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#1 Imp

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Posted 22 February 2012 - 04:18 PM

Ok we need some ideas and insider info. last year my wife and I rode to SD for our anniversary trip it was great but a bit cool since we took our Motorport suits and not the Roadcraft suits. Was a great ride, but we want to plan a bit better for this trip. The time we have set aside is May 14th till May 25th. We thought Sedona AZ would be a good home base for day trips. We are giving our self 3 days there. We would like to check out some microbreweries and some interesting places with great roads. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Yeah we home brew so the microbreweries are of a special interest.
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Posted 22 February 2012 - 06:58 PM

OH geez, I was looking in Orlando for ya... didn't realize you're looking for AZ locations. My bad. however, if you're ever in Orlando, check out the Pub

http://www.yelp.com/...the-pub-orlando

My daughter Kathleen just got a job there and it seems to be QUITE the place.

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Posted 22 February 2012 - 08:45 PM

Ok we need some ideas and insider info. last year my wife and I rode to SD for our anniversary trip it was great but a bit cool since we took our Motorport suits and not the Roadcraft suits. Was a great ride, but we want to plan a bit better for this trip. The time we have set aside is May 14th till May 25th. We thought Sedona AZ would be a good home base for day trips. We are giving our self 3 days there. We would like to check out some microbreweries and some interesting places with great roads. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Yeah we home brew so the microbreweries are of a special interest.


Well.... lesseee, besides all the obvious great scenery around Sedona, Oak Creek Canyon is a must and come to think of it, all of Hwy 89A is worth the ride. I'd leave Sedona, take 89A to Clarkdale (Verde Valley Train is cool) then to Jerome (check out the 2 block long old mining town) then over Mingus Mtn. to Prescott. If you have time for a side trip, take 89 south through Prescott down to the Yarnell Grade (watch for LEOs) hang a U at the bottom of the grade, return back up to Kirkland Rd, then Skull Valley Rd North (turns into Iron Springs Rd.) then find your way back to 89 and head North to I-40. East on I-40 to Flagstaff, south on I-17, exit at 89A, run through Oak Creek Canyon and back to Sedona. If you partake of the Verde Valley RR, that'll shoot about half a day so might put that on another day's agenda. Obviously running North of Flag on 180 to the Canyon is a must if you've never seen it. I'm sure some of the loco locals will chime in for more pointers. HTH

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Posted 23 February 2012 - 01:48 AM

Thank you for the great tips. We can't wait to ride some of those roads. What are the temps in the region in May?
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Posted 23 February 2012 - 11:35 AM

Ok we need some ideas and insider info. last year my wife and I rode to SD for our anniversary trip it was great but a bit cool since we took our Motorport suits and not the Roadcraft suits. Was a great ride, but we want to plan a bit better for this trip. The time we have set aside is May 14th till May 25th. We thought Sedona AZ would be a good home base for day trips. We are giving our self 3 days there. We would like to check out some microbreweries and some interesting places with great roads. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Yeah we home brew so the microbreweries are of a special interest.


Arizona is all about great roads, save for parts in Phoenix and Tucson and between the two.

Suggestions: I can't speak much for the ride beteween FL and TX, but you might want to take in Big bend NP in TX and ride on through Cloudcroft in NM on your way to AZ. via Silver City. Once you are in AZ, take Rt.191, the Devil's Highway, from Morenci north to Springerville if you can. You can cut west over to Sedona from Springerville.

Sedona Has Oak Creek Brewery, and there are four breweries in Flagstaff: Mogollon (wholesale only, but the local bars carry the brand), Flagstaff Brewery, Beaver Street Brewery and Lumberyard Brewery. All are within staggering distance, so park the bike and get a room downtown.

The weather in the high country is quite variable, so pack gear for cold as well as hot rides. Have fun! WBill

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Posted 23 February 2012 - 04:07 PM

Weather in the Arizona high country can be a crap shoot in May and early June. Several years ago, a friend tried to ride the Devil's highway Memorial Day weekend (also from FLA) and ran into 2 feet of snow! If a snow plow hadn't come along, he might still be there. On the other hand, a couple of years ago we found temps in the 3 digit range in the same area. Just keep a close eye on the weather channel. Once in Sedona, weather things tend to be more moderate. WBill had good information on the Brewery scene.

I did a ride from Phoenix to Tallahassee and back. Going out we did Cloud Croft through Texas to Shreveport, to Vicksburg, down the Natchez Trace to New Orleans, and across the Gulf. The return was to Barber Motorcycle Museum, Memphis, and across Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas on US70 to NM, then US 60 back to Phoenix. If we had more time, Big Bend would have been in the route somehow.

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Posted 24 February 2012 - 03:21 PM

Thank you WildBill and Jim.
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Posted 24 February 2012 - 03:30 PM

http://www.motorcycl...Arizona_78.html Here you go, Imp! There are great rides just right outside of Phoenix-Tortilla Flats and right outside of Tucson also-Picture Rocks. Give me a PM on May 1.

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Posted 24 February 2012 - 04:00 PM

I sure will give you a PM. Thank you Beemerdons.
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Posted 24 February 2012 - 04:35 PM

I sure will give you a PM. Thank you Beemerdons.


http://www.fjrforum....=1 Every Spring we ride The Devil's Highway, if I know two weeks ahead of time when you and your wife anticipate arriving in Eastern Arizona, I will set up a Clubs Ride for both Southwest FJR Forum and AZ Beemers. We really enjoy staying at the Sportsman's Lodge in Alpine, we could overnight there and ride '666' in both directions! The Dragon is an absolute "joke" compared to The Devil's Highway! http://www.tripadvis...ne_Arizona.html

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Clicky HERE, HERE, and HERE for more info on the road.

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Posted 24 February 2012 - 04:47 PM


As I shoot hand held video, I didn't get too much of the road. Curves galore!

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Posted 24 February 2012 - 05:06 PM


As I shoot hand held video, I didn't get too much of the road. Curves galore!


Excellent video there Mark, thanks for posting this up for Imp. Great moto road, curves galore!

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Posted 24 February 2012 - 05:29 PM

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Posted 24 February 2012 - 05:39 PM

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 07:54 AM

http://www.fjrforum....howtopic=143297 Imp, here is some food for thought: You and your wife are cordially invited to attend the AZ Beemers Road Runner Rally.

A lot of AZB Members own/ride FJR's and all makes are warmly welcomed. My Son Seth, Girlfriend Donna and Papa Chuy are booked at "The Prescottonian" BW Hotel! http://book.bestwest...isablenav=false

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 09:33 AM

This is a great website for finding good beer:

www.pubquest.com

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 09:50 AM

This is a great website for finding good beer:

www.pubquest.com


Here's every single Microbrewery and Brewpub in the State of Arizona. BeemerDonS has personally inspected each and every one of these establishments and I verify them safe for my FJR Forum Friends. It is the very least that we Irish can do for you folks!

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BISBEE
Electric Brewing Company - Microbrewery
1326 Highway 92 #8
Bisbee, AZ 85603
Ph 520.4325465
www.electricbrewing.com

CAVE CREEK
Black Mountain Brewing - Brewpub
6245 East Cave Creek Road
Cave Creek AZ 85331
Phone 800.228.9742

CHANDLER
BJ's Pizza, Grill, and Brewery - Brewpub
3155 West Chandler Boulevard
Chandler AZ 85226
Ph 480.917.0631
www.bjsbrewhouse.com

Copper Canyon Brewing & Alehouse - Brewpub
5945 West Ray Road
Chandler, AZ 85226
Phone 602.705.9700
www.coppercanyongrill.com

FLAGSTAFF
Beaver Street Brewery - Brewpub
11 S. Beaver St.
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Phone 520.779.0079
www.beaverstreetbrewery.com

Flagstaff Brewing - Brewpub
16 E. Route 66
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Phone 520.773.1442
www.flagbrew.com

Mogollon Brewing Company - Microbrewery
15 N. Agassiz
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Phone 520.773.8950
www.mogollonbrewing.com

GLENDALE
Rock Bottom - Brewpub
7640 West Bell Road
Glendale AZ 85308
Ph 623.878.7343
www.rockbottom.com

JEROME
Jerome Brewery, Deli, Pizza & Cafe - Brewpub
111 Main St.
Jerome, AZ
Phone 520.639.8477

LAKE HAVASU CITY
Barley Brothers Brewery & Grill - Brewpub
1425 McCulloch Blvd.
Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403
Phone 520.505.7837
www.barleybrothers.com

Mudshark Brewing Company - Brewpub
210 Swanson Ave.
Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403
Phone 520.453.2981

NORTH SCOTTSDALE
Rock Bottom - Brewpub Map
8668 East Shea Boulevard
North Scottsdale AZ 85260
Ph. 602-998-7777
www.rockbottom.com

PHOENIX
Rock Bottom Brewery - Brewpub
14205 South 50th Street
Phoenix AZ 85044
Phone 480.598.1300
www.rockbottom.com

Sonora Brewhouse - Brewpub
322 E. Camelback Road
Phoenix, 85012.
Ph 602.279.8909
www.sonorabrewhouse.com


PRESCOTT
Prescott Brewing Company - Brewpub
130 W. Gurley St.
Prescott, AZ
Phone 520.771.2795

SCOTTSDALE
Four Peaks - Brewpub
15730 North Pima Rd.
Scottsdale AZ 85260
Phone 480.991-1795
www.fourpeaks.com

Oggi's Pizza and Brewing
8763 East Bell Road #101
Scottsdale AZ 85260
Phone 480.699.7604

Papago Brewing
7107 East McDowell Road
Scottsdale AZ 85257
Ph 480.425.7439
www.papagobrewing.com

Pinnacle Peak Brewery - Brewpub
10426 E. Jomax Road
Scottsdale, AZ
Phone 480.563.5133
www.pppatio.com

Rock Bottom - Brewpub
21001 North Tatum Boulevard
Scottsdale AZ 85050
Ph 480.513.9125
www.rockbottom.com

Unlikely Cowboy Restaurant Brewery - Brewpub
20751 North Pima #100
Scottsdale AZ 85255
Ph 480.502.5557
www.unlikelycowboybrewery.com

Uptown Brewery No. 2 - Brewpub
6910 E. Shea Blvd.
Scottsdale, AZ
Phone 602.905.5200
www.uptownbrewery.com

SEDONA
Oak Creek Brewing Company - Microbrewery
2050 Yavapai Drive
Sedona, AZ 86336
Phone 520.204.1300
www.oakcreekbrew.com

Oak Creek Pub - Microbrewery
366 Hwy 179
Sedona, AZ 86336
Phone 928-282-3300
www.oakcreekpub.com

TEMPE
Four Peaks Brewing Company - Microbrewery
1340 E. Eighth St.
Tempe, AZ
Phone 602.303.9967
www.fourpeaks.com

Gordon Biersch Brewing Company - Brewpub
420 South Mill
Tempe, AZ
Phone 602.736.0033
www.gordonbiersch.com

Rio Salado Brewing - Microbrewery
1520 West Mineral Rd.
Tempe, AZ 85283
Phone 602.755.1590

Streets Of New York - Brewpub
1470 E. Southern Ave.
Tempe, AZ 85282
Phone 602.777.9600
www.uptownbrewery.com

TOMBSTONE
Helldorado Brewing
107 Toughnut Street
Tombstone, AZ 85638
Ph 520.4573535

TUCSON
Gentle Ben's - Brewpub
865 E. University Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85719
Phone 520.624.4177
www.gentlebens.com

Nimbus Brewing - Microbrewery
3850 East 44th Street #138
Tucson AZ 85713
Phone 520.745.9175

Thunder Canyon Brewery - Brewpub
7401 N. LaCholla Blvd.
Tucson, AZ
Phone 520.797.2652