Geek's Guide to Colorado.

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by Geek, Mar 8, 2010.

  1. Brown Dog

    Brown Dog North Georgia Dual Sportr

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    Now that I've ridden the San Juans,

    This is what I'd like to do on my next Colo trip :nod
  2. ramz

    ramz Professional Trail Rider

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  3. KHVol

    KHVol Long timer

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  4. Sidney

    Sidney Adventurer

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    I'd stay in Ouray. More hotel/restaurant options. Three of us flatlanders did a week here in 2011 on brand new KLR 650's. (We trailered from Illinois) Alpine loop one day, Ophir/Last Dollar next. Spent one day riding over to Moab and back just to see Arches NP. Did a day trip down to Mesa Verde NP. Another day in the Silverton area and all the Gulches (out and backs). When I go back...I would add a couple days in Moab to do the White Rim Trial.

    Sidney
  5. sdthorpe

    sdthorpe Adventurer... yeah right!

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    I'm headed out to Silverton in July with some friends and I can't wait! We have XR's and this is my plea:

    I can't seem to find any definitive intel on what our jetting should be for this trip. My worry is that our bikes; which our tuned well for Ga elevation, will bog down and really spoil another otherwise fantastic trip. Can anyone point me to a jetting guide for 10k elevation? I'd really like to do it all before I get there, trial and error isn't my cup of tea...
  6. KHVol

    KHVol Long timer

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    Call Dynojet and they will send you exactly what you need based on elevation, exhaust, de-smogged, etc. I think we jetted ours for 8,000 ft and it was fine but we also drove out from Denver, based in Ouray.

    You could also call the Montrose Honda dealer, Davis Service center, good people, I'm sure they willtell ya what jets are right - http://www.davisservicecenter.com/
  7. Brown Dog

    Brown Dog North Georgia Dual Sportr

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    I've heard 1 size leaner on the Main ...
    & 1-2 sizes Richer on the Pilot.

    Sounds wrong to me, but this is what they say :nod
  8. Greenflyfarmer

    Greenflyfarmer I'm better now.

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    I've used and really like JD Jetting. They will have everything you need for any elevation you will encounter. Very easy, just follow the instructions. Last year I took three bikes to CO and like a dummy ran off with out my jet kit. I had JD Jetting send a kit to Leadville PO.

    Installed my jets camping at Turquoise Lake near Leadville (good place to camp). Then rode a great loop to Aspen, Pearl Pass, single track on the other side back to Aspen, hard top to Basalt and back over Hagerman pass to camp. Bike ran like a top. Here is a pic in the Silverton area for you to dream on.
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  9. sdthorpe

    sdthorpe Adventurer... yeah right!

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    You wouldn't have the GPS tracks for that would ya?!? :ear
  10. Blakebird

    Blakebird r-u-n-n-o-f-t

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    for the San Juans you should shoot for 13k elevations.... a few of the good ones are just under 13k and a couple are just over 13k. I've had my bike run great up to 12k and struggle to get over Imogene's last approach.

    An example of how I jetted my XR600 and XR628:

    Stock main 152, FMF Q2 and Powerbomb header, NoToil filter with skin.
    152 would get noticably fat and affect rideability over 10k ft.
    148 ran good to 13k and up (Imogene) and worked well at 4,000 ft (Moab)

    Jetting changes on an XR are pretty simple to make - bring a few mains and a couple of pilots and change if you need to. Going 1 leaner on the main should work.
  11. KHVol

    KHVol Long timer

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    Just be careful about jetting too lean, you will cross passes 12,000 ft or so but most of the time you will be below that and you don't want to be too lean most of the time.

    If you base out of Ouray you will be a little over 8,000 feet. If you are going to be running on the road from trail to trail, say around Montrose, you will be even "lower" and running at speeds from 55 to 65 mph.
  12. Greenflyfarmer

    Greenflyfarmer I'm better now.

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    No, just followed the Colorado State Highway map (it's a good map, get one on line) for the main stuff and Latitude 40 maps for the single track.

    Seems like after Pearl Pass on the Crested Butte side I turned left on 400 and followed my nose. Into this...

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    Beautiful isolated valleys behind this, below and east of Pearl.

    Dropped down into this and left as it started raining.

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    Bearing left (west) I came out at Taylor Pass, rode down into Aspen west of town like I came in and off to Basalt.
  13. CU2151

    CU2151 n00b

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    This thread got me fired up about moving back to Colorado. Can't wait for June to get here!
  14. Blakebird

    Blakebird r-u-n-n-o-f-t

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    should not be an issue....going from 152 to 148 worked for the 13k elevations and I ran it all over Colorado and down to 4,000 ft in Moab with excellent results.
    Going to Baja and running at sea level I just went up to 155 and 158
  15. Dirtnadvil

    Dirtnadvil Been here awhile

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    I am getting some route planning for 2014 started and I was wondering what maps you use for that area. Does the Lattitude 40 maps cover the whole area?
    Thanks a billion:clap
  16. Secondtear

    Secondtear Secondtear

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    I rented a cool cabin in WhitePine which is just west of Monarch Pass. There's good rideing (Tomichi, Hancock, St elmo) out the front door and it's relatively accessible to places like Salida, Tincup, Pitkin, and even Crested Butte (about 60 or 70 miles, I think). If you google "Tomichi Cabin" you should find it.
  17. thesurvivalist

    thesurvivalist Backcountry Rider

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    Great thread here mate.:clap
  18. sdthorpe

    sdthorpe Adventurer... yeah right!

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    So just to be clear, I'm at 55 and 158 now at sea level. You would suggest 148 main? Thanks for the advice!
  19. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    pick any of these places and have a nice soak at the end of each days ride:
    http://boxcanyonouray.com/
    http://www.orvishotsprings.com/lodging.htm


  20. cpeebs38

    cpeebs38 Say what....

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