First motorcycle tour - Seattle WA to Santa Rosa CA

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First motorcycle tour - Seattle WA to Santa Rosa CA

Postby scootrr » Wed May 25, 2011 9:36 pm

I was fortunate enough to have clients that would pay for my ride down to Santa Rosa for a meeting :D. This was my first long motorcycle trip ever. My other trips have been local day trips. The trip was 2080 miles round trip with some side routes included. Stayed on the super-slab through Washington and most of Oregon until Eugene where I headed for the coast. Favorite ride of the trip was on Rt 1 from Leggett. No camping this time around since it was my first motorcycle trip though I will be ready to pack the camping gear next time. I'll definitely take more time to go down and stay off the super-slab next time. I spent three days riding down, two days with relatives, one day with the clients and three days riding back up. When I got back I found my rear tire to be warn much thinner than I expected. I had Dunlop Qualifiers on the bike. I just put Michelin PR3's on and really do feel grippier, I've been riding around with them in the rain the past couple of days. Hopefully I'll get more mileage out of these.
Here's a video I made of the trip:

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Re: First motorcycle tour - Seattle WA to Santa Rosa CA

Postby sweatmark » Thu May 26, 2011 12:39 am

Great video. Great trip.

If you enjoyed the Leggett/CA1 segment, then by all means take CA36 from Red Bluff to the coast next time. Since you've done the Oregon coast from Florence to Crescent City, you can skip some tedium (and endless RVs) next trip by grinding down I-5 into Cali and then savoring the moto-spectacle that NorCal.

And let us know when you might head this way next trip, so we can tag along!
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Re: First motorcycle tour - Seattle WA to Santa Rosa CA

Postby scootrr » Thu May 26, 2011 7:50 pm

Sweatmark, thanks for the great tip re: CA36 - just looked it up and sounds like a VERY fun road! Indeed I will give you a heads up next time I am heading south again. Cheers!

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Re: First motorcycle tour - Seattle WA to Santa Rosa CA

Postby sweatmark » Fri May 27, 2011 1:04 am

CA36 - just looked it up and sounds like a VERY fun road!


Yes, if you enjoyed the single lane roller coaster through the woods from Leggett to the coast, then you will enjoy similar on CA36, plus sweepers, etc. I'm a broken record when it comes to my beloved CA36:

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Re: First motorcycle tour - Seattle WA to Santa Rosa CA

Postby Steve in VT » Sat Oct 06, 2012 7:05 pm

Excellent video. I might have shot outside the windscreen for a crisper image, but the editing and soundtrack were very well done.

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