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Read it and weep. I've always known this COULD be a dangerous road. Maybe this will bring some awareness to the dangers of this road should people choose to push their own limits.
You will never get any better if you don't ride a little above your comfort zone. It's been my experience that the guys running double or triple the posted rate are typically not the problem. Clueless people who think they can ride like them with little knowledge or experience are a much bigger problem.

Guys like these:
 

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Damn Kingsly that sucks for two reasons:

-It sounds like if there was more police coverage a lot of lives would be saved. Unfortunately even in places with a lot of cops you can never find them when

-Hwy 89 through Utah is where I wrecked my XR!
 

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Lol I laugh at stupid stuff like that. What the hell were they thinking.
It would be funny if they weren't on a busy road full of motorcycles, half of which are coming the other way. I get off of it by 9 am when I go down there. Far too many nincompoops that can't manage to keep their machine in their own lane once the sun pops up.
 

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Bought my bike in Prescott and took 89 back home. Great rode. Police were out and I was passed by a couple of sport bikes. They were courteous. Great road. Lots of twisties
 

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I agree Saddle, you have to know and push your limits to get better, but there are better ways of figuring that out. Maybe try a road that doesn't have a shear cliff on one side for starters. That vid you posted is kind of funny. I mean I hope the guy wasn't hurt, but damn, maybe at least try to turn your bike. I didn't even see him try. Not passing on a double yellow would've helped him too. Good thing there was nothing oncoming!

That is ironic Ammo. Is 89 in Utah as "treacherous" as it is here in AZ?

The 89 Yarnell can be a fun road, even more fun if you continue north up to Prescott. I've never taken it at "sport bike speeds" though. Probably never will, not my style. There are roads like this all over the world, and riders that will always bring these roads to the mainstream attention.

I've also noticed that a lot of the issue is group rides. You get a group that's pretty experienced and knows roads like this. There is usually the inevitable new rider that tries to keep up with the pack, and that's where the danger sets in..."****, I gotta catch up!!". Well, no ya don't, chill out buddy and learn your machine. We've all seen it a million times. It's nothing new, and will most likely never change. Every time I've taken this route it's been by myself, and for good reason. I usually prefer to ride by myself anyway. Part of the reason I ride is to get away from everybody. I think the news stations just run out of stories sometimes and try to find something to hype up and/or exploit. I'm not down playing the dangers, but this particular highway is very well known for it's good and bad times and does not require a special news report.
 

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I've ridden that road a dozen times with no problem. Sounds like the sport bike riders are having an issue with the road when they find a bit of gravel which is like riding on ice when in a tight curve.
 

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There's a little stretch of road in the Snake River Canyon between Buhl and Hagerman called River Road. Runs through a golf course and is lined with houses that could almost be called mansions. Lots of blind curves and a 35 MPH speed limit. Seems like someone gets flattened on it once a year.
 

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Kingsly almost every road everywhere has potential for being dangerous. Utah has topped most of the places I've been including Tukey where for 6 years I had to contend with everything from donkey carts to mopeds to WAY overloaded trucks in heavy traffic. It took about a week here to realize that speed limits are suggestion, stop signs/lights are optional, and everyone is in a hurry because they know the hwy can turn into a parking lot any second.
 
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