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Old 03-14-2010, 09:37 AM   #136
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Coleman: - my folks now live in Port Orange so I'm in your neck of the woods now and then too.

100 mile range would be sufficient.. just don't pass a gas station without fueling up.

For Mosquito there is gas in Leadville and the ride itself isn't that long.. it just takes a while because you need to stop and "experience" it... take photos, enjoy the views, (try) and catch your breath , etc

Good question though.. I'll try and remember to post fuel locations on each route.
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Old 03-14-2010, 10:12 AM   #137
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My first week in Colorado... Lomax and Eaglefeather put me on a KLR and took me to the top of Mt. Evans over 14,000 feet. It was everything I could do to try and get a full breath up there


Geek,

I remember that ride very well. As I recall it was almost 100 degrees in Boulder when we left and in the lower 40's up on top of Evans. It was a great day to beat the heat.

That KLR looks strangely familiar also.

Great report BTW:

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Old 03-14-2010, 06:13 PM   #138
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Old 03-14-2010, 10:52 PM   #139
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One issue w/ the trail rating system is that the passes change year to year and month to month because of erosion and vehicle traffic.

What might be doable on a big bike at one time might not be possible at a later date.
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Old 03-15-2010, 07:52 AM   #140
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great job Geek, those black bear pictures still kill me
Hijak: You should see the video

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Old 03-15-2010, 08:06 AM   #141
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Hijak: You should see the video

Geek, a Redbull for you if you post the video...
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Old 03-15-2010, 08:25 AM   #142
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Old 03-15-2010, 09:12 AM   #143
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Thanks for the Awesome RR

Hey Geek...thanks for the great report and incredible photos. It's taking me back to the "good ol days" for me when I lived in the Springs in the early 70's stationed there in the military. That's where I began motorcycle riding (on the Kawasaki 350 Bighorn)...now I'm gettin ready to retire from work and move to Colorado. I've been on some of the roads/passes but REALLY want to experience much more. I'll be keeping in touch with you for advice I'm sure. Thanks again...
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Old 03-15-2010, 09:28 AM   #144
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Rating System

I found a rating system on an excellant Colorado Motorcycle Touring Webpage. His rating system takes into account big touring bikes, but could be adapted to include dual sports and dirt bikes.

http://www.motorcyclecolorado.com/di...side_trips.htm

There is a good description of the shelf road I plan to ride after the rating system.

Could you include the entry point road for the passes?

Thanks again for all of the valuable trip planning information Geek!




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Old 03-15-2010, 09:46 AM   #145
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One issue w/ the trail rating system is that the passes change year to year and month to month because of erosion and vehicle traffic.

What might be doable on a big bike at one time might not be possible at a later date.
If you want to get picky about it, conditions can change day to day if a proper snow or monsoon storm hits. Rocks fall, gullies are eroded, mud flows, trees are blown over, etc.

The important issue that tourists should know is that they have to be flexible and responsible. Current conditions can change quickly and you need to have back up plans. We have the luxury of going up to these places on short notice and can adjust our plans and schedules due to weather and current conditions. Weather changes faster and more dramatically up high than any place you've ever been and weather forecasts are mostly meaningless.

Too many flatlanders come up here after meticulously planning a trip for months, pay a lot of money to get out here and then get in trouble because conditions have changed where it is more dangerous and they go up anyhow because they have a schedule they have to follow.

Geek will probably give ratings for average conditions, but if we get a blizzard in August or one of the afternoon monsoons dump a half foot of hail or rain or there is a lightning storm of biblical proportions, use some common sense and have a fall back plan, or if your schedule doesn't allow for some flexibility, plan on coming back another time. If you have one more pass to get over to get back to your base at the end of a long day and there is a big lightning storm up there, wait as long as it takes until it is fully cleared out. Sometimes, you can't get there from here.

Very often, the people who die up there or have other serious problems made some basic errors in common sense and judgment and tried to keep to an arbitrary schedule and plan even after conditions deteriorated. Don't be one of them.
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Old 03-15-2010, 12:56 PM   #146
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awesome job, Geek! You are to be commended.

For us flatlanders w carb'd thumpers, could you address any common adjustments - I'm not sure my KLR would run at 13K'.

Thanks again for your hard work.
Actually your KLR CV carb will run fine all the way to past 14K without rejetting - mine ( and several friends ) never had a problem.
On my XRL I have to rejet back to stock jetting for anything over 9K...
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Old 03-15-2010, 06:17 PM   #147
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Did I mention I'm afraid of heights?

D-train just sent me a link to this video he took of me on Black Bear last year having a bit of a "panic attack"

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Old 03-15-2010, 07:40 PM   #148
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Classic!! - Red Bull it is

I know exactly what was happening there. I haven't ridden a moto over Black Bear but I did drive a 76 Bronco over it many years ago, I had a spotter that was telling me to go and I can remember sticking my head out the window and saying "Oh My God, there's no road, all I can see is Town Hall!!"
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Old 03-15-2010, 07:48 PM   #149
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"Oh My God, there's no road, all I can see is Town Hall!!"


Thats classic!!!!
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Old 03-15-2010, 08:39 PM   #150
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Nice thread, Geek.
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