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post #1 of 21 Old 05-09-2013, 07:25 PM Thread Starter
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Question I'm Utah Bound

So the plan is for the wife and I to hop aboard the Goldwing June 10ish and plot a course to Utah.

Looking for some info and suggestions on what it takes to see some of this great state. We want to see some of the parks. Figure we would start in Moab and work our way to Zion, north rim of Grand Canyon, four corners etc. We have no idea of how long we should stay in any one place to see some of these parks and are looking for suggestions.

Would love to meet some of the dual sport folk if the opportunity exists. Hey if you have a grill and some steaks we would gladly come by, lol.

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post #2 of 21 Old 05-09-2013, 07:53 PM
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Sounds like you've already selected a couple choice spots.

I just returned from Northern Arizona and Southern Utah and can assure you you're in for some fine riding. Kolob Terrace Road, just outside of Zion's main entrance, is not to be missed.

Here is my ride report from my recent trip. http://www.ineverfinishanyth.blogspo...-diego-to.html

Let us know how it goes!

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San Diego wheels and myself will be out there on our KLRs around that time. We're really looking forward to it.


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So the plan is for the wife and I to hop aboard the Goldwing June 10ish and plot a course to Utah.

Looking for some info and suggestions on what it takes to see some of this great state. We want to see some of the parks. Figure we would start in Moab and work our way to Zion, north rim of Grand Canyon, four corners etc. We have no idea of how long we should stay in any one place to see some of these parks and are looking for suggestions.

Would love to meet some of the dual sport folk if the opportunity exists. Hey if you have a grill and some steaks we would gladly come by, lol.

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Highway 128 is a great ride into Moab, Canyonlands N.P. was enjoyable, but slower speed limits and the La Sal mountain loop road (paved) was a fun ride. Have a good time and Ride Safe.
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Sent you a long PM - mainly because I got the PM before I looked at the rest of the message board to reply here. LOL

Depending on how much time you want to spend on the entire trip, you'll want to spend at least two full days in each of the five National Parks. There's a lot to do, and buzzing through is okay, but spending more time is awesome.

I also gave you dates where my wife and I will be at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and Bryce Canyon, so if you're in either of those areas while we're there, I'd be more than happy to throw a steak on the grill for you!

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Thanks for the info, particularly the long and informative PM from acidman1968. The main thing here is that I'm on a loaded Goldwing, 2 up, so roads need to be paved.

My biggest issue is the Utah heat. 80F is getting to hot for me on a Goldwing. Sometimes I think I should take this holiday in an air conditioned vehicle.

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My biggest issue is the Utah heat. 80F is getting to hot for me on a Goldwing. Sometimes I think I should take this holiday in an air conditioned vehicle.
What?! I refer to the the sage genius of another forum member. he states, and I quote: "It's a friggen motorcycle, it's not supposed to be comfortable, quiet or safe. The wind noise is supposed to hurt your ears, the seat should be hard and riding it should make you shit your pants every now and then. "
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Thanks for the info, particularly the long and informative PM from acidman1968. The main thing here is that I'm on a loaded Goldwing, 2 up, so roads need to be paved.

My biggest issue is the Utah heat. 80F is getting to hot for me on a Goldwing. Sometimes I think I should take this holiday in an air conditioned vehicle.
Just did some quick searches on www.city-data.com to give you a place where you can check the average high temperatures for various cities during June.

Moab, UT information <-- Arches and Canyonlands National Parks are here.

Torrey, UT <-- Capitol Reef National Park is here

Springdale, UT <-- Gateway to Zion National Park


On each of those links, scroll down on the page to where the weather information is located.

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if you have time go to i think it's the 550 and ride that from ouray to durango or vice versa. it is beautiful up there.

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You absolutely have to go to Bryce Canyon Notional Park. I worked on the road down there for 3 months a few years back and it is one of the most amazing places I have ever seen. It would be great on a bike!
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