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  1. #1
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    New Mexico State Highway 159 (Bursum Road)

    OK. I need a little helpful advice here. Can some of you NM riders tell me if New Mexico State Highway 159 (Bursum Road) is open from about Glenwood on US180 to NM-163. On Google maps it looks like a hoot. On MapQuest it ain't even there. I Googled it and found an article from Sept 2012 that it's now open and though passable by 2WD vehicles it's not recommended.

    I'm headed east on Tuesday and was considering that as an alternative to droning east on I-40.

    Thanks for any advice.
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    'Rev Meister'
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    Re: New Mexico State Highway 159 (Bursum Road)

    Quote Originally Posted by Special Ed View Post
    OK. I need a little helpful advice here. Can some of you NM riders tell me if New Mexico State Highway 159 (Bursum Road) is open from about Glenwood on US180 to NM-163. On Google maps it looks like a hoot. On MapQuest it ain't even there. I Googled it and found an article from Sept 2012 that it's now open and though passable by 2WD vehicles it's not recommended.

    I'm headed east on Tuesday and was considering that as an alternative to droning east on I-40.

    Thanks for any advice.
    Hi Ed-

    I am sending you a pm with a contact in NM who should know. Have a great ride!

    Rev

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    'Rev Meister'
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    Re: New Mexico State Highway 159 (Bursum Road)

    I sent your question to my friend Ken and will keep you posted on his response.

    Rev

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    Re: New Mexico State Highway 159 (Bursum Road)

    Quote Originally Posted by RevRev3 View Post
    I sent your question to my friend Ken and will keep you posted on his response.

    Rev
    Thanks for the help. I've found someone local who tells me that road is not paved for a long way. I'm gonna pass and just roll on I-40. I can get home Wednesday that way anyway.
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    Re: New Mexico State Highway 159 (Bursum Road)

    Quote Originally Posted by Special Ed View Post
    Thanks for the help. I've found someone local who tells me that road is not paved for a long way. I'm gonna pass and just roll on I-40. I can get home Wednesday that way anyway.
    Nuttin wrong with some gravel Ed
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    Re: New Mexico State Highway 159 (Bursum Road)

    Quote Originally Posted by budzrex View Post
    Nuttin wrong with some gravel Ed
    Which part of "get home Wednesday" are you having trouble with?
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    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: New Mexico State Highway 159 (Bursum Road)

    Quote Originally Posted by Special Ed View Post
    Which part of "get home Wednesday" are you having trouble with?
    FJR throttles dont twist all the way open Have fun on the scenic route and make up time elsewhere
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    Re: New Mexico State Highway 159 (Bursum Road)

    Quote Originally Posted by Special Ed View Post
    Which part of "get home Wednesday" are you having trouble with?
    You didn't specify what week Ed...
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    Re: New Mexico State Highway 159 (Bursum Road)

    Quote Originally Posted by Special Ed View Post
    Thanks for the help. I've found someone local who tells me that road is not paved for a long way. I'm gonna pass and just roll on I-40. I can get home Wednesday that way anyway.
    I-40.

    Might as well drive a car.
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    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: New Mexico State Highway 159 (Bursum Road)

    I-40 I thought you sold the Wing to get a lighter more fun to ride touring rig that would be more fun on the non interstate routes
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    Re: New Mexico State Highway 159 (Bursum Road)

    Quote Originally Posted by budzrex View Post
    I-40 I thought you sold the Wing to get a lighter more fun to ride touring rig that would be more fun on the non interstate routes
    Yeah, but that's when I thought I was retired
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    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: New Mexico State Highway 159 (Bursum Road)

    Quote Originally Posted by Special Ed View Post
    Yeah, but that's when I thought I was retired
    yea whats up with that you are working harder now than you did the last year you worked
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    Re: New Mexico State Highway 159 (Bursum Road)

    Quote Originally Posted by btl68 View Post
    I-40.

    Might as well drive a car.
    Then when you get where you're going, you've got a car

    I've made the trip west many times to Colorado, New Mexico, yada, yada. I'd much rather take I-40 and spend more time here, than take an extra day each way riding across Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, etc. on backroads and lose that time where I really wanted to ride.
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    Re: New Mexico State Highway 159 (Bursum Road)

    Quote Originally Posted by budzrex View Post
    yea whats up with that you are working harder now than you did the last year you worked
    That's coming to an end, but I've still got some to do. If I don't get back and do it, somebody else will, and I've gotta pay for the next trip
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    Re: New Mexico State Highway 159 (Bursum Road)

    688 miles today -- about 500 of which was I-40. Ya know what? The FJR is more fun than the
    'wing even on the freeway
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    Re: New Mexico State Highway 159 (Bursum Road)

    Quote Originally Posted by Special Ed View Post
    688 miles today -- about 500 of which was I-40. Ya know what? The FJR is more fun than the
    'wing even on the freeway
    Sorry to hear about the bad part of your ride today.



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    Re: New Mexico State Highway 159 (Bursum Road)

    Quote Originally Posted by btl68 View Post
    Sorry to hear about the bad part of your ride today.



    As long as the wheels are rolling, I'm OK. I'd rather it had been fun, crooked roads, but what the hey!

    I did 655 more miles today to get home. The wind was miserable though. The bike handled it OK, but it would hit the side of my helmet, and it felt like someone was trying to tear my head off.
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    Re: New Mexico State Highway 159 (Bursum Road)

    Your a riding fool Lot o miles in a couple of days Bet the FJR is nice

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    Re: New Mexico State Highway 159 (Bursum Road)

    Quote Originally Posted by Special Ed View Post
    As long as the wheels are rolling, I'm OK. I'd rather it had been fun, crooked roads, but what the hey!

    I did 655 more miles today to get home. The wind was miserable though. The bike handled it OK, but it would hit the side of my helmet, and it felt like someone was trying to tear my head off.
    Yeah, those are always hard days.

    Good you made it home and didn't get hurt on a rocker at Cracker Barrel.
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    Re: New Mexico State Highway 159 (Bursum Road)

    Quote Originally Posted by btl68 View Post
    Yeah, those are always hard days.

    Good you made it home and didn't get hurt on a rocker at Cracker Barrel.
    I didn't stop at Cracker Barrel for that reason. Those damn rockers are dangerous

    There were two guys on cruisers at the hotel when I stopped Wednesday, and they seemed stunned when I told them I'd done near 700 miles in 10 hours. I stopped early because of the wind and planned to leave early Thursday. I overslept, and the wind was still blowing.

    Oh well, I lived. Next trip in June. Headed to Wisconsin to see friends there. It's only 900 miles there; maybe I can take more two lane.
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    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: New Mexico State Highway 159 (Bursum Road)

    Great ride from Sliver City via Glen Wood to Alpine (Arizona)

    Why does seem like a blur now?
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    Re: New Mexico State Highway 159 (Bursum Road)

    Quote Originally Posted by DARE-NS-ZRX View Post
    Great ride from Sliver City via Glen Wood to Alpine (Arizona)

    Why does seem like a blur now?
    Highway 191 south of Alpine is a hoot. I was trying to figure out how to work that into the ride home and still get here today.
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    All I wanna do is a Zoom-Zoom-Zoom
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    Re: New Mexico State Highway 159 (Bursum Road)

    Was great to meet you Ed! Glad to hear your trip was a success
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    Re: New Mexico State Highway 159 (Bursum Road)

    Quote Originally Posted by REXNFX View Post
    Was great to meet you Ed! Glad to hear your trip was a success
    It was good to see that ZRX come in. I told Linda "I gotta talk to this guy!"

    As you could tell from my friends, this was one of my more sedate rides I've known Roger and Linda for years and don't get to see them often. When invited to meet them there, I told my wife the rides would be slow, but the companionship would make up for it. That turned out to be true. But it was a rare opportunity to be the youngest guy on the ride

    The scenery out there is great, and the roads look liked they'd be fun at a more lively pace. I need to come back and let you folks show me around.
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    Re: New Mexico State Highway 159 (Bursum Road)

    Ed I was reading with anticipation to see if you would say anything about lunch. Where did you guys eat? These roads are fun at a more spirited rate. I kind of have trouble moving at a regular speed.
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    Re: New Mexico State Highway 159 (Bursum Road)

    Quote Originally Posted by REXNFX View Post
    Ed I was reading with anticipation to see if you would say anything about lunch. Where did you guys eat? These roads are fun at a more spirited rate. I kind of have trouble moving at a regular speed.
    Yep. I have trouble riding at a normal speed too. I did lead on Hwy 77 into Globe. Linda told me to go on and wait at the stop sign. Even so, I held the speed to 75 or 80, not being familiar with local enforcement. I did see 125 passing a string of cars on a long straight though. Then someone told me about your felony speeding laws

    The place you recommended (the name escapes me but it was definitely blue ) was closed, so we continued on to Kearny and ate at the West End Cafe. It was pretty good.
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  27. #27
    'Rev Meister'
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    Re: New Mexico State Highway 159 (Bursum Road)

    Did you go to Jerome or Sedona?

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    Re: New Mexico State Highway 159 (Bursum Road)

    Quote Originally Posted by Special Ed View Post
    Yep. I have trouble ridiyng at a normal speed too. I did lead on Hwy 77 into Globe. Linda told me to go on and wait at the stop sign. Even so, I held the speed to 75 or 80, not being familiar with local enforcement. I did see 125 passing a string of cars on a long straight though. Then someone told me about your felony speeding laws

    The place you recommended (the name escapes me but it was definitely blue ) was closed, so we continued on to Kearny and ate at the West End Cafe. It was pretty good.
    Yeah when it comes to speeding they are pretty strict around here. On other Levels they are pretty lenient. They just lifted emissions testing on mororcycles. My tags on the rex are good until 2018
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    Re: New Mexico State Highway 159 (Bursum Road)

    Quote Originally Posted by RevRev3 View Post
    Did you go to Jerome or Sedona?
    I went through Jerome on 89A. That road would have been a hoot except I was following a 77-year-old friend on a rented Spyder As you can gather, this was not my normal ride, but my friend lives in South Dakota, and I don't get to see him often. I do want to go back with a quicker group. Maybe we should get the Arkansas gang together for a pilgrimage
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