Still Good Riding Weather in the AZ High Country

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by AZ Africa Twin, Jan 8, 2018.

  1. WRC51

    WRC51 Been here awhile

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    Are those two big arrows somewhere along I-40?? If I remember correctly I saw something similar to those on a road trip to OK. 6 or so years ago. Great ride report, thanks for taking us along.
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  2. AZ Africa Twin

    AZ Africa Twin From the AZ High Country

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    Yes they are, on I-40 about 25 miles east of Flagstaff,AZ. The exit is the "Twin Arrows" exit. If you get to the "Two Guns" exit you have gone too far.
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  3. AzMtnThumper

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    It as great to meet you Ray and thanks for the invitation. All my pics came out blurry (damn it).
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  4. NitsujD

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    You're making me miss Flag in a big way. I don't get back there near as much as I used to (2004 NAU grad), and I have my wife convinced that we should retire near there many years from now.
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  5. AZ Africa Twin

    AZ Africa Twin From the AZ High Country

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    You should do it as soon as you can. This place is changing fast, 5 story student housing every where, and more under construction. Traffic is nuts for a small town, NAU has taken over.

    You left as I got here in the summer of 2004, and I was in sticker shock then over the price of housing! Can't be any better now. I've actually thought of getting a little further out, maybe Williams or Payson but this area is great if you like to be active and love the outdoors.

    Come back and ride sometime!
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  6. AZ Africa Twin

    AZ Africa Twin From the AZ High Country

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    Seems like winter has passed us by the only reminder has been two small snow storms and the evening news of how bad it is back east. We need the snow for the water but it has been in the mid 60s again, so of course it is time to ride!

    Major John and I took the bikes out on Superbowl Sunday for a nice ride on some rough forest roads. We ran FR 82 south of I-40 at Winona, it ran us into a privae ranch, that although posted No Trespassing, the old gentleman there gave us directions to FR 233. We ended up on FR 125 and although we intended to come out on the south end, Lake Mary Rd, due to time we went north back to I-40 at Twin Arrows. It was a great ride of about 3 1/2 hrs. We stopped to enjoy the sunshine can compare notes on our bikes.

    Major John is an accomplished rider, and I was hard pressed to keep up with him on the rough sections. It was great to have another Africa Twin to ride with, and we could not resist the urge to have a picture of the Twin Africa Twins at Twin Arrows! No only did he shame me with his riding ability, his bike was much cleaner than mine. I realized I have only rinsed the mud off of it once since I've owned it. A quick stop at the car wash and I was amazed at how pretty she is when clean, but it won't last. She will probably be a dirty mess again next weekend. As long as this unusual weather continues we will keep riding, and at this pace, it will be spring and my new tire will be worn out. IMG_1024[1].JPG IMG_1025[1].JPG IMG_1022[1].JPG IMG_1035[1].JPG
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  7. Blaise W

    Blaise W Long timer

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    AZ AT, we have to hook up some time. A buddy has a place in Payson and we ride there often. This weekend we tried going up the switchbacks to Crackerjack Mine on FR 209. Not enough traction for me, or my Africa Twin, and had to retreat. Next time, small bike! We will try from the top down next.

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    About half way up from where I stand the Sinko 805 was just trying to dig a hole.

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    View around the corner. Multiple switch backs above this one I think. Always looks flat in photos; not!

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    Turned around and ready to retreat, for now!
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  8. AZ Africa Twin

    AZ Africa Twin From the AZ High Country

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    Looks like you had fun Blaise! Have you changed the gearing on the AT? I just dropped the primary sprocket to 15 teeth, not sure if it is making a huge difference.

    I will have to look up that forest road up, I am not familiar with it. Give me a shout the next time you come up to the High Country.

    No riding today, it is snowing pretty good up here, but yesterday AZ Thumper and I got in about a 200 mile ride. Started out in Flag, then the forest roads from Twin Arrows down to Stoneman Lake. Thumper knows a lot of roads and took me on some I have not been on in years and some I have never been on. We parallel I-17 south through a great dirt road in a canyon to the Sedona Exit. From there it was up to Jerome and the Perkinsville Rd to Williams. Old sections of Rt 66 took us back to Flagstaff with out hitting the Interstate until Belmont.

    Glad we are getting some much needed moisture today, the water holes are dry and the roads dusty. Saw a few elk, some mule deer, including a buck in the middle of the road. We caught a shy Coues Deer ("Cows" "Coose" ) doe that checked us out before climbing a ridge to watch from a safer distance. We call them whitetails but they are more like little ghosts that can be hard to find.

    This may be the last report on this post for awhile, hopefully winter is really here. IMG_1049[1].JPG IMG_1101[2].JPG IMG_1096[1].JPG IMG_1079[1].JPG
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  9. AZ Africa Twin

    AZ Africa Twin From the AZ High Country

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    Views from the Perkinsville road that Runs from Jerome to Williams, AZ are great and it is a fun ride.

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  10. ski-line900

    ski-line900 Been here awhile

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    Cool pics. Did you put foam over the connecting crash bar to protect your knees in case of a crash or?
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  11. AZ Africa Twin

    AZ Africa Twin From the AZ High Country

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    I wrapped them in rope to soften the falls. I have only dropped it a low speeds , and he Alt rider came thorough with only a few paint chips. I occasionally put my feet up there and did not want to keep scratching them and repainting them. This way I don't have touch them up or worry about a ding rusting. And..I can always use extra rope. It actually has about 10ft of rope on each side.

    AZ Thumper 's bike looks like he put some foam/rubber pipe insulation on the top of his, probably for similar reasons.
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  12. 2 SPOT

    2 SPOT bring the rape whistle

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    its a fun rd but challenging on a big bike in either direction,,,,, pretty popular with the sidexside crowd and they really expose alot of loose rocks making it more fun, but more challengine for us.
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  13. AZ Africa Twin

    AZ Africa Twin From the AZ High Country

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    Hey 2 Spot, where does it start and go to? Have you done it on your KTM 990? It looks interesting and maybe this spring I will give you a shout to give it a go!
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  14. 2 SPOT

    2 SPOT bring the rape whistle

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    It connects doll baby ranch rd to hiway 87 just a mile north of town.
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  15. Pantah

    Pantah PJ Fan from Scottsdale

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    Hello AZ Africa Twin - Thanks for this Northern AZ thread. It is of particular interest to me because I am retiring to my Scottsdale home full time starting in April. I'd like to ride along with you and your friends when I get there. I didn't really know you had a shorter riding season up in Flag, but I suspected so. I have been a snow bird in the desert for several years. I have had a couple of dual sport motorcycles there for a few years as well, so I have ridden a lot of the 'big bike' routes around the valley and Tucson. I have yet to complete the AZBDR north of Globe, though. But I will. I also have an Africa Twin, but it is too big and top-heavy for me to do much technical riding at my age. I also have a KTM 690R, but I am thinking of downsizing that to a 250 lb dual sport machine like the Beta or KTM 350 EXC-F. Anyway, I love your thread and want to try some of your routes. Probably my personal favorite route up there so far is "Smokey Mountain Road" just north of Page. It goes to Escalante about 100 miles away. I did it solo on a small Yamaha, but that wasn't too smart in retrospect. Spectacular country, though...
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  16. 2 SPOT

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    The small bike or the solo?
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  17. Pantah

    Pantah PJ Fan from Scottsdale

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    That I was solo wasn't too smart. It was after a rain so there was good traction but there was a water crossing that I wasn't sure of. Next to the water crossing was a sign that pointed to an alternate route around the water called Smokey Hollow Rd. The sign even had a map of it so I tried it. It was basically a sand wash that reconnected with Smokey Mountain maybe 10 miles away. But because of the rain there were few tracks to follow so it was somewhat sketchy trying to follow it. I probably couldn't have done it had the sand not been damp from recent rains. I came upon a couple 4x4's maybe 10 miles from Escalante. I wouldn't want to ride a big bike on that route but I suppose one could do it easy enough. At least I can pick up the small bike when I am solo.
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  18. AzMtnThumper

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    Thanks for having me along AZAfrica Twin, that was a hoot!
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  19. AZ Africa Twin

    AZ Africa Twin From the AZ High Country

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    Thanks for leading the way and showing me some great new roads, I'm sure we will be back on them as soon as this snow leaves.
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