Day Trippin' with Deano

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  1. Deano955

    Deano955 Insatiable

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    We hit the base of Mt. Lemmon at about 6:45 am today.

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    The last time I rode my motorcycle on this road would have been around 1996/ '97. I came out to visit with my first '93 Ducati 900SS in the back of my Ford.

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    I crashed that bike on Mt. Lemmon during that visit. I hit a patch of ice, lost the front wheel, low sided, the bike hit a guard rail and the frame was bent. Totaled. That was a long time ago. I've learned a lot about riding since then and applied most of what I've learned trying to keep up with the old man this morning!

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    Dad's got skills. Couldn't catch up heading up the hill...

    We swapped bikes on the way down. Both enjoyed the change and appreciated each other's ride. I've always loved his Ninja.

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    Great photos!!
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  4. Moyle

    Moyle moyle

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    For sharing such a great photo. I'm not really that goofy fellows.

    I'm an excellent rider.
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  5. Deano955

    Deano955 Insatiable

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    Definitely. Definitely an excellent rider.
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  6. Yellow Pig

    Yellow Pig Allergic to Asphalt!

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    Nice!

    What's the story behind the Ninja street fighter?
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    Looked like a good time,wish i could ride with my dad,thanks for sharing
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  8. Dillard

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    When Deano says it was windy he's understating it a bit. 44mph winds on Saturday. I passed a lot of bikes as I drove in to Cortez with my family. Although I've gotten used to riding in wind, Saturday looked dangerous as hell. Glad to hear you made it through the day safely. I can't wait to get out there on two wheels in a couple weeks.
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  9. Deano955

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    Hey Dan, thanks for asking.

    Moyle likes to customize his bikes. The 'Ja has worn the street fighter clothes before. Ever since he put the LSL handlebars kit on it which allowed him to get back on the Ninja after not riding it for a couple of years.

    He had all the bodywork on it up until last week.

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    He was very quickly riding Mt. Lemmon early in the morning when he suddenly felt a big impact on the left side. Lucky to not crash from it he turned around to see what he hit. Nothing there but he saw a small herd of deer down the hill. Upon inspection back at home he found hair and blood stuck in the plastic. Some critter had a serious headache that morning and now his beloved Ninja is naked once again...

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  10. Deano955

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    It was crazy windy that day. I agree, dangerous. That's why I pulled off the road in Dove Creek and enjoyed a greasy green chili burger at Deb's Diner for far longer than I wanted to...

    That said, riding those parts without the wind would be heavenly. :deal
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    Thanks, I try...
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    I left my dad's place around 9-9:30 after one more ride up Mt. Lemmon. Heading up, he smoked me once again. We decided on a little drag race that morning. He thought he would take it easy on me with his lighter bike with similar power to weight ratio. He let me have a little head start. He lost. Big time....

    I was going to stay another day and ride home via similar roads that I took heading out but after looking over the maps with my dad he convinced me I should ride some other way home.

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    I slabbed it up I-10 to Phoenix and hated every minute of it. 90 something miles of cops, construction and HOT! That was nothing compared to US 60 out to Wickenberg. If I had any clue as to how many stop lights there were on that stretch I would never have gone that way. 100+ temps, ATGATT, and a seemingly endless parade of retirees in Buicks...

    Sucked big time! But, it was worth it.
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  13. Deano955

    Deano955 Insatiable

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    Arizona 89 from about Yarnell to Prescott was an absolute riot!!! While sitting in my motel room in Flagstaff Wednesday night, I wrote an email to my dad telling him that this particular section of road is God's Gift to motorcyclists. It is.

    89A, from Prescott to Sedona does not suck either.

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    Stopped just above the town of Jerome, AZ.

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    Jerome, what time is it?

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    Morris Day out of my mind now, Jerome reminded me of small towns in the Italian Alps that I was lucky enough to visit a long time ago. It would be nice to go back some time.
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    89 from Sedona to Flagstaff was rough at best. Traffic out of Sedona was heavy. This normally doesn't present a problem as horsepower makes for easy passing. But this time, heading up Oak Creek Canyon, I had the pleasure of following about 10 cars behind a LEO. Fun. :deal LEO eventually turned around, about 2/3 the way up the twisties. It's a beautiful stretch of road when you can breathe...

    I arrived in Flagstaff around 4 pm. It was a gorgeous afternoon so I decided to stop for the night. I got a room at the Knight's Inn for the lowest price of any of the rooms I stayed in on this trip. It was a decent room. Clean, new bathroom and wifi for less than $50. Deal.

    The sunlight in Flagstaff at around 6 pm was all right too. I had a few IPA's, felt all artsy fartsy and walked around the older section of town with my camera.

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    All that walking after all that hot riding made this boy thirsty. I'm not sure I've had a better tasting Mojito

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    The Panang Curry was delicious as well. Best meal I had on the entire trip and cheap too. Dinner and drink for less than $20 with tip. I like Flagstaff.

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    I slept well in Flagstaff but still woke up around 4am. Par for the course when hanging out with dad. I got busy around 4:30 am and did some sketches for one of my projects, emailed them to my boss, then was on the road by 6. There were a lot of deer on US 180 that morning. Fortunately, I did not experience what my old man had last week.

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    Beautiful light, low traffic. Best way to ride through the Park.

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    The Grand Canyon is always worth the trip. Especially when you arrive during the Golden Hours. I didn't stay very long because I've been there, done that and had other places to see. I wasn't sure how far I would go and had not been on 89 from Page, AZ so that was the direction I motored.

    Most of the ride to Page from the big hole in the ground is a journey through barren desert along straight, rough asphalt. There a a few turns but not many. Most of what one sees is big sky, wind and reddish rock. Beautiful. Then there is this little engineering marvel called the Glen Canyon Dam.

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    This little number is why myself, my dad, and so many others have been able to experience the pleasures of Lake Powell. Most of my dealings with engineers leave me frustrated. This one always puts a smile on my face.
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    I met a father and son riding today. They were from Ft. Collins, CO about 1.5 hours from where I live. The son was riding a Ninja ZX9R of the same vintage as my dad's. We were stopped on the highway for construction south of Page. Dispersed and met again at the Glen Canyon Dam Visitor Center. I'm pretty sure that both of them will remember this trip for the rest of their lives. I know I will.

    The ride from Page, Arizona to Kanab, Utah is not special. It's pretty if you've not seen red sandstone before but for me it was straight, with rough pavement and a good amount of wind. Kanab was an oasis. I stopped only long enough to refuel the Bird. Leaving Kanab the ride became a whole lot more fun!

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    I'm sure that most Utards know this but until 2 days ago, I had no idea. Utah 12 is perhaps the best motorcycle road ever! Granted, this statement comes from my limited experience, but holy balls that road is amazing! :clap

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    I had so much fun riding that it was difficult to stop for photos. If you ever have the chance, ride it! You won't be sorry. From deep, hot, sandstone canyons, to riding an alpine ridge line barely wide enough for two way traffic, and everything in between, this road delivers everything the sport-touring rider craves.

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    I wasn't the only hooligan out there:

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    After perhaps one of the best rides I have ever been on, I spent the night in Torrey, Utah. My Days Inn motel room was pricey at best. But, being my last night on this trip I was OK with it. I even decided to splurge for dinner.

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    My tequila mojito was excellent. The Rattlesnake Cakes were interesting, and the turkey main course was OK at best. My server Renee was a peach however.

    Torrey is a town where I would like to spend more time. At the edge of Capitol Reef National Park, there are incredible riding adventures to be had. Dual sport, sport, pedal bikes, heck, even hiking to the 10th power.
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    The big finish.

    I left the bucolic town of Torrey by 6 am Friday morning. Riding east, into the cornea-burning sun, the canyons of Capitol Reef National Park have been burned into my mind.

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    Exiting the twisting sandstone canyon along Utah 24 at Hanksville, on one of the fastest production motorcycles ever produced, I stretched my legs... Not the first time on this trip to be well into triple digits, but I made some time to say the least. :wink:

    While enjoying breakfast in Green River, waiting for the sun to get higher, I planned my route home.

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    http://www.whitehorsegear.com/the-complete-guide-to-motorcycling-colorado-2

    http://www.butlermaps.com/

    But, it is because of these two that I had the pleasure of riding the Grand Mesa Scenic Byway. Breathtaking almost comes close.

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    From CO 65 to CO 133 over McClure Pass,

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    then in to Carbondale, Aspen and over Independence Pass,

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    to Buena Vista, Fairplay, and home on the High Grade;

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    it was an outstanding road trip. One that I will remember for the rest of my life. One that I won't take for granted. Who knows when the next time I will get to ride with my dad might be.

    2722 miles on my 2000 Honda Blackbird with absolutely ZERO troubles.One could write an essay covering the virtues of sport touring on a budget with this bike. I just bought/ stole it this winter with 10k miles on it. Why pay $16K for a comparable new sport touring bike?

    Until my next day trippin'

    Cheers
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  20. Moyle

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    Glad you had a good time. Your photos were great. Wish I had gone with.
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