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Old 07-18-2013, 04:02 PM   #1
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Question re: Colorado

I'm moving soon to either Denver or Boulder. Coming from the land of no hills (Chicago) I am excited to experience the wealth and variety of riding available in or near Colorado. Are the options (road and trail) as vast as I'm hoping? It seems like there are plenty of day/weekend trip options with a variety of terrain.

Any info is much appreciated. Specific must rides are great too.

Thanks in advance.

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Old 07-18-2013, 05:15 PM   #2
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You will be blown away! I am getting ready to make my second trip up there to ride around the state on vacation because of the awesome riding.
You may want to post in trip planning as well or in the regional forum for more specifics.
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Old 07-18-2013, 05:20 PM   #3
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I'm moving soon to either Denver or Boulder. Coming from the land of no hills (Chicago) I am excited to experience the wealth and variety of riding available in or near Colorado. Are the options (road and trail) as vast as I'm hoping? It seems like there are plenty of day/weekend trip options with a variety of terrain.

Any info is much appreciated. Specific must rides are great too.

Thanks in advance.

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Old 07-18-2013, 07:16 PM   #4
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Western Slope is where its at!!!

At least that's where you'll find the world class riding. (IMHO) if you can make it out of Denver, plan a week in Western CO.
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Old 07-24-2013, 12:21 PM   #5
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Poke around in the Rockies Regional Forum -- lots of answers to your questions there.
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Old 07-24-2013, 12:58 PM   #6
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Get Sfarson's Colorado book.....
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Old 07-24-2013, 01:02 PM   #7
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And a Butler map of Colorado.
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Old 07-24-2013, 02:13 PM   #8
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Point your tire west from Denver and turn around before you get to Cortez! (Kansas starts at the east city limits of Aurora.)
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Old 07-25-2013, 01:24 AM   #9
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Old 07-25-2013, 09:19 AM   #10
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Nothing like the west. I like riding out there so much I have been keeping a dual sport in AZ. I'm flying there tomorrow to try and buy a condo with a garage. Will be my snow bird getaway plus my basecamp for all western dual sporting. I may even ship out a Ducati too.
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Old 07-26-2013, 11:43 PM   #11
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Welcome!!

No matta what you're riding the the riding is seemingly endless in selection. You will be like a kid in a candy store here. Denver or Boulder has great choices along the front range for short trips when you need to get your moto on for just a few hours and great riding all over the Rockies anywhere you go. Plenty of good bike shops to get your feet wet with maps and ride planning in addition to the local inmates. Enjoy!
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Old 07-27-2013, 09:38 AM   #12
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Get Sfarson's Colorado book.....
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And a Butler map of Colorado.
+ A BUNCH used these tools for a 9 day 4,000 mile trip last summer from Indy to CO and they are great references Farson's book has a ton of good rides broken down and suggested options for marrying them up

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(Kansas starts at the east city limits of Aurora.)
That's no shit! I rode into CO on 50/400 in the south of the state and there was some relief to the terrain. I rode home on 36 and that part of eastern CO is some of the flattest country I have seen in my life. I wasn't prepared for that.

I think you'll find endless riding opportunities out there, I'm envious as hell. Best of luck
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Old 07-27-2013, 11:07 AM   #13
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Just my personal opinion: Live as close as you can to the mountains. Golden, Boulder, West Lakewood, West Littleton, or anywhere near there. The road system and amount of bad drivers in Denver, and the surrounding areas, will put a big damper on your trips. When I lived in Golden and Lakewood (6th and Simms area) I was in the mountains within minutes and always having a good time. Then I moved to Belmar (Central Lakewood) and it could take almost 30 minutes to navigate to any of the major roads. This isn't a big deal but i'm definitely not a fan of the drivers here. Anywhere East of I25 could take an hour to get to the mountains during non-rush hours. A lot more during rush hours.

Other than that you'll be amazed at all the places that are within close vicinity that you'll be able to ride.
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Old 07-27-2013, 03:52 PM   #14
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Welcome King. I've had the pleasure of living here for 13 years and it's as good or better than you are thinking. Endless off payment opportunities and some spectacular highways too. Fall is my favorite with all the color. If you have some heated clothes, you can just about ride all year. The roads will clear up quickly after winter storms and we get a few days in even in winter months if you desire to.
If you get to choose, Boulder would be my choice (although it's as left leaning as San Francisco unless that's your cup of tea) because you are right up in the foothills of the Rockies. Denver is a big city with a few mountains far in the distance but offers major sports and lots of cultural events.
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Old 07-27-2013, 05:14 PM   #15
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Live in the mountains and foothills. Anything east of c470 and I70 is pretty boring in my opinion. The biggest thing to get used to in my opinionis the lack of trees. I rode 350 miles and didnt have a single opportunity to pull off, make lunch, and sit in the shade. That sucks, butthe mountains are fun.
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