Westfest 2013

Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by COXR650L, Nov 19, 2012.

  1. dmac1

    dmac1 Desert SW Luvr

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    From my earlier post, another map alternative:

    Speaking of routes...I stopped by the store today and found that Latitude 40 has updated the Crested Butte/Taylor Park maps! You need to watch out though because they may still have outdated ones on the shelf (the REI I was at did). You want the 3rd edition with copyright of 2013. The 2010 one will NOT have all the relatively recent closures on them and there are quite a few.

    Another note for those unfamiliar with the area...if you're riding singletrack I suggest you get the map mentioned above (its purple) instead of the Crested Butte/Aspen/Gunnison map which is light blue. I find the latter covers too big of an area, so detail is lost.

    BUT....maybe if you're planning some big rides...or maybe some dual sporting, you'll want the big map. You decide.

    The best news is both are updated. The light blue one was done last year I believe.
  2. eddyturn

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    That does look sweet. Not sure where that is though. I was thinking maybe a day out and about on the dirt roads of South Park maybe lunch in Salida. Another day going over Cottonwood to Taylor Park then south to Tincup. From Tincup over Cumberland Pass to Pitkin. Over Waunita Pass then east to Black Sage Pass then from the bottom of that climb up old Monarch Pass road. If weather and time are working in our favor, maybe going south to Sargents and then over Marshall Pass instead of old Monarch. More dirt but more idiots on ATVs. Prolly taking the COBDR route southbound to get back home in Durango. Hopefully there will still be some forest left to ride through.
  3. binskies

    binskies Been here awhile

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    I'm relatively new to dual sporting and am on a KLR. The rides you're talking about seem about what I'm looking for. Nothing too difficult, just enjoyable back country riding. I may have to tag along with you. I don't know the roads out there at all.
  4. COXR650L

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    Thats Ptarmigan Pass, up by Leadville. There is a whole network of good two track stuff that would make a really fun loop with Mosquito Pass and Weston Pass.


    Eddyturns route will be really good for some easy dirt road stuff, but on a 950 I would really want to do the route I tired to do earlier on my 950.

    I think St Elmo to Hancock pass up to the Alpine Tunnel and then decide a loop from there would be a lot of fun, maybe Taylor Pass into Aspen for lunch and then do the twisties on Independence Pass and if there is time hit Ptarmigan, Mosquito or what ever when you drop out by leadville. It would be a great scenic tour that is a little more challenging wtih some cool mines and ghost towns in between :deal


    Anyone else have a good moderate big bike route suggestion?:ear
  5. COXR650L

    COXR650L Long timer

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    CJ Designs is a Westfest Sponsor and has sent some of his sweet custom KTM accessories. CJ Designs is an ADVrider company and many know about the amazing custom work Craig (inmate CJracer) has been doing on KTMs over the past few years.

    Craig will be getting a lot more of my business, especually now that I have an 04 950:deal I know his hardened shaft water pump kit will be getting put in my bike at some point here soon:wink:

    CJ Designs has given us 4 sets of his KTM Foot Peg Extensions for Westfest:deal These will be some awesome prizes for the saturday raffle:freaky


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    Thanks for the support Craig!!!!




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  6. AutoXfreak

    AutoXfreak Been here awhile

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    That sounds like a great route. I will make sure I get some maps and look into the route details. I have seen a few bigger bikes make it to the top of Mosquito Pass, is it a difficult pass to complete? Thanks for all of the suggestions so far. This week I will start compiling some of these suggestions and possibly post a route and see what you guys think.

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  7. Trl Rdr

    Trl Rdr Big Red Bird

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    Mosquito can be a handful. I went up last August on a XR650R, one dab in 12 minutes of rock crawling.
    Pilot dug in about 2 switchbacks from top. Katbeanz made it on his L.
    Did I say their are lots of rocks.

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  8. waybill

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    I'd like to make it out for this but can't say yet. Here's an easy but scenic big bike loop. I'm based in Salida and start there but you can turn it around. Across from the Salida Hospital take cr175 then 185 (Aspen Ridge), 187, and L on 307 into B.V. Then Cottonwood, Cumberland, Waunita, Black Sage, and Old Monarch Passes as were already mentioned. Including Alpine Tunnel is worthwhile and makes it a pretty full day.

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    Cumberland Pass

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    and from there you can coast the 20 miles into Salida. :D
  9. COXR650L

    COXR650L Long timer

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    Thanks for the suggestion, I LOVE those pictures, it looks like a great route:wink:

    I hope you can make it

  10. greenramp

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    Any good DUBINKY coupons for purchasing adventure apparel for WestFest?
  11. vweas525exc

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    I have read the whole thread. This looks like must do trip for any Michigan offroader. I have never been to Colorado even though my sister lives there now. My question is what distant must a tank of petrol be able to cover in order to go on these dual sport rides? At this time my suspension is very tall (seat above the belly button), so light single track would be the most I am interested in. My bike can run close 80 miles before the low fuel light amps up. I am told you can run it for another 20 miles after but have never tested. Premium gas is a near must.
    Sounds like to camping spots are filling up fast!
  12. Pablo83

    Pablo83 Sleep, Wrench, Ride

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    A lot of people will be heading over Cottonwood Pass into Taylor Park to ride singletrack. There is a gas station near the west side of the pass that has multiple grades of gas, so you will want to plan your trips with that gas stop in mind. You won't be able to do anything like Pearl Pass unless you are going to go all the way into Aspen to refuel, but otherwise you should be fine with an 80-100 mile range.
  13. COXR650L

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    Hey,
    I will have a certain amount of discount gear (first come first serve) that will be available at the event (as well as stuff up for grabs in the raffle), but if you want to get stuff before hand send me a PM and I can get you a coupon code.


    ben
  14. COXR650L

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    My wife is from Grand Rapids and has a lot of family out there still, in fact her dad is coming out from GR for WF:deal
  15. waybill

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    Thanks, gonna try.

    On second thought, I think from Buena Vista I'd run that loop the other direction, i.e. clockwise, and save the real scenery for after lunch. Speaking of lunch, there are two pretty good spots right on the hiway in Poncha Springs near the 50/285 intersection. One is an ice cream place with good Thai food and the other is Tony's, authentic Mexican, and what he calls Mexican for gringos. :D Also, a little out of the way, the cafe at Sargents has really good burgers and other stuff too.
  16. vweas525exc

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    I wonder if he would be interested in cutting his travel expences if he has room?
  17. bobfab

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    So me +3 will be headed to this event!! :clap

    Just booked a campsite/RV site for the popup. My official reg should come thru soon. Stoked to say... IN :D
  18. COXR650L

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    He's going to fly I think and then ride a DR350 Im trying to get fixed up and running.



    Bobfab........
    See you in August:deal
  19. vweas525exc

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    Working to make it happen!
  20. JStory

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    So there's a dress code?