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    1983 miles in 5 days

    From SLC down to Bluff UT (400 miles), then spending a day exploring the national monument east of Chinle AZ (260 miles), then a day riding to el Morrow National Monument to camp (340 miles), then a day riding hwy 78 and 191 in AZ and staying in Springerville (400 miles), then riding home (580 miles). All told, 1983 miles for me in 5 days.

    The new Tiger 800 XRT rocked! Very very comfortable for the ride, handled all the speeds fine, I got anywhere from 46 to 55 mpg depending on the day's ride, speed, wind and so on. Stock seat, surprisingly, ROCKED as the 10.5 hour ride home on Monday to cover the 580 miles was comfy ... all things considered. Knees bothered me more than my tush. I'm so VERY happy with the XRT, a perfect fit for me.

    Probably the best riding I've ever done, the most challenging. Specifically on Sunday going from Reserve NM to Springerville AZ via rt 180, 78, and the vaunted 191 in AZ. I've heard many of you talk about "The Dragon" but let me tell you about 191 from Clinton to Alpine. It's nearly 70 miles of non stop technical turns with narry any straights ... in fact only one I can think of. I did the whole 70 miles in 2nd or 3rd gear ... with an occasional shift to 4th before dropping down hard to 2nd for another decreasing radius turn. Between 78 and 191 I was exhausted! Most amazing roads ever. Many of you may like The Dragon, but from what I just rode .. it's tame and has nothing on 78 and 191!

    Now for the important part ...



















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    Love it. Thanks for sharing. Not sure if I'll ever get as far south as AZ and NM for touring but will try and remember these roads if I do.

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    Okay, found a video of part of the route 191 from the direction Charlie and I took it. The guy's camera angle kinda sucks, you'll want to turn the volume down, but it'll give you an idea of the road ... 17.5 miles ... now repeat the video for another 50 or so miles


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    How was the pavement? How was the LEO presence? Y'know for those of us who go um... spiritedly.

    I have some friends who stayed in Alpine and rode to Morenci and back. Not a road where you want to have a mechanical or make a mistake, due to its remoteness.

    Vid looks like many of the SoCal canyons that we rode on our trip.
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    all the pavement was good, now LEO presence anywhere to speak of. on 191 you're not gonna go very fast just because of the turns and sheer drop offs.
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