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The Ride Reno 200 is a 2 day dual sport ride with each day starting and ending at the same place. The event is always held on a weekend and options are available to ride Saturday only. The courses are mostly off-road, but there is some highway travel so a street legal dirt bike is required to participate. The last several years, we've been running out of the Boomtown Casino Hotel in Verdi (about 10 miles West of Reno). We negotiate the event date every year, though it is usually set early in October. See The Ride Reno 200 home page for latest location and schedule information. We normally include a Saturday Night Banquet and Awards Ceremony in the casino hotel's banquet room where we have guest speakers, an excellent dinner, and a no-host bar. We also give away thousands of dollars worth of prizes, some of which are donated by our sponsors. This is a really fun part of the event where you can meet others and talk about the day's ride. You just might win a prize worth much more than the cost of your entry fee too!

Before getting into any more details, a few disclaimers and advisements first. This is not a race. We ask that you respect others who may live in and around some of the areas you will be riding through. Slow down and ride quiet when passing through residential areas and keep dust to a minimum when coming across non-motorized users of our public lands. We reserve the right to perform equipment inspections and deny entry if your bike is not up to code. We do not accept any liability if you get cited for any traffic violations. Although the legality of your machine and your behavior on public roads is strictly your responsibility, we ask that you observe traffic laws and respect the land so as not to jeopardize our ability to get the permits we need for these events. Please be advised that all or parts of the courses may run through United States Forest Service land where a USFS certified spark arrestor is required and a 96 dB limit on exhaust loudness may be enforced by USFS officials. This may sound a little odd, but the USFS has asked us to ensure that bikes have been cleaned prior to travel on forest service land. Evidently, there is a problem with non-native vegetation getting introduced and affecting local habitat.

The courses vary from year to year, but Saturday's ride usually runs around 125 miles and Sunday's, around 75 miles. Courses are navigated using a roll chart, one for each day. We may hang ribbon at any confusing intersections to help guide you in the right direction, but the roll chart is your primary navigation tool. A roll chart holder is required. If you don't have one, they can be obtained at most motorcycle shops or mail ordered from someplace like Chaparral. A trip odometer, adjustable up and down by tenths, is required to read the charts. Enduro motorcycles usually come factory equipped with odometers that have that capability and after-market units such as the Trail Tech Endurance and ICO Dual Sport have that capability as well. It is possible (but problematic) to use a standard trip odometer that only resets to zero.

If we have the opportunity to make them, GPS track records of the courses may be available in Garmin MapSource or plain text format. When available, data can be provided via email once entry fees have been paid. In that case, you would need the appropriate software (i.e. Garmin Topo U.S.) to load your GPS beforehand. We may or may not provide facilities to do that at sign-in. Regardless, the roll chart would still be your primary navigation tool. The resolution of GPS track records is generally not good enough to identify subtle turns like trail forks, but they do make an excellent supplement.

The courses provide many opportunities to enjoy some of the spectacular scenery Northern Nevada has to offer. Occasions to stop at view points are often noted in the roll charts. Stops for gas and food are also noted in the roll charts and generally, it is not necessary to go more than 70 miles without any. The charts normally specify a lunch break where services are available. We try to design the courses so lunch takes place around the halfway point, but that's not always possible. It's a good idea to carry snacks in a backpack or waist pack. Carry at least a liter of water or hydrating sport drink as well. If it looks like hot weather, carry two. Much of a course may run through the high desert where it can get quite dry. We typically hold the event in Fall when temps can range anywhere from 40 to 100 degrees. Take a look at the weather beforehand and prepare for it.

Each course includes many types of terrain and levels of trail difficulty. We try to make the courses do-able for riders of lesser skill level, in other words, someone who has at least "some" off-road motorcycling experience. We include more challenging options so experienced riders can enjoy the courses as well. There aren't really two distinct easy and hard loops for each day's ride. When a section contains paths of difficulty level too high for some riders, the course does an easy/hard split. Hard ways can range in difficulty from moderate to challenging. They usually include a fair amount of single track and some are all single track. The difficulty level is normally indicated on the chart. "Easy ways" and common sections of the course are designed with less experienced riders in mind. They run on paths ranging from highway roads to easy single track trails. We try to keep asphalt to a minimum, usually under 20 percent of the course. We do our best to avoid freeway travel, but if any is required, it will be minimal. The courses are not always the same every year so it's not possible to provide exact numbers here. Take a look at this map for an idea of what the courses may look like. These are not the actual courses for this year, but represent similar courses from previous years. Easy splits are not shown.

Full knobby tires are strongly recommended. There are lots of DOT approved full knobbies out there if that is a concern. If you need help with tires, send us an email and we'll suggest something. We do not recommend using a heavy motorcycle (over 350 lbs.) such as those classified as "adventure" dual sport bikes. In the past, we've found the majority of people on bikes of this type have trouble with our courses. However, if you feel confident in using a heavy bike, it's really up to you. We do not recommend attempting a course if you have very little off-road motorcycling experience. Even as a novice with some experience already, you will likely be challenged even if you take all easy ways. We do not charge extra if you would like to carry a passenger, but do not recommend riding two-up. There may be areas of the course difficult to traverse with another rider onboard and your passenger will probably not have a good time. However, if you and your passenger feel confident, it's really up to you. One year, we had someone ask about taking an off-road bike equipped with a sidecar. Taking anything other than a 2 wheeler on one of our courses is not do-able. Often there is single track, even on the easy ways.

We do provide sweep riders to assist you in the event of a problem. However, we can only help if you are on the course. If there is a problem, your best bet for quick help is to wait there. We generally run an early and late sweep. We try to start the late sweep after everyone has left, but we expect that to be by 8:30 in the morning. If you leave too late, you may be on your own. We ask that you prepare for things like flat tires so bring what you need to change a tube on the trail. We also request that you do a thorough inspection of your bike before leaving and ensure it is in good working condition. We're there to help you, but we like to enjoy the ride too and would rather not spend our day dealing with problems that could have been avoided with some preparation. This shouldn't need to be said, but please wear proper riding gear that will offer some protection in the event of a mishap. Proper dirt biking boots, knee and shin armor, a full face motocross style helmet, and gloves are a necessity. You can never wear too much crash protection gear when riding off-road. Upper body protection, such as a chest protector and elbow protectors, is not a bad idea either. Believe it or not, we've had people show up for the event dressed in nothing other than an open face helmet, work boots, jeans, and a T-shirt!

Event specific information is noted in the flyer. Click on the Flyer link at the top of this page to view it. Event options and cost are noted in the entry form. Click on the Entry Form link to view that one. Entries are submitted by regular mail. To sign up, print the entry form, fill it out, and mail it to the address indicated on the form. Entry fees must be paid in advance so don't forget to include a check made out to Dust Devils MC. Please include a Self Addressed Stamped Envelope (SASE). Your SASE will be used to send entry confirmation with additional event information.

We may or may not accept walk-up entries depending on the specifications of our permit and expected turn-out. Generally, we do, but check the flyer for restrictions. We have a limited number of extra charts and dinners available so if you have any last-minute riding buddies, get to sign-in early to ensure a spot.

A portion of the proceeds from this event are donated to local charities and to the Blue Ribbon Coalition who work to protect our motorized access within public lands.

Thanks and hope to see you there!

Dust Devils MC

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