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    Good place to live/ride between fruita and moab

    Hi, I am looking into buying a vacation/rental home near moab or fruita. Maybe inbetween. I would also like some motorcycle trails nearby for enduro, dual sport, woods.

    Looking for some supermoto or gocart tracks that allow supermoto bikes there.

    Do the houses have basements there?

    Can moab be ridden year round??
    , I see that fruita may have too much snowfall/rain.

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    There is one ghost town between Fruita/Loma and Moab named Cisco. Other than that, it is pretty much empty desert between the two towns. Moab gets snow during the winter but it's trails are more rocky based so there are more riding options versus Fruita which has more sand/dirt based trails.

    Not sure about basements or motorcycle trails so will let the locals chime in on that question.

    From what I have read and seen on the forums, Fruita can be ridden year round barring when it snows. Two weeks ago, Fruita was a no go but now they are telling folks to hit the trails as they are good to go - Fruita trails do a great job of drying out as the moisture doesn't stay on the surface as long as it does in other parts of the country that have clay based soils such as where I live in KC, MO.

    Two years ago, it rained for 3 mornings in a row in Fruita whilst I was there and by 10am each day, the bike shop said trails were good to go and we got to riding. Takes quite a bit of moisture to close the trails there - such as melting snowpack and heavy thunderstorms.

    Being that the average monthly precip in Fruita at the most rainiest month is 1.5 inches as it is a desert, not choosing Fruita based solely on precipitation amounts and trail closures based on such should not be a deterrent to choose it as avacation locale - I would move to Fruita in a New York second if I could land a decent job out there.
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    Cisco
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    Open a Taco joint in Cisco. With a strip club.
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    There is no "good place" to live between Fruita and Moab. It's pretty much Thompson Springs (population 39) or Cisco (even smaller).

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    There is plenty of riding including moto in both areas. There is a go kart track in Grand Junction, but I don't know their policy on motorcycles.

    Wait, what about Gateway?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rideit View Post
    Open a Taco joint in Cisco. With a strip club.
    You are the smartest man I have ever met.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rideit View Post
    Open a Taco joint in Cisco. With a strip club.
    Good one, rideit!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rideit View Post
    Open a Taco joint in Cisco. With a strip club.
    Good idea... save for one very salient point: Utah.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles View Post
    Good idea... save for one very salient point: Utah.
    Utah was created by strength of conviction, surely it can work again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rideit View Post
    Utah was created by strength of conviction, surely it can work again.
    Your ideas intrigue me. I'd like to subscribe to your newsletter.

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    What is a "super Moto?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by zrm View Post
    What is a "super Moto?"
    A "Super Moto", in every aspect, is much much more than a "Regular Moto"!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rideit View Post
    I will be starting a (501c) protected cult shortly, with all social media outlets represented. Watch this space!
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    I fully endorse your newsletter, in advance, rideit.

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    Check out Gateway, CO.

    It's between Junction and Moab if you take the long way 'round.

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    If you looked at a map, Gateway is somewhat centrally located between GJ and Moab. But you'd be looking at a little over 1 hr from Gateway to GJ and 2.5 hrs from Gateway to Moab.

    If you liked in Fruita, you'd be only 1.5 hrs from Moab and 0.5 hrs from Fruita to all of the riding in the Grand Valley.

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    True, but personally I'd rather have a vacation house out by Gateway than along the desolate I-70.

    Access to Glade Park and the Divide Road would also be good for motos.

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    Mack, CO. You're welcome.

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    Thanks for all the replies.

    Supermoto is a dirt bike with slicks, and real go cart tracks are ideal to run them on.
    Can be ridden on streets and dirt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles View Post
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    This is some funny stuff, if you stop in cisco its like watching a new episode of the hills have eyes. What would the strip club have a cyclops dancing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cobi View Post
    There is no "good place" to live between Fruita and Moab. It's pretty much Thompson Springs (population 39) or Cisco (even smaller).

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    There is plenty of riding including moto in both areas. There is a go kart track in Grand Junction, but I don't know their policy on motorcycles.
    Like everyone said, nothing good between the two, I would live and do live in Grand Junction. Moab is far too expensive to have a house in and quite honestly the trails in GJ/Fruita are better anyway, Moab is nice to have close by to ride the full enchilada, daves, and various other trails, but living in GJ I have way better riding than Moab all year.

    I had considered buying a second home near one of the resort towns for downhill season as that is really the major thing this area lacks. You have about 3 - 4 resorts within 3 hours, but that is really it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yurik View Post
    quite honestly the trails in GJ/Fruita are better anyway,
    This claim is patently absurd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles View Post
    This claim is patently absurd.
    the skiing near Moab is better so by default that makes everything better

    No smog like GJ either.

    OP: Why not consider Durango? Pretty much all of the trail systems connect right to town where as in GJ or fruita it would possibly require some significant road miles to get to the trailheads depending on where you'd live. Lift served trails at Purg and plenty of moto trails in the San Juans. Plenty of breweries, no traffic, no smog and not too hot in the summer. Only 2.5hrs to Moab and 3.5hrs to Fruita/GJ...what isn't to like?

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    You guys really think Moab is better than GJ as far as trails go? I'd love to hear you name off some of the good trails in Moab then. Quite honestly all Moab has to offer is the Whole Enchilada, Dave's Trail, Chili Pepper Trail, and maybe if you want to count Portal, that is really about it. I mean there are a lot of others like Slickrock, Mag 7, etc. but nothing I would say is extraordinary like the others I mentioned.

    Maybe if you are big into XC or slickrock type riding I suppose you could justify it, but even with that GJ/Fruita has way better trails, and likely more of them then Moab, especially if you consider surrounding areas, like Mack, Palisade, Loma, Rabbit Valley, etc. There really is no comparison in my opinion. I've been and rode all of these places, and I like GJ far more than Moab, Moab is great to visit, but not something I want to be riding daily.

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