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Old 05-05-2013, 08:49 AM   #1
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Coos Bay. Flags... Gotta have 'em?

We are doing a big DS ride this month with Coos Bay being our turn around. We are planning on hanging out in Coos for a full day and wanted to go out on the dunes. What is the deal with the flags? Are they manditory? Where can we buy them in town? We are not planning on ripping the dunes all day, we just want to ride on the beach a little. Also, what is required as far as ohv fees or stickers? We are all on plated Ca bikes.

Side info: What are some cool "gotta see" (or do) in Coos? My buddy is judging a BBQ cook off at the casino, but the rest of us are free for the Saturday. I'd like to ride out to the ship wreck N of town I heard about. Other than that, we will be lost in Coos for a day. Thanks for the tips.
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Old 05-05-2013, 09:02 AM   #2
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Flag, OHV sticker and 92 DBs. There is a off road drivers license you get at in "Oregon Parks and Recreation Department:ATVs"

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Old 05-05-2013, 09:11 AM   #3
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Flag, OHV sticker and 92 DBs. There is a off road drivers license you get at in "Oregon Parks and Recreation Department:ATVs"
They'll check you for that "license" if you get stopped for something. Over a $200 fine if you don't have one.

It's here - http://www.rideatvoregon.org/
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Old 05-05-2013, 09:13 AM   #4
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Yes Flags are mandatory as is a valid offroad sticker. Your California sticker is accepted. Shipwreck viewing depends on the winter storms and sand movement. There are some cool things buried in the beach but if mother nature doesn't dig them up for you, you won't see a thing. As for cool things to see. It is hard to go wrong in any direction except west. If you go very far west the view gets very aquatic. If you just want to ride on the beach, go south to Whiskey Run Beach. No dunes there just beach. I like Seven Devils rd from Charleston to get there. Winchester staging area south of the jct of hwy 101 and hwy 42 has some cool trails.

Oh yea...that dumbass "license"......what the other guys said. I have one and the only people that have asked to see it are other riders who have never heard of it...so far.
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Old 05-05-2013, 09:53 AM   #5
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You have to have the dirt license even on a plated bike?
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Old 05-05-2013, 10:08 AM   #6
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You have to have the dirt license even on a plated bike?
Yep...as soon as you leave the pavement. Same thing goes for the Offroad sticker.
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Old 05-05-2013, 10:33 AM   #7
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Wow, I thought my state has some B.S. rules. On the OHV site it states that the license allows you to operate a class I to class III ohv. Well my bike is a on road licensed vehicle. I can understand in an ohv park, but any dirt road? What about a truck or jeep or car for that matter? In Ca my bike has the same access as a car, until you ride in an ohv park/trail.

We dont want to ride the trails at the dunes, we just want to get on the beach a couple times with the bikes. Can you drive a truck on the beach without all the stickers, flags and license? If not, we can find other things to do, just thought it would be cool.

Oh, I Read that they removed the shipwreck I wanted to see, oh well.
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We dont want to ride the trails at the dunes, we just want to get on the beach a couple times with the bikes. Can you drive a truck on the beach without all the stickers, flags and license? If not, we can find other things to do, just thought it would be cool.
The way I understand it, you need it to ride within the OHV area boundaries. If a Forest Service, BLM, or other road is not inside said boundary you just need to be street legal. So I guess it depends if the beach is within the boundary or not.

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I have one and the only people that have asked to see it are other riders who have never heard of it...so far.

Me either, but I don't ride at the dunes. The questions are definitely geared toward the dunes riders. I assume that's where the largest # of injury statistics come from.
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Yep...as soon as you leave the pavement. Same thing goes for the Offroad sticker.
I'll be damned. Good thing I ride fast I guess.
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Old 05-05-2013, 03:39 PM   #10
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Wow, I thought my state has some B.S. rules. On the OHV site it states that the license allows you to operate a class I to class III ohv. Well my bike is a on road licensed vehicle. I can understand in an ohv park, but any dirt road? What about a truck or jeep or car for that matter? In Ca my bike has the same access as a car, until you ride in an ohv park/trail.

We dont want to ride the trails at the dunes, we just want to get on the beach a couple times with the bikes. Can you drive a truck on the beach without all the stickers, flags and license?
All required plus fire extinguisher in my land cruiser. The dunes are pretty sweet for an hour, but without a paddle tire you're just in for a lot of exercise. ...
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Old 05-05-2013, 06:01 PM   #11
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The dunes are pretty sweet for an hour, but without a paddle tire you're just in for a lot of exercise. ...
Yeah, we dont want to kiil ourselves or the bikes. We got a long way to go to get back home. 2 days up and 2 days back, as much dirt as I could find via Google and Garmin.

Any "gotta try" eats or drinks in town? Live Tunes? Never been to Coos Bay.
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Old 05-05-2013, 06:12 PM   #12
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http://www.silverpointoysters.com/aboutus.html

This is a stop we make when passing thru- probably better local knowledge will pop up.
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Old 05-05-2013, 06:39 PM   #13
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OR dune-user regulations also require a can of Lemon Pledge carried within plain sight of LEOs.
It's known to us locals as ODP aka Oregon Discovery Pledge.
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Old 05-06-2013, 10:29 AM   #14
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what OMB said,,go south young man!
the south coast is the best, and yes you can ride on the beach at Whiskey Run,,one of the last areas you can just ride down and go, lots of cars get stuck every year, so "they" will likely squash that one too, go now!
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