Las Vegas BMW rental.

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by Slippy Chips, Jan 10, 2013.

  1. Slippy Chips

    Slippy Chips Been here awhile

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    Flying to Vegas a day early for a meeting on feb 11. Thought it would be a great way to see some different scenery before getting stuck in meetings all week.

    1. What are some good rental places there? Any reccomendations? The one I found (eaglerider) is closed Sundays and I would only be able to ride until about 2pm on Monday.

    2. If I can work out a bike, what are some great areas to head to?

    Thanks!
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  2. def

    def Ginger th wonder dog

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    Others will chime in on local places to visit near Vegas but, have you checked the weather? Its not going to be warm until the 15th or 16th.
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  3. Bill-66

    Bill-66 Hencho in Kansas

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    Las Vegas BMW they will meet you there Sunday..call Kurt..tell him Bill sent you.

    He will help you out with your route / time ratio as well.
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  4. bracky72

    bracky72 Long timer

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    Kurt will help you out. Tell him Braxton from WV says hello. The Death Valley ride was amazing. :beer
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  5. Emoto

    Emoto Sure, why not?

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    Go to the Grand Canyon.
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  6. Slippy Chips

    Slippy Chips Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the feedback.

    I will give Kurt a call. Since I arrive just before lunch on the 10th and "report for duty" just after noon on Monday the 11th maybe I'll look into a ride out to Death Valley or the Grand Canyon, spend the night at a cheep hotel, then wind my way back in the morning.
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    Please use the Regional Forums for questions regarding regional issues.

    Moved to RF: West.
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  8. Slippy Chips

    Slippy Chips Been here awhile

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    My bad. My main concern was locating a BMW specifically so I thought that was the apropriate forum. Lesson learned.

    Thanks
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  9. sealsam

    sealsam Sam...I am.

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    This might be too late, but....

    You are not going to GC or DV. Too far.

    Stay local.

    1. Red Rock Canyon on the west side of town. It is a 13mi. loop of fantastic views.

    2. Valley of Fire State Park just north of Vegas. Well eat up 3-4 hours.

    3. Out of VofF link up to Northshore Rd to Hoover Dam. Park just before the dam and walk up to the Bypass Bridge:clap.

    Enjoy Vegas, tell my $$$ hello. :lol3
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    I had breakfast at the Crowbar, made it to Badwater Basin and was back in town by noon. :norton
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    TUCKERS the famous james

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    Yes, you could do Red Rock and DV loop in a day.
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  12. Bill-66

    Bill-66 Hencho in Kansas

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    you'll freeze to fackin' death goin to the Canyon..plan on Death Valley.
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    skysailor Rat Rider

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    When you guys speak of Death Valley, are you referring to the National Park? Looks like a great ride. Not one I'd do in July.
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  14. bracky72

    bracky72 Long timer

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    Yes Death Valley NP. I spent some time there last July. At least it was a dry heat. :D

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    skysailor Rat Rider

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    Christ mate, I sweat to death in my 'stitch up here in northern Canada!
    How hot is DV in Feb?
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  16. ViperJustin

    ViperJustin Retired HH60G Gunner

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    Temps can be anywhere from freezing to 80 degrees F. I ride to DV about a dozen times a year. It's EASILY a day trip. If you hustle, you can make it there within two hours from Vegas. Be sure to gas up in Pahrump, or you'll be paying much higher than normal.

    Ride Badwater Road, starting from Shoshone. Eat lunch in Furnace Creek, then ride up to Dante's View. After that, you should still have at least a few hours of day light left. (This is riding conservatively and checking out the sights)
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  17. Slippy Chips

    Slippy Chips Been here awhile

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    Thanks, now I think I'll try the loop up to the VOF and then down North Shorw dr to the Hoover Dam. Maybe I can duck over to the Grand Canyon if there's time but I'll only have about 6-7 hours of daylight by the time I can get on the road.

    Thanks for the advice!
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  18. ViperJustin

    ViperJustin Retired HH60G Gunner

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    Riding to South Rim is about 4 hours from Las Vegas. North Rim is farther and possibly closed (snow), but it'll be cold either way. If you do the "Vegas Area Tour", add Red Rock Canyon to your list. It's just West of Vegas and is beautiful area. I drive or ride there weekly. Valley of Fire, Red Rock Canyon, and Lake Meade NP are all fee areas. Be sure to bring cash with you (it's easier and MUCH faster). If you tour VoF, be sure to ride the road that goes North through a tight canyon. There's a museum up on the hill (usually filled with tour buses). In Lake Meade NP, take the road to Calville Bay. It's a 5 mile, knee dragging, twist piece of ribbon that a lot of sportbikers here like to ride. It ends down at the lake and there's an ok bar and delli there. The Hoover Dam road can be quite busy during weekends.


    Hope this helps.
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  19. Ride-DR

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    I off Sun, Mon, Tuesdays if your wanting to do some dirt riding just let me know.
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  20. Slippy Chips

    Slippy Chips Been here awhile

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    Hey Ride-DR, Sorry I missed your post, I didn't check in much the week or so leading up to the trip.

    The trip was great! Thanks for all the great feedback and suggestions everyone. I ended up staying close to Vegas and did "The Loop" on Sunday, then Red Rock Canyon on Monday morning before turning the rental back in. I left Vegas about 12 noon and headed strait North on 15 to the Valley of Fire. It was a high of 45 that day, but my new Klim Latitude Jacket and Patagonia liner kept me suprisingly warm. The wind, however, was BRUTAL!!! I seriously thought I was going to die several times just trying to get out of Vegas. The cab drivers in Vegas are all trying to kill you anyway even if you aren't getting blown 3-4 feet side to side every 20 seconds. It's just not something we have to deal with here in The South since we have these things called "trees" that block most of it. I think this wind was unusual for Vegas and it moderated once I got out of town. I limped north at 60 MPH until I was passed by a new Ferrari and two guys on Harleys doing 100+ MPH, so I figured I was good to step it up a notch. I just hadn't realized the wind had died down as much as it had.

    The VOF was absolutely INCREDIBLE. The roads were awsome and a few some of the trails were open as well. It was definitly the off season and the crowds were small. Everywhere you look there's an amazing vista. I only spent about 2 hours there since I started so late but it was worth every bit of it. From there I headed west to Northshore Dr and down to the Hoover Dam. I have to say this was so much more than I had expected. I dnon't know why but I really only imagined it as a flat little ride along the lake, but there were mountain views and all sorts of twisties to make it fun. I took a short detour out to Stewart Point which was vacant and kind of wierded me out. But the view of the lake from there was priceless. By the time I got to the Hoover dam the sun was setting and the temp had dropped into the 30's. I got out, used the restroom, took a picture, and booked it bakc to Vegas where I dodged cab drivers and the wind to get back to my Hotel.

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    Monday morning I left out at 7 am in 35 degree temps. Red Rock Cayon is only 30 minutes out of Vegas but felt like another world. As long as I was moving the gear kept me warm, but I was getting on and off again which made me sweat some, and that made me cold when the wind blew. The VOF and Northsore Dr was a tough act to follow, but RRC was certainly a worthy trip. Once again it was super cold and there weren't a lot of people. Great place for pictures though:

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