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    Great Falls, Fly & Ride

    Just bought my rally ticket (this will be my 3rd) and it's a 2400 mile ride each way. I'm getting married this year and still work a bit more than full time so I don't have the extra week to do the trip there & back but I still want to ride.

    Can anyone recommend a Montana rental for bikes? OR is there an MOA member in MT that would accept my money to rent me their bike for a few days? It's a long-shot but thought I'd check. Heck, if you're going to the rally and live in MT and happen to have a side-car, I'll pile into that and ride in with you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adamchandler View Post
    Heck, if you're going to the rally and live in MT and happen to have a side-car, I'll pile into that and ride in with you.
    Ill be there (from Vermont) with my sidecar rig. Not sure how Glenlivet would feel about sharing his rig, though. And youd have to wear a leash and collar...

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    Adam, I do not know of anyone who has bikes to rent; there may be someone doing rentals but I've never heard about it. I suggest you put something in the Montana BMW Riders Newsletter asking for a bike to rent or loan. If you will PM me the text of what you would like to be placed in the newsletter i will see if I can get it inserted in the next edition on 1 February. Sorry Rosie Red won't be making the trip, but if nothing else works you have a sweetheart offer from Pete.
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    Adam; If your 2,000+ miles away with time constraints you have multiple issues facing you.

    1. Air service for Great Falls takes a bite out of the wallet. And connection times eat into the air travel days, especially returning East with the time zone changes.

    2. A plan to be considered. Use either Denver, Salt Lake or Seattle, rent from those locations as there are way better options. You then "get to ride some".
    If you were able to rent in Great Falls, by riding a lot during the Rally (Thur-Sat)... you literally defeat the purpose of attendance.

    3. A big problem for many is using a few days of two different work weeks for a Rally that end's on Sunday morning. Looked at the air service schedule for that yet?
    Along with the issue of "can you return a rental" on Sunday?
    Even some HD Fly & Ride locations don't allow that.
    Check out Eagle Rider (BMW's available in Denver)... but they are also closed Sunday/Monday.
    However, a Tuesday through Tuesday Rental from there fit's the Rally Schedule, the distance involved, and gives you some riding/route choices.
    Plus, the savings on airfare pays for two days of the rental... a couple of your riding days.
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    RT in Denver Thurs to Wed - $1,500 or $1,150 if you join "Eagle Rider"
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigjohnsd View Post
    RT in Denver Thurs to Wed - $1,500 or $1,150 if you join "Eagle Rider"
    The Thursday pickup... misses the rally by about a day and half. 775 Miles between DEN & GTF.

    However, the Tuesday noon pickup and following Tuesday by noon drop-off... 7 days is the same rate you have quoted.

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    My buddy is renting a RT in Las Vegas and riding up through some pretty country. He too is working and has limited time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gsinnc View Post
    My buddy is renting a RT in Las Vegas and riding up through some pretty country. He too is working and has limited time.
    Do you know what route(s) he's planning on taking? There is nothing but desert in most of Nevada and Utah between Las Vegas and Salt Lake, which would be the most direct route from LV to Great Falls. However, maybe he has the time to go through the Utah canyon lands and into the Rockies and go around the east side of Salt Lake?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GREGFEELER View Post
    Do you know what route(s) he's planning on taking? There is nothing but desert in most of Nevada and Utah between Las Vegas and Salt Lake, which would be the most direct route from LV to Great Falls. However, maybe he has the time to go through the Utah canyon lands and into the Rockies and go around the east side of Salt Lake?
    Not 100% sure but believe he was hoping to ride through some of Utah. Let me see if I can find the route he was looking at last year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gsinnc View Post
    Not 100% sure but believe he was hoping to ride through some of Utah. Let me see if I can find the route he was looking at last year.
    There are southern and eastern parts of Utah which are wonderful. Utah publishes a motorcycle road map which highlights all the best roads.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GREGFEELER View Post
    Do you know what route(s) he's planning on taking? There is nothing but desert in most of Nevada and Utah between Las Vegas and Salt Lake, which would be the most direct route from LV to Great Falls. However, maybe he has the time to go through the Utah canyon lands and into the Rockies and go around the east side of Salt Lake?
    From SW Utah he can run up 89, south of Provo cut over to 191 on 31 or 6 and go north out of Vernal through the Flaming Gorge area.
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    Quote Originally Posted by glenfiddich View Post
    Ill be there (from Vermont) with my sidecar rig. Not sure how Glenlivet would feel about sharing his rig, though. And youd have to wear a leash and collar...

    Pete


    Hah. That gave me a good laugh. Id be covered in lovely slobber Would be quite the memories. I do look forward to seeing you there.

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    Thank you everyone. I think Ill look at bike rentals within a 500 mile area....an RT with my 40L Wolfman bag strapped to the back would fit the bill nicely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GREGFEELER View Post
    Do you know what route(s) he's planning on taking? There is nothing but desert in most of Nevada and Utah between Las Vegas and Salt Lake, which would be the most direct route from LV to Great Falls. However, maybe he has the time to go through the Utah canyon lands and into the Rockies and go around the east side of Salt Lake?
    OK ... here is what he was thinking last year from Vegas. Not the most direct but very scenic!

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