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Hi,

I'm fairly new to the GL1800 world. We bought one in May of '03, and have put 4k miles on it before putting it away for the year. Here in MA once the roads are salted riding 1 mile means putting 3 miles wear-and-tear on your bike, so I'm giving it up except for special occasions.

So to keep PMS at bay, I try to take advantage of off-season riding opps whenever I can. This year it's Feb 10th - 13th in Las Vegas! I'm there on business for Mon & Tues, but am staying the rest of the week. And rented a '03 GL1800 with unlimited mileage!

So where is there to go in Vegas? I mean on a motorcycle! :wink: I'm already figuring to see the Hoover Dam and would like to see the Grand Canyon, but other than that, I'm stumped.

Any ideas? Any one from the area want to hook up for a ride?

I'd appreciate any suggestions or thoughts...

Thanks

Wes
 

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A must ride is the valley of fire, it is just a awesome ride, you can do it the same day you do Hoover Dam. Take a day and head north in Nevada there is some awesome scenery up that way also, and a ride down through Arizona always works. Just remember to take warm clothes the temp can change quick this time of year.
 

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Wes,

Death Valley is a must see if you haven't been there. You can spend more than one day there. Consider going to Oatman, it's worth a day. Also take a look at Red Rock Canyon. Bolder City is worth a stop for a few hours.

I'm jealous!

Hope this helps,
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I live in Vegas, and there are some great rides in the area. The closest is Red Rock, just west of the city. The 13 mile loop can be tacked on to the end or beginning of a day going somewhere else, but you'll love it. Then there's the Valley of Fire, especially the road to Mouse's Tank, which is out past the visitor's center. Nearby Mt. Charleston is fantastic, but in Feb., may not be the best time to go on a bike...

I agree with the suggestion to do the Dam and Valley of Fire in the same day.

Oh, and if you're really adventurous, ride up to St. George, and ride through the beautiful Virgin River Gorge. Just a couple more hours would take you to Zion National Park, which is unforgettable.

John in Vegas
 

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Wes said:
And rented a '03 GL1800 with unlimited mileage!
Just curious... from whom and how much is the rental? Do you need an AMEX card to rent? I tried to rent a Vette in Vegas some years ago and they only accepted AMEX.
 

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Wes,

Welcome to the board. I have the same problem as you, here in NY, considering that corrosive salt.

You are in good hands here and the guys/gals will get you what you want.

Happy New Year

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"Just curious... from whom and how much is the rental? Do you need an AMEX card to rent? I tried to rent a Vette in Vegas some years ago and they only accepted AMEX."

http://www.cruiseamerica.com/motorcycle ... efault.asp

Cruise America. The cost was $895.10 from Saturday - Saturday. I'll be in meetings most of Monday & Tuesday, but it'll be nice to get out after work! The cost also included max insurance & roadside assistance, two MUSTs for me whenever I rent anything!

I charged it on my AMEX card, so I have no idea if that was a requirement or not. I know they definately wanted a CCard, but VISA or MC should have been enough I would think.

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Riding Vegas in the Rain

Be very cautious in the rain in Vegas. They have so little rain any water makes the road slick like ice. It doesn't take much. The power in the rear wheel will really scare you in the rain.
 

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Be very cautious about driving in traffic in Vegas, too! People are in a big hurry here, and many of them seem to have better things to do than to watch where they're going.

Oh, and I'd love to ride with you, it's just that it's hard to get time off during the week, and during that particular week, it'll be harder than usual.
 

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The last two post on being careful in Vegas can't be stated strongly enough. Two months ago an old friend of mine was leaving Vegas for LA on his Harley. He lost it crossing railroad tracks outside of town. He was alone and was found unconcious by another motorist. He was rushed to the hospital in a coma and died six weeks later. He was a very experienced rider, ex LAPD retired motor cop. He was never known to be a drinker and I'm not sure why it happened. The town of Vegas is full of drivers who are unfamilar with the area, have been drinking, and are often confused by the the city. There minds are focused on jackpots rather than safety. The areas outside of town are very hazardous due to blowing debris and pot holes caused by the extreme temperatures and heavy traffic. Be extra careful and aware at all times!
 

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My wife and I were just in Vegas in novemeber for a convention thing. We were driving our Ford F-150 supercrew though.

As others mention, watch out for rain and slick roads. They do drive like idiots there, I felt like I was still in Phoenix AZ.

Traffic snarls up so much on the strip area, you are better off walking. Then you have to deal with the people handing out porno pamlets in your face.
 

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Son of Thunder said:
Be very cautious about driving in traffic in Vegas, too! People are in a big hurry here, and many of them seem to have better things to do than to watch where they're going.

Oh, and I'd love to ride with you, it's just that it's hard to get time off during the week, and during that particular week, it'll be harder than usual.
Hi, I appreciate the offer! Drop me a line at [email protected] as we get closer. It looks like I'll be there all day Sunday 2/8 with nothing to do until early evening. Maybe we could hook up then for a ride during the day!

Thanks to everyone for the advice. I did not realize about the rain=road slickness, coming from Boston it rains here pretty often so it's not something to really worry about as the roads are "washed" every week or so.

Traffic... I'm curious how how Vegas compares to Boston. I spent a week in the DC area last year and everyone warned me how bad the Beltway can get. All I can say is, it's all perspective. Anyone who's ridden on the Jamacia Way knows what I'm taking about! :lol:

Thanks Again!

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It can't be any worse than rush hour in NYC! <grin> BTDT, but Boston drivers scare me, even in a car. Don't get me started on roundabouts. :lol:
 

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Wes...I just returned from spending Xmas week in Las Vegas. While there I rented at GL180 from Cruise America. http://www.cruiseamerica.com At this time of the year they are giving a 25%discount and I found them reputable to rent from. Here is a link to Webshots if you want o see some of the photos I took while there.
http://community.webshots.com/album/107140000aTELFD

Good Luck....have fun! :yes1:

The Real Ed Norton :clap2:
 

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Riding in Vegas

Wes,

I will be in Vegas in two weeks and I was asking some of the same questions you are asking. Luckily I got all of them answered when I picked up my January/February copy of Honda Redrider magazine.

If you don't have a copy of this magazine, find one before you go. It maps out a great ride starting and ending in Vegas.

Regards,
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Sweet

Nice pics Ed. Brought back quite a few memories. I was stationed there for 3 years. Buddy of mine stood on top of Hoover Dam the side you have a pic of and tried to raise the water level on the backside of the dam.
One of those nights, a loooooooooong time ago! :lol:
 
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