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hot sauce
Jan 13, 2005



Been noticing a lot of DC MD and VA goon riders posting lately. Post info here for group rides, events or just hang outs.


Location: Chinatown
Bike: 08 Ninja 250
Years ridden: 1 year
Down for: group rides, trips to Summit Point, any type of meetup, local car/bike shows



DMV goon riders

hot sauce Chinatown
kedo Rosslyn
Koruthaiolos Mount Rainier
M42 West Alexandria
Mr. Eric Praline Springfield
HNasty somewhere way the gently caress out in VA
KaiserBen Merrifield
Schreibs Montgomery County
Adiabatic - Richmond VA
TapTheForwardAssist - Adams Morgan/Columbia Heights
cornbread jones - Petworth
ought ten - Shaw
taketheshot - Baltimore
CheeseSpawn - Fairfax
McLarenF1 - Rockville
ohwandernearer - Baltimore
Royale with Cheese - Leonardtown MD
GnarlyCharlie4u - Richmond VA
Ernie Luckman - Bethesda MD
lowcrabdiet -
Matthew Bueller - VA
Miskatonic U. - Arlington
The_Maz -
codered11343 - Bethesda

hot sauce fucked around with this message at Jan 30, 2014 around 21:50

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kedo
Nov 27, 2007



This is of interest to me. I generally ride a bunch on the weekend around VA, but am up for anything really. I need some new routes!

Location: Rosslyn
Bike: '12 Honda cbr250
Years ridden:
Down for: Any rides that aren't on the beltway (because I like life), meetups, track fun


Also: do people usually use headsets or something for group rides? I have a Sena headset that I usually pair with my phone for music, but I have no idea how easy it is to set up an ad hoc network with other riders.

Koruthaiolos
Nov 21, 2002



I've just started riding. Right now I'm just commuting and doing some short rides after work/weekends, but would love to get out and explore some more fun routes.

Location: Mount Rainier
Bike: 08 Yamaha WR250X
Years ridden: about a month
Down for: Just about anything that doesn't involve long highway stretches

M42
Nov 11, 2012



I'll be moving in August 9, so I might as well post my info here.

Location: West Alexandria
Bike: Itty bitty ninja two fiddy (pregen)
Years ridden: half year
Down for: Please god not the beltway

hot sauce
Jan 13, 2005



So far combined we have 1 literbike

Koruthaiolos
Nov 21, 2002



250 supremacy?

Oh, I forgot to mention, if anybody knows of any nearby dirt/gravel roads let me know. I'd like to start getting my feet wet but would rather not need to trek out to West Virginia/Western Virginia to do so.

hot sauce
Jan 13, 2005



Koruthaiolos posted:

250 supremacy?

Oh, I forgot to mention, if anybody knows of any nearby dirt/gravel roads let me know. I'd like to start getting my feet wet but would rather not need to trek out to West Virginia/Western Virginia to do so.

Hell yeah, no behemoth's to slow us down in the twistys.

Not really familiar with dirt but I have been to Budds Creek aka Maryland International Raceway. They have 2 dirt tracks for motocross riding and a quarter mile asphalt track. It's about an hour south of Mt Rainer.

Mr. Eric Praline
Aug 13, 2004
I didn't like the others, they were all too flat.


Remember, the new HOT lanes on the beltway are open to and free for motorcycles. They're awesome and so unused that they're not really scary.

Located in Springfield

My Warrior has more displacement than all your puny 250's combined.

I've got a few bikes, and usually pick whichever one works best with whoever I'm riding with. (Usually the Honda when it's not spraying oil from a head bolt. )
Been riding since 2005.
I'm down for riding wherever, hanging out in/around the city, track days, whatever people come up with is cool.

Bikes:10 Triumph Street Triple/05 Yamaha Warrior/80 Honda CB000C/05 GSX-R600 for track days/Virago 250 that's technically not mine, but has sat at my house for 3 years, so I fixed it up and ride it around.

kedo posted:

Also: do people usually use headsets or something for group rides? I have a Sena headset that I usually pair with my phone for music, but I have no idea how easy it is to set up an ad hoc network with other riders.
I just bought myself a Sena cause I seem to get worse with directions as time goes on and want the GPS. It would be weird having people to talk to while actually riding, I dunno.

HNasty
Jul 17, 2005

Video games are for children. Dr. Who, Sherlock and Community need to be canceled. Firefly sucked.

Everything you like is bad, everything I like is good and cool. I've had sex. I've stuck my big rod into a babe and it was good. There's proof I've had sex, where's yours ?

hot sauce posted:

So far combined we have 1 literbike

Don't worry little buddy I'll pad your stats

Location: VA, out in the exurbs where you see horses and poo poo
Bikes: Ducati GT1000
Years Ridden: Over 10


Let me know if you silly bastards ever want to go riding in the country.

KaiserBen
Aug 11, 2007


I'm not in town too much, but I'd be up for some decent country rides.

Location: Merrifield
Bike: BMW R1150R
Years ridden: 3-4
Down for: country roads, track days, pretty much anything that's not downtown DC

schreibs
Oct 11, 2009


Location: MontCo
Bike: SV650
Years ridden: 4
Down for: twisty roads, fixing standing around while people fix bikes, summit point

HNasty
Jul 17, 2005

Video games are for children. Dr. Who, Sherlock and Community need to be canceled. Firefly sucked.

Everything you like is bad, everything I like is good and cool. I've had sex. I've stuck my big rod into a babe and it was good. There's proof I've had sex, where's yours ?

For you city kids, this is what is out in the country if you ever come out this way http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvybdQjZHLg&hd=1

Koruthaiolos
Nov 21, 2002



HNasty posted:

For you city kids, this is what is out in the country if you ever come out this way

But where's the stop lights, pedestrians, and traffic? I don't believe this place actually exists.

Actually, my parents live in The Plains and that's the first road I ever road a motorcycle on.

Adiabatic
Nov 18, 2007

I RUIN MY CARS ALMOST AS QUICKLY AS MEATPIMP POSTS DUMB BULLSHIT IN AI


Can the RVA goons come out and play?

Location: Richmond
Bike: '00 SV650N
Years ridden: 0.25
Down for: Twisty roads, meetups, cruises, working on poo poo

kedo
Nov 27, 2007



Koruthaiolos posted:

But where's the stop lights, pedestrians, and traffic? I don't believe this place actually exists.

Yeah no kidding, where's that road at? I keep trying to find stuff like that near DC and while there are a few fun twisties (Georgetown Pike, for example), they're clogged with traffic and are nowhere near that long.

Speaking of which, anyone have some good rides within like an hour of the district to share?

kedo fucked around with this message at Jun 26, 2013 around 13:28

hot sauce
Jan 13, 2005



HNasty posted:

For you city kids, this is what is out in the country if you ever come out this way http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvybdQjZHLg&hd=1

That looks fuckin amazing. Count me in for a ride out there.

Mr. Eric Praline
Aug 13, 2004
I didn't like the others, they were all too flat.


kedo posted:

Yeah no kidding, where's that road at? I keep trying to find stuff like that near DC and while there are a few fun twisties (Georgetown Pike, for example), they're clogged with traffic and are nowhere near that long.

Speaking of which, anyone have some good rides within like an hour of the district to share?

They're not long, but you can go back and forth and turn at various intersections through Clifton off 123. I usually take Clifton Road through historic to Henderson to Hampton and turn around at 123.
There's a few decent roads out near Occoquan, but nothing spectacular. Things like Bristow Road can be fun if you don't get stuck behind anyone.

The next closest that I'm aware of is VA675 out near Luray.

Mr. Eric Praline fucked around with this message at Jun 26, 2013 around 14:29

Koruthaiolos
Nov 21, 2002



kedo posted:

Yeah no kidding, where's that road at? I keep trying to find stuff like that near DC and while there are a few fun twisties (Georgetown Pike, for example), they're clogged with traffic and are nowhere near that long.

Speaking of which, anyone have some good rides within like an hour of the district to share?

The road HNasty posted is less than an hour away if you take 66 and there isn't traffic.

Once you get to about that 45-60 minutes outside of the city there are nice roads pretty much everywhere.

Inside that range I've been driving up and down Beach Drive and Sligo Creek Pkwy until I feel comfortable enough to take a longer ride out to where there are nicer drives. Both of those roads are ok if you're content not to go above about 40-45. Oh and you have to pay attention since they are closed/have restrictions on the weekend/rush hour.

kedo
Nov 27, 2007



Sounds like I need to target roads a bit better; a lot of these are no further out than the roads I normally ride on, but they look like way more fun.

And yeah Rock Creek Pkwy to Beach Drive is super fun, but you lose some of the best bits during the weekend closures. I hadn't heard of Sligo Creek Pkwy before, I may give that a shot this weekend.

HNasty
Jul 17, 2005

Video games are for children. Dr. Who, Sherlock and Community need to be canceled. Firefly sucked.

Everything you like is bad, everything I like is good and cool. I've had sex. I've stuck my big rod into a babe and it was good. There's proof I've had sex, where's yours ?

kedo posted:

Yeah no kidding, where's that road at? I keep trying to find stuff like that near DC and while there are a few fun twisties (Georgetown Pike, for example), they're clogged with traffic and are nowhere near that long.

Speaking of which, anyone have some good rides within like an hour of the district to share?

There are lots of good rides withing 1 hour of DC and if you're willing to expand your area out to 2 hours, there is some of the best riding available anywhere in the country.

TapTheForwardAssist
Apr 9, 2007

he's the one who gives his body/
as a weapon of the war/
and without him all this killing can't go on


Awesome! I could use some good local advice. I'm not an offroady type or speed demon, but if people feel like doing some leisurely riding about the backroads, pick some arbitrary barbecue joint or local sight to stare at to make it a mission, I'm up.


Location: Adams Morgan/Columbia Heights
Bike: Currently bikeless since some dickbag set my Ninja 500 on fire a week ago (as detailed in this thread). I'm 90% sure I'm getting an SV650 once I figure out more secure parking
Years ridden: ~2 years, just took MSF Intermediate
Down for: slow-ish group rides, backroads sightseeing, general douchebag hipster socialising in DC


This thread comes at a good time: if anyone has a suggestion on how to find safe indoor motorcycle parking in the Adams Morgan/Columbia Heights area, as soon as I can lock on decent parking and the Geico check comes in I'll be buying my replacement bike.

Mr. Eric Praline
Aug 13, 2004
I didn't like the others, they were all too flat.


TapTheForwardAssist posted:

Awesome! I could use some good local advice. I'm not an offroady type or speed demon, but if people feel like doing some leisurely riding about the backroads, pick some arbitrary barbecue joint or local sight to stare at to make it a mission, I'm up.


Location: Adams Morgan/Columbia Heights
Bike: Currently bikeless since some dickbag set my Ninja 500 on fire a week ago (as detailed in this thread). I'm 90% sure I'm getting an SV650 once I figure out more secure parking
Years ridden: ~2 years, just took MSF Intermediate
Down for: slow-ish group rides, backroads sightseeing, general douchebag hipster socialising in DC


This thread comes at a good time: if anyone has a suggestion on how to find safe indoor motorcycle parking in the Adams Morgan/Columbia Heights area, as soon as I can lock on decent parking and the Geico check comes in I'll be buying my replacement bike.

I had all sorts of ideas for getting the bike under a parking garage till you said "Adams Morgan". At this point my only advice it to keep your insurance up to date.

cornbread jones
Jan 17, 2009


Location: Petworth
Bike: Yamaha FZ1
Years Ridden: 4.5
Down for: Whatever gets me out of the city and riding on the reg.

kedo
Nov 27, 2007



Mr. Eric Praline posted:

I had all sorts of ideas for getting the bike under a parking garage till you said "Adams Morgan". At this point my only advice it to keep your insurance up to date.

Yeah, if your building doesn't have a garage I can only think of one public garage in the area which is on the street behind all the bars on 18th. If I remember correctly it's a Colonial Parking place, and I think they tend to do monthly parking at most locations, but have no idea how much it'd cost. Probably a lot.

ought ten
Feb 5, 2004



Thanks for making this thread, I've been dreaming of it for a long time. Didn't realize there were so many of us.

Location: Shaw (Bloomingdale)
Bikes: DRZ400SM and Kawasaki Concours
Years Ridden: 10
Down For: Country roads, city hooning, anything that gets me on a bike

Koruthaiolos
Nov 21, 2002



Does anybody have a good mechanic recommendation in the area? I don't have anything pressing right now, but I feel like if something did come up I'd like to already know of someone. All I've seen around are scooter shops and dealerships. I think some of the scooter shops will work on motorcycles too, but it would be nice to know in advance.

ought ten
Feb 5, 2004



Koruthaiolos posted:

Does anybody have a good mechanic recommendation in the area? I don't have anything pressing right now, but I feel like if something did come up I'd like to already know of someone. All I've seen around are scooter shops and dealerships. I think some of the scooter shops will work on motorcycles too, but it would be nice to know in advance.

Where are you looking? Modern Classics in DC always gets great reviews as far as I've seen, but their wait is pretty insane. I've been taking my bikes to Myers Cycle in Kensington, MD, for a couple years and those are great guys. A bit expensive, but so is everything, and they give me a discount every once in a while. The owner Deep gives me great advice even when I'm buying parts elsewhere and doing my own work. I'd highly recommend them. Probably if you told them Sam with the Concours sent you they'd even know who I was.

kedo
Nov 27, 2007



Any of you tried Coleman Powersports for service? I have a Honda bike and they're a Honda dealership so I figured I'd be lazy and use them.

I am currently 700 miles past my 600 mile service

taketheshot
Sep 17, 2002


Koruthaiolos posted:

Does anybody have a good mechanic recommendation in the area? I don't have anything pressing right now, but I feel like if something did come up I'd like to already know of someone. All I've seen around are scooter shops and dealerships. I think some of the scooter shops will work on motorcycles too, but it would be nice to know in advance.

Some independent shops in the area:
Gaithersburg, MD: Cyclemax USA and RAM Cycles
Chantilly, VA: Brooks Cycles
Sterling, VA: RnR Cycles

I've only been to Cyclemax and RAM but I've heard good things about the other two as well.

Also going to add my info:

Location: Baltimore, MD but I frequently ride in the general Baltimore/DC/Frederick area and occasionally into W VA and NoVa as well.
Bike: 2012 Ninja 1000
Years ridden: 4.5+
Down for: Country roads, the few twisty roads in this area, daylong rides, trying to get into trackdays at some point as well

Koruthaiolos
Nov 21, 2002



taketheshot posted:

Location: Baltimore, MD but I frequently ride in the general Baltimore/DC/Frederick area and occasionally into W VA and NoVa as well.

Do you know any good routes between Baltimore and DC? I've got some friends in Baltimore I'd like to visit more and right now I usually end up taking the MARC when possible, but if there was a route to ride that wouldn't be hellacious that would be preferable.

taketheshot
Sep 17, 2002


Koruthaiolos posted:

Do you know any good routes between Baltimore and DC? I've got some friends in Baltimore I'd like to visit more and right now I usually end up taking the MARC when possible, but if there was a route to ride that wouldn't be hellacious that would be preferable.

I think highways are pretty much your only option. Theres Rt 1 north, but then you'll have to deal with stoplights and cars constantly left turning in front of you. I assume you want to avoid 495 and I-95? I frequently ride between Gaithersburg and downtown Baltimore and I'll take the ICC (MD 200) to bypass 495 and then go up 29 (Columbia Pike) to I-70, then just take I-695 to I-83.

Mr. Eric Praline
Aug 13, 2004
I didn't like the others, they were all too flat.


Koruthaiolos posted:

Does anybody have a good mechanic recommendation in the area? I don't have anything pressing right now, but I feel like if something did come up I'd like to already know of someone. All I've seen around are scooter shops and dealerships. I think some of the scooter shops will work on motorcycles too, but it would be nice to know in advance.

The guys at Crossroads Cycle in Falls Church (Near Bailey's Crossroads) are absolutely the best in the area. No bullshit, small business, all they do is fix bikes, and they know their poo poo. The guy who owns the place is cool as hell too.

The only downside is that they're usually busy as hell so it can take longer to get work done, and they're not a dealer, so parts sometimes take time, and they can't do warranty work.

(I wouldn't trust Coleman's with an oil change. Those people are overpriced, act like assholes, and hire incompetent retards.)

ought ten
Feb 5, 2004



Mr. Eric Praline posted:

(I wouldn't trust Coleman's with an oil change. Those people are overpriced, act like assholes, and hire incompetent retards.)

Never had my bikes serviced there and probably never would, but one good thing I'll say about Coleman's is they'll match internet pricing on gear. That was the Falls Church location and I can't say whether there are any limitations, but they have a good range of gear so it can be nice to try something on and buy it in person without getting gouged.

Mr. Eric Praline
Aug 13, 2004
I didn't like the others, they were all too flat.


ought ten posted:

Never had my bikes serviced there and probably never would, but one good thing I'll say about Coleman's is they'll match internet pricing on gear. That was the Falls Church location and I can't say whether there are any limitations, but they have a good range of gear so it can be nice to try something on and buy it in person without getting gouged.
Yeah, and then they give you the hard up-sell on poo poo you don't want. I mean, it's good to have local shops, but I have nothing but bad experiences with them.

ought ten
Feb 5, 2004



Mr. Eric Praline posted:

Yeah, and then they give you the hard up-sell on poo poo you don't want. I mean, it's good to have local shops, but I have nothing but bad experiences with them.

Forget what I said then. I only bought from them once and didn't have that experience, but I'm completely unsurprised to hear it.

Mr. Eric Praline
Aug 13, 2004
I didn't like the others, they were all too flat.


ought ten posted:

Forget what I said then. I only bought from them once and didn't have that experience, but I'm completely unsurprised to hear it.

A new Cycle Gear store just opened in Springfield, and they've been good. Pretty heavy in store on the in house Bilt and Sedici brands, but they'll order whatever you want, and price match the internet.

HNasty
Jul 17, 2005

Video games are for children. Dr. Who, Sherlock and Community need to be canceled. Firefly sucked.

Everything you like is bad, everything I like is good and cool. I've had sex. I've stuck my big rod into a babe and it was good. There's proof I've had sex, where's yours ?

Koruthaiolos posted:

Does anybody have a good mechanic recommendation in the area? I don't have anything pressing right now, but I feel like if something did come up I'd like to already know of someone. All I've seen around are scooter shops and dealerships. I think some of the scooter shops will work on motorcycles too, but it would be nice to know in advance.

I live my RnR and know all the dudes there, they're good people I use them for stuff like tire changes and poo poo but for major services I still go to my dealer. For quick stuff and routine stuff I can def recommend them without hesitation. Also they're all pretty fun dudes.

edit: don't go to Stolemans they're the worst, I have Ducati and I drive an hour out to go to Ducpond in Winchester so I don't have to deal with Stolemans

M42
Nov 11, 2012



I'd like to work on my bike by myself. In SF, there's a cool workshop where you can rent a spot for a day to do whatever the hell. They've got tools, lifts, experienced people around, all sorts of awesome stuff, and it's like $50 a day. Is there anything like around DC? My new place only has a parking lot, it'd be kind of a pain to strip everything off the bike and do slightly more complicated stuff like carb cleanings and poo poo. Probably get heat stroke too cause there's no shade.

Snowdens Secret
Dec 29, 2008

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Manassas Honda was a pretty trustworthy shop, but I haven't been there in years.

The Yamaha shop in Manassas put new tires on for super cheap, but didn't notice my rear valve stem broke in the process. Fixed it for free without complaint, though.

GnarlyCharlie hasn't posted here yet but he works at a bike shop somewhere near Alexandria.

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hot sauce
Jan 13, 2005



Saw what looked like a bad accident last night near the 395 exit on Mass Ave NW. They blocked off the road for a bit and there were at least 10 police vehicles. People standing around said it was motorcycle vs cabbie

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