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The Complete Guide to Motorcycling Colorado: The Definitive Reference for ALL the Best Roads, Rides, and Tips Paperback – September 15, 2011

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"I really see riders with a map spread out on the work bench holding the Motorcycling Colorado book and dreaming of their ride.  The anticipation of a great trip is an essential part of the entire experience and these two resources help foster that dream." - Justin Bradshaw, Butler Maps


"...I've been living and riding in Colorado for over 10 years and every one of my favorite roads is listed, plus hundreds more that I now want to explore. The Complete Guide to Motorcycling Colorado is a fantastic guide to riding the state. It probably contains every paved road worth riding, as well as many mild dirt roads. And the included history makes great rides even better by giving the rider an appreciation of the men who built those roads and why." - by Jim Stanley, in Motorcycle Consumer News

"This book came across my desk at just the right time. This July I took a trip down south to North Carolina and Tennessee, where the temperatures were in the mid 90’s, with humidity to match. So I vowed to travel to a cooler climate next summer, and this book has inspired me to discover what Colorado has to offer." - by Ken "Hawkeye" Glassman, SpeedTV.com

About the Author

Steve Farson is a longtime Colorado resident and adventure rider of the roads, backroads, and trails found there. He shares his expertise of the area with others as a long time chronicler of riding Colorado, on and off road, in print and on the web. His images and videos have long captured the motorcycle magic of Colorado.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Whitehorse Press (September 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1884313922
  • ISBN-13: 978-1884313929
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Marc Lomax on September 9, 2011
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book as I live in Colorado and wanted the best reviews of our Colorado roads that I could find. This Book is exactly that, The BEST.

I find that Mr. Farson has done an excellent job of capturing the essence of all the roads reviewed and his writing style is fantastic. It has opened up a whole new view of this state and given me many more places to explore and enjoy.

It is also a great reward, after buying the book, to be able to visit his web site with its interactive maps and videos of the roads of Colorado. I especially like where he has a historical picture of a town or site along with a current picture taken from the same angle. This is very informative and allows me to enjoy my rides even more.

This is a great way to plan your rides in the summer months and relive those rides in the winter.

Great Job Steve Farson.

Marc Lomax
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By KHelton on September 6, 2011
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Over the years,I have read and saved many of Steve Farson's ride reports in the various adventure forums. When I read that he had written a book detailing the best motorcycle roads in Colorado, I knew it would be good.

Living over in the flatlands of Virginia and trying to get to Colorado to ride every few years,but thinking about it every day,any information that allows me to maximize our limited Colorado ride time is very important. I have just received his book and it is going to be extremely valuable to us Colorado vacationers as well as to those who are fortunate enough to live in that beautiful state.

Besides his xlnt writing style, he provides great detail and pics for the best roads and areas in Colorado.

Everyone who buys the book also receives a free membership to Mr Farson's website which has interactive maps and videos for every ride and area covered in the book. Again, very valuable for helpng you decide if the area is a place you want to ride. There is little guesswork in your route planning because you can see the actual roads from the saddle. Click on the icons and it takes you to a video of where you are looking to ride...not that there are any bad rides in Colorado...

Mr Farson's book is the best, most descriptive book written about Colorado roads to date..and I try to buy them all. He has also simplified my Christmas shopping this year because I will be ordering "The Complete Guide to Motorcycling Colorado" for all my riding friends.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By wah64apache on February 11, 2012
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If you are an avid motorcycle traveler or are lucky enough to live in Colorado or in neighboring states then this book is for you. Superbly written, photographed and described. The best book available for the motorcycle roads of Colorado. The only comment I have that is not stellar is that I also do a lot of dual sport riding and would like to see more of those types of roads (dirt) in a future revision or separate cover. Cheers, Frank
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ClifPort on November 20, 2011
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Steve Farson's exhaustive tome is indeed "The Complete Guide to Motorcycling Colorado." I have spent hours studying maps of Colorado and combing internet ride reports while planning a Colorado motorcycle tour. Every road that piqued my interest and many I had overlooked is exhaustively covered in this treasure trove of information for the adventurous rider. Maps, photographs, detailed information on gas stops, dining establishments and overnight accommodations; it's all covered. Along with ride-centric descriptions of the beautiful and challenging highways and byways of spectacular Colorado.

A special feature of this unique motorcycling guide is its historical emphasis. Descriptions of events long past and the challenges faced and overcome by earlier visitors and residents are enhanced by the inclusion of historic photographs, many of which are paired with modern images taken whenever possible from the same vantage point. The author's love for the land and respect for it's previous inhabitants is woven into the texture of this delightful volume.

Rest assured that "Motorcycling Colorado" will be riding along as I explore Colorado next summer.
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I bought the book for a Colorado motorcycle adventure trip last summer. I hauled a KLR 650 out to the front range, setup base camp in Nederland, and rode out from there. I didn't have time explore more than the front range and this book let me select the rides I wanted without guessing and false starts.

The ride to Caribou, for example, was short and sweet and without the book I wouldn't have ventured there. The mention of a dual purpose road connecting to Eldora caught my eye and turned an out and back into a perfect loop for a KLR and a couple of DR 650's. We were laughing and sweating and proud and the beer never tasted better than after that ride!

County road 68 between Magnolia Road and Boulder was another perfect ride for us. Even with a mounted GPS we couldn't find where 68 turned into the unmaintained dual purpose road. We knew it was there because it was in the book but finally a county worker had us drive to the end the road and turn right between a couple of big bushes. Ha! Sure enough, after squeezing through a space just wide enough for my handlebars we found what looked more like a rutted ditch than a road. Perfect off road adventure; even had a bear run out in front of me! Fortunately bears only eat KLR's for breakfast and we loped out near Boulder, driving down Flagstaff Mountain just as the sun was setting.
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