|04-20-2012, 09:33 PM||#1|
Joined: Oct 2009
KLR Portland to Tillamook and back the long way
First ride report here, and a new bike in the stable to top it off.
I just bought a 2012 KLR 650 with the hopes of taking the road less traveled, getting muddy and improving my off road ride skills from nothing to something. I also wanted to see if I liked the style of bike. I traded in a 1995 BMW K75 when I got my current steed, being a completely different style of bike at the least this was going to be a totally different feel.
Here is MR MOTO before any mud or many miles, about 100 miles since I took it off the showroom floor.
Being that I had Friday off, I started with a good breakfast of pancakes and sausage. As any self respecting adventurer would do I perused possible routes on my trusty navigational tool the Iphone. Being new to the whole dual sport scene, I have yet to get a GPS, but well get to that later :)
I headed west from Portland out HW 26 to HW 6 towards Tillamook. Near he top of the pass there is a turn off for Browns Camp which has a lot of Mtn Bike trails and OHV trails.
I decided to see what I and the bike could handle.
What I realized is that MR MOTO needs a new set of shoes.
I goofed around a bit more, followed HW 6 towards the beach a little further and found some other cool sights, but my stomach was grumbling and lunch was in the near future. I spotted this cool bridge over the Wilson river.
I reached Tillamook and drove a little further to the town of Oceanside and grabbed a bite to eat and a beer.
I started looking in to routes back and decided Id try to see if all the gates were open along the N. Fork of the Trask river. This river is great for stealhead and has an amazing twisty road leading up to the forest roads that go back over the coastal mtn range.
So with the route sort of planned I set off to see what I would find.
Here is a cool wooden bridge that I came across once I hit the forest roads.
There were many waterfalls along the N. Fork of the Trask like this one, many great views, and a total of over 50 miles off pavement. The road conditions were dirt forest roads packed with gravel, it was a little soupy in some areas and a little worn from a lot of winter snow in other areas.
at one point with no maps and no cell service I took a wrong turn, and although it added about a half hour I got to this high point with a great view.
I turned back to a fork and went the opposite direction and cam back the the right road. After about 20 miles I came upon this reservoir.
I didnt see another soul on my trip into the woods, which was good and bad. I still wasn't sure what kind of mileage I would get going slower and I also wasn't sure how far it would be. Another stupid thing is that I didn't have a patch kit of tube in case of punctures. One thing I did bring was a pair of running shoes in case I had to hoof it out.
Anyway I made it back no problems, had about 40 miles of pavement from where I came out in Yamhill back to Portland. That wine country is also pretty good for pavement riding.
Here's the finished product.
Impressions about the bike:
I like it a lot. It great fun to ride, easy to corner fast, and does ok off road. It needs more aggressive tires for muddy conditions but I believe the stock ones arent too bad for both on and off road riding. Im planning a longer trip to Utah and I think that the seat is going to kill me on that one. That and the brakes need to be upgraded for better stoping on pavement. Overall I think I could put a couple ten or twenty thousand miles on this bike, for now were up to 400.
till next time.
|04-20-2012, 10:21 PM||#2|
Joined: Jun 2010
Sparkly New KLR - Not Anymore!
Way to get that sparkly clean KLR dirty gotta luv it.
Looks like fun - you have some nice territory down there
|04-20-2012, 11:11 PM||#3|
Joined: Aug 2011
Location: St. George, UT
Nice first RR fitrider! Very worthy effort. Thanks.
Any decisions on side cases yet? Keep those photos coming.
RedRockRider - WR250R, TW200, Versys, Vulcan 900 LT, Zuma 125
Southwest Utah: Dual Sport Riding from St. George
|04-20-2012, 11:41 PM||#4|
Joined: Oct 2006
Location: Eyejamnotta Sanchez
Well done, great first report.
Let me know if you would like some company sometime.
Round Way Round, 2 months and several thousand miles on a WR250X
|04-21-2012, 12:12 AM||#5|
Joined: Oct 2010
Location: Portland...the newer one on the left side.
Nice write-up Fitrider. Sure like the look of that double black KLR. The more I ride my KLR the more I like it - it's a great exploration bike. I want to ride more in those area's this year also. In fact, heading to Jordan Creek tomorrow (See PDX Off Pavement Ride for other rides).
2011 WR250R, 2009 KLR650, 2004 KTM 450 EXC, 2000 R1150GS
Where Am I via SPOT (Code SCT)
|04-21-2012, 06:33 AM||#6|
Joined: Aug 2007
Location: Mt Hood mud flow
I can tell by these pictures.....he's in love already.
The places this bike is gonna take you.....
You're in for the absolute best time of your life, buddy Ride on !!
Ride OREGON First .com
"got no problem with keeping truly roadless areas as wild....
On the other hand, if it has been logged or mined and roads already exist,,
...then that land should be open for public use" (peterman)
|04-21-2012, 08:02 AM||#8|
Joined: Nov 2005
Location: Spokane Valley, WA (the dry side of the mountains)
Very nice. It looks like you have tons of fun ahead of you.
It doesn't look like anyone has invited you yet so I'll do it. Please consider joining us at the Hells Canyon Gathering in June. The link to the thread is in my sig. line.
Thanks for sharing your ride with us and letting you watch you getting your pretty new shiny bike all muddy and dirty.
Enjoying_today_because_no_one_is_promised a tomorrow
|04-21-2012, 11:17 AM||#9|
Joined: Feb 2010
Location: Vancouver, WA
Looks like a nice trip! I also take off sometimes forgetting something that I 'might' need if I have problems. So far hasn't been an issue, knock on wood!
There is also some really cool roads up here in the GP Natl Forest and that's close to you too. The problem up there is that there is still snow blocking a lot of the FSR's.
2006 BMW R1200RT
2006 KLR 688
|04-22-2012, 04:37 AM||#10|
Joined: Nov 2011
Location: Castaways Beach. QLD.
Yep, it does not take too long to knock that showroom finish off. ..good to see.
I agree the front brake does need a bit more bite. (especially if you have a lot of road bike miles up) Don't worry about that seat. I've done a couple of 1000km + days on my old girl & we are still on talking terms..
OUTBACK ODYSSEY on KLR, http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=744692
KLR....Great touring bike http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=750149
XR and KLR go walk abou thttp://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?p=19953940
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