|07-23-2011, 11:30 PM||#46|
Joined: Jan 2010
Location: Fulltiming in an RV!
WOW!! Awesome report and photos! You have what I hope will be my next bike. Man, you can ride!!!
How tall are you??? I'm only 5'8 with a 29" inseam so I doubt I could do that ride on a Tiger, or probably even my DR650.
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|07-24-2011, 05:42 PM||#47|
Joined: Apr 2010
Location: Boise, ID
|08-07-2011, 05:00 PM||#49|
Joined: Oct 2008
Location: Bailey, Colorado
Hey Tyson, nice writing and riding! 15 years ago I rode the Longwater Gulch road on my old R100GS. Many attempts with one success. It's a hell of a hill for sure. Before the Hayman fire you could go down from the north side cross the South Platte River and up the south side. Last I looked, the north side is also gated off. The river crossing was called the Teller County Car wash. Usually it was a pretty exciting event. I can't wait to hear how the Taylor Pass assault went. I rode by the bottom of the road yesterday and it looked like an ATV convention was in full swing. From what I saw of the road it looked like it had your name all over it. I decided it would be more fun to fix my flat rear tire at the Sun Sports bike shop in Gunnison. All in all I had a great ride.
Anyway nice ridding with you & your bud yesterday.
|08-08-2011, 10:34 PM||#51|
Joined: Apr 2010
Location: Boise, ID
10 passes in Colorado over 415 miles in 14 hours. When I get a day off, it's time to go!! I have been working retarded hours this summer. Only three days off in all of July. I'm pretty sure I had over 5000 miles by this time last summer. As Terry and I were having breakfast before our ride he told me about Stockholm Syndrome. I was actually feeling bad for not being at work! How fucked up is that?! That feeling quickly faded as we hit the pavement out of town.
As most of my rides go, I had a ton of miles planned with some outs depending on how bad things got. I learned my lessons from the last day off I had and did some route research before we left. You can get into some trouble quick in Colorado! I ruled out several passes that would be too much for what we wanted to do. The main factor being that Terry rode his bike to Colorado to work three weeks and he needs to get home on it. We aren't Sallys, but today would push Terry a bit on the GS12 ADV anyways. I wouldn't have it any other way.
It's Saturday and summer in the mountains. There was a ton of traffic on 285 as we left Denver and rolled closer to Fairplay. We came up on another ADVer on a F800. I could tell he liked to ride and we were passing cars together and having fun before even speaking a word to each other.
I didn't do so well with the riding and shooting today. I need a better setup for my new camera, which I love btw. I need a case on my chest strap of my backpack. Pulling it from my pocket is awkward.
I had to take a leak and we all pulled into the gas station at Buena Vista. Sphene is another crazy rider and we talked for a few minutes. Mainly about how awesome the Tiger is. He had a different plan for his day so each went our separate ways. Nice meetin ya Sphene!
Terry and I continued South and eventually West. We got on the gravel and went over old Monarch pass. I was getting used to the new TKC up front. I was very pleased with this tire over the course of the day. We both dropped tire pressure at the summit since this was the real beginning of our ride.
It was good gravel the whole way down the pass and fairly uneventful. Pretty, but uneventful.
I warned Terry ahead of time, you can only read so many reports before you make the decision to go or not to go when route planning. We had to do at least one tough pass for the day and Tomichi Pass got the nod.
I let Terry go ahead when I realized he'd be chasing me on the Tiger just as I chase him when he's on the 300XCW and I'm on the 250X.
I stopped to take a picture and Terry got out ahead of me. He followed a quad up the wrong trail and was immediately challenged. Quite the climb going up 888"B". Yeah, we wanted just plain 'ol 888. I got to the intersection and didn't know which way he went. I took a quick run down the right way and Terry wasn't there. Up we go! I met Terry at the top of the climb and I could tell it was a bit more than he wanted to do. But hey, he was the one that took the wrong turn!
Back down the hill and onto the right trail....
The wildflowers were beautiful!
There were a few spots that were rockier than others. I had to give Terry a push over one of these rocks. The Tiger just ate it up! I want to state here that Terry is a very talented rider and way more experienced than me. He was taking care of his bike and going slow over this stuff. I was throwing caution to the wind a bit and letting the Tiger rip! All day long...
Goddamn there are some real idiots in the world. Tire tracks though an alpine meadow full of flowers. If I saw someone doing this, I'd probably pull out the 9 and put a few shots across the bow. Seriously. Don't fuck with my rights to come ride here.
Tomichi Pass Summit!!!
We were pretty stoked at this point. The view was awe inspiring. A few pics from the top.
We headed down the pass. Terry saw a marmot for the first time. Cute little things.
We talked with a family dirt bikers that were amazed we got that size bike over the pass. No big woop. They said there were two groups of jeeps up the road at the Old Alpine Tunnel and it was completely clogged. That was our queue to get going ahead of them down the pass.
The pass goes slowly down the valley on an old railroad bed high above the Middle Fork of the Quartz river. Beautiful Aspen groves and smooth surface to haul ass on.
We had lunch at the bottom of the pass in the shade near the intersection of 839 and 735. Great morning so far!!!! The rest later...
|08-09-2011, 08:48 AM||#53|
Long time Idaho rider
Joined: Jun 2008
Location: Boise, Idaho, USA
Awesome stuff. Glad you're finding time to get over your Stockholm Syndrome, keeping that Tiger well exercised.
|08-09-2011, 06:29 PM||#54|
Joined: Apr 2010
Location: Boise, ID
After some lunch and conversation about the fantastic day we'd already had, we headed North on 765 towards Cumberland Pass. It was a pretty good graded gravel road and once again, I was on the gas. Right when we got on 765, I had to get around a minivan with Texas plates. I did so on the gas and crossed up with gravel spittin' out the back. There are times I like having the street tire on the back.
I continued my passing efforts. The next few vehicles were four stroke trail type (XRs) bikes that were moving along pretty good. Not 93 horse and 10k rpms good though, so they were forced to eat Hobbes' dust.
The climb was pretty quick and the view was incredible!! Colorado really is an amazing place.
Terry came around the bend and there was a jeep trail that left the good gravel and went higher. Naturally, I had to go check it out. So we went. This led to a pretty decent hill climb. Naturally, I had to climb it. So I went.
This climb was filled with loose softball and basketball size rocks. I did it in first and it went pretty damn well. We were at 12,300 feet, so the low end grunt was a little lacking. You can see in the video that I got kicked side ways by a rock and then recover. The problem was, I was wide open and at about 750 rpm! I should have slipped the clutch to make it the last ten feet to the true top. Hindsight is 20/20. I did make it to where it flattened out, so I got the bike picked up and over the top. Once there I took these photos. It's a 360 degree sequence looking to your right.
A few different zoom shots...
Yep, that's zoomed in at the BMW at the bottom.
Terry took this shot of me coming down. Can you pick which bike looks out of place?
God I love this bike. This one is gonna make a very strong case for best adv bike in the world. It gets my vote!
The obligatory shot at the Cumberland Pass sign. 12,015 feet.
The ride down Cumberland afforded some great views of some of the highest peaks in the lower 48 and North America for that matter.
Once down the pass, the road flattened out but the views and pretty scenery didn't stop.
This is Tincup. Cute little historic mountain town.
These are the mountains on the West side of the Collegiate Peaks Range. These aren't even the tallest mountains in the area!
I may or may not have broken into triple digit speeds on this stretch of gravel.
We rode past Taylor Park Reservoir. It was kind of congested since it was Saturday, but pretty nonetheless. We turned right on 209 and rode towards Cottonwood pass. It was packed gravel and kind of like asphalt for most of the way. Lots of traffic. More beautiful views.
Taylor Park Reservoir in the distance.
I'm not quite sure why they looped the road up like that right there. But wither way, it was FUN! We passed a Bentley going down the gravel road there. He's a different level of rich than I.
The top of the pass.
The road turns to pavement going down the pass. This is what we had to look forward to. This might be my favorite photo of the day.
Terry has a new Gopro camera on his helmet. This is the video heading down the pass. The video is never as impressive as what you were riding. The speedo on the GS indicates 80 straight up. We let er loose and were hauling ass. I can ride this bike as fast as my old Superhawk. It lacks the top end speed, but I don't need that anymore. Enough talky talky...watchy watchy...
We came out in Buena Vista where we passed by earlier in the day. Quite the nice loop if you ask me.
A Gatorade break and back on the highway going North in the direction of Leadville. We turned off on Weston Pass. This would be the last dirt pass of the day. The road was recently graded, so depending on how you look at things, it was more or less fun. I'd say less fun. There's been a lot of rain recently and it probably was pretty rutted. It was getting to be a long day and maybe it's for the better.
The eighth pass of the day.
Looking back waiting for Terry.
Thanks for this pic Terry! It's a great one. Just like this country.
We saw some antelope as we rode across the basin they call South Park.
And that concludes the picture segment of our journey. We were starving and I was having a craving for a restaurant in my old home of Breckenridge. Rasta Pasta. If you are ever in that town, eat there. Just a short 26 miles over Hoosier Pass and we were there. No pic cause we were on a mission! It was another spirited ride.
Dinner was awesome! Then, we had to finish out the day. I-70 Interstate back home. It was dark and we parted ways 70 miles later when he peeled off for his exit to South Denver.
And that was how I spent my one day off.
|08-09-2011, 08:14 PM||#56|
2 Wheeled Backpacker
Joined: Jan 2011
Location: Grayson, Ga.
Great RR, looks like riding the Tiger is a blast! I'll have one some day... gotta get one more kid thru college then it's my turn for some fun!
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|08-10-2011, 02:13 PM||#59|
Joined: May 2011
Location: Clintonville, WI
I day off
Another great ride report. Loved the video!!! Get it out of your system 'cause you'll be waiting for me.
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