Colemanfu's Colorado Dirt Bike and Brew Tour 2017!

Discussion in 'The Sandbox - AKA Flatistan' started by Colemanfu, May 10, 2017.

  1. Colemanfu

    Colemanfu King of all manfu

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    100% :beer

    Every single day in CO was a real ADV!

    I digested some vid as I'm acclimating back to Florida's humidity. Funny stuff to watch it back and the views :raabia

    I hope you enjoy a morning up on Brush Creek, a ride in the clouds and beautiful flowers of Crested Butte Colorado! :lurk

  2. Colemanfu

    Colemanfu King of all manfu

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    Long trip, 6 weeks on the road! The van did great. Total distance 6,287 miles.

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    Still transitioning back to non vanlife. I made bacon in the backyard but it just isn't the same.

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    I also dusted off the mini bike.

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    And unpacked the van and washed both the van and KTM. Also mowed, edged, weedeated and blowed :norton Totally different chores than what I was doing on the road. I still need to pull that shit patched tube out of the rear. But I did change the oil cause that more funner.

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    But sure am missing the freedom of the open road and the sights of CO!

    This old fella in Silverton would ride ya around town for $7.00. Looked fun but an experience to be shared.

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    The train parks right behind camp. I didn't notice the aroma this time around? You sure can't miss the sound of an old locomotive chugging or that whistle.

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    Odom Point - special stuff.

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    And my latest mini flick. It include the bonus hill climb at the top of Cumberland Pass that Bill mentioned. It's 8 min of Team Wanker's initial ride in CO. Up Cumberland, down to Tin Cup back to Pitkins then a quick run up Hancock Pass for shits. Poor trail etiquette, Randy jacks his pipe keeping his feet dry and I make random comments.

  3. FASTRacing

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    MMmmmm...... Bacon !!
  4. Colemanfu

    Colemanfu King of all manfu

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    And some beat the heat pre breakfast tube swapping! Still broke a massive sweat but felt bad for the bike sitting all sad. This may be a temp solution fix cause we're discussing bibs instead of tubes. Just don't have any experience with em and not sure if I can do the tire changes on my own (with bibs).

    But here's the mega patched tube that picked up a nail at 12,200 feet!

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    It was 5 total patches to stop the bleeding and get me the 25 miles back to camp! I ran the final 2 days just fine with this deal and it only went flat when I cranked it down on the hauler.

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    Two oval patches, two big round patches - thought that had it and reinstalled everything just to discover it would require another removal and my final massive patch!

    Along with a TW sticker for luck!

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  5. Huzband

    Huzband Team Dirt

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    Maybe it's been mentioned before & I missed it, but why not go Tubliss?
  6. Colemanfu

    Colemanfu King of all manfu

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    The short answer is cause I don't know a single person who uses them. The majority of Wankers run bibs with success and the idea of never getting a flat appeals. With Tubliss although you can plug a flat you still need to carry air to fill up the outer tire. Bibs are like pool noodles - you could run over a hundred CO nails and keep rolling.
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  7. motomike14

    motomike14 Thumper Crusader

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    A lot of guys racing harescrambles and enduros are running tubliss...you have to be careful with them, the high pressure tube strip are easy to rip when installing tires. Have to be a ninja with the tire spoons.
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  8. DavyHauls

    DavyHauls Been here awhile

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    I run tubliss.

    Last year was first year in Colorado tubliss. Back tire only. Want to do the front also.

    Works great. Awesome traction. I run zero air in the tire. Hard to get a flat when there is no air in the tire. :rofl

    Have air in the tubliss portion of course. Hard to get a flat in the tubliss part because of the hard shell covering the tube.
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  9. Milkweed

    Milkweed It's the bike, not the rider.

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    I also am a big fan of the TuBliss set up. Have put about 15,000 miles in with them in the past 6 years with no failures. Have them front & back on all 3 of my current bikes because of success with the system on the TAT on my prior bike. If you do get a flat (unlikely), you can just keep on riding because the bead is locked on. Or if convienient, a quick plug and fill with co2 cartridge. Infinitely adjustable traction and never ever a worry about getting to your destination.
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  10. Colemanfu

    Colemanfu King of all manfu

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    In the summer of 2016 I put 1353 miles and 63.7 hours on the bike over 41 days traveling with 12 different riding locations.

    In the summer of 2017 I put 918 miles and 51.0 hours on the bike over 45 days traveling with 22 different camping locations.

    I attribute the lower miles riding to a combinations of increased percentage of single track, a longer stay by Mrs. Manfu :viking and more hiking.

    I drove about 400 miles more this summer than last summer and made both the drive out to Colorado and return in two days.

    22 different CO camps.
    1. Boulder
    2. Allenspark
    3. Rocky Mountian National Park
    4. Willow Creek/Snyder Creek
    5. Twin Lakes
    6. Poncha Springs
    7. Sargents
    8. Hartman Rocks
    9. Taylor Park
    10. Cottonwood Pass
    11. Colorado Springs
    12. Buena Vista - Ruby Mountain
    13. Buena Vista - Browns Canyon
    14. Green Mountain Reservoir
    15. Steam Boat Spring
    16. Dotsero
    17. Aspen
    18. Cottonwood Pass
    19. Crested Butte
    20. Ridgway
    21. Pitkins
    22. Silverton

    * Junction City, KS rest stop
    * Muldrow, OK rest stop

    We camped on Cottonwood Pass two different time and used two different dispersed camps.

    #1 Solo effort and shared the site with a very nice family. It made an easy commute to The Springs for and airport pick up the following day.

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    #2 Two weeks later with Mama Fu and after a hot spring soak 4 miles down the mountain. We were at a point in the trip with zero booking and a week of enjoying the freedom of vanlife! I'd pull out the map with a man soda and plot like a ships captain island jumping around Madagascar! Of the whole trip that was my favorite not bike activity - the freedom developing a plan for the next day or days and then implementing it. :bubba:pope:dutch

    And the odd part is that by Silverton (almost 6 weeks) I was growing weary of that exact activity I had so looked forward to? My wife came and went, my Team came and went and I'd seen a metric shit ton of Colorado. There was a struggle to find something to look forward to - I did it all and I was content with the ADV, I was ready be home.

    The van would make it right up to the river. Trees were tight and the rocks were just a little too big. I thought about it for a long time and decided against trying.

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    In the morning we had some deer walk though! It was a short walk to the very accessible river and real quiet cause the pass was closed. And for you fans of my vids (who watch em all the waaaaaaay through, I shot the underwater sign off here :norton

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  11. Johno33772

    Johno33772 Johnny Africa

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    Dent your Rim & your Tubliss
    Not to hi-jack this thread.....
    If you dent / flat the Rim the Tubliss system is done, it will not hold air in the tire. No air in the front tire even with "Tubliss Inner" to hold the tire on the bead will make for a miserable ride. If you cruising & not slamming stuff ...the Tubliss is great....however our rides are normally at a spirited pace & more hardcore than most wanna folks wanna do. When you want 99.9% chance of not getting a flat...you run a Bib. I have been using Bibs since 92 & if they are setup correctly you are guaranteed 100% success.
    Hi-jack over Cole.....
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  12. Colemanfu

    Colemanfu King of all manfu

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    No at all JA - good feedback (from both sides)! As I'm fairly ridged ol dude and don't deviate much from my norm and super resistant to chamge so it's good to hear everyones feedback. Not a hi-jack at all.

    And for your Tuesday morning viewing entertainment I present Day 2. A bike eats a hoodie, we ride over to Taylor Park and visit American Flag Mtn via the mega scree shelf road and FU continues to make random unfunny comments. I'm so not Gram Jarvis, yes I was hoping he rode into the hole up to of Cumberland hill climb and I'm still working on my stoppie game.



    What I didn't catch was the arm injury up on the top of the mountain that cut the day just a little short. We only skipped 1 or 2 trails and took the quickest way back to the Trading Post and over to Pitkins.

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    But we beat that storm. Here's one of the pix I took as we crested Cumberland - I although I have very high dollar rain gear I still didn't want to get wet and cold.

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    But those views from The Flag tho...........

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  13. iMakeTheMaps

    iMakeTheMaps Adventurer

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    I'm sad this is over, but 45 days is probably plenty. Nice trip report, hope to make it out there some day with the bike.
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    rider1150gsadv Jack of all trades, master of none...

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    That reaction is actually not that strange as I think a person can overload on scenic beauty and adventure. It sounds awful to say this, but it does happen.
    At some point during the trip it hit's you that its time to step back into reality and boom you're on your way home.. I think that planning and then looking back at your trip(s) can be equally rewarding. It makes you keep coming back for more.
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  15. Milkweed

    Milkweed It's the bike, not the rider.

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    GREAT video & editing! Looks like you guys were having an absolute blast and you really captured the experience.
  16. Colemanfu

    Colemanfu King of all manfu

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    Thanks for the understanding Rider! I'm pretty much a ham and egger and hyper task oriented. I also feel like ya need to roll up your sleeves and put in a proper shift in order to earn that ability to slack. A big reason why I goof on "vanlifers". Most of those half wit hipsters ain't earned shit in my book! I earned it, I spent it and am I'm gearing up for my next shift!

    I was also feeling a little busted up. I was physically sore, I almost decapitated my thumb and lost the nail and a dime size chunk out of it on a get off (despite having gloves on?), my feet were pretty jacked from hiking in flops (sorry ladys, no foot pix) , my knees, my wrist my elbows..... I need some off bike time to heal aside from driving from pub to pub. Just chill for a day but I'm such a crack head for riding I just couldn't bring myself to sit on my ass for a full day :hmmmmm The temptation to get out and experience CO was too strong to resist for this operator.

    The bike as also getting long in the tooth. Not only did I get 3 flats in 4 rides (and was out of tubes/patches and no close moto shops) but the bike was cutting out more frequently and due for a proper going over in order to maintain the appropriate level of reliability for back country solo exploration.

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    Week two it cut out and we thought it was a loose battery connection but it happened again a month later on day 4 with the Wanks and when I pulled the seat it was tight as could be? Not the feeling ya want far from home. Fired up and was fine the rest of the week. Up in the Alpine Loop it felt like it did it again? And that last roll into town with a flat front I caught it on vid cutting out - wow weird to see but provided some hard data. A few flips of the key as I coasted and it came back to life, that's odd?

    That's a pretty crappy feeling of non-dependability. This past weekend I dug in and discovered this random little brown wire was on it's way to freedom. Guessing a ground cause it killed all electronics on the bike - that one single little wire? It also shares a location with another brown wire. Thanks ADV 500 thread for the help! I broke it all the way off during the removal of the back side of this wire block. But before it came off I performed the "wiggle test" with the bike turned on and could pin point the wire that was farting in church.
    Glad to have that sorted! I'm guessing two factors contributed to loosened the wire (besides being a 5 year old paint shaker with 10,000 +miles. I run a fender bag with a tube between the mask and dash and sinching it down puts stress on that side of the wires. The one tie town on the ignition side really pushes on that outer most wire block. I also jam my map in there a few times a day checking nav.

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    Here was my normal morning position as we staged outside the hotel in Pitkins. Those other Wankers would buzz around dicking with stuff and I would chill with a cup of java on the trailer - all geared up and ready to roll. Shockingly comfortable with all the armor? :snore
    The boot were getting heavier and heavier as the summer progressed.

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  17. Huzband

    Huzband Team Dirt

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    As enjoyable as vicariously going along with you is, it's the back stories that really give perspective as to what it takes to pull off an epic adventure.
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  18. waybill

    waybill wayward

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    Confucious say, when visiting Colorado w/dirtbike always leave something on table for next time..
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  19. Colemanfu

    Colemanfu King of all manfu

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    Very wise Bill and an expression I've used often.

    I've been enjoying our Fl high humidity levels by hiding indoors and editing. I like the process but not very good at it. Somehow I already lost the final week and it's not backed up - makes me want to spit!
    That was the hardest day up Quartz Creek, my time in Silverton and the trip home including Cadillac Ranch.

    :fpalm with a side of :dizave I'm still pretty much :devildog.

    Here's the latest vid - Day 3. A fun hill climb, more single track, stromboli security and I continue to honk way too much.
    It also appears that I don't push the motor too hard ever - but am constantly pissing about needing a rest?

    I hope it captures all the elements: the beauty of Colorado, the challenging trails and most importantly the fellowship between the operators!

    Have a great weekend! :beer

  20. aprracer

    aprracer Adventurer

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    Would love to hook up with ya Colemanfu, love my Sprinter and love the West. Retired and always ready to go..

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