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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Chillis, Feb 29, 2020.
I dunno, could be anything.
if i did that, id just buy another dr650.
for the entry price of a 701, i could completely dial in the DR.
my DR was pretty much perfect, but i sold it.
I'm telling you guys - the new T7 is the Goldilocks we've been wanting for enduro/adventure riding.
It's never going to replace a proper dirt bike, but it's going to be an XR650 offroad, and an AT onroad - only better!
I'm getting a white one
Been waiting, for years!
I was going to be leaving for LV/Downtown Grand on Friday for a 3/29 - 4/3 combo visit with friends and day trips but no more. Between the LV shutdown, things getting weird everywhere, and my corporate IT support model completely changing, ...
Our thoughts are with the fine folks of LV and the wonderful hospitality that has been shown us.
For riding small bikes on highways; I've used the strategy of finding a slower moving RV or (no offense intended) an old couple in a Buick to pace.
When following, faster drivers can come up on you really fast!, so that isn't very good. But if you get an idea of the slower driver's speed over a few miles and then get in front of them they serve as an excellent block. Vehicles clearing them will see you as their attention turns to focus on the road in front of the slower driver, and usually realize they want to pass you as well. On clear days I've found I can stretch the distance a good 100+ yards.
Any riding happening in here?
Being home full time with the chitlin, I'm sort of doing the home schooling with the kid.
Combine that and lousy weather(windy, little bit of rain here and there plus dipping temps) I've not had the bike out much.
That said, I geared up last night with one of my high powered thrower flashlights and a couple sidearms and went cruising the area because we have been having thieves passing through our street casing houses.
One house had the kids car broken into.
Can't believe they haven't gone after any of my equipment. They see the camera fest I've got going on I guess.
So cruised the SC last night.
Today I did take the FXDR out to wash it and ride a little. Still cold and windy but I wanted to clean the bike. Couple washes were close so I had to do some city riding to find an open wash.
Got the grime and bugs off of the bike so it was cruise towards Red Rock and Blue Diamond. Everything is closed so people are parking all over the road to get out of the house and hike or bike.
I headed towards Mt. Potosi and stopped for one pic.
Afterwards I just cruised a little up the mountain and then headed home.
A few days and we will be in the 80's so I'm going to probably head to southern Utah and get my service done before I buck up for my Saddle Sore 1000.
Well that about sums it up! Be safe.
Tomorrow we adventure, Chillis style. More to come...
Not any good road pics yet since I've an appointment to make. Here now 45 minutes early.
If you look on the hill behind the bike there are some Saguaro cacti:
Where I am now:
Points for anybody that knows the blue bike in the bottom pics. Name may be legible on the tag.
More from the current location:
I am currently getting my bike serviced. Saving $160 by having it done by a dealer in Phoenix versus Vegas and I get a ride out of it.
Not sure what route I will take to get home.
I want to go see the Beta/AJP dealer which isn't too far away plus eat before I got the road.
The blue bike is a Gurney Alligator.
I remember when Dan came out with that bike. Said the rider feels like they are flying in a fighter plane the way you sat in the bike. Honda NM4 is supposed to be very similar in ride feel.
Going to be a long ride!
Another long one in the books.
As noted earlier I was looking at places to service the Harley because Vegas wanted $46x dollars to pretty much do three oil drop and fills, adjust clutch, lube sidestand and wipe it down.
A bit much if you ask me.
Found a reputable shop in Phoenix which also allowed me to go see a Beta dealer.
Got to the shop at 10:15am, 4:45 after I'd left home. Pretty much exactly what Google quoted.
Awesome shop with the bikes posted above plus they have a motorcycle museum but it was currently closed to the public. Damn shame too. Some really neat old stuff in there.
After the service was done I stopped by Beta and they didn't have any dual sports but I checked out their 390 race bike. Nice looking machine. Will keep looking.
Headed east out of Phoenix on the 87 through Fountain Hills. Beautiful expansion of Phoenix with multi-million dollar homes. I could live there.
Once out of town it was stunning with canyons and boulders everywhere. Saguaro cacti littered the countryside. Some areas were grasslands. What a beautiful state.
I could have taken shed loads of pics but it isn't warm yet and I'll be battling for that sunlight.
After careful consideration I decided to go through Jerome and Prescott on the way back.
Jerome was founded in 1876 due to copper in the mountains. At the peak of mining they were pulling out 3 million pounds of copper per month. It was the largest copper mine in AZ.
It is also just over 5,000 feet above sea level and is the largest ghost town in the United States.
Pics from there:
Little Daisy Hotel which was converted to a mansion and listed for sale December 2018 for 6.2 million.
This will be continued tomorrow.
Great area Brian, can't wait to see the rest.
Few more pics from the Audrey Headframe:
If you get a chance, check this out. You can walk over the shaft and peer down through some thick glass and you cannot see the bottom. It is like looking into eternity. Surely if you fell you'd find what eternity felt like...
So Jerome is on the side of a mountain at about 5,0xx feet elevation. A steep hill that allows a nice view of Sedona and over towards the Tonto National Forest due east.
Both of these pics, the red rock formations on the top line of horizon is Sedona.
The last picture has a really beautiful house with gated entry(no pic of gated side) so a little zoom care of Google's telephoto lens in my phone reveals:
Nowadays the town is a tourist attraction of old buildings, gift shops, restaurants, art galleries. I love the place and due to social distancing and quarantine measures it was empty for the first time ever(in my experience).
I stopped and grabbed a few pics although there were still cars rolling through.
A few more pics of the town:
The Barlett Hotel from 1901:
While I was taking the above picture there was a Jerome Police officer getting ready for duty. He looked my way and continued doing what he was doing. Matter of fact, law enforcement was more highly visible since there were so few people in general out on the roads. Was paced a few times but no other interactions.
After the last picture I made way for the Gold King Mine for a few snaps. Turned around just before the road went gravel on me.
And then with daylight on the run, so was I to get back home. The winding road from Prescott Valley to Jerome is a fun one though:
Not sure how well that turned out.
Parked next to me were a couple gents post street luge session. Great time for that.