Southern AZBDR

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by riderbrad, Nov 6, 2018.

  1. riderbrad

    riderbrad Been here awhile Supporter

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    I'm planning to ride the southern 2 sections of the Arizona BDR next month. Has anyone recently ridden this? Do I need some kind of permit?

    Thanks!!

    I'll write an RR when it happens.
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  2. G-RDR

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  3. Branchbuster

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    You just need your Iowa lisc plate to ride this stuff on AZBDR. Mostly it is BLM land. If you get farther West however you would need permission to ride on indian reservation land. If you stick to route you should be ok.
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  4. riderbrad

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    Thanks!
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  6. JRath88

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    Curious what timeframe you will be there? I too will be riding portions of the AZBDR. I head out December 15th and plan to stay near Tuscon for a week then Phoenix the next week. Perhaps we'll cross paths!
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  7. riderbrad

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    Cool! I'll be there from 12/22-12/28. I don't have exact route plans yet. I will be staying in Tucson on 12/22. Other than that I'll plan routes and rides according to weather. I will be around Phoenix at some point too. Update your location while there and maybe we can ride a section together.
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  8. mkitchen

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    A licenced bike will do the trick but PIoneer pass and empire ranch can be a challenge with a bigger bike but I am not the best of riders though. You will certainly have a great time on this route.
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  9. riderbrad

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    I thought the latest BDR update routed around the really sandy section just after Empire Ranch. Is that the challenging section you mentioned?
    Anyway thanks for the info!
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  10. mkitchen

    mkitchen Been here awhile

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    You are right, there is a bypass. So if you take that, you should be good. The Pioneer pass section we only made it half way before we were told that we couldn't go further due to a fire in the area. A fun section but it would be rough for a bigger bike.
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  11. riderbrad

    riderbrad Been here awhile Supporter

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    Thanks. When did you ride the Pioneer Pass route?
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  12. mkitchen

    mkitchen Been here awhile

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    Rode the BDR in May of 17. So a lot could have changed between then and now. It was a bunch of fun and we are planning on doing the COBDR next year.
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  13. 805gregg

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    Go to "Twisted Road" you can rent a DR650 in Tucson, a much better bike for a BDR
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  14. bigtodd

    bigtodd Hi, wanna ride?

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    The first 2 sections have some areas of deep sand ... might be challenging on a 1200GS
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  15. riderbrad

    riderbrad Been here awhile Supporter

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    Thanks for the heads up.
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  16. riderbrad

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    Florence-Kelvin Highway
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    I finally got a little riding in. I started in Mesa and headed to Florence, took the Florence-Kelvin highway to 177. Went south through Winkleman to Dudleyville. I turned on E. San Pedro Rd and connected to a section of the BDR. I rode this section south to Mammoth.
    It was a great section for a warm up intro to the AZBDR. It was short. Around 15 miles, but it had most everything-a water crossing, sand washes, rocks and a couple of short steep rocky hills.
    The GSA is a load, but it's capable. Now, if I'm capable will be the test.
    Stopped in Tucson for the night.

    Somewhere between Dudleyville and Mammoth.
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  17. Cro59

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    How far north are you planning to go? There are a lot of sections north of Winkleman that aren’t suitable for the big bike unless you really know what you’re doing. They are (or were) doable but are not going to be easy.
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  18. maritan

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    Was the section between Dudleyville and Mammoth the Camino Rio roads hen you turn south from San Pedro?
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  19. Cro59

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    Yeah, that is Camino Rio. The entrance is a few hundred yards south (towards Mammoth) from where the San Pedro road kicks you out on Hwy 77.
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  20. riderbrad

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    Yes
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