I should have my chops busted for using the picture of the Can-Am Spyder when I was working for Honda at the 2008 International Motorcycle Show in Phoenix, AZ but I really wanted to ride one while I was there and it was a blast. Like riding a quad on steroids and I would like to have one. However, I will not replace my Goldwing just to get one. Two very different riding experiences.
Through my associations as a Motorcycle Safety Foundation Rider Coach my wife and I were fortunate enough to be invited to work for Honda on their demo team. It was an experience we both enjoyed and hope to repeat many times in the future. Even though it was our first show for Honda the staff made us feel like one of the team from the very beginning, what a great bunch of people.
We traveled from Oklahoma to Roswell, NM the first day. Unfortunately arriving after everything closed and leaving before anything opened. Will have to return some day but will try VERY hard to avoid riding through Clovis, NM again. Not only did the stink from the stockyards nearly overwhelm us but here it is two weeks later and I'm still digging grain chaff out of the Goldwing that was blown in by the wind.
We went south out of Roswell, NM on 285 and turned west on Sagebrush Valley Road / Highway 13 and then intersected 82 to Cloudcroft. The ride over the open desert on 13 was very good even though flat. Lots of high speed sweepers just begging for some throttle. They got it. The foothills take over around 82 and then the climb into the mountain through Cloudcroft, NM was great but it was back on the slab from there to get to Phoenix.
We left Phoenix for home on highway 60, also known as the Superstition Highway. Absolutely the best choice we made on the whole trip. Left Phoenix at about 1200 feet elevation and went through 7550 feet according to the GPS. Hours of riding in a geologic wonderland (at least for this northeast Oklahoma boy).
Be sure to carfully plan your fuel stops along highway 60, there are some pretty wide and deserted gaps along the way. After most of the day on 60 we jumped on I-25 north to Albuqurque, NM for our first nights stay on the way home. I-40 is usually boring but 10 hours of 30 - 50 mph crosswinds and getting hit by three tumbleweeks kept it interesting.