Did we ride the Rockies, or are we in heaven?

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Charla, Sep 23, 2007.

  1. Olas

    Olas the darkness

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    This is the other angle I got of this section:

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  2. Charla

    Charla Tamalamian

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    Wayne,

    You're welcome to ride with us anytime if you willing to run your "Sunday ride enjoy the scenery" pace. :lol3
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  3. Milhaus

    Milhaus Made in Denmark

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    The really sad thing is, that even though it is in our backyard, we don't ride it NEAR enough! :eek1
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  4. ThumperDRZ

    ThumperDRZ Bouncing off Rocks!

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    This pictures rocks.....

    Is this ride one that you can only do in July or August because of snow or is the window a little bigger...?
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  5. Oldwin1

    Oldwin1 Long timer

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    Not sure I am sorry I bailed on this. I went up Kingston pass out of Rollinsville and learned just how worthless my Pirelli Scorpions are. I ran out of traction on the very last stretch. Dunlop 608s I think next. I think some of this would have been troublesome. The good thing with the 950 ADV is you can make up time in between the tough spots. :evil<o:p></o:p>
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  6. GTownD

    GTownD Horseless

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    Finally got this image posting thing down.

    On the way up Webster...
    Asaracho
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    Hondo
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    On Webster pass...
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    Looking towards Radical Hill
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    Water crossing coming down off Webster...
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    Enjoying some BBQ afterwards
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    What a trip!:freaky
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  7. gas_pig70

    gas_pig70 Mmm... mud!

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    How did the XCountry do on this trip? Enough traction and clearance? Beautiful pics.
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  8. Olas

    Olas the darkness

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    The tourances that come with the xcountry are definitely NOT the tire of choice for these type of rides but they did the trick. My (plastic) skidplate never touched a rock (at least not one that left a mark). I made it over some pretty steep rocky sections over georgia and webster pass and was really surprised with how the bike did. I was certainly not the fastest(actually, probably the slowest) on dirt and rocks but I took my time and up and over everything I took the bike on.

    Hah, the only part of the trip that I did avoid going on was this:

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    It doesn't look that steep in the pic but it sure did look mean in person. I not confident about my bike making it up that route and luckily there was a different way around it. :huh .

    So yeah, the xcountry did the trick. Oh yeah, the rear fender might not stay on on these type of trips. spicychilli knows this all too well, his broke off on his xchallenge and now has a piece of sheet metal holding his plate on. It's just too heavy, long and weak for it's own good. I took mine off after the trip and put together, with sheet metal as well, a little thingamajig that holds the plate and the turn signals (don't have the license plate light on there yet, but will have something eventually). With a little soldering, metal bending and some screwing around I ended up with this:

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    Yeah, the signals do point down for now once I make a couple more holes they'll be pointed the right way. I didn't have to buy any screws or washers either, just used the one's from the old fender assembly. This looks way better in my opinion too.
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  9. spicychili

    spicychili Been here awhile

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    Here is the track log of the trip.

    Attached Files:

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  10. Bonnie Abbzug

    Bonnie Abbzug Property of Hayduke

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    :clap Awesome report everyone! Looks like you all had a great day!
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  11. NateLePain

    NateLePain The Illegitimate Painter

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    Just picked up your report from a link at www.f650.com

    Looks like you guys had a great time. Thanks for sharing... np
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  12. Saeed

    Saeed Life-long learner

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    Your pics are always outstanding Charla!

    Thanks for sharing

    saeed
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  13. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    wanna see this in google earth?
    well first have google earth loaded.
    save the .gpx file to your machine
    go here http://www.gpsvisualizer.com/
    browse for the gps file and output to google earth.
    google earth will open & show the track.
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  14. Sock Puppet

    Sock Puppet Dirty again

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    Good stuff!:clap
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