- Excessive noise is our biggest issue as it is used to limit our right to ride.
- With the price of travel, entry fees, and other costs associated with riding a dual sport or off-road motorcycle being so high, riders must take time to make sure their exhaust meets sound and spark arrestor land-use laws.
- We urge all riders to include a review of their exhaust and silencer on their bike prep check list before riding.
- You must have a U.S. Forestry Approved spark arrestor to ride in the National Forest.
- Many off-road motorcycles come equipped with one from the factory.
- Add-on spark arrestors as complete silencers are available or you may need to rivet or bolt one on to your stock silencer.
- Any time you are planning a ride in the Rocky Mountains, it is necessary to carry extra fuel.
- You should either have a large capacity fuel tank or carry extra fuel in a bottle with you.
- You will need at least 2.5 to 2.9 gallons for most loops.
- Trying to maintain a steady throttle hand will help to maximize your fuel range.
- Aluminum fuel bottles can be purchased at most outdoor stores and are well suited for carrying extra fuel in your backpack.
- The trails and roads we ride in the Rocky Mountains are in the 7,000 to 12,000 foot altitude range.
- We would suggest setting up your bike for 9,000 feet and be right about the middle.
- Consult your owner’s manual or local experts for more specific instructions.
- Motorcycle set up is a very important part of having an enjoyable ride in the Rockies.
- Or you could just ride something fuel injected.
- The Rocky Mountains have some of the most rocky, technical and challenging trails anywhere in America.
- Your motorcycle must be capable of withstanding some severe abuse.
- Skid plates, chain guide guards, disc guards and shark fins, radiator guards and hand guards are important items to install before you come.
Even with these precautions, things still have a way of going wrong ….
- Plan to have installed new rubber front and rear before you come.
- Please choose a tire that will have the least impact on the environment.
- With a huge variety of terrain, tire choice can be somewhat mind boggling.
- Many riders are using a Hybrid tire on the rear and a hard pack knobby on the front.
- Tire pressure depends on the tire, but generally run them a few pounds higher than you normally would.
- Heavy-duty tubes or Mousse are a good investment to keep your trip moving forward.
- Anything you can do to keep from getting or changing a flat tire on the trail.
Tools and Spare Parts
A good quality fanny pack or backpack is a necessity for any long excursion or off-road ride in the Rocky Mountains
Short list of Recommended Items:
- Duct Tape
- Master Link
- Allen wrench set
- Small “T” handle wrench with 8,10,12mm sockets
- End wrenches
- Crescent wrench
- Tow rope
- Tire irons
- Tube patches or plugs in a repair kit.
- Co2 bottle or Pump
- Make sure you carry enough spares to get you back to camp in any event.
- Make a checklist of some of the most common bolts and have a couple spares.
- Safety wire and duct tape are very handy.
- Being equipped to handle weather changes make for a more enjoyable ride.
- Weather conditions can change in a moment’s notice at altitude.
- The temperature can and will change from 80 degrees at camp to as low as 40 degrees on high mountain passes.
- We recommend an Enduro-style waterproof jacket with removable sleeves.
- These jackets have an assortment of pockets for your cell phone or camera or anything you want to access frequently.
- Regular MX style riding gear will work as long as you have a raincoat or some type of jacket when things get ugly.
- An extra pair of gloves is a good idea. Cloth for cleaning your goggles.
- We suggest that you spray waterproof your riding boots, as there are a few creek and water crossings.
- If possible, bring two sets of gear so that you have a dry set to change into.
- A good quality fanny pack or backpack is recommended for long excursions in the mountains.
- Keep in mind that you are carrying essentials to keep yourself comfortable and get you back to a road if you have a problem.
- A backpack also gives you clothing options and can double as a hydration system.
- Wear some type of hydration system and carry extra water in your fanny pack or your backpack.
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Colorado OHV Sticker
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