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PostPosted: Sun Oct 02, 2016 6:25 pm 
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A couple days after I rode Black Bear solo, Kirk and I went out to do it together. We got just over the other side of the pass, and then my DR shut off completely-- no power at all. We were the only ones out there, it was getting dark, and I had no idea what was wrong. So why not start taking stuff apart?

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It looked like we were going to be spending a cold night up on the mountain together until I found a wire connection under the seat that was the littlest bit loose. Pushed it back together, and we were good to go.

My fix-it knowledge is satisfactory at best, and I considered myself lucky to have had a simple problem. Have any of you guys ever been stranded out there by mechanical issues you couldn't solve on the fly?


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 02, 2016 7:40 pm 
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After riding Black Bear into Telluride, I was feeling pretty on top of the world, so I quickly rode back up Imogene to catch the sunset at the actual top of the world.
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Then back to the campsite to meet up with Kirk and Herrie again.
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The next morning we headed for Ouray to find good camping.
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We found it.
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In the morning Kirk and I headed out to ride Hurricane, California, and Cinnamon Passes. They were incredible.
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I fell down here trying to make way for some tourists in a rented Jeep.
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My stupid headlight project actually turned out pretty well-- it might not be pretty, but it can light up a football field or two without blinding oncoming traffic.
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Up California:
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California Pass is one of the coolest for sure.
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Lake City to the left.
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Silverton to the right. Engineers Pass just beside my left elbow there.
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We chose Silverton.
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Animas Forks is pretty wild.
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How about this toilet?
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After what we'd ridden earlier in the day, Cinnamon Pass was a breeze.
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We headed into Silverton, and hopped on 550 back to Ouray. Someone had recommended a little side road to us that supposedly looped off of 550 and back on again-- [825]. We rode it, and it was a spectacular detour.
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Then back into Ouray-- a cool town with a good brewery and a library that smells like chili.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 03, 2016 11:26 am 
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Damn nice report, Ktk! I`m really grooving on the awesome pics- keep it up :clapping:

ktk222 wrote:
My fix-it knowledge is satisfactory at best, and I considered myself lucky to have had a simple problem. Have any of you guys ever been stranded out there by mechanical issues you couldn't solve on the fly?
Not me yet, but I`m in the same "satisfactory at best" boat as you. I certainly worry about it.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2016 12:28 pm 
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Fantastic pictures!

I went on Google Earth to see where you went and it is amazing to see how many dirt roads there are to explore.
We don't have anything like that in Alaska.
We have the main highways, and a few dirt highways...
The problem here is all the wetlands and the distances between villages.
In the winter there are snow trails all over but in the summer they become impassible for motorcycles and even atv's.
Hunting rigs here often look like the mud buggies I see videos of with 6 foot tall tires.

Alaska is beautiful but sorely lacking for dirt road exploring.

As for breakdowns, it is always on my mind since I usually ride alone.
Not by choice, it is just how it works out.
Twice my DR has died away from home, both times electrical, both times I just took things apart looking for a problem, found nothing, put it back together and it started right up. :NailBite:

I bypassed the kick stand switch years ago and that didn't seem to be the problem but after the second failure I removed the relay completely and the problem hasn't returned. :s_dunno

Depending on where we ride it is important to be prepared for repairs and overnight survival.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 08, 2016 4:20 pm 
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Jaglite-- Alaska riding looks amazing in its own way, though, and I hope I can ride there someday.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 08, 2016 5:10 pm 
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Engineers Pass had been on our list of hills to ride over, but after hearing from a few people that it was especially difficult, and now chopped up by a season's worth of wheels, Kirk and Herrie didn't want to try it. But I wanted to try it, so I woke up with the sun and had a go at it before they woke up.

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It was really difficult right off the bat. The other passes kind of get harder as you move up, but this one was very tough from the beginning. Also, unlike the other passes, Engineers didn't really have any easier "rest" sections-- it was constantly difficult.

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Engineers had the best views of any of the major passes, in my opinion. You can see forever up there.

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It looked like there were some horses down the other side, which seemed odd.

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They were horses. These guys were keeping an eye on them.

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I woke everyone up back at camp, we packed up, and headed out for more camping in the Silverton area. This was Herrie's day of reckoning-- she's so afraid of heights that she can't ride certain escalators without breaking into a sweat. The ride up 550 is what I imagine here nightmares are made of-- windy mountain roads paved right to the cliff.

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She handled it like a pro, though.

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The trick? Don't look at anything. :s_thinking

In Silverton we camped in the valley out past South Mineral Creek, and it was perfect.

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Silverton is a cool town.

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More later.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 20, 2016 8:20 pm 
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Herrie was proud to have ridden to Animas Forks-- her first proper off-road ride. She only learned to ride a motorcycle just a couple months ago.

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I remembered the Silverton side of California Pass being pretty mellow, so Herrie hopped on the back of the DR, and we ascended 2-up. It was not as mellow with a full-sized human being on the back of my motorcycle, but we made it.

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Check out the guys on the ridge up there on the left.

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Then back to the campsite with a box of wood.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 20, 2016 8:37 pm 
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The next day. Silverton to Moab (via Telluride).

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We took the back way.

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Are you guys watching West World? We've recognized a bunch of big rocks from our visit to Moab (they shot a lot of the exteriors there).

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We settled into another great sleeping spot.

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Caveman-style.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 21, 2016 8:56 am 
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I and 5 friends from Va trucked out to Cortez CO this summer, late July, and rode the CO BDR. The first riding day we left Cortez got into Telluride by noonish. Three of us did Immogene to Ouray and back down Black Bear into town.

Immogene was awesome. Not super easy and beautiful. Black Bear.. hmm. We didn't know what we were getting into. You're right the pics don't nearly do it justice. I thought the switchbacks you can see from a distance would be the hard part, but no. That section known as "the steps" on the cliff, apparently no one takes pictures there. Too busy trying not to die. We got down it with no drama but I wouldn't have done that one again.

A few days later after we had gone as far north as planned (steamboat) and turned around to head back, me and one other guy went off by ourselves to Aspen and over Taylor Pass over to Gunnison. That was a total ball buster too. Way worse than Black Bear on exertion but not as death defying. It was grueling and never ending creek bed of boulders. We were so tired that when we finally made it to a little convenience store, I got an ice cream sandwich, sat under a shady tree and fell asleep while eating it.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 21, 2016 9:20 am 
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Great pictures of an awesome part of the world to ride. I've been going to SW Colorado for the past 6 yrs. I'm not a highly skilled rider but I've done all (Red Mtn, Engineer, Cinnamon, Ophir, Imogene, Last Dollar) except Black Bear. I did Imogene for the first time last trip but just not sure I'm going to try BB.

Have also been to Moab a few times and there's some great riding there also.


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