CO Backcountry Discovery Route

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  1. LoneRhino

    LoneRhino Been here awhile

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    I'm hoping to get on the route in the next few weeks. Are you all using full knobbies? I'm on a ktm990 with the stock scorpions, I'm thinking I probably need to get more aggressive tires in case of rain and maybe a few scrabble spots?

    Hope you guys all have a safe, excellent adventure! Thanks to Butler, etc for putting this route together.
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  2. eriojas

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    Hello, we are using the stock tires on our klr´s, have riden aggresive terrain in them without any problems here in Mexico.
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  3. BlueLghtning

    BlueLghtning Riding is my passion

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    While less aggressive dual sport tires are probably fine for the majority of the ride if it stays dry, when ever I'm spending a lot of time/money to do a trip like this, I'd rather not struggle more if I do run into mud or more aggressive terrain where aggressive knobbies can help out. This would be especially true if I was on a larger bike like the KTM990. If you can make the entire trip on knobbies, its probably worth it to spoon a set on, at least a front knobby. Big bikes in mud with street oriented tires never equals fun. Heck sometimes knobbies get overwhelmed in extremely slick or snotty mud, but at least they help out.

    I know for our group, we'll all be running something in the line of D606's, MT21's or Kenda Track Master II's. We'll all be on small DS bikes our selves and trailering out there from GA, so mileage of the tires isn't much of a concern as long as we can make our loop we are doing.
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  4. eriojas

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    Read somewhere about the OHV sticker, to ride the COBDR and with plates from another country is this sticker needed?

    thks!!
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  5. LoneRhino

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    I think the answer is yes, considering the following. But the good thing is they aren't expensive and it supports something you love.... Sorry though. You can get it on line:
    http://parks.state.co.us/ohvsandsnowmobiles/OHVprogram/OHVregistrations/Pages/OHVRegistrations.aspx


    Out-of-state OHVs
    Out-of-state residents who bring OHVs into Colorado must purchase a Colorado Non-Resident OHV permit which is valid from the date of purchase through the following March 31. These permits can be purchased anywhere you get your hunting/fishing licenses in Colorado, via mail-in request, or you can order one online at the Colorado State Parks E-Store.
    Once purchased, this sticker should be placed on the vehicle's outside face of the right front fender or fork. Since this is only a use permit, no renewal notice will be sent to non-resident permit holders; you must purchase a new permit each year you come to Colorado with your OHV.
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  6. eriojas

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    A KLR is an OHV?
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  7. LoneRhino

    LoneRhino Been here awhile

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    That has been my attitude about a lot of the gear. I rode Switzerland trail in the rain and the dirt roads around it. It's just a RR grade with a lot of rock, but I hit a couple of the spurs with decent climbs and back up logan mill rd, which is dirt and steep. The front was a little greasy... I was pleased the back stuck and it'll have more weight on it when I do the trip. There is a good chance I'll be solo on this, so another reason to be more careful. I figure it's going to have a lot of people on most of it if I have something bad happen.... I do a lot of pretty tough single track already.. I'll check out the tires y'll put up.

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  8. eddyturn

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    You are riding a properly plated bike on US Highways, state highways, county roads, forest service roads, and city streets. Those are not OHV trails so no sticker required. If you go on any OHV trails or singletrack, you will need the sticker. COBDR does not have any singletrack or OHV trails that I can see.
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  9. Hair

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    Not a big fan of 606s on a big bike. I put a rear on my 950 SER once. The tire lasted all of 200 miles. The off throttle torque ripped the knobs off. And I've always hated the 606 front. The knobs are really hard on that tire. They will put you down on wet pavement in a flash. I always liked the TKC 80 on the front. They go fast on paved roads. And really grip off road. Just drop the air pressure some. As for the rears. Again the TKC is a good choice. The side wall is soft enough to grip on off camber trails. I also like 908 rear but on off camber the side walls will allow the tire to down ward track. Reducing the air pressure is a huge deal. In rock I could get by with 18 to 22 psi. Also making sure that your fork is linear at in slow and high speed bumps is important.
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  10. BlueLghtning

    BlueLghtning Riding is my passion

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    Yeah, I've never ran the D606 on anything larger than a KLR650. I could definitely see something like a 950SE or even the 950 ADV (if it comes in that size) not lasting very long on one of those bikes. You are definitely right about the front 606. That is a crappy front tire. I'm much happier with a MT21 front and a D606 rear. The MT21 rear is good until it starts to wear down, then it just starts to get lose way too easily.

    You can't go wrong with a TKC on the front. It has amazing street characteristics for being such a knobby tire. In fact, I'm running one of those right now on my Strom with the Heidenau K60 rear. Love that setup.
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  11. Oh2RideMore

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    Artlocks and I will be trailering out to ride cobdr early September as well. Still looking for a good starting point to loop this and the utbdr. 2 weeks to do both. Should be great fun.

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  12. this is a RV

    this is a RV Been here awhile

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    Dolores CO ride the COBDR north and the UTBDR south back into CO.

    My starting point July 27 http://www.dminn.com/index.html
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  13. BlueLghtning

    BlueLghtning Riding is my passion

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    That's basically what we are doing. We are staying in Hesperus, CO with an inmate and heading from there into Dolores, CO to pick up the COBDR. We'll be hitting Dolores July 28th, so we'll be right behind you. We are riding the COBDR all the way to the CO/WY border or near there before heading West towards UT.

    Have you already put your path together to connect the northern part of the COBDR and the UTBDR? I don't think we have enough time to go all the way to the very northern tip of UT, so we'll probably be picking up somewhere a bit further south, but there is still quite a bit of ground to cover on the northern end to connect them.
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  14. this is a RV

    this is a RV Been here awhile

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    I'm just ridding the COBDR @ the WY border I will be turning south east and working my way to Pueblo CO. I wish I had time for the UTBDR too.

    Have a safe ride.
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  15. BlueLghtning

    BlueLghtning Riding is my passion

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    Okay, cool.
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  16. Oh2RideMore

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    We have a couple of routes planned already for the connection, and depending on how much time, may take the shorter of the two. BigDog planned one of the connections, and ArtLocks planned the other. Both look fun.
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  17. eriojas

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    today we rode from dolores to lake city, had lunch in ouray and to lake city via engineers pass, no problems at all, just the first miles off hwy 550, very technical for the klrs, riding with my son, had a great time, tomorrow to buena vista...
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  18. eriojas

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    We are on our way back from Gypsum to Dolores, stopping at buena vista and lake city. Did Enginner pass, Ophir pass, cottonwood, hagerman, etc, on our Klr with stock tires, started our trip with 1000 miles on them, stock jetting, not a single problem, anywhere, the most interesting part was taking enginner pass from ouray, first 10 miles were a handful because of the weight.

    Go for it, COBDR is great!!
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  19. Cactus Bob

    Cactus Bob Sport rider, ADV rider. (BMW 800GS/R1200RT)

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    You will pass through the old mining town of Pitkin on about the third night. The historic Pitkin hotel has a bunk house for $18 a night with clean showers. A good break from sleeping on the ground, especially if it has been raining. You can also cook in their kitchen.
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  20. BlueLghtning

    BlueLghtning Riding is my passion

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    Thanks for that info, we might check that out.
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