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Thread: Have you ridden the Apache Trail in AZ?

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    Have you ridden the Apache Trail in AZ?

    A buddy and me are considering flying to Phoenix to rent bikes and ride the trail. Possibly fly in Saturday morning, ride the trail once or twice and head home the next day. Iím just starting to look at the cost and wonder if itís worth it.

    Have you ridden it? Did you love it?


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    Checkout www.motorcycleroads.com, then search roads in AZ. If you don't see the Apache Trail listed its probably not worth the effort to fly to AZ and rent bikes. The good news is that the motorcycle roads webpage will direct you to roads that are worth flying to AZ, renting bikes and riding.

    I took a 2 week motorcycle vacation to Colorado and used information from the website to plan my trip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wellcraft View Post
    Checkout www.motorcycleroads.com, then search roads in AZ. If you don't see the Apache Trail listed its probably not worth the effort to fly to AZ and rent bikes. The good news is that the motorcycle roads webpage will direct you to roads that are worth flying to AZ, renting bikes and riding.
    excellent, thanks!


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    Quote Originally Posted by aakanksha5 View Post
    No, I don't have that much knowledge about the bike rentals.

    Awesome first post. Thanks for that.



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    Quote Originally Posted by photoRotor View Post
    Awesome first post. Thanks for that.



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    I just googled it , It's a little less than 50 miles of a pretty desert road. Is it worth I can't answer that for you , it could be a cool motorcycle adventure if you rode there from home. Go on youtube you can see for your self.

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    I’ve seen some videos and pretty sure at this point it’s a go. It’s more that two hours from Phoenix so should make for a nice day. Curious if anyone here has done the trail.


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    What kind of bikes were you planning on renting, according to at least one article I read half of the trail is unpaved. I think I'd try and find a better road to ride if I'm going to fly to AZ and rent a bike.

    I'd try Cottonwood Canyon, RT89 from Flagstaff to Sedona, Flagstaff to Monument Vally, Flagstaff to Rye, AZ, Flagstaff to Payson. I'm planning a potential trip to Flagstaff in September if I don't take a motorcycle trip to Glacier National Park. Good luck with whatever you decide and let us know what you think of the Apache Trail if you chose to ride it.
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    I camped there with my son and his girlfriend last Thanksgiving. It's pretty amazing. We went up to Roosevelt lake also.
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    Lots of great riding in Arizona, public land abounds, the Apache Trail is just one of many. A plated mid-size dual sport would be best so as to be road legal for paved roads in-between. The gravel fire roads on US Forests are usually decent, BLM roads more questionable (but not impossible), tribal roads, who knows? The summer monsoon rain can be serious (flash flooding), generally 4th of July through Labor Day, but spotty--just watch the clouds. I prefer to ride southern AZ Nov thru Feb to avoid heat.

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    The june 2019 Rider magazine has a write up of a tour of Arizona. All paved and off the main Hwys.
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    I have a friend who lives near it and he says it has been repaved recently and the surface is very good, but it is only paved about 5 miles past Tortilla Flats. Also if you are going around this time and you are returning to the Phoenix area you will want to be back by 10:30 am because it gets really hot after.

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