August 18-19 2018 X-Roads of the Rockies Dual Sport Ride
For 2018 Exit Tours Motorcycle Club will be hosting the X-Roads of the Rockies Dual Sport Ride at the Crossroads of the Rockies in Colorado.
• 125 + miles on Saturday August 18 – 140 + miles on Sunday August 19th.
Our club’s Adventures are shared group expense and dirt-oriented.
We work to minimize pavement mileage, maximize scenery and fun, and generally only use paved roads as necessary to tie dirt loops together and access amenities.
Our rides cover routes you cannot put together on a map. If you could put the routes on a map, you couldn’t follow the map as trail markings in the Rocky Mountains are, even in designated riding areas, often missing, non-existent, outdated, misplaced or confusing.
We use a “High Adventure, No Hassle“ approach where you can share the experience with like-minded enthusiasts’ and experience what the Rocky Mountains have to offer.
Chaffee County, Colorado should truly be called a ‘Mecca’ for off-road motorcyclist’s. The Arkansas River starts to the North in Leadville and exits the Rocky Mountains to the East through Salida, which means ‘Exit’ in Spanish. The headwaters of the Rio Grande river are the Southern boundary. The Headwaters of the Colorado River are the western boundary.
mecca – noun
1) A place that is regarded as the center of an activity or interest.
2) A goal to which adherents of a religious faith or practice fervently aspire.
There are more 14 thousand foot peaks in Chaffee County than in any other County in the Continental U.S. There are hundreds of miles of old mining roads, railroad right of ways and singletrack trails in the area. Plus, one of the only portions of the Continental Divide trail open to motorcycles.
Club Membership is Included with Signing Up for the X-Roads of the Rockies Dual Sport Ride
There is no qualifying or probation period to become an Exit Tours Motorcycle Club member and there are no required meetings or work days associated with your membership — Just join and ride!
This ride will have a riders meeting in the morning at 7 and 8 am where we discuss the day’s ride. Riders start the ride whenever they want and ride at their own pace with whoever they want, although we discourage riding in large groups. Everyone should be on the route by 9 am.
We will provide an area map of each days route and include options for shorter routes, bypasses that avoid difficult sections, if available, and/or bailout routes to the finish.
GPS Tracks will be emailed and Roll Charts will be available at Sign -in on Friday.
This ride will start and end at the fairgrounds where overnight camping is included from Friday through Monday for the group. RV hook-ups are available but not included. Saturday Lunch will be available at both Fuel stops. We will provide lunch at the fuel stop along the trail on Sunday. We will provide a support vehicle to transport riders’ fuel on Sunday as part of a shared group expense. Breakfast will be available at the Fairgrounds on both Saturday & Sunday. As well as Free coffee both days.
Fuel Stops on Saturday will be at approximately 40 and 80 miles at fuel stations where you can also purchase food and beverages. The first stop could be considered an alternate as it not on the actual route. The 2nd stop is on the route and is a nice place to stop for lunch.
On Sunday the 1st fuel stop is at a gas station a mile from the start in case you did not fill up after Saturdays ride. The alternate fuel stop on Sunday is a remote stop at around 70 miles under a culvert which will be marked physically and on the roll chart. The Gas stop on Sunday will be at around 100 miles and at the same spot as the Lunch we will provide. You should put a Dot Container with 2 gallons of fuel on the trailer Saturday evening for the Lunch Fuel stop. For the alternate Fuel stop on Sunday, the area to leave your DOT approved container will be clearly marked so that the container can be transported.
The X-Roads of the Rockies Dual Sport ride is self-guided
We do not provide guides.
Every rider will be provided with a map and a GPS track of the routes will be emailed. Roll charts that contain turn mileage, important route information, and other notes are included with the shared group expense. The maps provide an overview of each day’s route so that riders have a general sense of where they are and where they’re going, but are not detailed-enough for navigation. There will be no course markings.
Since GPS units sometimes fail or get confused, and do not support annotations and ancillary information, they should only be used as an aid for navigation.
Important information concerning the routes will only be contained on the roll charts; turn mileage, resets, landmarks, points of interest, etc. We recommend every rider have a roll chart holder and resettable odometer.
Use your GPS as the good tool that it is, but we highly recommend you install and use a roll chart to enhance your ride experience, safety and enjoyment.
• Hazards DO exist on our routes, such as downed trees, washouts, rocks, etc. and will NOT be marked in any fashion. All routes are publicly-accessible, so you may encounter other riders and traffic. Riders need to use caution and common sense at all times and stay to the right when possible, particularly around blind turns. Remember vehicles heading uphill have the right-of-way.
• We discourage you from riding alone and encourage everyone to use the buddy system and pair up with at least one other rider so that you can look after each other. Your ride will be enhanced if you ride with others who are of the same skill level, are riding similar motorcycles, and have compatible desires for the ride (speed of travel, how often to stop for a rest and pictures, etc.). We won’t have any checkpoints throughout the day or sweep riders to keep track of you.
Motorcycles we recommend:
• X- Roads Dual Sport Ride: 250-690cc Dual Sport or a street-legal dirt bikes for those up to the challenge. Skilled riders will be able to complete the loops on a well-equipped 600-700cc dual-sport, such as a KTM 690. Your bike should have new DOT knobbies or a Hybrid rear tire. Larger-displacement (800+ cc) adventure bikes are Not Recommended.. Smaller play bikes or KLR 650s are not recommended.
• Your motorcycle should be capable of going at least 80-miles before needing a fill-up. If your bike doesn’t have the necessary range you should carry extra gas with you – our gas stops are scheduled at gas stations along the route on Saturday. Sunday will have an alternate gas at around 70 miles available. We will portage your fuel can to the alternate stop if necessary and we will portage your fuel can to the Lunch stop on Sunday at around 100 miles.
• Have your motorcycle geared for at least 70 mph so that you can keep up with traffic on highway sections.
• You will ride through remote, rugged locations that are often inaccessible by truck. You should carry your own tube, plug kit, tool kit, air, lighter, first aid, water, snacks, tow strap, etc.
• Carry a cell phone and we highly recommend the use of a satellite-operated tracking and rescue device such as a SPOT – you will often be out of cell phone range. We also recommend you obtain appropriate healthcare insurance before participating in any rides.