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Old 05-05-2013, 06:56 AM   #1906
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Old 05-05-2013, 06:58 AM   #1907
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I was just in Vegas last week, and wished I had my bike. Just outside the city there are tons of roads in the desert to explore!
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Old 05-05-2013, 09:34 AM   #1908
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Rental guy, "Sir, what happened to the Road King you are returning"
Me, "There was a lot of rock and gravvel in the canyon"
Rental guy, " what canyon, there are not road in any canyons here?"
Me, "Hence all the rock dings"
Rental guy, "and how did you manage to remove so much of the paint?"
Me, There was a lot of sand, you just need to lean back and stay on the gas for that"
Rental guy, "The dents in the right side of the tank are going to cost you. How did you manage to do that?"
Me, "You havent seen me ride before have you? it isnt pretty"
Rental guy, "What the hell made you think to ride an HD in the canyons?"
Me, "Before I can explain that I need to know if you even know what Screech is"
Rental guy, "What ever, Just unstrap all those duffle bags and that damm hockey stick and leave"


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Old 05-05-2013, 09:37 AM   #1909
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There is a lot of Great riding out there. I have been thinking about taking the KLR on a cross country out route 66 toVegas then down the Baja.

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I was just in Vegas last week, and wished I had my bike. Just outside the city there are tons of roads in the desert to explore!
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Old 05-06-2013, 06:50 AM   #1910
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Old 05-06-2013, 03:31 PM   #1911
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Ok so ordered my tent, footprint, and sleeping bag liner today. Now to get my pad and bag still, should have all my gear I need then.
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Old 05-06-2013, 04:37 PM   #1912
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Pre-Ride...

Rode out to take a look at the group campsites for the first night to make sure we will all fit. The park is not even open yet, and things are just starting to green up. Booked two group sites, so there will be lots of room to spread out.



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Found a good spot for breakfast just around the corner from the campground.


Did a little pre-riding to. Rode the first 30 minutes of day 1 morning...a nice mix of tarmac, gravel, rail line and easy trails to shake the cobwebs out.




Will have to go back with a saw next time.


The trees are just starting to bud, but these guys where everywhere...welcome to Ontario!
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Old 05-06-2013, 05:23 PM   #1913
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Cool2 Breakfast!

I'm glad that you sorted the essentials, Jimmy!
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Old 05-06-2013, 05:41 PM   #1914
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I'm glad that you sorted the essentials, Jimmy!
There's a bridge just past Charly's restaurant and on the other side is another good breakfast place called "The Reach". So if one's too busy, try the other.
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Old 05-07-2013, 04:25 AM   #1915
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The breakfast place might appreciate a heads up call for the morning 60 hungry bikers are going to show up.
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Old 05-07-2013, 04:32 AM   #1916
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The breakfast place might appreciate a heads up call for the morning 60 hungry bikers are going to show up.
We'll try them out first. Haven't been there yet - Charly's just opened this spring under new management so I have no idea what their food is like yet. I know the other restaurant, the Reach, has a good breakfast but it's smaller. We'll warn them too.
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Old 05-07-2013, 04:56 AM   #1917
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The breakfast place might appreciate a heads up call for the morning 60 hungry bikers are going to show up.

Not 60...more like 130
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Old 05-07-2013, 05:38 AM   #1918
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Not 60...more like 130
You think they'll all get up at once and go for breakfast? That would be a sight to see!
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Old 05-07-2013, 06:49 AM   #1919
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Where in vegas did you rent it and how much was it? I lease Tuesday to speak at Interop and would love to go ride out to the canyons
Not much option - eagleriders.com. They run a network of bike rental spots around the globe and have an agreement with BMW Motorcycles of Las Vegas to rent Beemers in Las Vegas. that is your pick up/drop off point. Clay, the operator, says Eagle Rider rents about 50 Harley's in Vegas to every BMW he rents. Just a note - there is no refunds if you book in advance and cancel, just credit for future use. Given April isn't a busy month I chose to just do a walk-in.

Basically it's about $200/day for an F8 or R12. More for a K1600, less for a F650. They will provide a helmet but you have too bring your gear. 300 miles/day allowance, but I exceeded that by close to 100 and wasn't dinged extra charges (it pays to chat up the hired help ;)) I brought my own helmet, boots and gear. Note to self: never send fine China through WestJet baggage services! All four corners were popped open and the once stiff cardboard was like paper by the time I got back to Ottawa.



Clay set me up with a 2012 F8 with 1,300 miles which he used as his daily rider. Never been off-road, never been dropped, he tells me. I popped its cherry on both accounts.

Unlike my auto policy, my motorcycle insurance doesn't cover rentals so I also took the $25/day insurance. I would take it if I were you. Clay told me someone came out in January and declined the insurance and wrote off a K1600. Another guy a week or two before me rented an F8 and entered it into some desert race that was taking place in the area at the time. Wiped out and broke two ribs and is facing a $3,500 repair bill on the F8.

They reimburse up to $20 in cab fare to get there for pickup. My cab ride from the Aria on the Strip was $25 including tip, $200 including the sunglasses I left in the cab.

Clay can set you up with some good rides to get you started. The first day I did the Death Valley thing and the next day I did the Valley of Fire Loop. As Jimmy mentioned, there are tons of tempting double track trails jutting off the main roads that are tough to resist.

All in all it was worth the cash for the two days. The only downside is that you have to restrain yourself in you off-road excursions because those rocks are damn sharp and can slice through the sidewalks of your Anakees like a hot knife through butter. And cell service is sketchy in the desert.

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Old 05-07-2013, 07:11 AM   #1920
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I did 2 rally schools with Charlie in the desert there between Pahrump and Dumont Dunes. Good terrain for it. Just watch the g-outs on rental bikes: I compressed my spine the last time
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