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    my first rally

    i have never owned a BMW before buying this one and i have never been to a rally. with that being said i have outfitted my little F650GS with everything needed to travel from my home in NY to the rally in Wyoming. i would like to ride all back roads/secondary roads but my work schedule will not allow me that much time off, so i will ride the interstates. i know this is not the best bike for that type of travel but it's all i have so i will have to make due. i will stay in motels on my way there but i will bring my camping gear and camp on site. since i have never been to a rally before how safe will my riding gear be if left in my tent unattended all day? is this something i should be worried about or is it a non issue? i am really looking forward to attending and if there is any advise you can give me to insure i have a good first rally experience by all means please tell me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nytrashman View Post
    i have never owned a BMW before buying this one and i have never been to a rally. with that being said i have outfitted my little F650GS with everything needed to travel from my home in NY to the rally in Wyoming. i would like to ride all back roads/secondary roads but my work schedule will not allow me that much time off, so i will ride the interstates. i know this is not the best bike for that type of travel but it's all i have so i will have to make due. i will stay in motels on my way there but i will bring my camping gear and camp on site. since i have never been to a rally before how safe will my riding gear be if left in my tent unattended all day? is this something i should be worried about or is it a non issue? i am really looking forward to attending and if there is any advise you can give me to insure i have a good first rally experience by all means please tell me.
    You will not have to worry about your gear if it is zipped up in your tent. The camping area is secure. I will be travelling from NJ and I may have to take superslab for most of the trip as well, i can not be away from my job for more than 10 days.
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    Ron,
    i had planned on leaving July 14th and doing three 600 mile days to get there via the slab. if your interested in a riding partner let me know as i am pretty flexible on my departure date/miles per day.

    George

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    If you are not planning on camping on your way to or from the rally, you might consider renting all of your camping gear at the rally. Check out Ted Mayberry http://www.sherpamayberry.com or Theo Umlauf http://www.sherpapacker.com. From what I gather, folks who only camp at the rally are really pleased with the service. I think that besides a tent, they also include an air mattress, pillow and coffee. It would certainly make your ride easier without the extra gear.
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    In the Wisconsin Club we have a saying that was coined many years ago by one of our charter members:

    At a BMW Rally you can leave your key in the bike, your leathers on the handle bars, and your camera on the seat. But your beer is never safe.



    Really - it's very rare to hear of something being "lifted" at a rally. Does it happen? Sadly, yes. But rarely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nytrashman View Post
    i have never owned a BMW before buying this one and i have never been to a rally. with that being said i have outfitted my little F650GS with everything needed to travel from my home in NY to the rally in Wyoming. i would like to ride all back roads/secondary roads but my work schedule will not allow me that much time off, so i will ride the interstates. i know this is not the best bike for that type of travel but it's all i have so i will have to make due. i will stay in motels on my way there but i will bring my camping gear and camp on site. since i have never been to a rally before how safe will my riding gear be if left in my tent unattended all day? is this something i should be worried about or is it a non issue? i am really looking forward to attending and if there is any advise you can give me to insure i have a good first rally experience by all means please tell me.
    I am reminded of Durango, when a guy pulled up and asked if his stuff would be safe.
    I told him sure, because everybody had nicer stuff than that.
    You should seen the look on his face. (I was kidding, he had nicer stuff than mine)
    He parked his bike by us and we kept an eye on it for him.
    You will be fine, but I wouldn't leave really valuable stuff out in plain sight. A tank bag pouch or a pocket of something in your tent is good enough. Most people are aware of who is camping by them, and the neighborhood watch is really strong at Nationals.
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    The slab

    Quote Originally Posted by nytrashman View Post
    Ron,
    i had planned on leaving July 14th and doing three 600 mile days to get there via the slab. if your interested in a riding partner let me know as i am pretty flexible on my departure date/miles per day.

    George
    NYTM, I will stay in touch. I am still setting up my dates and my route.
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    thanks Ron, even if we don't ride out together i would be interested in seeing your route.

    and thanks to everyone else who responded so quickly.

    Rapid Roy, your right why would anyone steal my crappy stuff when there will be much better stuff to take......lol. it's good to know that who ever is camping next to me will keep an eye on my old junk, just as i will keep an eye on there stuff, including but not limited to their beer.

    what kind of weather should i expect in Wyoming in July? i am thinking hot during the day and cool at night. not sure if i should wear my mesh riding gear with the removable liners or my non mesh gear but leave the liners home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nytrashman View Post
    what kind of weather should i expect in Wyoming in July? i am thinking hot during the day and cool at night. not sure if i should wear my mesh riding gear with the removable liners or my non mesh gear but leave the liners home.
    If you leave the liners at home, it practically is guaranteed that you will wish you had them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sue Rihn-Manke View Post
    If you leave the liners at home, it practically is guaranteed that you will wish you had them.

    Don't ask me how I know.

    i have to agree 100% with that statement. it's like leaving your rain gear home because the forecast is for sunny 75 degree weather for the next week. 3hrs into your ride and the heavens open up for 10 solid days.

    i am a bit limited on room so i need to carefully plan what i can and can not take. i am sure i will bring some useless items as well as leave some essentials at home. what about bugs in Wyoming? i am planing on bringing insect repelient but not sure if it will be needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nytrashman View Post
    i would like to ride all back roads/secondary roads but my work schedule will not allow me that much time off, so i will ride the interstates.
    that's a shame. i rode from vermont to wisconsin for the last rally, and on the way over i stayed off the interstates entirely. on the way back, i took some interstates. on the way over, i easily found beautiful little local restaurants, saw great scenery, lots more twisty roads, easily stopped for breaks whenever i wanted, didn't get nearly as tired or bored, because the speeds and directions were always changing. the way over felt like an adventure, the way back felt like a commute. any long trips i take again, i'm gonna make it a point to stay on the secondary roads.

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    OldAndBusted: i have only been approved for the weeks of July 14th and the following week, July 21st for vacation. i guess i could leave Friday the 11th and take all secondary roads to Gillette. i will have to see if i can figure out a route that will take me only on secondary roads and see how many miles it is and how long it will take. if anyone wants to assist in helping me plan a route i would appreciate it very much.

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    Practice

    Make sure you put some time on your cycle before you go on that long trip. If your seat is uncomfortable or the arm position is bad, you might get a back ache, sore legs, etc.

    You might wear a back support Waist belt. Weight lifters use them. You can find them at sporting stores, walmart, etc. Good driving gloves can help. Definitly use a full face helmet to cut down the noise. Ear plugs can help. Do you have a Wind screen?

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    i have put 15,000 miles on my bike since getting it last Dec. i have it setup as follows: an after market windscreen, a sheepskin butt pad, Jesse boxes, a Givi top box, and a RKA tank bag. i always ride with a full face helmet (arai or shoei) as well as ear plugs and either my Olympia airglide jacket or my Olympia voyager jacket. i have Olympia airglide pants as well as Olympia ranger 2 pants. for boots i have a pair of Daytona boots and always wear a kidney belt. i have several pairs of gloves from Helimot and Held. this may be my first BMW as well as my first rally but it is far my first bike as i have been riding since i was in my teens. i plan on switching my tires back to Metzler Tourance from my current TKC's. i also plan on replacing both sprockets as well as the chain and flush the brake fluid as well as replacing the pads. of course I will do an oil change prior to leaving as well. i have a great tool roll with all the tools i think i would need as well as spare tubes, tire irons and the knowledge and experience to change a tube on the side of the road. i believe i am more then ready for a ride of only 1800 miles each way, although i may take a longer route on my return trip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul_F View Post
    Check out Ted Mayberry http://www.sherpamayberry.com or Theo Umlauf http://www.sherpapacker.com. From what I gather, folks who only camp at the rally are really pleased with the service. I think that besides a tent, they also include an air mattress, pillow and coffee. It would certainly make your ride easier without the extra gear.
    Actually, last I knew, Theo doesn't provide a pillow. Other than that, we're pretty close.

    Don't forget, we also provide sleeping bags. I believe Theo provides liners, I wash the bag between each event (no liners).

    I provide the coffee, Theo does sometimes, though I think he's off looking for a high capacity pot now. I bought a 12 gallon (plus 6 gal hot water) propane unit, with the two 101 cup electric units, I hope to keep up with demand.

    We also include towels (I do not provide wash cloths, I believe Theo does).

    Also, we do more than provide the equipment, we also set it all up and tear it all down. All you have to do is find your tent and enjoy the rally.

    -Ted (not Theo )

    P.S., Theo is only joining the MOA for 2008. Between the two of us, we will provide up to 400 tents, a big plus considering some of the local hotel costs.

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