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Ride Preparation

Trials Tires on KTM’s at the Rocky Mountain Singletrack

Spark Arrestor

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. To see if have one, look for a stamp on the side of the exhaust silencer. The stamp will specifically say U.S. Forestry Approved. If there is no stamp you do not have one. Add-on spark arrestors as complete silencers are available or you may need to rivet or bolt one on to your stock silencer.

Noise


Excessive noise is a BIG 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 on public lands.

Fuel Range


Any time you are planning a ride in the Rocky Mountains, it is necessary to carry extra fuel. Our events will bring you in close proximity to gas stations, but you still need to either have a large capacity fuel tank or carry extra fuel in a bottle with you.

Acerbis, IMS and Clarke offer larger capacity fuel tanks that are available for most dirt bikes.

You will need at least 2.5 to 2.9 gallons. 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 pack.
Carburetor Jetting
Carburetor Jetting


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 10,000 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. If you’d like to have your motorcycle correctly jetted for altitude, we would suggest contacting local expert Sean Barr at Mountain Tech Motorsports in Buena Vista. Or you could just ride something fuel injected.

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Bike Protection

The Rocky Mountains have some of the most rocky, technical and challenging trails anywhere in the U.S. Your motorcycle must be capable of withstanding some severe abuse.

Skid plates, chain guides, disk guards, 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 ….

Tires

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 now using a Trials universal on the rear and a hard pack knobby on the front. Trials tire have proven to be a good choice in rocks and roots, but also handle soft terrain quite well. Trials tire are friendly to the environment. We like the Kenda Equilibrium Hybrid DOT Tire.

Tire pressure depends on the tire, but generally run them a few pounds higher than you normally would. Heavy-duty tubes are a good investment to keep your trip moving forward. The new tubeless products also work well. Anything you can do to keep from getting or changing a flat tire on the trail.

While we are talking about tires and tubes, we should also mention http://tubliss.com/ dual air chamber system. Some people swear by Tubliss. The Dual Chamber allows you to run lower air pressure for more traction.

Ride Preparation

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:

T-Handle Trail Wrench with sockets from Fly Racing• Duct Tape
• Wire
• Pliers
• Master Link
• Screwdriver
• Allen wrench set
• Small “T” handle wrench with 8,10,12mm sockets
• End wrenches
• Crescent wrench
• L.ighter/Matches
• Flashlight
• 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.

Riding Gear

Weather conditions 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 Coats will 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.

We also suggest that you waterproof your riding boots, as there are quite 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 necessary for long excursions in the mountains. Keep in mind that you are carrying essentials to get you back to a major road if you have a problem.  A back pack also gives you clothing options and can double as a hydration system.

Hydration System

Wear some type of hydration system and carry extra water in your fanny pack.

Colorado Off-Highway Vehicle Stickers

Off-highway vehicles must be registered with Colorado State Parks. See the OHV Link Regulations Page on this website.

Out-of-state OHVs

Out-of-state residents who bring OHVs into Colorado must purchase a Colorado Non-Resident OHV permit which is valid from the date of purchase through the following March 31. Since this is only a use permit, no renewal notice will be sent to non-resident permit holders; you must purchase a new permit each year you come to Colorado with your OHV.

Decal Placement

Registration decals must be affixed permanently on the upper forward-half of the OHV in a location where the decal can be easily seen.

Colorado Parks & Wildlife OHV Registration

Please call 303-866-3203 x 4300 to place your order online. Thank you