First what a great ride report! Thanks! I have two Dual Sports, a KLR250 and DR650, both of which I ride in Colorado (I live at 9,300' elevation in the Wet Mountains about 50 miles west of Pueblo) (Also, I'm 71 years old so no longer have the strength nor stamina for the really rough stuff LOL!) A few months ago, while on the DR650, I got on an extremely steep, loose, rough section of the Rainbow Trail which runs along the east side of the Sangre De Christo range at about 10,000' elevation. I would normally have stayed away from a section like this if on the 650 but a part of the group I was riding with had gone ahead when they were supposed to turn back and I felt obligated not to lose touch with them as they were guests and not familiar with the area. As to the title of this post; the front brake on the DR650 is just too powerful in stock trim in my opinion for serious rough off road riding, even using one finger I constantly locked the front wheel making it very difficult to get down the steep loose trail. If you are planning to ride the rough stuff here and you have a strong front brake I strongly suggest you go to a different lining or grind off some of the lining to make for less contact area, you will have a more pleasant riding experience.