Tucson Area Rides Thread

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by Becktastic, Aug 5, 2010.

  1. goodtimes

    goodtimes local bum

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    How long are you going to be out (roughly)?

    I was thinking about a scenic road ride - but maybe I'll join this one . . .
  2. HoosierTrailmaster

    HoosierTrailmaster Just an Old Grizzly

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    I am guessing we will be back by 2PM...Will the Spill is going.
  3. Fastphil38

    Fastphil38 AZ Offroad

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    Hey Motos, Gas line ride.
    7:30 meet 8:00 ride
    quick paced, fun ride.
    sand,rocks,ST,dirt roads, and some slab.
    Golder Ranch Rd & Oracle Rd Valaro gas station
    4+ hours
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  4. sky_high

    sky_high Honda XR 400

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    Gasline ride looks like a blast. I used to live around dudleyville so i know that area pretty good. Im not going to be able to ride this time but next time for sure. I have a lot of things to get done and im turning 21 this week, so most likely be hungover Saturday morning! have an awesome ride guy's.
  5. Fastphil38

    Fastphil38 AZ Offroad

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    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! BE SAFE. Ride On! Phil
  6. Rangerscorn

    Rangerscorn Adventurer

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    New to the area and looking for someone to ride along with. I am free all this week, and riding a F800 gs. Looking forward to a meeting up.
  7. HoosierTrailmaster

    HoosierTrailmaster Just an Old Grizzly

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    Check out the ride up in Phoenix Saturday night. The Harvest Moon Ride. It is a big bike friendly night ride. Lots of great guys will be there.
  8. Rangerscorn

    Rangerscorn Adventurer

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    Looks great! I will be there. Now to fill the other 5 days :wink:
  9. SpeedySteve

    SpeedySteve Been here awhile

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    Howdy Folks -

    In short, I am planning November 23rd and 24th as ride days. We should meet up and ramble around southern Arizona.

    I have a public holiday on Friday the 23rd, and she does not. That means I will pack up on the GSA in the morning and head out somewhere. She may hop on the back on the 24th, but sounds like her social plans will put her out of the mix. So, freedom is calling!

    Super low key. Right now I am gauging interest. If folks are interested, we can hammer out details later.

    If interest is present, I am thinking meeting somewhere along the interstate between 0700-0800 depending on the route discussed. I am game for any of the following, and of course open to suggestions! Actually, all of the rides that I will list I have already done, so something new would be fun!

    • Willow Srings to florence area
    • backside of lemmon (we could even go up the access road then back and over reddington)
    • Cascabel road to either benson or to muleshoe ranch via 3 links
    • ruby road
    • hershaw to montezuma pass (maybe blast over middlemarch road too)
    • lochiel area (not fond of the sand, but I did just get a steering stabilizer)

    I am always down to explore new territory if one of your "favorite"/"go-to" rides is not in the list above.

    If you're interested, reply and we can work something out. If not, guess I will jam solo and rely on the inReach in the event SHTF.

    Cheers,

    Speedy

    P.S. I am also searching for a riding partner(s) for an xmas rally to Baja. The other day I decided that was a great use of my two weeks' vacation. So, I will be venturing down there for the first time on the new GSA for the holidays.
  10. DesertDuster

    DesertDuster Old Pueblo Rider

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    I am interested.
  11. StmbtDave

    StmbtDave AKA Invisible Dave

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    Interested but I'm down in Green Valley and 7:00 is a bit early to make it up to Tucson. Oh yea, I dislike deep sand on the dirt bike (ask FastPhil) and will go to lengths to avoid it on the 950 :eek1.

    Dave
  12. Godzillat2

    Godzillat2 Clown on mini bike

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    I've just recently bought a DR650 and have put in about 3 weeks of tinkering, tuning, and settin it up for riding off-road here around Tucson. I've owned and ridden street bikes for the last 20 years, and up until I was about 21 rode a lot of dirt bikes as I grew up in Scottsdale, mostly Huskies. Would like to tag along this weekend on any day rides that aren't too technical. I'm waiting on a set of MEFO tires that should come in the next day or so. Once I get those on I believe I'll be ready to go. I've prepped the bike well, and believe I have a good set of tools/spares on the bike. If nothing else I need to go on a couple of these rides just to learn where to ride. Thanks!
  13. SpeedySteve

    SpeedySteve Been here awhile

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    Ride Name: Willow Springs Tortilla mountains ramblings
    Date: November 23rd, 2012
    Meeting time: 0745
    Meeting location: Bruegger's Bagels @ River and Oracle. There is a Chevron station on the SE corner of River and Oracle to top off at before meeting.
    Estimated Length of Ride: up to 125-150 mile of dirt, 120 or so miles or tarmac. Should be a good day trip.
    Difficulty: meh, I'm on a 600 pound bike with a crappy front tire. Should be easy/medium. Bouncing around near Cochran road gets a bit bumpy, but nothing technical.
    Notes: bring food and ample water. There's no services to stop for munchies or water until we pop out near Kelvin and ride into Kearny.

    If anyone is familiar or recommends any of these roads we can easily deviate course and go exploring. I would like to explore whitlow ranch to diversion dam road to the west. Cochran road is a fun out and back as well that I think y'all would enjoy. Lots of opportunities for adv bike porn (taking exotica pictures of your bike with gnarly, awesome Arizona terrain in the background.) along Cochran to the Gila.

    If anyone has questions or request, holler! I am no acclaimed master trip organizer or planner, just figured we could make some new friends and ride motorcycles over the long weekend.

    I am hoping to get out on Saturday as well. We can chat about the route for Saturday near the end of the trip on Friday. I am getting a new tire put on at On Any Moto at 0900 Saturday. After I get some knobs, I'll be hitting the dirt somewhere.

    Cheers,

    Speedy
  14. Godzillat2

    Godzillat2 Clown on mini bike

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    I got called in to work tomorrow, but will be watching for any info on a Saturday ride. Thanks!
  15. ten4dude

    ten4dude n00b

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    I'm in.
  16. SpeedySteve

    SpeedySteve Been here awhile

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    Ride Name: Reddington to the backside of Lemmon
    Date: November 24th, 2012
    Meeting time: 0830
    Meeting location: Circle K E on Tanque Verde
    Estimated Length of Ride: 100 miles round trip?
    Difficulty: easy/medium. bumpy
    Notes: bring food and ample water. There's no services to stop for munchies or water.

    Not sure if I will make this ride. However, there are a few folks meeting at the designated place and time for a ride up and over reddington and up the backside of Lemmon. Always a fun ride!
  17. SpeedySteve

    SpeedySteve Been here awhile

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    Ride Name: Big Bend Christmas Trip
    Date: Departing December 23/24? TBD
    Meeting time: 0600
    Meeting location: Houghton parking area north of I10
    Estimated Length of Ride: 12-14 days; December 23/24-Jan 5th
    Difficulty: 1000 miles+ of dirt! 3,000ish total miles. Should be easy(er). I am riding a 600 lb bike with camping gear and food provisions
    Notes: read below


    Howdy Folks -

    I'm in the midst of planning of a Christmas Holiday on the motorcycle. 6 days of vacation from work net me a total of 15 consecutive days off from work. Needless to say, I plan to spend those day living out of the motorcycle; the way a proper holiday should be spent :D. Right now, I don't have any companions on this trip :(:. Even my SO is unable to take time off, so this is currently a solo trip. I apologize for the late posting given the potential magnitude of the trip. My original plans to Baja with a few buddies fell through due to scheduling and prep time. So, last weekend I start planning my backup trip, which is now my only trip, and the trip that I currently don't have any buddies tagging along with.

    I have spent a fair bit of time researching routes and things to do. My goal is to get to Big Bend National Park area from Tucson using as many feasible dirt roads as possible. That is my reason for posting most of the daily routes with Bing Maps, they allow routing with smaller secondary/tertiary roads.

    So, If you have a wide open Christmas break and want to tag along on a well planned trip - hit me up! I am a bit type A with planning, well, more like researching; while out on the trail I may deviate from the plan with knowledge of the surrounding area. I suppose the route doesn't deviate that much, but the timing may (you know how it is, finding fun alternative smaller dirt roads to the plan and spend more time exploring those and not really progressing along the planned route while the sun continues to set and you find a place a hundred or so miles from your planned destination for the night). This will be a cooler trip - I will be sporting heated gear. I also plan to tent most/all of the nights with the exception if a storm rolls through; in that case I will probably be in a hotel keeping dry / not snowy.

    Anyways, this trip should be a good hearty chunk of hella fun man time. If you want to tag along for the whole route - yay! If you have time for a few days - great! Come out and have fun, then ride home to entertain the inlaws or whatever responsible grown ups do :lol3

    Here is a link to the public dropbox folder that contains the word doc that acts as notes/itinerary and the good earth files that I will convert to .gpx format and toss on the GPS.

    I have national forest maps for Lincoln National Forest in NM, Delorme Atlas & Gazetteers for NM and TX, AAA state maps, and a specific map for Big Bend. I am very much a bing sat map/google earth road researcher, so the entirety of the route thus far seems to be reasonably passable by bikes according to imagery.

    The itinerary and GE files are works in progress. I hope to finalize the Big Bend trip research this weekend and update the dropbox folder with the latest itinerary and Google Earth files.

    If you're interested in a Christmas motorcycle holiday, hit me up! All parties interested, we will meet in person December 21 or 22 to discuss any pending matters and to allow me time to discuss the objectives and details of the route. Of course, we can be in contact by email/phone beforehand to discuss whatever.

    Cheers,

    Speedy
  18. BobM

    BobM DualSport

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    Ride Name: Bullsprings Rd/Flux Canyon
    Date:Saturday Jan 19, 2013
    Meeting time: 08:45am - Ride starts promptly at 9:00am
    Meeting location: Green Valley - Chevron Gas station at Continental and I-19
    Estimated Length of Ride: 200+ miles
    Difficulty: Mixture paved, hard packed 2-track, rocky climb (Flux Canyon). OK for stock DS bikes with experienced riders.

    This will be my first off-pavement ride on my new DR650 so I'll be keeping the route simple.

    Time and meeting place to be confirmed when I know who is going.

    Bob
    Updated: Time and place Jan 15.
  19. Artboy57

    Artboy57 Slave to THE MOUSE

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    Hey folks, any recommendations for some easy dirt around Tucson for a couple out-of-staters? On a 650 and a 400, staying with an in-law April 6 and 7. No GPS, looking for fire roads or interesting old mines, etc. Trying to avoid endless sand washes or single track stuff (hey, I'm an old guy!)Thanks for any advice.

    Chris (artboy)
  20. HoosierTrailmaster

    HoosierTrailmaster Just an Old Grizzly

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    Chris,

    Head down to the Santa Rita's (South of Tucson). Plenty of forest roads, some old mines, not many washes or single track, nice climb up to Gunsite Pass.