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What's the best 100 miles of road for a sport bike?
« on: July 03, 2018, 02:40:28 am »
I've done quite a bit of riding lately, and I was introduced to a stretch of road in Arizona that is 107 miles of pure sportbike bliss. Real hills(mountains), beautiful scenery, no traffic except other riders, a nice scenic rest area about halfway. I'm talking about the Devil's Highway(191) between Alpine and Clifton, AZ. Did not spend much time in 5th or 6th gear on my C10, mostly 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. I have to put it at number 1 on my list of grin-makers. Sorry to have to say it, but the Three Sisters run in Texas was a big disappointment, and this year's national was a dud.

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Re: What's the best 100 miles of road for a sport bike?
« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2018, 02:58:07 am »
Hoping to have a Southwest Rally there in the near future.  :motonoises:

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Re: What's the best 100 miles of road for a sport bike?
« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2018, 03:06:53 am »
I have to agree besides the snake in Tennessee (423?), this stretch of 191 is the closest thing to heaven. I used to ride up there from las cruces, hit the black range, about 40 miles of some really nice warm up twisties and then mule creek pass for some high speed sweepers and then up 191. about 12 hour round trip for me back then.
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Re: What's the best 100 miles of road for a sport bike?
« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2018, 10:16:14 am »
That is on my Route map for my Aug-Sept trip in the SW. I'll be taking my modified R1.... as for best roads, here in FL...JenningsGP. You have to pay to get in, but I consider it one of the best pieces of tarmac in Florida.
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Re: What's the best 100 miles of road for a sport bike?
« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2018, 11:02:52 am »
While it’s only 90 miles, Route 250 from Staunton, VA
to Huttonsville, WV is quite a gem.
High-speed sweepers, tight hairpins, elevation changes,
beautiful scenery, little traffic...it’s got it all.

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Re: What's the best 100 miles of road for a sport bike?
« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2018, 11:57:14 am »
I think I just added the Devil's Highway to my travels.

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Re: What's the best 100 miles of road for a sport bike?
« Reply #6 on: July 03, 2018, 03:19:33 pm »
4 of my favorite stretches of roads are-

Monitor Pass -California-Highway 4
Sonora Pass- California- Highway 108
Beartooth Highway-Montana- Route 212

Million Dollar Highway- Colorado- Highway 550

So many more and I look forward to riding the Devil's highway (191) for the first time in the early fall!

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Re: What's the best 100 miles of road for a sport bike?
« Reply #7 on: July 03, 2018, 04:42:16 pm »
I live in Kansas, so I do not have a valid point of reference.....    But I really enjoy Arkansas, A LOT!
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Re: What's the best 100 miles of road for a sport bike?
« Reply #8 on: July 03, 2018, 05:18:43 pm »
Rode  AZ's Devils Hwy on the way back from the national with the OtP guys.  It was my second time. Great road in every respect.  And I bet without the rain, heavy fog and rain induced boulders in the road - it's even more fun  ;D

Monitor Pass -California-Highway 4
Sonora Pass- California- Highway 108
Beartooth Highway-Montana- Route 212
Million Dollar Highway- Colorado- Highway 550
Those some GOOD choices Russ

Hoping to have a Southwest Rally there in the near future.
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Re: What's the best 100 miles of road for a sport bike?
« Reply #9 on: July 03, 2018, 06:23:54 pm »
Rode  AZ's Devils Hwy on the way back from the national with the OtP guys.  It was my second time. Great road in every respect.  And I bet without the rain, heavy fog and rain induced boulders in the road - it's even more fun  ;D

Monitor Pass -California-Highway 4
Sonora Pass- California- Highway 108
Beartooth Highway-Montana- Route 212
Million Dollar Highway- Colorado- Highway 550
Those some GOOD choices Russ

Hoping to have a Southwest Rally there in the near future.
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Re: What's the best 100 miles of road for a sport bike?
« Reply #10 on: July 03, 2018, 10:41:47 pm »
While it’s only 90 miles, Route 250 from Staunton, VA
to Huttonsville, WV is quite a gem.
High-speed sweepers, tight hairpins, elevation changes,
beautiful scenery, little traffic...it’s got it all.
+1. I rode this in early spring right after sunrise on a Sunday morning. I didn’t see a single car and more than a few large critters and misty fog over the passes.  Had me wondering if I found utopia, bliss, or civilization ended. That run without seeing another car included RT 219 and RT 33 into Seneca Rocks. It was an epic ride.   :motonoises:
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Re: What's the best 100 miles of road for a sport bike?
« Reply #11 on: July 03, 2018, 11:20:03 pm »
It would be about 40 to 45 laps around your nearest racetrack.
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Re: What's the best 100 miles of road for a sport bike?
« Reply #12 on: July 04, 2018, 03:25:47 am »
4 of my favorite stretches of roads are-

Monitor Pass -California-Highway 4
Sonora Pass- California- Highway 108
Beartooth Highway-Montana- Route 212

Million Dollar Highway- Colorado- Highway 550

So many more and I look forward to riding the Devil's highway (191) for the first time in the early fall!

 :motonoises:    :motonoises:   :great:

I lived in Reno and rode Monitor/Ebbets and Sonora more times than I can remember.

Devil's Highway is better.   ;D

So, Southwest Rally there this fall?
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Re: What's the best 100 miles of road for a sport bike?
« Reply #13 on: July 04, 2018, 04:18:06 am »
sounds good , just not the october 18 weekend. That is Big Bend.  That is also awesome riding territory and i won't miss that ride !
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Re: What's the best 100 miles of road for a sport bike?
« Reply #14 on: July 05, 2018, 12:02:35 am »
While it’s only 90 miles, Route 250 from Staunton, VA
to Huttonsville, WV is quite a gem.
High-speed sweepers, tight hairpins, elevation changes,
beautiful scenery, little traffic...it’s got it all.
+1. I rode this in early spring right after sunrise on a Sunday morning. I didn’t see a single car and more than a few large critters and misty fog over the passes.  Had me wondering if I found utopia, bliss, or civilization ended. That run without seeing another car included RT 219 and RT 33 into Seneca Rocks. It was an epic ride.   :motonoises:

that's why most of us in Va. and close, always loved riding there... and why we had the rally in 2007 there..

better loop (not saying 219 isn't awesome, which it is for sure) is running 33 west out of Harrisonburg Va., up and over the mountains, and all the way till it hits 250 in W.Va., then south and east, all the way back to Va, it's an epic ride... (you can pick up 219 and down near Snowshoe, and across on 66 to shorten the loop, and add smiles also)..
I think this may be more than 100 miles, but man, it goes by so fast...
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Re: What's the best 100 miles of road for a sport bike?
« Reply #15 on: July 05, 2018, 09:04:35 pm »
HWY 28 from Walhalla, SC through Deal's Gap.100 miles of twisties finishing with the Tall of the Dragon.
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Re: What's the best 100 miles of road for a sport bike?
« Reply #16 on: July 05, 2018, 09:24:55 pm »
Any of the roads in the Malibu Canyons.

RT 27
Rt 23
N-1
Muhullan Hwy.
Latigo Canyon Road.
Tuna Canyon.

Just road those all day on the 4th. 12 hours of twisties...Going up and down did well over 100 miles.

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Re: What's the best 100 miles of road for a sport bike?
« Reply #17 on: July 06, 2018, 01:14:54 pm »
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Sorry to have to say it, but the Three Sisters run in Texas was a big disappointment

Being a Texan, I have to admit that the 3 Sisters is a fine ride but not great. It is over hyped, so folks are let down when they ride it. I think the two best rides in Texas are down in the Big Bend area: The river road (Hwy 170) is a fabulous 60 mile ride with little traffic and great scenic views (https://solaristraveller.com/scenic-drive-presidio-tx/), and then in Big Bend park the 60 mile round-trip ride to Santa Elena canyon is awesome (also with little traffic much of the year). A long day of riding from Alpine to Marfa to River road to Santa Elena canyon and then Hwy 118 back to Alpine defines the reason for owning a C14. I have to do this route a couple of times a year to maintain sanity. Nearby New Mexico and Colorado have too many great rides to list.

Thanks for the Devil's highway info; now on my must-ride list.

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Re: What's the best 100 miles of road for a sport bike?
« Reply #18 on: July 06, 2018, 02:36:42 pm »
All the more reason to join us in October:

http://forum.cog-online.org/south-central-events/2018-big-bend-davis-mountains-ride-the-twisties-18th-20th-of-october/

Personally, I would have had the 2018 in Arkansas, but since the 2017 National was at Lake of the Ozarks in MO, we had to move it further away from that area.

There's no good central rally facility and banquet hosting in Alpine, so a National there was not possible.

That left Kerrville to dot all the i's and cross the t's for riders AND spouses. That was our best option for that year.

FM170 is the most technical road in TX and I've seen it break out cold sweats and white knuckles on many experienced riders until they learned the road both directions.

A National location has many factors, its not just good roads, although that's top on my list.

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Re: What's the best 100 miles of road for a sport bike?
« Reply #20 on: July 09, 2018, 11:11:29 am »
Don't know if I am up for the rallymaster spot in 2024, but I think I may have a good location. The old Dogpatch theme park has been bought by a group and is now called Heritage USA, and has a motel, campground, restaurant, and concert/convention hall. Being in Arkansas, I suspect rates to be reasonable. Also, Heritage USA is located in the heart of some of the best riding roads in the country, Newton County, Arkansas.

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Re: What's the best 100 miles of road for a sport bike?
« Reply #21 on: July 09, 2018, 12:10:25 pm »
That's good info for reference.

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Re: What's the best 100 miles of road for a sport bike?
« Reply #22 on: July 09, 2018, 12:19:27 pm »
I think I just added the Devil's Highway to my travels.

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I rode my all time favorite road yesterday, UT12. Then you throw in the Burr Trail that's just icing on the cake. I put on over 200 miles round-trip so that would qualify it. While both directions are sweet going from Torey toward Panguich is extra sweet for the views.

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Re: What's the best 100 miles of road for a sport bike?
« Reply #23 on: July 10, 2018, 03:25:27 am »
Just want to add my +1 to US 191 in Arizona, between Clifton and Alpine, AZ. I rode it about 3 weeks ago for the first time and it was without a doubt the most technical and genuinely intensely fun road that I have experienced. 90 miles between services and filled with too many 10-45 MPH corners to count. There is a lot of exposure in places (no guard rail, narrow shoulder, big drop offs) so if a spirited pace maintained, focus is important. The road condition was generally very good with very little traffic. We encountered zero LEO presence on 191 other than in Clifton. I highly recommend adding it to your bucket list of routes.

We stayed at the Best Western in Eager, AZ (nice place and reasonable rates) the night before and looped down 180 & 78 before riding 191 South to North. That loop took about 1/2 day with stops.   

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Re: What's the best 100 miles of road for a sport bike?
« Reply #24 on: July 10, 2018, 12:04:30 pm »
Just want to add my +1 to US 191 in Arizona, between Clifton and Alpine, AZ. I rode it about 3 weeks ago for the first time and it was without a doubt the most technical and genuinely intensely fun road that I have experienced. 90 miles between services and filled with too many 10-45 MPH corners to count. There is a lot of exposure in places (no guard rail, narrow shoulder, big drop offs) so if a spirited pace maintained, focus is important. The road condition was generally very good with very little traffic. We encountered zero LEO presence on 191 other than in Clifton. I highly recommend adding it to your bucket list of routes.

We stayed at the Best Western in Eager, AZ (nice place and reasonable rates) the night before and looped down 180 & 78 before riding 191 South to North. That loop took about 1/2 day with stops.   

Pretty sure 191 in Arizona is the Devil's Highway the original poster posted about.
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