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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 7-27-2015, 10:53 PM Thread Starter
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Currently living on the Missouri side.
Currently working on the Kansas side.
Looking for group rides in the area.
(As soon as my bike is ready.)

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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 7-27-2015, 11:12 PM
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Re: Kansas City

I'm about the same. I live up by oak and Barry and work at college and Lamar.
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Is that NE KC? I'm in the S / SE metro area.

Also work in OP off College Blvd, near 69, only about 5 minutes away.

A colleague at work also rides, he has some awesome bikes. I just have my ol' Ninja but it's great, or will be when the mechanic's done with it.

After work I tend to get out of town, but during the day I could do the occasional group ride around lunch time in the OP area. Hour lunch or occasionally an extended lunch.

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During the week, something brief during the afternoon around lunch time. During the weekend, either day might be fine with the schedule but Saturdays tend to be better, and longer trips are possible then.

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Any areas or routes good for rides?

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Re: Kansas City

Hello Sean,
I just posted this on your Missouri thread but seeing that you are not getting much love there, I will repost here. Have you ever ate at Pat's Steakhouse in Rushville? I visited a buddy in Liberty years ago and we rode to Pat's for dinner one evening. Below is the approximate route we took then and is about 1 h 45 m one way. From memory we crossed one lake bridge and stopped for a picture moment and this route looks like that spot on Missouri W. Pat's was a great place to eat and not expensive. Let me know if you run this route and if Pat's is as good as I remember...
https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Libe...39.5306973!3e0

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Sorry I've been quiet Sean. I don't know many good roads locally
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It's all good Mgalutia. I've noticed ex-500's not as active as it was a few years ago, unless I'm just not visiting the active forums on the message board. No biggy, either way.

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Hello Sean,
I just posted this on your Missouri thread but seeing that you are not getting much love there, I will repost here. Have you ever ate at Pat's Steakhouse in Rushville? I visited a buddy in Liberty years ago and we rode to Pat's for dinner one evening. Below is the approximate route we took then and is about 1 h 45 m one way. From memory we crossed one lake bridge and stopped for a picture moment and this route looks like that spot on Missouri W. Pat's was a great place to eat and not expensive. Let me know if you run this route and if Pat's is as good as I remember...
I wonder if there's a more "curvaceous route". Most of the group rides I went on in the past were very similar to the one you have mapped out on that route linked above, a lot of straight-way paths and a handful of curvy ones. Although, that was in Illinois, and where I was at most of the roads were extremely boring. Flat land. North-South. East-West.

Speaking of group rides, I also like to keep them down to only a few people. I'm not a fan of massive numbers of motorcyclists taking to the road all at the same time. I've generally gone on group rides with only 1 or 2 other people or 3 or 4 other people.

I've never been to Pat's Steakhouse or Rushville. I'd like to, though. I may not be able to over the next month (or two tops), with the current schedule, but once the schedule opens up I plan on getting in as many road trips as possible before winter.

The map on "24200 Missouri 45, Rushville, MO 64484" - in satellite ("Earth") mode - shows that the restaurant is out in the middle of nowhere. Those are the best! And in street view, it looks like a house is right next to it, maybe the restaurant owners live there. That would be convenient. Walk next door to work every day. The restaurant sign, "Serving fine food for 40 years." Those are my favorite restaurants. They also tend to have the perfect combination of: 1) very good food, 2) a *lot* of food, and 3) at a low price.

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Blue Ridge could be another good one. On a map, it runs continuous for almost 1 hour. On the north side, there's a "Grandpa's Cafe" (9517 E US Highway 24, Independence, MO 64053). On the south side, there's a "Wing Lovers USA" (13164 State Line Rd, Leawood, KS 66209). Just take Blue Ridge Blvd the entire way in either direction.


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Sean, I was stationed in Omaha as a Navy Recruiter and only rode the area for fun that one time. All the other times that I have been through there have been interstate travel. You asked about curvy roads; do you ride dirt roads much? If so, then there are plenty in that area to try out. And even though the EX500 is not a dual purpose bike, it does do well on well maintained dirt roads. It will also increase one's skill level a tad once you get accustomed to the lack of traction that we have on pavement. You may give that a try to just to shake things up some.
And, if you want more twisty paved stuff, then find the old highways along the Missouri river heading north. Some of those are very challenging even though the elevation only changes 10-20 feet on the hilly portions. And as a bonus, you will find more of those old school eating joints along the way. Taking a full day on the weekend will reap many rewards. Now then, off ya go...

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Got to watch out on blue ridge as its gotten a little rough. Might drive it first. A lot of it is almost like innER city now. Out east of town are some fun roads. Take 210 hay for instance. From 291 to where it switches to 10 hwy going east, south to I-70 and back to town. There are plenty of fun roads in there. Go north of higginsville just to 24 and you'll find some fun back roads.
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Omaha's a few hours away but not out of reach. I could make it a weekend thing at some point. I'm quite fond of pavement but also don't have much experience riding on dirt roads. I just steer clear of gravel/rock roads. I took the bike out for a spin last night around random roads in my area, and accidentally came across a rocky gravel road. A quarter mile into it I decided, "yep, I'm going back to the pavement."

I do like twisty paved stuff. I've been told that north and northeast of the KC area are good for that. I'm always up for discovering a new old-school restaurant. Grabbing a bite at a place like that completes the trip.

I went through parts of Blue Ridge Boulevard the other day, there were a bad spots in the road in a couple areas, other areas appeared to have been somewhat freshly paved.

I'm not familiar with 210 or 10 but, hey, they're northeast of KC. More people are mentioning NE KC as good riding. I'm going to definitely have to get out there. I had to look up 10. Looks like north or Higginsville by 24 is a little community called Lexington.

There are some additional routes in the NE KC area that a coworker mentioned, I'll have to get those again, jot 'em down in here.

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If you remember the Battle of Lexington from you Civil War lessons, that town is where it happened. A fun ride could be to go to the battle field. Not much there but there are a few grave markers. I think there is also still a "Made-Rite" resturant there in town. It's loose ground beef on a bun. Not bad.
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I did not know people actually made a state park out of it...

https://mostateparks.com/park/battle...-historic-site

http://www.civilwaronthewesternborde...ttle-lexington

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Ba....8783104,16.63

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