LA-B-to-V 2019 Thread - Registration is Open!

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  1. Yellowjacket

    Yellowjacket Been here awhile

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    Welcome to the 2019 LA-Barstow-to-Vegas thread. Registration is now open! Go to LABarstowVegas.com to register online for the event.

    Please note, AMA membership is required. Before you register for LA-B-to-V, you need your AMA number. To join the AMA or renew your membership if it has expired, go to www.americanmotorcyclist.com. If you have questions about AMA membership, call 800-262-5646.

    NEW START LOCATION!
    The start this year will be at Embassy Suites in Palmdale, not at Palmdale Supercycles. The Honda car dealership bought the property from Palmdale Supercycles south to the corner. They wanted it because it backs up to the freeway and is the closest property to the freeway on/off ramps of the Auto Center properties. Palmdale Supercycles closed at the end of June and the owner retired.

    FLYER
    Here is the link to the flyer. Please read it as it has a lot of pertinent information about the event and will answer most of your questions:

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Pi6KsVasb8UZmQHWB6SnJOBwe5gTAiVQ/view?usp=sharing

    HOTEL RESERVATIONS
    Please make your hotel reservations right away. You can always cancel them before the event if you cannot go. Use the special reservation codes to get group rates. (Note the cutoff dates for Embassy Suites and The Orleans to receive the special group rates.)

    Embassy Suites reservation code for Thursday, November 28: AMA
    Cutoff date: October 23rd

    Ramada Inn (Headquarters) reservation code for Friday, November 29: AMA
    Quality Inn (alternate) reservation code for Friday, November 29: AMA
    California Inn (alternate) reservation code for Friday, November 29: AMA

    The Orleans Hotel and Casino reservation code for Saturday, November 30: A9AMA11
    Cutoff date: November 7th (Special rate available for Sunday night too.)

    STREET LEGAL ONLY
    This event is for street-licensed, legal motorcycles only. No exceptions!

    LUGGAGE
    Although some riders have pit crews for LA-B-to-V, it is not necessary. You can leave your vehicle at Embassy Suites until Sunday or Monday. We will transport your small overnight bag for you from Palmdale to the Ramada Inn in Barstow and from Barstow to The Orleans in Las Vegas.

    ROLL CHARTS/GPS/ROLL CHART HOLDERS
    This event is guided by the use of roll charts and GPS. GPS download is available at signups each day. The Countdown slotted roll chart holder is the deepest one available and will hold the length of the roll chart. These are only available at Flanders Company in Duarte, CA. Telephone 626-303-0700. They are not available online. Please call them to purchase one.

    GAS MILEAGE
    The route mileage varies each year because the route varies from year to year. Usually, the farthest mileage for gas is about 85-90 miles on the easy route. The hard route could be up to 110 or 120 miles. If you can't make it that far, you may need to carry additional gas.

    LUNCH AND GAS
    We provide lunch and one gas for you on Day Two in Sandy Valley.

    AWARDS PARTY
    There is an awards party Saturday night at The Orleans Hotel and Casino. There will be hors d' oeuvres, lots of giveaways from our generous sponsors and raffle prizes. Also, awards will be given away to recognize certain riders.

    RIDERS' INSTRUCTIONS AND RIDERS' PACKET
    In October, a thread will be posted called 2019 LA-B-to-V Riders' Packet. You need to read this. These pages of information cover every question that you may have about LA-B-to-V, and I do mean EVERYTHING. This is a step by step process of what you do once you get to Palmdale and all the way to Las Vegas. (There are also lots of helpful tips.) We cannot post it earlier because we are still finalizing information about the event. About a week or two before the event, once the route is finalized, another thread will be posted called 2019 LA-B-to-V Riders Instructions. These two-page instructions show the mileages between gas stops, tell about important course information and list pertinent phone numbers, should you need assistance. Please read this also. At signups, you will be given this same information printed on the back of the course map. You won't have time to read it then, so read it when it is posted a week or two before the ride!

    RIDING BUDDIES
    We encourage everyone to ride with someone else. It's safer--and more fun. If you do not have anyone to ride with or if your riding buddy dropped out/flaked out on you, please post on this thread or go to the District 37 message board at district37ama.org. There will be a special thread started a couple of months before LA-B-to-V called, "I need a riding buddy for LA-B-to-V". Post what level rider you, what bike you're riding, if you want to ride the hard or easy route and email address. Those things are helpful.

    DRIVING HOME SUNDAY
    Many riders choose to travel back home on Monday. The Sunday traffic will take you twice as long to get to your destination. I have found if I leave Sunday at 5 a.m., there is no traffic. But leave after 5:30, and you're in for a traffic jam. Besides, if you stay til Monday, you can join the District 37 committee members and volunteers in their Sunday night bowling tournament at The Orleans Bowling lanes.

    GETTING BACK TO PALMDALE
    Riders will start posting on this thread and on the District 37 message board a couple of months before Thanksgiving weekend that they need a way back to Palmdale for themselves and/or their bike. (district37ama.org) There will be a thread started on the District 37 message board called, "I need a ride back to Palmdale". If you have space for riders and/or their bikes, please post that. There has never been a rider/bike that has been left behind in Vegas, so just know that arrangements always get worked out.

    VOLUNTEERS
    Lastly, we couldn't put on LA-B-to-V without the many volunteers who step up to help out in Palmdale, Barstow and Vegas. Some help out all along the way! If you have no plans for Thanksgiving Day or the weekend, your pit crew is bored and would like to help us out while waiting for you to show up each day or you are interested in riding LA-B-to-V but want to see what it's all about first, please contact me and I'll put you on my volunteer list. There are many positions available from signups to parking lot attendees, greeting riders to selling t-shirts. We have a position for YOU! Send an email to me at yellowjacketD37@yahoo.com and let's talk!

    Looking forward to an exciting 36th LA-B-to-V!
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  2. Reidy008

    Reidy008 I,m in if we go fast

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    Looks like we are going to try and get a group together to come run this event. Looks like fun.
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  3. DirtDog43

    DirtDog43 Adventurer

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    I’m signed up counting the days. Staying at the Ramada.
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  4. Yellowjacket

    Yellowjacket Been here awhile

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    Looking forward to seeing the Arizona guys. Since you mastered the Big Bear Run, you should be able to do the hard ways on LA-B-to-V. That is, as long as you watch your time carefully. After all, there's a LOT of miles to cover. I hope you've taken care of your tire problem by then!

    Just know that the hard ways often don't always include a lot of rocks on this ride, they include a LOT of deep sand and more miles!
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  5. Yellowjacket

    Yellowjacket Been here awhile

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    So glad you were able to get registered.
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  6. Socal996

    Socal996 Been here awhile

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    I'm sure I'm way too early, but will be coming from Victor Montana and will be looking for others coming from the same general area (MT, ID etc.). Riding a FE 450 probably an intermediate.
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  7. DirtDog43

    DirtDog43 Adventurer

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    Thank you Yellowjacket,
    Not trying to be annoying. Just excited for the event. I look forward to it every year.
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  8. Yellowjacket

    Yellowjacket Been here awhile

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    The first post has been updated with a LOT more information.
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  9. HBSURFDAD

    HBSURFDAD Oops, Sorry Supporter

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    In for year 3.

    Trying some hard ways this year. Thanks Julie and D37.
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  10. Slowred

    Slowred Been here awhile

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  11. Vegas800XC

    Vegas800XC POS

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    Question. Is there a minimum age to participate, my riding group has an 18 y/o and he was under the impression 21 was the minimum. I don't see that anywhere on rules.

    Thanks!
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  12. Yellowjacket

    Yellowjacket Been here awhile

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    The person just has to have a valid motorcycle license. We have had 16 year-olds participate with their parent.
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  13. Vegas800XC

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    Great, thank you for the information!
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  14. Yellowjacket

    Yellowjacket Been here awhile

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    The first post of the thread has been updated with a new paragraph called Riders' Instructions and Riders' Packet
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  15. dunerat

    dunerat WTF? Super Supporter

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    Rooms booked:thumb
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  16. Whodatschrome

    Whodatschrome Long timer

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    I can't remember, but is there secure moto parking at the Embassy Suites Thursday night, or do we just chain our bikes up out front on the sidewalk?
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  17. dino702

    dino702 OFF2BFE

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    Perhaps we need to reach out to the local Palmdale Boy Scout troop?
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  18. mrorange

    mrorange Adventurer

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    This is one of the many items the Dual Sport Committee is working on. It is still early so give them time.

    Right now is the time to sign up and book your rooms.
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  19. dino702

    dino702 OFF2BFE

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    Done and done #7 on the sign up list
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    Yellowjacket Been here awhile

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