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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Britome, Jul 10, 2013.
Also, here are some sweet pics.
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Sweet. Great timing on your blog. 7 of us shall be embarking on this ride on July 19, from Canmore, Alberta Canada. We cannot wait! Have fun and be safe. Beer and bourbon here we come!
It looks like these guys know how to get from here to there. Enjoy!
After a crazy beautiful ride on pavement from Telluride to Delores we hit dirt and headed north. The first section is very soft dirt. If it were raining you would be screwed. Something must have happened with our tires when changing elevation from Cincy. My bike was handling like crap and I thought I was too geared up and rusty. I checked my psi and I was at 45! We took the TKCs down to. 25 and everything is purring.
Right now we are having lunch at a little liquor store at ground hog reservoir. The owner gave us lettuce and tomato and we bout the rest. Just got done eating on the back patio. Great stuff.
Crazy that I can post this from this view...
I walked up a stone hill to take a pic of the best campsite ever!
There is too much stuff to talk about from the past 48 hrs. At some point I'll put up a long post. For know, the big and depressing news is that Art's 2005 1200GS broke down. The bike just wouldn't start and the shift indicator wasn't displaying. No clicking, no nothing. I did everything I knew including bypassing the side stand switch and, installing my spare antenna ring and checking the starter relay. Likely the starter, or some other computer stuff.
Bottom line is that we were finally able to push start it but when the kickstand went down it would cut the engine. Therefore, we limped I into Ouray and he got a tow to Grand Junction where there is a BMW dealer. Bummer is they are closed tomorrow.
He will figure out what his options are and how and when to meet up with us later. It was hard to leave him but he insisted and he was probably right.
One final post today as I notice some people are following this in making plans for their upcoming adventure. The day 2 COBDR section is the bomb dot com!!!
From what I can see from the Butler map and what I have gathered from others, spend more time in this section and don't worry about the later sections if you run out of time. The trails here are endless and every one better than the last.
We made it to the top of Corkscrew pass (which is where we are camping) in a rain with mud, steep ascent, switchbacks and fully loaded bikes. It was freaking unreal.
And here's the craziest thing... Judd never went down. He has crossed over.
Good day yesterday and today. The rest of section two and all of three are awesome. I like the diversity of the riding through rocky rolling hills. Here was last night's campsite.
We find ourselves going around jeeps and 4 wheelers all the time. Doing this road on 2 wheels I way more fun, smooth and expedient.
Art had a bad transmission gear indicator switch. He is on his way to new us around Leadville. One more piece of goodness...
This thread is awesome. A group of us from Michigan/Indiana/Kentucky are doing the COBDR in Sept and this is getting me quite excited.
7 of us head down on Friday! Yippee
Nice report. Keep up with the details please. 6 of us are headed to do the route the first week or so of August!
Good to hear, guys. We were just talking around the campfire of doing this thread and a video to help people like you. We were looking for more help than the DVD offered and couldn't find much.
Made it to Gypsum. Great riding. Here are some more pics.
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Camp this morning
What a ride.
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Just pulled into Gypsum. We will go another hour and get a campsite. The second half of Section 4 was probably the most mundane. If course, we are already numbed out on God's handiwork.
We all loved section 3. It wasn't that every road/trail was better than the last but just different. Different and beautiful. Some of our favorite parts of the track we thought were a mistake but they turned out to be very unique like this soft dirt road with high banks...
The big drama was yesterday when trying to reconnect with Art after his bike was fixed. Sorry for that cliff hanger but we gotta roll...
Today we came out of Gypsum, across 70 and immediately onto a high desert road with ruts. My hope was to go until 6pm and then camp but black clouds started rolling in just when I saw an off shoot so we took it and found a perfect spot. Then the race was on to erect a shelter and our tents before the downpour. We made it. Crazy we have cell service here.
Here's a late update for section 2. To describe it briefly: this section is kind of like driving motorcycles into Mordor (in a good way). Super steep, technical trails, and surprisingly crowded with jeeps and ATVs. Ophir pass is rocky and way steeper than the COBDR video shows. Corkscrew pass was muddy and rocky, with insanely steep switchbacks. California pass felt like the top of the world. And cinnamon pass was a final triumph, with some really fun dirt on the way down.
Here are a few shots of California pass12,900 ft, and the highest altitude of the trip.
For those who are taking notes on us for your upcoming COBDR trip, pack plenty of bolts, bailing wire, ratcheting straps and gorilla tape for things that rattle off. Especially for panniers. All of us have had significant case problems. My zegas are split from a low side on sand. Mounting bolts have been snapped on Happy Trails and Jesses. Both BMW adventure case sets have had busted latches. Consensus among the 5 of us is that it is worth thinking about soft luggage for this trip. Here is a rundown of our mechanical issues thus far...
1) All 5 bike cases or latches broken and dented
2) Mud guard knocked lose the rear brake line
3) Abs went out
4) Speedometer /odometer intermittently working.
5) Air horns clogged with dust
6) Windshield rattled off
7) Computer cluster rattled loose
8) Shift indicator switch gone bad.
9) Ripped of a center stand guard
Sure is more to happen. Be prepared. We actually feel like this is a part of the adventure. All is good!
Here are some photos of the pannier issues Brian mentioned before. To be fair, we have ridden the crap out of these things over hundreds of miles of dirt, sand, rocks, water and ruts. But still...
Art: misshapen case and broken latches on BMW adventure cases (repaired with a ratchet strap)
Brian: broken seam on touratech zegas (not repaired yet, but gorilla tape is the plan)
en seam on
Craig: broken racks, cracked top lid and lost bolts on happy trails Tetons (repaired with bailing wire and extra bolts)
Jake: stripped bolt on Jesse racks (repaired with a replacement bolt)
Judd: broken latches on BMW adventure cases (repaired with two nails connected by gorilla tape)