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post #1 of 58 (permalink) Old 8-29-2007, 3:02 PM Thread Starter
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Thought I would throw this out there... Any Puget Sound riders in here? I see a ton of bikes on the road, but few EX500's.
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Thought I would throw this out there... Any Puget Sound riders in here? I see a ton of bikes on the road, but few EX500's.
That's my original riding grounds... up & down I-5 between Bellingham & Longview.
Ah, the late 70's... those were the days, my friend, I thought they'd never end...

Did my student teaching at Alderwood Manor Jr High (Just So of the I-5/405 junction).

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Thought I would throw this out there... Any Puget Sound riders in here? I see a ton of bikes on the road, but few EX500's.
A friend of mine's stepson lives in Bellingham. He's got an '02 Ninja.

A couple of weeks ago, he rode down I-5 to visit his mom and my friend (in Oregon), and we all went for a ride together, my son on his 04 ninja, my friend's stepson on his Ninja and me and my friend on our BMW's.
It was a great father/son experience.

I'll send him to this site, I know he'd like to find some people to ride with up there.
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Thought I would throw this out there... Any Puget Sound riders in here? I see a ton of bikes on the road, but few EX500's.
A friend of mine's stepson lives in Bellingham. He's got an '02 Ninja.

A couple of weeks ago, he rode down I-5 to visit his mom and my friend (in Oregon), and we all went for a ride together, my son on his 04 ninja, my friend's stepson on his Ninja and me and my friend on our BMW's.
It was a great father/son experience.

I'll send him to this site, I know he'd like to find some people to ride with up there.
Definitely do that. I have another friend who lives in Bellingham and who's always bugging me to join him for a ride.
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Sarcasmo.... I like the name!

I thought of the voices as... something a little different from aliens. I thought of them more like angels... It's really my subconscious talking, it was really that... I know that now.<br />&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; John Nash ("A Beautiful Mind") Nobel Prize http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/economics/laureates/1994/
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(raising hand) I do! Edmonds area and Eastside. All of my riding buddies are Harley riders. It sure would be nice to find a group from here to take some day trips with.
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Edmonds... I did my student teaching at Alderwood Manor JHS back in '79.

I thought of the voices as... something a little different from aliens. I thought of them more like angels... It's really my subconscious talking, it was really that... I know that now.<br />&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; John Nash ("A Beautiful Mind") Nobel Prize http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/economics/laureates/1994/
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I'm in Gig Harbor and I know there's another dude on here from Shelton.

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I just joined and live in Olympia.
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I'm new, and I'm in Kirkland.

I'm starting to see lots of bikes coming out for the spring, including some that look like ninjas to me.
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I'm starting to see lots of bikes coming out for the spring, including some that look like ninjas to me.
My dad calls those the solar powered bikes.

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yo.

Hey, noob here, riding out of Auburn whenever the roads are reasonably dry and it looks like it won't rain for an hour or two.

I've got an '83 KZ750L and the wife is currently raising heck on an '02 Derbi GP1. She's thinking about getting an EX500, though, and I think the new 250R looks good.

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Looks like we've got quite a few more people here. I should have been monitoring this thread a bit better. There was just a big meet last Saturday (yeah, the beautiful 80 degree day in April) at twinline cycles. A friend of a friend owns the shop and they specialize in vintage Japanese bikes - rebuilding them with a cafe flair. There were all kinds of bikes there from the local Ruckus club to a shiny MV Augusta F4.

I'll try to keep the PNW forum up to date with events as I hear about them.

As for the post from someone in Kirkland, you'll see a ton of bikes soon enough. I used to live downtown and in the summer all the squids ride to the TO for bike night. They strap on 6 or 7 discount drinks and ride off to take their lives in their hands. You'll see some pretty nice bikes there though.
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Belfair here... Old belfair Hwy
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I am a new rider and just got an ex500 a couple of months ago. Decided that as a rule will not ride in wet weather for now and also generally try to stay away from freeways. Does anybody have a list of not very long nice curvy rides in the Seattle / South Seattle area? Kind of rides that one can enjoy in the single hour in the day that it does not rain these days. One nice ride is up to Flaming Geyser State Park off 18 just east of I-5 and 18. Any other suggestions to short and fun rides will be appreciated.
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I am a new rider and just got an ex500 a couple of months ago. Decided that as a rule will not ride in wet weather for now and also generally try to stay away from freeways. Does anybody have a list of not very long nice curvy rides in the Seattle / South Seattle area? Kind of rides that one can enjoy in the single hour in the day that it does not rain these days. One nice ride is up to Flaming Geyser State Park off 18 just east of I-5 and 18. Any other suggestions to short and fun rides will be appreciated.
Don't think you'll find any if you are too afraid to hop on a freeway around here. Most the good roads are few and far between it seems like.

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I am a new rider and just got an ex500 a couple of months ago. Decided that as a rule will not ride in wet weather for now and also generally try to stay away from freeways. Does anybody have a list of not very long nice curvy rides in the Seattle / South Seattle area? Kind of rides that one can enjoy in the single hour in the day that it does not rain these days. One nice ride is up to Flaming Geyser State Park off 18 just east of I-5 and 18. Any other suggestions to short and fun rides will be appreciated.
I'm not exactly sure where you're located, but a ride around the perimeter of Mercer Island can be a joy. I'm not sure how you'd get there without hitting I-90 though. Check Soundrider.com. They have several pages of rides that have been documented and mapped out by members.
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Check out pnwriders.com to hook up with other riders and go on some good rides.
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Dang. You guys are making me homesick. I've been stuck in Spokane for 10 years but used to ride all over Kitsap, Jefferson, Mason counties, and the loop from Tacoma to Seattle and the ferry. I really miss the Hood Canal West side/South shore drive....Old Belfair Hwy is a good bit, too, great to let off steam on the way home from work
I miss being able to ride year round, too, even if it was in rain a good share of the time. Here the bikes sit in the garage at least 6 months a year except for non-white Christmas, when I go out to meet friends for a coffee and a bit of a ride...sort of like the Polar Bear Society, only on bikes.
I even have a bike on the wet side of the hill. Actually I bought a Ninja in February, picked it up at the dealer and hauled it to a friend's house in Gig Harbor, and it's been waiting there for my daughter to get her license, but I'm going to sell it (andybody want it for what I owe? $4400?) since she doesn't want anything she can't "flat-foot".
Anyway, back to riding. Some pluses about riding here over the old neighborhood is that the riding season are the drastically reduced traffic, no water barriers to restrict your direction, I can be virtually alone and riding twisties or sweepers within 15 minutes, and lots of loop routes for day or weekend rides with great roads.

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new to the forum, but i'm mostly on 167 from puyallup to renton...haven't ridden in a couple years, but just got it going again. I think i've only seen one or two 500's in all the years, definately a rarity to see another.
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yes washington riders!!
i live in ravensdale on the green river
only a few miles away from flaming geyser state park
the fun curvy road hes talking about is called green valley road
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I am a new rider and just got an ex500 a couple of months ago. Decided that as a rule will not ride in wet weather for now and also generally try to stay away from freeways. Does anybody have a list of not very long nice curvy rides in the Seattle / South Seattle area? Kind of rides that one can enjoy in the single hour in the day that it does not rain these days. One nice ride is up to Flaming Geyser State Park off 18 just east of I-5 and 18. Any other suggestions to short and fun rides will be appreciated.
Going up and down through Des Moines and Federal Way are good for a light ride. Avoid 99 and take 1st Ave al the way.

Yeah, rider here from Kirkland (late of Federal Way) although I only get to ride a couple months a year, like March and September, being a merchant marine.

As for the freeeway, if you get on 18 on the east side of Auburn and ride it up to 90 it's almost no traffic most of the day and a really beauti;0ful ride. The freeway is a bit nerve-wracking at first, but you'll get used to it. 18 there is a good place to practice unless you happen to be out on 101.

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u guys see on the news, that guy going E on highway 18 doing 140mph What an idiot...also read the paper that he said he was late for work. Good thing is we know it's not a 500 rider, i think our speedo tops at 140...lol
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I didn't hear that story, but what a douche bag... You wonder why we get profiled?

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Marysville here.
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