, a Ninja 250, and a GS650 take on two super dukes and a Triumph Speed Triple in the twisties... :evil

    A KLR vs a Yamaha V-star 650 BTW is no contest.... KLR all the way...
  11. XR4EVER

    XR4EVER 919 excuses to ride!

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    You don't have to worry about passing the Harley's... They pull over every mile or so to tighten all the loose nuts and bolts. :lol3
  12. Kootenai Rider

    Kootenai Rider Gentleman of Liesure

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    Don't forget topping off the oil.
  13. XR4EVER

    XR4EVER 919 excuses to ride!

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    I used to work with a guy who SWORE a Gold Wing could out-corner a GSX-R 750. :huh

    Pretty safe to say -- the talent of the rider is more important than limitations of the bike. :deal
  14. EmptiMind

    EmptiMind Stoopid Youngin'

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    I only have to stop every hour to tighten the bolts! (Buell)
  15. DiamondLie

    DiamondLie Banned

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    EVERY time. Generalizations and stereotypes make me mad. The Harley guys sound just as dumb when they slam everyone else who's not on an HD. That being said I personally know several guys who are C R A Z Y fast and smooth on a cruiser. Heck, I might be one of them. :evil
  16. FloorPoor

    FloorPoor Been here awhile

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    KLR's ARE slow, but not necessarily slow in the twisty's :D

    On the other hand, every time I've tried to ride a cruiser spiritedly on curvy roads, I ended up dragging hard parts on the ground. Things like floorboards, pipes, and primary covers. So, obviously, those things don't seem to be built with cornering in mind.

    Anyway, I did say slow cruiser guys, not all cruiser guys. I didn't mean to hurt your feelings.:rofl
  17. Edwards

    Edwards Gravel Eddie

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    I agree on the generalizations, everyone rides differently and that's the fun part of it. The best bike is the one you ride.

    I was there when the Dukes took on the KLR's and one big dude (with some skills) on a KLR schooled them sport bikes on some of the corners, the straights were a different story however. :huh
  18. Kootenai Rider

    Kootenai Rider Gentleman of Liesure

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    Yeah, but remember, any a-hole can go fast in the straights.

    Come to think of it, those "punk kids on sport bikes" that day I believe were all older than anyone in our group, and one of them might have been related to someone else we all know....
  19. Wansfel

    Wansfel 50+ yrs on 2 wheels

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    Speaking of which we (pair of KLRs) headed north on the East side of the lake about a year ago slowed down to check on a gaggle of them south bound but parked consoling one of thier own who had slid across the road into our borrowpit. Probably had something to do with the left over sanding material. No real pain, just bruised ego and paint.
  20. DiamondLie

    DiamondLie Banned

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    No worries...you didn't. I'm not a cruiser guy anymore anyway seeing as I just watched my HD Road Glide disappear out of my driveway this morning after a guy put a stack of $100 bills in my hand. Truthfully though...I am sorry to see her go in many ways. Say what you will about Harley's but they make a pretty refined product nowadays. That big touring bike surprised me (and then many of my riding buddies) with how well she hustled through the corners. And cruising down the Interstate in comfort...fuhgettaboutit!

    Now Harley RIDERS on the other hand are a whole 'nother story. I find they are usually NOT a very refined product!! :lol3