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Old 08-30-2013, 03:32 PM   #16
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Is this route bike bike/novice friendly?
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Old 08-30-2013, 04:02 PM   #17
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Is this route bike bike/novice friendly?
I'm assuming you meant big bike and novice friendly. It depends on definitions. If you think a DRZ400 is big it wouldn't be too hard. I have ridden all this stuff with a KLR650 and bald tires many times and don't remember dropping it ever on this stuff. I think the high torque and slow speed of a KLR help out for the size of the bike. I also had my KLR modified, geared etc to the dirt side of the spectrum. It has some steep loose and somewhat technical sections in places. It depends on how much of a noob, how big of a bike is big, and if the noob is a good sport. I probably would not take a total noob with a KLR on this ride without riding something easier to see his abilities. A couple of the hills going over Kingston from Rollinsville towards Idaho springs are steep enough that I stalled out on one the first time I rode it.
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Old 08-30-2013, 04:06 PM   #18
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Seems there's been some interest in this ride that I've been trying to do this season since Kingston's gates first opened. Trying to answer a few of the questions:

1. lunch in Idaho Springs - I'm hoping to pull through town when it's too early for lunch. I was thinking I might just have a quick nosh at a logical stopping point atop Saxon or Kingston

2. I think the route through W Mag is a whole lot easier from what I remember (there was a previous comment about the clear cutting efforts). There's even a sign saying this way to Rollinsville where 355 ends and 105 begins

3. Is it big bike friendly? Yep, nothing harder than Jeep roads. There's an easy stream crossing at Caribou and short mud sections. Saxon can be a bit bumpy and I understand there was a rock slide that may need to be negotiated (perhaps it's old info). Kingston will be run in the easier direction. Photo credit to Geek for this pic. I was planning to be going downhill here

4. Is it novice friendly? Yep. There's nothing really all that technical. Just ride your own ride, ride within your limits. There will be no Health & Safety forms to fill out. There's ample opportunity for bailout points if it comes to that. ironbrewer's sage advice above came in right before I posted my reply.

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Old 08-30-2013, 07:17 PM   #19
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I'm gonna tag along on this one. I'll be on an 8gs.

See you guys in the morning.
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Old 08-30-2013, 07:27 PM   #20
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Old 08-30-2013, 07:43 PM   #21
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I'm "IN". Riding from Aurora.
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Old 08-30-2013, 09:37 PM   #22
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I'm "IN". Riding from Aurora.
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See you at 8:00
i'll be there to see tiger climb Kingston Peak.





but i'm very slow on my stock KLR ...
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Old 08-30-2013, 10:05 PM   #23
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Wow, 7 confirmed, maybe 9...and a wide range of bikes!

This is going to be fun!!
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Old 08-30-2013, 10:07 PM   #24
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Somebody please bring a camera.
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Old 08-30-2013, 10:10 PM   #25
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I have never taken a ride there before.

but just in case, have your camera ready

It's going to be fun
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Old 08-30-2013, 10:26 PM   #26
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I hope, that is not going be any

Norm's evil sand hill or close to that, in this ride

Cheers Ed!
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Old 08-30-2013, 10:33 PM   #27
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You are going to be on a Tiger 800?

At least you'll be going down the "rock equivalent x 50" of Norm's hill (and not up it)





Seriously though; have been over it many times on my 950 the "harder way" - it'll all be good.
Have a hoot!

It is one of the most amazing places on this planet that you can take a motorcycle!




p.s. make sure you have lots of air in your tires and everything you need to fix a pinch flat along.

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Old 08-31-2013, 12:02 AM   #28
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Wow. Looks like a good ride. Can't believe I have to work and going to miss this. Stop by Roma afterwords.
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Old 08-31-2013, 12:02 AM   #29
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Offer good for Saturday only? I may just keep my riding jacket and helmet in the cage to lush on this deal at my leisure. I will tip you handsomely sir for a belt of your finest!
Sure, why not. Stop by.
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Old 08-31-2013, 02:22 PM   #30
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Sorry I couldn't make it guys. Decided to wrench on my bike instead. Made some progress, but got stopped by parts that wouldn't fit and I need to exchange them...
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