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Old 01-26-2014, 01:06 PM   #1
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S Senator Hwy

I'm up here in New Hampshire dreaming about my annual trek to AZ. So I'm pouring over maps and looking at all the pix, ride reports that are up and this is one of the rides I've been thinking about. Getting from West Table Mesa Rd. To Horse Thief Rd. To S Senator Hwy to Crown King top off and eat. Then back to S Senator Hwy north to Battle flat Rd. to Crown King Rd.

How am I doing? Looking like end of March. Any thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, JD
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Old 01-26-2014, 04:22 PM   #2
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Heya JD!
I was up your way again first two weeks of January and will be one more time in March. After that, I think my NE treks are finito. It was nice 'n chilly!


That loop you are looking at is not one I will be accompanying you guys on my KLR. I've never connected Table Mesa to the Horsethief basin area but from what I've read on here, it's some pretty challenging single track. Make sure you stop and see the lake up there. While it is not near as astounding as some of the stuff you've got in NH, it's still pretty in its own Arizona way.


Horsethief to Crown King will be pretty easy for your group as will the part from Crown King to down S Senator to Battle Flats road. I started NF89 down Battle Flats back to Crown King one time but because I was nursing along with a busted skid plate and there were a lot of rocks, I chose not to chance it and turned back.

Should be a fun loop for you guys! What do you have planned for the afternoon!
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Old 01-26-2014, 05:41 PM   #3
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Tom you should of give me a shout, the winter riding is prime right now but yeah it's COLD. We'll be out in March if you want you could take us out again same deal. Thanks for the info. You know, I think New Hampshire is beautiful in a New England kind of way but AZ just does it for me. I start dreaming about getting back out there as soon as the temps start to drop here. I've been pouring over tracks and maps for about a month now. If any of you Cowboys and Cowgirls get up this way I'd be more than glad to show you around.
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Old 01-26-2014, 09:39 PM   #4
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Old 01-27-2014, 05:10 AM   #5
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All dirt bikes, mostly b rider group. Drew you took me up Crown King a couple years ago from the helmet center in Peoria. I was riding a KLR then.
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Got ya, I remember that day. Let me know once your plans are set and I will try to arrange a great day of riding for you and your group. Cheers
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Old 01-27-2014, 06:30 AM   #7
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Thanks in advance Mate! I'll definetally take you up on that.
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Are you going to be staying in Black Canyon City again?
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Old 01-27-2014, 06:18 PM   #9
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We will be staying in BCC and I learned that Bylers Amish kitchen is closed. Looking at some of Garmin software it looks like it won't be hard to get over to Tip Top and pick up Horse Thief road from there.
On another note I'm coming in before the other guys and I plan on racing The AMRA hare scramble over in Peoria. Question I have is do any of you run a trials tire rear, If so which one? With all the rocks I'd think it would be a great tire.
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A LOT of people are running trials tires here and love them. I hear they suffer a bit in the sand and mud, but absolutely shine everywhere else.
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Old 01-27-2014, 07:55 PM   #11
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Thanks Seabee, I think I'll mount one up before I come out.
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On another note I'm coming in before the other guys and I plan on racing The AMRA hare scramble over in Peoria. Question I have is do any of you run a trials tire rear, If so which one? With all the rocks I'd think it would be a great tire.[/QUOTE]

I run trials tires( Pirelli MT43) on the rear of my bikes. They do great in our local conditions. The pirellis are bias ply so the hold up better out here than competition trials tires. 6-7 lbs seems to be the sweet spot to maximize grip and minimize pinch flats. They work great in the tough ST!
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