Welcome to to the NW but be careful this area isn't as free wheeling as it use to be. Officers and people with cell phones are everywhere. We have several experienced riders here who die each year riding over respectable limits where they shouldn't be. My advice is save most of your energy and money for track days and club racing. There is a lot of countryside to ride all over the NW but you really should respect the conditions. There are lot's of riders and groups around the Portland Metro area you can meet. Try stopping by some of the bike shops, EDR Performance and Starbucks (lol) in downtown. There are other bike forums too, try sportbikes.ws and look in the regional section under Pacific (Oregon), some locals there. I don't hang with any of them but there are people who are passionate about bikes and ride a lot. Good luck, ride safe.