AZ High County Rides, 2020

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  1. AZ Africa Twin

    AZ Africa Twin From the AZ High Country

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    Couldn’t stand it any longer! Have been off the bike due to weather and banged up legs but today the sun was out, the road out of my subdivision had melted off, and it was time to ride!

    Of course at 7000 ft the forest roads are still closed, and are either mud or still have snow.

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    Fortunately 25 miles to the south is Sedona, with warm temps and dry roads. Time to shake off winter cabin fever.

    Anxious to get there and get some riding in I took the interstate. The AT was ready to stretch her legs and coming up the on ramp and passing a semi I looked down and she was doing triple digits. Woah girl, settle down.

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    Set out with a few extra layers but after just a short distance on FR 789, it was 69 deg and I was shedding my jacket liner. Javelina hunters told me the road may be closed on top due to mud and snow, but the gate to adventure was open!

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    It is just a short ride back up to Stoneman Road, but just what I needed to get my butt off the couch and up on the pegs. It was a good chance to knock the dust off of my lack of riding and to get some dust on the bike.

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    After the forest road I took Stoneman Lake Road over to Lake Mary Rd. Saw very few vehicles, mostly the Javelina hunters (nope not a pig, actually a rodent). The others were shed hunters, for you city folks, no they were not looking for sheds that the elk spend the winter in, but the antlers they shed each year.

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    With a name like this, it’s probably not that safe in warm weather either!

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    A stop at the frozen lake and a view of the snowy peaks on the way back into town was a great way to end the first ride of the year. Hopefully there will be many more to soon to come.
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  2. KingOfFleece

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    I think I'd ride 89A from Flagstaff to Sedona every day if I lived there.
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  3. AZ Pete

    AZ Pete Been here awhile

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    I did for 9 years (1979-1988). I lived in the Village of Oak Creek and worked in Sedona for the Forest Service. I had a 1978 R100S that I commuted on, and rode the canyon often to see friends in Flagstaff, etc. We had a small group of BMWMOA members that met every Sunday morning and rode somewhere to breakfast. We rode to Flagstaff, Prescott, Strawberry, or Mormon Lake depending on weather and whim. Fun times, and very little traffic in those days. I also had a 1960 R69 with a Jupiter side car, but it was not as much fun in the canyon.
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  4. AZ Africa Twin

    AZ Africa Twin From the AZ High Country

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    89A is a great road and the scenery is hard to beat.

    Nice road to take your time on and enjoy the sights but traffic can get heavy in the summer and someone is always in a hurry to pass on dangerous sections. Most weekends traffic can back up in both directions coming into town.

    Not that much traffic off season until you get to Sedona which over the past few years has seen a huge increase in tourists.
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  5. KingOfFleece

    KingOfFleece SplitWeight(tm) waterproof seat covers Supporter

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    My wife and I want to move to AZ in a few years when the last one is out of school.
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  6. AZ Africa Twin

    AZ Africa Twin From the AZ High Country

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    Here are some pics of 89A to either hold you over until you move or make you pack your bags now.

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    I didn’t ride down Oak Creek Canyon yesterday on the bike due to weekend traffic and road construction. I ride it a lot and hope that I’m not starting to take it for granted. Drove back up it today for work and to get you some pictures.

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    Enjoy, and if you move hopefully I’ll still be here and we can get some riding in.

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  7. KingOfFleece

    KingOfFleece SplitWeight(tm) waterproof seat covers Supporter

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    Wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  8. Sal Pairadice

    Sal Pairadice Captain Obvious

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    AZAT - Great report. I have tentative plans to fly to Phoenix with a buddy and will probably take one of the AT's from AZride rentals. I am almost thinking of calling it off because from what I read low temps around Jerome and Prescott.

    We are supposed to go Feb 17 - what do you think our odds are for having comfy temps up there?
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  9. riderbrad

    riderbrad Been here awhile Supporter

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    Spent time in Sedona several winters, but the last couple of times the traffic is so bad that it's taken some of the enjoyment out of it. Trying the St. George, UT area this year. Got a couple good rides in around there at Christmas time. Heading back there in March. Hopefully a little warmer and dryer then.
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  10. AZ Africa Twin

    AZ Africa Twin From the AZ High Country

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    To me it is comfy down there, warmer than up here.

    We have much lower humidity than back East so the cooler temps will be much more tolerable. Have layers to dress for cold and shed them during the day. It does snow in Prescott, but if it is usually short lived. There is a also a lot of great riding further to the south. You won’t be disappointed riding around Roosevelt Lake, Tonto Basin, Apache Trail, Tortilla Flats, or down to Tombstone. Southern AZ has the best during the winter months. AzRide used to put out a booklet of awesome roads, ask them to send you one. Wherever you go you will have a blast.

    If you come up to the higher elevations you are likely to have much colder temps and snow. The weather can turn quickly in the high country, so expect the temps to be in the 20s or lower (Flagstaff) in the mornings and possible heavy snow anywhere above the Mogollon Rim. Last winter we rode up here almost every month, but they are expecting a harsher winter this year.

    PS: Airfare and hotel rates drop as temps in Phoenix rise, so later months might work better for you.

    Good luck and reach out to me if you need anything.
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  11. Sal Pairadice

    Sal Pairadice Captain Obvious

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    Thanks man. I have been to AZ many times. It seems to me looking at the weather forecast that this winter is colder for you than other winters I have been out there. Is that right?
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  12. AZ Africa Twin

    AZ Africa Twin From the AZ High Country

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    This one could be according to the forecast, last year was an exception. Most of the heavy snow fall is in February and March. Coldest I’ve seen since I’ve been here is -11. Most snow was 54 inches in two days. The winters actually seem to be getting milder.
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  13. keithg

    keithg Been here awhile

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    Prescott area is less crazy traffic and a little less $$$ and a little more conservative than Sedona. The aging hippies with Prius's and Bernie bumper stickers are much more common in Sedona. Both areas have MANY 2 lane roads to enjoy as well as off road trails!
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    AZ TOM Long timer Supporter

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  15. AZ Africa Twin

    AZ Africa Twin From the AZ High Country

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    Winter Ride for Ribs!

    Old Dudes Matter got himself a sweet customized Street Glide to replace the Ultra he totaled last year. He was itching to ride it so our excuse was to ride from Flagstaff to Kingman to Redneck’s BBQ to bring some bones home for dinner. The Africa Twin is in my garage torn down to add some electronics, so it was time to break out the ADV HARLEY.

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    In the low 50s when we left but it was a great ride. After hitting Old Rt 66 through Williams we stopped in Seligman for a burger at the Roadkill Cafe. Then it was warm riding all the to Kingman. My old 2006 HD Road King has a habit of sucking up gas on long stretches of road. Turning into the gas station I swear she sputtered and it took 5.25 gal in my 5 gal tank! It must have been an omen from above for there sat a small gas can that someone had apparently used then set next to the trash can. Ok Lord I get the message quit pushing it! The can went into my side case and I promise to carry it with me, with gas in it!

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    Mission accomplished we headed home with Old Dudes Matter stuffing a full rack of ribs into his side cases. Think the pooch in the home made side car smelled them.

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    We rode home on the interstate and I laughed when ODM hit a tumbleweed that was just minding its own business and trying to cross the road. It exploded all around us and I was laughing so hard I think I sucked some down my wind pipe. It was sticking out on both sides of his new bike and he tried kick it off one side then the other but it was firmly lodged in his crash bars and floor boards. He shed most of it for a mile or so until we found an exit for him to remove the rest of it.

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    The section of 66 between Deer Farm Rd & Parks was the coldest part of the trip, a lot of shaded areas and snow along the road.

    Made it home just before dark after fun 330 mile run for some great BBQ.
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    • Have you ever taken the dirt road at Peach Springs down to the river?
    • If so, what do you think of it?
    • I was staying at Blakes Ranch near Kingman, but never made it there, plus they wanted $ 25 to use the road!
    • I did make it to Hackberry ,spent $ 50 on 66 stuff.,all good.
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  17. AZ Africa Twin

    AZ Africa Twin From the AZ High Country

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    Are you talking about the road up to the Skywalk, Indian Rt 18? It was closed at one time and a rancher was charging to reroute across as his land and really pissed people off.

    I think you are probably talking about Indian Rt 6, Diamond Creek Rd. It goes from a Peach Springs down to the River. I used to work on that reservation and AZ Mt Thumper and I are planning to ride it later this Spring.

    I believe a permit is required to either use it or camp on the reservation, but don’t know if there is a fee for it. My contacts there offered to obtain a permit for me when we decide to do it. I’ll let you know how the road and ride was afterwards.
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  18. 2 SPOT

    2 SPOT bring the rape whistle

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    sounds like he's talkin about diamond creek rd. i had a bad experience and almost got arrested, and not interested in going back. but a group of guys rode it a couple years after my exp and had a good time so,,,

    to answer the Q, its an easy dirt road and the river canyon is pretty cool down there
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  19. eaglescan

    eaglescan Borrego rocks Supporter

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    Yes, it would be Diamond creek rd. They advertise it as the only road that goes all the way down to the Colorado in the G.C.
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  20. Reidy008

    Reidy008 I,m in if we go fast

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    I would really advise not overloading the rear rack on the Africa Twin. Lots of those snapping in half under weight.
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