Geek's Guide to Colorado.

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Geek, Mar 8, 2010.

  1. Brown Dog

    Brown Dog North Georgia Dual Sportr

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    I've heard 1 size leaner on the Main ...
    & 1-2 sizes Richer on the Pilot.

    Sounds wrong to me, but this is what they say :nod
  2. Greenflyfarmer

    Greenflyfarmer I'm better now.

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    I've used and really like JD Jetting. They will have everything you need for any elevation you will encounter. Very easy, just follow the instructions. Last year I took three bikes to CO and like a dummy ran off with out my jet kit. I had JD Jetting send a kit to Leadville PO.

    Installed my jets camping at Turquoise Lake near Leadville (good place to camp). Then rode a great loop to Aspen, Pearl Pass, single track on the other side back to Aspen, hard top to Basalt and back over Hagerman pass to camp. Bike ran like a top. Here is a pic in the Silverton area for you to dream on.
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  3. sdthorpe

    sdthorpe Adventurer... yeah right!

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    You wouldn't have the GPS tracks for that would ya?!? :ear
  4. Blakebird

    Blakebird r - u - n - n - o - f - t

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    for the San Juans you should shoot for 13k elevations.... a few of the good ones are just under 13k and a couple are just over 13k. I've had my bike run great up to 12k and struggle to get over Imogene's last approach.

    An example of how I jetted my XR600 and XR628:

    Stock main 152, FMF Q2 and Powerbomb header, NoToil filter with skin.
    152 would get noticably fat and affect rideability over 10k ft.
    148 ran good to 13k and up (Imogene) and worked well at 4,000 ft (Moab)

    Jetting changes on an XR are pretty simple to make - bring a few mains and a couple of pilots and change if you need to. Going 1 leaner on the main should work.
  5. KHVol

    KHVol Long timer Supporter

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    Just be careful about jetting too lean, you will cross passes 12,000 ft or so but most of the time you will be below that and you don't want to be too lean most of the time.

    If you base out of Ouray you will be a little over 8,000 feet. If you are going to be running on the road from trail to trail, say around Montrose, you will be even "lower" and running at speeds from 55 to 65 mph.
  6. Greenflyfarmer

    Greenflyfarmer I'm better now.

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    No, just followed the Colorado State Highway map (it's a good map, get one on line) for the main stuff and Latitude 40 maps for the single track.

    Seems like after Pearl Pass on the Crested Butte side I turned left on 400 and followed my nose. Into this...

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    Beautiful isolated valleys behind this, below and east of Pearl.

    Dropped down into this and left as it started raining.

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    Bearing left (west) I came out at Taylor Pass, rode down into Aspen west of town like I came in and off to Basalt.
  7. CU2151

    CU2151 n00b

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    This thread got me fired up about moving back to Colorado. Can't wait for June to get here!
  8. Blakebird

    Blakebird r - u - n - n - o - f - t

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    should not be an issue....going from 152 to 148 worked for the 13k elevations and I ran it all over Colorado and down to 4,000 ft in Moab with excellent results.
    Going to Baja and running at sea level I just went up to 155 and 158
  9. Dirtnadvil

    Dirtnadvil Long timer

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    I am getting some route planning for 2014 started and I was wondering what maps you use for that area. Does the Lattitude 40 maps cover the whole area?
    Thanks a billion:clap
  10. Secondtear

    Secondtear Secondtear

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    I rented a cool cabin in WhitePine which is just west of Monarch Pass. There's good rideing (Tomichi, Hancock, St elmo) out the front door and it's relatively accessible to places like Salida, Tincup, Pitkin, and even Crested Butte (about 60 or 70 miles, I think). If you google "Tomichi Cabin" you should find it.
  11. thesurvivalist

    thesurvivalist Been here awhile

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    Great thread here mate.:clap
  12. sdthorpe

    sdthorpe Adventurer... yeah right!

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    So just to be clear, I'm at 55 and 158 now at sea level. You would suggest 148 main? Thanks for the advice!
  13. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    pick any of these places and have a nice soak at the end of each days ride:
    http://boxcanyonouray.com/
    http://www.orvishotsprings.com/lodging.htm


  14. cpeebs38

    cpeebs38 Say what....

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    KHVol Long timer Supporter

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    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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  17. Colemanfu

    Colemanfu King of all manfu

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    After 25 years of saying I'm going to work less in the summer I finally cut back some and traveled to CO last June to explore.
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    It was such a positive experience that I've set the dates for 2014's effort dubbed "The CO Dirt Bike and Brew Tour". The riding was obvious but enjoyed discovering every little towns local brew pub.

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    June 21 is the departure date arriving in Buena Vista the evening of 22nd. 15 hours from Daytona to St Louis then 15 more to BV! I'll camp by the River at Ruby Mt by Four Mile for 2 nights. And spend the rest of the week exploring Taylor Park.
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    I plan to run Brecktreck again on the last weekend of the month. 240 miles of dirt, left camp at 7am and returned to camp at 10 pm - kick ass day!
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    Mrs Manfu is flying in and we'll spend the 4th of July in Ouray before she flys out of Durango on the 5th.

    Most will be solo but I was bless with some locals showing we around last time including being the first vehicles of the season to cross Tin Cup Pass!
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    I welcome anyone's generosity. Either info or fellowship. Capable but lazy rider on EXC500, camp out of my rig and prefer to explore a few days and move on.

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    Wheeler trail in Quartz.

    The 2 month countdown starts tomorrow!
  18. RagnarDanneskjold

    RagnarDanneskjold Adventurer

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    Awesome thread!

    It's crazy to see you guys riding bikes on trails or areas that I've hiked and climbed, and thought they were tough enough on my own two feet.
  19. 1TRAK

    1TRAK EXPLORER Supporter

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    Thanks for the excellent info from page 4 Geek, 7 of us from West Michigan will put it to good use soon.
    We're headed to Ouray for 4 days of riding the COBDR then moving camp to Buena Vista for another 4 days of riding, exploring and enjoying those wonderful Rockies!
    steveo555234 likes this.
  20. txridindirty

    txridindirty The Mongooses

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    Subscribed! Some buddies and I will be coming to CO from Dallas 8/16-8/23...plan on riding a bunch of this stuff around Silverton, Ouray, and Telluride. We generally come every year but have mainly stuck to the pavement, but this trip we are riding a bunch of stuff off the beaten path. 2 1150gsa(s), 1 1200 gsa, 1 950 super enduro, and 1 F800GS so we are prolly gonna stick to the big bike friendly stuff. Thanks for all the info guys! Can't freakin wait!!!