Ride Report in NM

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Ride Report in NM

Postby 505stevec » Mon Feb 22, 2016 8:39 pm

Hello from Grants New Mexico. I have had my 2007 Gear Up since last year. I got it with 1100 km. It now has about 1800 km now. Last week my bride and I took the Ural out for a 100km ride in the area. I am wanting her to learn to drive the hack as I am having a blast on it. I don't have any pictures of my last ride but it was a blast! :D This thread is to alert the upcoming ride to Arizona. we have been kicking around a trip to Tucson on the Ural. She is all for it but has no idea the time it will take at a whopping speed of 45-55 mph. :( I am gonna service the bike this next weekend with a little help from my friends... If we don't do the Tucson trip this time we are going to the Springerville area for a ride in the White Mountains. I will post photos and let you know how it goes. 8)
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Postby Albuquralque » Mon Feb 22, 2016 8:51 pm

Here's another trip worth planning:

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Re: Ride Report in NM

Postby sagerat » Mon Feb 22, 2016 9:28 pm

As one who grew up in NW Phoenix and has two degrees from Arizona State, I cannot imagine a need to ever set a foot or a wheel in the Squalid Pueblo of Nogales Junction, aka Tucson. :P

Riding 191, however, oh yeah, baby! :boogie:
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Re: Ride Report in NM

Postby 505stevec » Mon Feb 22, 2016 11:31 pm

Wow! Thanks for that info! :-) I will start riding by that route asap. Yeah 191 is a big reason we are looking at going through Tucson. We would make a big loop going down through Globe and coming back through Glenwood.
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Re: Ride Report in NM

Postby wooden nickel » Tue Feb 23, 2016 10:07 am

I only stayed in Tucson for a day and 1/2 but my wife and I had a very fun full day riding to Mount Lemmon and both Saguaro National Parks. All three places were very much Ural territory.
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Postby tx2sturgis » Tue Feb 23, 2016 11:29 am

If you have the time you might plan a return trip along US60, from Phoenix area, thru Salt River Canyon and over to Show Low area.

One of the more famous motorcycle roads in Arizona.

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Postby siberman1 » Tue Feb 23, 2016 11:54 am

tx2sturgis wrote:If you have the time you might plan a return trip along US60, from Phoenix area, thru Salt River Canyon and over to Show Low area.

One of the more famous motorcycle roads in Arizona.

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Isn't that 87 and 260? At least that is what was on Bing maps. Is this what you meant?

Otherwise, 375 miles at 45mph average is simple math at about 8.5 (OK, 8.33) hours. Offhand, looking at that area, it may even be longer because of photo stops, rest stops, gawking, etc.

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Re: Ride Report in NM

Postby 505stevec » Tue Feb 23, 2016 10:52 pm

Our original plan was to go through Salt River and return through Glenwood so we can hit 191. Thinking on it, it might be more prudent to take 191 south so it's down hill... :)
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Re: Ride Report in NM

Postby tx2sturgis » Tue Feb 23, 2016 11:13 pm

siberman1 wrote:Isn't that 87 and 260? At least that is what was on Bing maps. Is this what you meant?

Otherwise, 375 miles at 45mph average is simple math at about 8.5 (OK, 8.33) hours. Offhand, looking at that area, it may even be longer because of photo stops, rest stops, gawking, etc.



There are a lot of good, scenic, enjoyable, roads in Arizona. On some of these roads, you will not average 45mph...more like 30.

The one I mentioned, US60, goes thru Salt River Canyon...making it somewhat well-known among riders in Arizona.



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Re: Ride Report in NM

Postby misplacedyank » Mon Feb 29, 2016 12:16 pm

505stevec wrote:Wow! Thanks for that info! :-) I will start riding by that route asap. Yeah 191 is a big reason we are looking at going through Tucson. We would make a big loop going down through Globe and coming back through Glenwood.

If you are hitting Globe, take 188 to 88, aka the Apache Trail. This trail is made for Urals! If you are coming this way give me a shout if you want another Ural to ride with. This could turn into an extended vacation with all the roads around here to ride on.
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Re: Ride Report in NM

Postby sagerat » Mon Feb 29, 2016 3:45 pm

Yep, AZ has several great Ural roads. Try the old Senator Hwy (original route between Phoenix and Prescott) a fun dirt road from I-17 through the Bradshaws, passing through Crown King to Prescott.
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Re: Ride Report in NM

Postby misplacedyank » Mon Feb 29, 2016 7:54 pm

sagerat wrote:Yep, AZ has several great Ural roads. Try the old Senator Hwy (original route between Phoenix and Prescott) a fun dirt road from I-17 through the Bradshaws, passing through Crown King to Prescott.


that is on the schedule for me to do. How long does the dirt road part of the ride take, any idea? I'm trying to see if the round trip Phx-Crown King-Prescott-Phx can be done in 1 day.
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Re: Ride Report in NM

Postby sagerat » Tue Mar 01, 2016 11:27 am

I did it in a day back in the day (1977) driving a 10-year-old six-banger Chevy 1/2 ton with three on the tree. The biggest challenge with the Ural will be getting to the Bumblebee exit on I-17 without getting run over.

Another fun dirt road was Castle Hot Springs between Wickenburg and NW Phoenix, you come out by Lake Pleasant.
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Re: Ride Report in NM

Postby misplacedyank » Sun Mar 06, 2016 8:50 pm

sagerat wrote: Another fun dirt road was Castle Hot Springs between Wickenburg and NW Phoenix, you come out by Lake Pleasant.


I've been checking that one out on Garmin Basecamp getting my route set. Might do that one in a couple of weeks.
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Re: Ride Report in NM

Postby 505stevec » Mon Mar 07, 2016 10:05 pm

My lovely wife and I took the Gear Up for a ride down SR 53 south of Grants. Stopped for lunch at the Ancient Way Café. My brother had to slow waaaay down on the Harley :)

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