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Old 09-22-2013, 07:24 PM   #17356
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Someplace no 950 should ever go

Pearl Pass; half way between Aspen and Crested Butte.

Might have to come visit you...
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Old 09-22-2013, 07:48 PM   #17357
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Old 09-22-2013, 07:51 PM   #17358
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Someplace no 950 should ever go

Pearl Pass; half way between Aspen and Crested Butte.

The 950 likes a challenge though no? As long as you're not on stock rims, the baby heads shouldn't be undoable.
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Old 09-22-2013, 10:24 PM   #17359
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Old 09-23-2013, 06:02 AM   #17360
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Mine on touring mode with double screen aka super ricardo, and 2 gallons of gas on the seat bag. I used cheap Blitz gas cans and they leaked a bit when they got hot and expanded.
Obviously my buddy with his Rotopax didn't have any issue.

We also got some Blackibags crashbar bags made by inmate Akarob on both bikes.
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They are built like a tank -my buddy crash tested them on a rocky trail and we had a hard time trying to find any scratch on it- and so cheap compared to others that you kind of feel it was a steal. My bars are hepco becker so I got the bigger bags available, there are two heavy duty tubes inside of the right bag and lots of tools on the left. Highly recommended








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Old 09-23-2013, 07:36 AM   #17361
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The 950 likes a challenge though no? As long as you're not on stock rims, the baby heads shouldn't be undoable.
That's the smooth bit...

The baby heads are nothing; it is the 'rocky' mountains after all.
It is the 2 foot steps at 12,000ft and loose 35% grades that are 950 painful. My skid plate and clutch had never been so abused
I swear this bike weighs 2 metric tons when you have to lift it over an obstacle where 40% of the atmosphere is missing



I dunno if I have any pics of the really rowdy bits.. but let me dig up a few other from Pearl:









If you do try Pearl Pass:
1) make sure you bring a camera so I can see the pics!

2) make sure you get a photo of your LC8 with the sign - most folks do not make the top so you need a sign pic to show you did

3) this is not a ride you do alone - there are places you can trap yourself so bring a friend as 15+ miles is a helluva long walk in motocross boots! (and if you were to break a leg or sprain an ankle you could die before anyone found you as this is a not-very-traveled location)




p.s. most years pearl is only open a week or two (if at all) due to snow blockage; so check with locals on status. Last week of August is usually best chance. They probably got snow up there last night judging by our weather this morning.
p.s.s. for those of you familiar with many Colorado "big passes" this one is* significantly* harder than Black Bear, Imogene, etc. Be prepared to turn back if need be. On the Aspen side it gets rowdy before treeline. On the Crested Butte side it doesn't get rowdy until you are above treeline.


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Old 09-23-2013, 07:43 AM   #17362
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Old 09-23-2013, 08:30 AM   #17363
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I swear this bike weighs 2 metric tons when you have to lift it over an obstacle where 40% of the atmosphere is missing

If you do try Pearl Pass:
1) make sure you bring a camera so I can see the pics!

2) make sure you get a photo of your LC8 with the sign - most folks do not make the top so you need a sign pic to show you did

3) this is not a ride you do alone - there are places you can trap yourself so bring a friend as 15+ miles is a helluva long walk in motocross boots! (and if you were to break a leg or sprain an ankle you could die before anyone found you as this is a not-very-traveled location)


p.s. most years pearl is only open a week or two (if at all) due to snow blockage; so check with locals on status. Last week of August is usually best chance. They probably got snow up there last night judging by our weather this morning.
p.s.s. for those of you familiar with many Colorado "big passes" this one is* significantly* harder than Black Bear, Imogene, etc. Be prepared to turn back if need be. On the Aspen side it gets rowdy before treeline. On the Crested Butte side it doesn't get rowdy until you are above treeline.

I hear ya about the lack of oxygen. Coming from sea level it was probably even worse for me...

Seems that I missed it this year, but I will put it on my "must do" list and try to get there next year!
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Old 09-23-2013, 08:55 AM   #17364
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p.s. most years pearl is only open a week or two (if at all) due to snow blockage; so check with locals on status. Last week of August is usually best chance. They probably got snow up there last night judging by our weather this morning.

Just looked at the Crested Butte web cam - Pearl Pass is 18 miles in the distance in this photo - and 4000 feet higher. i.e. it is done for the season.

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... this photo makes me very sad
I was in that valley last weekend doing this:

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Old 09-23-2013, 10:37 AM   #17365
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Old 09-23-2013, 10:37 AM   #17366
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Old 09-23-2013, 10:55 AM   #17367
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That's the smooth bit...

The baby heads are nothing; it is the 'rocky' mountains after all.
It is the 2 foot steps at 12,000ft and loose 35% grades that are 950 painful. My skid plate and clutch had never been so abused
I swear this bike weighs 2 metric tons when you have to lift it over an obstacle where 40% of the atmosphere is missing



Just because you can doesn't mean you should. You do have a 530, you know.

So what do you charge to be a motorcycle/mountain bike tour guide? KatoomWife and I graduate next May and after the BAR I'm feeling a road trip.
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Old 09-23-2013, 11:42 AM   #17368
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That's the smooth bit...

The baby heads are nothing; it is the 'rocky' mountains after all.
It is the 2 foot steps at 12,000ft and loose 35% grades that are 950 painful. My skid plate and clutch had never been so abused
I swear this bike weighs 2 metric tons when you have to lift it over an obstacle where 40% of the atmosphere is missing



I dunno if I have any pics of the really rowdy bits.. but let me dig up a few other from Pearl:









If you do try Pearl Pass:
1) make sure you bring a camera so I can see the pics!

2) make sure you get a photo of your LC8 with the sign - most folks do not make the top so you need a sign pic to show you did

3) this is not a ride you do alone - there are places you can trap yourself so bring a friend as 15+ miles is a helluva long walk in motocross boots! (and if you were to break a leg or sprain an ankle you could die before anyone found you as this is a not-very-traveled location)




p.s. most years pearl is only open a week or two (if at all) due to snow blockage; so check with locals on status. Last week of August is usually best chance. They probably got snow up there last night judging by our weather this morning.
p.s.s. for those of you familiar with many Colorado "big passes" this one is* significantly* harder than Black Bear, Imogene, etc. Be prepared to turn back if need be. On the Aspen side it gets rowdy before treeline. On the Crested Butte side it doesn't get rowdy until you are above treeline.

That looks awesome. From one Rocky Mountain rider to another, I hear ya on the baby heads. Sometimes that is the easiest part. Hopefully my neighbor and I can make it out there to give it a go. If we do we'll give you a heads up. He's also on a 990 so at least it would be a level playing field. He's the camera guy though not me. I'm usually too busy having fun to remember to take pics.
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Old 09-23-2013, 09:00 PM   #17369
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