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If y'all ever get the chance to ride in the Sacramento Mountains, take it. Some really nice roads and varying terrain in the area. Saw many Harleys riding and parked at the casinos.

So I pull into the "Inn of the Mountain Gods" to reconnoiter and decide where I want to ride today.

All of a sudden I look up and see a Moto Guzzi California Custom stopped and the guy is checking out my Carbon. It is rare to see two Moto Guzzis in one location and I didn't even get a photo! I walk over and he introduces himself and he has an accent so I ask him where he is from. Italy! He is here working at the resort and bought the bike in El Paso. We didn't get to talk long or take photos because he had family visiting and needed to get to them. Before he left me he told me that I had to ride up the road to Ski Apache. That road wasn't even on my route plan but I thought I had better check it out.

Sure glad I did!

Got in almost 90 miles of great mountain riding. The V7 is every bit as fun to ride as my FZ-07 was. I am impressed with this Moto Guzzi!

Here is the route with the addition of the road to Ski Apache.


A close up of the road to Ski Apache. Nice winding road up the mountain.


Some shots of the bike and the background along the way up the mountain.




Yes, that is some rain off in the distance.


Temps dropped 10 degrees at 10,000 feet compared to 6000 feet at the Inn.
 

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That's a nice ride report!
 

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I had the day off and headed for the mountains on the Carbon. Beautiful day. Great roads. Amazing Scenery. Crazy temperature changes that had me adding and removing layers based on elevations from 4300 to 10,000 feet.


Route 130 in the Sacramento Mountains.


View of White Sands National Monument.


The Tullarosa Basin.


Riding down Fresnal Canyon Road.






Maybe I should have bought a Rough. LOL!

 

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Two Sundays ago I ventured out early so I stayed in the valley until after lunch since the mountains were in the 40s and 50s while the valley started out on the high 60s.

I decided to go in search of what I consider cool backdrops for photos of my Carbon. I think a few turned out pretty good.


A business in Tularosa, NM





Downtown Carrizozo, NM


Valley of Fires park.

After lunch of Green Chili and Cheese Burritos and Peach Tea I started climbing in elevation for the cooler temps.

Climbing out of Nogal, NM on 37.


Mescalero Lake at the Inn of the Mountain Gods
 

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Overlooking Alamogordo, NM


Nelson's National Forest consisting of '1' tree and it is dead.


Looking up at the Sacramento Mountains from Alamogordo


There has been an almost daily threat of afternoon rain coming off the mountains.
 

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One night I dined on Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas with an egg on top the way the locals eat it. Hatch green chilies are amazing!





When I asked the local guys where the best place to get Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas they all said "CJ's Si Senor".

When I asked the local ladies, they said "in my house." Unfortunately, I didn't get an invite to dine in their houses so I ate at CJ's Si Senor. LOL!
 

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Got in one last ride before heading for home.

Found another mural for a photo opportunity.



Then headed over to White Sands National Monument and took a ride back into the sands.



The closest I have ever been to a Stealth Fighter.



This scene is what many people back east picture when you mention "out west".



The road up to Dog Canyon.



Took a shortcut. The Guzzi did well crossing the dry washes along this road.



Ended the ride with a Green Chili and Pecan Sundae at Calichi's Frozen Custard.

 

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One night I dined on Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas with an egg on top the way the locals eat it. Hatch green chilies are amazing!
When I asked the local guys where the best place to get Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas they all said "CJ's Si Senor".
When I asked the local ladies, they said "in my house." Unfortunately, I didn't get an invite to dine in their houses so I ate at CJ's Si Senor. LOL!
the better 3/4 asked me if i wanted breakfast enchiladas and i looked at her like she was crazy.
said she had them in texas at her sister's house and they were good.

i couldn't believe it, but they were fantastic!
got things moving along for me, too!

great pix as always. thanks for sharing.
how do you compare the guzzi to the fz-07?
i heard the yammy is a wheelie machine...
 

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great pix as always. thanks for sharing.
how do you compare the guzzi to the fz-07?
i heard the yammy is a wheelie machine...
The FZ-07 has a third more horsepower. 75 vs 50.

I enjoy the Guzzi more because of the look, the shaft drive, the sound and the feel.

The FZ-07 I didn't mind putting in the back of my truck and letting it get rained on. The Guzzi goes in the trailer. :grin:
 

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Nice report. Thanks for sharing,, I loves me some green chilis,, now I'm hungry.
 

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twowheeladdict; way too cool. The pics are FANTASTIC!!! Thanks for the share.
 

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twowheeladdict; way too cool. The pics are FANTASTIC!!! Thanks for the share.
Thanks. Next time I get out there it will be with the Road Glide so I can cover more miles and see more things. Those 100 miles of straight roads to get to the next cool location are not fun on the little Guzzi. I brought the Moto Guzzi Carbon Dark on this trip to see if the weight savings would change my gas mileage pulling the trailer, but it is the "wall in the wind" of the enclosed trailer that drops my fuel economy and not the weight of the bike.

One of the weekends there was a motorcycle rally in the mountains, but I had to work. Saw a lot of bikes heading north on 54 out of El Paso.

Anyone on this site attend "The Golden Aspen Motorcycle Rally"?
https://www.motorcyclerally.com/
 

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One of the weekends there was a motorcycle rally in the mountains, but I had to work. Saw a lot of bikes heading north on 54 out of El Paso.

Anyone on this site attend "The Golden Aspen Motorcycle Rally"?
https://www.motorcyclerally.com/
Been many years ago and I thought it was a nice smaller get together!
 
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