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post #1 of 29 Old 09-29-2010, 09:58 PM Thread Starter
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Phoenix riding?

Work takes me to Phoenix, AZ this weekend and I decided to make a long weekend out of it. I signed up for a rental on a BMW for the weekend and was wondering if any of you guys know of some good areas I need to ride? It looks like the weather is HOT but no rain so I am excited!

I love curvy roads in the mountains!
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Tortilla Flat. Great spot to ride to. Also South Mountain park in Phoenix.

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Can you ride the Beemer on graded dirt roads, e.g. a GS? If so, you can ride the Apache Trail, one of America's most spectacular historic and scenic roads. More info here:

Apache Trail Arizona Map | Attraction Guide AZ Tours

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http://www.byways.org/explore/byways/2058/

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If you like mountains and curvy roads head to Jerome, AZ. Old ghost that is now a tourist destination. Has several good places to eat. Makes a great day ride.
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If you like mountains and curvy roads head to Jerome, AZ. Old ghost that is now a tourist destination. Has several good places to eat. Makes a great day ride.
Go to Jerome by going US60 to Wickenburg, then along US 89/89A to Prescott, and on along to Jerome. There're mountain passes with twisties to die for between Wickenburg and Prescott, and Prescot and Jerome. The Haunted Hamburger restaurant in Jerome has been featured on Food Network and is delicious. And go meet all the Harley guys at the Spirit Room. If you ride out of Jerome to Cottonwood, you can continue 20 more miles to Sedona, then take State Route 179 back to I-17 and it's a 2 hour shot back to Phoenix. It would be a long, but once-in-a-lifetime day trip for someone who's unlucky enough not to live here

Here's a description of the trip that includes some way cool dirt segments. I wouldn't try Schnebly Hill Road on anything but a GS 650/1200.

Scenic drive: Phoenix-Sedona back roads
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I just read the whole AZCentral.com article and it has a few inaccuracies. Schnebly Hill road is not decently graded, and would not be fun on a road bike. It's also (decently graded) dirt from the top of the hill for 10-15 miles back to I-17 (not paved as the article states). If you take the SR 179 route from Sedona (skipping the Schenbly Hill route), the best views between Sedona and the Village of Oak Creek will be behind you, so plan on stopping at the several scenic pull offs along the route.

PM me if you have any questions. And if I can, I wouldn't mind meeting you in Jerome for lunch at Haunted Hamburger, and a ride back through Sedona.

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Thanks for all the great advise so quickly! I am really looking forward to this. It looks like I am getting a BMW 1200 RS (big street bike) If they have any GS's available I will switch to that. My wife it coming with me so I will be 2 up, she rides but we are only getting one bike.

The ride to Sedona sounds great!

The Haunted Hamburger? Sounds like lunch
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Can you ride the Beemer on graded dirt roads, e.g. a GS? If so, you can ride the Apache Trail, one of America's most spectacular historic and scenic roads. More info here:

Apache Trail Arizona Map | Attraction Guide AZ Tours

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Apache Trail Historic Road
These look like some great places to ride as well! This would be a great road for my Wee or my KLX 250.

You guys have some nice looking roads!
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