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Mark_Denver and I made it to the top of Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs, CO this past Sunday on our Vespa GTS's. Elevation of 14,110 feet above sea level. Round trip miles from Denver: 264. Here are a few pics from the ride.

We also rode our scooters to the top of Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park in July and the the top of Mt. Evans in August. We were going after the Peak to Peak Pin given out by the Rocky Mountaineers Motorcycle Club. They give this pin to anyone who rides all 3 summits in one riding season. We are the first scooterists to ever get the pin!

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Congrats! That 2nd to last picture is my idea of a great ride.
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Well done, guys, that's what I like to see!

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What an incredible experience we had. Of the three Pikes Peak was by far the most challenging as part of the road is gravel and the wind was quite gusty.
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How did the scooters handle the elevation changes???

Congrats on the great accomplishment....
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Our planes don't even go that high here in Minnesota... why should they, there's nothing to run in to!
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That's SO awesome! Congrats to you both on such a great acheivement! Love the photos...
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Nice pics! The Rockies are very majestic!






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How did the scooters handle the elevation changes???
The GTS 250, with the fuel injection, really helps the scooters at altitude. They tend not to bog down as bad as scooters without it. The GTS 250 really just flies up the mountain!

And as Mark mentioned, the unpaved parts of the road on Pikes Peak were challenging. Lots of loose gravel and washboards. We had some pretty strong winds at the top too.

Oh, and the temp at the top of Pikes Peak was 36 degrees F!
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I'm taking my next vacation with you guys...looks awesome!

Big Congrats,

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Two years I ago I biked up that. Then I biked down in a hailstorm, not fun.

That was when I was 16, I've since biked the peak two more times. I haven't been fortunate enough to ride the GTS up it.
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post pictures of the pins and that green scoot please Wha? emoticon
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That looks like just a fantastic ride! Thanks for the photos.

We miss seeing you around here. You haven't dropped by much over the past few months. Don't be a stranger.

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Wow! Well done.
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Very much OT, but here's an alternate view of conquering the PP. It's filmed nearly twenty years ago, the driver is a fellow Finn named Ari Vatanen, nowadays a MEP.
Enjoy: http://www.metacafe.com/watch/123742/ari_vatanen_pikes_peak_1989_peugeot_climb_dance/
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Those are some awesome pictures!!!

We went rode up Pikes Peak and Mt. Evans two years ago. The trip was 4500 miles after a detour to Devil's Tower, WY. I have to say that Mt. Evans is one of my favorite rides. Did you prefer it to Pikes Peak too?
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Congrat's on the rides, they certainly look special, also good to see Atomic Blast been ridden.

As with bryanhayn, can we see the pins - hope they match the effort involved in getting them.
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Incredible feat! Congratulations. Gorgeous photos too.
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Wow, Nukie! My hat's off to you! I was so inspired by your Mt Evans blog that, when I was in Denver last month, I drove out and tried the Mount Evans road in a rental car. I chickened out at what the ranger called "the traverse" above the lake.

Again, good on you!
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Congratulations on a wonderful ride. If I ever get out west on the scooter I'll have to try that.

Here in the east there is the Mount Washington Auto Road but they don't allow scooters I'm told. I haven't found any either who have said they made the ascent.
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