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8 Days Colorado Loop Fully-Guided Motorcycle Tour of the Mountain Giants in the USA

Aurora, Colorado, USA

Fully Guided Motorbike Tour USA

Join Pohutukawa Motorcycle Touring for this seven-day tour of the mountains of Colorado. Beginning in the central Colorado location of Aurora, this tour takes you into the Rocky Mountains where you will get a close-up view of beautiful scenery highlighting some of the finest mountain ridings in North America. Ranging from open mountain meadows to majestic mountains mixed with peaceful woodlands. This tour takes in the majestic Rocky Mountain National Park, bringing you up close to fantastic wildlife while enjoying some incredible riding. Sweep through relaxing farmland while heading towards the crown of the Rocky Mountains.

Key information

  • Terrain: asphalt
  • Bike: personal or rented bike (BMW, Triumph, Kawasaki models)
  • Mileage: 1,800 kilometers / 1,100 miles
  • Daily rides: between 178 - 509 kilometers / 106 - 303 miles / 3.5 - 6.5 hours

Meet the guides

Colin
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Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Aurora, Colorado
  • Tour some of the finest natural parks in the country
  • Opportunity to see America's majestic wildlife up close
  • Ride to the top of 3 of the highest ridable passes in North America
  • Ride a wooden bridge over a 400’ deep gorge
  • Enjoy a relaxing soak in thermal hot pools
  • 7 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


5 riding days
Airport transfer included: Denver International Airport
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Accommodation

This exciting tour includes seven nights' accommodation in comfortable, modestly priced hotels

Program

Day 1 (15 miles / 25 kilometers, approximately 0.25 hours riding)

After arriving at Denver International Airport, you’ll be met at the airport and shuttled to your hotel to check in and then to pick up your bike. Today is set aside to allow you to settle in and rest up before the adventure begins tomorrow. The day will include a safety meeting to review road rules and safety requirements and a “get to know you” dinner.

Day 2 (145 miles / 243 kilometers, approximately 4 hours riding)

After a great breakfast, set out on the road to get used to your bike and head towards the mountains. Today’s introduction will get you right into the fun of riding the Rockies. Lots of elevation changes, amazing views and two >12,000 feet (>3,657 meters) passes will give you a fantastic start to your adventure. One of the peaks is the highest ridable road in North America!

Day 3 (146 miles / 245 kilometers, approximately 3.5 hours riding)

Today’s shorter day will take you over another >12,000 feet (>3,657 meters) pass with beautiful GoPro scenery and great photo ops. Tight corners mixed with smooth sweepers leads you on to the next amazing view.

Your day ends with a soak in hot pools surrounded by the Rocky Mountains. Remember to charge those GoPro batteries for tomorrow.

Day 4 (303 miles / 509 kilometers, approximately 5.50 hours riding)

Following yesterday’s short day, today is a perfect balance; riding the rim above deep canyons, cruising along-side white water rivers, stopping for photo shoots and don’t forget your GoPro.

Day 5 (210 miles / 350 kilometers, approximately 4.50 hours riding)

Heading out through lightly traveled back roads leads you to another high point of your tour. In fact, it’s a >14,000 feet (>4,267 meters) high point. After a lunch stop, continue through some twisty bends to your stop for the night. Have those GoPro batteries charged and ready.

Day 6 (136 miles / 229 kilometers, approximately 6.30 hours)

Setting out for a fun day with another >14,000 feet (>4,267 meters) pass to conquer makes this day all about the riding. A full day with a lot of elevation changes, it lets you live in the minute while just enjoying the scenery and the road. Today gives you some major bragging rights and with lots of photos and GoPro shots so you can back up your story with proof.

Day 7 (106 miles / 178 kilometers, approximately 4 hours)

Today’s final ride is a short fun ride along the base of the range you crossed over the day before. Great roads with tight twisty corners, lead you towards your stop for the night. After dropping off your bike and a short shuttle ride, you will arrive at your hotel, where the sorting begins. Today concludes with a farewell dinner.

Day 8: Departure

After a relaxing breakfast, you will catch your shuttle to the airport. This shuttle ride is filled with talk about the adventure you’ve just had and the fun experienced. If you want to stay on for additional nights, that can be arranged.

Skill level(s) required for this tour: intermediate and advanced

Intermediate:

  • can ride for 3-4 hours
  • average riding experience
  • little assistance required
  • comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • steep ascents and descents

Advanced:

  • can ride for 5-6 hours
  • extensive riding experience
  • assistance on demand (if required)
  • experienced with riding a variety of motorcycles
  • comfortable with any terrain and weather conditions

About the tour

The roads in Colorado and surrounding states are in good condition with light traffic out of the cities. City traffic can be heavy at times. Other than road repairs you will not be required to ride on any unsealed roads.

This tour is suitable for intermediate or advanced riders only. Tight corners with high elevations require close attention to detail. Note: USA drivers drive on the right-hand side of the road.

Bikes available for this tour

For the tour, you can use your own motorcycle or use a rental motorcycle, which is licensed, and safety inspected and verified by the US government. Pohutukawa Motorcycle Touring works with local motorcycle rental companies to get you the best deal possible.

If you decide to rent one, the price includes bike rental, excluding insurance or damage waiver or auxiliary equipment such as GPS or optional fittings.

  • Motorcycle category A: BMW R1200 RT WC, BMW R1200 GS WC, BMW K1600 GTL, BMW R1200 RT
  • Motorcycle category B: BMW 650GS, Triumph Tiger 800 XC, Kawasaki Concours 14

Guides

Colin Rowe

Location

This tour will take you through various locations in Colorado.

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Train rides through some hills (needs to be booked in advance)
  • Zip lining (needs to be booked in advance)

What's included

  • Full guide service
  • Printed daily ride guide
  • 7 nights accommodation from day 1 of the tour through to last night of the tour (extra nights before or after can be arranged)
  • Shuttles (transfers) to and from hotel, airport and bike rental location
  • Breakfast and dinner (alcohol, all lunches, and meals on rest / free days are not included)
  • Access into various attractions such as national and state parks and hot springs

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Insurance coverage and damage waivers (bonds) on rental bikes
  • Optional equipment add-on’s to rental bikes
  • Fuel
  • All lunches and rest day meals
  • Special / optional events
  • Incidentals and other costs once inside various attractions. i.e. rental of bathing suits or towels

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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8 days / 7 nights
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Availability

Start: Wednesday June 10, 2020
End: Wednesday June 17, 2020

Pricing information

Prices based on twin shared rooms. Private rooms are available with a single room supplement of USD 350.

 

Tour information

There is a minimum of 4 riders required for this tour. Tours can accommodate 1 or 2 riders alone, with different prices. Please inquire.

Special discount

You can take advantage of the following special discounts:

  • 5% discount for bookings made 11 months in advance, with the full deposit paid;
  • 5% discounts for all seniors - 65 years or older with the full deposit paid; (cannot be combined with advance booking discounts).

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