And thanks for your hospitality.
The beer situation is true, Bud came to town a few years back and BOUGHT the town (no new jobs but that drought stricken area now has a piss brewery)
However Kenk, you are on the right track. Larimer County is big, has infrastructure, and I'm not so sure the brew thing couldn't be worked on with the greedy little county commissioners; Bud may not have it as wrapped as it seems...
My back yard for over 40 years, and I agree, the riding is great, the area would support what BMW has to offer. But so would Greeley, so would Cheyenne, so would Estes Park. Just got to market BMWMOA, spend some time, and this area might produce what you and I are looking for...
Meanwhile I will enjoy the heck out of Gillette!
thanx for mentioning Greeley, CO. how about here.. http://www.greeleygov.com/Parks/isla...acilities.aspx
Its a gorgeous complex, lots of green lawn (a rarity in this part of CO), new buildings, etc etc.
It's 25 miles to I-25 and Loveland/Ft Collins, about 60 miles outside of Denver, 60 miles to RMNP and the Front Range mountains. Greeley does tend to be "warmer" than Loveland area, as its really the last big town on the Great Plains, but certainly no worse than Gillette, or anywhere else we're likely to end up in mid-July (unless we can find something on the ocean or in the mountains).
Ride Safe, Ride Lots
All of the roads AZ Beemers will be riding on the Bahia Kino trip will be paved. The rider mounts are broken down accordingly: Third on RT's of various years, third on GS's of various years and a third of K bikes of various years. I just may be riding my Yamaha FJR 1300, since I no longer trust BMW final drives when I get to 400+ miles south of the Border; which is the same reason I now ride my FJR to Alaska!
We are luckily blessed with two outstanding BMW dealers here in the State of Arizona: BMW Motorcycles of Scottsdale and Iron Horse Motorcycles in Tucson.
I'll check with Josh and David Slepak, owners of Scottsdale BMW and really good guys, and see if they know of any BMW rentals that you can take into Mexico.
I would like for you to contact John Cartwright, owner of Iron Horse, and see what he knows of this. firstname.lastname@example.org John's a great guy too!
BMW MOA #24810
Don't write off Gillette just yet! Last July I went on a trip from Denver through eastern Wyoming into Sundance and then through South Dakota's Black Hills. It was a great time with some excellent riding.
At the upcoming National I'm going to take Rharrod's suggested ride from Gillette to Red Lodge, MT, Beartooth Pass, Cody and back to Gillette since I just did the Black Hills last year, but for those who haven't...
Heading north in eastern Wyoming...
Rolling toward Devils Tower (you can see it in the distance, if you look hard)
My previous rig in front of the Tower...
At the Trading Post...
Nice walking trail around the base of the Tower...
There was an antique car gathering that weekend in Sundance...
Typical Black Hill riding...
The Town of Keystone, the gateway to Mount Rushmore...
Ten minutes up the road from Keystone...
Quite a spectacle as you approach...
At dawn, heading out of town and going home...
Lots of this, heading south through eastern Wyoming...
2012 K1600GT Lt. Gray
the rally in trenton, ontario was fantastic, but the logistics relative to these issues were very painful for the vendors and it's safe to assume that they would not attend another outside-the-country rally.
that said, i personally would love a rally in mexico. i went to cuernavaca in 2003 and let me tell you, our mexican friends really know how to stage a rally.
If your schedule will allow you to fly into Phoenix the evening before 2/15 and back home after 2/18, please consider joining our trip to Bahia Kino, Sonora, MEX.
I'll pick you up at PHX aeropuerto and you would be welcome to stay in my son Seth's room. You would be welcome to ride my Kawasaki KLR 650 along with we AZ Beemers to Bahia Kino and enjoy three nights on the beautiful Sea of Cortez.
Details on this trip here: http://www.azbeemers.org/forum/index.php?topic=653.0
Many of we AZ Beemers already do extensive business in the Mexican State of Sonora. I am the Senior Project Manager of the Pipefitting Division of Metro Mechanical, Inc. and we work in the Ford Motor Company Assembly Plant in Hermosillo. Hermosillo is the Sonoran State Capitol and we have many contacts.
One of the most active members of AZ Beemers is Senor Martin Osete, born and raised in Nogales, Mexico; Mechanical Engineering Degree from the University of Guadalajara and attended the International Culinary Institute in Madrid, Espana.
www.micatering.com is the well known Scottsdale catering business of Martin's.
Martin's childhood friends, who're now successful businessmen in Hermosillo, may be staying at la playa with us. We'll discuss the tax and import/export situation with them. Sonora and Arizona now have mutual business exchange programs.
Debe venir a visitarnos! Me escribira? email@example.com Cuanto tiempo va a quedarse? If the BMWMOA RSST sees the Sea of Cortez they'll be sold on Sonora!
Don Stanley; aka Chuy Medina "El Burrito Ballerina"
BMWMOA #24810; www.azbeemers.org/forum #89
I don't care what anyone says, I plan to be at the rally and have a good time. Hot weather, cold weather dust or rain I will be there and I will have a wonderful time!
I have great confidence in the rally chairs and everyone who will spend their precious time making their best attempts to see that I enjoy myself.
I have attended only 6 nationals in my time, the only disappointments were Rutland 1978, which all in all probably wasn't all that bad. and Charleston Wv 2003 which was a bit frustrating, but I wouldn't have missed for anything.
I wish that those being critical would "lighten up" attend and enjoy the positives. I hope to see all of you there and share a guilty smile of enjoyment with you.
I hope to see Karol and Deb and give them my warmest thanks for their untiring efforts to allow me to have a wonderful time.