Denver Motorcycle – Buying a Bike in the Rockies
More than 1.5 million Americans are motorcycle owners. They long for the freedom, fun, appeal, and confidence that exploring the world on two wheels brings. If this sounds like you, and you’ve been contemplating buying a bike to tour around the Rocky Mountains, here’s what you should know about the Denver motorcycle scene.
Denver motorcycle trail riding
Colorado is a thrill-seekers paradise and there is no shortage of off-the-beaten-path trails to explore on your new bike. There is one trail called Cinnamon Pass and it’s perfect for Denver motorcycle riders. It’s a 14 mile loop with longer variations deep within the trail, and offers terrific scenic vistas throughout the route. Riders say that it’s a great first trail for new motorcycle enthusiasts. Also check out the Alpine Loop, Crested Butte East and North, many trails in the Keystone area, Rampart Range, or St. Mary’s Glacier.
There is definitely no lack of scenic highways near the Mile High City. Practically any given day, when the weather allows, you could head out of the city in any direction and find breathtaking scenery. If you just bought a bike, try the Cache la Poudre-North Park, the Peak to Peak trail, The Dinosaur Diamond scenic byway, or the San Juan Skyway. Any of these treks will have you squealing with delight.
Know the laws
As a new motorcycle owner, it’s important to know the laws on the books so that you don’t find yourself on the other side of those laws. Remember to always ride with a passenger behind you, to utilize footrests, to never pass another vehicle in the same lane, or grab onto another moving vehicle as your bike is in motion. Colorado doesn’t require that motorcyclists wear helmets, but it’s much smarter to wear one anyway.
Get the proper license and equipment
A Colorado driver’s license doesn’t automatically entitle you to drive a motorcycle. You’ll need to get a motorcycle endorsement on your driver’s license which requires you to pass an exam, have a motorcycle permit, pass a motorcycle skills test, and purchase a new license to which the motorcycle endorsement can be added. Once you have that shored up, be sure you have the right equipment to hit the road. Colorado requires that all motorcycle riders wear some type of eye protection the best of which is a visor or helmet.