my 60th birthday present

Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by bonneville53, Jun 17, 2012.

  1. Boulder Ed

    Boulder Ed Bin Ridin

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    Yellowstone sucks unless you are an RVer and love traffic jams, having noplace to go and no schedule and love to see how fire ruins forests which will not recover in your lifetime. A little harsh maybe, but with so many real options like Utah, Glacier or Banff/Jasper in Canada, why waste time?
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  2. bonneville53

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    would that fire be started by a cigger thrown from an rv
    and i tend to think western colorado and the mighty utah are seriously good
    but do the grand tetons really look like titts
    i'm big on titts especially firm ones
    thats why i dont care if i miss the rally
    everything is gravity affectted at the rally
    been looking at butler maps - good shit
    haha
    cheers
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  3. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    has the state left that road unpaved to discourage larger vehicles from attempting it?
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  4. bonneville53

    bonneville53 kiwi

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    hi guys
    the Trail Ridge Rd looks very interesting
    regards
    Paul
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  5. dirtydoug

    dirtydoug Been here awhile

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    trail ridge is great
    may also want to ride up mt evans ( just south )

    also you should look into a access pass ( national pass that covers your admission fees at most parks, forests, blm, ... ect...... also some other discounts )
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  6. bonneville53

    bonneville53 kiwi

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    well flights are booked 23/7/13 san Fran
    now have to sort out the bikes
    leaning towards eaglerider
    any words to the wise about any other companies
    thanks
    Paul
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  7. HellSickle

    HellSickle Scone Rider

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    Trail Ridge is good. Hit it early to avoid traffic and see more wildlife.

    If you're into the old west experience, visit the hotel in Medicine Bow Wyoming. Then head North & over the Big Horns to Buffalo, Wy, where you should stay at the Occidental. The hotel food their is excellent.
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  8. Oldwin1

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    If you are flying into San Francisco you can check out http://www.dubbelju.com/
    I don't know them personally but they have a large selection and you don't have to be stuck with Hardlies.

    I would not avoid Yellowstone. If you go early in the morning most of the tourists are still asleep. The geothermal stuff and Yellowstone falls are amazing and Beartooth pass heading up to Redlodge is fantastic. You have to stop and walk around a little to enjoy Yellowstone though.
    Ron
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  9. eddyturn

    eddyturn Wannabe

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    What he says... north out of Durango. Awesome riding and scary drop offs if you do too much looking and riding at the same time.
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  10. bonneville53

    bonneville53 kiwi

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    Hi everyone
    am looking at CaliforniaMotorcycleAdventures.com for the hiring
    anyone had anything to do with them
    also what level of insurance would be adviseable in the US of A
    both on the bike and the body
    looking forward to any replys
    regards
    Paul
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  11. bonneville53

    bonneville53 kiwi

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    well just done 4 days in the snowy mountains clocking up a fair few kms on some beautiful roads
    good practise for Colorado and Utah eh
    came out of it with out any soreness so hopefully will be able to handle 5 times that many days
    when we are in USA
    might start doing yoga so i can get my leg over the bike
    the stretch my Doc put me on to is very good and you can do it as you ride
    push your chest out and pull your shoulders back and down
    works for sore shoulders and neck pain
    time is ticking away it wont be long before we land on your shores
    see you then
    Paul
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  12. JGR

    JGR I ride in jeans.

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    The National Parks System is really nice in the US... full of tourists in their RVs and tacky T-shirt stores but really worth it when you get away from the crowds. Zion NP and Canyonlands NP in Utah are spectacular... the White Rim trail in Canyonlands is a easy/moderate 100 dirt loop that is just amazing. Southern Colorado near Telluride is just all beautiful country, also central colorado has lots of nice passes like Independence and Cottonwood, or ride to the top of 14,000 foot peaks like Pike's Peak and Mt Evans. Colorado just legalized marijuana too so you can enjoy a nice Bday joint if you like. In South Dakota, Spearfish Canyon and surrounding roads are great and the Needles Hwy and Iron Mtn Road through Custer State Park are some good motorcycling too. Stay of the interstates, they're built for 18 wheelers not motorcycles.
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  13. Performance Cycle

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    When in Colorado... we love Glenwood Springs, its our home away from home... not for riding but a great hot spring for swimming. From there, you could venture through Aspen and down into beautiful Ouray.
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  14. TigerLilly

    TigerLilly Es la vida...

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    Regarding insurance...The insurance system is probably a lot different here than in Aus. Some of the coverage limits allowed by the states for liability can be unbelievably low (ie: $15K in Arizona). Many people drive around with no insurance at all. You want to make sure you are covered for uninsured and underinsured motorists. We do not have no fault insurance like you probably do there so be aware of the differences. Also health care is VERY expensive so make sure you have good solid coverage there. Another thing to consider is things like air ambulance or helicopter evacuation is generally not covered. There are companies that provide coverage for that. Some of the places you will be riding through are pretty remote and may require that sort of evacuation if something goes horribly wrong...which of course it won't. You'll have the time of your life.
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  15. bonneville53

    bonneville53 kiwi

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    good points
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    bonneville53 kiwi

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    the idea of a birthday joint in the mountains appeals
    after the bike is bedded down of course
    otherwise i might start heading back to the left hand side of the road
    nasty
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  17. bonneville53

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    well i got insurance with" worldwide insurance" and the policy covers all those points you raised and was only $136 so money well spent i think. there maybe a little bit more for breakdowns etc but that is to do with the bike hirer. so one think less to get organised. getting a little excited and there is 7 months to go
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  18. bonneville53

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    well we have tickets leaving sun july the 11th
    first night in Santa Monica
    then pick up bikes HD's
    up the hwy #1 to San Fran
    redwoods then yosemite
    left at bishop to utah and colorado
    playing it by ear and hoping local knowledge will direct us
    riding the ride on the blacktop
    looking forward to seeing your great country
    catch ya
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  19. bonneville53

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    well we just spent the weekend up to glouster then over to nabiac then up to wauhope and through the bends to walcha. perfect riding weather - bit hot when stopped and cool as when riding - clear skys no wind and no police. few beers in the aspley arms and a feed (recommend staying there $30 pp cleanist hotel i have stayed in - lock up for bikes) next day down thunderbolts and after the viewstation it pissed down - visibility 30ft (had to take sunnies off) rain & fog. some poor bugger had hit some diesel on the 12% slope and ran his HD forks into the cliff. everyone was standing so only the bike hurt - we all slowed down a bit more. soon clear skies again and back in glouster then over the hill to dungog beautiful sunshine as we sleazed back to newy after a counter lunch and a schooner. good practise run for the ever closer adventure. next run is the 3 ferrys down colo way bit of fun on the putty - over the ferrys and back up the old northern to wollombi then newy
    see you on the road
    wont be long before we are in the USA
    have picked up some great tips on this site am longing forward to the ride
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  20. bonneville53

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    Well bikes are booked 4 low riders and 1 sporty
    Although eaglerider seems to indicate you get what you are given
    Doesn't matter as long as reliable and comfortable
    Having had so long to plan this trip we have changed ideas many times
    But now we are back to basics as it is such a Huge place with too much to do and see
    So up to SF on the # 1 then through the redwoods and down to the murphys loop as Zippah suggested then bishop to Ely up through yellow stone over bear tooth get to sturgis before the rally. Hangout buy a tshirt have a few beers. That should take 5/6 days so then we are in the groove and will have some local knowledge and 14 days to slide back to LA. that's the plan anyway and it is open to change taking into account weather bush fires local suggestions etc. so off with Stewy for a run over the buladelah old road. Beautiful day and the beer is good at the plough inn. Will update as we get closer to departure. I am getting a little excited as we speak haha.
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