Colorado Springs Dual Sport Riders

Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by thesurvivalist, Nov 1, 2012.

  1. wayne_l

    wayne_l Been here awhile

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    anyone riding tomarrow ? maybe quick ride up 67 and back ?
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  2. circlermotel

    circlermotel Adventurer

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    It's amazing to me that the weather is still so mild. Monarch Ski resort is supposed to open next week, but has had to lay off people and postpone opening. No snow. This whole area is still rideable! So get out here and enjoy it....:D
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  3. wayne_l

    wayne_l Been here awhile

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    anyone want to go for a sunday ride ?
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  4. thesurvivalist

    thesurvivalist Been here awhile

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    Im currently in Alabama on permissive tdy but will be back soon. Do you guys know where I can do the brc msf course ? The web says im supposed to register on imscom but noone I know has heard of that system. Or does anyone know who Im suposed to call to get on the waiting list?

    A few days ago I saw a klr pass the commissary but im not sure what color it was.

    Im going to see how my dr200 keeps up on the high altitude mountain roads. Id like to stick with my bike as the mpg is awesome and is great off road. Id like a klr but ive heard just as many bad owner reviews as good ones.
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  5. wayne_l

    wayne_l Been here awhile

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    on the backroads and trails exploring you would be fine ,but on the roads might be faster on foot ... alot of the trails back there are around 10k feet or better dr400 be about perfect and i see alot of them up there .
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  6. soldierguy

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    Go to https://apps.imcom.army.mil/AIRS/default.aspx .

    Select All Regions

    Scroll down to Fort Carson

    Select the course you need on a date with availabilities. Make sure that you arrive early and you've got all your paperwork (insurance, registration, license, past MSF cards, etc), or you may be turned around and your slot given to someone else.


    They offer the basic and experienced rider's courses for free here. There's a policy letter about the timing of it...something about if your basic course is more than 3 years old you'll have to retake that (on a school-provided bike), then take the experienced rider course within 12 months of that. The policy letter is out of date though, as it says that you've got to do that to register your bike on post...there is no vehicle registration at Carson anymore. No decals or anything...just show an ID at the gate and you're on.

    I've done the experienced rider course here at Carson, as well as a required post-deployment refresher course. The guys who teach here are good...maybe not the most smiling & friendly guys around, but they know their stuff, and will help you in any way they can. If you truly can't handle a bike, they'll fail you, but they'll give you ample opportunity to prove you can't handle a bike. When I did the experienced rider course here, they failed this one female soldier on a 400cc scooter (she was seriously incompetent), and passed someone who dropped his 900-lb fully-dressed bagger while doing the figure-8 in the box. He was 5'3" and about 125 lbs, and despite having an incredibly low seat, he still couldn't flat-foot the bike, but other than the drop he did very well with it.

    The courses fill up fast though, so sign up for one as soon as you can. They only post classes for about 2-3 months out, and update the course availabilities about once a month.

    EDIT: Also, there is no requirement for reflective vests on Carson anymore. I still wear mine...I'm a high-vis fan. As long as you've got a helmet, boots, long pants, gloves, and long sleeves, you're fine to ride on post.
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  7. soldierguy

    soldierguy Been here awhile

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    On Friday this week I'll be doing a little wrenching on it in the garage. If you're free and want to come by for a look, I'm game. Shoot me a PM and I'll send my contact info.
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  8. wayne_l

    wayne_l Been here awhile

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    i wear a ugly brite safety green helmet on base ... the biggest near miss ive had was sitting at stop sign at base gas station when a ford pick up was so intent on getting to the pumps he didnt see me he hit my front wheel ... had another bump my rear tire at a stop sign by px ..

    The course is worth the effort i came out learning something new and made my riding alot more smooth . I made the wife do it too ..
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  9. soldierguy

    soldierguy Been here awhile

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    Definitely worth it. Every time I've done an MSF course I've learned something new and improved something else. They're a great tool to break bad habits, and learn or reinforce good habits.

    I need to sign up for another ERC before I retire...not sure I can still get them for free once I retire, so I want to do another one while I'm still on active duty.
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  10. wayne_l

    wayne_l Been here awhile

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    this base is friendliest biker ive ever encountered , Alaska was a major PITA to ride on . I was blown away when i saw riding gear in the PX lol ..

    I used to trailer my bike out the gate to ride just because i didnt have a base riding safety card .. .. And worse they didnt always ask for it so it was a crap shoot lol.. its easy as pie here i love it .
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  11. Skeeter1981

    Skeeter1981 Finding myself

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    that looks like a nice ride - can you more specifics?
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  12. Skeeter1981

    Skeeter1981 Finding myself

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    that looks like a nice ride - can you provide more specifics?
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  13. wayne_l

    wayne_l Been here awhile

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    man that looks nice wish i could leave for 2 days but i cant being holidays and all and noone being deployed ..lol id be in dog house for sure .. but im going on the saturday run atleast .
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  14. soldierguy

    soldierguy Been here awhile

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    Geez I just checked for myself to see about signing up for an ERC course, and they've only got through early December posted...nothing showing after that. I see the Division Safety Officer all the time...I'll hit him up about getting the MSF guys to update and add more classes.
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  15. thesurvivalist

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    Does anyone know where I can take do the brc course off base/out of pocket.
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  16. wayne_l

    wayne_l Been here awhile

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    thesurvivalist Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the link. Ill do it in December. Id like to ride my own bike during the brc. Will I be able to ride my bike from my home on post to the brc and back without the permit?
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  18. wayne_l

    wayne_l Been here awhile

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    use there bikes save the hastle most were tw200 and 250 nighhawks when i took mine small lite easy to flick around . then once your tested and permitted up go out to a empty lot and practice what you just learnt before hitting open highway ..


    once your ready we can hit the trails !
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  19. Mac

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    These guys have the contract on post, and teach downtown as well. http://www.motorcycletrainingacademy.com/
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  20. thesurvivalist

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    Does anyone know the location for the saftey office to obtain the permit once the brc is complete? All google searches have failed.
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