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Old 01-20-2015, 08:51 PM   #1
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Orangecicle's revenge -- COBDR 2015

Last year I read the most excellent ride report of a fellow Iowan and friend and was convinced that I needed to make the time to have an adventure

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=924868

I asked Brad if he wanted to do it again and got an immediate "yes" as a response

Against all common sense, I put my Versys up for sale and bought a well used 640 Adventure specifically for this trip.

Thus far we have myself, orangecicle and Scooter noob as tentative participants. It seems like the sweet spot for a trip like this is 4-6 people so we have some openings (KTM mechanics preferred)

Tentatively scheduled for mid-late August


Day 1: Get to Golden, CO and spend the night.

Day 2: Get to Cortez, CO and prep.

Day 3: Cortez to Silverton.

Day 4: Silverton to Lake City (short day).

Day 5: Lake City to Leadville area.

Day 6: Leadville to Steamboat

Day 7: Steamboat to the border. (with plenty of time to spare)

Day 8: Steamboat south, may riding the Peak to Peak road back to Golden area.

Day 9: Go home.

Day 10: Save at least one spare day if needed to address breakdowns, etc.

We'll use this thread to communicate and plan the trip

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Old 01-21-2015, 04:24 AM   #2
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Old 01-21-2015, 04:45 AM   #3
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If we can find time for it, I'd also love to hit the "Oh My Gawd" road out of Idaho Springs: http://www.takemytrip.com/colo/08a.htm It looks super easy, but I've always wanted to go down it.
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Old 01-21-2015, 11:35 AM   #4
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I'm good with mid to late August. I just want to point out that I'll most likely be Captain Slow of the group. I've never done anything quite this adventurous.


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Old 01-21-2015, 11:38 AM   #5
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I'm good with mid to late August. I just want to point out that I'll most likely be Captain Slow of the group. I've never done anything quite this adventurous.


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Old 01-21-2015, 11:47 AM   #6
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LOL!!!! Gravity has never been nice to me.


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I'm good with mid to late August. I just want to point out that I'll most likely be Captain Slow of the group. I've never done anything quite this adventurous.


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Me either. I think Brad went from being the slow guy last time to the fast guy this time.

We'll have to get together to talk about bike setups since we're on roughly the same machines (I have MXchamps old 640) Not sure if we're planning on any riding after dark but the KTM headlights need a lot of improvement. I'm also debating what gearing to run
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Me either. I think Brad went from being the slow guy last time to the fast guy this time.



We'll have to get together to talk about bike setups since we're on roughly the same machines (I have MXchamps old 640) Not sure if we're planning on any riding after dark but the KTM headlights need a lot of improvement. I'm also debating what gearing to run

That's a good idea. I agree with the headlights, I'm installing led bulbs in mine. Brad knows the name of them, and they carry our size H4.


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That's a good idea. I agree with the headlights, I'm installing led bulbs in mine. Brad knows the name of them, and they carry our size H4.


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Thanks. I couldn't recall the name off the top of my head. I have no desire to ride that area at night either. Too many large animals...even a bigfoot or two maybe out there.


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That's a good idea. I agree with the headlights, I'm installing led bulbs in mine. Brad knows the name of them, and they carry our size H4.


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I think the 640 uses H1 bulbs which cyclops doesn't make. H4 is for the 950

Best I've found so far is an HID conversion which doesn't look cheap or easy
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I think the 640 uses H1 bulbs which cyclops doesn't make. H4 is for the 950. Best I've found so far is an HID conversion which doesn't look cheap or easy
http://www.cyclopsadventuresports.co...Bulb_p_96.html

It looks like there are some available on eBay, but you never know the quality of that stuff: http://www.ebay.com/itm/32W-LED-2800...7d3acd&vxp=mtr

Quite a few people report moving away from HID and over to LED because of all of the advantages. http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=948701
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Looks like I had some old info. Thanks for the link, I'm going to go ahead and order them.

Just got my saddlebags.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Ortlieb-Sadd...vip=true&rt=nc
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That's a good price for those soft bags!


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If you Gentlemen plan on August 28th thru Sept. 7th I could possibly be your 4th guy.

I am planning that week already for the Taylor Park area. If that's the case I can bring #5 and #6 rider as well.

Engine man, I used a trail tech helmet light for extra lighting. Can't use it on road though. I did wire up both headlights on bright and they still suck. I'm your mechanic no problem as well.

Scooter Noob, you will be practicing with me this summer. Look at the Fort Dodge OHV park and also Bluff Creek in Oskaloosa. Very good training grounds for CO!!

Presently I am looking for more fuel capacity for the 690.
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