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After hitting a deer with my 2014 BMW 1200 GS on Red Mountain Pass, I had BMW of Denver inspect the bike for the insurance company. They called to say that the frame was bent and that my bike was probably a total loss. With less than 2 weeks from a planned, week-long ride through Colorado’s back country, I didn’t have a bike! It is mid-June and I needed to find a bike fast! None of the dealers I contacted had any used GS’s and the new 2018 model is beyond my budget. Searching Craigslist, Cycle Trader and any other publications...

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On the morning of June 7th, my buddy, Monte and I decided to check out Ophir Pass to see if all of the winter snow had melted. We were headed south out of Ouray, CO working our way up Red Mountain Pass. There was no need to be in a hurry, as the area is incredibly beautiful with the surrounding mountain peaks reaching over 14,000 feet in elevation. We had just rounded a slight bend in the road when I spotted a deer standing on the shoulder of the road. Instinct took over and I laid on the brakes hard! Within...

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