L.A.-BARSTOW to VEGAS 2018 thread

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by RAZR, Jun 15, 2018.

  1. GalacticGS

    GalacticGS Motorcyclist Supporter

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    Everybody have a good time?

    Need pics and stories!!!

    Appears it's at least a little warmer in Barstow this year than some years past...Maybe you won't have to scrape ice off the seats in the morning!
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  2. CA Stu

    CA Stu Peace and love

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    What's the over/under on GS'es needing a tow? I'm going with 4 today, 6 tomorrow...:D
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  3. breakdirt916

    breakdirt916 CA PLATED 94 YZ250 2-STROKE

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    Heard it was rough on more people this year...not many, but cool pics on IG

    Did everyone eventually get in on day 1 after dark?
  4. Yellowjacket

    Yellowjacket Long timer

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    Yes, last straggler in at 11:30 p.m.
  5. Yellowjacket

    Yellowjacket Long timer

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    You guys must have some stories and photos to share. Let's hear and see them!
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  6. GalacticGS

    GalacticGS Motorcyclist Supporter

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    Must have worn the LA-B-to-V riders out this year. Unusually quiet for post-ride reports...
  7. bigtodd

    bigtodd Hi, wanna ride?

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    Hey Larry, lots of pics at #lab2v2018 on instagram ...

    Great warm weather both days, perfect blue skies and of course the D37 crew had it organized to near perfection. The HARD WAY routes were testing this year with combination of difficult terrain and long mileage. Day 2 HARD WAY was over 260 miles for me and @TwoWheelsGood . Was very glad I've been working on my fitness level the last several months.

    Some pics:

    Eastside of Red Mountain (the nursery of all rocks in the Mojave)
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    Northside of the Freemonts heading to Husky Monument
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    Waiting for just a little more light to head up the Calico Steps
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    The D37 crew putting out ribbons on the Day 2 HARD WAY route were truly in another league on how well it was marked being the furthest out from anything ... on the way to Dumont Dunes
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    The sand out at Dumont was so soft and smooth, we were full speed/top gear across the whoops
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    We saw a couple FS Rangers in their UTV's out there, one of them doing a great job of keeping the Mad Max Thunderdome crowd from racing out of a trail on to the LAB2V tracks.
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  8. dino702

    dino702 OFF2BFE

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    I'm still trying to decompress and process everything from the past few days. Routes were marked very well this year even the remote hard ways.

    Husky Monument is always a favorite stop.

    Calico steps were great being one of the first bikes through and made it clean. Had to bum fuel in Zoomont (Dumont) from a toy hauler fuel station.

    14.7 hours total time on the hour meter so yah, I got my monies worth!
  9. fastpast

    fastpast Been here awhile

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    Great pictures bigtodd. Day two certainly gave more than one person a run for their money.
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  10. jnyrav

    jnyrav Been here awhile

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    Rode the 1090 on the easy ways and had a blast, so much sand and whoops! Had I known I would have set up the suspension a bit different for the whoops. The climbs were fun, one steep downhill that got my attention, but all in all a great event!
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  11. TwoWheelsGood

    TwoWheelsGood Four Wheels Bad

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    Great weekend working the GPS table and riding with @bigtodd. Sorry, not a single pic taken all weekend...

    Friday: Todd and I rolled out at about 8:45a after loading tracks at the GPS table. As we were one of the last riders to roll out, we had to move through a ton of slower riders. We rode together to the hard way split up Last Chance canyon. As Todd had done Last Chance many times and I had not, we split up here. The hard track from here to lunch was sandy, rocky and looonnggg. As I was solo and was going to work the GPS table in Barstow I decided to skip lunch, get gas and keep moving. I was looking forward to doing what I thought was going to be the fun singletrack ridges in the Fremonts but the tracks kept us in the rocks in the foothillls on the way to the Husky. I rolled by the Husky, saying to myself "Self, now you can just chill and mail it into Barstow." But it was another damn 40-50 miles or so to the hotel.

    Worked the GPS table at the Ramada and had fun hazing the FNGs, getting them to buy us beerz :-)

    Saturday: Todd and I hit the freeway to get to Calico within 20 minutes of leaving the hotel vs 45-60' of dust and other riders. Worked out perfectly and we had first tracks through Manix, then bypassed the rocky hardway next to the freeway and shot to Baker to gas. From here we took all the hardways to Vegas. We were making excellent time, with a projected 2:3-3p finish in Vegas, but Todd caught a flat in the gravelly canyon jazz after lunch. Instead, we rolled in at about 4p with 250+ miles on the dial.

    I'm planning to relocate to Boulder, CO early next summer so this was likely my last LAB2V for a long time. But if I were to do it again, I'd consider:
    • Leading a couple LAB2V first timers through the ride.
    • Riding sweep, to get a different perspective on the ride and have fun helping other riders across the 2 days.
    • Do the easy ways on the 990, especially with a group of competent, desert-experienced 9xx riders. Would be a blast to have 6-8x twins dicing it up with smaller bikes in the sand washes. In fact, I'd come back from CO for that ride...
    If you're on the fence about doing this ride, get off and do it. It's an incredibly unique combination of miles, terrain, navigation skills, and not-racing a ride with 500+ other riders. Fookin' cool experience.
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  12. Slow poke Rodriguez

    Slow poke Rodriguez Adventurer

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    Had way too much fun!! Lost my phone, busted my radiator somehow and got lucky enough that MadJack mechanics had an extra!! Just plain having too much fun in the good weather...…..I bet snow/rain and ice are in my future!!




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  13. 211john

    211john Been here awhile

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    I had a good time. Weather was perfect. Course was very well marked. Strangely enough my rider number was 211.
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  14. GeoMoto

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    The most fun I have ever had at an event. Very well done!!
  16. AT Blizzard

    AT Blizzard Been here awhile Supporter

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    Was that a DRZ400 at 13:12 scooting thru the chaos? :D
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  17. AZ TOM

    AZ TOM Long timer Supporter

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    Looks like it to me while all the Husky's & KTM's were strewn every where. Just living proof you can't buy skill!
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  18. molochnik

    molochnik Anhedonic Enthusiast

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  19. dino702

    dino702 OFF2BFE

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    BEC57ECA-4640-4C6D-BF5C-6A127A142ED8.jpeg Here’s my pic from day 1
  20. 2UP RIDER

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    :clap Looking good boys