I rode my W450R over imogene a few years ago and it was a blast! Just a great ride with great scenery. Then two years ago we tried to ride it again and it was a mess on the Telluride side with loose large rocks. One of the bikes in our RMAR group was a mid-sized BMW, he just turned around and took the highway back to Silverton. I also remember some others going with him. That left me and Big E on his 690. The ride wasn't what I would call a lot of fun so I asked if we could take Ophir back to Silverton mainly because I'd never been over it. Ophir was definitely easier, but just before the top we came upon a pair of big GS's stopped in what looked like big pot holes created by a 4X4. So yes Ophir is easier but it can present it's own kind of problems.