Here are a few things to remember for weeks leading up to the River Run: Just about every H-D dealership and local shop is packed with bikes waiting to be serviced and prepped for the ride across the desert, so if you are the guy or gal that needs to get your bike looked at, then you may want to get it in ASAP. Also, just as a heads-up, the HOT BIKE staff has had a few run-ins with the law (most of the time they were fix-it tickets, OK, and a few speeding tickets; we were not at the Avi). What we found was that as we were crossing state lines (California, Arizona, Nevada), our bike needed to meet each state's DOT motorcycle codes. In California the height of your handlebars can be up to 6 inches above your shoulders now, but not in Arizona or Nevada; the bars need to be at or below the shoulder. You need two mirrors in Nevada, but one is OK in California and Arizona. A DOT helmet is needed in California and Nevada, but not Arizona. However, with no helmet you need to have eye protection or a full windshield in Arizona and Nevada, and lane splitting is not allowed. One ticket was for our handlebars being too tall, no blinkers, no horn, no mufflers, no DOT helmet, no seat under the passenger, single mirror, no front fender, no front brake-it was not cheap to fix. Each thing had a different fine and overall was about $350.00 in fines, and that was in one state. The list goes on, so it is a good idea to check with your local Highway Patrol office for a copy of what you will need to keep the cops off your back.
As for Sunday-well, Sunday is the slow day, as most of the vendors are starting to pack up, but there are still plenty of things to do before the ride back home. All the casinos will still take your last dollar, or you can cool off in the river. It's not a big town, but there are lots of big things to do.
For more Laughlin Motorcycle Rally information and the latest lineup of attractions at the Laughlin Bike Rally, just go to the 2007 Laughlin River Run site, http://www.laughlinriverrun.com, and ride safe.