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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 06-05-2009, 04:02 PM Thread Starter
 
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for those of you who frequent the Starved Rock area from other area's, I just figured I'd let you know that our cop-to-person ration is around 1 cop for every 2000 people. Which I dont know if that sounds like much to you, but when all they do is write traffic violations and run radar it gets kind of excessive.

Also, not only do you have to worry about local's, there is a state police base in LaSalle IL, and Conservation Police are always in the state parks. Word of advice if conservation tries to stop you while your in Starved Rock (i'm not advocating this, just letting you know it has worked before) if you can, turn around and proceed the way you came. They like to call into police whichever way your heading.

Also, watch for deer.

And if you want a good ride, the best time to come is during the week. On the weekend is when all you city folk show up! haha
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I am personally boycotting two wheeled personal entertainment in that area for the near future...

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I've written that area off entirely. From my locale in the north suburbs, getting there isn't worth the hassle for only 20-30 miles of curvy roads. The rest is mostly grid in that area.

SW/central western WI for me...
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The best route is to start in Seneca or Morris, and ride near the river, mostly on route 6, cross the river in Ottawa to go south and get on Rt71 to go through Starved Rock, then when you get through the Starved Rock curves, keep going straight instead of going to Utica. If you stay straight on that road it will take you to LaSalle. Get back on Rt 6 and ride to Spring Valley and get on Rt. 29 and that will take you all the way to Peoria. Then on your way back, take Rt. 26 back to Rt. 6 or Interstate if you want an easy ride by then.

Its a decent ride we do often
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HD, can we get that in google maps form?
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I'll try
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The forum wont let me post the link until I get 15 posts or more.

Just go to google maps and type Seneca, IL to Peoria, IL and put in "avoid highways" under the options, and select the U.S. Rt 6 route
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There could be some good roads further to the east of Seneca, but I haven't done any riding up that way before
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SR = A JOKE. To many cops lately. Not enough time for me to waste cruising out that way. Id rather go hit up some windy country roads or dirt paths.
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Damn, and I had fun riding down there last year. I was looking forward to going again but after this thread now I'm second guessing it.

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Its not to bad. Just make sure your bike is very much stock looking. And that you have a legal back tired.. Ticketed my buddy for riding on illegal tire's. (he has like 2k miles on his shinko's). Very sad that this place went down hill fast once again.. before and after the riding season is the best time to head down there.
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for those of you who frequent the Starved Rock area from other area's, I just figured I'd let you know that our cop-to-person ration is around 1 cop for every 2000 people. Which I dont know if that sounds like much to you, but when all they do is write traffic violations and run radar it gets kind of excessive.

Also, not only do you have to worry about local's, there is a state police base in LaSalle IL, and Conservation Police are always in the state parks. Word of advice if conservation tries to stop you while your in Starved Rock (i'm not advocating this, just letting you know it has worked before) if you can, turn around and proceed the way you came. They like to call into police whichever way your heading.

Also, watch for deer.

And if you want a good ride, the best time to come is during the week. On the weekend is when all you city folk show up! haha
surprised, haven't seen too many police when i've been over there...mebbe i'm just lucky for once

welcome to the site! Not to far away from you myself, down in Streator

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hmmmmm been out there many times this year myself.


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Its not to bad. Just make sure your bike is very much stock looking. And that you have a legal back tired.. Ticketed my buddy for riding on illegal tire's. (he has like 2k miles on his shinko's). Very sad that this place went down hill fast once again.. before and after the riding season is the best time to head down there.

Legal back tire? Unless you are running slicks or have bald ones....


I would love to have them say somethign about my power race DOT tires.

I'm not crazy, my mother had me tested.
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Cop claimed that the tire was illegal because it was down past the wear indicators... i find that hard to believe being almost a new tire.
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Did your friend fight that ticket?
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Nope. payed cop on the spot... Like he said. Its not worth trying to fight it if hes going to end up losing more then the $75 ticket.
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Its not to bad. Just make sure your bike is very much stock looking. And that you have a legal back tired.. Ticketed my buddy for riding on illegal tire's.
I would get sooooooo busted.

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Been there twice in the past three weeks i didnt see any po po plan on heading out there this week.

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The best route is to start in Seneca or Morris, and ride near the river, mostly on route 6, cross the river in Ottawa to go south and get on Rt71 to go through Starved Rock, then when you get through the Starved Rock curves, keep going straight instead of going to Utica. If you stay straight on that road it will take you to LaSalle. Get back on Rt 6 and ride to Spring Valley and get on Rt. 29 and that will take you all the way to Peoria. Then on your way back, take Rt. 26 back to Rt. 6 or Interstate if you want an easy ride by then.

Its a decent ride we do often
I would only dispute the part about taking US 29...4 lane divided highway sucks... IL.26 is so nice it's worth it to do it in both directions. I usually take IL71 from Yorkville through Ottawa and Starved Rock area to 26, then south to where 26 ends at IL.116 just outside of East Peoria. It's THE way to go for the TT races at the Peoria Motorcycle Clubgrounds. There's a Hotshoe TT this weekend with a vintage twins invitational race and the Peoria TT Grand National will be on August 23. This year will be the 61st annual event.
There is also an AHRMA vintage TT in September. The races make the ride even more enjoyable. If you've never seen the Peoria TT motorcycle races, you just don't know what you're missing! They are incredible no matter what type of racing you like.
Look for the Midway Duck Inn on 26, about 20 minutes out from 116...best pan fried chicken you'll ever have. They have a fried duck tenders appetizer that is worth the stop alone!

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There's a Hotshoe TT this weekend with a vintage twins invitational race.....
There is also an AHRMA vintage TT in September. The races make the ride


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Been there twice in the past three weeks i didnt see any po po plan on heading out there this week.
Been there a few times this year as well. Typically I see 2-3 cops on the round trip.
I like the route since Im southwest already. I can see the far north guys not wanting to truck down for it. Just go up into WI
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Its not a great area. Gravel on just about every turn, lot of roads are just beat up, bad pot hole filling jobs. I doubt il ever go out of the way to go there anymore

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