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post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-03-2017, 03:32 PM
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I have a V-Star 1100 & we're moving to Colorado from the Northwest. Since it's a carbed bike, many are saying I would be better off to sell the bike here & repurchase a bike with FI to ride in Colorado or taking trips from there to other places at sea level. Comments please?
Hello! Welcome to Colorado

As to your question, I've seen some older models struggle at altitude on a few of our mountain rides here. We had a guy on an older, mid eighties Honda have to turn back the other day on our ride to Winter Park due to loss of power. His was a 750 or something tho, the 1100 might be ok. I ride a '13 vstar 1300 (FI) and have been to 10,000+ feet numerous times with no issues.

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post #12 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-03-2017, 04:26 PM
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the real question is: how often do you think you will be riding over the high elevation passes?

Denver is at 5000'. What is the elevation where you are going to live.

They dont put the passes over the peaks, they put them as low as possible.

look at a map with elevations and scope out where you think you will be riding the most. The Rockies are VAST, any rides up through the passes and you are looking at hundreds of miles.

If you landed a job at the gift shop on the summit of Pikes Peak, that is another story.

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the real question is: how often do you think you will be riding over the high elevation passes?

Denver is at 5000'. What is the elevation where you are going to live.

The dont put the passes over the peaks, they put them as low as possible.

look at a map with elevations and scope out where you think you will be riding the most. The Rockies are VAST, any rides up through the passes and you are looking at hundreds of miles.

If you landed a job at the gift shop on the summit of Pikes Peak, that is another story.
Just my two cents, but if you live in CO and enjoy riding, there is no better place to ride than up in the hills. Especially if you are new to our beautiful state. To the OP, I'd be more than happy to recommend a few day trips if you would like some ideas. Heck, I might even join ya
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