Vegas Day Trip Ideas?

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  1. motojunky

    motojunky Professional Idiot

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    Hi all,

    I'll be in vegas for a week in June... My co-worker and will have a free day mid-week and are thinking of renting a couple of bikes and doing some kind of day trip. Plans are still wide open at this point. I think he's leaning toward renting a Harley of some sort. I'm not sure what I might choose. Wouldn't make sense to get anything other than a big street bike if we're riding together. Doesn't really matter...

    So I ask the collective for day trip suggestions. He's a newer rider, so big miles are out.

    Thanks in advance!
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  2. ViperJustin

    ViperJustin Retired HH60G Gunner

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    One of my favorite rides to do here in Vegas is North Shore Road (Lake Mead) to Valley of Fire. Then go from there to Mt Charlston (some good food up there and quite a bit cooler during the summer) and then finish it off at Red Rocks area.

    North Shore Road goes along the Northern part of Lake Mead.
    Valley of Fire cuts across from North Shore to the I-15.
    Mt Charlston is towards the NW part of town.
    Red Rocks NP is straight west of town.

    Death Valley is about 3-4 hours away and is always a good ride. Do NOT ride to the Hoover Dam unless its in the morning during a weekday. Traffic can be down right horrible there.
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  3. luv2race

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    Be carefull and carry alot of water. It will be well into the 100's in June. So you'll have to :dutch all day :thumb
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  4. toofast4uu

    toofast4uu adventurer

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    Are you both dirt riders? I rented a bmw at bmw of vegas, and have a great dirt route to death valley and back.

    400 miles. Round trip...but you need to be confident riding a 1200 with street tires in some sandy conditions...but youlll have a story to tell your friends.....check out my rr and if you want the gps file, pm me...one of the best rides of my life.
    ...
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  5. motojunky

    motojunky Professional Idiot

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    Hoover Dam is out... avoiding traffic is high on the priority list.

    Thanks for the suggestions.
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  6. motojunky

    motojunky Professional Idiot

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    I'm pretty much an "everything" rider, but primarily dirt these days.

    He's a new rider, street only at this point. A dirt route sounds perfect to me, but I don't think it's a good idea for his first dirt ride.

    Thanks
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  7. crspep

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    You'll probably have to pay at the toll booth to do Northshore [I think it's just $5 for a bike] I'm not sure, but you may have to pay again to get into the Valley of Fire...... Nice ride though..... You used to be able to get in from the Logandale side for free because they didn't have the toll booths built yet, but they probably do now..... I also see alot of bikers show up in Boulder City on the weekends to do breakfast or lunch near the middle of "old" town. If for some reason you find yourself heading towards Hoover dam, [The bridge project is pretty impressive] [also, if you follow the lake around when you're on the south end of northshore, you hit the road to the dam] if the traffic is too bad, you can still run up the hill to Boulder City for a drink, or lunch, so it's not a total loss.
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  8. Teneighty23

    Teneighty23 Adventurer

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    I know this is an old thread, but If you can answer me, or if someone else can, can you do that route (North shore to valley of fire, across to Mt. Charleston to red rock canyon) all in one day? I will be there for work but only have a saturday free to rent a bike and ride. thanks!
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  9. tbarstow

    tbarstow Two-wheelin' Fool

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    That route is easily done in one day.
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