One Lap of Vegas

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by MacMcMacmac, Mar 10, 2019.

  1. MacMcMacmac

    MacMcMacmac Struttin' n frettin'

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    Well, I'll be in Vegas for my niece's wedding May 19-25. I was hoping to maybe rent a bike for a few days and look around. The desert southwest always fascinated me, pretty much the complete opposite of Canada in every way. Some sun is sorely needed right now believe me!

    Anyhow, I was hoping to sample a few bikes while I was there. I blame ADV Rider, but a Guzzi was near the top of the list, maybe a V7 or V9. All I can seem to find right now for Guzzis is the Stelvio or California Tourer, neither of which interest me much. If I can't get what I want Guzzi-wise, I think I'll sample a 1200 Sporty or Low Rider and a T120 while I am there. I was toying with renting a supercar for the day, but knowing my luck....

    Can anybody recommend a particular company to deal with, or recommend a nice day trip while I am there? i was thinking Hoover Dam but it seems to be quite a bit further away from Vegas than I thought. It's sort of a semi family reunion as well (7 siblings plus associated nieces/nephews), so I don't plan on doing 8 hrs in the saddle or anything. I am thinking of this as a reallllly long test ride! Probably easier than trying to snag one at the dealer nowadays actually.
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  2. MacMcMacmac

    MacMcMacmac Struttin' n frettin'

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    I would probably like to take i n a shooting range while I'm there as well.

    Really looking forward to this trip!
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  3. ADVSaint

    ADVSaint Been here awhile

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    Eagle Rider will have the best selection of bikes to choose from. My. Charleston, Valley of Fire, & the Dam are good places to visit and see that Vegas is more than the Strip..
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  4. MacMcMacmac

    MacMcMacmac Struttin' n frettin'

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    Well crap, someone told the the dam was 4 hrs away from Vegas! Hell, I could almost make it to LA by then.

    Looks like it would be a fun afternoon jaunt.
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  5. RedDogAlberta

    RedDogAlberta High Plains Drifter

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    Las Vegas to Boulder is 26 miles. Nice ride for breakfast.
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  6. desert sled

    desert sled trail rider

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    hey, check eventbrite and convention calendar , also check restaurants that you might like , mt charleston real nice , north rim of grand canyon near there , take a few extra days
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  7. Kyle E

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    Euro Cycle Las Vegas Does BMW rentals and other Euro brands. I don't know if they rent Guzzi, but they are the Guzzi/Triumph/BMW dealer here in town.

    Like RedDog said The dam is an hour round trip or so from the strip.
    You can go to the Dam, they have a couple levels of tours, but one for like $20 gets you into the generator room. Worth it to see the big turbines.

    On the way back you can do a half lap of the lake out to Valley of Fire, do the touristy bit there (petroglyphs and such) then back to Vegas on I15. You can do that whole trip in 3~ hours of riding time if leaving from the Strip.

    Machine gun shooting depends on what type of experience you want.If you want to have a big package deal and shoot belt fed stuff, Battefield Vegas is the place to go. If you just want to shoot 50 rounds out MP5 and a Thompson type experience The Gun Store on Tropicana is going to be the more reasonably priced.

    If you have any specific questions let me know.
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  8. Ack535

    Ack535 Been here awhile

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    The Southwest Diner in Boulder City is the best place for breakfast!
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  9. akupnt

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    Red Rock scenic loop > Red Rock Canyon Rd > Mountain Springs Salloon ... https://goo.gl/maps/2MU2j8YMU1C2
    Hoover Dam > Nelson ... https://goo.gl/maps/B7HHqjQepyS2
    Valley of Fire > Northshore Rd (Lake Mead) ... https://goo.gl/maps/uz972CttzqT2
    Mt Charleston Lodge > ski park helipad (cooler weather) ... https://goo.gl/maps/ubCU3Hbr4412
    Shoshone > Death Valley > Dantes Peak ... https://goo.gl/maps/finspbTB5b52
    Cedar Breaks (not mapped) > Bryce Canyon > Zion ... https://goo.gl/maps/Y1HXR4mZ8Wr

    If you can spare 3 days here is a RR I posted on a pretty good route into Utah that could loop out of Vegas ... https://advrider.com/f/threads/reno-to-southern-utah-–-may-2018.1364640/
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  10. slawson2000

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    Depends on what you want to to see, and how far you want to ride....

    Valley of Fire / Northshore is a very nice ride. Callville Bay is a good place for a rest/drink/snack. Also from there you can get to the Dam pretty easily. If time is a factor, just ride Northshore Rd. Come in by Lake Las Vegas and ride north as long as you have, turn around and come back. I do this when I need a quick fix.

    Mt Charles is a nice loop to. I would go up and down the hill on 157. That stretch between 156 and 157 is pretty bare.

    Oatman, AZ is a funky trip. Loop out 95 one way and do 93 the other.

    Shooting, look at the Pro Gun Club. They have whatever you want to do. I'd call first to confirm they have what you are looking for.
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