Question re: Colorado

Discussion in 'Day Trippin'' started by Kingmambo, Jul 18, 2013.

  1. Kingmambo

    Kingmambo n00b

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    I'm moving soon to either Denver or Boulder. Coming from the land of no hills (Chicago) I am excited to experience the wealth and variety of riding available in or near Colorado. Are the options (road and trail) as vast as I'm hoping? It seems like there are plenty of day/weekend trip options with a variety of terrain.

    Any info is much appreciated. Specific must rides are great too.

    Thanks in advance.

    Kevin
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  2. DoubleM

    DoubleM Been here awhile

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    You will be blown away! I am getting ready to make my second trip up there to ride around the state on vacation because of the awesome riding.
    You may want to post in trip planning as well or in the regional forum for more specifics.
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  3. theDub

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    Where there are mountains, there is good motorcycle riding.
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  4. airjammer

    airjammer Been here awhile

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    At least that's where you'll find the world class riding. (IMHO) if you can make it out of Denver, plan a week in Western CO.
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  5. flyrodder

    flyrodder Donny, please.

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  6. KHVol

    KHVol Long timer

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    Get Sfarson's Colorado book.....
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  7. Yossarian™

    Yossarian™ Deputy Cultural Attaché

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    And a Butler map of Colorado.
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  8. McRuss

    McRuss Been here awhile

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    Point your tire west from Denver and turn around before you get to Cortez! (Kansas starts at the east city limits of Aurora.)
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  9. ckjj888

    ckjj888 Been here awhile

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    Browse huh advance:evil
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  10. Pantah

    Pantah PJ Fan from Boston

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    Nothing like the west. I like riding out there so much I have been keeping a dual sport in AZ. I'm flying there tomorrow to try and buy a condo with a garage. Will be my snow bird getaway plus my basecamp for all western dual sporting. I may even ship out a Ducati too.
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  11. shiftymike

    shiftymike Hooligan Schmooligan

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    Welcome!!

    No matta what you're riding the the riding is seemingly endless in selection. You will be like a kid in a candy store here. Denver or Boulder has great choices along the front range for short trips when you need to get your moto on for just a few hours and great riding all over the Rockies anywhere you go. Plenty of good bike shops to get your feet wet with maps and ride planning in addition to the local inmates. Enjoy!
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  12. BigEasy

    BigEasy Long timer

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    + A BUNCH used these tools for a 9 day 4,000 mile trip last summer from Indy to CO and they are great references Farson's book has a ton of good rides broken down and suggested options for marrying them up

    That's no shit! I rode into CO on 50/400 in the south of the state and there was some relief to the terrain. I rode home on 36 and that part of eastern CO is some of the flattest country I have seen in my life. I wasn't prepared for that.

    I think you'll find endless riding opportunities out there, I'm envious as hell. Best of luck:freaky
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  13. Swashbuckler

    Swashbuckler Been here awhile

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    Just my personal opinion: Live as close as you can to the mountains. Golden, Boulder, West Lakewood, West Littleton, or anywhere near there. The road system and amount of bad drivers in Denver, and the surrounding areas, will put a big damper on your trips. When I lived in Golden and Lakewood (6th and Simms area) I was in the mountains within minutes and always having a good time. Then I moved to Belmar (Central Lakewood) and it could take almost 30 minutes to navigate to any of the major roads. This isn't a big deal but i'm definitely not a fan of the drivers here. Anywhere East of I25 could take an hour to get to the mountains during non-rush hours. A lot more during rush hours.

    Other than that you'll be amazed at all the places that are within close vicinity that you'll be able to ride.
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  14. tah1800

    tah1800 Been here awhile

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    Welcome King. I've had the pleasure of living here for 13 years and it's as good or better than you are thinking. Endless off payment opportunities and some spectacular highways too. Fall is my favorite with all the color. If you have some heated clothes, you can just about ride all year. The roads will clear up quickly after winter storms and we get a few days in even in winter months if you desire to.
    If you get to choose, Boulder would be my choice (although it's as left leaning as San Francisco unless that's your cup of tea) because you are right up in the foothills of the Rockies. Denver is a big city with a few mountains far in the distance but offers major sports and lots of cultural events.
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  15. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    no shortage of great areas to explore.
    what is short is the amount of time there is not snow on the ground up in the mtns. summer is short, so get it why you can!

    ...mid-winter no-riding blues can be a bitch. head to AZ or Baja during these times.
    the smart ones live in CO in the summer and AZ in the winter.
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  16. Wyo-Obie

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    :rofl :clap
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  17. ktmdoc

    ktmdoc Been here awhile

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    Left Chicago 40yrs ago to ride and ski Colorado. I live in the mountains just SW of Denver. PM me when you arrive and I will show you some rides.
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  18. MrBob

    MrBob Out there

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    From Denver you might want to try Deer Creek Canyon or Turkey Creek Canyon. From Boulder you might try St. Vrain Canyon and then along Peak to Peak highway to Estes Park. For sure, ride up Pikes Peak and Mt. Evans. But, really, you can't go wrong.
    I've been exploring Colorado on two wheels for the past 7 years and now I'm working on New Mexico. Probably take me the rest of my life to see half of what there is to see.
    When I first arrived from Minnesota I had a flat spot in the middle of my rear tire. No problems with that here.
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  19. Caymen8

    Caymen8 Been here awhile

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    I've lived in Colorado since 1960 and there are still plenty of places I haven't seen. Lots of remote paved and unpaved roads to explore. Throw in thousands of miles of Forest Service roads/trails and you'll never be bored. I like Rampart Range Road and the Deckers area for great day rides out of Denver. The road to the top of Mt. Evans will get you above 14,000 feet with spectacular views. Trail Ridge Road between Estes Park and Grand Lake is the highest continuous road in the U.S. (try and go during the week and off-season - mid summer weekends have terrible traffic).

    Good luck with your move!
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  20. Ludlow

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    1. Everyone likes to dis CO east of I-25, but large parts of it are not at all "flat" and, like everyone else, you'll be doing most of your Nov-May riding there.

    2. Almost nothing west of the front range is boring (maybe the San Luis Valley?), but dont count on anything speedy until you're well away from the metro areas. Too much development and too many people, none of whom seem to spend the weekend puttering around the house. Bicycles, hikers, sightseerers everywhere. The western parts, however, are much better. It sometimes seems like only a thousand people live in the NW corner.

    3. Bottom line: you will probably soon be like 90% of all Denverites, trying to come up with some plan for moving to the mountains without commuting or starving.
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