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Old 03-18-2010, 06:26 AM   #166
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Did you guys find the sky hook when you were stopped above Telluride on Black Bear?
If you are scared of heights, it might not be for you.


Ok I will throw in one sideshow before I head out of town.
I've always called it the Sky Swing!!!

Location: About 50-60 yards uphill from the steps on Black Bear, downhill side of road, on your left unless you breakin the law and riding up BB..
Difficulty: Easy, if you can hang on for 5 -7 seconds.
Fear Factor: Fairly high. This is old mining equipment folks, no one knows when it'll break, I just hope its not when I'm on it. Or when anybody who reads this happens to be on it

View rating: Excellent......if you keep your eyes open..

Special considerations: Do not attempt during a lightning storm. ATGATT recommended.




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Old 03-18-2010, 08:16 AM   #167
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Old 03-18-2010, 09:31 AM   #168
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Ok I will throw in one sideshow before I head out of town.
I've always called it the Sky Swing!!!

Location: About 50-60 yards uphill from the steps on Black Bear, downhill side of road, on your left unless you breakin the law and riding up BB..
Difficulty: Easy, if you can hang on for 5 -7 seconds.
Fear Factor: Fairly high. This is old mining equipment folks, no one knows when it'll break, I just hope its not when I'm on it. Or when anybody who reads this happens to be on it

View rating: Excellent......if you keep your eyes open..

Special considerations: Do not attempt during a lightning storm. ATGATT recommended.




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I've seen that hanging there a dozen times and never ONCE thought of doing that...

... next time tho...
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Old 03-18-2010, 10:09 AM   #169
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If I make it up there this summer, that is a must do...
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Old 03-18-2010, 03:29 PM   #170
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NOT A Freakin chance you'll EVER catch me on that thing... I'm ready to poop my pants with my feet firmly on the ground on blackbear

That photo is priceless though!
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Old 03-24-2010, 02:29 PM   #171
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You know, its really cruel of you to post these pics now. I know theres no way the SM will make it up any passes anytime soon, and I'm jonesin. FI is really nice for the mountains! Guess I'll just tape up the 3X3 on the DR-Z and take the filter cover off up high.
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Old 03-24-2010, 02:33 PM   #172
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Actually... the SM would make it over many of these passes

It is the "Rocky" mountains... and SM tires can get traction on rock. If I can ride a street bike with dirt tires over many of 'em.. you can ride a dirt bike with street tires over many of 'em



p.s. off to Moab for four days... then I'll have more time to work on this.
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Old 03-24-2010, 04:17 PM   #173
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Yeah, I've been over several of them, but when they're covered in snow/ice I'll let you knobbly guys tackle em. ;) I'll go as long as the snowy section is somewhat passable, but I don't want to wear myself out picking the bike back up over and over if I can avoid it.
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Old 03-25-2010, 01:45 PM   #174
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Old 03-25-2010, 05:27 PM   #175
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Geek,
Awesome thread. 2 friends and I rode our KLR pack mules from Milwaukee last Sept 09. We're dumb flatlanders and did plenty of planning with the idea that all of our plans could get shot to hell. We didn't know what we were up against so no sense in a set schedule.
That said, we headed straight for the passes people said would be difficult on loaded KLRs just to see what was up.

Here we are on our way up Mosquito Pass from Alma.


Notice our luggage and packing methods. It would make sense to actually be using that TKC 80 that's perched on the luggage rack don't you think? I joked later at a gas station that we were saving those tires for the more difficult passes.

And this is as far as we made it up Mosquito Pass from Alma.

Tad said that the baby heads were a bit too numerous this early in the trip. We didn't want to go ahead and bust our shit right away.

So we headed back down.
You see Scott in the distance, wayyy down there.

We decided not to totally give up however. We took the long way over to Leadville and decided to tackle Mosquito from that side instead. Just to see how it goes.

Beautiful on the way up.


Steep on the way up!


And we made it!


It got a little late on the way down. Good thing we're livin the motorcycle version of the hobo lifestyle. Our beds can be where ever we are. A beautiful night high, high above Leadville that I will not soon forget.



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Old 03-25-2010, 08:00 PM   #176
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Awesome!

The ironic part is you'd made it over the worst stuff when you turned around and went back over it again... if you'd continued up from there it'd have gotten easier

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Old 03-25-2010, 08:37 PM   #177
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Awesome!

The ironic part is you'd made it over the worst stuff when you turned around and went back over it again... if you'd continued up from there it'd have gotten easier

How does that song go? "If you're gonna be dumb, you gotta be tough"

Actually we did skip a small section. But that's ok. Pearl pass was a different story. We gave up and turned around right about here :)
Huge baby heads abound!

I'll post my experiences about that when you get to that point
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Old 03-25-2010, 09:30 PM   #178
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Great idea for a thread Ed
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Old 03-26-2010, 06:53 AM   #179
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Baby Heads

Great pictures! Does anyone have suggestions for riding techniques over baby head fields? Is it better to keep your speed up considering the uphill aspect? Or is slow and careful better to avoid casing out on a sharp point?

A side note: I thought I recognized that grey Aerostich. I have been reading Tad's ride reports on his webpage since '03 when I first bought my touring bike. Great site. Does Chad and his dad still ride? Haven't seen a report from them since '04. Just wondering.

Here's my new pack mule that I'll be riding across Colorado/Utah this summer.

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Old 03-26-2010, 06:58 AM   #180
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How does that song go? "If you're gonna be dumb, you gotta be tough"

Actually we did skip a small section. But that's ok. Pearl pass was a different story. We gave up and turned around right about here :)
Huge baby heads abound!

I'll post my experiences about that when you get to that point

Pearl Pass; it gets worse. I wouldn't want a big bike like that up there, especially up a couple of miles when you get to the "hard part".
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