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Old 08-22-2018, 10:24 PM   #61
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Old 09-05-2018, 10:05 AM   #62
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I made 2 trips to Colorado this year and road 145 for the first time, its a very nice ride. I can't wait to got back.

Nice tracks Scott.
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This is a dream ride for me! How far do you generally ride between gas stops?
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On the small bike days, gas really isn't an issue as you'll rarely go more than 30-40 miles without access to gas. You can get gas in Telluride, Ridgway, Ouray, Silverton, Lake City, Creede, Rico, and Durango. Most of the small bike days were less than 100 miles total. Even on the big bike days it really wasn't an issue.

Now, if you head West into Utah, it can be a BIG issue. I've done some small bike days out there where you need to be able to run about 200 miles on a tank.
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On the small bike days, gas really isn't an issue as you'll rarely go more than 30-40 miles without access to gas. You can get gas in Telluride, Ridgway, Ouray, Silverton, Lake City, Creede, Rico, and Durango. Most of the small bike days were less than 100 miles total. Even on the big bike days it really wasn't an issue.

Now, if you head West into Utah, it can be a BIG issue. I've done some small bike days out there where you need to be able to run about 200 miles on a tank.
Thanks Scott! I have an IMS 3.2 gallon tank & get 125 miles to a tank before the light comes on. So I guess I won't be going to Utah!
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Thanks Scott! I have an IMS 3.2 gallon tank & get 125 miles to a tank before the light comes on. So I guess I won't be going to Utah!
They make bigger tanks It's worth it to be able to ride out there as the riding is fantastic.
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They make bigger tanks It's worth it to be able to ride out there as the riding is fantastic.
The only way I would put a bigger tank on is if I had a complete 2nd tank with the fuel pump & wiring so I could do a quick change just for the long ride. I take my bike to the MX track all the time so I don't want a gigantic tank on it all the time.
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I guess that's what I'm trying to slowly figure out.

When is the right time for each bike?
Get the book "4WD Adventures: Colorado" by Massey & Wilson. Other states are also available. If they rate the road 1, any bike is OK. 2, I wouldn't take a Gold wing or most Harleys. 3, I did #3 Cinnamon Pass on a 650 Seca, but messed up my pipes and #3 . 4, more fun on a little bike. 5, most rental companies will not allow you to take their 4WD vehicles on 5 or higher. That being said, Larry Buckley rode his 1200 GS over #5 rated Black Bear and said he enjoyed every minute of it.


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I guess that's what I'm trying to slowly figure out.

When is the right time for each bike?
Get the book "4WD Adventures: Colorado" by Massey & Wilson. Other states are also available. If they rate the road 1, any bike is OK. 2, I wouldn't take a Gold wing or most Harleys. 3, I did #3 Cinnamon Pass on a 650 Seca, but messed up my pipes. 4, more fun on a little bike. 5, most rental companies will not allow you to take their 4WD vehicles on 5 or higher. That being said, Larry Buckley rode his 1200 GS over #5 rated Black Bear and said he enjoyed every minute of it.
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Get the book "4WD Adventures: Colorado" by Massey & Wilson. Other states are also available. If they rate the road 1, any bike is OK. 2, I wouldn't take a Gold wing or most Harleys. 3, I did #3 Cinnamon Pass on a 650 Seca, but messed up my pipes. 4, more fun on a little bike. 5, most rental companies will not allow you to take their 4WD vehicles on 5 or higher. That being said, Larry Buckley rode his 1200 GS over #5 rated Black Bear and said he enjoyed every minute of it.
I just ordered the book from Amazon, thanks for the info!
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