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Machog moves to AZ-Cave Creek

Decided to move south to get a longer riding season-well that was one of the reasons! Others were to me nearer my kids and recent new granddaughter.

Now living in Cave Creek and seen a couple of V's down here in last few weeks.

Been a bit busy with the move and unpacking, but getting ready to ride, need some advise on good destinations and quiet twisty roads from local experts please.

To my WA buddies and the Viagra's, I'll be back up in the summer to escape the heat down here, so don't right me off just yet.

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Well yer quite a bit north of Tucson, but welcome to the neighborhood! Look at a map for route 191 (devil's highway), that's can't be too far from you, and an awesome road to boot.

If you get down this way, Catalina Highway (up to Mt Lemmon) is another incredibly beautiful road.

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Welcome to the Valley of the Sun!

69 from Wickenburg to Prescott.
89A from Prescott Valley to Clarkdale.
260 from Camp Verde to Hwy. 87.
96 from Kirkland Junction to Bagdad.
188 from Miami\Globe to Jakes Corner
88 from Apache Junction to Tortilla Flat and beyond (which becomes dirt).
177 from Superior to Winkelman
77 from Globe to Winkelman
191 from Springerville\Eager to Clifton, (the absolute best, mostly closed in winter).

All are easy day rides from Cave Creek with the possible exception of 191.

These are all basically north, west and east of you.

More in the Tucson area when you are finished with these.

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Good luck in AZ Mac... Beautiful state that is!

Heading south we are too, will probably be CA bay area bound for good in July...

Maybe we can get a summer ride in before then!

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One of my favorite rides is from Lake Roosevelt through Young Arizona to the Mogollon rim on 288. Beautiful ride through desert and Pines. Part of the road is dirt, paved portion is a blast with fun curves.

Lots of great rides here in AZ.
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When you ride 191 () south, at Guthrie turn east on 78 and ride it to the New Mexico border and back. You'll LOVE it!

Then head over to Safford on 191, and out thru the middle in a SW direction to just north of Swift Trail Junction, then ride 366 up Mt. Graham. Twistiest road I've ever ridden, and here's a thread I posted about it:
http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ad.php?t=12853
If you're on Mapquest, also look at 266 just S of that area.

IF you ride a bit of dirt, the dirt portion of the Apache Trail (88); and around the 4 Peaks, just off 87, a few miles from where the Bush Hwy joins it, then south - 27 miles of dirt road will get you to 188 at the northern edge of Roosevelt Lake. http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ad.php?t=18478

We head back to BC next week - maybe we can do a ride next fall?

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You have the right idea. My parents have a place down there. As soon as the rain starts they head south then once it gets hot they head back north. I was just down there for a week and damn the sun felt good. Almost forgot it existed.
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Decided to move south to get a longer riding season-well that was one of the reasons! Others were to me nearer my kids and recent new granddaughter.

Now living in Cave Creek and seen a couple of V's down here in last few weeks.

Been a bit busy with the move and unpacking, but getting ready to ride, need some advise on good destinations and quiet twisty roads from local experts please.

To my WA buddies and the Viagra's, I'll be back up in the summer to escape the heat down here, so don't right me off just yet.

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All us AZ guys should get together sometime and go an a ride since we know all the good roads.

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All us AZ guys should get together sometime and go an a ride since we know all the good roads.
+1

like that idea. I'm in Tucson, give me a shout!
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Anybody ride 191 since the fire? I went through there about 2 days before the fire and it was beautiful. Wonder what it looks like now.

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Anybody ride 191 since the fire? I went through there about 2 days before the fire and it was beautiful. Wonder what it looks like now.
I did. Obviously some burned areas but all in all it does not appear as bad as you'd think. The people in Alpine were hit pretty hard and the fire got awful close to many business' in town. They were all safe and grateful to the firefighters and people associated with assisting.

Don't hesitate to go.

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My husband and I live at Bell Rd and Cave Creek Rd. We like to go to Cave Creek on Sunday mornings to the C4 (Cave Creek Coffee Company) for coffee, breakfast and look at all the bikes. It's not a Harley spot like most in Cave Creek. There are mostly sport bikes (BMW, Triumph, Ducati, etc). You would enjoy riding the back way to Prescott thought Wickenberg, Congress, Yarnell. Also, from Prescott take 89A to Jerome (a classic switch back ride) and then on to Sedona. Amazing scenery. We love to ride and would be happy to meet you some time in Cave Creek.

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Lots of good ideas but I have to double down on Rte. 191 between Alpine and Morenci. Reportedly 1000 turns in 90 miles. At one time listed by the Federal Department of Transportation as the twistiest section of road in the US. Formerly designated Rte. 666 the name was changed for obvious reasons among them was that too many people were stealing the road signs.
They say it is beautiful country as well but I've ridden it twice and with my limited skills I don't dare take my eyes of that road for a second unless stopped.
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Anybody ride 191 since the fire? I went through there about 2 days before the fire and it was beautiful. Wonder what it looks like now.
Yup - rode it early November. Not TOO much evidence of fire.

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I did. Obviously some burned areas but all in all it does not appear as bad as you'd think. The people in Alpine were hit pretty hard and the fire got awful close to many business' in town. They were all safe and grateful to the firefighters and people associated with assisting.

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Lots of good ideas but I have to double down on Rte. 191 between Alpine and Morenci. Reportedly 1000 turns in 90 miles. At one time listed by the Federal Department of Transportation as the twistiest section of road in the US. Formerly designated Rte. 666 the name was changed for obvious reasons among them was that too many people were stealing the road signs.
They say it is beautiful country as well but I've ridden it twice and with my limited skills I don't dare take my eyes of that road for a second unless stopped.
Check a map - even there 191 looks awesome. Riding it is EVEN better! You'll get over 9,000 feet elevation which is why it isn't open in winter.

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I forgot to mention that if you need a good "Family" owned Kawi dealer, go to North Valley Honda-Kawasaki. It's a small place and everyone there is terrific. See Levi in parts if you need anything. He is the best. The dealership is on Cave Creek Rd between Greenway and Sweetwater.

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Machog: Congrats on your new digs in AZ. As has been prev pointed out, there is great riding down there. Having just quit working this past fall. I had hoped to catch some rides with you next summer, maybe it will have to be down there.

Alvis: Looks like you too are moving so. Same to you. As Machog says, maybe we can all get together and ride some this summer.

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