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    Any Word on Location of 2009 Rally

    Just wondering if there are any word on where the '09 event will be held?
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    wasn't it about this time last year that we found out about Gillette? We were quite disappointed that circumstances caused us to miss this year even though we will be in the neighborhood..... one month out of sync. So, knowing what next year could bring will have to do for now. -Bob
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    2006= Vermont
    2007=Wisconsin
    2008=Wyoming

    I'm betting on west coast and then it will work it's way back East again. But that is pure speculation (well 99 and 44/100ths %pure anyway).
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    According to the response to one of my posts several weeks ago, the desired locations for the next several rallies have been chosen with details still being worked out.

    It is to the advantage of the MOA to hold off announcing the location until this year's rally. If the location for the 2009 rally is announced early and perceived as better than Gillette, people might elect to skip the rally this year and plan on going next year. If the 2009 rally is perceived as a bad location (and some people always do), there will be additional months of griping an complaining about the location.

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    Actually the hold on the announcement is no longer true (thank God). The Gillette rally was announced before last year's rally. From the rotation schedule of rally locations, I thought it was going to be in the South East.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NightNurse View Post
    My wife and I were in St. Louis a couple weeks ago, and stopped by the MOA headquarters for a visit. Ray asked if we were coming to Gillette and I said we couldn't but maybe next year's would be a better fit.

    Jane very innocently asked, "so where IS next year's rally?"

    It took ten minutes in the car to explain why everybody's jaws went


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    Quote Originally Posted by GSinNC View Post
    Just wondering if there are any word on where the '09 event will be held?
    All,
    Several years ago the Board changed the rally site announcement policy. Where as it had been policy to not announce the following year's rally site until the opening of the current year, the new policy allowed for the announcement of the following year's site as soon as all the paperwork and arrangements made, and not earlier than six months before the current year's rally. Said in plain English, after the deal for the site was done and done, and not before January.

    This policy also said that the BMW MOA would publish the next five years of projected site locations by zones. The further out we go the less accurate those projections become, but at least they let the members know what looks likely currently.

    Last year the arrangements for Gillette took much longer than expected, so the announcement was fairly close West Bend. This year it is likely the 2009 site will be announced at the April 19th Board meeting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GregFeeler View Post
    All,
    Several years ago the Board changed the rally site announcement policy. Where as it had been policy to not announce the following year's rally site until the opening of the current year, the new policy allowed for the announcement of the following year's site as soon as all the paperwork and arrangements made, and not earlier than six months before the current year's rally. Said in plain English, after the deal for the site was done and done, and not before January.

    This policy also said that the BMW MOA would publish the next five years of projected site locations by zones. The further out we go the less accurate those projections become, but at least they let the members know what looks likely currently.

    Last year the arrangements for Gillette took much longer than expected, so the announcement was fairly close West Bend. This year it is likely the 2009 site will be announced at the April 19th Board meeting.
    Where would one find them published?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIBUD View Post
    Where would one find them published?
    This is the area on the web site where the zones are listed: http://www.bmwmoa.org/rally/rallyprocess.htm

    The rotation schedule has been subject to some recent changes which has kept it off the web site, and likely will be changed some more. Said another way - this is no guarantee, but as of now:

    2009 Zone IV
    2010 Zone I
    2011 Zone VI
    2012 Zone III
    2013 Zone VII (central or western area)
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    Quote Originally Posted by GregFeeler View Post
    This is the area on the web site where the zones are listed: http://www.bmwmoa.org/rally/rallyprocess.htm

    The rotation schedule has been subject to some recent changes which has kept it off the web site, and likely will be changed some more. Said another way - this is no guarantee, but as of now:

    2009 Zone IV
    2010 Zone I
    2011 Zone VI
    2012 Zone III
    2013 Zone VII (central or western area)
    There are plans for a possible rally in Canada?! Ohh... I'm not going to miss THAT one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdmetzger View Post
    There are plans for a possible rally in Canada?! Ohh... I'm not going to miss THAT one!
    Although listed, there is not much chance we'll do another Canadian rally for some time to come. It was a logistical nightmare of the third order. BMW's Mobile Tradition could not bring their bikes across the border and return them, vendors ran into major complications with getting their inventories over and then back, the restored red /5 never made it across the border due to Canadian Customs issues and it took a month to get it back from them after the rally. The list goes on.

    Canada is a beautiful country and Canadians are great people, but we learned the hard way that the best way for a rally there is for it to be a local production.
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    Here is a place in Canada which would be a nice riding destination.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SIBUD View Post
    Here is a place in Canada which would be a nice riding destination.

    Looks like the Banff and Lake Louise area. I've been there on a bike several times and can't recommend it too highly.
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    Funny, floppp, that you mention the incredulous looks on the border agents' faces when you tell them that all you did was ride around for 3 days. I had a similar experience last August crossing from Alberta to Montana at Peigan. I had organized a Rounder get together in Pocatello, Idaho. The border guard just couldn't understand why I was going to Pocatello. I had to explain that it was approximately halfway between Edmonton where I live and San Diego where another Rounder lives. And she still had problems with Pocatello.

    Coming back 5 days later, the Canadian border agents we a little on the crabby side for some reason. They didn't hold me up but you could just tell that they were in a foul mood for some reason or another.
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