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Old 03-17-2015, 04:21 PM   #1
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will be in Phoenix last week March for business and plan on staying four days and renting a bike. looking at slab routes for a few days -- any good suggestions ?
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Old 03-17-2015, 04:26 PM   #2
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will be in Phoenix last week March for business and plan on staying four days and renting a bike. looking at slab routes for a few days -- any good suggestions ?
are you staging out of PHX? meaning, you need loops that come back to PHX on the same day or are you going to string the 4 days for riding?
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Old 03-18-2015, 07:23 AM   #3
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US 191 from Clifton to Alpine is a classic twisty. Guess you could make a loop back to Phoenix on US 60. Might be a long day though.
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Old 03-18-2015, 08:06 AM   #4
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will rent bike out of Phoenix and loop back in four days --is there a dealer to rent a GS1200 in phoenix ? if not will get a HD
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Old 03-18-2015, 11:35 AM   #5
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will rent bike out of Phoenix and loop back in four days --is there a dealer to rent a GS1200 in phoenix ? if not will get a HD
NICE!

I think GOAZ rents bikes. Be forewarned that they don't like you taking their GS'ss off road. Not that anyone would take a perfectly good dualsport and go do some gnarly trails or anything of course but the possibility is always there.

Like mentioned above, with 4 days, there is no way you should miss the 191.

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I'd do it twice, it's so nice.

If you rent a GS then I'd do the 288. It's dirt but it's super easy dirt and you'll be treated to the Salt River Canyon and some amazing views overlooking the Roosevelt Lake. Also, Rim Road is a great easy dirt road.

From there you round off day 4 with the best of the near PHX stuff.
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Old 03-18-2015, 01:17 PM   #6
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89/89a from Wickenburg to Flagstaff is a great run. Goes thru Prescott, Jerome and Sedona. Sedona can be busy on the weekends but it is worth it.
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Old 03-18-2015, 02:04 PM   #7
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a few years ago i rented a bike and headed north around this time of year and got cool --- coming from midwest with snow and below 0 temps i would like to get a sunburn on this trip -- thinking southern AZ and NM possibly
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The problem you'll find is that all the good roads are in the mountains. SO it doesn't matter if you go south, if you pick up elevation, it's going to be cold.

I don't think it will be an issue in March but you never know.

South, I would recommend Arivaca. Sonoita is nice and you can do a wine tour. Anything cool worth riding in NM, IMO is going to be cold. The 152 through Silver City is an awesome road but it's 8k in elevation.
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Old 03-18-2015, 08:52 PM   #9
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We are in glenwood, nm right now(doing nm 180 to alpine then az191 back t0
Stafford via black hills rd then back to phoenix) temp to night when we checked in was 62f at 830 pm. The coldest was 50f at about 5000 ft. Alpine is at 8021 ft
So might be a bit cooler!
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Old 03-19-2015, 07:43 AM   #10
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i agree with the mountains -- silly not to ride while in the area -- just pack a bit heavier then --

ended up renting a HD for trip -- look forward to exploring the states --

any issues with finding hotels along 191 ? might spend a couple days in this area.
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There is at least one motel in Alpine, a nice Best Western in Eager and several mediocre ones in Springerville. There are several motels in Show Low.
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i agree with the mountains -- silly not to ride while in the area -- just pack a bit heavier then --

ended up renting a HD for trip -- look forward to exploring the states --

any issues with finding hotels along 191 ? might spend a couple days in this area.
Just north (a mile or two) of Alpine, there is a great place to stay...
The Tal-wi-wi lodge. They have great rooms, a decent restaurant and the best bar in Alpine, on the property. Once you are off the bike you won't need to get back on until morning.
Alpine is over nine thousand feet, elevation. So pay attention to temps & weather.
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Old 03-21-2015, 01:59 PM   #13
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Just north (a mile or two) of Alpine, there is a great place to stay...
The Tal-wi-wi lodge. They have great rooms, a decent restaurant and the best bar in Alpine, on the property. Once you are off the bike you won't need to get back on until morning.
Alpine is over nine thousand feet, elevation. So pay attention to temps & weather.
Thanks for that tip. We will be going thru there in May. I have been debating whether to stay in Alpine or Springerville.

We will have a group of about 8 and need maybe 6 rooms. Is this place reasonably priced?
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Hannagans Meadow on the 191
http://www.hannaganmeadow.com/
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Thanks for that tip. We will be going thru there in May. I have been debating whether to stay in Alpine or Springerville.

We will have a group of about 8 and need maybe 6 rooms. Is this place reasonably priced?
Mountain High Lodge has rooms with 3 Full Beds and close to the General store and Bear Wallow restaurant. The elevation in town is 8,000" and the Alpine divide is 8,500". info@relaxinaz.com
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