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Old 08-23-2007, 04:04 PM   #1
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Just got back in on monday from Arizona. I headed up there to see some family and decided to rent a bike and do a little riding to keep myself happy.

I flew into Pheonix and picked up a bike from AZsportbikerentals. As I was travelling loaded and wanted to try something a bit different I picked up an 04 VFR. It was a sweet bike, and in nice shape, but the Shenko tires left lots to be desired. I wouldn't hesitate to rent another bike from them, but I would insist on getting one with better tires.

I rode about 1100 miles over 3 1/2 days, the roads and climate up there are excellent. Lots of terrain and elevation changes. There are some great scenic roads with nice sweeping turns and plenty of mountain roads with switchbacks and tight turns.

Anyways here are a few pictures...
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Old 08-23-2007, 04:08 PM   #2
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Old 08-23-2007, 04:09 PM   #3
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that looks awesome!!!

were the twisties pretty clean?
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Old 08-23-2007, 04:12 PM   #4
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Care to share any more details on the rental process?
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Old 08-23-2007, 04:13 PM   #5
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oopps gotta go, will post more pics shortly

and yeah, the roads were awesome!
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Old 08-23-2007, 04:40 PM   #6
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I was standing on a corner in Winslow Arizona......and I decided to take a swim

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Old 08-23-2007, 04:45 PM   #8
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Sorry I didn't get more pictures of the twistys, It was hard to stop in good places.

As far as the rental process....
make reservation, run a credit card deposit, go pick up bike, have fun, return it.
Was a very simple deal, and they did have some nice bikes. Check out http://www.azsportbikerentals.com/
They gave me a better rate than is advertised as well!

Initially when planning the trip I was going to go and ride rte 666 (coronado trail, us 191). Supposed to be one of the best roads in the US. Maybe next summer? Or sooner? Anyone got any interest?
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WOW its great to see those familiar places! I was living in Flagstaff this past summer and just got back a week ago. ONE OF THE BEST ROADS IS 89A south from Flagstaff to Sedona. Going through those red rocks is amazing! Unfortunately I didnt do it on 2 wheels. :-( The ride to Grand Canyon from Flagstaff aint too bad either. Whats the best is NO FREAKING HUMIDITY!
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WOW its great to see those familiar places! I was living in Flagstaff this past summer and just got back a week ago. ONE OF THE BEST ROADS IS 89A south from Flagstaff to Sedona. Going through those red rocks is amazing! Unfortunately I didnt do it on 2 wheels. :-( The ride to Grand Canyon from Flagstaff aint too bad either. Whats the best is NO FREAKING HUMIDITY!
I was staying mostly in flagstaff,
89a flagstaff to sedona is good, but has too much traffic. 89 is much better south of sedona.
Hwy 87 through strawberry, payson, pine has the same kind of switchbacks with much less traffic.

It def is nice up there!
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Old 08-26-2007, 05:39 PM   #11
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i spent 2 years there.. i was always around the mingus mt. prescott and jerome north of phoenix... makes riding texas roads quite boring.. thats
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I just got back from Colorado Springs Thursday. Two years ago I rented a Harley (it was all I could find) and rode the mountains. It was fantastic, even on a hog. I put 600 miles on the rental car just driving the mountains last week. Independance Pass was my favorite. Phantom Canyon road was nice too, but to ride that one you would want a dual sport (35 miles no pavement).
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