Orangecicle's revenge -- COBDR 2015

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  1. engineman

    engineman Been here awhile Supporter

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    Last year I read the most excellent ride report of a fellow Iowan and friend and was convinced that I needed to make the time to have an adventure

    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=924868

    I asked Brad if he wanted to do it again and got an immediate "yes" as a response

    Against all common sense, I put my Versys up for sale and bought a well used 640 Adventure specifically for this trip.

    Thus far we have myself, orangecicle and Scooter noob as tentative participants. It seems like the sweet spot for a trip like this is 4-6 people so we have some openings (KTM mechanics preferred):D

    Tentatively scheduled for mid-late August


    Day 1: Get to Golden, CO and spend the night.

    Day 2: Get to Cortez, CO and prep.

    Day 3: Cortez to Silverton.

    Day 4: Silverton to Lake City (short day).

    Day 5: Lake City to Leadville area.

    Day 6: Leadville to Steamboat

    Day 7: Steamboat to the border. (with plenty of time to spare)

    Day 8: Steamboat south, may riding the Peak to Peak road back to Golden area.

    Day 9: Go home.

    Day 10: Save at least one spare day if needed to address breakdowns, etc.

    We'll use this thread to communicate and plan the trip
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  2. Orangecicle

    Orangecicle On a "Quest" Supporter

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    "I stand up next to a mountain.
    Chop it down with the edge of my hand."

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  3. Orangecicle

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    If we can find time for it, I'd also love to hit the "Oh My Gawd" road out of Idaho Springs: http://www.takemytrip.com/colo/08a.htm It looks super easy, but I've always wanted to go down it.
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  4. scooter noob

    scooter noob Been here awhile

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    I'm good with mid to late August. I just want to point out that I'll most likely be Captain Slow of the group. I've never done anything quite this adventurous.


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  5. Orangecicle

    Orangecicle On a "Quest" Supporter

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    Just remember, momentum is your friend . . . but only as long as your momentum is not caused by gravity.
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    scooter noob Been here awhile

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    LOL!!!! Gravity has never been nice to me.


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  7. engineman

    engineman Been here awhile Supporter

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    Me either. I think Brad went from being the slow guy last time to the fast guy this time.:lol3

    We'll have to get together to talk about bike setups since we're on roughly the same machines (I have MXchamps old 640) Not sure if we're planning on any riding after dark but the KTM headlights need a lot of improvement. I'm also debating what gearing to run
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    That's a good idea. I agree with the headlights, I'm installing led bulbs in mine. Brad knows the name of them, and they carry our size H4.


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  9. Orangecicle

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    Cyclops. You don't want to ride in this place in the dark. Ever. :)
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  10. scooter noob

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    Thanks. I couldn't recall the name off the top of my head. I have no desire to ride that area at night either. Too many large animals...even a bigfoot or two maybe out there.


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  11. engineman

    engineman Been here awhile Supporter

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    I think the 640 uses H1 bulbs which cyclops doesn't make. H4 is for the 950

    Best I've found so far is an HID conversion which doesn't look cheap or easy
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  12. Orangecicle

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    http://www.cyclopsadventuresports.com/H1-LED-headlight-Bulb_p_96.html

    It looks like there are some available on eBay, but you never know the quality of that stuff: http://www.ebay.com/itm/32W-LED-280...Parts_Accessories&hash=item23497d3acd&vxp=mtr

    Quite a few people report moving away from HID and over to LED because of all of the advantages. http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=948701
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  13. engineman

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    That's a good price for those soft bags!


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    If you Gentlemen plan on August 28th thru Sept. 7th I could possibly be your 4th guy.

    I am planning that week already for the Taylor Park area. If that's the case I can bring #5 and #6 rider as well. :thumb

    Engine man, I used a trail tech helmet light for extra lighting. Can't use it on road though. I did wire up both headlights on bright and they still suck. I'm your mechanic no problem as well.

    Scooter Noob, you will be practicing with me this summer. Look at the Fort Dodge OHV park and also Bluff Creek in Oskaloosa. Very good training grounds for CO!!

    Presently I am looking for more fuel capacity for the 690.
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  16. Orangecicle

    Orangecicle On a "Quest" Supporter

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    Well, I think the Basel kit is out of the question because of the extra space on your bike taken by the ABS. I see a lot of bikes with Rally Raid saddle tanks and Highway Dirt Bikes rally screen:

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    Not a bad setup at all. :thumb
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    I am running a slip-streamer spitfire with just the stock tank and a rotopax. A lot of guys are running the rotopax's attached to TT racks with soft luggage. $1300 for the EVO 2 kit is hard for me to swallow. Along with the $800 for the safari tank. But I also don't want soft luggage because I like my Zegas. But hard luggage sucks for riding offroad. I don't want to break an ankle.

    Sooooo I have a lot to think about. I am going to order a new Renazco for the 690. There's goes another $450 but well worth it!!
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  18. Orangecicle

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    I would go Giant Loop Great Basin or Coyote on this bike. Much better when the going gets tough than all that weight hanging off of your, um, gas tank. Maybe you could go to the Safari front tank instead? It's not as good as the Basel or Rally Raid solutions that keep the weight of the gas very low and tight to the bike, but you at least get a lot more volume. That also puts some weight on the front, which the bike needs if you are loading up the back.

    Or you could put a K&N filter on the intake and use your old airbox to store a stack of MSR bottles. :lol3 Hey, where there's a will, there's a way, right? :evil

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  19. ChuckHazzard

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    Now that's a lot of gas!!!

    I found out that if you punch in all of the info (shipping, CC etc. Etc) on RR the price comes to just shy of $1200 for the EVO 2 kit. I'm now leaning more to that.

    I like the coyote I don't know so much about the Great Basin. Looks to big.

    Duck tap and MSR bottles work wonders too!
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  20. Orangecicle

    Orangecicle On a "Quest" Supporter

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    I rode with a guy that had a 950 SE with a Safari tank, a rally fairing kit, and a Great Basin. Pretty nice stuff. But, it is pretty big. The good thing is that you can cinch it down to be pretty small. The Coyote is probably big enough for me, and that's probably the direction I'm headed. Here's Brent's 950:

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