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Old 08-17-2014, 06:55 PM   #1
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Friend and I are planning a trip to taylor park with ktm 990 adventures . We are both decent riders but don't want to get in too deep on the big bikes .
We don't mind single track but don't want to bite off too much . Any trails to stay away from ? Block and tackle and timberline for sure . Any others?
Anyone ride 950-990s on any single track there ?

Any input is appreciated .
We plan on pearl pass and taylor pass and black bear wile were there too
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Old 08-17-2014, 06:57 PM   #2
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Friend and I are planning a trip to taylor park with ktm 990 adventures . We are both decent riders but don't want to get in too deep on the big bikes .
We don't mind single track but don't want to bite off too much . Any trails to stay away from ? Block and tackle and timberline for sure . Any others?
Anyone ride 950-990s on any single track there ?

Any input is appreciated .
We plan on pearl pass and taylor pass and black bear wile were there too
Thanks
Not for most mortals.

Maybe Lillypond. Pretty much avoid anything else. Dropping off Mt Tilton would involve a helicopter extract. Taking those bikes on a steep single track is just going to wear you out & trench the trail.
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Old 08-17-2014, 07:34 PM   #3
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Pearl is not fun. I cannot imaging a bike bike. Last time I did it I was on a 250 and it was not fun. I have no desire to do it again with all the babyheads!
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Old 08-17-2014, 07:54 PM   #4
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There are several jeep trails in the area that are good riding.

Avoid the Talus Slope off of Reno Divide....and yes, don't try to tackle Pearl or Taylor Passes.




Cumberland Pass is certainly doable.



Lot of good riding around Cement Creek.
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Old 08-18-2014, 03:12 AM   #5
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almost any and every single track trail is going to be far too rough, steep and loose for those bikes. There are so many fun 2 track roads that you can actually enjoy w/o worrying about the bike going down the hill or falling on your leg, not to mention thrashing the trails with excessive tire spin. My 2c.
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Old 08-18-2014, 04:38 AM   #6
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Maybe check out Tincup or Hancock. Black Sage is good to. Tincup, Pitkin are all great stops. If you need to do some single track then maybe the CD trail between Monarch pass and Marshall pass. There is also Toll road. On the other side of 285 is 4 mile OHV area.
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Old 08-18-2014, 07:42 AM   #7
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I thought pearl would be fun . I thought for sure if it could be done 2up on a 990 I could Handel it by myself .
I think I rode it several years ago from dinner station to aspin , thought it was a blast on a 250 smoker. Unless I'm thinking of a different trail . Came out at the top of the ski slopes and we rode slopes down to aspin . I remember a rocky section but don't remember it being that tough or long . Getting around the jeeps was the hard part .
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Old 08-18-2014, 07:52 AM   #8
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950/990 at Taylor and Black Bear

It depends on how comfy you are on your bike.

Read this RR - http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=913598

which has a lone 990 on Star Trail https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B48oEc1bmYU


and a two-up 990 going over Black Bear in the rain - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8j-u5p2U7p8


The Osos took 990s over Pearl two-up in the rain- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aR-f...wBC3c5nMKkrj7g

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Old 08-18-2014, 07:59 AM   #9
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I thought pearl would be fun . I thought for sure if it could be done 2up on a 990 I could Handel it by myself .
I think I rode it several years ago from dinner station to aspin , thought it was a blast on a 250 smoker. Unless I'm thinking of a different trail . Came out at the top of the ski slopes and we rode slopes down to aspin . I remember a rocky section but don't remember it being that tough or long . Getting around the jeeps was the hard part .
That sounds more like Richmond than Pearl, Pearl doesn't drop into town or get near a ski slope, Richmond is accessed from Taylor Pass and goes into Aspen down the ski slope.
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At the Moose Run, I chatted with a guy who said he rode his 990 2-up over Taylor Pass. The GF had to walk the river sections.

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That sounds more like Richmond than Pearl, Pearl doesn't drop into town or get near a ski slope, Richmond is accessed from Taylor Pass and goes into Aspen down the ski slope.
The video showed them climbing Pearl from the Crested Butte side. It did not show them dropping down the Aspen side. Geek this this on his 950, but there is no way I would attempt that. I just don't have the balls to ride the big bike fast enough to make it float over the rocks. It would only be a matter of time before I mangled a leg with a dab gone wrong.
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I have read the RRs . And I would do star now after watching the vid . Not sure it wouldn't kick my ass but I enjoy a challenge as long as it's not impossible .


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It depends on how comfy you are on your bike.

Read this RR - http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=913598

which has a lone 990 on Star Trail https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B48oEc1bmYU


and a two-up 990 going over Black Bear in the rain - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8j-u5p2U7p8


The Osos took 990s over Pearl two-up in the rain- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aR-f...wBC3c5nMKkrj7g

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Not sure it wouldn't kick my ass but I enjoy a challenge as long as it's not impossible .
Good luck to you.

... oh, and don't forget a camera!
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I have read the RRs . And I would do star now after watching the vid . Not sure it wouldn't kick my ass but I enjoy a challenge as long as it's not impossible .
The video does not show the harder parts of Star. There's a monster rock garden, then some horrible hills with deep ruts and roots. My personal opinion: It would be retarded to take a 990 thru there. Very high risk of injury and certainty of doing as much trail damage as 20 trail bikes would do.

I would suggest you search for trail bike videos showing the full length of the trail.
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The video does not show the harder parts of Star. There's a monster rock garden, then some horrible hills with deep ruts and roots. My personal opinion: It would be retarded to take a 990 thru there. Very high risk of injury and certainty of doing as much trail damage as 20 trail bikes would do.

I would suggest you search for trail bike videos showing the full length of the trail.


That video showed about the first 15 min of the trail. Not to belittle what they did on a big bike, but IMHO its the easiest part of the trail.

I think I have most of the trail from 4 or 5 years ago in about 18 or so segments if you care to see them. I think its starts here...

http://youtu.be/JtqC1wDIcFU?list=UUT...r9zVmfUvmLRFhA

And I think it ends around 18 or so.
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Old 08-18-2014, 04:55 PM   #15
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No sane person takes a 990 on Star.

If you watch the ease that the rider (Radex) demonstrated on Pearl and
Black Bear, you should be seriously worried about Star. I posted to show
that Pearl is not a ridiculous goal on a 990 with a good rider.



Personally, I would stay far away from Star on anything over a 530. YMMV.
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