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Old September 21st, 2017, 08:29 AM   #1
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Do you have roads like this??? Ebbetts Pass Ride Video

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Old September 21st, 2017, 01:32 PM   #2
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Short answer: yes, but you gotta watch out for stray sheep as well as the SUVs!
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Old September 21st, 2017, 03:07 PM   #3
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Yes we have all kinds of them!

But I prefer ones like this!

https://youtu.be/w0xWeN7sdEE
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Old September 21st, 2017, 03:28 PM   #4
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Yes we have all kinds of them!
I’ve ridden most of your roads from Denver west to Grand Junction, though mostly the western ones. The traffic as you go east becomes unbearable because of all the double yellow.

I have enjoyed 149 thru Lake City at times when the tourists are away, same with 92.

My favorite roads in the central area:



BTW: I used to ride Rampart Range, staying in Deckers, many many times. American Honda even paid for me to come ride their bikes one time.

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Old September 22nd, 2017, 05:55 AM   #5
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Here is one somewhere in Kansas



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Old September 22nd, 2017, 06:07 AM   #6
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30 mph speed limit? Makes every motorcycle rider, except Harley riders, a criminal.

At least California, not known for small government, keeps the speed limits 55 on the mountain backroads.

The low corner speed limits, designed around the lowest common denominator - fat pickup farm trucks, are frustrating in Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado.

What I prefer are highways with no center stripe, which makes passing safely my concern. Constant double yellow, and no enforced slow vehicle turn-outs, make all of us violate laws to keep forward progress.

State Highways like this: 55 mph speed limit and NO center stripe.


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Old September 22nd, 2017, 06:20 AM   #7
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To speed fire crews in California forests the backroads are paved with asphalt. These make for the best motorcycle riding.

In many other states, like Colorado, Utah and New Mexico, these roads remain gravel, or unimproved. Great for adventure bikes with knobby tires, difficult for sportier bikes.

California backroads like this: HD Video Link: https://photos.smugmug.com/Movies/20...-Flat-1280.mp4

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Have you been to the Oregon coast yet? It made me not want to return to California. They're that good. I thought it was Heaven...

Take the best CA pavement and make it even smoother. Now put 90% less traffic on it, and surround yourself with some of the most beautiful lush scenery. It's really not okay how good it is.
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Old September 22nd, 2017, 07:56 PM   #9
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Have you been to the Oregon coast yet? It made me not want to return to California. They're that good. I thought it was Heaven....
SW Oregon top rated roads. Crater Lake and Klamath west to the coast. Sport bike road and adventure bike roads.

Frankly, Iím happier in California. Good roads up there, but, like my Oregon dual sport ride promoter friend says, the top roads are south of the border.

Maybe it could be your list of roads in California?
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SW Oregon top rated roads. Crater Lake and Klamath west to the coast. Sport bike road and adventure bike roads.

Frankly, Iím happier in California. Good roads up there, but, like my Oregon dual sport ride promoter friend says, the top roads are south of the border.

Maybe it could be your list of roads in California?
I've ridden pretty much everything in CA by now. Not saying it's bad, but I was just blown away at how consistently good Oregon was. Aside from a few random dirt sections, it was perfect everywhere. It seems much more varied here. Maybe that's part of the allure.

Another big factor was the recommended speed signs. In Oregon they are all accurate, and every corner was labeled. We could consistently say how fast we could ride through a turn based on the sign, and it never let us down. In CA, it's kinda all over the place.
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