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Old 12-26-2012, 05:44 PM   #16
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Thanks for the route advice.

The RMAR Rendezvous looks like a great event to attend. Guess that settles my question about best time to head out there. Do I need to be a member to attend?

Any other route recommendations would be appreciated.
No membership required. Just sign up, pay and ride! This will be my first one this year.
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Old 12-26-2012, 08:25 PM   #17
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You would also be well pleased to ride "the flattops scenic byway", number 8 and 116. Meeker-Buford on the west to Yampa,near Steamboat Sp. in the east. And do the spur to Trappers lake. The restaurant is great too. We had some terrible quarter size rolly gravel in various depths that gave my wife some fear. But I'm sure your scoot will not be affected like my FJR was. Plus, I'm sure it was just applied and will be packed in now. Late May and late Sept are my favorite times, new leaves and greener and Aspen Gold.
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Old 12-27-2012, 07:45 AM   #18
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Farson's book is a great resource...
http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Guide...rides+colorado
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Excellent book that should be right up your alley. He dual sport routes he includes are generally big bike appropriate.

The Shelf Road to Phantom Canyon loop is a great ride. Phantom Canyon is definitely better maintained and easier. Use your judgement as to which one to ride down.
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Old 12-27-2012, 02:18 PM   #19
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No membership required. Just sign up, pay and ride! This will be my first one this year.
Actually, part of joining in the RMAR Rendezvous includes RMAR membership.

We also have just announced a new ride for this year called the San Juan 500, which is the same week as the Rendezvous, and will finish in Silverton, just in time to start the Rendezvous. Similar to the Colorado Adventure Motorcycle 1000, this is a premium membership appreciation ride, and will be limited to only 24 participants. More information here: http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=851307
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Old 12-27-2012, 03:33 PM   #20
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Check out the past "Fall Colors Tour" rides. Each year Mark (Graywolf11) plans big bike friendly routes consisting of forest roads and pavement. Heres the link to the 2012 addition..
http://advrider.com/forums/showthrea...ll+colors+tour
You should PM Mark as he has ridden almost every big bike route in the state. With his easy work schedule, he would probably ride along with you!!
If you are inclined to do so, post your route here and solicit riders to join you for all, or part of your tour. You might find all sorts of inmates that would like to join you!!

And do make it to RMAR... lots of fun, great ridin' on all levels, lots of inmates from all over!!
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Old 12-28-2012, 01:51 PM   #21
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The Shelf Road to Phantom Canyon loop is a great ride. Phantom Canyon is definitely better maintained and easier. Use your judgement as to which one to ride down.
Down Phantom Canyon Rd to Canon City and up Shelf Road to Victor would be my recommendation, based on road conditions. There are some steeper washboarded switchbacks near the top of Shelf Road that were not very fun going down on a big bike.

Marshall and Old Monarch passes are well-maintained dirt roads that are easy and fun on a big bike too.
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Old 01-01-2013, 03:47 PM   #22
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Farson's book is a great resource...
http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Guide...rides+colorado
I have read Steve's book cover to cover. Every road you guys have mentioned so far are in his book. He gives great descriptions and has great pics. Buy his book you get access to all his ride vids.

A great investment.
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Old 01-01-2013, 06:52 PM   #23
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You REALLY want to do the RMAR rally in Silverton. There is virtually unlimited riding in that area, both dirt and pavement, and the scenery is spectacular. You will also meet around 200 other like minded folks in a relaxed atmosphere whose brains you can pick for additional routes. Any rides that are a part of the rally are group rides, so if you wanted to try a little dirt challenge, you wouldn't be alone!!

If I were you, I'd ride out, make the rally, and we'll help you figure out the rest of your time in a circuitous route in the general direction of home.

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Old 01-03-2013, 12:45 PM   #24
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plenty of goods ones listed by others.
anything in red & white on our map is easier.
some not mentioned are boreas pass, marshal pass, los pinos pass plus the uncompahgre divide road.
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Old 01-03-2013, 12:47 PM   #25
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Farson's book is a great resource...
http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Guide...rides+colorado
awesome book! we have a package for sale too
http://www.butlermaps.com/Motorcycle...-Colorado-Book

throw in a Benchmark Maps: Colorado
and you've got a great travel package.
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Old 01-03-2013, 04:35 PM   #26
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If I had never been to Colorado I'd like this route. I'm assuming you'll be camping and leaving Iowa on the weekend. I designed a route that has a lot of variety and takes you to RMAR in Silverton and then loops back to the front range. I might be able to ride quite a bit of it with with you starting from Walden and ending at Eagle if you're up for some company.

Day 1 Monday - Masonville, Cameron Pass, Buffalo Pass to Steamboat Springs
http://goo.gl/maps/MdNld
Day 2 Tuesday - Steamboat, Dunckley Pass, Ripple Creek Pass, Buford Road to New Castle
http://goo.gl/maps/xME6N
Day 3 Wednesday - New Castle, Grand Mesa, Lands End to Uncompaghre Plateau
http://goo.gl/maps/6QQpC
Day 4, Thursday - Uncompaghre Divide Road, Ridgway to Silverton
http://goo.gl/maps/jy6Aj
Day 5, Friday - RMAR Bolem Pass (ride with a group), Lizard Head Pass, Telleride (loop)
http://goo.gl/maps/pKdTg
Day 6, Saturday - RMAR Ophir Pass (ride with a group), Telluride, Last Dollar, Pleasant Valley (loop)
http://goo.gl/maps/qIwQ9
Day 7, Sunday - Silverton, Ridgway, Owl Creek Pass, Cimmarron, Black Canyon of the Gunnison to Paonia Reservoir
http://goo.gl/maps/gkW1s
Day 8, Monday - Paonia Reservoir, Kebler Pass, Taylor Park, Buena Vista, Twin Lakes, Independence Pass to Aspen
http://goo.gl/maps/coLN6
Day 9, Tuesday - Aspen, Basalt, Ruedi Reservoir, Thomasville Road, Sylvan Reservoir, Eagle, Minturn, Leadville, Frisco, to Breckenridge
http://goo.gl/maps/eAfGp
Day 10, Wednesday - Breckenridge, Boreas Pass, Tarryall Road, Musakat Road, Wellington Reservoir, Bailey Grant Guenella Pass to Georgetown.
http://goo.gl/maps/ONDfc
Day 11, Thursday - Georgetown, Idaho Springs, Mt Evans, Bergen Park, Idaho Springs, OH MY GOD Road, Black Hawk, Peak to Peak hwy to Estes Park.
http://goo.gl/maps/baCJA
Day 12, Friday - Explore Rocky Mountain National Park

Saturday and Sunday - back to Iowamania
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Old 01-03-2013, 04:56 PM   #27
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Wow, you can be my tour guide whenever you want! I'm keeping this for myself as well!
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Old 01-03-2013, 06:22 PM   #28
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Wow, you can be my tour guide whenever you want! I'm keeping this for myself as well!
+1 to that, and I might even tag along if anyone does this!
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Old 01-03-2013, 07:14 PM   #29
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+1 to that, and I might even tag along if anyone does this!
I'm sure we'll be able to round up some of The Usual Suspects
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