Just a quick note to let you know that folks that originally found
us because of your review are still coming back.
We've added outside seating (three tables, four chairs, a park
bench) as well as an ATM. Couple all that with the new paint, retro
signage and the murals and you might not recognize the place.
Thanks again for the shout out all those months ago.
Eastside Big Tom
Hey Rob, It was suggested I take a look at your web site my a
relation of yours, and a good friend of mine. Adam, from Cycle Gear
in Tacoma and I were talking this morning and I told him I was
thinking about riding up to Hurricane Ridge on Saturday and that led
to this. Love your site.I also do some writing for "Trailrider"
magazine. Anyway, just wanted to say hello and will keep checking in
with your site from time to time. Take care.
Just wanted to say thanks again for the tips. we got back late
last night and the trip was amazing. Made an on-the-fly change
and went south to Medford from Crater Lake. , up i5 and than off
at hwy 42 to Coos Bay on the coast.
Hwy 42 has an amazing stretch of about 40 miles of nothing but
40 mph sweepers...5 bikes in a like doing 70 through that
section was truly amazing. with no traffic in front of us this
was one the best sections of roads I've been on in the NW. Would
highly recommend to anyone that likes that sort of thing.
Thanks again Rob and keep up the good work on the website.
Just wanted to say how useful this site. Live in Vancouver, WW. and
the wife and i have ran many of the same roads that you have posted
about. Just got back from a week through the San Juan's. and your
tips and tricks made it a very enjoyable trip.
Once again. Great job on the site and keep it up.. The riders in the
pacific NW. appreciate it.
Hey, I want to thank you for your burger list. I used to work at a
Bog Tom's and I've had a love affair with burgers ever since.
The next time you get to Yakima, skip Minors and go to Majors.
Their burgers are quite as large but they have more flavor IMHO.
It's worth a chew.. Also, in Spokane there's a place called
O'Dougherty's. They used to have a burger called the Big O. It was
gigantic! You might check to see if they still sell it.
Rob...I enjoyed reading your road test on the B-King.
I have now moved back to Washington from Arizona where I have been
for four and one half years. I am going to have to get used to
riding in cold wet weather. I thing I will take my bike by your
recommendation, to Hinshaw's for service etc. Hope to meet you
sometime. I live in Redmond, am retired, and could do some riding if
you are interested in riding with another B-King.
Warm Regards, Mike
We agree with you 100 percent with your rating of "Big Toms" in
Olympia, WA. We eat lunch there almost every Friday when in that
town. One establishment you may have missed that has excellent
burgers is "The Wild Turkey" in Napavine, WA. They have quite a
variety; but our favorite is the Southwest Burger (with jalapenos
and pepperjack. It is great. We have really enjoyed your hamburger
restaurant rating and are planning on trying some of them out.
Thanks so much. John and Bernice
Hey Rob, I have 2 sisters and a brother in-law coming in tomorrow
night from Sacramento, CA to ride a week long with myself and my 2
other sisters and brother in law from Centralia, WA. We are going to
be doing the South Bend, Long Beach, Astoria, to Cathlamet River
Ferry into Longview ride and wanted to know if you could recommend a
great burger place along that route. I was thinking around Astoria
or Longview. Just so you know we are doing Papa Pete's Pizza another
day after a ride up to Mt St Helens in case you were going to
recommended it. We would appreciate any thought on this! I love your
website. Great rides and good to know eats. By the way the burger
joint in Fife is my place to go when I just want to ride and eat. I
love the park like setting and their fries with tartar rock!
Hi Rob, thanks for your excellent idea to share us your B-King
improvements. I have a B-king too, and same like you I have bought
the Buell Pegs Lowering Kit. This afternoon I installed the left
side buell peg, but I feel that is necessary to change the shift
gearīs bar for another a little bit longer than the original because
of the correct foot position whit the new and lowered Buell peg.
I would like to your your opinion about this. Congratulations for
all your great help.
Gotta compliment you on your excellent web site Rob. Best site I've
seen yet! Appreciate the time you have taken to produce the
installation videos etc. which helps other BKING owners. I am 6'3"
tall so will probably purchase the peg kit once I get back up to
Washington. The jury is out regarding the exhaust change as I think
changing it takes away from what a BKING is supposed to look like.
(trademark exhaust). The handlebar mirrors might be something I'd
invest in though.
Have a great day!
Dear Rob, I LOVE your sight and have learned a great deal from it. I
have a B-King and want to put on aftermarket pipes for APPEARANCE
only - NOT for increased power. I DO NOT want lots of extra noise or
vibration. You tested the 2Bros & the Yoshi pipes. Which were the
quietest of the two? I really appreciate your feedback on this one.
We love fresh fish and due to the comments in several writes ups,
stopped here on our way for a vacation on Vashon Island and again on
our way home. The quality is excellent. We had delicious halibut,
cod, redfish, clams, smoked salmon, and cerviche. The one special
fish we got on the way home was the swordfish, we've not had it in
way too long. It was great! Thanks to Old Town Northern Fish Co.
for allowing us to have fresh fish, when we're in the Tacoma area.
Thanks for your great website. Your rides look great! Five of us
Canadians plan to tour Washington and or Idaho for 6 days in early
July 09. Do you have any suggested routes to get us back to The
Idaho/canada border in 6 days or less? We are not "Iron Butt" riders
and prefer to spend 8 hrs/day riding, including meal/photo stops. We
all ride Wings.
Warren (in St. Albert, Alberta)
Just wanted to thank you for taking the time to put up this website.
i am a new rider and have been looking for ride ideas and your great
website has definitely given me some great ideas.
This is a great site. I've been riding and racing for about as long
as you. I currently have a '04 Suzuki 1600. I grew up in the Puget
Sound area and am vary familiar with many of the routes you've
noted. I now reside in the Tri-Cities, which has lots of great
riding as well. It's now just starting to warm up and we're looking
forward to a long hot riding season. Keep the good work on this
What a great site! My son found it and emailed me the link. I
have a R1100RT BMW and have been to a lot of the places you filmed.
Watching it was like doing the trip all over again. I was raised in
Glenoma and lived in Morton for 20 years and liked what you said
about that area. It's true, wish I was still there. I live in
Olympia now, still a great place. Thanks for a great site.
Your information is amazing. Myself and a friend are riding up to
washington from Ca. Your trip stories and video will be of great
help. we are taking the 101 up to Long Beach WA. from there on into
Vashon, then when we leave we are going by Rainer Mt. St. Helens
down into the gorge on to crater lake. Then cross over into Ca. to
Lassen valcanic park then to Reno/Tahoe. I just hope my logs and
pictures as well as video will be as good. Thank you sir. Ride safe
Ride true most of all enjoy the Ride
Congrats on having such a wonderfully informative website.
Wow, what a find! Thank you for all your efforts on this site.
I am a recent transplant to Seattle area from Colorado and had a
hunch there is some great riding around here, now I know there is!
Now all I need is some decent weather...my Beemer is getting bored.
Thanks again. Tad
Down here in Lander, Wyoming we are expecting snow and its suppose
to drop down to -2. So far this winter it has dipped to -15. So you
probably understand why I enjoyed your Multnomah Falls video so
much. It was great! My wife and I ride as soon as the weather
breaks. We have some great rides down here too. Just not a lot of
time in the summer to enjoy them. We ride a 03 Honda VTX1800c for
cruising and a 2000 Big Dog Husky XL for the short runs. Your Wing
is a great looking bike. Gotta be fun to ride! Wish you well and be
I just found your website. Moved here from Wisconsin two years
ago and love it here. Just watched your Windy Ridge video and
relived the beauty of it. I made that trip (with a friend) about a
week after I totaled my car in a roll-over making the drive up to
Johnston Ridge. Never made it -- but went to Windy Ridge afterwards
and was terrified going back down. I suspect that having just
totaled my car out had something to do with it. Your videos are
great and a wonderful way for me to share the beauty of Washington
State with my friends in other parts of the country. Thank you so
very, very much!
Great website. Wife and I are travelling from VA to SD (Black
Hills) then headed to WA, OR, CA and then heading home. Your website
is providing a lot of great info on the roads to ride. We are
planning to hit Paradise Inn (WA), Crater Lake and also Rt. 101 down
the OR coast. The logistics are a bit challenging, but I think we
can do it without a whole lot of back tracking.
God Bless and thanks!
Rob, the is not only the best motorcycle web site I've ever seen,
but probably the best personally created web site on the planet. It
must be a lot of work though ... do you have time to work?!!
Regards & thanks. Bruce R.
Hi Rob - Great site thanks for all your good work. Could you tell
me what the music track was, please, at the end of the Windy Ridge -
Mt St. Helens vid. Great guitar. Thanks again, Dave.
Hi Rob, thanks for your Ride Guide. My wife and I rode down the
101 and apart from some scary road repairs had a wonderful ride. The
101 has some incredible sea views especially as you travel through
Oregon. The Astoria Bridge is spectacular as well, at 4 miles long
across the Columbia River and rising to around 198 feet on the
Oregon side and wind can play a factor there too. Overall I found
that the logging trucks were the most dangerous hazards on those
roads as they tended to hug your taillight even at 65mph and they
create a lot of slipstream wind when they overtake or pass you.
We just got back into riding after 12 years. Love your site and
will be trying to take many of your rides. Thanks again, keep it up.
John and Kim
Your website is spectacular. I simply can't get enough. The
scenery is terrific, and I really like that you don't play music
during the ride, because it gives the video more of an authentic
-Joe, from Cleveland OH (planning on moving to Portland Summer 2010)
The rally went great! We had 350 plus in attendance. Your videos of
the Washington rides from Road-Quest.com were a hit. They were played
dozen times over the weekend with crowds present so those interested
chance to view them. Thank you for your effort in producing and
them for the event.
Keep a watch on the district website for pictures of the
Hey, rob. my name is Drew. I just moved to WA state from Maui,
HI. I just bought a new Suzuki GSXR 750, and have been doing a
little exploring around the Vancouver area. I was coming back from
a quick trip along the Washougal River Rd., when I met some random
guy who commented on my bike. anyway, the long and short of it is
that he turned me on to your website. too cool. I didn't get his
name, but remembered your site. thanks to him, and to you for your
I was thrilled to stumble upon your site (after I had been
drooling over some of Pashnit's California videos). I've been hoping
to find a "Pashnit-like" group of riders here in Tacoma. I love to
ride but don't know where all the good roads are. everybody wants to
get on the freeway -- not my idea of fun. maybe I'll bump into you
guys at Sunday's ride for the troops. i drive a silver '07 ST1300
w/2 sets of PIAA lights above the mirrors (night ride, anyone?)
Thank you for putting together a wonderful site! One of the cool
things about Washington is the plethora of awesome mom&pop burger
stands that can be found around the state. I have often thought it
would be a good idea to make a listing of all of them and lo and
behold, you have done it! Being a motorcycle rider myself I now have
a "road map" of destinations to check out. As a former employee of
Big Tom's I have found there to be general frustration with the lack
of available dining to be had on the lot. For a better dining room
than Big Tom's could ever hope to offer there is a park (Lion's Park
I believe it is called) just down the side street connected to the
lot that is quite nice with many trees to sprawl out under once you
have downed your Big Tom feast. Looking forward to checking out the
site and have a great day!
I am an intern for McGarrah Jessee, an advertising agency in
Austin, Texas. I am doing some internet research on hamburgers and
hamburger joints for Whataburger, a Texas-based fast food
establishment. I read your blog with the hunt for the top burgers in
Washington State. Would you be willing to confidentially answer a
few questions about burgers and what makes a good burger for our
Rob's Answer: "Anything for the great burger cause!"
"Make them fresh, make them messy, grill the bun and put some Malt
in that chocolate shake!" Oh ya... And have allot of parking for
Try the Burgers Big Bubba's Drive in Allyn Washington
On the way there you can warm up at Crazy Eric's eatery in Belfair
just across the road (south) from Safeway.
Good drive in burgers. I would love to join you on one of your
Great site. I plan to see if I can get through all of your suggested
rides on my ST1300 soon. I also appreciate the respect you have
shown for our troops. Keep it up
Hi, what an awesome site! We have a 98 Goldwing and are planning
to go to Lake Quinault for our 30th Wedding Anniversary next
weekend. Thank you for the great route description!
Mark and Margie
I am just starting to plan a ride for my dad and I to take next
month. I'll be starting in Los Gatos, Ca, picking him up in
Redding, Ca and heading Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and back
home. Thanks a lot for the info on your site. It is the best I've
found so far and appreciate your insight. If you think of any "must
ride" routes on our way, I'd appreciate any direction you could
give. I'm on a R11GS and the old man's riding a K12LT.
Thanks again for posts! jeff
For years we have been on the quest for the Perfect Roadside
Burger. Like the ones we got along the Blue Highways before the
Interstates. Found the best one so far at a place called "The Cool
Cat Cafe" in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii. Tastes Great and lots of
drippings left in the wrapper. I stumbled on your site last weekend
and determined to drive to McKenna ASAP. Had to wait one week, but
made it today around 1:00. Parked my convertible Mustang between 2
bikes who's riders were just suiting up after eating inside.
When I mentioned my Quest and your website, Alicia pointed out the
window and said "Those Guys ?, they have the website."
Couldn't get out fast enough to say Hi, and Thanks. Maybe next time.
In your honor, I ordered the Trail boss and actually ATE IT ALL. The
thing looks like a 2 layer cake on a dinner plate!! I now have a
hat, but the camera lens broke as she focused the camera ( what is
it with these new cameras? This seems to happen a lot when I'm
posing for a shot ) and I have been invited to come back next
weekend for my Wall of Fame photo. Thanks for the tip. Mckenna is
only 28 miles from home and well worth the drive. Beats 6 hours on
an airplane : )
I just discovered your site and have added it to my favorites. A
site full of useful information (best burger joints) and places to
ride, things to see ... Great job.
Hi Rob. I am the Vespa rider from Bellingham. I did the Olympic
Peninsula loop you'd recommended last week. It was a great ride, sunny
the first few days and rainy but with beautiful fall leaves the last
few days. Hotels were deserted for the most part, Hurricane Ridge was
open and a terrific ride, and I chatted with some nice folks along the
way. Thanks for the advice! David
Rob I really enjoyed your site and the new 2007 oyster run footage.
This is a very professional web site and you should be proud.
This is a great website. We took the trip to Port Angeles this
weekend, on the spur of the moment from Bellingham. We tried to get
into the Sol Duc hot springs, but they were booked up. We stayed at
the Best Western Olympic Lodge in Port Angeles and were very happy
with the accommodations. It was clean and well maintained, quiet and
the staff was friendly and courteous. We ate dinner at the Blue Flame
BarBQue in Port Angeles and it was the best barbeque we've had in the
Pacific Northwest. The menu was simple, but everything we tried tasted
great. Make sure you stop on your next trip through. They are closed
on Monday and Tuesday and open for dinner at 4 pm the rest of the
week. Hurricane Ridge was spectacular and a fun ride. We ended up
stopping at Fat Smitty's on the way home for the Fat Smitty's burger
and were not disappointed. Thanks for the great information provided
on your website. We plan on taking more of your weekend trips.
Dick and Sharon
Hi Rob, I met you on the Washington State Ferry coming from Orcas
Island. I had the Bushtec Trailer. Bushtec's Site is Bushtec.com They
are located in Jacksboro Tn. You have a cool website. Our little
journey was about 8037 miles. It started in Medina, Ohio. Then to New
Orleans, San Antonio, San Diago, San Francisco, Seattle, Orcas Island,
Sturgis, and home back to Ohio. 21 states in 22 days. Great trip. Keep
on riding! Later, Ed
Hi Rob- I just wanted to let you know that Bob and I had an awesome
time on our ride! We ended up putting in almost 700 miles in three
days. Not bad for our first tour. We started and ended our trip at
Quick Pick and we hit Fat Smittys. Great burgers!! Our names are on a
dollar bill posted on the wall!!
Here's our route- (rain most of the first two days, but we took your
advice and had good rain gear. We started in Fife and then headed to
Mt. Rainier through Puyallup. We went down the backside and then
turned West. We ended up spending the night in Chehalis. The second
day was more than incredible. We went through Aberdeen to the coast
and just headed up North. We loved the ride through the small towns,
beaches, lakes, etc. We spent the night in Port Angeles and then
headed up to Hurricane Ridge. We could not have asked for a better
morning...blue skies all the way up to the ridge. After heading down,
we went to Discovery Bay and Smittys. After that we weaved our way
through the Hood Canal hitting every little inlet we could. We
ended our ride going through Tahuya to Seabeck and then down to a
friends in Port Orchard for the night. Your website really helped us
solidify what we wanted to do. We will be doing a yearly ride in WA.
Take care, Kris
Thanks for the info on your service page. I was searching to find out
who to go to for dyno tuning and how much they charge and you nailed
it on the head with your description. I'm sure you were intending to
redirect people from the poor customer service of RMC to someone like
Henshaw and you guided me there.
2003 Kawasaki VN1500P2 Mean Streak
Vance and Hines Longshots (with quiet baffles)
Nice website! I live in Tacoma. Good info for rides. I am planning on
riding down by Mt. Adams and the Columbia river this summer when the
weather gets better. Keep up the good work.
Rob awesome site!! Keep up the good work.
Hey Rob: Just happened upon your site from Google. I'm a Concours
rider and just thought I would let you know that I really enjoyed your
ride videos. Great job! Ride Safe...