Cochise County AZ Ride Coordination

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by claycraig, Dec 17, 2009.

  1. StromHunter

    StromHunter Only the tip hurts....

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    I am a Cochise County resident now throwing myself in the mix of ADVRIDER (formerly only on KLR650.net), looking for some occasional small group rides in the area as my two former riding partners have moved. Former on KLR's, TTR's, XT250, and ??. I am a rider that did things the KLR was not supposed to do (you can run a KLR dropping oil for at least 80 miles after LANDING high center, breaking the welds on a aluminum crash plate, and puncturing the crank case! :baldy) but am now on a 2012 VStrom Adventure that I have farkled out a bit. This was my "roadish" bike, but I have cleaned out the stable (making room for new toys) and am now NEEDING to get the Strom on trails after I swap tires early March. I am not timid nor inexperienced, however I do have some things to work into as I am short and the bike is tall, as well as this is the largest DS I have owned (touching the ground on hills is usually not an option). Between this thread and the Tucson thread, I hope to meet some great people and to continue riding our awesome trails in the SW. I am hoping to squeeze in at least one really good ride in each month, however I bow hunt A LOT (sometimes off my motorcycles) and coach the MSF BRC/BRC-U, so some months have more freedom than others.
  2. Zahnarzt

    Zahnarzt Been here awhile

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    This is a cross-post. Just trying to get more eyes-on.

    Small family (Three kids 7 to 14) moving (Military Change of Station) to Ft Huachuca Arizona and are really aren't finding the type of house we want.
    If any one knows of a place 10-25 (negotiable of course) acres, active or recently active farm or ranch type activity that would like someone to keep it going for three to four years and won't charge us unreasonable prices we are country people that need to get back to taking care of a place.
    Ideally it wouldn't be more than 30 min from Ft Huachuca, but any place will be considered.
    We may be interested in an outright purchase if it is a good fit for us.
    It would need to have a large garage or barn for the stable (bikes) and preferably easy access to miles and miles of single track :D

    Please pm if you know someone or are someone who would like to sell or rent your place to a mature family who just likes a bit of privacy and really enjoys the outdoors.

    Thanks,

    Z
  3. pacadermng67

    pacadermng67 Adventurer

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    Hey,

    I just moved to Sierra Vista from Kansas and am looking for some trails to ride my KDX 200. Does anyone have any recommendations on where to ride?

    I'm looking into adding a dual sport to the stable as well which I am sure would open up riding opportunities, being street legal and all.

    Thanks
  4. DrLax

    DrLax I like the desert.

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    Pacadermng67,
    Head over Montezuma Pass in the Coronado National Memorial. If I have dirt bikes I unload at the visitors center before going over the mountain. Once over the pass you can turn left and head south to the border road. It's easy dirt road along the border that I frequently ride my GS on. For a little more challenge, instead of heading to the border, stay on the road to Parker Canyon Lake, there are some trails that branch off the road and head into the mountains. Unfortunately you'll probably eventually hit gates to the Fort which are welded closed. Stop by Parker Canyon Lake and jump in to cool off. There's not much cell phone signal or anything else out there so plan according.

    At the DMV ask about getting an OHV sticker for about $28 then when you register and plate your bike it's $4.50. You have to get the OHV sticker before registering the bike to get the $4.50 registration. Even if your bike isn't street legal you can get a plate and ride to the trails. I've heard that some trails in Northern Arizona are well patrolled and they are looking for OHV stickers and handing out tickets if you don't have it.

    Also look at getting an Arizona State Land Trust permit which is about $25. Arizona is a patch work of state trust land and you're supposed to have the permit whether riding or hiking.

    Have fun and bring plenty of water. I also bring a first aid kit, a tarp for shade, a handgun, and a few other things in case I have to spend the night out there.
  5. verboten

    verboten confused

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    FYI, you don't need the state trust rec permit to ride a motorcycle across trust land if you have an AZ OHV tag. Only need it for leaving a staging vehicle on Trust land or other non-riding recreation. It's part of the OHV law :)
  6. pacadermng67

    pacadermng67 Adventurer

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    Thanks for the tips. Sounds like some decent riding in Coronado NF. I do need to look for a street legal bike so I can try out the AZBDR.

    Chris
  7. Zahnarzt

    Zahnarzt Been here awhile

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    Intro-

    Just moved to Sierra Vista.
    Willing to do long or short rides as time / family permit.
    Main ride is a DRZ400S, also have EXC300 for all off road stuff.
    Will be getting the kids some motos once we get settled in so we can do some family rides/camping

    Z
  8. mntdawg

    mntdawg NOT FRAGILE OR GREEN

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  9. StromHunter

    StromHunter Only the tip hurts....

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    Glad to see a little more action on the Cochise County thread! My DL000 is getting a little work done on it right now (sandy fuel in Pecos,Texass makes it sound like I have a turbo!) but I have a DL650 ready to so some light play with this weekend. I have BattleWings on the 650 so I won't hit anything too crazy offroad, but Montezuma is feasible. if the 1000 is ready by the weekend I am game for some more challenging stuff. For those new to the area, Montezuma Pass and over to the ghost towns of Duquesne, Lochiel, Harshaw, etc. Some good sites there, plus you may find the spring that has the turquoise water/rocks from the copper leeching through.

    If anyone is interested in doing Monte and a few ghost towns, let me know. If all plated bikes we can loop to Sonoita for lunch at the gas station and slab back, or we can return over Montezuma if someone is not plated.
  10. Zahnarzt

    Zahnarzt Been here awhile

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    Thanks MNTDAWG

    I've read up a bit and am very anxious to get ridding.
    We are moving from Europe and my bikes are still crated up on an ocean liner somewhere.:(

    If anyone has a cheap bike they want gone... let me know...
    So I can get to riding before my kids drive me bonkers.

    Z
  11. mntdawg

    mntdawg NOT FRAGILE OR GREEN

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    Your welcome Z;

    Looks like your bike stable is similar to mine, DR650, DRZ400, two 200EXCs.
    Almost four months since I left the desert, I am starting to itch for it, a little.
    For now I have to deal with riding this stuff.
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  12. Zahnarzt

    Zahnarzt Been here awhile

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    Man, that's some nice riding.
    I can honestly say "I'd like to go to there."
    I was actually in the market for the 200 but none to be found in my locale. So I grabbed the 300 that was for sale. It pushes my riding limits to be sure.
    And I sold the XT600 when I went overseas.

    Z
  13. AZchunk

    AZchunk Fat Guy on a Little Bike

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    welcome to Ft. WEGOTCHA! I have a klr that might be for sale if we get a movie this year.
  14. StromHunter

    StromHunter Only the tip hurts....

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    Anyone up for a Montezuma Pass and/or Canelo Pass ride Saturday morning (July 23rd)? Anyone new to the area may want to run by a couple of the ghost town spots. My V is back on its wheels and I need to give her a little test run after some repairs. Short notice, but if any interest I will put meet-up location and sidestands up time.
  15. swimmer

    swimmer armchair asshole

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    Not interested in this ride but, how long does it take to get from Parker Canyon lake to SV via Montezuma Canyon Rd.?
  16. StromHunter

    StromHunter Only the tip hurts....

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    Depending on your pace, stops for pics, MAYBE 90 minutes. There are plenty of side routes one can take and stretch it out if you would like. I know from that from the intersection of Coronado Memorial Road/HWY 92 to Parker Canyon Lake can be done in an hour at a leisurely pace. SV is right up the road from the intersection
  17. Varget22

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    mntdawg,
    I moved down here to Sierra Vista from just south of Grand Junction. Your pictures remind me of Taylor park. My first experience with single track was in Taylor park. When it gets cold enough up there and you head back down here I would like to meet up and do some ridding. I picked up a used KTM back in the spring that is street legal with a desert tank.
  18. Zahnarzt

    Zahnarzt Been here awhile

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    Varget,

    What type of KTM did you get and when do you want to ride?

    Z
  19. Varget22

    Varget22 Adventurer

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    Its an 06 525 EXC. I've been going thru the whole bike to find all the issues and deal with them in my garage instead of on the trail. Been waiting for the monsoon to stop and cool off a bit. I ran it up Carr canyon to the top a couple weeks ago to shake any bugs and dial the suspension a little. I've never even looked at a KTM before this bike, just did a little reading and came up with a 525EXC. My last dirt bike was an 01 DRZ400E. I have most Fridays and all Saturdays and Sundays off.
  20. Zahnarzt

    Zahnarzt Been here awhile

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    I still have my 01 DRZ(S) and told myself id part it out when it died...It hasn't let me down once. ..
    I also have an exc300 that scares me and i only ride it when suicidal...:-)

    Im up for easy sat or sunday rides anytime and I'll do some hardcore on occasion if i have someone to call 911 for me.

    We (and anyone else thats is availible ) should meet up sometime and plan out a route.

    Z