Minnesota 300 Adventure Ride

Sanctioned through AMA District 23

Don't miss this great adventure!

The MN 300 is a 2 day adventure ride through the Walker/Leech Lake area in northern MN. The route consists of two loops, each approximately 150 miles. The loops begin and end at the Northern Lights Casino, 4 1/2 miles east of Walker on Hwy 200, and use the many forest roads, snowmobile, and ATV trails in the area.

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On-line REGISTRATION CLOSES 9/16/2017 or when 100 riders have registered.

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Minnesota 300

June 24-25, 2017

September 30 - October 1, 2017

Trail Boss: Duane Nienow

The MN 300 is a 2 day adventure ride through the Walker/Leech Lake area in northern MN. The route consists of two loops, each approximately 150 miles. The loops begin and end at the Northern Lights Casino, 4 1/2 miles east of Walker on Hwy 200, and use the many forest roads, snowmobile, and ATV trails in the area. Ride one loop the 1st day; ride the other the 2nd day. The ride is GPS guided. Although we highly recommend riders have a GPS, or ride with someone with a GPS, a route sheet with maps constructed specifically for the event are also provided. GPS tracks (.gpx), maps and event information will be mailed electronically to all registered riders one (1) week before the event. You must pre-register for this event. Enrollment will be limited to the first 100 riders.

There will be a social room on Friday evening. For the GPS illiterate, in addition to socializing, there will be people available to help load tracks, discuss route details, and generally assist with GPS/Course associated issues. There will also be a pre-ride meeting and continental breakfast each morning. The Saturday night banquet will feature a cash bar, buffet, awards session, and a perfect opportunity to bench race.

We have negotiated a $65/nite reduced rate for lodging at the casino for the event, be sure to let them know you are with the Norsemen MN300 to get one of the rooms blocked for the event. The casino has a large parking lot and free RV parking. In addition the casino has a limited amount of RV parking areas with electrical hook-ups available. This service is free on a 1st come, 1st serve basis. There are also numerous other lodging/camping options in the area.The casino operates a shuttle to the Walker downtown area. This is a popular time of the year with tourists in the Walker area, so make reservations early.

Great weather made for a great event in 2015!

Photo album on Facebook

Pictures from the event are in our photo gallery.

Directions:

Northern Lights Casino
6800 Y Frontage Rd NW
Walker, MN 56484
Phone:(218) 547-2744

Check MN 300 FAQ's for more information.

Go to the on-line registration.

Schedule:

Friday, September 29

6:00-9:00 pm GPS Information session/Sign-in/Social period

Saturday, September 30

7:00 - 9:00 am Continental Breakfast/Sign-in
8:30 am Pre-ride meeting
9:00 am - 6:00 pm MN 300 Adventure Ride. Half ride east loop/half ride west loop
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm Awards/Banquet

Sunday, October 1

7:00 -9:00 am Continental Breakfast/Sign-in
8:30 am Pre-ride meeting
9:00 am - 3:00 pm MN 300 Adventure Ride. Half ride east loop/half ride west loop

All riders are responsible for the following:

  1. GPS unit (Or, ride with someone who has a GPS)
  2. A well maintained street legal motorcycle with all equipment required by MN law such as an approved spark arrestor and meeting MN sound level limits.
  3. 75 mile fuel range recommended (Gas options exist at 40 mile ranges but require short deviations from the route)
  4. Although not mandatory, it is highly recommended all riders have protective riding gear for off-road riding including, but not limited to:
    • D.O.T. approved helmet
    • Goggles or appropriate eye protection
    • Riding boots
  5. All tools to make repairs on the trail or to fix flat tires
  6. Hydration/Snacks
  7. First aid kit

Entry Fee:

Payment can be made with a credit card online via Paypal or you can print out the registration form and mail it in with a check.

  • Rider Fee - includes continental breakfasts/banquet $75.00
  • Passenger Fee - includes continental breakfasts/banquet $40.00
  • Banquet only $25.00
  • T-Shirt only $20.00 each

If you are paying by check, fill out the form and print it. Make checks payable to the Norsemen Motorcycle Club. Send the completed form and payment to:

Minnesota 300
2051 – 138th Avenue NW
Andover, MN 55304

Incomplete forms may void/delay your registration. LIMITED TO THE FIRST 100 PAID RIDERS. Your submission of this form online or in writing affirms the information you have provided is current and true and you understand your registration fees are non-refundable.

On-Line REGISTRATION CLOSES 9/16/2017 or when 100 riders have registered and paid. Mailed registration forms must be received before on-line registration closes.

** This is a rain or shine event so dress accordingly!

Download

Click HERE to download and print all the information about the ride. Includes a form you can fill in if you want to mail payment.

Register Online

Click HERE to go to the online registration form.

After registering online you can go to http://www.paypal.com and send payment to administrator@norsemenmc.org

or mail payment to:
Minnesota 300
2051 – 138th Avenue NW
Andover, MN 55304.

FAQ's

Where can I go if I have questions?

First, review our MN300 FAQs. If you still have questions, contact us at mn300adv@gmail.com or 763-213-2769 for more details.

When does registration close?

9/16/2017 or when 100 riders have been registered.

Where can I get gas?

Both routes pass several opportunities for Gas. All cities/towns that have gas/convenience stores will be shown on the MN 300 map.

Will there be a gas trailer?

No. Gas is available on both loops at 75 mile ranges. Other opportunities exist at 40 mile ranges but require short deviations from the route using the MN 300 map. Riders will be responsible for managing their mileage.

Can I bring my family / friends to the banquet?

Absolutely. Non riding guests are welcome. Children under 12 are free. In order to plan the banquet, we are forced to require that all riders and guests pre-register.

Can I ride with my family/friends?

Of course. We plan on roughly ½ of the riders riding the East Loop and ½ riding the West Loop on the 1st day. We are doing this to reduce the number of bikes on the route at one time and the accompanying issues of dust, etc. We will make suggestions, but loop choice will be up to each individual rider.

I'm coming alone. Can I find someone to ride with?

If you're alone, a group of new riders, or don't have a GPS, and want someone to ride with, contact us at mn300adv@gmail.com. We will hook you up with an experienced rider or someone with a GPS.

How much does it cost?

Riders pay $75. Passengers pay $40. Entry fee includes Saturday/Sunday continental breakfast and Saturday banquet. Non riding guests pay $25 to attend the banquet. Children under 12 are free.

How do I pay?

Payment can be made with a credit card online via Paypal or you can print out the registration form and mail it in with a check made out to the Norsemen Motorcycle Club, 2051 – 138th Ave NW, Andover, MN 55304.

What are the loops?

The MN 300 consists of 2 loops, an East Loop and a West Loop. Each loop starts and ends at the Northern Lights Casino, 4 1/2 miles east of Walker MN. The 150 mile West Loop heads north and west thru the Paul Bunyan State Forest to Lake George and back. The 150 mile East Loop heads south and east of the casino to the Spider Lake area and returns. Each loop is planned as a whole day ride.

Can I ride a big bike?

Yes. 9xx KTM/BMW GS/Yamaha Super Tenre/Triumph Tiger/etc adventure motorcycles as well as smaller Dual Sport motorcycles will find the course fun and, at times, challenging. Alternate routes are provided to avoid the more challenging sections if desired. Your Electra Glide, Goldwing, or sport bike are probably not good choices for this course.

Does my bike have to be street legal?

Yes. All motorcycles must be legal for street use in the State of Minnesota with an approved spark arrestor and be insured.

What tires should I use?

The 2017 MN 300 will cover a variety of terrain. ATV trails, gravel roads, and sections of pavement. If spring is late, it may also have wet areas. We recommend tires that are at least 60/40 dirt/street. Unless you plan on riding like Rossi, a tire oriented towards off-road will work much better on the street than a street tire will perform off road. Full-on knobbies are OK, but generally not required.

My son/daughter is under 18, can they participate?

Yes. However, they must have a parent or guardian sign a minor release form. In addition, there are special MN rules governing age, bike set-up, and attire for youths when riding as passengers. Be sure you are aware of and follow all MN laws.

I'm under 18, can I ride?

Yes. Provided you have a valid drivers license with a motorcycle endorsement. However, a parent or guardian must still sign a minor release for you.

Will my GPS recognize .gpx files?

Most GPS units, and all Garmin GPS, recognize .gpx or Garmin Exchange Protocol. If your unit does not recognize the tracks in the .gpx format provided, there are a number of free conversion applications on the internet. Try http://www.gpsvisualizer.com or download GPSBabel from that site and convert to a format that is suitable for your unit. If you are still unable to load your tracks contact us at mn300adv@gmail.com or attend the GPS session Friday evening. Although we cannot guarantee that we can support every brand/model of GPS, we will try to assist you. Be sure to bring your unit/USB cable.

Why are tracks better than routes?

Most GPS units will recalculate a route when transferred to it. If the map set on the GPS is different than those used to create the route, or the route contains off-road sections, it may recalculate the route differently. Perhaps even skipping the off-road portions. Tracks are transferred “as is” and are never recalculated.

My GPS is older. What if it will only accept tracks with a maximum of 500 points?

Use the filtered 500 point .gpx file that will be provided.

My GPS is a street model. What if it doesn't accept tracks?

Some GPS units intended for street use, Garmin Nuvi’s for example, will not accept tracks. Use the “Direct Route” .gpx file that will be provided. Set to “off-road” if your unit has that option. . If you are still unable to load onto your GPS contact us at mn300adv@gmail.com or attend the GPS session Friday evening. Although we cannot guarantee that we can support every brand/model of GPS, we will try to assist you. Be sure to bring your unit/USB cable.

What info will be provided?

All registered riders will receive, for both East and West Loops: Unfiltered and filtered (500 point) tracks. 200 waypoint direct-routes. MN 300 map and route sheet identifying mileage and turns. Tracks and routes will be in .gpx format. Map and route sheet will be in .pdf format.

When will I get the route info?

One (1) week before the event information will be electronically sent to all riders who have paid the entry fee and provided a valid e-mail address. Otherwise, at sign-in.

I have to leave early on Sunday, do I have to ride the whole route?

There are numerous points that the route intersects paved roads identified on the MN 300 map that lead back to the casino. Riders may leave or cut short the route as desired.

Will I see any wildlife?

Chances are good. During scouting trips our riders have seen: Deer, Bear, Wolf, Swan, Grouse, Sandhill Crane, and other wildlife.

How will I know if I am registered?

Riders registering on-line using Paypal will receive confirmation when they register. Mail registration will be confirmed electronically to all participants who have provided a valid e-mail address when it is received. Because participation is limited to 100 riders, registration will be on a first come, first serve basis. All others may check status by contacting us at mn300adv@gmail.com for details.

What if my mailed form is received after registration closes?

Your application envelope will be un-opened, marked “Return to Sender”, and returned thru the mail. If in doubt, check your status by contacting us at mn300adv@gmail.com for details.

What's the Casino address?

Northern Lights Casino and Hotel, 6800 Y Frontage Rd NW, Walker, MN 56484. Phone (218) 547-2744 http://northernlightscasino.com. Located at the intersection of Hwy 371 and Hwy 200 east of Walker.

How long will the Casino rooms be available?

We've reserved rooms at a reduced rate for participants until June 6th. After that the rooms will also be available to other Casino guests. Be sure to tell them that you're with the MN 300 to get a reserved room at the reduced rate.

Where can I find lodging, besides the casino, in the Walker area?

http://www.leech-lake.com/placestostay. This is a popular time of the year in the Walker area. Make reservations early.

Do I need a MN DNR off-road sticker to participate?

Not for the MN 300. Our permit allows us to use trails that normally require an off-road sticker. Being street legal is sufficient. This applies only to the MN 300 event.

Where can I get lunch?

Both routes pass several opportunities for food. All cities/towns shown on the MN 300 map have restaurants or gas/convenience stores.

I don't have a GPS, can I still ride?

Although we highly recommend riders have a GPS, or ride with someone with a GPS, maps and route sheets with mileage and turn details constructed specifically for the event are also provided. If you're not good with maps and want to ride with someone with a GPS, contact us at mn300adv@gmail.com. We'll hook you up.

I want to bring a passenger, will they count towards the 100 rider limit?

Registration is limited to the 1st 100 riders. Passengers are not included in this limitation. In order to plan the banquet, we are forced to require that all riders and guests pre-register.

I want to bring my camper, can I park at the Casino?

Yes. The Casino has a large parking lot with free parking. The also have a limited number of electric hook-ups that are available on a first come first served basis.

Will trails be closed for the event?

All roads, forest roads, and ATV trails are open to the public and have two-way traffic. Always use caution.

Will the event be canceled if it rains?

This is a rain or shine event. Dress accordingly.

Do I have to be an AMA member to participate?

No. The MN 300 is sanctioned by the AMA but you do not have to be a member to participate. We highly recommend that you help protect our rights as motorcyclists by joining the AMA.

Do I have to be an ARMCA D23 member to participate?

Yes. The MN 300 is sanctioned by ARMCA District 23. Road membership is $10 per year. Your membership supports local clubs that organize and conduct events like the MN 300.

What happens on Friday the 29th?

On Friday, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, a social room with a cash bar will be open. At this time we will sign-in riders. There will also be people available to assist with GPS issues and discuss details of the course.

What happens on Saturday the 30th?

7:00 to 9:00 am, rider sign-in, with a pre-ride meeting at 8:30. In addition, there will be a free continental breakfast provided for registered riders and passengers. 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, Ride MN 300 East or West Loop. 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm, banquet with cash bar, buffet style dinner, and awards.

What happens on Sunday the 1st?

7:00 to 9:00 am, rider sign-in, with a pre-ride meeting at 8:30. In addition, there will be a free continental breakfast provided for registered riders and passengers. 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Ride MN 300 East or West Loop.

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