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Five best rides, just in time for Bike Week

By:
Joshua   Noble
Posted On:
Apr 10, 2017  at  at 4:42 PM
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Laughlin Bike Week will be here sooner than you think, and you’re missing out if you don’t stop at Mother Road Harley-Davidson in Kingman for the party.

The award-winning dealership and their huge selection of new and used bikes, parts, Motorclothes, accessories, and services will show you and your crew a good time… But what else will there be?
  Free Entertainment all three days? - Check! Featuring American Hitmen, Burn Unit, and Garlin Hackney!
  Food Trucks, a beer garden? - Check!
  Vendors? - Check!  Including Memphis Shades, Bikers Choice, Bell Helmets, Küryakyn, and Saddleman!
  The popular annual Friday Poker Run from Laughlin? - Check!

Bike week at Mother Road Harley-Davidson, by Christina Mills

But, it’s not just about the venue, beer, food, vendors and entertainment… it’s really about the ride. So shine up your bikes, and consider giving these routes a test run... Of course, you really don't need a bike to enjoy these rides, just a set of wheels!

Biking on Oatman Hwy

1. Oatman Highway to Topock at the Colorado River:  Predating the inception of the Route 66 in 1926, this road was built for the stream of prospectors looking to stake a claim in the Oatman Gold Rush of 1902. It is the same Mother Road that John Steinbeck wrote about in Grapes of Wrath, and best symbolizes Route 66 of the 1930's.   It about a 55 mile ride from Kingman to the Colorado River at Topock via Old Route 66, so plan for 1.5 hours of ride time one way. Speed limits range from 20-45 mph. You can stop at Topock 66 to refresh before riding off into the sunset.  Need directions to Oatman? Stop by the Powerhouse (located across from Locomotive Park at 120 W. Andy Devine) for an Arizona 66 Passport, directions to Oatman and all of the best rides - don't rely on your GPS!

Hualapai Mountain Road

2. Hualapai Mountain & DW Ranch Roads: This is an easy 40 minute (25 mile) round-trip cruise.  From Kingman, take Hualapai Mountain Road to DW Ranch Road (in 10.5 miles). From here, either turn left and return to Kingman via DW Ranch Road and I-40 (another 14 miles), or continue another 4 miles to Hualapai Mountain Resort (4525 Hualapai Mountain Rd) to quench your thirst or get a bite. Usually, there’s a party going on up in the pines that’s worth checking out. With elevations ranging from 4984’ to 8417’, the Hualapai Mountains are a direct contrast to the desert landscape below, with curvy roads flanked by pine and juniper.

Joshua Tree near Meadview

3. Stockton Hill & Pierce Ferry Roads to Meadview:  This 70 minute (60 miles one way) ride on Stockton Hill Road escorts riders through portions of the 1857 Beale Wagon Trail, pristine Arizona desert, farm land, the rugged Cerbat Mountain Range, and a salt flat at Red Lake.  To get there, head North on Stockton Hill Road ( just up Beverly from Mother Road H-D).  Follow this to the end (41.5 miles), then turn right on Pierce Ferry Road and continue 17 miles to the Meadview turn-off.  Be careful to observe the speed-limits (from 35 to 55 mph) as the ride takes you over several cattle guards and through working ranch lands (you may even catch sight of wild mustang).

Biking on Route 66

4. Route 66 to Seligman:  It’s a leisurely 87 mile ride from Kingman to Seligman. The roadscape is akin to scenes from a 1950’s-1960's family road trip out west to the Grand Canyon or California. Just head East out of Kingman on Andy Devine Ave. (aka Route 66).  The speed limit is 65 miles/hour on the open road. In towns, it slows down to 35 mph. Plan for 1.5 hours of ride time one way, plus time to see the sights.

London Bridger Harley-Davidson in Lake Havasu City

5. London Bridge at Lake Havasu & Parker:  This 2 hour ride (103 miles one way) takes you past London Bridge, along the Bill Williams River tributary, and into Parker.  Follow I-40 west, turn south on AZ Hwy 95 (Exit 9) toward Lake Havasu City. While in Lake Havasu, stop in at London Bridge Harley-Davidson, located across the bridge on the island (1425 McCulloch Blvd N).  Return to AZ 95 South  through Lake Havasu AZ 95 to Parker, AZ. We recommend stopping for a brew just 10 miles north of Parker at the Colorado River's oldest drinking establishment Fox’s RV Park Floating Bar (6350 Riverside Dr.), or continue to Parker and get a great burger or sandwich at the Crossroads Café (612 S California Ave).

For more information on Bike Week, visit www.motherroadhd.com/Social/Events.

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