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Old 01-04-2011, 10:29 AM   #1
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Trip to Colorado

Has anyone traveled to Colorado on a bike?

Planning a trip with other riders on May 25th for 7-10 days. Historically weather information states temps are low 40s to low 60 in May and June. Do know it snowed May 15th last year in Colorado Springs but melted the next day.

We will have heated jackets and most of us have heated grips.

Let me know of your thoughts if you think re-scheduling should be thought about because of weather.

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Old 01-04-2011, 10:36 AM   #2
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Be prepared for any weather eventuality. The weather changes quickly in the rockies and although you are kinda at the end of spring beginning of summer you can get a mix of rain, snow, and will still be definitely cold especially at elevation. There are definitely great roads to ride there, I have been all over the state and you can't really go wrong on which route you choose. Have fun and be safe. Almost forgot there is a big portion of the state that is still open range-watch out for the livestock and other herding animals.

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Old 01-04-2011, 10:56 AM   #3
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Old 01-04-2011, 11:06 AM   #4
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I'd go a week or two later if you could because while you might have great weather, you just might run into a late season snow storm too.

You riding all the way up there?
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yep, a little later is advised. I've seen it snow on July 3rd when I lived in the Springs.

Best bet is layered jackets as it can be cool in the morning and warm up quite a bit by lunch.
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I went in the end of july this last summer. July is a bad month because of all the rain. That's their monsoon season. I hit some type of rain every day that I was there. My nephew in Durango says may or june are the best months. I would also love to go with you guys, but I am throwing around the idea of riding in Scotland this summer or doing an Alaska ride with fz6-forums. I'll keep this in mind in case those two plans fall through.

I went over Wolf Creek pass in July in the morning at about 8 or 9 and it got a little cold at the top (11,000+ft.). I was glad it was not for long because it warmed back up going back down. Definitely take cold weather gear with you no matter what time you end up going. The weather can be a little unpredictable at times.

Ride safe on the mountain roads. There are a lot that don't even have guard rails. I've seen drop offs so far down that no one would find you if you went off. Not a place to open it up on the twisties. Save that for the roads you know well. I rode solo and just took it easy and enjoyed the scenery.
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