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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-27-2012, 06:47 PM Thread Starter
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I trailered my 2008 out to Colorado then spent 8 days covering 2500 miles of every scenic road I could. Recommended roads are 65 from Cory to 70 over Grand Mesa, 149 from around Gunnison to South Park (then 160 to Pagosa Springs over Wolf Creek Pass), Skyline Drive around Canon City (3 miles and not to be believed), 92 in the Curacanti National Recreation Area, 82 from Glenwood Springs to Aspen and Independence Pass, 131 from Wolcott to 134 to Kremmling over Gore Pass, Kremmling to Steamboat Springs on 40, 40 from Kremmling to 14 to Fort Collins over Cache de Poudre Pass, 305 from Buena Vista to Cottonwood Pass, 141 from Vancorum to Orchard Mesa (be sure to get gas first), and maybe 40 from Empire to Granby (Berthoud Pass).

The Versys ran great everywhere on everything, including 8 miles of gravel, rutted, washboard road from outside Chivington on 54 to the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site. Idle speed dropped to 1000 rpm because of the altitude.

Scariest moment was descending on 550 (the Million Dollar Mile) toward Durango when it started raining followed by hail.

70 tends to be a wind tunnel so consider this fair warning.

Heated grips and the Aerostich Kanetsu heated liner came in handy when the summit at Rocky Mountain National Park was 38.

I saw a lot of interesting bikes: many Harleys, of course, being ridden by rather old people, lots of VFRs (having a rally in Montrose), 2 guys on Kawasaki Eliminators, 3 other Versyses (each blue, mine's red), 1 Aprilia Tuono, several Ducs and Multistradas, V- and WeeStroms, many GS1200 Beemers, FJR1300s (a popular sport-tourer), a couple of Kawi Concours 14s, and even a 1980 KZ750 (4). I don't think anyone had more fun than I did though

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sounds like a hell of a trip! Any pics of your V up there?
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Yes, I have a couple of the V at Cottonwood Pass, 12,200-some feet up, and 30 or 40 higher than Independence Pass. I'll post one later. But it was a great trip all the way around (and around). I used the AAA, Rand McNally, Butler Maps, and a book on motorcycling Colorado. Just pick a scenic highway or byway and you can't go wrong, and the roads are generally in very good shape. Bless the CO DOT.

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That's some awesome riding, where did you trailer in from?
I bought my V a year too late, took a trip out in 2009 and had bike trouble.
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I'm local to CO. I think I have done most of not all the roads you listed. 550 was featured in a TV show on America's most dangerous roads for a reason. You are missing most of the western slope. You will find some of the most amazing roads there. Heres a short preview.














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Those are some great shots. Thanks. Riding 141 was like being in Utah. Pretty remote and amazing. I trailered the Versys from Ohio, 1523 miles each way to Limon.

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149 between Gunnison and South Fork? That is the hole I have in the map. I'm hoping to cover it next summer. The plan includes Gunnison, CO to Santa Fe across the mountains. I was suppose to cover it this year but summer vacation plans changed and ended up doing a road trip with the family.

Good idea to trailer across flat land U.SA. .
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149 is a lovely road. 141 from Vancorum to Orchard Mesa is the road that's like riding in Utah (I've edited the previous posts).

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Great Pics Boricua!
I missed all the Western Slope as well, would love to go again to see that, as well as revisit favorite roads from the first trip.
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Great Pics Boricua!
I missed all the Western Slope as well, would love to go again to see that, as well as revisit favorite roads from the first trip. Next year. Maybe mid-September?
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149 is a lovely road. 141 from Vancorum to Orchard Mesa is the road that's like riding in Utah (I've edited the previous posts).
A couple of years ago I rode 141. It is also known as the Tabaguache/Unaweep scenic road.





Really good ride for most of the 150+ miles.
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149 between Gunnison and South Fork? That is the hole I have in the map. I'm hoping to cover it next summer. The plan includes Gunnison, CO .
I have spent a fair amount of time in that area. when you are in Lake City take a side trips up the engineer and cinnamon pass roads. They are gravel, but well worth the few miles of dirt for the views.

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