L.A.-BARSTOW to VEGAS 2018 thread

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  1. RAZR

    RAZR u may run the risks my friend but I do the cutting

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    7B56D5AC-0BCB-4587-B0FD-0053F4789C86.jpeg FFDE6C4E-7CEB-488C-82EF-B862828B9958.jpeg OFFICIAL THREAD
    LAB2V 2018


    Thanksgiving weekend Friday November 23

    Saturday November 24

    L.A.-Barstow to Vegas website click link

    Palmdale Supercycles - Barstow Ramada Inn - Orleans Hotel Las Vegas

    WE ARE LIVE!!! REGISTER NOW!!!
    SIGN UP ON EVENTBRITE! click link

    please do not quote this first post. let's keep this thread uncluttered.
    also there will be updates and changes on this post over the next few months.

    YOU DO NEED AMA MEMBERSHIP FOR THIS RIDE!
    AS A MOTORCYCLIST, YOU SHOULD SUPPORT ALL THE EFFORTS THE AMA DOES FOR MOTORCYCLIST RIGHTS AND KEEPING OUR LAND OPEN AND OUR RIGHTS TO RIDE.
    AMA WEBSITE click link
    $49 membership

    PLEASE READ ALL RULES.

    PLATED STREET LEGAL BIKE.

    SPARK ARRESTOR AND QUIET EXHAUST A MUST ( 96db ).

    FUEL RANGE IS 90-100 MILES.

    HAVE A ROLLCHART HOLDER. EVEN IF YOU HAVE GPS, YOU NEED A ROLLCHART

    the LAB2V is the days after Thanksgiving, on Friday November 23 and Saturday November 24

    ENTRY IS $225 BOTH DAYS

    or $115 for Day 1 ONLY

    or $160 for Day 2 ONLY

    SECURE MOTORCYCLE PARKING IN BOTH BARSTOW AND LAS VEGAS

    Barstow is secure at the Ramada Inn with the Boy Scouts of Barstow! :clap
    you can park there even if you're not staying at the Ramada.
    there will be local Boy Scouts (and their parents) that will watch all night long for a small donation of 10 bucks.

    Las Vegas has a underground parking area where you will park. hotel security 24/7.

    Your Gear will be transported from Palmdale-> Barstow and Barstow-> Las Vegas for FREE with trailer. just pick up your bag after each days ride. small to medium sized bags preferably moto gear bags or duffel bags.

    PLEASE GO OVER TO D37 SITE AND READ ALL THE RULES, AND POINTERS ON WHAT TO BRING ie; clothing/gear/tools/food/tires/etc etc.

    PALMDALE
    Embassy Suites
    code: AMA
    discount rate $99
    cut off date is Oct. 23!
    BOOK YOUR ROOM HERE! click link
    1-661-266-3756


    BARSTOW

    RAMADA INN
    BOOK YOUR ROOM HERE! click link
    760-256-5673

    Quality Inn. TONS OF ROOMS AVAILABLE
    code: AMA
    BOOK YOUR ROOM HERE! click link
    760-256-6891

    CALIFORNIA INN
    BOOK YOUR ROOM HERE! click link
    760-256-0661

    LAS VEGAS

    Orleans
    code: A8AMC10
    discount rate $84 plus $15 resort fee plus tax
    Sunday rate $40 plus $15 resort fee plus tax
    cutoff date - Oct. 23!
    BOOK YOUR ROOM HERE! click link
    702-365-7111
    or
    800-ORLEANS

    Do I have to be an AMA Member?

    YES

    AMA membership is required.
    Beta National Dual Sport Bike Series bike drawings - Founded in 1924, the AMA has an unparalleled history of pursuing, protecting and promoting the interests of the world's largest and most dedicated group of motorcycle enthusiasts.
    JOIN HERE click link

    Will my bike need to pass an inspection?

    YES

    - Street licenced, legal motorcycles only!
    - U.S. Forest Service approved spark arrestor.
    - Be able to pass an exhaust sound decibal test. 96dB Max.
    - You must have a roll chart holder installed.
    - Roll chart holders will be available for purchase at the event.

    How many miles is it?
    - It will be about 225-250 miles on Friday and 225-250 on Saturday
    - Depending on your chosen route.
    - choose from: Easy as well as Hard Way off shoots.

    What kind of GPS do I need?
    Garmin.
    Montana is the best!
    62 or 78 are also great!
    older models that are great if you can find one on ebay are .... 60 or 76, 276, 376, 476.
    hiking GPS don't work very well for Dual Sport riding.
    - You won't "need" a GPS at all!
    - But if you want to use one, the tracks will be available for most any Garmin units.
    - Be sure to bring your connection cable too!

    Do I really need a roll chart holder if I have GPS?
    YES

    - Roll Chart navigation is the tried and true navigation method
    - plus.. the batteries will never run out!

    What will the weather be like?
    It has been COLD, HOT, WINDY, RAINY, SUNNY & SNOWY!
    - Prepare for these conditions and you should be fine.
    - NOTE ~ twilight 6:06AM, Sunrise 6:34AM - Sunset 4:37PM, twilight 5:05PM

    What if I don't have a riding partner?
    LOOKING FOR A RIDE BUDDY THREAD 2018 LAB2V
    click link
    - Because riding alone is not advised, we encourage you to find a partner or group on our board.
    - No one rides alone! The District 37 folks make sure of that!

    PLEASE DO NOT QUOTE THIS POST. LET'S NOT CLUTTER THE THREAD.

    IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, POST UP A QUESTION!

    -->just an FYI to everyone...

    here's a reminder from LAB2V sweep.

    1: Sweep is there to help all riders. But sweep is not your personal pit crew. There are a lot of others riders who my need help.

    2: Carry tools for your bike sweep might not have proper tools for your make of bike.

    3: If hurt stay on course sweep will be there to help you. Don’t try to find help we will find you. Carry some type of medical info card. Most sweep riders are Medical First Responders.
    Sweep riders have radios and cell phones and can get the sweep truck, paramedics or in the worst case life flight to your location.

    4: If sweep ask you to ride the pavement to your finial destination don’t argue with them do as your asked this is for your safety. It gets real dark and cold real fast.

    5: Learn how to change your tubes before the ride. If you don’t want to carry 2 tubes just carry a 21” front it can be used in the rear tire to get you back. Adventure bike will be different.

    6: Don’t ride over you abilities. A hard way may sound like fun but if you have never done one you might not have the skills to complete it.

    7: Ride in groups of 3 if possibly. If one rider goes down one rider stays and the other rider heads to the next check point and tells the check worker or LAB2V staff location, rider number and problem.
    If there is only 2 in your group stay there. Tell someone riding by to let the check point or LAB2V staff that there is a downed rider giving the location. rider number and problem.

    8: Don’t waste a lot of time sight seeing taking breaks or lunch (about a 1/2 hour works for lunch) we would like to get everyone in before dark and keeping all the riders safe.

    9: WATER, WATER and WATER. Drink as much water as you can starting Monday to the day of the ride. If your not peeing clear you are not getting enough water.



    ----also, LAB2V is an open route. not on a closed course. there is 2 way traffic on all routes that you will be riding so ride with caution.
    this is Thanksgiving weekend and there are a lot of OHVers out in the desert this weekend and 4X4 folks, so keep your eyes peeled.
    there is also unmarked paved road crossings as well as unmarked dirt road crossing so please check before you cross.
    and this is the desert so there will be washouts that could maybe possibly break a BMW swingarm.


    this is your friendly reminder to ride safe.

    and have a blast because this is the best dual sport ride in the world!
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  2. RAZR

    RAZR u may run the risks my friend but I do the cutting

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    i PM'd @Yellowjacket about starting an official thread with all the information with Hotel codes and AMA links and the Eventbrite link.
    i apologize if there's any cornfusion.
    in the coming months, i will update this post.
    BE AWARE THAT THE ORLEANS HOTEL CODE IS DIFFERENT THIS YEAR AND THE PALMDALE EMBASSY SUITES IS NOW $99.
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  3. dino702

    dino702 OFF2BFE

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    Any route information yet? What towns are we going through? Do they rotate the (5) different routes each year? So it's five years before they re-run the same route on the sixth year?
    450 to 500 miles in two days? This is going to be a good one!
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  4. RAZR

    RAZR u may run the risks my friend but I do the cutting

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    this year is a whole different route than any year, as i've been told by the Vice Prez. but no route specifics yet.
    we work with multiple BLM offices (traveling through different districts) and multiple Forest Service Rangers offices.
    also, things are know to change last minute because of the possibility the BLM doesn't approve something super last minute. let's hope they cooperate with us this year. :dirtdog
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  5. Yellowjacket

    Yellowjacket Long timer

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    The routes are not only rotated, they are also mixed up. The second day this year is my favorite route.
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  6. dunerat

    dunerat WTF?

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    My Rooms all booked...let's ride:freaky
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    HBSURFDAD Oops, Sorry Supporter

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    Rooms booked, very excited for this year.

    Will there be any sand? whoops? Rocky sections? What oil should I use? What tire psi should I run?


    Last year was my first LAB2V and I plan on doing this ride as long as I am still able. Every person I met from D37 was as cool as can be. If you are on the fence about doing it please go for it, it is a fantastic experience.
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  8. RAZR

    RAZR u may run the risks my friend but I do the cutting

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    this was my experience and i haven't missed one in 10 years! :clap
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  9. dino702

    dino702 OFF2BFE

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    I'm a n00b 4th year for me and will never miss another one. Best people and one of the best run events ever!
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    211john Been here awhile

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  11. Yellowjacket

    Yellowjacket Long timer

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    A message from Photos by Grumpy:

    With the registration now OPEN for the LA-Barstow to Vegas 2018 ride, the 2017 photos are about to be taken off the website. If you have not yet purchased your 2017 LA-B-to-V dual sport photos, now is the time to do so. On July 4th they go off-line and will be no longer available.

    Go to photosbygrumpy.com
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  12. Yellowjacket

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  13. dino702

    dino702 OFF2BFE

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    By the looks of the flyer the T-shirts are going to rock this year, again!
    The bike on the flyer doesn’t look like a dual sport.
    Artistic license?
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  14. Yellowjacket

    Yellowjacket Long timer

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    Yep. Kieth wanted the retro look.
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  15. RAZR

    RAZR u may run the risks my friend but I do the cutting

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    35th Anniversary LAB2V
    bike represents the bikes of yesteryear.
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    breakdirt916 CA PLATED 94 YZ250 2-STROKE

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    Looks like a Yamaha 2 stroke Braaaaap!
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  17. dino702

    dino702 OFF2BFE

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    No, it's definitely European... look what side the chains on.
    Yellowjacket can we can a ruling here? :y0!
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  18. Yellowjacket

    Yellowjacket Long timer

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    I'm staying out of it.
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    fastpast Been here awhile

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  20. RAZR

    RAZR u may run the risks my friend but I do the cutting

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    1984 November: The first ATK ever made, serial number #1 ridden by Chris Crandall won first overall ahead of thousands in the legendary Barstow to Vegas Desert Race.

    http://atkusa.com/
    the term “dual sport” wasn’t widely used until 1990 with the Suzuki DR350 but enduro bikes had been around since the 60’s.

    this bike would coincide with the 1984 B2V victory on an ATK. what prize do I get?!?!
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