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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.
    'You can say what you want about the South, but I almost never hear of anyone wanting to retire to the North.

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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 osbornk View Post
    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.

    ?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?
    Cold in Michigan's Upper penninsula in June?
    I thought the weather was perfect.
    Lack of vendors? Ever hear of the internet?
    What about the ride?
    The people?
    Sheesh....

    I think your friend needs to buy his undies one size bigger.

    /Rant over/

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    Quote Originally Posted by wmubrown View Post
    Shoot ... they were practically in Canada this year in Houghton MI I don't recall seeing you there Josh??
    Josh was in Montego Bay, Jamaica working a 30 hour day.

    This new job has seriously affected my rally attendance and bike mileage. BTW: Don't vacation in Jamaica. It's not a nice place. Especially don't drive/ride there.

    As for a rally site; I move for a spot further north around Lake Huron - anything north of Parry Sound would be great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by osbornk View Post
    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.
    I agree with cheesewhiz. The temperature in the UP was some of the highest they had had. It was beautiful. OK, maybe if you live on the equator, it might have seemed chilly. But if your friend lives in the continental US, it should have been awesome. The SE experiences cold snaps too. It seems that attendance at rallies is difficult to predict based only on date and location. There are so many other factors that come in to play. Really, my only point on this thread was to point out that the earlier the annoucement of the date and location, that more people would be able to make the necessary arrangments to attend.

    Vegas is awesome! But, is there camping out there? I've never camped in the desert.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheesewhiz View Post
    ?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?
    Cold in Michigan's Upper penninsula in June?
    I thought the weather was perfect.
    Lack of vendors? Ever hear of the internet?
    What about the ride?
    The people?
    Sheesh....

    I think your friend needs to buy his undies one size bigger.

    /Rant over/
    Cold is relative and us folks in the south think differently than folks from Wisconsin. When you like to see, feel and try items before you buy, the internet is not a good choice. What works perfectly for one doesn't work at all for another (like helmets).

    According to him, the ride was to get there as he left far better riding within 5 minutes of his home. He enjoys the people and always meets many friends there. But when you're 73 and your trip is over 6,600 miles before he got home, the enthusiasm takes a while to come back. He went from home to the RA rally in Michigan and then to Washington State for a vacation with his wife (she flew out) and then back to Gillette for the MOA rally before he rode back home. Sure hope I can do that at 73.
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    I heard Canaan Valley, WV also. And around the same time as the MOA rally. Just a rumor, but who knows. Canaan Valley would have been nice the last time -- except for the hurricane.
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