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Ok so we have never done a poker run in the five years we have been going to events. My boyfriend has ridden for 20 years and he has never gone on one. HD is having one tomorrow and I was wondering your thoughts? Is is a pain in the butt with tons of bikes? Do they just give you maps of the area with places to stop? How does it work exactly?

Your thoughts?

Its either that or the gun range so want to pick the better of the two without regrets. :D
 

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I've done several and they are all different. It really depends on who's putting it on.Some can be a real cluster [email protected]*# and others be a blast with a chance to win something cool.You might get a map or they may give you a list of places to stop at.The wife and I are going on one tomarrow that's 130 miles. If hd is putting the event on it should be ok. Have fun,be safe,win something and keep the shiny side up.
 

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Ok so we have never done a poker run in the five years we have been going to events. My boyfriend has ridden for 20 years and he has never gone on one. HD is having one tomorrow and I was wondering your thoughts? Is is a pain in the butt with tons of bikes? Do they just give you maps of the area with places to stop? How does it work exactly?

Your thoughts?

Its either that or the gun range so want to pick the better of the two without regrets. :D
Well, I don't do those, but the folks around here that do run them have a blast, they tell me.

They also do one that I want to do, called a "Bug Run", you put a sticker on you windshield, fork, fender or where you want, with a target on the sticker, when you get back the sticker with the bug splatterd clostest to the target wins. All bikein is for fun:D
 

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Just another thought on a poker run.I usually pick the runs that go for a good cause,toy runs,children hospitols, chaplaincy and tomarrow it will be for a k-9 unit for a local small town.If you stick to these types you will stay away from the bar stop runs.You can even write these rides off on your taxes.
 

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+1 hdeater113. I've been on several poker runs and they can be lot's of fun if you're with the right people.
 

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Just pick and choose to go on the ones with friends. Ditto on the ones for a cause.

I tend to overlook the bar stop runs.

Seems stupid to do a bike run fueled by acohol at various stops.
Of course, you need not drink either....LOl

If you're going alone , be brave walk up to a group and ask to join them as its your first time...... Nice way to meet new riding buddies
 

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Ok so I took your guys advice and we got up early this morning and headed out for the poker run. It was a lot of fun. It was an 80 mile ride for $20 bucks each which included water and apples at every stop and lunch. They had tri-tip and chicken with the fixings. They had a huge variety of raffle prizes at the end as well. No bars really cool ma and pop country stores and last hand at the pumpkin patch. You could put your ticket in which ever prize you wanted to try and win. It was a chilly ride at first since it took awhile for the cloud cover to burn off. I would say there were about 100 bikes that showed up. We ended up in between two big packs of bikes which I preferred since it was not a beginners ride and I was out of my comfort zone the entire ride. I came out of it hopefully a better rider. They offered leaders if you wanted to ride with a pack. I ended up blowing a fuse at the end of the run so I lost speedo, turn signals and brake light. Luckily it was a two minute fix when we got home. We will be doing it again. I will be keeping my eyes out for ones that benefit causes I stand for. I know they had a Pitbull one last month that would be on our list of ones to ride with.

Thanks guys for helping us to try something new. Oh and we took your advice and mentioned it was our first time and everyone was very friendly about helping us out!
 

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Told you so lol. We went on 130 mile poker run today in the rain. Small turn out because of the rain but we had a blast. I won a 25 Dollar gift certificate to out local copper shop.Didn't get wet until the last 20 mile leg. Water started seeping into the boots and around my neck. All in all is was fun. Glad you had a good time.There is a lot of fun to have on 2 wheels.
 

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Last weekend for the 9-11 Rememberance. The local H-D dealerships were the "official" sponsors for the Las Vegas runs. There were 5 different runs going on simultaneously across the valley. Runs as short as 80 miles up to 250 miles. Riders got to pick their choice of rides with pre-set stops for each run.

We chose the "Overton Run" It was about an hour on the freeway out to the NE to a small town called Overton located in Moapa Valley. Stopped for breakfast at one of the pre-set stops.

Coming back was the best part. Going S you ride on the North Shore Road through the Lake Mead National Park. Recently the entire road was repaved, so its smooth as glass. It like being on a constant roller coaster. Dips, swings, climbs, curves all the while travelling through an amazing desert landscape.

Unofficial estimates were over 800 riders participated. All riders met downtown after their runs at the Plaza Hotel where the final run would take place.

Event tents were at the final staging area, featuring food , merchandise, various bands. It was amazing to walk up and down row after row of bikes. and to see bikes pouring into the staging area.

The final run was unfortunately an "unescorted run down the "Vegas Strip" Rather than one impressive line, they let us go piecemeal. Our group was mixed into a unit over 100 bikes in the first staging that definitely broke up into smaller pieces due to all of the traffic light the further we travelled to and down the "Strip".

By the time we got to the end of the strip we were still with 20 bikes , Funny, not one of them were from our group. It was fun waving at all of the "tourists" stopping to take pictures and gawking at all of the bikes driving by.

All in all it was a fun fantastic day
 

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They sound fun. I had never heard of them, and had to Google it a couple weeks ago. How newbie is that haha! Thanks for the education.
 

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Glad you enjoyed the poker run newbie! I'm with the others on this one, I like the poker run if it's for a good cause. My bike is no bike show beauty but I still paid the 10 bucks to enter it in a bike contest this weekend because the money went to Childrens Miracle Network. If I can ride the bike and give to a charity it's a good combo.
 

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If you're going alone , be brave walk up to a group and ask to join them as its your first time...... Nice way to meet new riding buddies
i'm scared of people. they frighten me.

i've thought of doing poker runs before, but it just seems too organized for my taste. i like to just head out and not have to be anywhere or go by a schedule so it kind of looks like a chore to me.
 

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I've never been on one either! I'm going on a dice run in 3 weeks so I'll see how that goes. We are having Beech Lake Bike Fest on October 8 in Lexington, Tennessee & would love to have my fellow bikers to come check it out! It's held on Beech Lake with bands & all kinds of stuff to do. Go to www.beechlakebikefest.com for more information. Weather is usally pretty good for this event.:)
 

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I'm with Bevo......the more people, the less I like it. I just want to ride where I want, stop when I want, and be done when I want.

I guess I'm more the anti-social, lone wolf type.

Now get off my lawn.....!!
 

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Well, runs can be organized like a "tour". Or, many runs are the "non-directed" type.

Runs organized like a "tour" means.... there may be or there is a Ride Marshall with outriders to insure organized spacing and hand commands. If its well organized those people are clearly marked and wear headsets communicating with each other. Everyone gets maps and directions, the stops are pre-set and timed out. This get very congested and I tend to get nervous with lots of bikes around.

For example Went on an tightly organized ride, The double stacked line was nearly 3 miles long from end to end moving down the middle lane of the Freeway.

You were constantly clutching to keep spacing and watching for vehicles attempting to break through the line.
Moving towards entrances and exits with large groups get very hairy and stressful. ( I know its just not me >>LOL)

The non-directed type means you get a map listing the stops and you're off by yourself or with your friends.

I tend to enjoy this type as you're with the people you like to ride with already You travel at your own pace stopping at each pre-set stop. If its a poker run you stop to draw cards for your hand.

There's always a chance you could walk away with several hundred $$$ if you have the top hand.

Not tooo bad for a relaxing day of riding.
 

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I guess I'm more the anti-social, lone wolf type.
that's me as well. i should start a pack of lone wolves. and we would all ride together. it will just be a large group of lone wolves that don't like groups or hanging out with others or riding with others. then we'll have our own poker run since none of us like poker runs.
 

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We were pretty anti social on the run itself and after at the bbq. We rode just the two of us and there was a very large group that was in front of us and one behind us. When we would show up one would leave and when we were leaving one would show up. I didnt want to feel pushed or like I was going to slow because of the country road twisties. I would say give it a shot atleast once you might find that there are a lot more anti social lone wolf types in the run then you think.
 
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