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Four hours in the SUN, during winter in AZ!

Yesterday I headed E w/ another fellow that lives here, but he rides a scooter. One w/ THREE wheels - a Piaggio. He was OK w/ some easy dirt, so after gassing his 'scoot'



we headed S on AZ 79, then E on the Florence/Kelvin Hwy. First stop was near a "crowned saguaro"



then a few miles E there's an area w/ many large boulders.





We continued E, then took this pic w/ the Ray Mine in the distance (showing ahead of the 'scooter' windshield).



There's a parking area for the "ARIZONA TRAIL" that joins Utah to Mexico via AZ just beside the F/K Hwy.





The bridge I showed being built in an earlier ride-report is coming along - shouldn't be too long now....



Then we continued to Winkelman on AZ 177, to NE towards Globe on AZ 77. We saw several HUGE groups of riders coming SW on 77, MOSTLY H-Ds, but there was ONE Versys, another '08.

We were riding in first gear, VERY SLOW, because of a heavy truck going up the hill, so turned around to head back towards Winkelman,





then via 177 past the F/K Hwy to Superior where we stopped for lunch at a "SUPERIOR" Mexican restaurant, then back to home. The ride took 4 hrs 41 mins to cover 184 miles, the temp around 80F.... Wonder what the 'poor folk' were doing...?

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The "poor folks" were freezing their butt's off waiting for you to post pics of another AZ ride
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As always, great photos Eddie. I hope it's not heresy but I have a soft spot for the Piaggio MP3. It's a hoot to ride and it can comfortably lean at spectacular angles without inducing Force Ten rider pucker. Can't say I've ever ridden one off road, but on road it's pretty darned good.

I read somewhere recently about two "senior"gentlemen who rode cross country on a pair of MP3s and had a great time. Their story gives credence to the proposition a gigantic engine and a gazillion horsepower aren't essential parts of enjoyable touring. It's a shame that there seems to be a stigma about riding a "scooter." There are a number of very capable ones available, however, the down side is they usually cost a lot more than an equivalent motorcycle. Oops, I think it's time to step down from the soap box. Seems I may have gotten a little carried away, but I still like the MP3. And, just like a real motorcycle you can still fall over!

I presume also that the Versys among the huge flock of mostly Harleys was there to add class to group.
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The "poor folks" were freezing their butt's off waiting for you to post pics of another AZ ride
I HOPE that I spell this correctly....

NYAH, NYAH, na nyah, nyah!

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As always, great photos Eddie....
Thank you!

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...I hope it's not heresy but I have a soft spot for the Piaggio MP3. It's a hoot to ride and it can comfortably lean at spectacular angles without inducing Force Ten rider pucker. Can't say I've ever ridden one off road, but on road it's pretty darned good....
I haven't ridden it (YET), but it took me quite awhile to get over seeing the two front wheels looking as if he was dragging BOTH his feet....

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...I presume also that the Versys among the huge flock of mostly Harleys was there to add class to group.
He was "following", riding the END of the line.... MAYBE his job was to pick-up whatever FELL OFF...?


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I haven't ridden it (YET), but it took me quite awhile to get over seeing the two front wheels looking as if he was dragging BOTH his feet....



He was "following", riding the END of the line.... MAYBE his job was to pick-up whatever FELL OFF...?

If that's the case - and it's pretty likely given what he was following - I hope he copious onboard storage.

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Seems I remember saddle-bags and a top-box....


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