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Been in Vegas 17 years after relocating from Alaska.  Been riding for 50 years or so; mainly on road with some motocross racing mixed in when I was a kid.  Picked up a Ducati Multistrada 950 and road from Vegas to Alaska, Top of the World Highway to Dawson City in the Yukon, up the Dempster a bit and back home to Vegas June of 2018.  Had a blast out running all the bear!  Been dreaming about the LAB2V ride ever since I was a kid reading about the "Barstow to Vegas Race" in Cycle Magazine!  Decided to throw caution and good sense to the wind and signed up for the 2019 running using my Duc.  Now I'm scrambling to get geared up and prepared.  Hopefully I'll find some folks I can tag along with during the ride as I've never used a roll chart and my GPS is limited to on road routing.   Really looking forward to the ADV bike routing this year.  LOL

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8C148C1B-5B9B-4BE3-B515-339E862E47AB.thumb.jpeg.855f5413383dce90d9e9336c8a0f29ad.jpegsow and two cubs.  One family of many I passed on the trip to Dawson City.8C8C4477-4E73-464E-BC52-7A5B1A387658.jpeg.da38375f9f897377e768340088ac0aa0.jpegOne of the views from the Top of the World Highway.A7C0DCAB-BE28-4016-AACF-6239DBA1FA3A.thumb.jpeg.47ba42562907f4ac74bb0d8de3852f87.jpegCrossing from Alaska into Yukon Territory via TOW Highway.262508CB-0ED7-44A8-A563-6B841F15B630.jpeg.a768a3f015dd5b48b2c541fd8ea35356.jpegview from an old mining road in the Yukon.

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19 hours ago, Numbercruncher said:

I'd love a new Multistrada 950 myself.  Do you have any pics from that ride.  I'm sure many of us would love to see them.

NC

See pics I just posted.  I’ll try to post a few more.D760B8F3-5510-4F1A-9FF1-0BCF2A8A2129.jpeg.16d8e16c8c6e4243cac0ab232b42a4dd.jpegBuddy of mine about to drink a sour toe cocktail in Dawson City (That’s the toe on a pile of salt in the foreground.). No, I didn’t partake thank you!275FFD67-561D-464A-A3C5-7B4609793296.thumb.jpeg.6ddd950391cec29cf46282c729ad79b1.jpeg275FFD67-561D-464A-A3C5-7B4609793296.thumb.jpeg.6ddd950391cec29cf46282c729ad79b1.jpegBeginning of infamous Dempster Highway.  Many an ADV rider has met there match there.4DF92AAC-AFD5-4F17-8C1E-0F7918972542.thumb.jpeg.1867060844491ac690d2057e9076368b.jpegsome of the wildlife I passed on the trip up the Alcan.C3FAF0CF-F73D-48F4-A1DD-8944645E0D3B.jpeg.3b0a63375826a5349e3c788763f54e1c.jpegHeading back home through  Jasper and Banff National parks in Canada.4D86D673-8521-4E3D-8E70-A263433088FE.jpeg.e13041ec76e5c777a5139bb866934fda.jpegIn Banff.

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As long as you can load that days tracks to your GPS you’ll be fine.  I wouldn’t worry too much about the roll chart on the Adv route but you should know how to use it.

Are you riding the Duc to the start or trailering it?

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1 hour ago, Dino Trefiletti said:

As long as you can load that days tracks to your GPS you’ll be fine.  I wouldn’t worry too much about the roll chart on the Adv route but you should know how to use it.

Are you riding the Duc to the start or trailering it?

Loading the tracks to the GPS is a mystery to me.  I use a Garmin Zumo  350 hopefully all will be well.  Maybe I should bring a map and compass just in case. 😂 I’ll be riding the Duc from Vegas to Palmdale.  Hopefully the TKC80’s will not wear too badly; used Heidenau K60 scouts on my Alaska trip and was very happy with them.  But don’t believe they would do well in the sand.

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9 hours ago, Eric Hall said:

Welcome!  I'm trying to put together a more tame adventure route for LAB2V this year so hopefully you'll like it!

I’m all for that on my rookie run!👍

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42 minutes ago, Numbercruncher said:

Thanks for the pics.  Which year is your Multi?

NC

First year, 2017.  The 2019, are so much nicer with cruise, electronic suspension, etc.

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