Mountain Riding

by Lisa T.

Hello! I am taking a 5,000 mile journey this summer and my biggest riding concern is the portion in the Rockies. Any tips on riding through the mountains? Do you rely on the gears when going on the downhills? I have a 2005 Honda Shadow Sabre and it's carbureted - do I have to change/tweak it for the altitude when I'm passing through?

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May 21, 2011
Riding the Rockies
by: Anonymous


I live up here in Colorado and ride in the mountains. Do, definitely downshift as you go downhill. Things get pretty steep around here.

No matter which roads you take through the mountains, you will have tight turns that are two lanes. Cars will absolutely cross the yellow line, so be vigilant. If you're going with other people, riding in the group will certainly help make you more visible. Also, prepare for all sorts of weather. While it might be 90 degrees down in Denver, it might be 40 up at 12,000 feet if a storm blows up. Also, there will probably be sand, gravel, etc. on the sides of the roads, so keep an eye out for that. My first ride of any length was west from Denver into Utah, Idaho and Wyoming. You'll have a great time, but definitely, enjoy the scenery when you are stopped.

May 13, 2011
Mountain iding
by: Lois

I'm not in the Rockies but I do live in the Smokey mountains just remember keep your eyes on the road not the scenery, leave that for when your stopped. Don't ride the center line I have seen to many cars come around a tight curve on the center line and as we all know cars win. Ride safe have a great time don't forget the camera!

May 06, 2011
Mountain Roads
by: Ruby. NM

Practice down shifting so you don't start burning your brakes. Your bike will need some carburetor adjustments when you hit the high elevations. You may want to practice on curvy roads too if you have a chance. Good luck on your trip. Be safe.

May 05, 2011
Mt. Riding
by: Anonymous

The most important thing you can do while riding in the mountains is to stay on your own side of the road.

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