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Old 06-12-2015, 10:24 AM   #1
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I feel a bit guilty hijacking other threads with gratuitous pix and silly comments thus my own thread . I also want to share my experiences to inspire the dreamers and show you guys how FU does CO.

Colorado has it all. You can find your individual perfect dream ride. Just like the varying tastes of rider, CO has equally as many possibilities and more. Get ya some of that!

The players - The operator, the plan, the rig, and the Freedom Machine.

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Colemanfu the King of all Manfu, solo 44 year old mature rider, takes pictures before helping,way more bike than he can handle.


A few years ago there was a shift in my personal philosophy - the typical work less play more, lifes short deal.

I was diagnosed with a tumor in my lower leg, the result of a college athletic injury that never had time to heal properly. It manifested over the years due to continued excessive use and got to the point that felt like a screw going into my upper shin bone till I couldn't take it anymore . Hurt bad wish ya didn't have a leg hurt. I was treated for an osteoid osteoma at University of Florida Sports Medicine Institute by the best bone doctor in the south east. But another year later my father passed early into his retirement WTF?

Game on - no more puttin shit off. Ya can't give up, ya can't run away, ya just square your shoulders and get your dukes up.

The plan:
This will be my 3rd summer trip to CO. Each as been epic and the duration has increased each season culminating in this years month long effort.
Brew Tour?
I like beer cause ya know...............


And I live to ride so what better place than ColoRado? It's got some of the best off road opportunities and unlimited micro breweries.



I'm not a racer but do appreciate a proper physical challenge. I've also been conditioned not to die - keep the risk low.
I like single track and did 7 miles of Timberland but found it too much of a workout at times - difficulty being in physical nature.
John Denver was right ha.
Stuff like Star and Doctor Park, Lilly Pond around Taylor Park are about perfect. Good mix but not technaly impossible. On the other side of the spectrum was the numbered single track in Four Mile near Buena Vista. I ran it but felt the risk was too high on a few obstacles. I constantly remind myself that I have to get the bike back.



I had to climb a vertical ledge up to this spot against a big rock - code brown stuff. Behind me is the Triad Ridge which can be seen from 285 heading south to BV. All those trails are on the Lattitude 40 map for Salida/Buena Vista. Pretty close to Castle Rock.

I'll live out of the rig and camp close to the trails. Most the places take more than one day to explore then I move on. I'll revisit some towns and trails I really like and some will be new. I can't imagine ever covering it all. Mrs. Manfu flys out for 10 days and we'll take a side trip to Moab - I know not Colorado but a Meca of off road.

Every little town has a micro brew I'll patronize. Not much into the hard stuff but bonus visits to distillery's do happen



The rig:
2014 MB 144 high roof Sprinter van. The van started life as your basic tin box cargo van and was built out to meet my specifications.

Before....


After...


I added side windows that open, vent fan, sound deadening and insulation, paneling, hard wood floor, rear cam, swivel seats, feeding station and bed. To snaz it up a bit I de-badged and add a vinyl stripe to the lower 1/4, inside and outside LED lighting.

Didn't forget mama - the bed folds open resting on the aluminum angle bolted on the passenger side wall to sleep two when needed. It's a dry camper - no running water, fridg or microwave. I do have an aux battery and inverter to make java. I cook with a Coleman camp stove - outside the van. I have a Big Kahuna shower system and big rectangular water jug thing from REI.



Inside is for livin and the bike hangs off the back on a Versahauler. I added air bags to counter the sag.



Total transformation and a labor of love - I like to tinker

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Old 06-12-2015, 11:30 AM   #2
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Bring it Fu, can't get enough, there is a plethora of riding opportunities. Been doing Salida/Ouray 6 or 7 years now, my post was more of an advisory for those new to the area.
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Old 06-12-2015, 12:27 PM   #3
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you guys are killing me. Now i got colorado on the brain. How many days does it take to drive out there?
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Old 06-12-2015, 01:02 PM   #4
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That's the idea

Jax/Salida is 1800 miles, 2 or 3 depending what you're driving/pulling.
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Old 06-12-2015, 03:02 PM   #5
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Like your style Manfu!
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Old 06-13-2015, 04:55 AM   #6
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Old 06-13-2015, 05:21 AM   #7
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Thanks fellas! On Tuesday morning I drive 15 or so hours and crash out at a truck stop just west of St. Louis. That makes an easy 12 hour drive to Buena Vista on Wed. 2 day drive and I'll get there for sunset. The first few nights will be along the Chalk River near Nathrop in the shadows of Mt. Princeton!

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2012 KTM exc500.



Part of the life's short deal included upgrading my 13 year old LC4 640e to a modern piece of machinery. Hence the nick name.


The only thing holding this bike back is the operator - it'll yank your arms and gives ya one of these after every ride. I can also hurt ya real bad and if your lucky just plane kill ya. There has defiantly been a learning curve with this bike.
It will go anywhere ya point it with or without the operator ha.



I've set it up just like my old LC4. Larger tank, rear rack, BD Squadron head light, fat guy springs, unrestricted map - the basics.
The tarrain out there is constantly changing. Yes even CO has whoops. Sand even but it's a couple inches deep and sits on a hard pack. I wanted a more all around tire, the first year I ran a Dunlop 606. It sucked, I kept thinking there has to be a better choice? No trials for this manfu. I ran a AT81 last year and it was better all around but was beat after the trip. This year I'll run an AT81 again but with a twist. Being frugal I run my 1/2 beat AT till after Moab which I was told is a real tire eater then put on a new tire I already have. we'll have a "tire changin night" Fresh meat for Telluride and Taylor park!



The magnitude of a trip like this is intimidating but doable. What better time than now - can't put shit off.
No way I could pull this off without the support of my inner circle and I appreciate the burden I place on them and exited to be able to share a portion with my uberwife again. Shit's about to get real!
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Old 06-13-2015, 07:56 AM   #8
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dood, i love that van!... i mean, i think i gotta get a towel.....

i wanna hook up the same kinda thing real bad.... on the road, rolling hotel room, food at walmart is never far, ice in a good cooler goes along way.....

excellent!.....
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Old 06-13-2015, 03:37 PM   #9
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dood, ice in a good cooler goes along way.....

excellent!.....
Thanks and I feel ya. The feeding station has two upper drawers and one big cooler drawer.
The top is a cut down old farm table and it has an overhang designed to meet the drivers seat when swiveled.



It holds a silver Coleman cooler and is fully insulated - with the scraps from the build out . I've been making blocks of ice the last few days and tossed one in today (including a few Magic Hat numero nuevos) to start chilling the cooler .



It holds ice a long time. After a week I'll pick up a bag of ice every few days.

We (she) started washing the beadding today, we (she) thought it would be a good idea to start out with clean sheets
You can see the two REI XL 3.5 self inflating camp pads - super comfortable. Opened up the bed is slightly bigger than a queen size.
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Old 06-15-2015, 08:11 AM   #11
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"Packing day" today. I put the hauler on yesterday and started doing some organizing but today I stuff the van.



I've learned a little something from each trip with the van and after each one I've done some fine tuning. Live and learn.
Ya don't know what ya don't know stuff. Little things to make life easier and more convent - storage, routines, need & wants.
Polar Bear = exterior lighting, BQF = more tools/mobile support vehicle, March Moto Madness = haulers too low,
Perry Mtn = put the plug in the cooler !



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Old 06-16-2015, 04:54 PM   #12
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Have a safe and fun trip....I'll be following your thread.
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Old 06-16-2015, 05:46 PM   #13
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Fukker! Wish I could be there.

We could'a been spoonin' together in the "candy" van!

Sure is nice to have 9 weeks of summer vacation.
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Fukker! Wish I could be there.

We could'a been spoonin' together in the "candy" van!

Sure is nice to have 9 weeks of summer vacation.
And that doesn't count the vacation and sick leave he gets...
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Old 06-16-2015, 08:36 PM   #15
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Solid shift.

Made it to Wright City. I'll sleep at the rest area and get up early. No glamorous van view tonight.

2.5 tanks of diesel. 21 mpg.
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