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Old 10-10-2011, 08:22 AM   #196
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Yeah I thought about that. You may be fine, and while there are a lot of similarities, there are still differences.

A few years back I rode with a group of guys and one of them had a Yamaha Apex. Man that f'ing thing was HEAVY (700 lbs). They kept getting it stuck. After three times, I would no longer help them get unstuck, it was just too heavy. FOUR of us weren't enough to get that thing unstuck, when a normal 2-stroke sled can be gotten out with two people. In some cases, one.

So it's not the weight while you're riding it that's the issue... it's the weight when having to dig it out. :)

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There's a few companies making Powder Jacks. I'm ordering one tonight. Totally solves getting stuck. One person operation.
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Old 10-10-2011, 08:52 AM   #197
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There's a few companies making Powder Jacks. I'm ordering one tonight. Totally solves getting stuck. One person operation.
A what!? Link, please! :)

The Snow-Bungee (it might be spelled Sno-Bunje) is good too, but it still requires a second person. I carry one. It's like five bungee cords attached to a hook at one end, and a handle at the other. Put the hook around a skip loop, and stretch it back as far as you can. Person on sled feathers throttle and between the two, pops out. Supposedly the equivalent of three guys pulling on the ski. I know it works!!

Never ride alone, btw. I know you do on the bike all the time (I do too), but snowmobiling is the one sport where you really can't ride alone. The only guy I know who rides alone has been riding for forty years and knows every inch of the forest where he rides. And he still doesn't ride alone on deep powder days.

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Old 10-10-2011, 09:26 AM   #198
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A what!? Link, please! :)

The Snow-Bungee (it might be spelled Sno-Bunje) is good too, but it still requires a second person. I carry one. It's like five bungee cords attached to a hook at one end, and a handle at the other. Put the hook around a skip loop, and stretch it back as far as you can. Person on sled feathers throttle and between the two, pops out. Supposedly the equivalent of three guys pulling on the ski. I know it works!!

Never ride alone, btw. I know you do on the bike all the time (I do too), but snowmobiling is the one sport where you really can't ride alone. The only guy I know who rides alone has been riding for forty years and knows every inch of the forest where he rides. And he still doesn't ride alone on deep powder days.

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http://www.powderjack.com

I've been in a few smaller avalanches and one medium one back in my snowboard days. I know it's not something to take chances with. The buddy system WILL be followed at all times.
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Old 10-11-2011, 05:59 AM   #199
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http://www.powderjack.com

I've been in a few smaller avalanches and one medium one back in my snowboard days. I know it's not something to take chances with. The buddy system WILL be followed at all times.


Thank you!!!

Watched the video of using it. Looks like you can still work up a sweat but beats the alternative.
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Old 10-11-2011, 06:13 AM   #200
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Hmm. Honestly, that Powder Jack thing isn't gonna work. It might be fine on trails, but it won't do crap when you're in the deep stuff. I would skip that and just get a Sno-Bunje. It's smaller, lighter, and easier to carry. Besides, with a friend or two along, unless it's a major stuck, you'll be out in five minutes anyway.

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Old 10-11-2011, 10:01 AM   #201
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Nice new toy Buddy! Im gonna have to buy a good tow rope so maybe you will haul me up into the hills for some knuckle draggin on my board.

P.S. Lets see those fall color pics, what i took with my phone just isn't enough! lol

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Old 10-11-2011, 10:21 AM   #202
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Ur gerbing is in the mail! Worked amazingly doing 80+ mph for hours in 30-40 degree weather! Thanks again
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Old 10-11-2011, 05:57 PM   #203
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A new riding partner and an adventure into a new season. Tyler was down from Boise on his BMW GS1200 he bought earlier this summer. He is new to dual sport riding, but not to off road. He's had a couple of motocross bikes. I still decided to take it easy and avoid the hard stuff this weekend. Besides, the past two had been pretty high on difficulty scale.

He came to my house at about quarter after seven on Saturday morning. I was ready and we headed North on I-25. A stop for some Denny's breakfast and fuel had us actually making miles by about 9:30.

We got off the boring interstate and rode though Ft. Collins. Tyler did a great job of cutting lanes while I tried to follow the street signs for Hwy 14. A few close calls with traffic and we were out for the city.



Of course there was a ton of traffic in the Poudre Canyon. We sat in the ant trail of cars for way too long. Since this was first time riding, I was unsure of his willingness to pass in the double yellows. Finally, I'd had enough and passed about four cars on the inside when I could see to the next turn. Tyler was right behind me. That settled that. Tyler will pass.













Finally, we got out of the canyon and started to see the color we were looking for.























We had stopped for a quick break here. As soon as we got dressed and moving again, we were stopped by construction for ten minutes. DOH!





Need photo editing software to straighten these out that sometimes come out crooked as I take them while I ride. Recommendations?



Finally off on the gravel. The plan was to cut across a bunch of different gravel roads to link up with Buffalo pass into Steamboat Springs.







Here was where we stopped to drop pressure. Hobbes was squirrely!



Actual haystacks! Didn't know anyone still did this.







Map check.















DAMMIT!!! CLOSED!!! Well, we could chance it. But, if we can't make it through and have to turn around to back track, we may not make the mileage we need to today. Back to the highway. I always look at these little detours as an excuse to come back.



Back on the pavement of 14 to take us to the summit of Rabbit Ears Pass.



Rain ahead.



Tyler wanted to add another layer so I took off ahead to find a vantage point for a pic into the valley below.







100 was a good gravel road that led through some high alpine marshy areas. We caught periodic showers of rain along this stretch and it was a little chilly.





I jumped off on 250. Unplanned, but I wanted another view. We found a place and looked into the valley where Kremmling lies. I took a few minutes to enjoy the view while Tyler called his wife. Turned out 250 was actually another way to get to Gore Pass. Worked out great since we were getting a bit down on fuel.







Moose!







Three F-18's flew low and fast over us here. I missed the pic but the rumble of the jets still hung in the air when this photo was taken.









When 250 ended near the top of Gore Pass, I asked Tyler if he wanted to trade bikes. He agreed and I was excited to ride a GS12 for the first time. Pretty damn comfy bike. Great turn in and very well balanced. But I'll tell you what, the Tiger has a waaaaaaaay smoother engine and transmission. Glad I got to ride it. Now I really know I got the right bike.







We stopped in Yampa for fuel. We were both really low. I decided we should eat at the same place my Dad and I did on our trip through here. This time it was HORRIBLE!! Bunt hockey puck of a burger. BOO!



Next we are off to the Flat Tops Scenic Byway. It really looked like rain up there and I was a little worried about the fire situation while camping for the second weekend in a row.

















The colors were amazing!! I wish my camera took a little sharper image. But hey, its waterproof and durable as hell!

















































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Old 10-11-2011, 05:57 PM   #204
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Remember this pic from the ride to Colorado in my first post?



Here it is in Fall.







I was stopping every half mile to take a pic! I was just in awe of the beauty here! All the time I've spent in Colorado and I've never been to areas that have color like this. Breckenridge is too high for the Aspens and I never really ventured out to see this. Now my motorcycle brings me here and brings me happiness.





We were also very happy that the gloomy and threatening skies of Yampa turned out to be just threatening. The weather was fantastic! Things were dry and it did make the road a little dusty for Tyler.











On my last trip here I had found a campsite near the summit of Ripple Creek that I really hoped would be open. Turns out it was! Along with every other site at Vaughn Lake. We had the place to ourselves.

Now I know this breaks tradition a bit, setting up in the daylight and all, but I really wanted to find enough wood for a good fire and this was such an awesome spot to spend the night. There was no way we could pass it up.

We dropped our gear and went on a search around the campground for wood. JACKPOT!!! All dry and split. We even had dry newspaper left for us in our site.



We went on a further search for wood back down the pass.





Checking out a few side roads.



K, I think this will be enough.



Tyler only lost two pieces on the way back and had to adjust once.



I wanted to get over Ripple Creek to check out the sunset since we were on the East side of the pass. Off we go!





We are camped on the grove of trees front and center down the hill.



They don't call 'em the Flat Tops for nuthin'!















Back at camp.









The sunset was fast! The color only lasted about 15 minutes. I took my pics while I could.



I think we'll have enough wood tonight.



Yep. Lasted for bottle of Jameson and a lot of conversation. This was the first time I'd hung out with Tyler outside of work. It was great to get to know him a little better.





Sleep............
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Old 10-11-2011, 06:50 PM   #205
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Awesome pics & good story as always! Thanks for sharing.
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Hello beautiful morning!



We weren't in a rush. A nice leisurely morning with our coffee and oatmeal.

Back on the Flat Tops Byway and clicking miles off to Meeker.































The byway turns back into pavement. Great road with a gentle downward slope.





We are now leaving the Aspen groves as we lose more and more altitude. The desert is approaching.



We were hauling along pretty good and came up really quick on a truck with an orange flag hanging out the window going really slow and blocking the road. I hit the brakes and this is what we had to pick our way through.
Bringing the cattle down from the grazing of the summer. It was the first of three cattle drives we would pass today.











Back on the gas....



We came into Meeker and found our road to the South. There are two 13's that run parallel to each other. One is paved and one is not. Guess which one we took?



The paved 13 runs on the other side of that hogback to the right.









This was a really cool road and I'm glad we took it. We both enjoyed it immensely.















Getting close to Rifle, CO.







We got on the interstate and went East 25 miles to Glenwood Springs.



Last time I was here, I commented that I wished I had taken some pictures of Mt. Sopris.





We missed our turn I wanted to take. It was ok. There was another road to get us there. We weren't quite sure until we saw a sign for Cottonwood Pass. Sometimes you just gotta go with your gut and it will work out.















We came up on a few two-smoker KTMs. Of course they don't have mirrors, so they don't know we are behind them. They were just puttin' along. Finally they saw us and kind of pulled over, but didn't slow down at all. I hit my rev limiter as I passed the lead guy.









Cottonwood Pass was pretty, but very anti-climatic. I'm not even really sure at what point we passed a summit.

Gypsum is over there somewhere.



We headed South on 412 which is called Gypsum Creek Rd.







I picked an inopportune time to photograph this beautiful stream. It just wasn't the best place. There were a bunch of great places but I never got a shot. You can't win 'em all.















We hit our second cattle drive of the day around here. Didn't take a pic this time.
















We made a right on 413, Powerline road. Yes, there is a big powerline there.

This is one of my favorites from all of these beautiful pics. Riding through a frickin postcard all day!











The road to the right turns into a thin red line on my map. Maybe another time.....





We made another right onto Brush Creek (400), which climbs over Crooked Creek Pass and then links up with Frying Pan Rd.











We stopped here and just enjoyed our surroundings for a moment.







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Awesome pics & good story as always! Thanks for sharing.
Thanks for reading!
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Moving on....

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Somewhere in here we hit the third cattle drive of the day. No shit cowboys and cowgirls. They still exist.

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We made a left on Frying Pan Road and headed for Haggerman Pass. Tyler wanted to try a something a little harder. Haggerman isn't bad, but more challenging than what we've done so far.

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Tyler did just fine. Maybe I'll drag him up Red Cone next time.

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Turquoise Lake outside Leadville.

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And that was the last pic I took. We had debated going over Mosquito Pass, but home and the Sunday night football game sounded better. We stopped in Leadville for some Subway. We hadn't eaten all day! Too many pretty trees to look at to be concerned with food.

On the way down I-70 we hit traffic. Stop and go for 30 miles. Apparently we weren't the only ones checking out the fall colors. The traffic was as bad as skier traffic in the winter heading back to Denver. But, I'll put money on it that we saw way better fall colors than the average SUV sitting in that traffic.

Until next time....
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Did you fix your light cluster ?
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Old 10-12-2011, 05:53 AM   #210
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Yes and yes. The meet and greet was a simple fix. Just bolt on new parts. I also got the low fuel and high beam inticators tinted. I did a DIY and posted it in the tiger thread about two weeks ago.
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