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Saturday, October 13, 2012

October 28 Dual Sport Tune Up Ride

On Sunday, October 28, 2012 we are sponsoring a Dual Sport Day on our ranch about 4.2 miles west of Sedalia, CO.  The riding will be similar to the RawHyde Adventures/BMW Off Road Academy events we held at our place on September 13th and 14th.  See the videos of that event shown elsewhere on this Blog.  This is an event for the large displacement dual sports (640 cc and above), but we will have some smaller motorcycles joining us.  This ride is a slow maneuver practice session, not a dirt bike speed session.  Any brand of dual sport is invited.
We will meet on the meadow at our ranch at 9:30 am and ride until about noon.  For those that want to ride more, we will ride west on Highway 67 into Jarre Canyon, ending at the Sprucewood Inn for lunch.  We can then decide who wants to ride more and to where.
There is no charge for this event.  It is merely an extension of the Dual Sport Rider camaraderie promoted by the RawHyde folks and your dealer.  It is a chance to ride your dual sport on a soft, forgiving surface, share information about motorcycles, equipment and rides, and meet folks that love motorcycles.
Contact Dan Predovich at danielp458@yahoo.com or talk to anyone at our CPA office at 303-791-3000 to reserve a place.  We want to keep the group to 15 riders, so email or call as soon as you can to reserve your spot.  We will email you further information when you register.

See you soon!

3674 North State Highway 67
Sedalia, CO 80135
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Saturday, September 29, 2012

RawHyde Adventures Dual Sport Ride Day Intro

This is the introduction to RawHyde Adventure's Dual Sport Riding Clinic.  Stay tuned for more video in a few days.  The RawHyde instructors, Shawn and Lance, will demonstrate technique.  Riders that attended will talk about the class on camera and demonstrate their ability on video.


Saturday, September 22, 2012

RawHyde Sedalia Colorado Video to be Posted Soon

Here is a short trailer from the video filmed by Chiaroveggente Productions.  More video should be ready in the next several days.   Stay tuned to watch additional footage on this site.  Contact Andrea Mauro at Chiaroveggente Productions to reserve your own full version DVD of the event.

Chiaroveggente Productions
7325 E 14th Ave
DenverCO 80220
(303) 504-9494

Andrea Mauro owner of Chiaroveggente Productions is in the foreground videoing the event.


Guanella Pass is 11,669 feet above sea level.  Mount Bierstadt is 14,060 feet above sea level.  To say the least, Mary and I were "riding high".  These photos show our new KTM 990 Adventure surrounded by aspen turned gold by the seasonal change, surrounded by the majesty of the Rocky Mountain high country and surrounded by the chill of mid September.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Touratech OBDR Dual Sport Ride

Very Good Dual Sport Helmet Review, but buy from your local dealer.

I replaced my ten year old dual sport helmet recently.  I used this video to select a helmet and to select the right brand and size.  I suggest that folks try on helmets and buy from your local dealer.  In my opinion, the hassle of returning a misfitting helmet is worth the small savings of an internet purchase.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Jim Key doing a wheelie on my BMW HP2

Cool video of an HP2 wheelie shot on our meadow.

Jim Key on Schofield Pass

These are an older pair of videos that my friend Jim Key produced, but they are still interesting to watch.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

My BMW's

My RT at the top of Trial Ridge Pass
My RT Authority Model at The Bank of Alma in Fariplay
My BMW RT Authority Model at the end of the 100,000 foot ride.

My new BMW RT Authority Model

My new BMW RT Authority motorcycle in Fairplay in front of The Bank of Alma.  The Authority Model has great throttle response.  It is heavier than the civilian RT due to the extra battery and electronics, but it handles much more crisply than the standard RT.....or seems so.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Dan Predovich On Top of Haggerman Pass, CO

This photo was taken during the Big Dog Ride a few years ago.    
The Big Dog Ride is held each year in August.  The ride takes us off road up to some beautiful and breathtaking areas in the high country.  Dr. Greg Frazier is the founder of this event, a prolific writer and world traveler on his motorcycle.  Go to www.horizonsunlimited.com/bigdog/ for more information on this great event. 

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Off Road Harley-Davidson

  I understand from one of our viewers that John Ogden, Jr. built and rode this great motorcycle at the Big Dog Ride based out of a motel in Frisco, Colorado in 2011.  John is an Officer with the Christian Motorcyclist Association.  John is from Mena, Arkansas.  We would like to hear some details about this special H-D build if he would care to share details with us.  We have had great interest from viewers on both John's Harley and on the Big Dog ride. We would really like to have John give us detail on his build.  How he came up with the idea, bike concepts, parts used in the build, etc.  Also we would like his riding history and photos he might like to contribute to our blog.  John, send me your email address! 
  As an aside, you may want to check out the “Big Dog Ride” at http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/bigdog/.
  Anyway, the builder/rider acquired a Harley Davidson Sportster with the thought that a few changes would transform the HD into a hill climbing, mountain climbing, trail riding work of art.  By means of his imagination, his motorcycle mechanical handiwork combined with his great riding skill, he achieved his goal.  I did not see it, but I heard about his ascent of Red Cone and other tough Colorado high altitude mountain climbs.  If you look closely, you will notice front and rear wheels are not Sportster fare.  The front forks look more Kawasaki than Harley. 
  The auxiliary fuel tank mounted where a rear top case mightreside give a workman like approach to this piece of work.  Maybe another story to follow?  Stay tuned.  Again, I suggest you look at the Big Dog website.

  Note the front end, the tire size, front and rear.  A custom fairing, kickstand and gas tank bags add to the unique flavor of this off road machine.

  This view displays the custom sheepskin saddle cover, auxiliary tail gas tank and Vance & Hines exhaust.

  The rider of this interesting custom machine is a first class rider, mechanic and all around great guy.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

BMW X Country on Weston Pass

  Weston Pass is an easy high country ride from Denver.  I rode my yellow and silver 2009 BMW X Country in the Big Dog 2011 Adventure Ride based at a motel in Frisco, Colorado in August of 2011.  
  Go to http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/bigdog/ for more information on one of the great western motorcycle adventure rides.
According to the BMW corporate website, the X Country was: “First introduced in 2007, the X Country was big part of BMW’s plans of enlarging its horizons and by this time we reckon it competes with the purpose of its initial creation.

But giving its pioneering role, the bike doesn’t have that much history as a BMW police bike, let’s say. In fact, it was just introduced in 2007 as the fuel-injected 652cc single-cylinder go anywhere, do everything kind of bike.  The muscular athlete, as it was presented, entered the Supermoto category with a black and gray paintjob, something that was about to change with the arrival of the 2009 model year.”
I traded in an aging Ducati 999 for the 2009 X Country.  The Ducati and I had become good friends on the now defunct Second Creek Race Track (now a housing development) west of the Denver International Airport.
  I spent a few years learning how to ride my Ducati fast with Mike Petiford of Go 4 It Racing Services:   http://www.go4itservices.com….great experience.
  Fast forward to the off road work with the X Country.  It is a very comfortable off road motorcycle, albeit not a high horsepower machine having less than exciting acceleration.          Everything is a trade off.  The X Country is not my preference in getting from point A (home) to point B (serious off road fun) if it is a long ride.  Once I arrive at point B, it is fun.  But I still own the X Country and love it.  Read further about the addition of a KTM 990 Adventure to supplement the X Country.

  Notice that my X Country 650 cc motorcycle is similar in size to the red and silver Kawasaki KLR 650 on the right.  Having owned both the KLR and the X Country, I prefer the X Country, if price is not a consideration.  The KLR is a better deal if price is important.  The KLR has more aftermarket options available since it has been around almost forever.  The X Country had a brief appearance on the motorcycle market.