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3.67 out of 5 Rider Rating 3.67
3 Reviews

Gates Pass Road

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By MCR Contributor (952 McR Points) on May 18, 2011

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Guest
April 11, 2013
This was a very short ride. Great for break in…
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kawasakininja808
2 McR Points
March 10, 2013
Lots of curves. Be careful as some sharp curves…
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Written Directions

Gates Pass is just West of Tucson, maybe 5 or 10 miles West of I-10. If you're heading from Tucson, take Speedway all the way West until it turns into Gates Pass Rd. For a longer route, you can take Ina Road all the way West, and then take Kinney Road down South, until you drive by Old Tucson and then connect into Gates Pass Road.

Scenery

Some nice looking mountains, but not too many mountains, nothing breathtaking.

Drive Enjoyment

Lots of SHARP twists and turns! Be careful, my friend crashed along one of the curves. The road is fairly short though, so maybe try going up through Kinney road after Gates Pass. It is also kind of bumpy, but an alright road.

Tourism Opportunities

Not much to be found here. Old Tucson is nearby, which is a great tourist attraction. There's a camping sight nearby I believe. I didn't go for the attractions though, I went for the curves!

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Guest
April 11, 2013
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Motorcycle Type : Sport
This was a very short ride. Great for break in period if you're not following the "break in hard" method. Some cool views and a sharp turn here and there. You shouldn't be in 5th or 6th gear on this trip, 4th gear was plenty for myself. There was moderate traffic in this area as well.
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kawasakininja808
March 10, 2013
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Motorcycle Type : Sport
Lots of curves. Be careful as some sharp curves come up while having fun enjoying the ride. I would of gave this a 5 star rating but is a short ride. Go early for the ride as later in the day there are more cars and that greatly decreases the enjoyment of the route.
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Jerry G
June 10, 2012
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Motorcycle Type : Enduro
It is a nice road with lots of curves and elevation changes. If you keep it slow you should not have any problems. If you pull off at the ranger station or the Desert museum and you can learn a little about area or go on one of the many hiking trails. No food or gas along the way, but it is a short ride.
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