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Hello all,

I'm richlandrick. My wife Gloria and I have enjoyed the last two western V-Strom gatherings so much that we decided to volunteer to host the 2012 western gathering. We imagine this to be a collaborative effort including as many people and vendors who want to help as possible.

We will establish a web page dedicated to the gathering as things progress. Right now we are looking for input from the community on things done well in the past that we would like to keep and changes and additions to improve.

Some things seem simple enough. Place the gathering in the middle of some fantastic rides, at a reasonably priced hotel, with reasonably priced meals.

One sugegstion was to base the gathering at a casino with their low priced buffets. I thought that was inovative.


The Western Rally dates and location have been set and we have a supporting dealership as well.

The dates June 22 and 23. This year's snow levels are currently below average. That works well for us since the dates will allow Midwest and eastern riders to avoid the hottest part of summer while allowing the snow to clear from the prime riding areas.

The location is "The Dalles" Oregon. The Dalles is located right smack in the middle of some of the best riding in both Oregon and Washington State. We have the Columbia Gorge, the Oregon Scenic by-way, Mt Hood, Mt Adams, Mt St Helens, Mt Rainer, and all the associated mountain passes and National forests for scenery. The location is also in range of the Oregon and Washington coasts.

The command post (motel) is Cousin's Country Inn at The Dalles. They have a nice restaurant, bar, and meeting room. We will be able to meet in the meeting room, order from the menu, and a bar will be available. Columbia Gorge Oregon Lodging - Cousins Country Inn

The place is very nice and room prices are very reasonable. I will be posting discount room rates tomorrow. We will have a block of 40 rooms to start with, but you will want to make your reservations early. Rooms will include doubles, singles, and deluxe barn rooms with fire places.

The dealership is Fun Country Power Sports Dalles,Oregon,Honda,Husqvarna, Honda,Polaris,Suzuki,Motorcycle, Scooter,ATV,Power Equipment, Outboard,Lawn Mower,UTV, Dealer, Used,Ranger,RZR,Sleds at The Dalles. The owners have all owned V-Stroms at some time or another and made trips to Prudoe Bay so they are our kind of people. Fun Country is very excited about supporting the event and has offered us the show room floor for meetings and we may have a bar-b-cue there Friday.

We will need volunteer ride planners leaders. Please email me ASAP if you would like to help planning and leading rides.

I will be sending out emails to previous western rally participants that duplicate the information here and contacting the vendors who have been so generous to us in the past.

We also need ideas and volunteers for wrenching and informational sessions and presentations like the DL1000 clutch basket mod, DL1000 rear wheel spacer mod (me I guess), and valve and throttle body adjustment. Email with suggestions.


Please submit your favorite NW rides here in this thread and indicate if you would be willing to lead the ride. After we get a general feel for the rides we can pick a hotel.

I'm leaning toward something in the triangle formed by Ranier, St Helens, and Mt. Adams, but it is way to early to decide.

Thanks in advance for your support. Vendors please contact me directly.
 

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One thing I ask is that the event dates be something a bit removed from the maximum temperatures of late July. The last West rally involved possibly the most unpleasant cross country trip I've ever done. If local snow conditions are such that early to mid June can be accommodated, for example, that would be great.
 

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suggest you rename it "Northwestern"

the area you describe is quite NW, whereas I am West (in Calif). Im guessing there are some nice ride in the area. The Raineir regions is gorgeous.
 

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Great. I was just starting to think about next year's rally/gathering to go to. I've gone to the last two BMW Int'l Rallies, one on my Wee (and it's great to get the comments that we do) and one back east where I rode my brother-in-law's K1200GT. I digress, but I am usually only willing to go away for an extended weekend and was hoping for a good rally in the Washington/Oregon/Nevada/Idaho area.

Look forward to seeing many of you in eastern Washington area.
 

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Sounds great to me! A short hop from Missoula into unchartered territories for me. :) M
 

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2012 gathering

please advise on dates asap - then I can decide yes/no

I would probably trailer the bike up from Calif, with wifey. We have relatives in Lakewood, WA, so it could be a 2 for 1 trip.

My only complication is my younger brother may come over from NZ in may-june next year - a first for him (he is over 50 !!).
 

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You can't go wrong in that area, this is Ranier in Mid July, East entrance by Chinook Pass. Wet and chilly. Also been on both sides of St. Helens, but not Adams. Coming home from Billings one summer, I looped Ranier,Helens and Hood.





Mt. St. Helens, also in July

 

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How about after the summer holidays are over

How about after the summer holidays are over

less traffic

easier to get a hotel room

fewer mosquitos if camping

not as hot as midsummer
 

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You can't go wrong in that area, this is Ranier in Mid July, East entrance by Chinook Pass. Wet and chilly.
Sure, but I have to ride across the Great Plains from Chicago to get there. At least the trip is on I-90 instead of I-80. Last July it would have been 94F instead of the 98F I encountered.
 

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I would like to see.......less riding, more tech stuff.

Cheap meals and accommodations - I like that!

As to events - I would like to see less time spent on spectacular local rides, and more time spent on technical sessions where some of the knowledge base that exists in the V-Strom communiy can get rubbed off on me. Reason is - Spokane is relatively close to me (And correspondingly far from SoCal), but the meets in Rapid city And Montrose required about a three day ride from where I live. By the time I get there, I'm ready to veg out a bit - I've had enough 8-10 hr riding days for a while.

Rather than go on another day-long ride, I would prefer to spend a Saturday afternoon shooting the shit and benefiting from the experience of some of our members who have done mods/maintenance on their bikes. Or from interested vendors (Dale Walker, are you there??)

As examples, What's the best way to cure "chudder"? What has worked and what didn't? Speak up, y'all!
- How do I do a throttle synch on my K2 Dl1000 - by myself - without a laptop and some proprietary Suzuki software?
- Are Power Commanders worth the money, or can I just get my ecu re-programmed with a Yosh box? Assuming that I could get my hands on a Yosh box, how do I use it?? Will the second hand TFI module that I bought on E-Bay smooth out my bikes rough running under 4000 RPM? Did it work for you??
- What tires are best for long mileage - or is it better to just buy cheap Korean tires and burn 'em up??
- BTW, how's that Obama guy doing as POTUS. :argue: :mod_biggrin:

I'm aware that there are specific threads on this and other fora on these and many other technical issues, but there is no substitute for direct, hands on discussion with people who've "been there, done that". IMHO, we could use these get togethers to broaden the knowledge base more effectively. I know that we can't be doing teardowns in the parking lot, but we could do stuff like ecu re-programming, or throttle synchs.

For me, the highlight of last year's meet was the seminar given by Jay Jobes of Sasquatch Suspensions. The absolute cap was when Jay and Jim (CBRXXCESS) were trading stories about "concealed carry" regs in their respective states and Jay pulls out his little pistole and says "I never leave home without this one" :jawdrop:

You have to be Canadian to appreciate that one!!

See you all again next summer - if I survive the next 5 months of snow and -25 mornings. :yikes:
 

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Assuming the headquarters is going to be located in a motel/hotel, I would suggest you find one that has reasonable camping facilities close by (preferably within walking distance). I prefer tent-camping but do like to be close enough to "the action" to take part.

I've done some bicycle touring out in that general area and, if you locate on the east side of the various ranges, the weather will probably be dryer.

Last, it took me four days (2100 miles) to get to the AdvRider West Fest Rally in Darby, MT this past July. Your potential locations are a day or so further than that. Like GW, I have the great middle to contend with. Scheduling the event a bit earlier to avoid the very hot weather might be helpful.
Would you be so kind as to rsvp by Wednesday noon?

Thank you!

Al


Edit: Rick, I think I'll pass on this rally. The back-to-back AdvRider rallies on the last weekends of July and the first weekend of August in Colorado are appealing and closer (1000 miles or so) to me. Have fun and ride safe.
 

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If anything like Montana this year (and they're prediciting another heavy winter/wet spring), then it's tricky. If you schedule earlier, you may not have the weather you want or roads you want in the high country though the temps in the low country (plains) are easier on you. General rule in Montana is that mid to late July is the earliest to guarantee snow off the high country roads/trails. I rode Beartooth Pass 4th of July this past summer and it was open, but still had a lot of snow. Had the weather been bad, it wouldn't have been ride-able . . .

But, may be different further west of here out in the Great State of Washington! :)
 

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Late July works best for our schedule.... will be in the area OR/WA then.... maybe set up a pole for best dates etc.
 

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I'm not sure how many people show up for these events. I'll try to schedule it between my MSF classes next summer. If 25 or fewer hotel rooms would be needed then Packwood, WA may be a good location. Mt Rainier, Mt St Helens and Mt Adams all nearby. There are many paved and dirt roads as options. Gifford Pinchot National Forest has some of the best damn riding that I've found.

Something to keep in mind is that SoundRider's Rally in the Gorge is held July/August in Stevenson, WA. They typically have decent speakers, tech sessions and a beer garden.

If you want a bit of separation from SR's rally, then perhaps Republic, WA would offer something new for riders. Again, there are tons of fun paved and dirt routes with some interesting sights nearby including: ghost towns, dams, mountains and valleys.

Washington is in the corner of the country. Perhaps moving it south east a bit would increase attendance. I'd be game for an event in ID (I know it was done), OR, or perhaps Norcal. MT would also be decent and could be combined with Wet Fest.
 

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If anything like Montana this year (and they're prediciting another heavy winter/wet spring), then it's tricky. If you schedule earlier, you may not have the weather you want or roads you want in the high country though the temps in the low country (plains) are easier on you. General rule in Montana is that mid to late July is the earliest to guarantee snow off the high country roads/trails. I rode Beartooth Pass 4th of July this past summer and it was open, but still had a lot of snow. Had the weather been bad, it wouldn't have been ride-able . . .

But, may be different further west of here out in the Great State of Washington! :)
indeed, Montana last July 17th.

 

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I'm in. I like Osoblanco's idea of extended tech talk. Perhaps the vendors that gather can hawk their wears and explain a thing or two.

Local rides would be good for folks not from the area, but honestly, riding all the way to the event is enough for some.

Thanks Richland Rick for stepping forward to herd the event!
 

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no tech talk for me

it would be ride and then bullshit in the evening
 

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I've been to BMW Nationals in Missoula, MT and Redmond, OR and both have almost everything you would want in a rally town..plenty of motels, good riding in the area and lots of restaurants. Republic, WA is a great place with camping just outside of town, a couple of nice motels and a half dozen restaurants. IIFC they have held the state BMW rally there in the past. The riding in the area is great with paved and dirt roads all around. I have also spent a few days riding out of Baker City, OR and it has camping, motels and restaurants aplenty. There is also some awesome riding with the national forest to the west with paved and dirt roads and to the east. Don't schedule this weekend tho' Hells Canyon Motorcycle Rally | Hells Canyon Motorcycle Rally and bike show in Historic Baker City Oregon 8-11 June.

I don't think a guy could go wrong with any of these 4 sites. Whitefish, MT is one of my favorite towns and there is plenty of everything needed.

Between bicycling and motorcycling I don't think there are very many roads I have not been on in eastern WA or western MT/ID and I think if your thinking of up here just pick any decent size town and you'll be in good shape.

Wayne
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OK, so ...

Wrenching sessions like
valve adjustment,
throttle body balancing(?)
DL1000 rear spacer mod,
others ?

vendor presentations and product give aways,

Interesting rides (e.g., ghost towns, dirt roads & passes/the paths less traveled)

Rides for those interested in geology (e.g., Columbia Gorge, path of the Great Missolu Flood, a special forest department approved off-pavement tour of St Helens).

Good stuff, keep it coming.

Rick
 

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I am interviewing for a job today, that might require a relocation to Portland. If that happens and if the dates do not conflict with RMAR (Aug 2-5) or WestFest (July 26-29)......

I'm in!!!!
 
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