Difficulty of Imogene Pass for a 1200 GS

Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by THE CAT, Aug 2, 2010.

  1. Gordy

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  2. THE CAT

    THE CAT El Gato-Lifes yet to live

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    Want to thank all who responded!

    With the mixed input and the fact that I don't have TKC's on this bike, I decided to go with the suggestion of just doing Ophir from that side first. Ophir pass is a cakewalk. This would be the route for Noobs coming up from Telluride side.
    Excellent for gaining confidence on that kind of terrain/roads. From all the input, I think I would want to have knobbies on for the Imogine or the Bear.
    (even though it appears from the pics posted that our friend from Colo sprgs made it on Anakees (sp?) or Torrances during the OSCAR "04".

    SOOOO, when are we going to have another OSCAR Fat Chance?

    That is one of the most bitch'n locations, events ever for dual sporters.

    Thanks again gang!

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  3. RideFreak

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    Saw a 70yo guy riding 2 up on a KLR do Imogene last thurs (raining) He also did blackbear, the only place his passinger got off the bike was the steps on Blackbear. No helmets and I think he was wearing tennis shoes :D

    Made me feel kind of silly thinking I slayed the mountian on the XRR and then here comes the KLR plodding along 2 up like it was a sunday morning ride. The loose stuff isn't too bad, I rode up over some of the rock outcroppings rather than fight the scree in some places.
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  4. dddd

    dddd Been here awhile

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    I was watching and it seems steep and loose at 54:00
    I expect knobbies are required, but how much knobs... Would a mitas e07 be enough?
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    I don't think it's so much the tire but the skill. That last bit on the Ouray side can be a bitch of a climb.
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  6. dddd

    dddd Been here awhile

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    Yeah, I figured as much, like standing and going in with momentum. But the 2 bikes on the video at 53:00+, you can see they slip back! And the way the guy walks up to them... This is almost 30 degrees steep... on tennis balls.

    I'm curious enough to ride up to there, but prudent enough to plan for backtrack and not necessarily commit to go through, without screwing my day to much. Anyway the best views are not always at the top and that also mean I would be doing that portion both ways. I would do the other end another day (if that).

    The other possibility is to expect help (shame...). I hear this is so crowded in summer, starbucks might just open one at the top...
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  7. AviatorTroy

    AviatorTroy Long timer

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    I did the Ophir Imogene loop last year on my '09 and other than a few spots where I was scared shitless it wasn't really too bad. I was with 3 other people, 2 on F800s and one on a Dakar 650. I had Shinko 805 knobbies and I sure as heck wound never try it by myself either. The smaller the bike the better, but it can be done on a 1200
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  8. MountainsandRivers

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    I know my kid on his klx 110 didn't mind the loose rocks going up the Ouray side, but he sure hated going down on them!
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  9. dddd

    dddd Been here awhile

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    might help:
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