Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Taking the VLX 600 (or any carb bike) Over the Bear Tooth Highway
Bought my son a 1997 Shadow VLX 600 last year for his senior year in high school. My neighbor had literally "parked it" in his garage for 15 years after riding it only 77 miles. I had the carburetor rebuilt, new tires, etc. It is still running great after 4,000 miles. We live in Texas. I suspect the carburetor rebuild only involved cleaning out the junk, no rejetting.
We plan to ride to Sturgis in about a month. We want to go over the Bear Tooth Highway, then down thru Dinosaur National park in UT / CO, then down to Durango, CO over the Million Dollar Highway.
Anyone been over the Bear Tooth Highway (highest elevation 10,600 ft - I believe) with a carburetor bike? Can we do that without problems? Any recommended modification for the trip? Timing advance; foam air filter, etc.??? Does the highest octane fuel help?
I lived in Denver 30 years ago and drove the mountains in my car, so I know the feeling of pedal to the metal and still only going 50 mph uphill. (Not sure if my car then had a carburetor or EFI.) So, I know at a minimum we'll experience that.