Highway 7 in Arkansas

Discussion in 'Tejas and the Gulf States' started by zvez, Jan 11, 2014.

  1. rocker59

    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

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    To address your 1st question, AR-7 from Hot Springs northward is a fun road. It can have traffic depending upon day and time of day. There are some passing zones and some spots for DL passing.

    When riding on any of the roads up here, don't be hung up on keeping all six bikes in formation, and you'll do better. Maybe plan on being able to break the group of six into three pairs to make passing easier. But you probably do that anyway, since you're Euro sport-tourers.

    Speed limits are 55mph outside city limits. They will be as low as 30mph in town limits. Obey the speed limits in the little towns and you should be fine. Jessieville is a notable place north of Hot Springs that will have a cop running radar, but all of them do. State Trooper enforcement is thin in most places, but as noted 341 (and also the north end of 123) will have a trooper presence due to frequent squid crashes on Saturdays.

    You really can't go wrong in The Ozarks. It's some great sport-touring country.

    :ricky

    North of The Arkansas River, pretty much every road that crosses AR-7 is a great motorcycling road. 123, 16, 74, 327.
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  2. JayElDee

    JayElDee not saying what I mean

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    chiming in, NW Ark has the best motorcycle roads in the country. Look for any squiggly line on the map. Almost all surfaces are good, almost all are little trafficked and almost all have little law presence.
    Push mtn is a great road, so do it on a weekday. The roads leading to it ain't bad neither! 14 is a lot of fun toward the west.
    123 shown in the vids is arguably the twistiest of the commonly ridden roads, but there are others, eg the road up Mt Nemo. No one mentioned the road over Mt Magazine, or anywhere on 74; those are fine too. 7 does have traffic, but in my experience, far less N of Russelville. We're talking 70 mph sweepers.
    I've used Jasper as a base for day rides and that location works pretty well. Clarksville does too.

    Also, as the Oark Cafe and Turner's Bend have been mentioned, I'll mention the Ozark Cafe in Jasper as a very worthwhile place to eat. Across the street from there is the Blue Mountain Deli, also good. Higher end is the Boardwalk Cafe, part of Arkansas House Inn-a fine place to stay.

    NW Arkansas is dart board territory, throw a dart, see where it lands and go for that road. I will add that if you are going up there soon, watch the weather. It can be VERY cold up there.
    People have mentioned something along the lines of slow down and smell the roses...that's a real problem in Arkansas. the roads just lend themselves to speed and it's hard to slow down, not talking crazy squid speeds, but the roads just beg for a "brisk" pace. If you've never been you're in for a treat.
    John

    PS If you're thinking about Hot Springs, I'd say no. My preference would be go a little farther west and catch 27 to the north, and the Little Italy Restaurant in Glenwood. The chef is from Naples, doesn't speak much English and cooks up some terrific Italian dishes
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  3. MartiniUp

    MartiniUp Long timer

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    No more info on AR is allowed as of NOW. The state is closed by exec order. Period. Got it?!!!! :deal
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  4. ozarkrider

    ozarkrider Discombobulated Sociopath

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    :lol3:lol3:lol3

    Ya ol' curmudgeon. Weather gettin' to ya?
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  5. Thumpstart92

    Thumpstart92 Been here awhile

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    Hwy 123 is the only way to go
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  6. jsb223

    jsb223 ADV Rookie

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    google "harrison ride guide"...
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  7. dirty_sanchez

    dirty_sanchez Dirty_Sanchez

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    How'ya been doing since crossing paths on "The Boudin Tour"

    Dirty
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  8. dogjaw

    dogjaw plays well alone

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    Hwy 9 from Allison to Melbourne is very under rated, but easily in my top 5. Another is 235 off of 65, east over to 14 then down to 341... 123 is a terrible road, covered with gravel, state troopers and ugly hippie chicks... At least that's what I want everyone to think.


    The Ride for Trevor:
    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=941454
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  9. ArkieRider

    ArkieRider Been here awhile

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    Agreed on Hwy 9... fantastic. Fun loop out of Mnt View is: hwy 87 to 14 East, cross over hwy 5 and get on hwy 9 to Melbourne. South on hwy 69 over to Hwy 58 thru Guion, then 14 back to Mtn View. :clap. Sorry...thats off topic though..
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  10. dickosaurus

    dickosaurus Geezer Coalition

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    If you're around Hot Springs on a Wed. night, get a room at the Arlington Hotel and walk across the street to the Ohio Club for the "Hump Night Blues Jam". We've been a number of times and never came away disappointed.
    And, oh yeah, Arkansas is motorcycle heaven in my book whether you're talking street, dirt, or dual sport. If we didn't have old folks to take care of over in the 'Nations', we'd have moved long ago.
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  11. advmgm

    advmgm Long timer

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    This is true. Harrison is a great base camp city with miles and miles of great riding in all directions around it. Lucky me, I live 15 miles north of Harrison.

    Sent from The Edge on a WR250r
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  12. FJ Fun

    FJ Fun Grouchy Old Squid

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    Not to mention that there are several motorcycle shops there to bail you out when you have figured out that you destroyed a set of tires in an impossibly short period of time.

    Joe
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  13. swoody126

    swoody126 Been here awhile

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    no chicken strips left :rofl
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  14. advmgm

    advmgm Long timer

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    True dat. There are Yamaha, Honda and Kawasaki shops in town all within two miles of each other.

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  15. frankrca

    frankrca n00b

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    :norton I rode this section in 2013 and met skate boarders coming down the section around minute 3 using both lanes and having a ball. Many [people out with cameras and making sure uphill traffic stopped to let the crew ride in safety. Great to see!!!!
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  16. advmgm

    advmgm Long timer

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    This is Hw 7 - you won't like it because with all those twists and curve why shoot, you can't relax for a second!
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