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Mesa, Globe, Punkin Center, and back to Mesa + ADD NEW ROUTE


10   in Arizona Arizona203 Miles

Motorcycle Roads Mesa, Globe, Punkin Center, and back to Mesa

By MCR Contributor
on May 18, 2011

4.1out of 5

8 Riders rated

 Scenery

 Road Quality

 Roadside Amenities

Written Directions

East of Phoenix/Mesa on US 60, past Gold Canyon, Queen Valley and Top of the World to Globe. Then west on AZ 188, past Roosevelt Lake and Tonto Basin to Punkin Center. Popular biker bar there, but I'm not into that, so on to Beeline Highway (AZ 87), and southbound home to Mesa.

Scenery

Excellent views of Roosevelt Lake and Tonto Basin riding west from Globe. No place to stop for pictures. Will have to bring my helmet camera next time.

Road Quality

Mild cornes and terrain on mountain road most of the way. This is cruiser riding at its best. Open road, not much traffic.

Roadside Amenities

Okay restaurants. Good camping in Roosevelt Lake area. Not many places to stop, but that's not what I'm after.

Additional Info

Nickname (optional) : Dan - KTWIN

What Riders Say About this Route Add Review & Rating

By HEC
on November 4, 2011 8 out of 8 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2006

Motorcycle Make Yamaha Stratoliner

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

My wife and our friends John and Robin rode this trip 9/11. Great ride. My wife is also a new rider riding a V Star 950 Tourer. The ride was scenic with a variety of road types. Fun ride for new and experienced riders. Luck have it, we dressed in layers as it was COLD in the AM. An HOT. In the afternoon.

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By defqon1
on March 11, 2016 4 out of 4 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2012

Motorcycle Make BMW 1200 GS

Motorcycle Type Touring

This route is simply amazing, my wife and I spent the day on a BMW 1200 GS doing this. The views are spectacular the entire time, on the way out to Roosevelt it got a little chilly, but from Roosevelt back to Mesa it was HOT. Roads are good condition, the hwy 60 section was a bit under construction as of 3/10/16, but still great ride.

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By Guest
on November 8, 2013 4 out of 4 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 1988

Motorcycle Make Suzuki

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Nice ride. It's not true that there are no places to stop and take pictures. Great views of Roosevelt Lake and surrounding mountains.
Stopped at the bar/lounge/restaurant in Punkin Center. AWESOME hamburgers and very cool tavern.
Get fuel in Punkin Center. Jakes corner was almost a dollar a gallon higher than in Globe.
Overall a very nice ride although my speedo says it's about 245 miles, not 203.

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By Sun Goose
on January 6, 2013 4 out of 4 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2007

Motorcycle Make Honda ST1300p

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

Excellent ride. Took this trip with some newer riders and they completely enjoyed it. Good cruiser or sport touring roads with great view

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By Guest
on October 19, 2013 2 out of 3 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2009

Motorcycle Make Yamaha R1

Motorcycle Type Sport

I've done this route twice... once on a rented R1 and another time in a rented Porsche Boxster S. I haven't tried any others, however, this route has it all... straights, twisties, climbs and descents. Best of all, both times there was little to no traffic in the "fun" parts(from Apache Junction to Globe then Globe to Punkin Center). Only part I wasn't a big fan of was AZ-87 and all the large pickups towing boats and RVs that were doing 80-90mph.

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By Eichackers
on February 17, 2013 2 out of 2 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2013

Motorcycle Make Harley Davidson - Heratige

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Good ride, perfect for just getting out on the road for part of a day. Mostly open highway, Mostly desert and high desert terrain but between Globe and Apache Junction on 60 some 2 lane mountain terrain. I do it often.

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By Guest
on April 15, 2012 2 out of 2 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2004

Motorcycle Make Yamaha Vstar

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Nice ride. Varied landscape was great for the ADD types in our crew.

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By PorscheGuy
on October 9, 2016 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

3.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2001

Motorcycle Make Porsche

Motorcycle Type

There are great SEGMENTS on this loop, but taken in its entirety the 188 section of this route is pretty lame; difficult to see Lake Roosevelt, and essentially 0 amenities from Superior all the way until you loop back into Fountain Hills. If you're looking for big loop rides to-from PHX, reconsider taking 87 all the way to Payson, connect West on 260, and south on 17. Or head out to Globe and hit the Globe/Winkleman/Superior loop in the website.

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