Author Topic: 2018 Airizona Airheads Spring Camp Out.  (Read 1413 times)

Offline wilcom

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2018 Airizona Airheads Spring Camp Out.
« on: April 09, 2018, 03:43:16 PM »
Dave Alquist, The Arizona "Air Marshall" puts on this event and this is the 8th year.

I decided to ride over and attend this years event. I had a great time and the Arizona folks were a friendly crowd. I got there Friday afternoon and pitched my tent. There was a ride on Saturday to Jerome, Az an old mining town. Jerome was interesting but over the years it has become a commercial tourist trap. They are probably pulling out more gold now than they ever did when the mines were active ;D

This time of year is perfect for AZ. Great riding weather. Won't be long before it will be so hot there that the only person on a bke will be Bob Roller ;) The only drawback for me is the trip to AZ is 300 miles of ugly desert both ways.

Pics....... camp site photos, rest stop on the way to AZ, couple of Jerome, AZ scenery. and one fat guy at a breakfast stop.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/vCHDq3CaJAAtMEO23
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Joe Wilkerson
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Menifee, CA

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1982 BMW R65LS 
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1980 R65
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1964 R50/2
19xx R27
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Offline Bob_Roller

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Re: 2018 Airizona Airheads Spring Camp Out.
« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2018, 04:21:47 PM »
Good to hear you had a good time Joe !!
The drive from the LA area, is mostly Interstate 10, a main truck traffic corridor for the southwestern US .
I despise riding or driving I-10 .
It's getting ready to get hot here, 100 F, 38 C forecast for the next 2 days here in the Phoenix area .
Dave Alquist is also the owner of an independent BMW motorcycle shop, Quality Cycles in Mesa, Arizona , I've done a lot of business with him over the last 10 years .
'81 R65
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I'll give up my R65, when they pry my cold dead hands from the handlebars !!!!!

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Re: 2018 Airizona Airheads Spring Camp Out.
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2018, 04:47:31 PM »
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I despise riding or driving I-10 .

I took the interstate going as I wanted to get to the Camp Verde area in a timely manner. I-10 is miserable but the I-17 heading north out of Phoenix isn't bad for an interstate, once you get some altitude its green and  swoopy turns heading toward Flagstaff.

On the way home I skirted some of the 10. I bailed off the 17 and headed to Prescott, AZ and then down to Wickenburg, AZ and then took Highway 60 to Quartzsite, AZ..... and then it was only 200 miles of ugly on the I-10 >:(

Highway 89 west out of Prescott is a great road with lots of twisties as you lose about 4000 ft of elevation coming down thru the forest.
« Last Edit: April 10, 2018, 11:29:14 PM by wilcom »
Joe Wilkerson
Telephone man with a splash of Data
Menifee, CA

Present:
1984 BMW R65LS "Herr Head"
1982 BMW R65LS 
past:
1979 R65
1980 R65
1982 R80RT
1974 R90/6
1972 R75
1964 R50/2
19xx R27
ZX-11

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Re: 2018 Airizona Airheads Spring Camp Out.
« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2018, 10:00:33 AM »
You go from dense pine forest to low desert in about 30 minutes of riding taking the route you did .
Any issues with the trailer on the long steep descent  from the Colorado plateau down to the northern Sonoran desert ??
'81 R65
'82 R65 LS ?
'84 R65 LS
'87 Moto Guzzi V65 Lario
'02 R1150R
Riding all year long since 1993 .
I'll give up my R65, when they pry my cold dead hands from the handlebars !!!!!

Offline wilcom

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Re: 2018 Airizona Airheads Spring Camp Out.
« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2018, 11:35:24 AM »
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Any issues with the trailer on the long steep descent 

This was my test run of any mileage. The first 100 miles were perilous as I wasn't used to any wiggles or bumps the trailer would give. Anything and I would go {{{WTF WAS THAT}}}}. After 325 miles to get there I was pretty well used to the feel and what it would do over all types of terrain and settled in.

I didn't need to take much stuff for the week end but I wanted to pull the trailer to see if it would fit the bill when I head to the Sierras this summer and it looks like it will do what I wanted, carry more stuff without looking like a bike set up for a "around the world" attempt. ;D
Joe Wilkerson
Telephone man with a splash of Data
Menifee, CA

Present:
1984 BMW R65LS "Herr Head"
1982 BMW R65LS 
past:
1979 R65
1980 R65
1982 R80RT
1974 R90/6
1972 R75
1964 R50/2
19xx R27
ZX-11

Offline Tony Smith

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Re: 2018 Airizona Airheads Spring Camp Out.
« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2018, 06:51:20 PM »
Well done - it looks like a fun trip Joe. I am increasingly drawn to the concept of a trailer, but rather than a trailer that I can pack my tent into I want a trailer that folds out into a full bed with a canvas canopy, awning and all the fruit.

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Offline wilcom

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Re: 2018 Airizona Airheads Spring Camp Out.
« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2018, 07:09:07 PM »
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all the fruit.

"all the fruit" is shown at the bottom. If you look at FB Motorcycle Trailer Camping, there will be much fruit to enjoy.

The problem I have with a "real trailer" is weight and width. At some point the tail starts wagging the dog and you would spend more time driving the rig than enjoying the motorcycle.

Plus and this is a big one, I would hook the trailer on something inside of a week and be on my butt! Whereas with mine, if the bike gets thru the trailer gets thru, no thinking. .
Joe Wilkerson
Telephone man with a splash of Data
Menifee, CA

Present:
1984 BMW R65LS "Herr Head"
1982 BMW R65LS 
past:
1979 R65
1980 R65
1982 R80RT
1974 R90/6
1972 R75
1964 R50/2
19xx R27
ZX-11