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Old 03-14-2013, 09:31 AM   #16
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Sweet ride

Haven't done much riding down south other then going up the backside of Mt Lemmon, which was fun. Looks like there some good stuff down there.

Was waiting for you to give up on tying on the luggage and just start dragging it behind.

What kind of tires did Dillon fit you with Drew and what did you think of them? Can't tell what they are from the pictures but they seemed to do pretty well under water. I'm due for some new ones.

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Old 03-14-2013, 10:39 AM   #17
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Great write up. Thanks for sharing!
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Old 03-14-2013, 10:56 AM   #18
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Great report Steve!
I had a blast when Drew and I rode it last year. One of these days that route will be completed. I think a full two days are in order.
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Old 03-14-2013, 11:31 AM   #19
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did you guys do that much pavement that this would be uncomfortable on the DRZ?
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Old 03-14-2013, 12:11 PM   #20
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Great report Steve!
I had a blast when Drew and I rode it last year. One of these days that route will be completed. I think a full two days are in order.
Yeah, we were talking about that and I think two full days it could be done pretty comfortably and still have time for looking at stuff. I was quite impressed that you guys finished off most of it in one day last year!

Thanks again for the work you did on the route, looking forward to finishing off the last few roads and maybe adding in some others.

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did you guys do that much pavement that this would be uncomfortable on the DRZ?
We would prefer to keep it all on dirt, but there were some stretches we had to jump on pavement due to time (or snow). I think with some advance work we could avoid more pavement. One of the stretches was from the valley to Globe, couldn't really see a viable way to get to where we wanted to go off road. Thought about the Flo-Kel hwy, but decided that would take more time then we had with the late start on saturday.
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Old 03-14-2013, 12:18 PM   #21
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What kind of tires did Dillon fit you with Drew and what did you think of them? Can't tell what they are from the pictures but they seemed to do pretty well under water. I'm due for some new ones.

The front is a TKC 80 and the rear is the Hidenau. I usually run a 739 up front and a 606 in the back. I was very happy with these on the pavement and dirt roads but they weren't quite as grippy in the rougher stuff. All in all I would say they are good at everything but not great at any one thing. Hope that makes sense...
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Old 03-14-2013, 09:10 PM   #22
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Slow I blew the rear shock out on the new years day ride and have been to lazy to pull it off and get it serviced. Not sure I would have taken it anyway though as I sure enjoy riding that Africa Twin and I got to stretch it's legs every now and then.If you would get you a big bike you could come join us....
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Old 03-17-2013, 11:49 AM   #23
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Very Nice :thumb

I am in for the next one hopefully.
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Old 03-17-2013, 06:36 PM   #24
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We are planning a two day trip to get in the entire route as it's not possible in one day. I will let you know when we are setting it up.
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Old 03-18-2013, 11:09 AM   #25
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Good stuff! I want to do that section from Patagonia to Amado again. For something interesting on the way south you can go partway up Mt. Lemon and then take a turnoff that shoots south and comes out just south of San Manuel. It's longer than pounding slab, but it's more fun. Also, there's a pretty nice hotel in Sierra Vista that has a restaurant and bar inside. I can't think of the name, but they were very reasonable when we did a southern AZ trip last year. You do have to start earlier than 2 p.m. to make it to Sierra Vista via dirt in one day, though.
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Old 03-18-2013, 12:53 PM   #26
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Old 03-18-2013, 02:51 PM   #27
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We are planning a two day trip to get in the entire route as it's not possible in one day. I will let you know when we are setting it up.

i just got a big bike cause i want to get into this type riding, so put me on the list of "may i join?"
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Old 03-18-2013, 03:49 PM   #28
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Old 03-18-2013, 04:59 PM   #29
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Nice report and pictures Steve. I did the Mowery Mountain Enduro in that area in the early seventies and we had to be careful not to end up in Mexico.

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Old 03-19-2013, 09:35 AM   #30
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For something interesting on the way south you can go partway up Mt. Lemon and then take a turnoff that shoots south and comes out just south of San Manuel. .. You do have to start earlier than 2 p.m. to make it to Sierra Vista via dirt in one day, though.
The Mt. Lemon detour sounds great, there are lots of roads down that way I've never been on so there will be additional excursions. And in the future, no more starts later than 1:45pm!

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Nice report and pictures Steve. I did the Mowery Mountain Enduro in that area in the early seventies and we had to be careful not to end up in Mexico.

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Hey Max, we did see lots of border patrol trucks back in there. I thought they may want to see what was in them big side bags on Reidy's bike, but they didn't bother us. Sadly, it seems the days of open course racing in AZ are all but gone, or maybe I'm just out of the loop so to speak. Was that a 100 miler back then?
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