Riding: Northern Utah or Southern Arizona?

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  1. MotorcycleWriter

    MotorcycleWriter Long timer

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    I have excellent job opportunities in both areas right now: Tucson and Logan. While some may find my reasoning shallow and childish, accessibility and quality of on and off-road riding is probably more important to me than job benefits and affordable housing. Either way I’ll be a lot closer to everything I like to do than I am right now. I’ve been to both areas but have never lived in either. So, what do y’all say?
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  2. 10K

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    Cold or hot, your choice.
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  3. Motorius

    Motorius Road trippin'

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    Probably better riding for more months down south.
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  4. jtwest

    jtwest Redneck Adventererer

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    yes, agreed. duration of riding throughout the year in AZ. But in Utah, you would also be closer to Idaho riding areas, which is good.
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  5. pranajerni

    pranajerni Been here awhile

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    trees and water or longer riding season?
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  6. jtwest

    jtwest Redneck Adventererer

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    oh theres trees. probably about the same as Utah....and not just longer.. never a time when you cant ride


    update: Utah, 16 million acres forest is about 29% . AZ 20 million acres forest is about 28%.
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  7. MotorcycleWriter

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    I’ve heard the Tucson ‘riding season’ is roughly from September to June. I’ve been there in the summer and ridden but it was hot. The N.Utah ‘riding season’ is from around April to December with lots of time in the winter where it would be sort of ridiculous/impossible to get out on a bike, though I’m sure it happens.
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    jtwest Redneck Adventererer

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    I personally prefer heat so i typically ride well into july/aug. but i hesitate in feb. in summer some guys will get up really early and ride till 10 for short rides. For longer rides you just go up north for the day/weekend.


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  9. jtwest

    jtwest Redneck Adventererer

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    Inmate "ridewestktm" spent most of his life riding southern Idaho. He might know the riding conditions south of the border. I know southern Utah is great but i dont recall much in the north.


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