My husband, Stefan Dietz, an experienced adventure motorcycle travelers, designs and sells aluminum top boxes and side panniers. They are tough, light-weight, and affordable. They are German-designed and made in the USA! All available in custom sizes.
This small top box is 20 liter (5.3 gallon)
400 x 250 x 200 mm
1.6 mm (1⁄16") thick aluminum
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The first part of the road is hardest - uphill gravel twisties for about a mile. It's worse if you are coming the other way, since these are downhill. This is a public road, and there may be cars and other motorcyclists out, so on blind curves, take extra care.
Keep following the road for 16 miles. It will become Dixie Rd/Dixie Mountain Rd, but you may never see a sign that says such.
As long as fresh gravel hasn't been laid down, this is a relatively easy gravel road.
There is a point after about 9 miles where you will see a paved road going left. You can take that if you've had enough gravel, and it will eventually bring you to North Plains.
If you continue on the gravel, you may see signs that the road has a different name, but it always becomes Dixie Mountain Road again (it may be called NW Kay Rd, NW Collins Rd, NW Northrup Rd, on and on). At one point, the road becomes paved, but don't be fooled - it becomes gravel again.
There are roads leading off leading off this route, but don't worry - just always stick with the obvious main road, and you will be fine. Eventually, the road will become paved "for good" - and will be called "Dixie Mountain Highway" again. Follow it to the intersection of NW Dorland Rd and Shadybrook Road - right onto NW Shadybrook Rd, and that gets to to North Plains. And, from there, it's easy to get where you want to go - Portland, Forest Grove, whatever.
If you try to do this gravel route from the opposite direction, it's confusing if you haven't already done it the way described above. That's because you will keep following Dixie Mountain road and you will eventually come to a sign that says the road is closed until further notice. And it is closed - it's not just a little barrier. But if you go on this North-South route, the way I've described it on this page, at least once, you will be able to figure the opposite way easily.-------
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