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Old 05-03-2015, 09:23 AM   #1
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June: OR tour on a Grom

Hi guys!

I already posted some questions here a few months ago about OR State laws and 125cc.

Now that I've figured out what to do, I'm planning my trip.

I'm from Italy, I'll be riding a little Honda Grom for about a month and I'd like to discover the best of Oregon. I'll not have milage restriction and I'm going to do a big film of my trip; plus, I'm alone and completely free.

I wonder if you guys can suggest me some of the best roads in all over the State, plus I'm looking for friends who would like to share some miles/time/experiences with me.
I'm particulary interested about the ancient Oregon Trail tracks and places, the coast and eastern Oregon. Of course, I'd like to pass by all the main landmarks.

Meetings and events are another thing I'd like to join.

Thanks in advance
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Old 05-03-2015, 10:11 AM   #2
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What does a Grom get for MPG's? With a 1.45 gallon tank it may limit some options in the eastern part of the state without carring extra fuel. Not being negative on your choice of bike or trying to sway you from it. But fuel stops can be between 120 and 175ish miles apart depending where you are in eastern Oregon. (190-280ish KM)
Western Oregon and the coast shouldn't be a problem fuel wise. The entire state is beautiful, you can't go wrong!
There's this in June http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1028251
It's in a part of the state that you should not miss and a lot of great folks will be there.
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Old 05-03-2015, 10:58 AM   #3
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This is what I found: http://www.fuelly.com/motorcycle/honda/grom_125
By the way I'll certainly carry extra fuel in eastern OR areas, however if you guys have suggestions about where to go and fuel spots on that area I'll be very grateful!

Thank you for your advice, Wallowa Valley is in my roadbook and that event lasts for days, it can be done
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Old 05-03-2015, 12:16 PM   #4
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Where are you starting from and what day in June? You should really try to make that event you'll get lot's of suggestions first hand from riders that know the state well, and being to look at maps first hand with others will be very beneficial.

You'll hopefully have a few days on the road by then too to feel out what the Grom is capable of!

I know the SE part of the state well and live right on the border of OR and Idaho not very far from Wallowa Valley. I might be able to swing 3 or 4 days to show you across the desert to maybe like Adel, Lakeview, or Silver Lake. All depends where you want to end up.
From any of those towns you could work to the coast.

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Old 05-03-2015, 12:42 PM   #5
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Have you seen this Andrea? http://lanesplitter.jalopnik.com/thi...-to-1625358412
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Old 05-03-2015, 09:14 PM   #6
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Make sure you take time to visit this near Baker: http://www.blm.gov/or/oregontrail/ If my leg is healed up by the time you make it to the Ontario area I could hop on my Grom and show you a few Oregon Trail points of interest. Ruts, interpretive signs, etc.
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Old 05-04-2015, 12:32 AM   #7
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Yeah amazing, I wonder how can I contact that guy, if he's from Portland it could be really nice meeting him!

I'll arrive in Portland by the end of this month, late May. I'll get the bike during these day, so I'll start my tour probably the last week of May/first of June. I can make it to Wallowa in time for the event.

About SE Oregon, meeting people who know it well is what i should do before entering it. Of course it would be amazing riding some days with someone else! I can figure it out after Wallowa, thanks a lot Justin.

@trailraider: I'm very interested in history and ancient roads, hope you'll return soon in well shape, I'd really like to ride with another Grom (that's cool for my film). I'll pass by there for sure!
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Well even if we don't get a chance to ride together it would be great to meet you. I may be at the Wallowa event, I'll find you if I am. Shouldn't be hard!
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Old 05-04-2015, 07:36 AM   #9
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These two, Rob and Kath weren't on Groms, but they embraced the small bike spirit for sure. They are from Australia and traveled throughout South and North America last year. They stayed at our house while in Oregon. (We have moved since then.) You'll find many great people on this site are willing to help and open their homes to travelers like you as you go along.
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Old 05-05-2015, 05:01 AM   #10
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Hi guys, here's a first example of what I'll be doing:
http://i58.tinypic.com/6sbcat.jpg

Suggestion? What do you think about?
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I'm going to assume some of the sights you want to see from that map and make some google ones for suggestions.

Map 1 https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Port...1205!3e0?hl=en

Map 2 https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Maup...2617!3e0?hl=en

Map 3 https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Ente...5331!3e0?hl=en

Map 4 https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Plus...0622!3e0?hl=en


There's so much to see here. I lived in Oregon for 19 years and have seen much of it's beauty but not nearly all of it. These maps are just suggestions, but it'll keep you off the really big highways as much as possible and bring you through each diverse part of the state as well as great landmarks.

Note: some of the way points are random and only there to get the map to route on certain roads
A few roads are gravel but in excellent condition
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Old 05-05-2015, 08:15 AM   #12
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Hi guys, here's a first example of what I'll be doing:
http://i58.tinypic.com/6sbcat.jpg

Suggestion? What do you think about?
Misses a lot of the best the Coast has to offer. Misses the Red Woods.

In the desert section you will need to go to Fields for fuel and a burger and shake if you can finish it all.

You need to add the Avenue of the Giants to your list so you will need to see the South West corner. You will be glad you did.

The area around the Painted Hills is not to be missed.

You need more time.

I will be at Enterprise. I would be happy to go over maps with you.

The suggestions above are great ones too.
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I'm going to assume some of the sights you want to see from that map and make some google ones for suggestions.

Map 1 https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Port...1205!3e0?hl=en

Map 2 https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Maup...2617!3e0?hl=en

Map 3 https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Ente...5331!3e0?hl=en

Map 4 https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Plus...0622!3e0?hl=en


There's so much to see here. I lived in Oregon for 19 years and have seen much of it's beauty but not nearly all of it. These maps are just suggestions, but it'll keep you off the really big highways as much as possible and bring you through each diverse part of the state as well as great landmarks.

Note: some of the way points are random and only there to get the map to route on certain roads
A few roads are gravel but in excellent condition
These are great recommendations. I can add some details and help make this a really special trip for you. You will need to be able to go 225 to 250 miles without a gas stop in Eastern Oregon. Never pass a gas station out there without topping off.

You are going to have a great trip.
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These are great recommendations. I can add some details and help make this a really special trip for you. You will need to be able to go 225 to 250 miles without a gas stop in Eastern Oregon. Never pass a gas station out there without topping off.

You are going to have a great trip.
There's fuel about every 120 miles (or less) the way I have it mapped in the eastern part

I'm most likely going to be at the Wallowa gathering Saturday and Sunday.
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Old 05-05-2015, 08:38 AM   #15
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Andrea,
You really need a beer/taco/map session with the ADV guys here in PDX to adjust and suggest for your route and get you off some of the state highways.

Pick a Thursday or a Tuesday here in PDX before you head out of town and we will overdose you with cool places to visit and sensible/safe routing suggestions.

Mr Fish (and many others including yours truly) has done a bunch of this stuff on a loaded small bike and his input would be very useful.

In so far as safety is concerned, I suggest improving your visibility with something high like a flashing bicycle tail light on your helmet. The issue is you will be overtaken/passed hundreds of times by fast cars, RVs and trucks that may not see you depending on terrain and weather.

The coast is especially risky as it is a tourist route meaning the tourists are not looking at the road, they are looking at the ocean.

You will love riding around Oregon, it is fantastic place with a bike and some decent weather!
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