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Old 07-09-2013, 10:19 AM   #1
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Springs to Vegas

Curious if any of you ever rode from Colorado Springs area to Vegas? Am planning on riding my Concours 1400 there in August or September and was wondering if it possible to do it in a day. Don't want to push to hard, but don't want to have to rent a room either if I can get away with it.
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Old 07-09-2013, 10:31 AM   #2
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I think it would depend on your route. I've done something similar on a comfy roadbike back a few years ago during the summer. Some of the route was pretty darned hot, and that tends to suck the life out of you for long mileage riding. The shortest route is going to be just over 800 miles, so that is a fairly stout ride even on a decent bike like yours. Doable...but desirable?...only you can answer that. If you try to stay in the mountains to curb the heat, it will be longer mileage and time. I'd rather take a pup tent and two days, making sure you spend the night at elevation along the route. You could beat the motel/hotel cost and eat out, still making it an economical trip.
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Old 07-09-2013, 10:35 AM   #3
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Curious if any of you ever rode from Colorado Springs area to Vegas? Am planning on riding my Concours 1400 there in August or September and was wondering if it possible to do it in a day. Don't want to push to hard, but don't want to have to rent a room either if I can get away with it.
I just rode parts of that route a couple weeks ago. Streets and Trips shows it as 816 miles. So yes it is doable in a day. However, if you start in the morning you'll be finishing the last few hours in the hottest part of the day. If the heat bothers you, that would mean pushing it. My ride had me continuing on past Las Vegas so I stopped at the Virgin River Casino in Mesquite, NV - it was like 112 when I got there. They have rooms where you can park right outside your door for $32. That's only 1 1/2 hours from Las Vegas +/- though. You'll be passing by lots of national forest/blm land so if you carry a sleeping bag, just throw that on the ground somewhere at elevation (that's what I did other places). No fees There are ranch exits off I15 north of Cedar City that I've used many times for just that. Then wake up with the sunrise and finish in the cooler part of the day.
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Old 07-09-2013, 11:12 AM   #4
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I used to live in Vegas and have made the trip many many times...

I lived down in Green Valley/Henderson, about 800 miles if you I-70/I-15 it all the way. Easy to do in a day if you get an early start and the heat at the other end doesn't drain your vital fluids too bad

This time of year I'd probably leave late evening and ride through the night. I used to leave at midnight-2am to get there midday.

btw, the Virgin River Casino is a great idea - I've used it on many road trips headed both ways that didn't begin or end in Vegas. Mesquite is 90 miles from Vegas, St. George about 125.

I'd mentally break the ride in thirds....here to Grand Junction ~250, GJ to I-15/Beaver another....and the rest of the way the last third.
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Old 07-09-2013, 12:06 PM   #5
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Old 07-09-2013, 12:40 PM   #6
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Thanks guys. I did close to 800 miles a day on my 2005 Wing for 4 days straight and damn near killed the circulation in my legs and ass. One hard push might be doable but think I'll just spring for a room and relax and enjoy the scenery. Plan is to leave early in the day and take it from there. With todays speed limits of 70-80 can run 5 over and be safe. Who knows, might make it in a day but doubt it.
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Old 07-09-2013, 08:49 PM   #7
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if you're going to break it into a 2 day ride.... peel off I-70 shortly after Green River and head for Hanksville, Capitol Reef, hwy 12 along the Escalante Staircase....to hwy 89.

Take 14 to Cedar City or come back thru Zion to Hurricane....get on I-15 and head on in.

The last drone is a drag, if your destination is the south end of Vegas, consider taking Lake Mead Dr into Henderson, or hang a right before Lake Las Vegas and take the northern route in near Nellis AFB.
Pretty ride thru the park (fee area)
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Old 07-10-2013, 08:44 PM   #8
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if you're going to break it into a 2 day ride.... peel off I-70 shortly after Green River and head for Hanksville, Capitol Reef, hwy 12 along the Escalante Staircase....to hwy 89.
I did that on my ride. Big fun though someone needs to teach Utah how to lay down tar snakes so they don't

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Take 14 to Cedar City or come back thru Zion to Hurricane....get on I-15 and head on in.
Or continue down 89 past Kanab to Fredonia and then head west to Colorado City and on to Hurricane. I tried that this trip. Not an interesting road but quicker than following motorhomes through Zion around endless 15 mph curves.
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Or continue down 89 past Kanab to Fredonia and then head west to Colorado City and on to Hurricane. I tried that this trip. Not an interesting road but quicker than following motorhomes through Zion around endless 15 mph curves.
I did that on a ride to the coast last year - four corners, Kayenta, Kanab for the night....then thru polygamy-ville (Colorado City) to Hurricane, and out...

Scenery is better on 14 to Cedar City, but the Kanab/Fredonia route is wide open spaces and good time can be made
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Old 07-11-2013, 01:33 AM   #10
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A few years ago, I rode from Vegas to Pueblo in one shot(technically I stopped and rested my eyes using the picnic table at the rest stop on the UT/CO border for a bit). Slabbed it across NV and UT on I15/I70 . Took Hwy 50 across CO. I was riding the ZX12R in my sig. That was after a hard night's partying and gambling too. Took late checkout rode most of UT in the dark. Wasn't too bad. Got a little chilly at night in UT. Didn't have a throttlemeister then. Right hand and wrist were a little stiff the next day.

It's doable, but it would be more fun to take a couple of days.
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Old 07-11-2013, 03:56 AM   #11
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Last month I rode from Aurora to California and was planning to make it to St. George on the first stint, but with the high winds through Utah I only made it to Green River.
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Old 07-11-2013, 09:50 AM   #12
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Hell, I am getting to old to do the marathon stuff:). Plan is to make the run the end of September and take a day and a half to get there, same back. My ass will just be sitting at the poker tables for 4 days once I get there anyhow:)
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