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post #1 of 15 Old 02-26-2018, 05:27 PM Thread Starter
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Good morning,

I've been commuting year round for nearly a decade, but never offroad or even more than a couple short trips down very short gravel roads/driveways.

Now that I've picked up a K5 Vee I'd like to expand that a bit. At the same time I'd feel better starting small, since were out of SE Portland I'm thinking up the fire roads off 224 out past Estacada might turn the trick, but maybe the accumulated dwisdom here can point me in another direction..?

Thanks in advance, stay safe out there.

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post #2 of 15 Old 02-26-2018, 07:54 PM
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Welcome to the site. Iím sure some folks from out that way will chip Iím excited in soon. What were you riding before?

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Yes Welcome

I too am new to the Adv bike world and also the Northwest having moved here in July of 2017. I actually had not ridden for about 4 years as could no longer stand the traffic in SOCAL.

I have admired the V Stroms for many years and figured it would be the best type of bike for this part of the country. To be honest I personally have no intent of taking mine off road and with that in mind just installed a set of Michelin Pilot Road 4 Trail tires as I was looking for the best handling "road" tire I could find for the bike.

So while I won't be joining you on your off road adventures I wish you well with them.

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What were you riding before?


I've been riding the ZRX since late '14, I moved to it after cooking the top end of the '87 Intruder 700 I started riding in 2008, I loved the cruiser but when I sat on the Rex I had to get it.

I enjoy riding on the street and commuting on a bike is generally the highlight of my day, but I've always had light ADV riding in the corner of my mind and neither of my bikes thusfar were comfortable with that sort of experimentation. So I'm looking forward to seeing where I can go with a more willing machine.

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Tires will make all the difference on typical logging roads. Road tires are clearly the best over 80 mph, but make you feel like you are riding on marbles when you are on the hard packed dirt roads with loose rock scattered here and there. Deflating the road tires helps some off road, not much imho.

The common logic is buy an 80/20 (on/off road) tire if you are spending 80% of your time on road. I found the 80/20 solution excellent on road, but 1% useful off road as mentioned above.

The 50/50 tire (like a Mitas E-07) gave me the ability to drag a peg on dry roads, and great usability on logging roads. (80%?) and long wear. Its limitations are less stability above 85mph (think passing semis) and -presumably- less adhesion in the wet. Iíve ridden mine in everything in NW drizzle to heavy down pours and havenít had problems with the E-07s, but Iíve never tried to drag a peg in the wet, or ride as sporty as you are probably accustomed to. There are entire threads on ď50/50Ē or ďoff roadĒ tires on this site.

Youíll want to protect the header, and oil filter and cooler from stones. Skid plates vary from frame mounted bash plates for hard core off roading to light duty rock guards. I went the latter route with a light but durable rock guard.


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Cool, cool, I have trailwings on now, and will probably stick with that or something similar, but I'm not trying to start a tire thread, as important as I hasten to admit that detail is...

What I'm really looking for are routes, good beginner runs that will get me to a place to set up a camera, but not in over my head on the first trip.

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Here are two roads that I ride with 90/10 tires just fine.

Meadow Lake rd out of Carlton will take you over the coastal range.

Lolo pass rd out of Zigzag will take you to Lost lake and the north side of Hood.



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YES! That's what I'm talking about..

The Lost Lake run, I've heard of that... Out of ZigZag you say? I can do that.

Carlton and the range sounds like a good time too, thank you so much for the info!

keep 'em coming..
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If you want the perfect day, eat breakfast at the Screamin Chicken in Carlton, then take Meadow Lake rd, then meander over to Sand lake rd and hug the coast going North. Non- ethanol gas is sold near Sand Lake. Lunch in Astoria, then back roads thru Vernonia.

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Any chance you can send me information on these 2 rides also? I don't see the info in your post.

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