The coast of southern Oregon rocks. The ride from Reedsport into Elkton has awesome elk herds just standing around watching you drive-by. The Umpqua River is huge and remote in a very cool way. The roads through the Umpqua wine region going to the coast to Bandon, Florence and Coosbay are just very cool and beautiful riding experiences.
So‘«™ In an effort to get to Salem and hang around the northwest Oregon Localities, don't forget the rest of the state and especially central and south Cascades and coastal Oregon.
... And don't forget the numerous paved timber roads designed for hauling logs from the mountains in and out of the coastal range and Cascades. These roads will take you everywhere and anywhere. Secluded lakes, Meadows, wild areas. Just have your GPS and enjoy.
Check out the road that goes from Glide to Sutherlin and Glide to Dorena lake.
Also the road that goes from Drain to King estate winery via territorial highway beautiful.
Check out McKenzie pass by OakRidge.
And Tiller hwy past Milo to Crater Lake.
Don't forget Highway 138 up along the North Umpqua,to diamond Lake. You can turn off and go down to Medford down the Rogue drainage which just is beautiful. Or you can do it backwards from Medford up to crater Lake and down 138 back into Roseburg before heading north.
And while we are at it, how about Burnt Mountain Road over in the coastal range near Reston and Tenmile. Beautiful.and the list goes on.
Did I mention the Shakespeare Festival in Ashland?
I live here, I ride a BMW, and I know.
I have to second the recommend for the North Umqua between Roseville and Diamond Lake. Highway 138 is probably one of the most fantastically beautiful roads I have ever traveled. Caveat: I have not ridden this during tourist season.
'07 R1200RT (my favorite!); '12 Yamaha Super Tenere (El Gordo); '07 Suzuki DR650SE (!);
'59 R 26 (my first)