Southwest.....question

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by mcso, Mar 11, 2017.

  1. scottrnelson

    scottrnelson Team Orange

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    If you'll consider California, Oakhurst has great street and dirt riding available. It's just a bit south of Yosemite.

    A bit further north, Placerville, Georgetown, Foresthill, or maybe Auburn all have good mountain roads and dirt available.

    You can ride pretty much all year in any of these locations and they don't have super hot summers like most of Arizona.
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  2. Sugra

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    Truth or Consequences NM: inexpensive, hot springs, lakes, lots of dirt and some good blacktop. Probably not a lot of nightlife though.
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  3. MotoChron

    MotoChron formerly cyclebabble

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    Prescott AZ seems like it is the place, a lot of people mention it. I have some friends that are moving there in a few years. When I was thinking of relocating it was at the top of my list, though I have never been. Good luck with your decision.
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  4. Jim Moore

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    It's pretty cold there in winter. Not Michigan cold, but below freezing frequently.
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  5. MotoChron

    MotoChron formerly cyclebabble

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    Yeah I read up on the climate while researching. I want snow, just not Michigan lake effect snow. Though that has changed since I bought a snowmobile. :D I guess I found the secret to enjoying where I live is to enjoy each season and not become a hermit. But not all people can handle the cold, and I know as I get older I don't enjoy it much either.
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  6. Reno9108

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    My 2 cents

    I keep my bikes in Reno (live in Alaska)
    1. Relatively small city, 10 minutes across town either direction.
    2. Great airline service (meaning cheap).
    3. Summer temps are very manageable, and a ride in the sierra's anytime between March and October is wonderful.
    4. Winter temps not so much. It does snow in the city but often doesn't last. If you ride south and east there are enough towns to stop in for the night before you get to the "real desert/warm SW". So if you can tolerate 40 degrees for a days ride it's okay.
    5. If things really get out of hand, spend a night in town and go skiing the next day, Lake Tahoe is beautiful. Nightly entertainment is okay, used to be better.
    6. The summertime pacific coast is just over the hill.

    I could go on but that is where I keep mine; and the BMW dealership in Sparks is a decent shop.
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  7. DHAM

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    If you like recreation opportunities, then Green Valley, Az. f you like small towns, then Patagonia, AZ, or maybe Arivaca.
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  8. boatdetective

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    IMG_0222.JPG I rented a Bonnie in Albuquerque in 15 and rode up through the mountains in the NE of NM. Absolutely magical! Tremendous road conditions. The variation in scenery was stunning. Taos was a great town. Santa Fe- meh- too touristy. I would strongly recommend a fly and ride. The shop in Alb also has Tiger 800s. I'll be in Vegas at the beginning of May and plan to rent a Tiger to take up into Zion. If you might consider that area of NM, I can give you a few pointers as far and scenic loops, etc. Lots to see and most of it is awesome.
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  9. AngryRed

    AngryRed Lost in Cyber Space

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    The guys at Sierra BMW have always been great whenever I go in, which isn't much now that I own a Tiger but I used to have an F800GS ;)

    Reno is great, but it's pretty damn cold out here in the winter. I know it may sound odd, but consider Las Vegas, I lived there 11 years. Beautiful weather in the winter, no snow, tons of desert trails and the best thing IMO is the proximity to many other locations. You're a days drive/ride to Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce, Moab, Duck Creek, the list is infinite if you want to move around a bit from your basecamp. Not to mention the nightlife in Vegas isn't half bad :babe

    Good luck!
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  10. Branchbuster

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    One place to certainly consider is Southern NM. The Trails that you ride will largely be ranch road 2 track or even graded, though sometimes rough , gravel roads. The true trail riding is up in the high country, which is also cold...say Colorado, Utah. You will find few "trails" in the Michigan sense of the term in the Southern SW. There are largely no tree areas in Southern, NM or Southern AZ at all. If you are in warm areas plan on trailering a long way to ride single track. But if you are in a cold area... You might as well have stayed in the Midwest. That is the real conundrum. For instance S. AZ and NM are in the 80s already in March. Temps in daytime range 55-90 from Jan- April and above 90 in May. It is 20 degrees colder yet in Northern part of AZ/NM/ TX/CO! I would look around on vacations to see what you like best. You can always rent or RV also . I took same route as you in 2004 as also from Michigan. Settled in Deming ,NM for winter, Spring, then home to MI in May. It gets brutally hot here by mid May.
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  11. BenOnBikes

    BenOnBikes n00b

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    I'm surprised that there's not more love for Las Vegas and Nevada as a whole.

    Nevada is empty. It's America's biggest motorcycle playground. The state and governments are becoming more supportive off off-road riding as well. The Nevada Backcountry Discovery Route just opened and it's brilliant with the route running close to Las Vegas.

    I've found that Arizona has lots of sandy stuff compared to NV. Not much fun taking a bike through sand.
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  12. Yard Sale

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    There's a whole lot of nothing to ride through if you want to do a road/adventure trip anywhere besides California. I guess LV isn't so bad, you are in Zion quickly, but Reno, damn. Cruise control, comfy seat, and keep an eye out for the NHP.

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