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Old 09-16-2009, 04:42 PM   #16
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Trip Overview



How sick are the roads in Colorado? They're sick.



So before I get into the nitty gritty and begin detailing the days, I will share that we rode just under 500 miles over 3 days. It may not seem like a lot of mileage for the time, but that is due to the fact that about 30% of the trip was riding fire roads and dirt trails through the Rockies which take longer.



I made the ride on a rented 2009 Suzuki 650 V-Strom from Kevin at http://www.rentmotorcyclescolorado.com/
he was super nice and easy to work with and delivered the bike Friday at 7pm and picked up the bike Monday at 9 and had a beer with us! He was also super cool about replacing some damaged parts on the bike after I DUMPED it. More on that later.

I would say that would be more upset about getting off, if I wasn't one of two guys on stock road tires on dirt. If I dumped it on knobbies you could make fun of me all you want.



22 of us met in Gunnison - I am not going to lie - it was a lot of industry people, and I am an industry guy myself. Some Magazine guys, some dealers and some guys from FirstGear. Aside from ripping around Colorado which was awesome, we were all testing the new 2010 TPG line of FirstGear multiseason gear. (Just wanted to fully disclose the common thread that all brought us from our respective corners of the US to Colorado for the weekend - especially since many of the pics have the van in them)



Most guys made the trip on their GS's and 990 Adventures. I decided to go last minute so I flew out and met the party at the starting gate in Gunnison which was 1800 miles in for some of the guys who rode out.

My next post will be day one of riding... stay tuned.
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Old 09-17-2009, 03:55 PM   #17
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Day 1 Ride Report - CottonWood 7 Monarch Pass






After suiting up and meeting for breakfast - the 22 of us set out of Gunnison, CO headed about 20 miles and arrived at our first dirt impass - Cottonwood pass.


Me at the start of Cottonwood.


Ripping the mud.


John from BMW MOA - also on street tires


Kyle comes ripping through


Another shot as folks ride through and stop of pics

Then as I was rolling up a gnarlier trail up to a quarry another rider came flying down and took my safe line, pushing me over into a rut which caused my bike to dip and shoot at about 30mph - I jumped off and the bike almost went completely over the side. Pretty sweet. I was fine. The bike was a bit wrecked and all my gear did its job. It also took 5 of us to get the bike back up.


Obviously we were taking the "danger" very seriously.


Its ok - it was a rental, but I jacked the fairings and cowl.


From there we hit the summit of Cottonwood - no worse for wear.



After the summit we had lunch and then basically got hit with a ridiculous hail storm due to our elevation and the Mountains micro-climate. We all threw our FirstGear back on to help shield us from the rain.




We then rocked it through Monarch pass and down to Buena vista to eventually arrive at our campsite for the night.



Notice my crappy blue kids tent in the far right. I was underequipped to say the least. No sleeping pad, flashlight or adult sized tent. Awesome.

Did I mention it poured all night?

I had to create a "gear-a-mid" with my luggage form the van, and electronics to keep them off of the tent floor and not touching a wall just to keep them dry. I then laid in the backside of the tent, in a puddle, to struggle through one of the least good nights of rest of all time. At least I did not get eaten by a bear. On a side note dinner was really good. Marks Wife Rose showed up and made ridiculous Pizzoli and we ate buffalo burgers and drank dos equis. All in all a good night.

Here is a shot of me in the terrible kiddie tent. Funny now. Not so funny then.




The whole photo album from Day 1's ride can be found on flickr here - Colorado FirstGear Motorcycle Ride Gallery

Day 2 to come next..... Stay tuned.
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Old 09-18-2009, 02:22 PM   #18
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Anthony - it was great riding you and everyone else. I will be posting some pics over the weekend.
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Old 09-19-2009, 11:51 AM   #19
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Yo Seany boy!

Glad you made it home safe. What a blast that weekend was. I can't wait to see Kyles video - he has the sickest stuff.

If you are coming east or vice versa we will have to catch up and go riding. I talked to Steve J. over email - he already said "next years ride" - I think were talking about heading toward Durango.

the only vid I have up so far on youtube is the product review we did in crested butte, I will keep you posted as I post some other stuff.

I am super hung-over writing this - my brother got married last night.

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Old 09-20-2009, 12:28 PM   #20
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Old 09-21-2009, 07:53 AM   #21
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Was that right after Marshall or Cottonwood?

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Old 09-21-2009, 04:08 PM   #22
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Was that right after Marshall or Cottonwood?

Cottonwood, I think. That's why I didn't caption it. Remember being there, just don't remember where there was.
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Waterfall sightseeing Sunday Morning.



My heroic moment:



Aspens:



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Who's the idiot riding the street bike?

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I just love that you ripped the glove off and got the Odometer shot at speed...
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Schmahlly sent me this one today...

Another view...
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Definitely the East side of Cottonwood on your way down to Buena Vista!
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Re-uploaded and more properly sized...













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Old 09-21-2009, 06:03 PM   #28
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Grave Stone; Kebler Pass

Found it... it reads:

"The bright promise of Ruby Silver drew 5000 people to this area in 1879 from as far as England and Scotland. Irwin became a ghost town when silver was demonetized in 1884. this cemetery was known as Ruby Camp Cemetery in 1879. It was renamed Irwin Cemetery in 1880 approximately 50 burials were made here before it was abandoned in 1885. "

Found on flickr under Kebler Pass, Colorado...

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Hi,

I wish I knew going into that - we rode Kebler on Monday - I am pulling together a ride report as we speak. What a great ride.



I did not see the grave stone, but now I wished I looked around a bit more - what did it say?



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Old 09-21-2009, 06:06 PM   #29
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Crazy - link to the flickr page?

Also fee free to shot a link to any albums you have online at this point.

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Found it... it reads:

"The bright promise of Ruby Silver drew 5000 people to this area in 1879 from as far as England and Scotland. Irwin became a ghost town when silver was demonetized in 1884. this cemetery was known as Ruby Camp Cemetery in 1879. It was renamed Irwin Cemetery in 1880 approximately 50 burials were made here before it was abandoned in 1885. "

Found on flickr under Kebler Pass, Colorado...

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Old 09-21-2009, 06:07 PM   #30
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FirstGear Colorado Adventure Ride

Fellas,

I have just returned from the Colorado Adventure Ride... what a pleasure! Here are some of my photos from the ride posted on facebook...

2009 FirstGear Adventure Ride

There will be much, much more to come...

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