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 13,000 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.
Weather conditions can change in a moment’s notice at altitude. Being equipped to handle the changes make for a more enjoyable ride.
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 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 back pack 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 and backpack.