Join Date: Mar 2018
Location: Fredrickson Washington
As far as motorcycling out here it depends on both the weather and what type of scenery you prefer to ride in. Western Washington is like a completely different environment from Eastern Washington. Western is very green and wet for at least half of the year. I was hoping to get out with a couple of forum buddies to ride some this coming up weekend but the rain seems to be set-in for the duration. It'll be July (second half) before the rain is pretty much over for good.
But Eastern Washington is different. Its a desert-type environment with really nice wild west vistas to see. Some areas look like places where John Wayne might pop over the horizon as if in an old western movie. There are volcanoes, big dams, miles and miles of openness, the Great Columbia River.
Between the two are the Cascade mountains with their own beauty to behold. It takes me almost two hours from my house to get to White Pass in the mountains when going over to eastern Washington. Nice ride all the way. Once past White Pass (going east) the land changes to reflect the difference in rain it gets. You definitely know you've left the western half of the state. I've often wondered why the state doesn't break up into two states since the two sides have very little in common.
But...……… riding here is simply very seasonal. If you are in Western Washington and don't mind riding in the rain then you're ok, I guess. Once it gets cold though you're trapped in Western Washington because you'll not be going over the passes on a bike. At all. Period. You CAN go south on I-5 into Portland and then east on I-84 along the south side of the Columbia but winter here, regardless, can be fairly to down-right treacherous. Some winters sees practically no snow and some are pretty heavy. This past winter saw some really heavy snow here. You'd need 4 wheels for sure. See my pic below taken from my house in the Puyallup/Fredrickson area east of Tacoma.
Retired USAF '74 to '95 AMMO
Engine guard with highway pegs
GPS on RAM handlebar mount
MCCTs replaced ACCTs
Iridium plugs: DPR7EIX-9
Custom made seat (verrry comfortable)
LED turn signals with rear signals relocated
LED license plate holder
Hard mounted Viking saddlebags
Hard mounted fork tool bag (free from Viking)
LED running lights on custom light bar
National Cycles Low Boy Heavy Duty windshield
Home made lowers