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Old 06-10-2015, 01:40 PM   #1
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Colorado Trip coming up

A few of use from NC are planning to trailer several bikes, mostly GS or GSA's to Colorado in the next few weeks. We plan to ride 5-6 days once we get there. Thinking Col Sprigs or Denver area and doing day rides out our Motel. So any info on maybe a nice central location for doing days rides or maybe even multi day rides for nice roads and destinations.

Ok new dates again.... leaving June 18 or 19 probably , towing only 4 bikes now and the plan in to ride till the 29th.

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Old 06-10-2015, 09:57 PM   #2
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How far do you like to ride each day?

There is a lot to see in the western half of the state.

I live in the north half and have seen a lot of it.

Last couple of years I have been working on seeing more in the south west.

SO a few more details will help.
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Old 06-10-2015, 11:30 PM   #3
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I like the Villa Motel - Americas Best Value in Manitou Springs.
Motel with pool and check out the cabin duplex's with covered parking between cabins at the east end of the parking lot (bikes covered and out of sight at night), click on the "cabin exterior" photo link.
http://www.americasbestvalueinn.com/...os.cfm?idp=344
Easy walk into town for food.

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Old 06-11-2015, 04:52 AM   #4
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I'd leave the vehicle for a few days. You can usually leave a vehicle at a hotel a few days if your coming back. That would allow you to get much further away, & see more.
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Old 06-11-2015, 09:49 PM   #5
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If it were me...............

I would drive on out to Grand Junction make that my HQ, and then ride every road I could zig zag my way around on between there, Cortez, Monte Vista, and Keystone and everything in between those corner markers.........

Hwy 141 may be the most bitchin road in all of Colorado, or maybe its..149. or maybe its hwy 65 ???

Just sayin...
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Old 06-12-2015, 11:56 AM   #6
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If it were me...............

I would drive on out to Grand Junction make that my HQ, and then ride every road I could zig zag my way around on between there, Cortez, Monte Vista, and Keystone and everything in between those corner markers.........

Hwy 141 may be the most bitchin road in all of Colorado, or maybe its..149. or maybe its hwy 65 ???

Just sayin...
GJ is good. Gunnison is nice and centrally located.
Unless you like cities and need to be around them, keep heading west.
Denver and the front range will only have you heading west anyway.
I'd stay away from Colorado Springs. Seems like a lot of mc thefts occur there.
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Old 06-17-2015, 08:32 PM   #7
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Grand Junction

Grand junction is the place to be. 1.5hrs from moab and all the desert you can handle and about the same distance (2hrs) to all the high mountain passes you can handle. Hwy 141 south to gateway is awesome for twisties and so is hwy 550 (red mountain pass) not to mention lizard head pass on hwy 145. Beautiful country to check out in every direction and a BMW dealership if you have any mechanical issues. I live here so maybe I'm a wee bit partial. IMHO this is the best place in the country to own an adventure bike!!
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Old 06-18-2015, 04:49 AM   #8
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OP-What these people are saying is to go! where the riding is and Denver is not that place. If you did stay on the edge of an urban area it would still be less than logical as too much time getting near the riding.
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Old 06-18-2015, 05:04 AM   #9
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Gunnison is a great central location. Park there, ride to Ouray, Creede, Paonia, Meeker, Steamboat Springs, in no particular order.......then come back to Gunnison & load up & go home.

Your gonna have a great time!
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Old 06-18-2015, 08:16 AM   #10
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OP-What these people are saying is to go! where the riding is and Denver is not that place. If you did stay on the edge of an urban area it would still be less than logical as too much time getting near the riding.
+ 1 Just do it!

Gunnison, GJ, Oruay,....... almost any place on the left side of the mountain and below US 70 will work.

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Old 06-20-2015, 12:35 PM   #11
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Well I guess if we drive 26 hours to Denver another 3-4 hours want matter!
We hope to be there July 19 or 20 and ride till the 29th.

thanks for all the suggestions.
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Old 06-24-2015, 02:55 PM   #12
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So many options...

...we've stayed in Salida, Buena Vista, and this year we'll be at the Comfort Inn in Gunnison. You can't go wrong with any of them, they're all great!Keep the Adventure Rally in mind; I think it starts on Friday, the 10th of July in Gunnison. Sounds like they kind of cater to you GS characters.

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Old 06-24-2015, 03:14 PM   #13
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Definitely get over the front range and stay in Salida, Gunnison, grand junction, etc.. If you want loop rides there is not a bad direction to go. You will understand when your surrounded by mountains instead of mountains ahead and Kansas behind you.

If you have a desire to do something like ride up Pikes peak... do it on the way in or out of Colorado. Or do Mt. Evans instead.

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Old 06-24-2015, 05:57 PM   #14
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Thanks again all! We just talked about leaving the truck and trailer somewhere around Denver since we're picking one guy up at the airport. then riding to Gunnison and be based out of there maybe for a few days. So can we do enough daily loops to end back in Gunnison for the night. Would we want to maybe stay further north for the next few nights?

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Old 06-27-2015, 03:31 PM   #15
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So much great riding to be had. Gunnison for a few days and do southern rides. You could do Carbondale/Glenwood Springs for more rides. Around here are lots of scenic byways and high country riding. Last weekend, my wife and rode to Moab (hotter than hell) spent the night and then did a 320 mile ride back to Carbondale by way of La Sal, Ut, Norwood, Ridgeway, Montrose to the dam at Blue Mesa, up the north rim of the Black Canyon highway to Crawford for lunch and back over hwy 133 to our house. Lots of twisties are around our area. North of I70 not so much great twisty roads but there are some. You could take the very long way to Gunnison by way of the Rocky Mountain National park. You won't be bored here, even the I70 west from Denver has some very beautiful vistas.
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