San Jauns next week

Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by like2lean, Aug 9, 2018.

  1. like2lean

    like2lean Been here awhile

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    Anyone going to be light d/s (<690) in the San Juans next week? Any tips for going up Poughkeepsie appreciated. I've done it in a jeep and a UTV...MIGHT try in on the 500 this year. That loose baby head bit was a test, I saw several bikes turn back.
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  2. woodzrider

    woodzrider Long timer

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    I went up Poughkeepsie a few years ago. I made it but it was a chore. Had to go around a broken keep which made things a bit tougher. Best advise I can give is keep your momentum
    Up and let the bike work beneath you. Kinda like riding in sand. One of my friends let his bike stall going up and wound up going back down and starting over. He made it the second time. My bike was boiling over by the time I made it to the top.......good luck!


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  3. Mow-ree

    Mow-ree Been here awhile

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    There’s a group of 4 of us heading out there leaving tonight with smaller bikes and will be out there til next Friday. We are also shooting for going up Poughkeepsie. Probably Monday. No tips, never gone up it just down.
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  4. skier

    skier genius or insanity?

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    Another good baby head test is Picayune Gulch, just S of Animas Forks. Steep and loose, it drops down into California.
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  5. sceep

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    Pough up is fun! have done it on the 650 and the 310. (would not recommend on the 650). As has been said, maintain momentum on the babyheads and if you lose it, its probably better to turn around and try it again from the bottom than waste your energy trying to get started again. The newly bladed bypass around the wall makes the trail much easier since you dont have to go up the wall , or the hard bypass any longer.
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  6. like2lean

    like2lean Been here awhile

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    Thanks, but I won't be rolling into Ouray till Monday evening. Good luck and post up with how it went!
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  7. Ride!

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    I’m headed out west solo on the little bike (Ktm 500) Monday. Leaving Atlanta area early and hope to drive straight through and be in CO ready to ride Wednesday through Saturday.

    If anyone’s around I’d like to tag alongside and I’ll buy beer.

    B rider but can handle my own for sure.

    Cheers
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  8. RideFreak

    RideFreak Torque Jockey

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    4 of us will be up there doing some pass riding out of Lake city next weekend. Wave if you see us :wave
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    Do you guys find going up that section is easier or harder than going down it? (Poughkeepsie scree section below the wall). Never tried going up it and definitely didn’t like going down through it, but also could be set up w/ suspension a little better suited for me, not to mention lack of skill haha.
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    RideFreak Torque Jockey

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    I do better going up, it's a little more controlled for me.
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  11. enduro-ince

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    Wha??? If your riding a ktm 500 from Atlanta to sw Colorado I'm most definitely buying the beer. Shoot me your number, if I can get away I'll join you for a day.
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    Yeah, riding to Colorado seems to be a long lost thing of the past among "Adventure Riders".

    Trailer forum now?
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  14. like2lean

    like2lean Been here awhile

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    Nice! But going down Pough on big bikes is wayyyy different than going up. Hats off to those guys, but making it UP on anything is a bit of a prize.

    RF, I'll be headed home by the time you guys are there, unless I need you for recovery. RFTV drone of a Poughkeepsie accent would bring hits!
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  15. RideFreak

    RideFreak Torque Jockey

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    I'm leaving the drone home this ride, there's 4 of us and I don't want to hold the others up or carry the drone around all day. I'd really like to get that footage from the drone though, probably another ride though.

    As for the GSs on some of those trails. They can have it and reap the benefits (possible concussion, broken leg according to the article), dick swinging IMO. I'll take a smaller DS any day and will probably be onto the next pass while they're still dog paddling and picking up those 600# behemoths, no thanks.
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  16. enduro-ince

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    agreed! the best thing about a dual sport in the mountains is the amount of ground you can cover in a day. nothing compares. i can be in insanely beautiful basin and look across a huge valley to another insanely beautiful basin and if i wanted to go there i could be there in 15 minutes, it would take half a day in a jeep, or an oversized motorcycle. a lot longer if you're constantly picking up your bike or your friends bike. whatever floats your boat i guess... a couple days ago i did imogene, engineer, poughkeepsie, california, picayne, maggie, minnie, arrastra, gas in silverton, stony, pole creek, lost creek, wager, cinnamon, cement creek, corkscrew, black bear... had hours of daylight left. so stoked to get back into riding passes etc.. and i'm STILL finding places I've never been to.
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  17. JeepDawg

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    Any recommended routes or gps tracks for hitting all (or a bunch) of those passes? Looking for ideas on stringing them all together, but also which passes are best run in which direction.
    When you say California are you talking about the one that on google maps is way up by Buena Vista?

    Edited to say 'll go start reading the San Juans 2018 Thread also. Thanks
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  18. doc_ricketts

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    Yeah, I just thought those big bike guys were really infected with doing stuff the hard way. The one thing that I decided from watching their reports was that the big bikes probably do good in downhill scree and some other surface characteristics.
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    Yeah, I rode a 990 Adv here for 11 years, pretty happy to be on a 690 Enduro these days. All the passes listed above have been done on 990's, GSA's, etc, but they were a lot of work for most, and not as much fun as the smaller bikes.
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  20. Fast1

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    I take it the speed enforcement is a thing of the past out there this year?

    not my video but it does offer some perspective



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