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Hello from a newbie rider in rainy PDX :)

Just picked up a lime green 2008 Versys as my first bike. Someone took very good care of it - it's got 22K miles and has never been dropped.

Shout out to all the other Portlanders riding around in the rain!
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welcome to the forum from a past PDXer (just moved out by sandy)

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Welcome aboard from warm and sunny San Antonio, TX. I went to undergrad school at Pacific University, in Forest Grove, not too far from the Rose City. As I recall, it rained for four years. Then again, maybe it just seemed like it did.

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aboard! - but I'll bet that your green V is an '09. This was mine....


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Thanks to everyone saying hi!

Been out riding every day. Took the Team Oregon class recently, and they said to practice all the time. Part of my detour now between NE Portland and Halsey eastbound is to detour through Rocky Butte (follow Fremont east) then down the other side. Interesting low-speed twisties, a tunnel, a hairpin turn.
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marine drive is a good ride(for going gresham to pdx) , so is historic Columbia river highway (great ride from gresham to multnoma falls then on to horsetail falls)

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aboard! - but I'll bet that your green V is an '09. This was mine....

I have never seen a trailer like that. Give me info on it. Who makes it? and where can one be purchased?
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I have never seen a trailer like that. Give me info on it. Who makes it? and where can one be purchased?
make it yourself from stuff from harbor freight for about $400

trailer.....http://www.harborfreight.com/1195-lb...ler-62666.html

chalk....http://www.harborfreight.com/motorcy...ock-69026.html

ramps..... http://www.harborfreight.com/2-piece...mps-44649.html

(then I-bolts , and straps of your choose and a peace of plywood

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marine drive is a good ride(for going gresham to pdx) , so is historic Columbia river highway (great ride from gresham to multnoma falls then on to horsetail falls)
Someone told me that going far east on Halsey will take you to the western end of the historic highway. Unfortunately the part between Angels Rest and Multnomah Falls is blocked off presently due to landslides - I was just out there Monday and saw it.

I'm not feeling like doing fast highway stuff just yet, but I might get on 84 for an exit or two (west of 205, where it's slower) just to get a feel for it.

Taking the roads up Larch Mountain ought to be fairly pretty too.

My goal is to be able to take a bike camping trip down the coast sometime later this year. Everyone says the Oregon coast is quite pretty.
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Someone told me that going far east on Halsey will take you to the western end of the historic highway. Unfortunately the part between Angels Rest and Multnomah Falls is blocked off presently due to landslides - I was just out there Monday and saw it.

I'm not feeling like doing fast highway stuff just yet, but I might get on 84 for an exit or two (west of 205, where it's slower) just to get a feel for it.

Taking the roads up Larch Mountain ought to be fairly pretty too.

My goal is to be able to take a bike camping trip down the coast sometime later this year. Everyone says the Oregon coast is quite pretty.
**** they still havnt cleaned that up?!?! and to be honest i find highway the easiest around portland VS surface streets. just keep your space and youll be fine.
ive never been on Larch Mountain but looks interesting and is just north of me
and ya the coast is awesome specially if you have never been.... just make sure you go thru tillamook and get some cheese lol

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I have never seen a trailer like that. Give me info on it. Who makes it? and where can one be purchased?
Can't talk about Eddie's trailer but I discovered a single rail trailer that disassembles making it much easier to store in my crowded garages. It's called Port-A-Chopper (stupid name I'm my opinion) but a very good trailer. It will accommodate my largest bike, a BMW K75S, without any difficulty meaning the Versys is a snap to transport.

The only place I've seen the company advertise is in the AMA magazine - American Motorcyclist - but you can check their web site. Lots of info and some worthwhile videos. Go to www.PortaChopper.com It's made by QC Metal Fab Inc., in Elkhart, Indiana, and you order directly from them. As I recall the total cost, with optional fenders (required in the state of Maine), including delivery was about $1800. That may not seem cheap but it's very well engineered and constructed and, after initial assembly, it can be put together without tools. It has torsion bar suspension and is rock stable at 70 mph no matter which bike I load aboard.

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I have never seen a trailer like that. Give me info on it. Who makes it? and where can one be purchased?
I started w/ this H-F trailer (smaller than silviefox mentioned) w/ 12" wheels

1090 lb. Capacity 40-1/2 in x 48 in Utility Trailer

then added a spare wheel under the tongue, as well as the ramp in aluminum. Using a 20% discount coupon made it even cheaper!!!

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I started w/ this H-F trailer (smaller than silviefox mentioned) w/ 12" wheels

1090 lb. Capacity 40-1/2 in x 48 in Utility Trailer

then added a spare wheel under the tongue, as well as the ramp in aluminum. Using a 20% discount coupon made it even cheaper!!!
What did you put on top of the trailer? Plywood?
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What did you put on top of the trailer? Plywood?
Yup - 1/2" plywood w/ a Harbor-Freight front wheel chock. I did ANOTHER a few years earlier, then put aluminum plating down. Looked VERY nice, and I sold it for about $700.






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FYI - for occasional use UHaul rents motorcycle trailers with a loading ramp and front wheel chock for < $20/day. You'll need to supply your own tie down straps.
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Yup - 1/2" plywood w/ a Harbor-Freight front wheel chock. I did ANOTHER a few years earlier, then put aluminum plating down. Looked VERY nice, and I sold it for about $700.
Very nice! I actually already have one of their 4x8 trailers which is amazing bang/buck. I haven't had to tow my bike with it but it has the added benefit of being a tilt-bed so no ramps needed
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