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Old 09-17-2012, 02:16 PM   #1
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Rainbow Trail in late October?

Me and a buddy of mine are wanting to ride the Rainbow Trail in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains this year but the earliest we can get there is the last weekend in October. Is this a good idea or would it be better to wait until next Summer. We'll be coming from Northeast Texas. If it sounds good then we'd be glad to ride with whoever else wants to make the 100 miles.
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Old 09-17-2012, 04:38 PM   #2
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It has snowed on the Sangre de Cristos twice in the last 10 days, most recently a few hours ago. The RBT probably doesn't have (much) snow on it now, but soon, soon...

The difficulty is the ground. Once it's frozen, riding on bare ground or snow-covered ground becomes difficult. Locals pick sections known to be easier and we ride Oct and even Nov. If you're gonna ride the whole dang thing, pick a better time. You could get lucky, but probably not.
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Old 09-17-2012, 07:37 PM   #3
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Old 09-17-2012, 10:07 PM   #4
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Read this before you come on your ride:

Bergs Over the Rainbow
http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=820748

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Old 09-18-2012, 06:41 PM   #5
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Thanks for the advice. I have another question if you're still watching. We both ride KLR's. I noticed in the pictures from the link you sent they were riding smaller dirt bikes. Reckon that changes our chances?
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Old 09-18-2012, 07:23 PM   #6
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Thanks for the advice. I have another question if you're still watching. We both ride KLR's. I noticed in the pictures from the link you sent they were riding smaller dirt bikes. Reckon that changes our chances?
I tried to ride it with a KLR. I rode with Hayduke on his KLR, Ramz on a small dirtbike, Mountain Eagle on a KTM, and Flying Horse on a XR650. In the first 10 miles starting from the north, both Hayduke and myself broke our rear brake pedal. I tried to keep going and broke off my right footpeg as well, and had to bail. Both Hayduke and I also had raising links on our KLR's. It could probably be ridden on a KLR, but it would be tough.

Look at post 157 on this thread.
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Old 09-19-2012, 12:31 PM   #7
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I don't understand why your brake pedal and foot peg broke on the trail. Was is just bad luck or the trail?
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Old 09-19-2012, 12:46 PM   #8
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I don't understand why your brake pedal and foot peg broke on the trail. Was is just bad luck or the trail?

Because much of the rainbow is on a sidehill, and KLR's are wide bikes. If you want to stay on the trail, and are heading horth to south, the right side of your bike is very close to the hill. It is very easy to hit a rock with your brake pedel or footpeg. If you are going south to north your left footpeg and shifter lever would be closer to the hill. The side hill is very steep in places. We broke our brake pedals in different places, but within a mile or 2 of each other. Its the geometry of the trail. I don't know how to explain it better than that.

Look at the pictures on the thread linkid to post 4 of this thread.
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Old 09-19-2012, 01:28 PM   #9
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Here's some pics from RMAR 2011, a friend did the few miles we rode on the trail on his DR650, he was not a happy camper....



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Old 09-19-2012, 02:40 PM   #10
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Thanks for the advice. I have another question if you're still watching. We both ride KLR's. I noticed in the pictures from the link you sent they were riding smaller dirt bikes. Reckon that changes our chances?

Unless you are extremely large/strong/fit/young-stupid and/or AA level riders, I would not take a KLR on the Rainbow trail under the best conditions. Drop a big bike off the trail and it's likely to remain there until you can bring in reinforcements.

Yes, I have a KLR.
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Old 09-23-2012, 02:15 PM   #11
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I know it was asked on the GPS forum and got no answer but does any one have GPS tracks for Rainbow?
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Old 09-23-2012, 03:14 PM   #12
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Its well marked, you shouldn't need them.

Make sure to take lots of pics.
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Old 09-23-2012, 03:31 PM   #13
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And that was the easy part.

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Here's some pics from RMAR 2011, a friend did the few miles we rode on the trail on his DR650, he was not a happy camper....



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Old 09-23-2012, 05:23 PM   #14
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Unless you are extremely large/strong/fit/young-stupid and/or AA level riders, I would not take a KLR on the Rainbow trail under the best conditions. Drop a big bike off the trail and it's likely to remain there until you can bring in reinforcements.

Yes, I have a KLR.
Yep I agree , even a little bike slipping off the downside could be a real handful to get back up .I had to help get a 300 KTM up once and that was no fun !
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Old 09-23-2012, 05:44 PM   #15
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Unless you are extremely large/strong/fit/young-stupid and/or AA level riders, I would not take a KLR on the Rainbow trail under the best conditions. Drop a big bike off the trail and it's likely to remain there until you can bring in reinforcements.

Yes, I have a KLR.
This. In triplicate! But, there is a huge amount of DS fun in Salida that would still make for a wonderful trip on your KLR's. Personally, I think Salida as a base is better than excellent. Have at least one meal at the Country Kitchen next to the Super 8 motel.
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