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Old 06-16-2010, 05:56 AM   #16
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The only scary thing is all the tourists! They ar not watching the road, or thier driving. They are just sightseeing.
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Old 06-16-2010, 02:46 PM   #17
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It's not that bad, I rode a lot of it with one hand while shooting this..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xsZ60b368yQ
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Old 06-16-2010, 03:35 PM   #18
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It's not the heights that scare me. I'm afraid of widths.
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Old 06-16-2010, 03:45 PM   #19
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It's not that big of a deal unless you ride off the side of the road -

Really, it's a nice, twisty 2 lane road with great views.

Just watch out for sand, rocks and traffic coming from the opposite direction.
Minor correction: It's not that big of a deal until you hit the bottom after riding off the road.

I drove that last fall with the RV in the dark, then discovered that I'd been carrying a screw in one of the tires. Thankfully, it didn't go flat until we were in camp outside Silverton.
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Old 06-16-2010, 03:52 PM   #20
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I remember riding it with a group in 1995.

My boss tried to gank me through a corner on his CBR900RR, while i was riding an R100GS/PD. Not a fair fight. I touched my front brake to slow the 21" front wheel before dipping into a turn. he took the brake light as an "OMG, get all over the brakes!!" moment, and slid the back end out.

The 900RR slid off the edge of the road. I only saw a cloud of dust in my mirror, a cloud with boots sticking out of it. Returning to the scene, I saw the rear wheel spinning in the air.

it took four of us to lift the bike so that it could get back on the road without going over. Good times.

I love riding CO-50/550, and hope to get there on my VFR this summer.
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Old 06-16-2010, 04:00 PM   #21
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You are much more likely to die on I70 or I25. Ride it, it has nowhere near the pucker factor of say Rocky Mountain National Park or first ride up to Mesa Verde. Stay focused on the riding, looking ahead and not at your front wheel, target fixation is real in Colorado (look through the corners). Stop on the side of the road for pics and sightseeing relax. If you go off on 99% of the road it's not gonna be major fall, but just a get off in the dirt. Do it!
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Old 06-16-2010, 06:16 PM   #22
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I suppose how bad your fear of heights is. It's twisty with a good drop off but it's not that bad, only a couple of spots give you a feeling of serious height. There are places you can pull over to let traffic past if you're taking it slow too. It's a very cool ride and the views are amazing.

Basically I would say if you think you might be up for it, then you'll do fine. Just don't close your eyes.

If you're in Ouray and have time to kill, take the road into Yankee Boy Basin, I think it's called Bird Camp Rd. The wild flowers should be starting there soon and when the columbines are out it is an incredible scene. As you leave Ouray on the million dollar highway you pass Box Canyon Falls (worth a look) take the right turn, cross the bridge over the canyon and on into the forest. Very cool road.
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Old 06-17-2010, 05:38 AM   #23
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Maybe I should take a run up there and look around for Doowrah.

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Old 06-17-2010, 07:28 AM   #24
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I think you should Tom

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Old 06-17-2010, 08:01 AM   #25
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Maybe I should take a run up there and look around for Doowrah.

Can I have his boots?
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Old 06-18-2010, 09:27 AM   #26
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I'm a totally height wusstastic flat lander and after talking to a fella from Montrose, CO while I was visiting Canyonlands a few weeks ago, I decided to ride 550 north from Durango. I had myself so worked up the morning I was going to ride it that I thought I was going to vomit. Though I was on the inside for the short scary part, it was nowhere near as bad as I made it in my head. So beautiful and so worth it, I'm definitely glad I rode it!!
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Old 06-18-2010, 07:46 PM   #27
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M/D/H rocks. A must ride

Just got back yesterday from Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico. Rode most all of 550 including Silverton to Ouray. Just focus on whats ahead and not on whats below the drop offs. One long look and you may be a dead man.

Man, what a blast. Just awesome riding. Sure wanted to do some of Engineer Pass, but with the Wee loaded to the gills, i saved it for another time (i hope).

You CO. guys have some great roads out there. We've got Deal's, Hwy. 60, BRP, and other great curves to ride, but nothing compares to taking sweepers at 60-70 and legally passing slower traffic.
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Old 06-18-2010, 07:58 PM   #28
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Old 06-18-2010, 08:10 PM   #29
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You are much more likely to die on I70 or I25. Ride it, it has nowhere near the pucker factor of say Rocky Mountain National Park or first ride up to Mesa Verde. Stay focused on the riding, looking ahead and not at your front wheel, target fixation is real in Colorado (look through the corners). Stop on the side of the road for pics and sightseeing relax. If you go off on 99% of the road it's not gonna be major fall, but just a get off in the dirt. Do it!
This is the best advice and perspective yet. Actually the stretch of I-70 going west just above Idaho Springs or the Ike tunnel are just as 'scary' to me as the Million Dollar Highway. Just watch for big ole campers or trucks coming around the corner, that is the only real danger. Just ride slow and careful and enjoy the view. Fantastic!!!
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Old 08-11-2014, 09:41 AM   #30
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Afraid of Heights?



There's no guardrail because in wintertime they need to plow the snow off the edge.

Now and then springtime comes and a car or truck becomes visible as the snow "down there" melts off.

You oughta see the Southbound cagers hug the centerline on this stretch..

THIS is what it looks like from a helicopter:

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