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post #1 of 15 Old 07-10-2016, 07:59 PM Thread Starter
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V2 two-up Colorado passes?

My fiancÚ and I are planning our honeymoon for this next summer. We're doing two week trip on my V2 up to Colorado. We've ridden two-up off road before but nothing in Colorado.

We have a couple of days stay planned in the Durango/Silverton area and I'd like to do a section of the Alpine loop. We're both adventurous, and I'm fairly competent on a bike, but I'm not looking to kill my new bride. Any suggestions on rides in the area that can be done 2-up on a V2? We want dirt, elevation and adventure!
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post #2 of 15 Old 07-10-2016, 08:34 PM
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The easiest part would be Silverton to Lake City over Cinnamon Pass. There is a choice going up outside of Silverton at Animas fork. the way up and over Engineer Pass is steeper with steep switchback turns, not as bad going the Cinnamon pass route. I've not done it on the Strom, and my skill level is low, but I would try Cinnamon Pass. In my mind, the hardest parts are the steep 180 degree turns of the switchbacks. These may not be hard for your skill set, or perhaps your fiance would get off on these turns, there aren't very many.
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Thanks RichWee. I was hoping to do Cimarron; I just don't get those kind of roads and vistas in East Texas. An other recommendations for a second day of riding in the area?
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I would have to caution you against two up riding on the terrain around Silverton. If you no experience in riding in rocky terrain that is steep and narrow, two up is not the place to learn it. Plenty of orange and grapefruit sized rocks laying everywhere. Not sure about Cinnamon pass, but passes like Opher should not be attempted two up. I would NOT do it two up and I am fairly comfortable with conditions like that. Steep rocky terrain is unlike dirt, mud, or gravel. It can bite you instantly.

On the bright side, there is PLENTY of dirt and gravel roads to explore! Just don't be too proud to turn around and enjoy going back the way you came if it gets a bit knarly.
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Certainly not too proud to turn around. Thanks for the info on Ophir. ??
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That's supposed to be a thumbs up emoji, not a question mark. Thanks again!
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I've ridden many of the passes in that part of the state- on a DR650. Personally, I wouldn't want to ride a big bike up very many of them solo, and two up would be a disaster. You will find yourself in the position of having to carry a lot of speed uphill around tight rocky switchbacks- blind corners. If you chicken out, you'll probably fall over in the rocks and ruts, if you go for it you may bounce around out of control. It's been done, but by riders better than me and usually having previous experience on those roads.

For elevation and scenery stay on the paved road passes. For dirt go a little farther north to Owl Pass near Ouray, or get up on the Uncompahgre Plateau near Naturita- just regular dirt roads but really nice country.

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For elevation and scenery stay on the paved road passes. For dirt go a little farther north to Owl Pass near Ouray, or get up on the Uncompahgre Plateau near Naturita- just regular dirt roads but really nice country.

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Great feedback, exactly what I need to hear. While I certainly will want to make another trip on rougher roads on my KLR, I'm glad the lady is excited to give it a try. We've had great times on our V2.

I'll check out Cimarron Pass and Owl Pass. I'm totally cool with regular dirt roads in pretty country; I'll have to look into Uncompahgrau Plateau as well. I just need at least one memorable, yet doable, route to make trip.

We want Adventure, as in dirt roads and great vistas. I'm not necessarily looking to become internet famous riding the V2, 2-up.
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Old Fall River Road, from Estes Park to the top. It's a "one way" gravel road.

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If you do Cinnamon Pass one day, I'm sure that will fulfill your need for a memorable ride. For a great second day, I'd say keep it on the hiway and ride up thru Ouray to hiway 62 west, to 145 south and go thru Telluride and continue a loop to Dolores and back to Durango or Silverton, where ever you are staying. There are lots of scenic mountain vistas and views even from the hiways up there. Another great loop would again be north thru Ouray to Montrose, east on 50 along blue mesa reservoir to hiway 149 south thru Lake City again, continuing to South Fork, west over Wolf Creek Pass and back to home.. full day ride but the 149 is one of the most scenic there is which includes unequaled views of the mountains and even the river valley that the Rio Grande starts in. In Lake City is the Southern Vittles restaurant, great food and a chicken fried steak that will rival any in Texas, fresh cut fries.. .yummmmm.

From Windy Point scenic turnout on 149.
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