When you go up into the high country adventure happens. It's a very dynamic environment. You and I have been through some tricky stuff and you've never faltered, we'll do fine. You have the skills. While we have most of the arrangements set, I'm still faced with a decision - which bike? Currently I'm set to do it on a tricked out Honda 450. It will be a blast on the trails, but a bitch on the commutes. There's still the chance I can snag the GSA I've taken up there a couple times before. I've already done much of the hard stuff on a GSA, but not the legendary descent into Telluride. I've seen videos of Jeeps and 4 wheelers getting into trouble on that stretch. It's steep loose scree so brakes are of marginal effect. I think the challenge is "can you maintain your line on the way down". It doesn't suffer errors well. There are also a couple big rock ledges to bump over. I'm mulling over the options.
Fair point - but the AMA has largely abdicated professional racing from a promotional standpoint anyway. Their strength is in government relations and amateur racing. The Vintage Motorcycle Days model could be applied to a West Coast event as well. I do feel there is good to be salvaged out of the AMA and the HoF - but I strongly feel that if there is not a catalyst for the organization soon, their waning influence will dribble out and it will be too late to affect the industry as they should. There are great opportunities out there to partner with companies such as Revel, Super 73 and others who border the category of motorcycling but can help expand inclusion. That will take years to get to - but those thoughts are needed now. Before the next recession firmly puts motorcycling into the same category as Equestrian Polo.
You present some great ideas in this and I love the idea of taking it out of seemingly manufacturers hands and putting the AMA into the hands of true enthusiasts. But I believe that the AMA's largest problem in our minds is that they are too focused on racing motorcycles and deal with street riders more of an after thought. So, I would add that Keanu should not take over the AMA, but set up a partnering organization that would deal with the street and legal side of motorcycling.
Sparking the AMA - by Robert Pandya Published on February 12, 2020 Sunset rides always gets me thinking. I am an AMA member and have been for many years. Sure, I missed a few in the mix, but I have a bunch of pins and have recycled my share of American Motorcyclist magazine for decades. I feel there there is some good coming out of the AMA at least as far as a brand awareness on capitol hill, and they have some great archives and assets in the Hall Of Fame. I have jumped in to help the HoF ...Read More
Ash Brooks atop Engineer Pass on the Alpine Loop(https://miles-by-motorcycle.com/13640/rides/49642/colorado-mountain-adventure-ride-2018/photos/59116/ash-brooks-atop-engineer-pass-on-the-alpine-loop) Yes. Ash just sent over his .GPX tracks, all the new pink lines on the map. The classic route is hiding beneath them right now. I'll go through it and break it up into segments as we'll need to have options available. He'll call a week before we get there as the trails open and close based on current conditions. The last time we rode through one of the biggest challenges was crossing a mudslide that had just happened. I had to jump several trees on the GSA and the mud and rocks were a handful. We also had to make route changes getting there due to extensive forest fires at the time. Then we had to time the riding to avoid the highest elevations with afternoon thunderstorms moving through. It will be a real adventure. I have not added the POI's on the routes yet, just the lodging for early planning. I'll get to it now that the MABDR and New England Ride Plans are about done.
This is looking pretty serious. I saw one track near Telluride and had to zoom in. <whew> I remember the jeep trail near the double waterfall on the far end got pretty gnarly higher up. I took my K100RS up as high as I could before it became one way in the opposite direction. Looking down on Telluride, Colorado(https://miles-by-motorcycle.com/136/photos/506/untitled/532/looking-down-on-telluride--colorado)