Louisville Area Rides

Discussion in 'Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States' started by DualHabit, Apr 2, 2010.

  1. jtclark13

    jtclark13 Been here awhile

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    Back in the Ville, wish I would have had a few more days out there, so much to see! I did my best to map out my trip on the flight home, here's how it turned out:

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    More to come! And just noticed scenery is rated 4.5 stars, kind of laughable so will need to correct that. The high desert was the most beautiful thing I've ever seen!

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  2. Aces 6

    Aces 6 Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, Over

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    Anyone in the L'ville area put a Camel ADV high fender kit on their Africa Twin?
    Any issues? How does it perform (high fender) at highway speeds?
  3. EBR458

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    Im a little north of Louisville in Indiana but i have the Camel High Fender kit and love it. I was in on the first shipment. Im using the KTM Freeride fender. No issues at speeds.
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  4. jtclark13

    jtclark13 Been here awhile

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    Colorado Ride Report:

    My trip to Colorado wasn't only to ride, I spent the first 3 days with a buddy from Franklin KY in the Denver/Boulder area. We originally were heading out to catch a show at Red Rocks, but the show was unfortunately cancelled. The bass player/singer from moe. found out he had cancer about 3 weeks ago, so they had to cancel their tour. Here's to a speedy recovery :beer My buddy almost bailed on the trip since the show was the focal point of the trip for him, but I knew we'd have fun regardless and talked him into still going. We still went to Red Rocks for pics on Saturday, I can't wait to get back out there for a show. It's Mecca if you're a fan of live music regardless of the genre, but especially for the fans of "hippy" jambands. We spent the rest of the weekend site seeing, drinking great beer, and visiting a couple of friends I have out there. He flew home Monday morning, then I headed to House of Motorrad that afternoon to pick up my ride for the week.

    I originally wanted to check out the Africa Twin, but I couldn't find one available for the days I was there so I "settled" for the '14 KTM 1190R. I must admit that I wasn't a fan at first, but after dialing a few things in I absolutely loved it. They had the clutch setup that if you even thought about releasing it the bike engaged. Luckily it was adjustable and I was able to get it just right. One gripe I have is that the shifter is way too high, I had to take my foot off the peg to both upshift and downshift. I eventually got used to it and didn't even think about it by the end of the trip, but the first couple of hours it was an obvious issue. The power was there, I think it's rated at 160hp, but it didn't seem nearly as fast as my Multi, but much livelier than my GSA. A good sweet spot for the riding I was planning on doing. They also just replaced the rear tire, so I had the privilege of scrubbing it in for them and had to take it a little easy. I wasn't sure how I'd like the 21" front wheel, but considering the dirt/gravel I knew I wanted to ride it was a must. I can't say it bothered me in the fast twisties, but I did get some scary speed wobbles on the interstate a few times that puckered me up. Not sure if it's the design of the bike as a whole, the weight I had loaded on the back, or the size of the front wheel. I can say for sure it does not like dirty air coming off a semi at 90mph :p3rry

    As for my itinerary, I didn't really have one. I was burned in WV a few weeks ago when weather didn't allow me to stick to my routes, so I decided to wing it. There were a few things I knew I wanted to see, but the only thing I had locked in was staying in Ouray on Tuesday night. The guys in the Rockies forum said rooms might be hard to come by so wanted to make sure I had a place in that area one night. What I ended up doing was plotting a route on my Scenic app as a guideline each night for the next day. I ended up improvising all but Day 1, but it gave me a little structure and also helped me figure out distances and times so I didn't bite off more than I could chew (more on that later). I will admit that the app did great, never once did I wish I had my Zumo instead. If you're looking for a solid app I'd give it a try.

    Day 1

    I left House of Motorrad about 2pm and headed north towards the Rocky Mountain National Park. I had visited there the day before with my friends and headed up the main route to the visitor's center. The views were absolutely amazing, if it's your first time there stick to the main road which I believe is CO 34. The only downside is traffic, especially on a weekend. But I can't say enough to describe how beautiful the sites were. We even saw a herd of elk grazing near the summit, pretty cool experience. But the best thing to come out of that was my friend telling me about a dirt road going up the other side of the range that came out at the visitor's center where we turned around. So that's where I headed, Old Fall River Road. The ride up was a lot of fun, nice solid dirt road in pretty good shape, good enough that there was more traffic than expected. Most drivers immediately got out of the way to allow me to pass, but towards the top I got behind 3 trucks that didn't understand off-road edict and held me up. Once I hit the summit I saw what was in store for me the next few hours, lots of rain. I was wearing my Klim Latitude gear, A* Web Gore boots, and Revit Summit 2 gloves (Revit Sand 3 gloves are my go to, only wore Summits when weather dictated it), so I was prepared. Coming down the backside of the mountain in the rain and being on the main road meant slow travel, but it gave me the opportunity to take in more of the great views.

    Coming back to level ground I rolled into Grand Lake, which was very pretty and would have provided great picture ops, but the storm was raging so I continued on without stopping. I continued on 34 until I reached Granby, CO and US 40. I headed west on 40 which follows the Colorado River, it seems like this would be a common theme, the best roads always follow rivers/creeks as they wind their way through the countryside. I rolled through Hot Sulpher Springs, Parshall, and Kremmling. It started to dry out a bit and had some great scenery, but was pretty laid back. My next turn was west onto CO 134 and into Routt National Forest. This ended up being one of the faster sections of the trip, 134 was very twisty and there was very limited traffic so I was able to really open the 1190R up. 134 peaked at Gore Pass, but it didn't have the feel of a true "pass" like some of the others I'd see this week. It may have been the most aggressive section I rode on the trip. At this point I realize it had been awhile since I had seen a gas station and only had 2 bars left on the gauge, so I figured it was time to start looking. I came to the T at CO 131 and debated on sticking to the route or heading north towards Yampa. The road signs said Yampa was 9 miles north, or I could head south as planned and McCoy was about 20 miles. I took a gamble and stuck to the route, had I had a cell signal I would have checked Gas Buddy to make sure it was the right move...

    131 was another beautiful ride, but I took it easy knowing I was running low on fuel and had no idea how far the 2 bars would last me. Every time it felt like I was going to hit a town with a gas station I came up empty. I was worried enough that I started pulling the clutch in on downhills and coasting, not the most exciting way to explore. I eventually realized I was about to hit I-70 and would obviously find a gas station. Of course I found the only exit on the interstate without a gas station. I debated on whether it's be better to hop on the interstate or take Route 6 which runs parallel, and decided to stay off the interstate. With luck on my side, I made it the 6 miles to Eagle, CO and filled up. Disaster avoided!

    By this time it was getting dark, so instead of the route that looped south and back up to Rifle, CO where I reserved a room I decided to slab it. As much as I hate interstate riding, I-70 through the mountains was so beautiful! Most of our local state roads aren't as curvy and scenic as this ride, once again I was following the river and railroad tracks, with a few tunnels through the mountain. I rolled into Rifle about 915pm, and apparently that was about 15 minutes too late. Every restaurant outside of the fast food joints were closed, so I grabbed a 6 pack of Fat Tire at the gas station and a burger at Sonic and settled in for the night.

    Overall, I logged about 260 miles day 1 which didn't start until 2pm.

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    Day 2

    Tuesday was the first full day on the bike and the day I looked forward to most. The main 2 reasons for my excitement was staying in Ouray that night and hitting Owl Creek Pass which came recommended in the Rockies forum. I mapped out a route that took me south through what looked to be great twisties and dropped me close to the gravel road leading to the pass. I travelled back down I-70 which looked even more beautiful in the daylight and picked up 82 in Glenwood Springd and headed south. Shortly down the road I saw a sign stating that Independence Pass was open. I had no idea where this was or how off course it would take me, so I stopped for fuel and decided to look it up. What I found was my new route for the day! Not only was Independence Pass the highest one I saw on the trip, but you ride through Aspen to get there. No brainer!

    So I hopped back on 82 and continued south. The ride to Aspen was nice, but it was a 4 lane road which is never as fun regardless of the scenery, but speeds are usually higher which is good considering I probably added 75-100 miles to my day by changing up the route. Rolling through Aspen just felt special, you could smell the money and prestige. I had my GoPro rolling the whole time just in case I saw somebody famous-lol! Once you get through Aspen the road is 2 lanes and gets extremely narrow, almost down to 1 lane as you work your way up the mountain. At one point I was looking at the beautiful stream on my right and all of a sudden I saw a dirt road on the other side of it which looked fun. Next thing you know I came upon a turnoff where the road starts, had to check it out! It ended up being Lincoln Creek Rd, and it was quite a bit of fun, especially in off-road mode where you could spin the rear wheel. I followed the road back and saw a few 4x4 vehicles which made me believe you would need it at some point. I got some cool pics of the creek and bike with the mountains in the background. I eventually got to a section where it really started getting muddy/sloppy and figured it was time to get back on track. The rest of the ride up to the pass was beautiful with lots of opportunity for pics. This was one of the hardest things about this trip, I wanted to stop about every 10 minutes to take pictures. Thank god for the GoPro, can't wait to find time to go through my recordings, I filled it up twice so have plenty!

    Once I made it down from the mountain I headed south through Beuna Vista to pick up US 50 and head back west over Monarch Pass. That was a fun section, but back to 4 lanes up the mountain. The fun thing about that was it was high speed, the 1190R ate up the road and didn't mind the elevation. Once I was down the mountain I'd describe the scenery as the high plains. This may have been the most dull part of the trip, but running up two fun passes made it worth it. I eventually made it to Gunnison, very cool little town that I'd like to see again. West of town is where the lakes start, if you have a boat I'm sure it's a must visit. There was lots of construction in this area which slowed things down, US 50 was actually gravel for a couple of miles. Once through this section I turned onto Cimarron Rd which leads to Owl Creek Pass.

    Heading towards Owl Creek Pass on a gravel road was a blast! I followed a Toyota 4x4 for the first 5-10 miles which kicked up some dust, but kept me under control as I got more comfortable with the throttle in the loose gravel. Once they turned off I started letting the gravel fly, so much fun sliding that bike around the turns. The rear almost got away from me a few times but I kept the rubber on the ground. One of the cool stops along this road is Silver Jack Lake, it's where John Wayne shot the fight scene in True Grit. Amazingly beautiful spot where I took a lot of pics. When I got to Owl Creek Pass I stopped for pics and met a sweet little mountain dog that came running out of the woods. She did not want to see me mount back up on the bike and kept jumping up on me. Nothing like a sweet dog to put an even bigger smile on your face. The ride down the mountain had many more beautiful shots, and knowing Ouray was at the bottom got me excited.

    Rolling into Ouray was breathtaking, and the Ouray Inn was a great place to stay. I got unloaded and headed up to the Ouray Brewery for dinner. Of course there were bikes everywhere in Ouray including an AT right out front of the brewery. I sat down at the bar and immediately jumped right into the conversation with a guy from South Dakota who had been riding the local passes 2-up with his wife on an 1190R and the owner of the AT who is a Silverton local. Lots of great conversations, and one that would be important the next day. After a few beers and encouragement from them I went back to the hotel confident I could ride the 1190R anywhere I wanted to go, and I probably shouldn't have picked up the 3 50ml bottles of Bulleit at the liquor store on the way home for the extra confidence. I setup a route that was not only too difficult but too aggressive as to how many miles I could make it in a day.

    Estimated Mileage 340

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    Day 3

    So waking up on Wednesday I realized I bit off more than I could chew with my route, I had planned on riding Imogene Pass to Telluride and north to Steamboat, but looking at pics online it wasn't something I wanted to do on a 500+ pound bike that wasn't mine. The original route I was debating all week was Cinnamon Pass to Lake City which I've done in a Jeep a couple of years ago. Originally this year's trip was going to be me and my old man trailering our orange 450s out to this area which would have been perfect, but I was a little nervous on the 1190 considering I was riding solo without tools and had a $1500 deductible on the bike. But I decided to go for it since it was easier than Imogene which I passed up, so I took off down the Million Dollar Highway to Silverton. It was as amazing as I remember and much more fun on 2 wheels vs being in a cage. Don't miss this stretch of road if you are ever in SW Colorado.

    Once I hit Silverton I stopped off at the gas station looking for someone with a tire gauge since the TPS wasn't working on the bike. There were plenty of guys to talk to and found a gauge instantly. They agreed Cinnamon was doable, but understood my hesitation. Tire pressure was good, so even though I was nervous, away I went. The initial gravel road was a breeze, but once it turned into a dirt/rock road leading into Animas Forks I figured out quickly this wasn't the ride for me. I realize the bike is more than capable of completing this pass, but the circumstances just didn't feel right. With my ego taking a big hit I turned around and headed back towards Silverton. On the way I was passed by emergency vehicles heading up the mountain so I hoped nobody was seriously injured and solidified my decision.

    Once back into Silverton I debated on what to do next. I thought about riding Owl Creek Pass backwards since I enjoyed it so much and then catching my original Day 2 route the opposite way, but something from the night before stuck in my head. The local guy told me if I was nervous about the rocky off-road riding I should head up to Ridgeway, take 62 west, and jump on 145 from there. He said it had good twisties without much traffic. I decided to take this route just so I wasn't doubling up on what I had seen since so far. This was the greatest decision I ever could have made!

    The beginning ride on 62 was great and very scenic, I couldn't really tell where it was going since it showed mileage to Telluride. I eventually stopped to check my map since I seemed to be on it for awhile, but I was just a few miles short of where 145 split off. Once I got on 145 it was a great road following the San Miguel River, very pretty but had some construction. I could tell the mountains/scenery was changing a bit, but I was in for a huge surprise. When the road crossed the river and headed up the mountain I could tell I was in a whole new world. The pics I got just short of Norwood were amazing. Once I was up in the highlands the ride got pretty boring, very flat and very straight. I knew he said the twisties were great so I just pinned the throttle and kept going. One cool thing I saw riding into Redvale were the prairie dog communities along the side of the road, seeing them pop in and out of their burrows standing straight up was pretty cool. But when the road split and I turned north on 141 everything changed.

    I have never been to the high desert before, or any desert for that matter, but what I saw on 141 between Naturita and Gateway was the most awe inspiring scenery I had ever witnessed. It was so amazing it emotionally affected me, the most beautiful thing I had ever seen. It had the best roads to ride, and the landscape around me was unlike anything I had seen. The colors of the mountains, the harshness of the cactus, the strange bugs and small animals, just unbelievable. I don't know how much more I can say except it was far and away the best day I have ever spent on a motorcycle. Life's problems simply went away as I was mesmerized by what I was seeing and I'm still trying to carry that on today. Gateway was a very literal name for the town as it seemed to slowly bring the scenery back closer to what you'd expect from the San Jaun Range of the Rockies, but the ride up into Grand Junction was fantastic. Rolling into GJ I knew at that point I needed to make my way towards Denver knowing the bike had to be back in Boulder by 1pm the next day. I checked the map and slabbed it to Glenwood Springs which I had seen twice already, that's where I picked up 82 on Day 2.

    Estimated mileage 350

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    Day 4

    I didn't have much time to get to Boulder, but slabbing it on I 70 isn't a bad thing in Colorado. I rolled through some of the big ski resort towns like Vail, Breckinridge, and Copper Mountain. The only part I broke off on was when I got close to Denver. I hopped off I 70 at Idaho Springs and eventually caught 119 and took it north into Nederland, which was a great ride. My buddy said this was a great little local ski town they visited often, and the ride into a Boulder was really good, if there was less traffic it could have been fantastic. So at this point I roll into Boulder knowing my adventures were coming to an end. I checked the bike back in and pinged an Uber ride to the airport.

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    Overall this was the best vacation I ever took outside of the 2 weeks in Italy and France with my wife. I fully plan on this being at least a biannual if not annual trip if at all possible. I can't tell you how soul cleansing it was. I just hope the GoPro footage does it justice so I can share more than my words, I'll post them as soon as I have time to process them.

    Thanks for taking the time to read this jibberish!
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  5. Shep

    Shep Vagabond

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    Sounds awesome. I'm hoping to ride my Tiger there next year. Glad this trip helped make up for the soaker you had in West Virginia.
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  6. mbabc

    mbabc Curmudgeon trainee

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    Great report Jeremy. I just got back myself (on *2 wheels...) with my wife and drove many of the same roads. Let's compare notes at the Barrett some evening.

    (*Edit! - "on 4 wheels")
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  7. jtclark13

    jtclark13 Been here awhile

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    Sounds like a plan!
  8. mbabc

    mbabc Curmudgeon trainee

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    Sorry - 4 wheels!

    Here we are on Old Fall River rd. in our mighty adv Nissan Sentra.

  9. jtclark13

    jtclark13 Been here awhile

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    It's funny, my buddy was trying to get me to take my Altima rental on it and I said hell no. But after riding it I realized you definitely didn't need 4 wheel drive on that one, nothing like Engineer's or Black Bear :)
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  10. voodoo child

    voodoo child Instigator Emeritus

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    Sentras ROCK!!!

    :lol3:lol3:lol3
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  11. STcorndog

    STcorndog No destination

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    Anybody riding tomorrow? It is too pretty not to.
  12. voodoo child

    voodoo child Instigator Emeritus

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    Breakfast in Fordsville then headed for the PhotoTag.
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  13. STcorndog

    STcorndog No destination

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    Hmm, where is Fordsville and the Phototag......hmmm

  14. voodoo child

    voodoo child Instigator Emeritus

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    Point that front wheel south-west!

    :D
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    STcorndog No destination

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    I found Fordsville, I will be a sleepin while you are eatin I think. Ride safe!
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    mbabc Curmudgeon trainee

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    Dag fellers, sucks being a Saturday wage slave. Great roads around Fordsville. Rode this year's Icebreaker track north to Hawesville from there.

    I'll be out Sunday for a quickie though!
  17. jtclark13

    jtclark13 Been here awhile

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    I think the wife just agreed to a ride tomorrow before "date night". She hasn't been on a bike since my F700GS so we'll see how she likes the Duc tomorrow. Wish me luck!
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  18. UncaBuddha

    UncaBuddha Well, Okay then.

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    So, how'd the ride go with the missus?

    When you guys are going to Barret let me know, I'd like to get down there and meet some of you again>>>
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  19. jtclark13

    jtclark13 Been here awhile

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    The ride went well, we headed up to Madison and back yesterday and then stopped at Captain's Quarters for a late lunch/early dinner. Weather was perfect, lots of bikes out. I felt I was up on the tank a bit too much but she said I had more room to move around, so hopefully that will make the next ride better for me, she said it was comfortable for her. She's already talking about finding a day in Sept to ride to Owensboro to have lunch with a friend, so I guess we'll be doing this more often.

    Can't do Barrett this week and I'm heading down to LBL next Wednesday evening (2 days of golf them the LBL 200 DS ride). But I'll pencil in the following week for sure.
  20. Deckyon

    Deckyon The Raven

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    Rode a lot more on Saturday than I thought. Nearly 300 miles on a whim. Sunday, met up with a bunch of friends from LouVin and headed to Madison, IN for a vintage motorcycle show on the river. Met up with David and good times were had. Put together a short video of both the ride in, as well as a walk-by of the show bikes.

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