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New Motorcycle Tires

Posted in Arizona, Harley-Davidson, Motorcycle, Motorcycle Maintenance, Motorcycle Tires, Motorcycles, Phoenix, Phoenix AZ on July 18, 2017 by DRF

In preparation for my upcoming 4000+ mile trip, I decided to have a new set of tires installed.  My old tires probably would have lasted another 2,000 miles or so, but I don’t want to have to stop somewhere along the trip and have it done.  My father told me a long time ago, he always made sure he kept good tires on his car since they’re so important.  Motorcycles even more so with only 2 wheels!

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For anyone in the Phoenix, AZ area, I recommend this place, “Mototire“.  This is the second time I’ve used them.  Fast and friendly service.

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I had an appointment at 9:00 am, and the tires were installed in about 45 minutes.  I had the original tires put back on, Dunlap.  Same tires I would have got at the dealer, except about $50 cheaper.  Plus as a bonus, Dunlap has a $50 rebate going on right now on the purchase and install of a set.

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A whole lot of tread going on here!

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This was parked out front!

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Here’s the business card for Mototire.  This is NOT a paid endorsement or anything like that, I’m just sharing the information for the business that in my opinion provides a good service at a fair price.

STATES I’VE RIDDEN MY MOTORCYCLE IN

Posted in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Kentucky, Montana, Motorcycle, Motorcycle Rides, Motorcycles, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming on July 3, 2017 by DRF

I’ve ridden my Motorcycle (or a rental) in each state highlighted below in Red.

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

I’ll continue to update this page as I take my motorcycle rides around the U.S.A.

I’ll be adding a couple more states List in the coming months.

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Just putting a face to this motorcycle blog!

I usually ride alone on my motorcycle trips, so I don’t have many photos of myself.  Here’s one from my last ride out in Southern California.  I was on a ride along the Pacific Coast Highway.  This photo was taken in a cafe in Morro Bay, CA.

Tortilla Flat, Arizona

Posted in Arizona, Motorcycle, Motorcycle Rides, Motorcycles, Saloon, Tortilla Flat, Tortilla Flat AZ with tags , , , , , on April 21, 2016 by DRF

A nice day for another Motorcycle Ride.  This time to Tortilla Flat in Arizona.

Here’s a quote from their website:

Tortilla Flat is an authentic remnant of an old west town, nestled in the midst of the Tonto National Forest, in the Superstition Mountain RangeTortilla Flat started out as a stagecoach stop in 1904 and neither fire nor flood has been able to take away this historic stop along the Historic Apache Trail.”

The road from the West, State Road 88 is paved but VERY ROUGH and has a lot of curves and switch backs for about 20 miles.  It wasn’t a very enjoyable on my motorcycle.  The curves and switch backs would have been enjoyable if it wasn’t so rough.  This road needs some serious work.  The road leading out of town to the East towards Roosevelt Lake, is unpaved and I would Not recommend taking on a large motorcycle on it.

If you like Jalapeno and Chili, I recommend the Jalapeno Chili at the Superstition Saloon.  Very good (and hot!).

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Canyon Lake – Tonto National Forest, AZ

Posted in Arizona, Bridge, Bridges, Camping, Canyon Lake AZ, Lakes, Motorcycle, Motorcycle Rides, Motorcycles, National Forest, One Lane Bridge, Scenic View, Water with tags , , , , , , on April 20, 2016 by DRF

Canyon Lake – Location: Less than an hour East of Phoenix, AZ in the Tonto National Forest.

Here’s a few photos I took on my ride over to Canyon Lake.  A nice day in Arizona for a motorcycle ride.  To get to this lake, you have to ride over 2, one-land bridges.  They have quite a few camping spaces available for campers.  There’s also a lot of boats at the marina.  I’m not sure why, but I didn’t take any photos of the camping sites or the marina where they had quite a few boats.  There was a restaurant and a Steam Boat were you can take a ride around the lake.

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Goldfield Ghost Town

Posted in Apache Junction AZ, Arizona, Ghost Town, Gold Field Ghost Town AZ, Motorcycle, Motorcycle Rides, Motorcycles, Mountains, Phoenix, Superstition Mountains AZ with tags , , , , on April 17, 2016 by DRF

Goldfield Ghost Town.  Location: 4650 N Mammoth Mine Rd, Apache Junction, AZ 85119.

Located East of Phoenix, AZ.  A nice relaxing place to walk around and take in the sights of the old Ghost Town.  After my walk around town, I sat on the patio with a nice cold drink and enjoyed a fantastic view of the Superstition Mountains.  I’ve been here several times and will definitely go back.

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Saguaro Lake – Arizona (w/ a Helicopter Sighting!)

Posted in Arizona, Harley-Davidson, Lakes, Motorcycle, Motorcycle Parking, Motorcycles, Water with tags , , on March 5, 2016 by DRF

Another ride to another lake.  This time to Saguaro Lake, NE of Phoenix, AZ.  While I was there a police helicopter made an approach and departure from the helipad.  I’m guessing he was practicing his approach and departure maneuvers.  He only stayed on the ground for a few seconds.  I didn’t get many photos this trip, but here’s a few.

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Saguaro Lake, AZ.

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Helicopter approaching the helipad.

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Departing the helipad.

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Motorcycle parking at the lake.

 

Theodore Roosevelt Lake – Arizona

Posted in Arizona, Bridge, Bridges, Dam, Lakes, Motorcycle, Motorcycle Rides, Motorcycles, Water with tags on March 3, 2016 by DRF

I took a day off from work and decided to take a ride.  I rode over to Roosevelt Lake in Arizona.  I’ve never been to this lake before.  Here’s a few photos of the Lake, Dam and Bridge.

 

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It sure was a nice day for a ride.  190 miles round trip and temperatures in the high 80’s.

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