Next in the BDR series - COBDR

Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by eakins, Nov 23, 2011.

  1. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    In my opinion the Golden Window, weather wise and in other ways, is the week after Labor Day. I may be lucky, but I had mostly Chamber of Commerce weather and dry traction most places. Starting the COBDR near mid-October is not a good investment of effort for the reasons in the above quote. I personally believe the window starts closing after mid-September and certainly is closed in October. Your mileage may vary.
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  2. Stizzlechips

    Stizzlechips Defective Gene

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    I can speak to this. I started on September 11. The weather was amazing, but it was starting to cool. I documented some of my ride here: The Caged Wanderer
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  3. Zone1Fire

    Zone1Fire Been here awhile

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    I couldn’t go all the way over Engineer Pass the last week of September. Doubt it has gotten better.
  4. JohnnyWaffles

    JohnnyWaffles Been here awhile

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    Guess the October COBDR'ers made it? I was looking forward to the stories.
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    Zone1Fire Been here awhile

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    They are stuck somewhere. Expect updates in July.
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  6. samalama

    samalama Where we going?

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    My buddy Atomizer and I took a spin on the COBDR this September. Here is a video I made of our adventures. Hope you like it. We had a blast, conditions were perfect all the way through.
  7. Stizzlechips

    Stizzlechips Defective Gene

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    What days were you on the trail? I was on it Sept 11-15. It was amazing.
  8. chanjahops

    chanjahops n00b

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    Nice, vid brings back memories of the ride. Didn't make it past 70 though (N-S route), first dusting of snow spooked us and we bailed at gypsum. Didn't see a soul on a bike the whole time either, found that odd.
  9. samalama

    samalama Where we going?

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    Sept 9-16th in Utah and 16th to 22nd in Colorado. Beautiful. Got hit by one rainy cold storm in Northern Utah that made us skip some sections for fear of epic mud.
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  10. wyomingpat

    wyomingpat Adventurer

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    Likewise as an "old guy" with bad knees I can no longer stand on the pedals! What bypasses are available around the desperate bits?
  11. Asatrur

    Asatrur KLR adv rider

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    We did the northern section from salida and there were no desperate sections and my klr worked amazingly well
  12. DittyBag

    DittyBag A bag of dirty stuff

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    To steal a line from The Water Boy, "You can do it!"

    But really, you won't know until you try. For me, the COBDR was a back up plan only. I rode about 1/4 of the UTBDR, but bailed because of the heat. Luckily I had the tracks already loaded and I didn't have a map.

    My take is that it depends on the weather and road conditions at the time, and how much snow melt is coming down those stream crossings. It can be stupid easy (like when I went) or almost impossible. If it is too wet, go to your back up plan. I did the whole thing solo on a frickin Ducati and had no trouble with any part, so a below average rider (like myself) should have no trouble on a KLR. As I was riding it, there were times when I questioned the outcome, but that was just first time jitters. Everything was manageable. The toughest side trips that I added were Imogene Pass and Mosquito Pass.

    At the time, the section through Tin Cup had a detour to the east. I didn't care, because I'd already ridden those areas thoroughly the year before. That detour section was a hell of a lot better IMO than the portion through the Cup.

    To steal a line from Dumb and Dumber, "Just go man."
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  13. DittyBag

    DittyBag A bag of dirty stuff

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    You captured the essence. Excellent.
  14. SteadyStare

    SteadyStare Adventurer wannabe

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    A Ducati you say? This isn't your bike by chance is it? I met a guy going up Imogene this summer riding it. I was on an 1190r and my buddy had an FJ cruiser painted in green rhino liner.
  15. DittyBag

    DittyBag A bag of dirty stuff

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    Hah! Yep. I was just talking about you guys yesterday! Awesome to put the memories back together on the forum. I would like to see some of his drone footage. I am glad to have met you guys. Maybe I can stop by NM when I head back your way in 2018.
  16. SteadyStare

    SteadyStare Adventurer wannabe

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    Well fear not, here's some of the footage right here. You even make a guest appearance at about the 8:45 mark. And if you make it down to NM definitely hit me up.

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  17. DittyBag

    DittyBag A bag of dirty stuff

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    Outstanding video! As it turns out, I was right about you guys. Two of the most positive people that I've ever met.:beer


    Edit: there's another great camp near T-Uride up Alta Lakes Road.

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  18. sick_boy

    sick_boy I follow you.

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    That's beautiful. We camped on Wild Boy Lake off of Alta Lakes Road, but long after these colorful blooms had gone away.

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  19. jerdog53

    jerdog53 Crop Dusting Everywhere

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    Ditty and I like our Dirty Ducatis!! :clap

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  20. URBAN-ERT TACTIRIDER

    URBAN-ERT TACTIRIDER Getting There!

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    So over the last six years my son and I have completed various southern sections of the UTBDR and COBDR. Some of the bikes we've owned and used during these trips include a 2009 KLR650, 2011 R1200GSA, 2013 F800 GS, & a 2014 F800GSA.
    Most trips would entail us riding the various bikes from Indiana to Utah or Colorado, a stop at Woodies Wheel Works for some TKC80's or K60's, then the south to north BDR sections, a trip back to Woodies, then the ride back to Indiana.
    The first trip was the UTBDR IN 2012 riding my '11 R1200GSA and him riding his '09 KLR 650. Our trip was cut short by unforeseen issues. The first being that my son's crash bar fractured while riding through Missouri due to the thumper vibrations of his KLR. We lost a day to get that hastily welded up. The second delay was a bad snow storm that kept us in Golden Colorado for two days while on the way to Utah. We were able to finally get through the Rockies and down to Mexican Hat to start. We did a few southern sections then due to the loss of time we had to ride hardball to MOAB as it was to us the most important fun part of the trip. While in MOAB my son hit a softball sized rock that flipped up into his front fender totally destroying the fender ripping it off. His chain also took a beating and had to be changed after MOAB due to the weight we had to carry on our self sustained trip. After MOAB, we rode up through Wyoming to visit relatives then through South Dakota black hills, and Deadwood, then back home as our already short window closed. We still had a blast nonetheless because to us the mechanical issues, damage, snow storms, and unforeseen issues are all part of the adventure.
    The second trip was in 2013 where my son got his new '13 F800GS and I loaded my '12 F800GS and his bike into a toy hauler and transported them to San Antonio where he was stationed Lackland AFB. We rode in the southern Texas area for a few days before I had to return home.
    The first COBDR attempt was in 2015 when he was now stationed at Buckley AFB Denver. I rode out on my '14 F800GSA and met him in Denver. We then rode down to Four Corners to start our trip. Everything went smooth until we left Groundhog Reservoir. The rain came and it took us the better part of the day and night to make it to Telluride. The mud was really really bad. It took a lot of effort to get through it. The next day we continued the trip but due to the previous day, my sons clutch was almost gone due to his minimal experience riding in the mud and properly feathering the clutch. We made it over Ophir pass in the rain but at that point his clutch was done. We had to limp it north and back to Denver. Of which it was pouring rain and colder than a witches tit heading back east to Denver. I changed his clutch in Denver then after a couple days in Denver I had to ride back to Indiana. When I got back I got me a 2015 KTM 500EXC and rode it most of 2015-16 in hare scrambles in Indiana.
    The last trip was in August 2016 where my buddy and I rode our F800GSA's west to meet my son in Denver again. We all then rode down to Dolores in the rain and since we had already been there done that at four corners, decided to ride north into Cortez and start the BDR from Cortez. We camped in between groundhog and Telluride in a nice spot. We then completed Ophir Pass and Corkscrew pass. My son had an incident with a deer on the hardball at night which messed his bike up pretty bad. So we rode back to Denver cutting our trip short once again. While at home and reviewing some of the GoPro footage I realized that we were missing a lot of the views and experiences while mostly concentrating only on the continuously scanned 6 to 30 feet in front of us since we were all on larger bikes with perilous cliffs to contend with. Insurance totaled his BMW so we made the decision to get him a KTM 500EXC as well since his military enlistment was coming to an end. We were going to try the COBDR again on the KTMs in 2016 but I had to have knee surgery at the end of 2016. My knee is now rehabilitated and we are going to try again the last week of June and first week of July 2018.
    This time however we are going logistically heavy to mitigate any weather or mechanical issues. I'll be driving my 41' Freightliner M2 motor coach and a 26' trailer 72' in total length with our two KTMs and a RZR XP4 inside. My buddy will be either buying his own KTM and trucking it up from his home in Phoenix where he lives now, or riding his '14 F800GSA again. We are wanting to start at Groundhog Reservoir and ride the area from Cortez north to Telluride for two days. Then relocated to Silverton for 4 days of mountain passes in the area. The issue I am running into is the best way to get to Groundhog Reservoir from Indiana in a 72' rig without having to drive I-70 all the way to MOAB to drive south on 191 to 491 down to Cortez then back up to Groundhog Reservoir. The lady at the Groundhog RV park said she does not recommend coming in from the north with that size of a rig. Does anyone know of a better specific route to get to Groundhog in a 72' semi motor coach with trailer other than going all the way to MOAB to go south. Because if I go to MOAB, I'm stopping to ride or drive the RZR in MOAB. It would be sacrilege to not stop in MOAB. We are wanting to go to MOAB at the end of the trip instead of the beginning. [​IMG]
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