1. Beardoge

    Beardoge Been here awhile

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    Trying to come up with a plan we have 1 week next summer to spend out in the Colorado area. Suggestions on the most scenic areas to ride ? Should we spend a few days in the mountain passes of Colorado near Telluride, Black Bear Pass, then a few days in Moab ?
    Will our 1000 foot jetted bikes run good enough in the mountains without changing jets ?
    All capable riders on 500 EXCs

    Any suggestions on the best places to visit for a Michigan visitor ?
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  2. cidi

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    Yes. What you said is a great plan, but moab in the summer is HOT
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  3. Bad Wolf

    Bad Wolf High functioning sociopath

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    Yes. No. Yes. No and Nebraska.


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  5. motokeith

    motokeith Been here awhile

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    500 EXC jetting? As in KTM 500 EXC?
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  6. shrederscott

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    Hi

    All 500exc bikes are fuel injected so they auto adjust to altitude changes they do not have any jets.

    One week is not enough time to ride both Moab and Colorado high mtn passes.

    Sounds like your interested in the San Juan / Alpine Loop area. There is a weeks worth of riding in that area .

    Enjoy

    Scott
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  7. CaptRick

    CaptRick Still crazy..... Supporter

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  9. Rogue_Ryder

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    Didn't someone just ask about coming to Colorado to ride from Michigan a few weeks ago????
    I'll give the OP the same advice: Stop and ride the Black Hills of SD and save yourself hours of driving. Moab; In the Summer? :imaposeronly if you're rafting! It's 100+ degrees and no shade. Not exactly fun riding. Fall & Spring are much better times to visit.

    Riding in Colorado is also a lot different than the Mid West and depending on the Summer it could be until Mid July until all the high country trails are open, so keep an eye on the snowpack before heading out. If you've got your heart set on T'ride, Ouray etc. then your 500s are fine for riding there. There's mulitple passes (Imogene, BB, Engineer) and those are Jeep trails and easy riding on a 500EXC. However if you're looking at the scenery you'll probably ride off the trail and fall 1000' to your death.
    https://advrider.com/f/threads/schofield-pass-crash-last-week-helmet-vid.1406411/#post-38394613
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  10. Beardoge

    Beardoge Been here awhile

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    two bikes are carbureted my 530 and an xr400 not sure if we need to bother with jetting or just let them run too rich
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  11. Beardoge

    Beardoge Been here awhile

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    Thank you we need all the advice we can get, none of us have rode out west before. Moab is out in the summer apparently... Colorado mid july to mid august ?
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  12. Beardoge

    Beardoge Been here awhile

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    500s fuel injected and carureted 530s
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  13. Beardoge

    Beardoge Been here awhile

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    Is there a list of must do passes ? How long do they take 4-5 hours each ? Is there a gps track of the passes in an orderly fashion or do we just caddywhumpus ride around and find them ?
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  14. motokeith

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    The BDR site has GPS tracks/routes for the CO BDR. You could probably use that as a basis for hitting the passes.

    https://ridebdr.com/
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  15. shrederscott

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    Hi

    Hard to estimate time for a route for others, too many variables

    Suggest you get some good maps of the area you want to ride and study them.

    Both Latitude 40 and National Geographic map great topo maps with all the trails color coded for easy ID.

    I like the latitude 40 maps a little better.

    Also check out caltopo.com GREAT free online mapping tool ! ! !

    Let's you draw tracts

    Let's switch without losing your place between : Google maps, Google satellite, USGS 7.5 map, USFS 2016 map and his map.

    Hope this mapping data helps

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  17. Colemanfu

    Colemanfu King of all manfu

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    Just a week? I'd head directly to Taylor Park and sniff out the stoke. When ya run out stoke go down the road to Hartman Rocks in Gunnison. Both sites have amazing free camping!
    I also ride a 500, what's a jet :fpalm
    As for research, check out some of my vids. We spend 6 weeks dirt bagging around Colorado. Been there 5 or six different summer. Camping, hiking, riding, and visiting the best of the best breweries!



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  18. shrederscott

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    Hi

    Your investing a lot of time and money to come to Colorado for a vacation.

    Why are you short changing yourself by not making the small investment to have your bikes at their optimal settings ?

    Suggest you jet for 9,000 feet.

    I found that to be a good Colorado compromise altitude.

    Enjoy your ride


    Scott
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  19. Beardoge

    Beardoge Been here awhile

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    Is there a place I can find the recommended jets for elevation for my 530 ?
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