Best of COBDR 2016

Best of the COBDR done as a Loop

August 21st-27th 2016

Adventure Bike Ride Around the Best of The Rocky Mountains

I've taken what I think are the very best parts of the Colorado Backcountry Discovery Route and I've added some spectacular routes of my own to create a 7 day loop around the state. The ride starts and ends in Dolores, Colorado. I've also added some hard and easy options (I call it Red and Green options) for riders that simply want a little rougher choices or for riders who simply want to have a scenic relaxed day. Riders will hook up in small groups of 3 to 6 riders with their same ability and desires. This lets everyone have a great time at their own pace.

Pics from the ride

Videos from Bob from our ride

About the Ride:

The COBRD is a rougher ride for intermediate to advanced riders only. No beginners. The main Blue route is the original COBDR. I have added some easy and harder options for riders that are looking for extra or to relax.

This is a 7 day adventure bike ride making a big loop around the state. We will be staying in different hotels each night during the week. Some riders may truck their bikes to the start of the ride and then leave their vehicles at the beginning of the ride for the week. We will be eating in restaurants during the week, so no need to bring cooking equipment or food. The riding should be scenic to rough depending on your choices.

This is an adventure bike ride and riders will carry their own gear on their bikes. There is no chase truck.

Come prepared for the possibility of wet and cold weather. While it is likely that the weather will be great, we will be exploring some high elevation and the weather can turn quickly during the day. Carry rain gear everyday.

Come prepared to have fun and meet great people.

Ride Details

I know many of you also enjoy dreaming about the ride and making your plans, so here is the detail, enjoy!

Google Document

View the ride maps

OK since many of you like to study more detail about the ride, below are the ride maps.

I put these ride maps on the web page because I know a few of you love looking at the ride detail and dreaming about the ride. At first glance these maps do not look so impressive, but they are way cool. If you start zooming in, you can see the ride in incredible detail. I have spent a ton of hours sorting through the details of the ride for each day, so for those of you that enjoy this sort of thing, well enjoy!


The Blue lines are MAIN routes

The Red lines are Harder routes

The Green lines are Easy options

The Black lines are the out and back viewpoints

Want to learn more about the route: Visit the Colorado Backcountry Discovery Route webpage

How does the ride navigation work?

This is a self-led GPS ride; all riding is on your own. You are responsible for your own riding. You will be given a GPS map file and instructions on how to use your Garmin GPS unit. People will hook up in small groups of less than 6 riders and tend to ride together. You are not encouraged to ride alone. You are responsible for your own riding and yourself.

(see my ride Navigation Video)

Are you right for this ride?

When something goes wrong on a ride, would your riding friends say that you are more likely to need help or more likely to give help? You should be in the more likely to offer help camp. This ride is filled with riders that are more likely to give help, so most of the time the riders never need help. Additionally there is all the normal stuff, come prepared to maintain your bike, fix your bike on the trail, repair flat tires, deal with bad weather and rain and make a joke or two.

How do I make the GPS stuff so easy?

I develop very high quality ride maps custom for our ride. They come from much of what I and others have ridden. I take the best from all my rides and make new ones.

(See my Custom Ride Maps Video)

Note from me, gpsKevin

My goal for this ride is simple, great riding, so you can count on great routes and places to ride.

But in addition: the ride is about discovering new places, meeting new friends, seeing new parts of the Southwest.




Q:What will the weather be like this time of year?

A: In August, the weather is most often nice, could be a little hot in the lower elevations and it can be cold in the morning and in the mountains. But sometimes there can be rain. Wet and muddy routes can force us to change our plans. Come prepared with extra gear for cold and wet.

Q: Would this be a good ride for new riders?

A: No, this ride is for intermediate and experienced riders only. The riding has easy route choices and tough route options. Each evening we will study the following day's choices. You will find lots of supportive people at the ride.

Q: What are Motel room arrangements?

A: Rooms are double occupancy, meaning each rider shares a two queen bed room with another rider.

Q: What bikes are right for this ride?

A: Bikes including and in between the Suzuki Vstrom and the KTM990 all can do well by choosing the easy or hard route options.

Q; What do I do if I don't have a garmin gps?

A: Buy one, you need it, we will show you how to use it. You can get a great one for under $200 bucks. ( See gpsKevin's gps recommendations)

Q: Is the riding really on my own?

A: Yes, but almost everyone hooks up and rides with a friend, or a new friend or me.

Go to: gpsKevin HomeWho are the adventurous souls signed up for this years ride?

Ralph P, San Pedro CA


Keith M, Potomac MD

BMW 1200GS

Ed P, Torrance, CA

KTM 1190

Brent L, Baldwin Park, CA

Yamaha Super Tenere

Aric P, Post Falls ID

KTM 1190R

Asen A, Emeryville CA

Bmw r1200gs

Brian W, Winthrop IL

R 1200 GSA

Charles W, Turckee CA

KTM 1190R

Julian B, Los Angeles CA


Geoffrey E, Cedar Rapids IA

14 R1200GSW

Bob R, Healdsburg, CA


Greg M, Penn Valley CA

Pedro A, San Diego, CA

Husky TR650

gpsKevin, Escondido CA

Honda Africa Twin

Keith E, Arroyo Grande, CA

1190 ktm r

Mike J, Upland, CA

KTM 990

Brian S, La Jolla, CA

2015 BMW F800GS

Kip W, Federal Way, WA

KTM 690

Russ M, Santa Monica, CA

KTM 950

Edwin T, Iowa City, IA


Ride Balance Payment is $695, You can send me a check for $695


Pay using Paypal below, but you must add the 3% that I loose with that dumb company. So paying by paypal is $716