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

Aurora, Adams County, Colorado, USA

Loop Motorcycle Tour USA

Enjoy this 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 rental bike
  • Mileage: 1,800 kilometers / 1,100 miles
  • Daily rides: between 243 - 509 kilometers / 145 - 303 miles

Meals: no meals are included

Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Aurora
  • Trail Ridge and Skyline Drive ride
  • See America's majestic wildlife up close as you tour some of the finest natural parks in the country
  • Ride to the top of the highest ridable pass in North America
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Transportation fees

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


6 riding days
Airport transfer included: Denver International Airport
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Accommodation

This exciting tour includes various accommodations in comfortable and 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.

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 one >12,000 feet (>3,657 meters) pass will give you a fantastic start to your adventure. An optional ride to the top of one of the highest ridable roads in North America is available.

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 an optional 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. An optional >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.

Day 8

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

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

Location

Beginning in the Central Colorado, Aurora, this tour takes you into the Rocky Mountains where you will get a close-up view of the beautiful scenery, highlighting some of the finest mountain ridings in North America. The journey will be ranging from open mountain meadows to majestic mountains mixed with peaceful woodlands.

Things to do (optional)

  • Enjoy a relaxing soak in thermal hot pools
  • Ride a wooden bridge over a 400’ deep gorge

What's included

  • 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
  • Access into various attractions such as some national and state parks

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Insurance coverage and damage waivers (bonds) on rental bikes
  • Optional equipment add-on’s to rental bikes
  • Fuel
  • Meals
  • Special / optional attractions, such as hot springs, national and state parks
  • Incidentals and other costs once inside various attractions. i.e. rental of bathing suits or towels

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Denver International Airport (DEN). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Pohutukawa Motorcycle Touring will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Denver International Airport Airport transfer included: Denver International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

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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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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