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post #11 of 62 Old 01-24-2019, 04:12 PM Thread Starter
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Once you get past the mine is has some great twisties with lots of unspoiled wilderness and scenic views:





This isn't scenic but I liked the shot for some reason:



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After Coronado Trail I headed to a place in Arizona I always wanted to go to.

The roads on the way there largely looked like this:



And I took it easy.


I have been in AZ about a dozen times training with Porsche and three times on bikes and sometimes got near to it but not near enough to go there.

Finally I made it and was "Standing on a Corner in Winslow Arizona"! And have the picture to prove it!





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From Winslow I doubled back a bit and back into New Mexico:



Strange wonderful feeling riding down empty roads and empty county with just you and your bike!



Headed up to Colorado:




And up the "Million Dollar Highway"





Saw this little beauty on display in Gunison:



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Been to that copper mine in Arizona Tom, have some of the exact same pics and from the same locations as well........amazing is all I can say. So you got to ride some of route 666 I assume, it is every bit as good if not better than the Dragon 128. Oh and the million dollar highway in Colorado, it's unreal isn't it, and where are all the pics from that? We stayed 2 nights in Ouray, Steve and Craig did some exploring up to an abandoned mine way up in the mountains.
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Up to Cripple Creek:



It was fairly late when I got there so the trains weren't running but at least one of the engines had fire and you could hear it boiling away:



Next stop Pike's Peak:





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2012 DL650 139,500+ km, 86,700+ miles. Sold
2015 DL1000 New July 2015 205,000+ km, 127,000+ miles.

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I headed north:







And into the Black Hills. Very scenic area but lots of traffic.



Mount Rushmore:



(Gotta love my Harley T-Shirt!)

And the Crazy Horse Memorial:



Steam engine on Display in Deadwood:



Spearfish Canyon:



And looking for Close Encounters:






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2012 DL650 139,500+ km, 86,700+ miles. Sold
2015 DL1000 New July 2015 205,000+ km, 127,000+ miles.

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Heading up to Montana though some badlands:



And the mountains ahead:



And finally Montana:



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2006 DL650: 202,000 km 125,500 miles, Sold
2012 DL650 139,500+ km, 86,700+ miles. Sold
2015 DL1000 New July 2015 205,000+ km, 127,000+ miles.

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I wanted to do a loop on Beartooth Hwy starting in Montana but it was closed at the border with Wyoming.



Lots of snow up top.



At the border with Wyoming there were probably 50 cars, most with trailers for Snowmobiles. I saw some snow-bikes out there:



I saw these three jump off the cliff at the switchback above this. I didn't realize they were skiing so kind of freaked me out until I saw them at the switchback below:



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2006 DL650: 202,000 km 125,500 miles, Sold
2012 DL650 139,500+ km, 86,700+ miles. Sold
2015 DL1000 New July 2015 205,000+ km, 127,000+ miles.

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After Montana I basicalluy slabbed home:



Don't know where my pictures are of Minnesota and Wisconsin. Maybe I'll find them later. Here is MIchigan:



I went back through Sault St. Marie but first wanted to go over the Mackinac Bridge which I did a short while after this photo.




Didn't take any worthwhile photos after this and tried to not put too much boring stuff in here.

Hope you enjoyed!

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Vee2 or V2 = DL1000 2015 to 2019
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My Stroms:
2006 DL650: 202,000 km 125,500 miles, Sold
2012 DL650 139,500+ km, 86,700+ miles. Sold
2015 DL1000 New July 2015 205,000+ km, 127,000+ miles.

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PS:

I planned this trip using "FURKOT"

I had hard timelines to get to the training and to visit my daughter. After visiting my daughter I had ideas of where to go not firm plans andf I pretty muck decided my route after Arizona the night before. Coronado trail, Winslow were high on my list as was Million Dollar Highway and Cripple creek (I had last ridden those in 2011 on my 2006 DL650.)

Pike's Peak was on my wish list as was Mount Rushmore and Beartooth Pass so it was nice to be able to see them.

Here is how the trip looked on the map view on Furkot:




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My Opinion:
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Vee2 or V2 = DL1000 2015 to 2019
Vee3 or V3 = DL1050 2020 to?

My Stroms:
2006 DL650: 202,000 km 125,500 miles, Sold
2012 DL650 139,500+ km, 86,700+ miles. Sold
2015 DL1000 New July 2015 205,000+ km, 127,000+ miles.

This can help preventing from cars pulling out in front of you (SMIDSY)
SMIDSY detailed report.


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