Geezer Rider does Bad Lands of New Mexico

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  1. freewaystreak

    freewaystreak Been here awhile

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    I have been riding for 45 years and had a friend who just re-entered riding after a 25 year lay off. So to old farts will do a 3 day adventure in Western New Mexico and Eastern Arizona, we will cover about 800 miles and some of the best pavement in the area. We will leave from El Paso, Texas then head up to Hatch, New Mexico then make our way across to Silver City via Emory Pass. Then cross over to Arizona and take on 191 and finally loop back to Gila Hot Springs and back to El Paso. 20190517_125516.jpg
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    Day 1. I awake to a busted water heater in the house, water leaking down through the ceiling, what to do? Screw it! Call the plumber tell him where I hid the key and go! I meet Roger at the local Denny's only 20 min late and we are off! The winds are starting to kick up but Roger has our route planned and we head for Transmountain road with 50 mph winds. As we enter the highway a gust of wind blows Roger across two lanes of road and on to the shoulder. His Wee-Strom is not liking the wind at all. My Griso with greater weight and no plastic seems to shrug it off. We will fight the wind all the way to Hatch. We get off the interstate and take highway 185 to Hatch. Beautiful ride along side the Rio Grande with the road dipping and weaving. I notice that the Griso at 4000 rpm seems to be saying I got this relax, I got this! Sweet! The border patrol station is closed because the agents have all been pulled to deal with the crisis at the border. We pull into Hillsbourgh, Nm for lunch. One of those great starts with blue skies, clear roads. 20190517_125312.jpg 20190517_125255.jpg 20190517_125327.jpg FB_IMG_1558320614379.jpg
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    After lunch we head towards Emory Pass on Highway 152. We talk by the bikes for a minute then saddle up and head out, second stupid of the day happens. My prescription glasses fly out of my jacket!! Crap, I signal Roger and we whip around to see if we can find them. Eureka I see them the case has saved them. I pull over and am all happy and turn around and bam! Roger's bike is on the ground! I run over to help him pick it up and we see his clutch leaver has snapped off! I'm thinking back to Las Cruces to get a part. Roger says help me push start it and I will ride it to Silver City 65 miles away. And with the 3rd stupid event over we were on our way again. Feeling bad for Roger I decided to see what it would be like to ride without a clutch. I do use my clutch to get into 3rd gear and leave it there the whole way. Wow the bike never acted like it cared 15mph to 55mph. Loving this bike more and more! We get to Silver and stop at the Oriellys, the were great found a guy that welded aluminum and $30 later and about 45 min. We were on our way again. We head north on 180 and then swing West on 78. The motorcycle Gods love us! Lol 20190518_155915.jpg 20190518_133658.jpg 20190517_172239.jpg 20190517_172426.jpg 20190517_173351.jpg 20190517_173616.jpg
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  4. Metalcarver

    Metalcarver Geezer Berserker Supporter

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    Yep.

    M R Geezers!

    In.
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    Great writeup, looking forward to more. I love the SW US.
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    After enjoying the ride on 78 we hit some BLM land and setup camp. We were about 3 miles off the road and on the Gila River. Awesome ending to the day. 317 miles for the day! Wind has stopped, will be a great night. 20190517_190712.jpg 20190517_190740.jpg 20190517_190917.jpg 20190518_060817.jpg 20190518_062030.jpg 20190518_062054.jpg 20190518_062108.jpg
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    Day 2:
    The day breaks to a beautiful sunrise and NO WIND! YAHOO! We break camp and head to Morenchi Az to gas up and head up 191. This should be interesting as the last two times I rode this I was on my Hypermotard and the road was made with that bike in mind! FB_IMG_1558320577666.jpg
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    So Roger is stoked! We pulled over he is screaming as he takes his helmet off and I am like, What's wrong? Bee sting? Heart attack? You want to kill me? No he is yelling because he says he hasn't had that much fun in 25 years. Whew! Safe! My nick name for Roger is " Mountain Man". He does the mountain man competitions every year and you never want to piss off someone who can shoot like he does. We stop at the pit mine. 20190518_091632.jpg 20190518_091635.jpg 20190518_091702.jpg
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    Roger is now on fire throwing his bike with abandon into turns trying to straighten out those curves. I notice the weight of the Griso, it is NOT a hyper, but for a fat girl she can dance, and my butt doesn't fall off at the end of the day! 20190518_111343.jpg
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    Chicken strips? What Chicken strips! 20190518_111228.jpg
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    We head up 191 like we are still 20 somethings. Attacking curves and destroying tires. We arrive in Alpine to refill the bikes and our stomachs. We eat at the Bear Wallow cafe. Great eats. Good people and find out some of my family are from there on my mother's and father's side. Small world. 20190518_124121.jpg FB_IMG_1558320590902.jpg 20190518_133649.jpg
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    We loop back on to highway 180 and head back to Silver City. We grab some supplies at Wally World and jam up highway 15. Very narrow road with lots of twists and turns. Roger was racing the sun to our next camping spot at the Gila Hot Springs. Was a great ride.Total miles for the day. 280 miles 20190518_193613.jpg 20190518_193628.jpg 20190518_193645.jpg 20190518_193942.jpg 20190518_193958.jpg 20190518_194056.jpg 20190518_194125.jpg
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    Roger claims its clothing optional after dark! Not wanting to scare people that blue whales were swimming in the hot springs, we went with clothing required! Was an awesome end to the day! Day 3 coming up!
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    Damn right I was stoked.

    Just for those who don't know, my handle comes from shooting flintlock rifles. The frizzen is the piece of the lock that the flint hits to make the spark. Mountain man was pretty close, bro.
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    Another old bastid's liking this!
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    Wanna see me turn a mess of geezers into 14 year olds?

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    That would be awesome!
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    About 150 grains of Goex with a paper wad tamped down would make that thing roar.
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    Metalcarver Geezer Berserker Supporter

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    That's a 2-3/32" bore. Used tomato paste cans filled with plaster and rocks pushed by 1 0z black powder. Wheels come off the ground, dust rises and fat wrinkled grey haired teenagers running everywheres.
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    Day 3: After a good nights sleep we woke up to a 34* temp reading. I was glad I had heated grips, Roger was taking the Michelin man approach with winter gloves, we head back down Highway 15 to 36. Then back over Emory pass. Was a 203 mile day. Some observations as the ride was ending. 250 miles a day is about right for group riding. Setting up and taking a tent every night and day is no big deal but I think picking a base camp for a couple days to explore and move on would be ideal. But the camping beat the hell out of a motel. The Griso was a great ride and comfortable, but on the other hand it was much more work than the Hyper and after 800 miles I could feel her weight. Fat girl she is but she holds a line. Think I need to adjust the suspension. The company was great, the roads epic. Just wish we had more time. Until next time my friends! P.S. Campground was $8 a night with access to hot springs. (No sulphur smell) 20190519_091354.jpg 20190519_104533.jpg 20190519_104537.jpg 20190519_110448.jpg 20190519_110319.jpg
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