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Old 05-26-2017, 05:25 PM   #81
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I'll have to look into the gearing situation, check out the gearing commander website and get blistered by the guys on the ADV 300 thread. It would handle the short amount of highway the way it is. Most of the time in the forest I'm in 2nd or 3rd.

I'm also going to buy a handful of jets just to have them with me. Did I ever mention that I don't like carburetors? 2:

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I have a Lectron. Set up is easier than stock and then you can pretty much forget it. Better fuel economy (I'm getting a honest 30mpg) and happy over a wide range of air densities.

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Old 05-26-2017, 05:56 PM   #82
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Btw, I'm going to Hidden Falls tommorow if any of you jokers want to join me. I'm "planning" on getting there pretty close to 0800 and staying as late as my fuel and hands last.

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Old 05-26-2017, 06:12 PM   #83
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Apparently Renthal makes a 11 to 15 front and rears from 38 to 56 tooth. This is a common change for the SUMO guys.
Took another look and it is my clutch slave actuator protector with knock down bar that prevents me from going +1.
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Old 05-26-2017, 06:38 PM   #84
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Btw, I'm going to Hidden Falls tommorow if any of you jokers want to join me. I'm "planning" on getting there pretty close to 0800 and staying as late as my fuel and hands last.

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I should go but at this point cant. Planning on visiting with FiddyK after I get back from Canada, eh.
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Old 05-26-2017, 07:37 PM   #85
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Give me a heads up when you're in ATX. Shooting for SHNF next weekend and CTOR the following weekend

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Old 05-28-2017, 07:53 AM   #86
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I have this ride on my list of must-dos and am in the same boat as you. My only concern is a 250f pinned for two days at high speeds. That really isnt what the motor is built to do.

How do you think your 250f will do?
I cant see why your 250 wouldn't do fine. As long as you carry enough spare fuel to get you from stop to stop. A 250 is light enough to deal with the sand. As Meriden said, you probably wouldn't want to take it very far on I-15. Otherwise it should do fine. There are countless terrain changes on this ride, some situations will in fact require you to juice the throttle pretty good to properly negotiate the course. And some rders will keep a pretty fierce pace thru a lot of the the course, just because they like to. However it is by no means for anyone, an entire day of pinned throttle as you blast across endless stretches of flat sandy desert floor. One of the things I was most amazed by on my first LAB2V foray, was just how many diferent riding environments we travelled thru. I guess my biggest surprise was having to negotiate a gas tank deep (if you got into the wrong area) water crossing. I remember thinking "wait a minute this isn't Arkansas, we are in the middle of the mojave desert and I have to do a 80' wide, up to waist deep water crossing! Doesn't anybody remember it is winter time, and we were all riding thru falling snow flakes a few hours ago?"
Yep folks, its not just another dual sport ride...its a full on adventure!
We are now 6 months out. Better make your plans, resos, and bike mods soon! Also as the date approaches, don't forget to tune up your all day long in the saddle riding skilz too!
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Old 05-28-2017, 11:47 AM   #87
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Maybe it's crazy to start a planning thread for a ride that is ten months away, but posts will keep coming in on the 2016 thread if we don't. So this is an opportunity to discuss logistics, equipment, etc. for those planning to go or those just interested in the 450+ mile desert dual sport ride.


For anyone unfamiliar with the ride, the starting point is Palmdale, California and goes to Barstow on the Friday after Thanksgiving. The second day starts at the Barstow Ramada Inn and ends at the Orleans Casino in Las Vegas. In between the route crosses various desert OHV areas and BLM land that is normally closed to off road riding, so this is a once a year opportunity. AMA District 37 sponsors this as a tribute ride to the old Barstow to Vegas desert race of the 60s.

Formal registration will begin in the early summer. In the mean time it is never too early to book a hotel.

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Could you post exact dates for each hotel I should make reservations? First time going to this and I don't wanna mess something up. Like book the wrong hotel.
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Old 05-28-2017, 01:49 PM   #88
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Re: Barstow to Vegas 2017 Planning Thread

My schedule is:
11/20/17 Las Vegas-hotel
11/21-22/17 bandit camping
11/23/17 Palmdale-hotel
11/24/17 Barstow-hotel
11/25/17 Las Vegas-Hotel
11/26/17 Az/Nm-camp

Ymmv, I am riding from LV to Palmdale for the start. Unless you have a chase truck you will have to ride to Palmdale before or after the ride.

In 2014 we rode from LV->primm->barstow then to palmdale getting in about 100mi of powerline ROW through the desert. It was a long day and made us start the two days of LAB2V already tired. This go around, I scheduled 3 days to get there, to make it a bit easier on the body and build in some time for maintenance and sight seeing. If the weather is too bad we can always get a cheap room somewhere.

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Old 05-28-2017, 01:59 PM   #89
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Re: Barstow to Vegas 2017 Planning Thread

http://www.labarstowvegas.com/

Ride starts at Palmdale Supercycle Friday the 24th with the nearby Holiday Inn as an informal meeting point the night before. Lots of hotels around Palmdale. Friday night the ride stops at the Barstow Ramada Inn. There are some hotels in the area, too. Not everyone likes the Ramada. The trick in Barstow is to be close enough to leave you bike at the Ramada where the boy scouts, or more correctly their dads, stay up all night and watch them. The night of the 25th has traditionally been at the Orleans Casino. There is an AMA discount at the Orleans and they have so many rooms that reserving one now is not really necessary.

My preference is to rent a room at the Orleans and then ride to Palmdale along the powerlines. Stay Thanksgiving night at the Holiday Inn, on to the Barstow Ramada and then back to the Orleans. You can leave you rig at the Orleans and they won't care. Either way, there will be people back riding the route before and after the event.

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