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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 06-17-2019, 12:45 PM Thread Starter
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Just Returned From 3K mile trip on RoadGlide...

Last week I left Texas with a couple of friends on our Harleys and spent 7 days riding around most of Colorado and the Rocky Mountains to the tune of about 3K miles. Two of us were on Roadglides (mine is a 2013 Roadglide Custom, the other rider's RG was a 2010 model), the other on a Street Glide....not a problem one for any of us. Well, only a slight problem for me as I lost use of my toe shifter while coming back through West Texas when the shifter "slipped" on the spline from the teeth on the shifter wearing down...but it was an easy fix and took all of about 15 minutes to pull the toe shifter and turn the heel shifter around in place of the toe shifter.

Bike ran perfectly, provided excellent comfort, and really made me appreciate the Roadglide even more than I did before the trip. I've got two bikes - the Roadglide and a Victory Vision - and leading up to the trip I was torn on which bike to ride. I decided on the Harley...glad I did.

So two thumbs on the RG! It was my first extended ride on the Roadglide since I acquired it last summer...and will not be the last.
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no pitchers ??

didnt happen ...

we like pitchers around here ...

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Sounds like a great trip, I rode through colorado back in 2011 after leaving sturgis taking the long way home. Awesome scenery.
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no pitchers ??

didnt happen ...

we like pitchers around here ...

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Got a few...I'll post a few pictures when I get them downloaded from my camera....
Definitely God's country up there in the mountains!
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Sounds like a good trip. Colorado has some great riding but.. picture are needed so we can live vicariously thru them. I'm getting tired of riding the same old roads around here. Trying to get geared up for Sturgis but not sure I'm gonna make it. Running out of time and money.

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Sounds like a great trip, I rode through colorado back in 2011 after leaving sturgis taking the long way home. Awesome scenery.
Man, you have that right! The drastic differences in terrain, topography, etc was amazing. We would go from freezing temps and being surrounded by snow, to 90 degree temps in the red rock canyons within a short period of time. Definitely learned how to layer clothing to easily warm up or cool down. Can't wait to go again...so much of the state we didn't see this trip.
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Sounds like it was a great trip. I had the good fortune of living in Colorado (Boulder area) for 10+ years. I didn't have a bike when I moved there but after driving some of those mountain passes I just had to get back on a bike again. I bought a new 1100 Suzuki Katana with hard bags and experienced the finest riding of my life. There are so many roads that are just spectacular. Although I lived east of the divide, I found that there was even better routes west of the divide. My favorite ride was to go to Grand Junction and then head south. By the time you get to Montrose the scenery starts to get really good. Then you'll come to the town of Ouray which will blow your mind. The whole town has architecture like you'd see in the Alps. Keep going south (spend a couple hours in Silverton) to Teluride and eventually end up in Durango. There's some wonderful fast sweepers all the way through the area from Ouray to Telluride, but don't get over exuberant with your riding as they often have radar set up on that stretch of road. Don't ask me how I know! Thankfully, I just got a warning.

Of course on the front range you have the road up through Estes Park and all through the Rocky Mountain National Park. Spectacular views that often include seeing a group of Big Horn Sheep, or Elk bugling in the meadows near the bottom ... it's a wonderful experience. If your up near Boulder and the RMNP, check out the "Oh My God Road" if you don't mind doing some gravel. There are drop offs on the side of the road that will make you ass pucker for sure. Great state, greater riding roads.

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I grew up just south of Durango and spent a my younger years riding around the southwest.

I kept telling my wife that I was going to take her on one of my favorites when we would visit. For one reason or another it never happened and now she has almost stopped riding. I know it is for the short term but I regret not taking her on the loop up thru Silverton thru Ouray.

I do miss the mountain runs I used to do with my Uncle. Now I have to suffer the roads on the coast here in Oregon.
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I grew up just south of Durango and spent a my younger years riding around the southwest.

I kept telling my wife that I was going to take her on one of my favorites when we would visit. For one reason or another it never happened and now she has almost stopped riding. I know it is for the short term but I regret not taking her on the loop up thru Silverton thru Ouray.

I do miss the mountain runs I used to do with my Uncle. Now I have to suffer the roads on the coast here in Oregon.
Unfortunately when we were there last week the road to Ouray was under construction. We made it about a mile toward Ouray from Silverton and decided to turn back, as the road was completely covered in loose gravel and our bikes were sliding all over the place...very dangerous! So...Ouray will be on the agenda for our next trip there. Regardless...what majestic scenery, some of the nicest people you will meet anywhere, and an overall fantastic trip all the way round. Well...except riding for hours and hundreds of miles through west Texas. Hot, flat, windy and dusty....just hell on earth.
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Congrats on the ride sound like you had a great time. I found Colorado the same very scenic; in 2017 I rode my through Colorado staying with family in Carbondale which I got to via the Independence Pass that was an awesome road to ride.


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