Dave G., Dean, James W. and others are riding the 40th Annual LA-Barstow to Vegas Dual Sport Event. The ride is promoted by AMA District 37 in SoCal and rider fees range from $115 to $225. Entries are still open, but this ride usually sells out.
The ride will cover 400+ miles offroad over two days. Any street legal bike can be used, although folks who have done the ride will tell you that a bike that can handle miles of sand whoops is going to be your best choice.
Day 1 of the dual sport ride will go from Palmdale (not actually LA) to Barstow, and Day 2 from Barstow to Vegas. The organizers will transport your gear bag to each night’s hotel, so you only need to carry tools and hydration on your bike. This promises to be an epic event if you can get away over the Thanksgiving long weekend!