Brave enough to ride the 2018 Big Bear Run?

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  1. Yellowjacket

    Yellowjacket Been here awhile

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    It's that time again! The Big Bear Trail Riders are hosting the 24th annual Big Bear Run Dual Sport and Adventure Bike ride. The opportunity to win a 'coveted' plaque by riding the hard route will be on Saturday, June 23rd.

    Date: June 23-24, 2018
    Where: Big Bear Convention Center parking lot
    What: A two-day dual sport tour of the mountains surrounding Big Bear
    When: Signups are Friday 6-10 p.m., Saturday 6-9 a.m. and Sunday 7-9 a.m.

    AMA membership is required. Join or renew your membership at http://www.americanmotorcyclist.com/

    Overnight dry camping with no hookups is available at the Big Bear Convention Center parking lot Friday afternoon through Sunday afternoon. There are plenty of motels available nearby. The closest one is Motel 6, located across the street. Camping is also available in the area.

    For those of you not familiar with this ride, here is the gist of it:

    There are three routes available each day: hard and easy ways, as well as an adventure bike route. All skills are welcome, however, I don't recommend the easy route for noobs. You need some riding skills in your arsenal. You never know what the Big Bear Trail Riders will throw at you!

    The hard route on Saturday is VERY hard. You need to be an intermediate or advanced rider to complete it. A couple hundred riders start out on the 200 + mile hard route beginning at 6 a.m., but only about 50 to 70 riders usually complete it. You need to pass through all the checks on the hard route, get a ticket from each check and turn in all tickets at the finish to receive a plaque. There are usually 7 or 8 checks. You will ride the rockiest, steepest terrain you have ever seen up on the mountain. Plan to be on the hard route 8-13 hours.

    You'll need a capable bike with aggressive knobby tires. Being in shape helps. Start working out and practicing those hard trails in the mountains of Big Bear now!

    If you're riding the easy route, show up and have a scenic ride (although you may be challenged in places).

    This ride is for street-legal/licensed motorcycles only. A spark arrestor is mandatory.

    The price includes a t-shirt (guaranteed with pre-entry), Saturday night dinner and a great raffle with lots of giveaways. You can pay for one or two days of riding.

    This ride is GPS only with no roll charts. GPS download is available at signups. Bring your data cable! You'll be given a course map. There will be minimal ribbon on the course.

    If you've never ridden the Big Bear Run, go to YouTube and watch some videos. You'll see plenty of footage from people trying to earn a plaque.

    These three people from the Big Bear Trail Riders can answer any questions you may have:

    Miguel Burgi 818-391-3031 or Miguel.burgi@gmail.com
    Frank Schnetz 909-225-7409
    Jim Nicholson 818-391-3083

    Sign up online and see the flyer/entry form here:

    http://bbtr.clubexpress.com/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=849383&module_id=20431

    I'll see you there!
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  2. Yellowjacket

    Yellowjacket Been here awhile

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  3. Slowred

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    YJ, do you know if Gold Mtn is back in this year? I felt we cheated a little last year.:D
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  4. Yellowjacket

    Yellowjacket Been here awhile

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    Jim Nicholson said yes, it will be.
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    dunerat WTF? Super Supporter

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    Maybe.....
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  6. DJLeBLanc77

    DJLeBLanc77 Adventurer

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    Hello everyone, Im registered, hotel’ed up, will do the hard route on Sat, easy on Sun. Live in SF, down to do some training runs post May 22 (finals). Feel free to reach out. Question to the board; what GPS you recommend?
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  7. Yellowjacket

    Yellowjacket Been here awhile

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    One that you know how to operate.

    The Garmin 78 is less expensive than the Montana.

    Don't show up to the GPS download table with one brand-new in the box. That won't help you the day of the event.
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  8. DJLeBLanc77

    DJLeBLanc77 Adventurer

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    Why is that?
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  9. breakdirt916

    breakdirt916 CA PLATED 94 YZ250 2-STROKE

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    Lol...the GPS table isn't a team of experts from the company offering free tutorials... it's volunteers with a couple laptops to load a GPS track they have created for your convenience. They also have to do it for hundreds of riders that day

    Open it, charge it, make sure the memory card is not full, be familiar with how to use it, get in line, load the tracks and get going to keep the line moving.

    Next ride: volunteer at the gps table. I volunteered one D37 event (parking lot) and had fun.

    Sadly I am working that weekend...
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  10. Targetdrone

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    Can they still load the tracks to a Garmin V with a 9pin serial cable?
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  11. Yellowjacket

    Yellowjacket Been here awhile

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    I'm not ignoring your question, just trying to get the answer. :-)
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  12. Chillis

    Chillis Long timer Supporter

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    I watched some video online. Looks like this run closely mimics CA traffic: parking lot on the trail!

    Looks really difficult.
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    Yellowjacket Been here awhile

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    Sorry, that unit is just too old and doesn't hold enough tracks. You need a newer unit like the 76, 60, Montana, 78, etc.
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    ballisticexchris Long timer

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    The sections, with the exception of 38 Special and rutted hills across the street from it, are not that hard. What's hard is doing all of them in one ride. You either have to have sick riding skills and ride super fast in the transfer sections or be in top physical condition and keep moving if you are a novice.
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  15. Buster714

    Buster714 I'll ride anything

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    1. sick riding skills... nope
    2. super fast... nope
    3. top physical condition... mmm, :imaposernot even close

    Chris and I took turns running into bushes and tumbling over boulders at 7k feet to make sure we were ready. :jack
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    For us, it was simply a matter of keeping moving and limited breaks. I’m old, slow and had a hard time reading the gps. LOL!
    We trained by doing several 150+ mi pre-rides with only short breaks. That really helped.

    Super fun event BBTR puts on.
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    ballisticexchris Long timer

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    And don't forget to have a steering damper!! LOL

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    Buster714 I'll ride anything

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    Allllllllmost took me off the bike.:rofl Took a nice bite outta me arm. Argh.

    Isn’t there a video of the dude that rolled out on his bike with relatively no gear, rode the BBTR BB Run, and rode home?
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    Yellowjacket Been here awhile

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    Buster714,

    I think you may have two riders confused with each other.

    Brad Wagner is the rider that wears jeans, a t-shirt, riding boots, helmet and no gloves (because he likes to feel the power of his bike). In 2016, he finished the event in third place at 4:25 p.m. He was held up because he had a head-on crash with a car and rolled onto the lady's hood. She broke his front fender, so he was upset. He also rode the event in 2015 wearing his same attire. He finished in third place then too, but much earlier at 1:10 p.m.

    Last year, Ely Woody finished the event in second place at 3:30 p.m. He got his plaque, I snapped a photo of his badly blistered hands and then he rode his bike home to Apple Valley. He had ridden it to the start that morning.

    They're both animals!
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    Yellowjacket Been here awhile

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    People are starting to get out and practice some of the steep/hard hills for this event. Are you?
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