L.A.-Barstow to Vegas LAB2V 2013 30th Y E A R

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by RAZR, Aug 14, 2013.

  1. RAZR

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

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    LAB2V hangover :freaky
  2. dzrtracin

    dzrtracin возьми

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    Checking the D37 forum, seems there was quite a bit of carnage in the snow & ice:huh Looks like a good time boys:freaky

    RIDE ON!
  3. bigtodd

    bigtodd Hi, wanna ride?

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    Epic conditions indeed

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  4. GalacticGS

    GalacticGS Motorcyclist Supporter

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  5. RAZR

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

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    bummer about that oil on the Showgirls foot.:lol3:rofl
  6. Rapid Dog

    Rapid Dog bikes, booze, broads...

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  7. bigtodd

    bigtodd Hi, wanna ride?

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    That's funny ... thanks for the advice in Baker, new parts ordered this morning.
  8. biodieselandon

    biodieselandon Been here awhile

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  9. CA Stu

    CA Stu Peace and love

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    Here's what the top of Red Rock looks like. :brow

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    If you made it over, you got a kiss...

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    :D

    Good times!

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  10. M1Jeep

    M1Jeep Long timer

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    Ride 'em cowboy!
  11. scorpion

    scorpion Two arm bandit

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    busted my ass on all the day 2 hard ways, got turned around at red rock.
    Its tricky even in the dry. Seeing the pix, I didn't miss much :lol3

    Cheers, to you guys that got over. :clap:freaky
  12. DoWorkSon

    DoWorkSon Been here awhile

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    Going to be doing this next year on my 800...

    Any words of advice for the bigger bike guys? Anything you wished or should of had to help out?
  13. johngil

    johngil Reseda, CA

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    Don't take the 800 would be my advice.
    I've done it, but can't say it is the funnest day you'll have on the bike.
    Going through Red Rock was the funnest part on the 800, though. Lots of cheers.
  14. biodieselandon

    biodieselandon Been here awhile

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    Not really. I packed all of my tools and extra tubes with me and fortunately I didn't have to touch them. Just make sure you have brand new aggressive tires (I was quite happy with the performance of the Pirelli Scorpion Rallys) and bring lots of water. Lots of water. I think a steering damper may have helped in the sand, and I am going to do some suspension work before next year. I put my skid plate to good use bottoming out at very high speeds.
  15. 1224R

    1224R Long timer

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    Red rock was fun!!!!
  16. bigtodd

    bigtodd Hi, wanna ride?

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    Words of advice; get a small bike for this ride. I did it twice on my 1200 GSA and rode a 525 this year. It can be done on a big bike but it was 1,000 times more fun on the small bike
  17. RAZR

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

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    agreed.

    I rode my KLR650 2 years and my KTM 525 EXC for 4 years and while I rode all the hard ways on my KLR, it was a pig on most of the trail. sand, hill climbs and Red Rock was a challenge. but doable.

    heck, there was a guy and his wife riding 2 up on his KTM 990 ADV. he was hauling ass. :deal
  18. DoWorkSon

    DoWorkSon Been here awhile

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    Well the problem is.... I only have one bike. I would have a smaller dual sport, but an upcoming wedding will be putting a stop to that.

    My 800 has upgraded forks and shock, and will have Mitas e-09 tires. Hopefully a Scott's stabilizer by time for next years rally. Not afraid of a little challenge with a bigger bike.... But we will see if I can get a smaller bike..
  19. biodieselandon

    biodieselandon Been here awhile

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    I'm in the same boat as you. I like the fact that I can ride twisties with sport bikes here in the Santa Cruz mountains, commute to work with all of my tools and laptop, or do events like LA Barstow to Vegas. I agree a smaller bike would be so much more fun without all the limitations, but the 800 sure is a well rounded machine. Sunday I rode back to Palmdale averaging speeds of 70 and 80 on the highway and passing cars at over 100 mph. I would say if you were going to have 1 bike that does it all, an F800GS or a 990 Adventure are really where it's at.
  20. CA Stu

    CA Stu Peace and love

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    Indeedy!

    After day 1, time for a pint:
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    Afton Canyon, after the second water crossing:
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    Red Rock:
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    Hats off to the organizers, everything this year was excellent.
    Roll chart, GPS routing, the route itself to begin with (lots of new stuff on Day 2!) on-line sign up was sweet, sweep, the luggage truck, the swag at the banquet raffle was awesome*, just an all-around great effort. :thumb

    *despite me going home from the raffle empty handed, once again. :bluduh