US 191 from Douglas Az. to Bozeman Mt with a few side loops

Douglas to Bozeman

Douglas Arizona is where this post starts, this was after riding around the area with friends Steve and Mark for more than a week. ( see my earlier blog post ) US 191 starts at the historic US 80 and parts of it was once numbered 666 but it was changed years ago, read more about that here . The first loop off of US 191 was the National Black Hills back Country Biway, a rocky and twisty gravel road with huge views.

The biway ends just before the town of Clifton and the Morenci mine then heads up to Alpine for 100 miles of some of the best motorcycle pavement in the US. ( but watch out for the livestock in the road)

North of Alpine the scenery drastically changes to very flat and straight but as you approach the Utah border, rock formations start appearing as you get into the “Monument valley” area. Or put another way “Where Forest Gump stopped Running” ( that’s not actually US 191 in the movie but only a few miles west on US 163)

I pulled into Bluff Utah for a night just so I could go ride the Moki Dugway and see the “Mexican Hat” again, Having done it on the 1200 Super Tenere in 2018, I wanted to revisit it on the T-7.

From there it was out to the ferry across Lake Powell to the Bullfrog Marina in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. With the lake so low, you really need to call and check if the ferry is running, I got real lucky but still drug the hitch carrier on my way off the boat in Bullfrog because of the angle of the bank.

This side trip off US 191 was to do the Burr Trail from just outside the Bullfrog Marina on Lake Powell to Utah 12 in Boulder. I was told it’s about the perfect mix of twisty pavement, gravel and dirt switchbacks, so I needed to go check it out and wasn’t disappointed, all the tales were true!😍

After the Burr trail – Boulder- Torrey- Capital Reef NP -Old Notom Rd loop, I loaded back up and headed to US191 the long way around through the Glen Canyon. It’s over 100 miles with the first 50 or so riding through the steep walled canyon before crossing the Colorado River.

Onward to Moab to meet up with my sister Sarah and brother-in-law Jimmy whom are also full time #vanlifers in their class C. It was so cool to meet up with them! They were waiting on their reservation to get into Zion a few days later.

The original goal of going back through Moab for me was to ride and complete Longs Canyon Rd and “Pucker Pass”. A road I didn’t finish my last time through in 2018 on the Super Tenere. This was as far as I made it because just past this boulder, it climbs 600’ in only a hundred yards or so. Hence the name “pucker pass”.

I decided to first try to see what it looked like if I were to start at the top and work my way down. Here was my view at the switchback about 600’ up in elevation from the big boulder (down on the left just out of view). It was also too steep for me on my T-700 , if I’d have had a Yamaha TW-200, then I might have tried it😉

So from that spot, I decided to go back all the way around on the pavement and come up Longs Canyon Rd. The scenery is breathtaking!

After a couple nights with Sarah and Jimmy, I continued north through Vernal. Near there, is a turn off to “9 mile canyon” I’ll be returning there after the summer to explore that area on my way to Arkansas. That night was spent in Rock Springs Wyoming after going through the Flaming Gorge area, where more scenic vistas awaited. I stayed with former veteran and current game warden Andy Roosa. Thanks Andy for letting me park in the driveway for the night.

North across western Wyoming is pretty boring until you stop for an ice cream at the Farson Mercantile, order the baby scoop, your blood sugar will thank you.
That night I hung out with old friend and classmate (since kindergarten) Jen Holmes and her daughter Melanie in Pinedale . Always good to catch up with old friends!
On the road early continuing north through Jackson was the Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks with beautiful blue skies and quiet impressive scenery.

On the north side of the park there were a few bison in the road, then more and more came sauntering down the pavement not giving a care in the world about the vehicles. Slowly making our way past them, in the other lane, was a line of cars heading south that was 3-4 miles long at a dead stop. Wouldn’t want to have been stuck there, that’s for sure!

Rolling through the town of Big sky Montana, I noted it was aptly named…

Not much farther was the end of my journey north in the town of Bozeman. There I hopped on Interstate 90 west to Washington after a “Bunk a biker” stay with Dutch and Shirley. Thanks guys for the great steak!

Not sure how many miles it was and I lost track of the days it took so I oddly don’t have those numbers because I was really enjoying the entire ride up. The parts I did on the bike were excellent and view from behind the windshield were just as spectacular. This one highway stretching across the country has to be one of the most scenic! Get out and make your own adventure!

Twisted Throttle and Denali lights

So, working with many of the motorcycle aftermarket parts companies, I’ll occasionally get asked to try out products, good gig, huh?
Old friend Erik Stephens from Twisted Throttle and his marketing director Marisa McInturff offered to let me try out a set of their Denali D-7 4.5” flood lights. Hard to say no to an offer like that? Right!?! ( I gladly accepted)
Because I was already on the road and heading west, I had them sent to my friends Steve and Patty Loster’s house in Tucson. Steve and Patty both work at the Kawasaki, KTM and Triumph dealer in town. Steve is the service manager and Patty is the financing manager. Since the shop is also a Twisted Throttle dealer, Steve was more then qualified to do the install. He was able to do the install in his garage while I was out getting my hitch carrier upgraded at Joehauler in San Marcos a few weeks back. The install is the simplest form, the D-7’s are hooked directly to the battery and controlled by a single switch that’s activated when the key is on. It’s all 15,330 lumens on or off, there isn’t a dimmer wired in. They are mounted to the SW Motech crash bars tucked in as far as possible to avoid being knocked off in case of a tip over. THANKS Steve for the seamless install!

Here is the product description of the Denali D-7’s from the Twisted Throttle website

At over 15,000 lumens the DENALI D7 light kit is one of the brightest LED lights under 4.5 inches period. A pair of D7s feature 14 high-intensity 10-watt LEDs that are focused through a proprietary single-piece optic specifically engineered to create a full bodied spot beam that can reach over 1500ft at an intensity of 1.0 lux. A pair of D7s will outshine 14 D2 lights and produces more than twice the light output of the D4. Not only are the new D7s incredibly bright but they’re strong too. The robust heatsink and Active Thermal Management work together to keep this high-powered lamp cool enough to maintain maximum light output when you need it most. 

Because the new D7 has so much power there’s no need for a selection of optics. The standard optic set benefits from the raw power of this array to have best-in-class spot coverage at a distance perfect for picking out wildlife way beyond the range of your motorcycle’s normal high beam. With lumens to spare the D7’s optics were designed to preserve a near-flood-beam pattern resulting in an amazingly wide (200ft) beam that helps illuminate the sides of the road. In a way the combination of incredible intensity and optics that are neither too distance-focused or flood-oriented is the best of both worlds. 

I can say without a doubt that these things put out lots of light!
When taking pictures for this post, it was difficult to take night shots because of a mount of lumens these things produce. I also haven’t fully mastered taking good pictures yet 🤭😉

In addition to the D-7’s, I had requested a Denali B-6 license plate brake light. The B-6 normally mounts to bottom of your license plate but because of the Camel ADV tail tidy and the angle the plate sits at, Steve thought it best to mount it on top of the plate. It gives the LED’s a more direct rear facing mounting point. The double brake lights along with the Cyclops multifunctional turn signals all together, make a VERY visible rear end in full daylight or at night.

I hope this little post helps sell a few Denali lights , it’s all really good products from a company I’ve done business with for over a decade. Heck, even the founder of the company has hosted me twice at his house, thanks Erik! Also, personally knowing most of the people behind the scenes that run all the companies I’ve mentioned here makes me want to help out where I can.
Twisted Throttle , Camel ADV, Joe Hauler and Cyclops Adventure Sports