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Old 02-20-2014, 08:41 AM   #4051
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I am doing a Colorado Trip at the End of July for 2 weeks. Anyone that is looking for something to do about that time send me a PM. There is a couple of us going so far with a possible 3rd. This will be a ride there and back on dual-sport bikes, no trucking bikes. Camping in good weather, motel in bad. Leaving the Morning of July 26th from Calgary.
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Awesome Trip! My wife is expecting another Mini-Durden this fall so it may be tough again this year to get out much more than a day or two. Give me another season of hibernation and I'll be all over these trips.

I know I've talked to Lycan about this in the past, but is there any interest in doing a couple night trek up to Cadomine area this summer? There are a few ghost towns I wanted to explore before the expanded mining operations destroy them.
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Old 02-20-2014, 09:05 AM   #4052
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Old 02-20-2014, 09:06 AM   #4053
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[QUOTE=Durden;23511687]Awesome Trip! My wife is expecting another Mini-Durden this fall so it may be tough again this year to get out much more than a day or two. Give me another season of hibernation and I'll be all over these trips.

Congrats man!
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Old 02-20-2014, 11:06 AM   #4054
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I am doing a Colorado Trip at the End of July for 2 weeks. Anyone that is looking for something to do about that time send me a PM. There is a couple of us going so far with a possible 3rd. This will be a ride there and back on dual-sport bikes, no trucking bikes. Camping in good weather, motel in bad. Leaving the Morning of July 26th from Calgary.

The basic route:



Telluride is the ultimate destination, doing the COBDR (Colorado Back Country Discovery Route) in reverse, starting in Steamboat, CO. It will include Black Bear Pass coming into Telluride.

I have planned a couple of extra passes on a day trip loop from Telluride, CO.



GPS track can be found here: http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=951495
It has been modified since then but will give you a basic idea.
Mosquito Pass near Leadville isn't on the COBDR, but you should be sure to do it, specially if you can do it E to W. It is close enough to do it as an in and out from Leadville, it would only take a couple of hours, but go far enough east to find see the London mine. It is one of the most spectacular passes in Colorado, right up there with Ophir Pass, Corkscrew Pass etc. sceanery wise. None of the passes on the COBDR are technically difficult, Mosquito is harder than any of them, but I image Blackbear would be harder than Mosquito. Also has the distinction of being the highest "motorable" pass in North America. Another option to do Mosquito instead of Weston Pass, in fact I'm a little confused why the route wasn't planned that way to start with.

650freak and I found a much more satisfying way of doing Cumberland Pass (we were doing the route reversed) which made it one of the more technical spectacular passes, if you are interested, I can probably get you the track. We basically found an OHV trail that descended into the pass, rather than taking the gravel road over the pass. The 765 is the gravel road, we used "trails" 765F, 765H, and 765J at Cumberland.

In the beginning of July some of the passes (including Mosquito) might still be closed for snow.

If you can spare the extra day at Cortez, Mesa Verde NP with cliff dwellings is fantastic.

The COBDR can be ridden quite quickly (traveling light and fast on a light bike I bet 2.5 days is possible), almost every day dedicated to the route we did more than one section. the 2 most northerly sections we rode in an easy day, plus an extra 120ish km of forest service roads. We took an extra day at Mesa Verde, plus we took an extra day to ride the Phantom Canyon road (old rail bed) to Cripple Creek and toured the Molly Kathleen mine, I wish we had extra time to spend in Victor...just south of Cripple Creek. We actually finished that day in South Park/Fairplay and required the COBDR after riding Mosquito.

Another interesting option would be riding the UTBDR...or at least riding the sections south of Price. The southern terminus of the trails are very close together.
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Old 02-20-2014, 02:44 PM   #4055
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Everybody has an opinion and that's great, Cause that's how we learn. We just take what we think is best and make it our own. Did 30 years of MacLean Creek and Wiaprous/Bar C, so know about mud. I just avoid it now. Big Adventure bikes can do some of that stuff but why? By the way, not many guys are going to keep up to Beema Killa. Gotta ride with him more!
The Great Mud Debate was indeed informative, no wasted time there. I still have no idea what rear to get, but that's OK! Well, I'd get the Mefo SE but it looks like they will be out of stock on this continent for several months.

Anyone have a new Mefo SE 170/50 R18 they want to trade for a new unmounted MT90, same size?
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Old 02-20-2014, 03:07 PM   #4056
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Mefo's

I ran Mefo's on my KTM 990 for the trip to the Yukon last summer. I got them from A Vicious Cycle. They were a bit easier to spoon on than the Heidenau's, which is why I tried them. Mileage looked to be similar, although I had trouble with the front staying inflated and it cupped pretty badly after only 8,000 kms. My fault, not the tires. My buddy ran Mitas E07 Dakar's and they looked to be a great tire, although they didn't come in 18" sizes, so hence the Mefo's.

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Old 02-20-2014, 03:11 PM   #4057
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Looks like a good trip!

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I am doing a Colorado Trip at the End of July for 2 weeks. Anyone that is looking for something to do about that time send me a PM. There is a couple of us going so far with a possible 3rd. This will be a ride there and back on dual-sport bikes, no trucking bikes. Camping in good weather, motel in bad. Leaving the Morning of July 26th from Calgary.
Lee, I have a wedding I have to attend the August long weekend at the coast, otherwise I would have jumped at the chance to join you for this trip. We will have to find an opportunity to get out for a ride some time this season.

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Old 02-20-2014, 03:24 PM   #4058
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Here is what happens when you are bored

I have been pondering how to carry tools on my Super Tenere. On both my KLR and KTM 990 I just strapped a PVC tool tube to the front of the skid plate. Worked well. Not so on the Super Tenere. There isn't enough ground clearance or clearance to the front tire for my liking so I have come up with an alternate solution.

I removed the stock rear rack, fabricated an aluminum plate, added a Pelican 1170 case (11.64" x 8.34" X 3.78" with an internal volume of ~6 litres) and will attach the Jesse rear rack to the top of the Pelican case when the rear rack finally arrives, hopefully in the next couple of weeks.

Here is what it looked like before:



And here is the semi-final product







Now I need another project to ward off boredom.
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Old 02-20-2014, 03:27 PM   #4059
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I have a set of Happy Trail soft panniers that fit the HT SU racks. They are in perfect condition, are made of heavy duty Cordura fabric with a waterproof liner and have a combined capacity of ~30 litres. They are great for weekend outings or day trips when you don't want to load up your big panniers.
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Old 02-20-2014, 03:40 PM   #4060
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transpose a couple of numbers? 150/70/18? I'm considering trying a Mefo Super Explorer in the same size. Where are you sourcing it. I can wait several months no problem.
Lol, yeah 150/70-18's. Things didn't go so well with my order from A Vicious Cycle...they said they had one in stock, or at least Twisted Throttle did in the US, and it would be a week to ship it up to them in Ontario, then a few more days to me. So I ordered it along with stuff I could get locally cheaper, but what the heck. They shipped everything but the Mefo, then told me the Mefo was now not available until March 15th. This was last month so I paid for what I got and cancelled the Mefo order, given that it would probably be until April until it got to me, and I wanted to ride before that (my TKC80 rear is bald).

But now since I couldn't decide on a different tire, maybe I'll just wait too. I couldn't bear to read another tire thread!
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Old 02-20-2014, 04:31 PM   #4061
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Wow That is a serious chunk of aluminum under that pelican case. Great Idea bolting a rack to the pelican case though. Ones that small are super tough, even more than the bigger ones. I suspect there will be a few copies of your design around after you post this. Nice work!
I should have taken a photo of the plate before I installed it. I drilled a bunch of holes to lighten it up. Started with a 9" x 12" piece of 1/2 inch aluminum and went from there. Turned out okay.

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Old 02-20-2014, 07:33 PM   #4062
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I am doing a Colorado Trip at the End of July for 2 weeks. Anyone that is looking for something to do about that time send me a PM. There is a couple of us going so far with a possible 3rd. This will be a ride there and back on dual-sport bikes, no trucking bikes. Camping in good weather, motel in bad. Leaving the Morning of July 26th from Calgary.


Telluride is the ultimate destination, doing the COBDR (Colorado Back Country Discovery Route) in reverse, starting in Steamboat, CO. It will include Black Bear Pass coming into Telluride.

I have planned a couple of extra passes on a day trip loop from Telluride, CO.

Sounds fun. Hopefully I'll lose my job by then so I'll have some time for a decent trip.

Ophir Pass, outside Telluride:





I'd love to go back, in warmer weather.

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Old 02-20-2014, 07:37 PM   #4063
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I drove out Sunday to have a look. I don't have my bike with me while I'm in Calgary doing a 6 week course. There were two guys going pretty good, and a few other people puttering, and just getting there feet wet with home made tires with 3/4" screws. It was windy as heck! I am going home to Mexican Hat for the weekend, and hopping to braaap some laps.
The pain of not being home. Hence the reason I love owning a Van. You can have your bike with you and out of site while you're out of your postal code.
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Old 02-21-2014, 03:50 PM   #4064
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If you can spare the extra day at Cortez, Mesa Verde NP with cliff dwellings is fantastic.

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I agree. Pretty cool place even after seeing most ruins in Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize.


Colorado is a wicked state. Passes and openness to OHV use is amazing.
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Old 02-21-2014, 05:49 PM   #4065
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Yep, Colorado Springs is pretty nice too! Pike's Peak is just across the way also and the whole way south to 4 Corners is awesome.



I love that whole southern area... and miss it!
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