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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by riderbrad, Nov 6, 2018.
I am following your rr as I will be there next month to hopefully ride the same areas
Hey.. we saw you Sunday down by the border on 61. There was three of us, Africa Twin, KTM 1190 and a Honda 650L. Enjoy your trip.. meant to be a chance of rain the next few days. Stay out o the mud. Merry Christmas
Day 2 of the Ride
I hit the AZBDR at Empire Ranch heading south. The weather was perfect.
Day 2 Continued
Stopped in Sonoita for an overpriced cup of coffee. It was good. You get what you pay for I guess. And, when you're the only show in town, you can name your price.
Didn't see much action at the border.
Looking down the east side of Montezuma Pass
Stayed in Bisbee
Left Bisbee, rolled into Douglas and the temp dipped to 33 degrees F. It didn't stay that way long. Another awesome, sunny day on the border.
Slaughter Ranch wasn't open yet.
A little hard water left over from the night before
Stopped for the night in Lordsburg, NM. It looks like my weather luck may be running out. The next two days call for wind and rain.
Cool. I was wondering if you guys were inmates. Safe travels. Merry Christmas!
I left Lordsburg, NM early. About 7. I took Animas St. (A009) south to Animas. It's gravel and has some curves the first few miles, then straightens out. There washes and some sandy areas to keep it interesting.
The scenery was great with sun shining on the mountains to the west.
I took 9 to 80 then turned toward Portal. I rode up to Paradise and turned back as the there was some rain in the forecast.
I headed back to State Line road and turned south to connect with 80 toward Douglas. The wind was starting to get nasty. I stopped for gas and coffee in Douglas then went north through Tombstone to Benson where I had a hotel room reserved. I got there around 12:30 so I decided to the BDR route up to Redington.
Day 4 continued
This section of the BDR is a paved road that turns into a wide well maintained gravel road. It's fast and fun. I turned around at the bridge near the turn off for Redington Rd and headed back to the hotel in Benson. My plan is to let the weather pass through and then ride from Tucson over Redington Pass and connect to the BDR where I left off.
From the bridge on N. Cascabel Rd. near Redington.
Day 5. The weather turned nasty. Cold, wind and rain. I stayed in Benson for a 2nd night. I did get out for a about 200 mile ride around the area. The wind made it less than ideal. And the rain. It just kept coming back.
I rode through Soniota and stopped for another overpriced coffee on the way down Highway 83 to Parker Lake. The road was a nicely twisty and paved. There was snow from the night before on the trees and grass along the way. I made it to the Lake, took a little break and was ready to haul ass back through the twisties and that's when the rain started again. With temps in the mid 30s F it was an invigorating ride. And a bit slower than I hoped.
My plan worked out. The rain passed through and the morning was clear and cool.
I left Benson at about 8AM. It was about 34 degrees F. I shot up I10 to Colossal Cave Road and took that to Old Spanish Trail, then north to E. Redington Rd. I started up the pass at about 9 and there was already quite a bit of cage traffic on it. There was a little mud on the road but nothing that made it difficult to ride. The traffic thinned at about the 10 mile mark. After the 15 mile mark I had the road to myself.
Thanks for the report. I started on Redington rd from Tucson side. Once on the dirt, a sign said next service 70 miles. I didn't have a Spot or other, so only went a few miles, but it looks like a great area.
I did ride to the top of Mt Lemmon and saw the view down to the east.
I had done the north part out of Mammoth to San Manuel and it was great. cheers
Day 6 continued.
I connected to the BDR route at N. Cascabel Rd. and continued north on the BDR route to Mammoth. I stopped there for a break then took pavement to the Florence-Kelvin Hwy for one last stretch of dirt/gravel before heading into the city to return the awesome R1200GSA.
I rode about 1400 miles over the 6 days and covered most of the first section of the AZBDR from Dudleyville south. Plus the Geronimo Trail into New Mexico. (Thanks to Ohio_Danimal for mentioning the GT in his RR).
I would estimate about half the miles where on dirt/gravel roads. There were some tight, rough spots but nothing to technical. I did bypass the deep sand section of the BDR north of Empire Ranch and I know this probably the easiest section of this BDR, but riding alone on a big bike it was just right for me.
The versatility of this bike is what I like so much about it. I love being able to ride a rough dirt back road and then jump on the highway or interstate, set the cruise at 80 and head to the next dirt road.
Who did you rent the GS from and what gear did they supply for you vs what you had to bring on your own? I travel a lot for work throughout the western US and want to plan some trips that can include a couple of days in the backcountry.
Arizona Motorcycle Adventures in Tempe. I brought my own riding gear but they do rent riding gear as well as panniers, GPS units and will plan rides for you if you want. Great service.