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    09 RA rally?

    There's nothing on the RA website yet. Well, nothing official. There is a forum thread wondering out loud about when and where.

    Anyone on this board heard anything about the date and location for the 09 RA rally?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeremell View Post
    There's nothing on the RA website yet. Well, nothing official. There is a forum thread wondering out loud about when and where.

    Anyone on this board heard anything about the date and location for the 09 RA rally?
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    I've been wondering also. Their best attended rallies have generally been in the Southeast. Since their rallies are generally in early June late September or early October, a cold snap can spoil the rally if it is up north. A friend told me it was quite cold in Michigan this year (said he wouldn't do that again). After Gillette, he pledged to not attend any more rallies west of the Mississippi. This is from a friend who has not missed either a RA or MOA rally since I have known him. He was very disappointed with the lack of vendors at both rallies.
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    Maybe the RA and MOA could work something out whereby they would have opposite features each year ie: city vs country Warm vs cold weather East vs west north vs south.

    Hopefully this way we pain in the neck BMW riders would be able to choose our favorite aspects and not whine about these things for a year.

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    I'll vote for Canaan Valley.

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    I vote for the RA having a nice rally in Canada since the MOA won't do it, anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdmetzger View Post
    I vote for the RA having a nice rally in Canada since the MOA won't do it, anymore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jdmetzger View Post
    I vote for the RA having a nice rally in Canada since the MOA won't do it, anymore.
    Shoot ... they were practically in Canada this year in Houghton MI I don't recall seeing you there Josh??
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    Quote Originally Posted by amiles View Post
    Maybe the RA and MOA could work something out whereby they would have opposite features each year ie: city vs country Warm vs cold weather East vs west north vs south.

    Hopefully this way we pain in the neck BMW riders would be able to choose our favorite aspects and not whine about these things for a year.
    That's a good idea but better still might be a combined rally. The car clubs settled their differences and the sum is stronger than the parts. Just a thought from one who sees no defensible justification at this point in time for two U S based BMW motorcycle clubs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ben721364 View Post
    That's a good idea but better still might be a combined rally. The car clubs settled their differences and the sum is stronger than the parts. Just a thought from one who sees no defensible justification at this point in time for two U S based BMW motorcycle clubs.
    Would you volunteer to be the rally chair? Combining the rallies would put attendance around 12,000. It is hard enough to find a big enough site now! I think most people prefer 2 separate rallies...
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    Quote Originally Posted by BMWPhreak View Post
    Would you volunteer to be the rally chair? Combining the rallies would put attendance around 12,000. It is hard enough to find a big enough site now! I think most people prefer 2 separate rallies...
    Possibly greater rally attendance is the reason for two clubs and associate overheads, eh? Didn't realize that... :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ben721364 View Post
    That's a good idea but better still might be a combined rally. The car clubs settled their differences and the sum is stronger than the parts. Just a thought from one who sees no defensible justification at this point in time for two U S based BMW motorcycle clubs.
    Tell that to the rabid anti-MOA BMWRA members I camped next to at the Biltmore rally. They kept going on and on about how the RA was formed first, and the MOA copied this, and blahblahblah. I'm glad I was out riding or touring the Biltmore house most of the time. I'm sure they are a minority in the RA, but there are still groups in both clubs that don't want to see a combined rally or anything else combined between the clubs. Hopefully we will work towards a better relationship in the future. Things like the Peaks of America tour are a good example of working together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ben721364 View Post
    That's a good idea but better still might be a combined rally. The car clubs settled their differences and the sum is stronger than the parts. Just a thought from one who sees no defensible justification at this point in time for two U S based BMW motorcycle clubs.
    I don't want a combined Rally. The size of each club makes each rally a different experience. The MOA rallies are limited in location and the lead time is long due to the size of the rally. The RA rally has a much better opportunity to find good locations because it is smaller and the lead time is much shorter.

    Besides, two opportunities to go to a rally beats one any time. I would be more in support of splitting the MOA rally into two separate rallies so more people would have an opportunity to be close enough to make a rally and there would be more locations available. I realize this won't happen because you would have to have another set of volunteers to handle a second rally and vendors would not like it and might not come the a smaller rally.
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    Quote Originally Posted by osbornk View Post
    I don't want a combined Rally. The size of each club makes each rally a different experience. The MOA rallies are limited in location and the lead time is long due to the size of the rally. The RA rally has a much better opportunity to find good locations because it is smaller and the lead time is much shorter.

    Besides, two opportunities to go to a rally beats one any time. I would be more in support of splitting the MOA rally into two separate rallies so more people would have an opportunity to be close enough to make a rally and there would be more locations available. I realize this won't happen because you would have to have another set of volunteers to handle a second rally and vendors would not like it and might not come the a smaller rally.
    Y'all all missed my point so it must be all my fault. I will say it again. I can't see any rational justification for two 'national' BMW motorcycle clubs; finger pointing and turf not withstanding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ben721364 View Post
    That's a good idea but better still might be a combined rally. The car clubs settled their differences and the sum is stronger than the parts. Just a thought from one who sees no defensible justification at this point in time for two U S based BMW motorcycle clubs.
    Sorry but I strongly disagree. While I belong to,and like both, if I had to choose only one then hummmm, tuff but I think I would stay with the RA. Just the way I feel.
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