Desert Riding

Discussion in 'Road Trips/Touring' started by airplaneb777, Dec 29, 2009.

  1. airplaneb777

    airplaneb777 Member

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    This may be a stupid question, but I am going to meet a friend of mine in Las Vegas this June and I am going to rent a bike so I can go do some riding in the desert.

    Is there anything special I need to know about riding in the desert aside from the obvious that it will be really hot?
     
  2. Davidw2415

    Davidw2415 Senior Member

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    Airplane, if you are going to be staying on the strip and need transport to HD dealer to rent a bike Las Vegas HD has a free shuttle that will pick up at a few of the Casinos and take you to their store. If you rent from them they will give you all the bottles of of water that u want. The best deal is to fly and ride when I was there it was $300. for two days(48 hrs) To get the fly and ride you havce to go to the service counter in the service area, not the rental in the store, that's for regular rentals. The fly and ride dosn't include helmet. Regular rental does.
     
  3. Mattman4403

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    Water and gatoraid or something like that when you loose a lot of fluid you also loose some electrolites. Gotta keep all that stuff in balance. Wear a long sleeve shirt (just like in the old westerns). Sun screen on everything that is not covered up. Something that is sweat resistant. Stop every hour or so and keep hydrated.
     
  4. dfbales

    dfbales Active Member

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    see how many snakes you get on the hwy, my record is nine
     
  5. trickydoc

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    if you don't urinate every 2 hours, you ain't hydrated. Lived in the desert, and did some prospecting. an old prospector in our club said that was a good way to know if you were drinking enough.
     
  6. Safehaven

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    May seem contradictive at first, but wear your jacket zipped up, gloves etc. to expose as little skin as possible.

    The hot air will dehydrate you quicker than you can drink bottled water :)

    What helps to cool down is a scarf that you occasionally splash with water to wick away the heat.

    Helped me through the sierra nevada in spain last summer.

    Take care and enjoy vegas!
     
  7. bikerdad

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    My brother lives there and rides every day. He told me that in the summer the police shut the engine off at red lights to avoid overheating.
     
  8. Mickster

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    Speaking of riding in Desert conditions ... anyone ever road a HD in UAE (AbuDhabi to Dubhi)??
     
  9. GARVIN

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    get maps that show were the fuel stops are - they are their - but locate them on maps before you go, keep close eye on fuel gauge , its a very long push.
    got lucky myself , coasted into furnace creek for fuel 4.45 gallons into 4.5 gallon tank.