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Old 09-01-2009, 10:18 AM   #1
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500+ Mile Arizona road trip with pic's!

Phew, Well I just flew back into Houston Sunday night after spending a week in Arizona for work. Well Saturday we all got the stupid idea of renting Harley's and riding from Phoenix to Flagstaff then on to grand canyon then Williams and back to phoenix.

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It was rough the high was 115 and it was pretty hot from 3:30pm till 5:30 when we got back to the hotel.

We left at 7am and headed north. The weather was perfect, 70-75 and clear blue sky's I slathered on some suntan lotion and hit the road. 2 things sucked. 1) I didnt get to pick out my bike since I was in sales seminars all day the guys got me a spirnger with no wind screen which sucked but the bike itself was quite nice after 200+ miles I liked it. 2) They didn't get me a helmet. Oh great.. rode trip in Harleys with riders i've never been with before... no helmet... /wrists Just kill me now. I didnt have any of my gear it was all back in Texas I didnt plan on riding.. Well i'm already out 150 bucks for a Harley rental.. I guess 1 day of riding with no gear wont kill me.... *insert irony here*

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Nothing but desert around Phoenix and 15 foot tall cactus's are ever where.
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There wasn't much to see at first other then mountains in the distance. All I was told was that they rode up to the grand canyon last year and this year we were going close to it, I figured a 5 hour ride or so. Wrong! lol we ended up riding for 10.5 hours including stops.
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Got gas that morning
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So we took to the open rode and headed towards the mountains, The whole time I'm wishing I had my F4i or 1000RR.. 400 miles? no problem 500? piff if it means hitting these twisties on a sportbike I'm game!

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we stopped pretty quickly in the first *tiny* town in the hills before the mountain to buy water it was very hot the high of the day was 115 which just... well sucks lol

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These guys all owned Harley's except for one who had a big dog, which is basicly a stock "custom" chopper made by CAN-AM.
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I saw this guy a few feet away from where we stopped to get water and thought it was kinda cool. Apparently in the old west they chained criminals to this tree for day's as punishment in the hot sun... and they say we are cruel to terriorsts now? lol



Getting closer to the mountains

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Starting to see more tree's the closer we get to the rockies
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We stopped in the foothills of the mountain just to take a break and look out from the view, it was pretty cool but as soon as we stopped this guy fell over on his Road King...
Epic huh?
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After that we stopped around 11 for breakfast
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There was a cool statue of an army soldier by the court house
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Once we hit the road we left mountains pretty quickly for flat land again but there were more mountains in the distance we were heading for and in a blink of an eye we went from 100% desert to pine trees and the start of a forest!
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One of the things these guys decided before I tagged along was to go visit ALL 4 of the Harley dealerships in Arizona... so... here's the 3rd one on our stop in Flagstaff and it was big and nice, much larger then all but the one we rented the bikes from although I didnt walk into that one. I gota admit though the people inside were nice they even had a cooler with free soda's and water just inside the door but the saving grace of this dealership was EARPLUGS!!! I about kissed the ugly old lady behind the counter my ear's hurt so much from the 5 hours of riding before I got them lol...
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Once inside I couldn't help but LOL at this sticker so much I took a picture of it.
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70HP A REAL RACER!?!?! Rofl... first of all 70HP isint all that much... 2nd of all you are pushing 70HP on a fat heavy of a Harley so I couldn't help but laugh when I read this sign.


Now we really were in the mountains and I have a few video's I need to upload to youtube from my cell phone I took *yeah while riding* but the area is soooo beautiful here's some of the mountains

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Now it's 3:30pm 8 and a half hours into our ride... lunch time and wow did we find a beautiful place to eat lunch!
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Yes, at the last dealership I sold out and bought a Harley shirt :P but hey... i was getting my sunburned I needed it lol and the heat was picking up quickly.
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Well up until lunch the weather believe it or not was very cool during the ride through the forest I was actually chilly in my Harley riding armor *tshirt shorts and sun glasses*
Well out of no where on the ride home we get hit with this blanket of WTF YOU JUST GOT OWNED BY ARIZONA heat wave... I mean it was as close to a light switch as you can get. One second it's 80 the next it's 115. I felt like I was going to die... and yup you guessed it.. 2 hours left in the ride... and no more stops!

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I saw this rain cloud much like I'm sure farmers and indians who lived here years ago must have felt.. Dear , please rain on me... I dont care if rain hurts.... I'm going to ride my bike off this next cliff if there is water at the bottom! lol... it was That hot :P

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Of course the rain didnt come and it was a miserable 2 hours back to the Hotel.. It was so bad that some of the bad riders "relative term I know they are all Harley riders"
Started lagging behind...

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I had a huge problem with this... 1) you don't just leave someone behind on a group ride 2) this heat was insane.. What if something happened to them?
I understand they are all way older then I was but come on.. that's messed up. Well my delima was that I had no clue where I was going since I didn't have a map and I didn't ride this the year before... so I was following the lead guy who was just pretty selfish as far as "getting back asap" so we lost one rider.... then another... we started with 5 now it's just 3... I didnt have much of a choice but to follow the leader. I lagged back as long as I could to keep a visual connection between the group but I couldn't forever :(

I made it back to the hotel sunburned and exhausted but I had a blast. Everyone made it back later ok but that heat wave was crazy. If I would have known the way home or had been on my own bike I would have just stopped and had something to eat till dark.

Anyway here's a few more pictures I missed and I'll try and get some video of it up soon the vid's are of the twisties in the mountains and they were awesome.

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Yeah the stupid things kept moving around with so much wind... I got em in fine for about 2 hours then they whould shift. After a while I wouldnt even notice the subtle change but every so often I took them back out and stuck them in correctly.
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Yeah the stupid things kept moving around with so much wind... I got em in fine for about 2 hours then they whould shift. After a while I wouldnt even notice the subtle change but every so often I took them back out and stuck them in correctly.
looks like a fun ride but without the harley, no helmet, and nothing to block the sun.
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Thats the Harley I was riding. It was pretty nice other then a few nit picky things like NO WINDSCREEN SUCKS...

also the MPH were done like an RPM I dont know what thought that up, the speedo said 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 and then at the bottom it sad MPH x10... I guess they were trying to be cute but it was stupid I never even looked at it.

also good idea on adding a gear indicator on this bike.. but typical crappy Harley implantation. instead of having a normal gear indicator 1-6... all it had was a light bulb under the dash gauge and it lit up a tiny 6 when you were in 6th gear... no 5th no 3rd no *man did i just down shift into first in a turn oops?* nope none of that.. just a light bulb showing you the gear you always know your in anyway lol..

other then that the bike barely shook and if you compared it to the rode king i tried it out the king was total . but the springer thing i was riding was pretty nice if i owned it the only thing I would change would be a wind screen. you just can sit STRAIGHT up like that.. and not have a windscreen the wind hits you like you are a flying brick
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also good idea on adding a gear indicator on this bike.. but typical crappy Harley implantation. instead of having a normal gear indicator 1-6... all it had was a light bulb under the dash gauge and it lit up a tiny 6 when you were in 6th gear... no 5th no 3rd no *man did i just down shift into first in a turn oops?* nope none of that.. just a light bulb showing you the gear you always know your in anyway lol..

Looks like you had fun. I did arizona too on the way to vegas on a wing. It's funny even on the goldwing the o/d or 5th lit up too(none of the other gears like my gixxer tells me). I never understood that either.
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Looks like you had fun. I did arizona too on the way to vegas on a wing. It's funny even on the goldwing the o/d or 5th lit up too(none of the other gears like my gixxer tells me). I never understood that either.
I would have much rather been on a gold wing for sure lol
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I've never been on a ride out of the state before besides riding to Louisiana and back. This was so much fun and it's making me want to ride my bike to Vegas and back or plan a trip in California or east cost.
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I've never been on a ride out of the state before besides riding to Louisiana and back. This was so much fun and it's making me want to ride my bike to Vegas and back or plan a trip in California or east cost.

Fly into SF, CALi and then rent a wing and do hwy 1 north. It will be the ride of a lifetime for you. There are soo many turns the average speed is 40 maybe 50mph if you are fast the WHOLE WAY. And the scenery is no less than breathtaking. I mean it looks like took extra time on creating that coast line.
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I did like the over 70hp on the sticker for the new Harley.
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[*]To hear someone mention the gear indicator is strange to me. Even when I rode a sportbike, I never used the gear indicator. If I was entering a turn and needed more power, I downshifted. I never looked at my indicator and said "oh I'm in 4th, I should be in 3rd". If I used anything at all, I used the Tach. The 6th gear indicator is there to tell people to stop looking for the next gear. I've done that on a sportbike before too. Riding along in 6th and think I'm in 5th and try to find the next higher gear. If you're riding with other cruisers, you'll hear people searching for 6th all the time as most bikes only have 5 gears. (for reference, cruisers in the 60s & 70s only had 4 and the 6 spd tranny just came out in the last 3 or 4 years).[/LIST]
  • The windshield. The crossbones isn't meant to be a touring bike so they don't come with windshields.
  • You mentioned the sportster hp. Keep in mind that most stock HDs are only ~70hp. A sportster pushing 74hp is like a "big bike" pushing 90hp since the sporty is so much lighter. Again, its all what you compare it to. For a vtwin engine in a small frame, that's kickin'. If you compare it to a different class of bike then yeah, its weak. A vette is also weak in comparison to a Lambo though. Got to keep your frame of reference.
  • I'm riding an 09 roadking temporarily and my only complaint is that its really slow off the line. But then again, if I was in a hurry, a vtwin engine would be the last thing I would want to be on.
  • What did you think about the engine heat? I'm surprised you didn't mention it but since the bikes went to 96ci, the twin-cam engine has had some heat problems. The latest '09 & '10 bikes are have computer firmware to help regulate it but it still feels like you're riding an oven when compared to the 88ci engines. I believe the vtwin engine has gone about as far as it can go and adding cubic inches only makes more heat. I've seem custom bikes up to 120ci and I can only imagine what kind of heat those give off!
Very cool pics of the ride. As I mentioned in an earlier, quick, post. I went to Parker & Lake Havesu a couple months back and the terrain is beautiful but hot as .

Oh btw, when you were in Phoenix, did you check out the Heart Attack Grill? We stopped on our way home and my son had a triple bypass and ate the whole thing.
I don't have a gear indicator on any of my bikes but the reason I mentioned it for this one is because it had one on the bike, and in my opinion it was 100% useless.

you mention the seat, riding stance and the fact that it's not a touring bike to rationalize why it doesnt have a wind screen.. but wasnt the very first thing you said was that cruisers are meant to... tour and cruise on? :P I understand it looks WAY WAY Cooler without a windscreen but your own argument about the seat and stance sitting you straight up on this bike almost makings a windscreen required on this bike to be close to comfortable.

70hp is 70hp I agree it's faster then some other Harley's but to call it a "racer" is the funny part of that picture... it's not and never will be a "racer"

The engine heat was not too bad and I was wearing shorts in Arizona :P now maybe I was just assuming that the heat was from the ground of the sun who knows sure my legs were hot but nothing close to unbearable.

Didn't make it to the burger joint but I sure did have a blast wanna go up with me next time? Dibs on an easyglide or goldwing I want a radio! :P
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