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Another Seattle-ite checking in. Picked up a new 2014 Versys 2 weeks ago. Its my second bike and the last one went away over a decade ago. Commuting rain or shine for the past two weeks. Its bone stock now but I hope to set it up for touring and light adventure duty as soon a financially feasible.

I'm looking for suggestions for easy forest service roads in the area that a stock Versys with a newish rider should be able to handle so if you've got suggestions lay them on me!
 

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Tinkum Rd at exit 42 off I-90 is not bad. There is a water crossing on that that can be interesting depending on time of year. On the other side of I-90 north of North Bend, SE Middle Fork Rd is fun but there can be plenty of large pot holes on that which is not so much fun. Here is a video of me and some friends on those roads back when I just got my Versys and I was a complete off road virgin (and so was one of the friends).
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There are plenty of nice forest roads on the Olympic Peninsula that are pretty smooth and I plan to explore those some more when the weather gets a bit more predictable. There was a mountain top I got to one day on the KLX but it was completely covered in clouds so I couldn't see a thing. Plan on going back there on the Versys on a clear day as I think the views will be amazing. Along the northern portion of the Olympics there is Obstruction Pt Rd (off of Hurrincane Ridge) and Deer Park Rd.
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To the north there is always the Mountain Loop Highway that goes to Darrington. That is pretty mild with not too many potholes but I did it last week and the last section was a mud bath. Thankfully I was on the KLX else I would've been ****ting my pants. In the summer that is an easy road and there are plenty more forest roads around that are usually smooth. I plan on exploring FS17/18 later this year on the Versys. Haven't done them yet but from what I can tell they are doable on the V. Great views of Mt. Baker from up there.

To the east of Darrington there are nice easy roads. I did this one last year and it was super easy with stunning views up top.
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Excellent, thanks for the tips. I have in-laws up near Concrete on the Concrete Sauk Valley road. I was planning on taking the Versys up there via some blue highways to the Mountain Loop Highway into Darrington. There are tons of little roads up there to explore, I just don't want to get in over my head. At least not yet!

I'm already thinking about the next bike, something more dual-sport oriented. All pipe dreams at the moment but the KLX is in the running as is the KLR. I would like to get something for the WaBDR. I just can't decide if I want something for long distance or something light and easier to ride.
 

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...I would like to get something for the WaBDR. I just can't decide if I want something for long distance or something light and easier to ride.
Keep the V for 'long-distance', then buy something LIGHT for off-road!

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