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Old 06-02-2016, 06:49 PM   #1
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Ride to the Grand Canyon

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so due to work (military) I have been away from home for 1 year and that also means away from my bike. my assignment is coming to an end and I will be home in a few days and I am very excited.

I have always wanted to do a road trip on the bike and so I have decided to go from Houston to the Grand Canyon. I believe some of you guys have made this trip before and I wanted to ask for advice such as road to take, places to stop etc. of course I will have to do maintenance to my bike before i go and do all the regular checks.

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When are you planning on going? Ive got some Nelson Rigg saddle bags snd tail bag I am not using any longer if you are interested.

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I plan on riding out to cali early july, probably gonna go through flagstaff, a detour to the grand canyon wouldnt be that far out of the way, depending on when you were leaving.
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When I went out there we took what was left of rt. 66 starting in Oklahoma. While there is some cool stuff to see along the way, unfortunately most of it has been swallowed by interstates.

Also, I don't know if you're planning on camping, but if you find yourself in Flagstaff, AZ, I kind of liked the teepees at the Flagstaff KOA. Kind of a fun experience. https://koa.com/campgrounds/flagstaf...nique-lodging/
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Go around June 24th and catch the 100th running of the PPIHC in Colorado Springs. Avoid anything south like I-10. Go north to the mountains.
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I also have a 919.

A windshield may make the trip more comfortable for you if on the interstates.

Check out National Cycle brand for the 919.
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sorry guys, its been a very busy couple of days for me and I have limited access to internet. thanks to everyone for their comments.


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When are you planning on going? Ive got some Nelson Rigg saddle bags snd tail bag I am not using any longer if you are interested.

Make sure to have
Fresh tires
Oil changed
Clean airfilter
Chain cleaned lubed
Lube chain at the end of every other day
thanks Byrdman, im already planning on doing the maintenance as soon as i get home. if I could borrow the saddle bags that will be awesome, I will PM you when i get home.

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I plan on riding out to cali early july, probably gonna go through flagstaff, a detour to the grand canyon wouldnt be that far out of the way, depending on when you were leaving.
hmm.. July sounds like a reasonable time for me. how many times have you done this trip?

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When I went out there we took what was left of rt. 66 starting in Oklahoma. While there is some cool stuff to see along the way, unfortunately most of it has been swallowed by interstates.

Also, I don't know if you're planning on camping, but if you find yourself in Flagstaff, AZ, I kind of liked the teepees at the Flagstaff KOA. Kind of a fun experience. https://koa.com/campgrounds/flagstaf...nique-lodging/

that was my original plan, go to Amarillo and catch route 66 from there. so would you say that there is nothing to see anymore ? I was looking forward to some vintage stuff, old towns etc. I will make sure to check those teepees. thank you


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Go around June 24th and catch the 100th running of the PPIHC in Colorado Springs. Avoid anything south like I-10. Go north to the mountains.
I didnt know about the PPIHC, I just looked up and it seems like something I would be into. as I plan my route I will take it in consideration. thank you

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I also have a 919.

A windshield may make the trip more comfortable for you if on the interstates.

Check out National Cycle brand for the 919.
do you have a windshield on yours? what is your longest trip ? thanks for the tip, I will check it out.
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Depending when you head up, I live about 45 minutes from Pikes Peak and you are more than welcome to crash here.. even if I am offshore the wife is home.
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July...in Az? Why not.

I would go due west out of Houston.....San Anton, Del Rio, Alpine,(Big Bend if you can swing it), Pecos, Carlsbad, Roswell, Ruidoso, Show Low, Flagstaff, and then to the North Rim. North Rim is much better. Then circle around, to the south rim.

THen Tombstone, Bisbee, Douglas, Then find 9 to El Pisso, Hwy 20, to I-10 to 90. 90 all the way home.

Ive done this route, and once you get out of Tejas, its FUN.
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Depending when you head up, I live about 45 minutes from Pikes Peak and you are more than welcome to crash here.. even if I am offshore the wife is home.
thanks Texlurch, I will keep that in mind.
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July...in Az? Why not.

I would go due west out of Houston.....San Anton, Del Rio, Alpine,(Big Bend if you can swing it), Pecos, Carlsbad, Roswell, Ruidoso, Show Low, Flagstaff, and then to the North Rim. North Rim is much better. Then circle around, to the south rim.

THen Tombstone, Bisbee, Douglas, Then find 9 to El Pisso, Hwy 20, to I-10 to 90. 90 all the way home.

Ive done this route, and once you get out of Tejas, its FUN.
wow that really helps alot, thank you. so do you recommend route 66 ?
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wow that really helps alot, thank you. so do you recommend route 66 ?
why not, when riding its not if it is feasible or if there is any rationale to it....you do it because you can.....

When I did my ride-a-bout, people would ask me "where ya going?", I liked saying ..."dunno, west I 'spose"
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that was my original plan, go to Amarillo and catch route 66 from there. so would you say that there is nothing to see anymore ? I was looking forward to some vintage stuff, old towns etc. I will make sure to check those teepees. thank you
There's still stuff to see, you'll just find yourself on a lot of interstates in between. What's left of 66 is usually something like an interstate "business" loop through a town or something similar. I'm sure there are maps available that will show you where there's still stuff to see.

I did the trip myself in July (wedding we rode to/from was July 13th in Vegas), make sure you have a Camel Back or something similar. I think I was going through about a liter of water/powerade every hour or so and never had to stop to pee.
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There's still stuff to see, you'll just find yourself on a lot of interstates in between. What's left of 66 is usually something like an interstate "business" loop through a town or something similar. I'm sure there are maps available that will show you where there's still stuff to see.

I did the trip myself in July (wedding we rode to/from was July 13th in Vegas), make sure you have a Camel Back or something similar. I think I was going through about a liter of water/powerade every hour or so and never had to stop to pee.
thanks, I am looking a the maps now and you are correct. I will make sure to get on it anyways. at least on the way there and may change the route on the way back.

thanks for the tip on hydration, trust me i know how important that is and i do have camelbak gear so i will make sure to bring it.
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@Marlon If you come through DFW, I'll ride with ya a ways, depending on what day you head out.
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I've never done the trip on a bike, only by cage. Northern arizona wont be as bad as phoenix area, but camel backs will be a must. I havent decided what bike I will be making the trip on, but I'd like to do it my 690.
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The east side of Arizona u absolutely can not miss! US 191 from Clifton to Alpine, Az is a must ride if you are anywhere near it....
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...thanks for the tip on hydration, trust me i know how important that is and i do have camelbak gear so i will make sure to bring it.
Over hydrate and you stay more alert and gain energy. I've logged over 35K miles the past year and drink water constantly while riding. My tip for you: pack Camelback with as much ice as possible before adding any water. Each gas stop, as required I almost never add water but top off Camelback with ice instead. Every gas station, c-store or fast food joint has a drink fountain machine and I've yet to find one that didn't allow me to get free ice. Ice machines are filtered water (or good enough for me) so I have a constant supply of cold, filtered drinking water as ice melts quickly and without spending $2 for a bottle of water each fill up.

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