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    Rot rally austin texas

    Is anyone coming in for the Austin ROT Rally this weekend? Would like to hook up with some beemer riders amongst the throngs of Harley riders. I live in Central Austin. We could meet at my place and take off or if anyone knows of a group please let me know.
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    I live in Round Rock.. I'm probably going to stay out of Austin... but, y'all have fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tthouses View Post
    Is anyone coming in for the Austin ROT Rally this weekend?
    Uh . . . no.
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    used to live in the middle of the craziness that weekend brings, do not miss the 24/7 rumble...it will be a busy weekend all over the area...keep your eyes open. I expect the 98 degree weather will melt a few folks
    Actually saw two beemers in the parade on Congress Ave two years ago...actually 6 counting the RTP Austin Moto LEO's

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    Been there, done that, got the T-shirt. Twice was enough.

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    Few years ago I went into Lone Star BMW to pick up my new to me GS. Guess what weekend it was, Yep ROT ! Asked the Sales guy what is the deal with all the HD's? Thought he was going to bust a gut. I had never herd of ROT, and other than picking up my GS and getting back out of town that is all I had to do with it. That Friday Morning Lone Star was deserted, other than me and a bike tow truck guy. His cell phone was going off like it was a pinball game, he said it will be like this all weekend.
    Will not be there again this year,(will not miss it either) Headed to Ar. to a vintage Rally.

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    Ahhhh...yes, it's that time of year...rode in to town for dinner and hit three groups out on US 281...the first set widened to a three wide formation when I approached at the posted speed...lovely sportsmanship I must say... They all had helmets ,but not much more. I waved anyways as I made my way around them. And I was a former HD owner and still...no respect SEEYA...


    I will go further west and south this weeknd since I am at a major crossroad pass thru to Luckenbach and the Shade Tree Saloon near Twin Sisters which is always busy at ROT...

    just looked at the radar...huge cell moving into Austin... That will make things intersting out at the rally grounds for sure this evening...
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    Last night two large trailers (Texas plates), each carrying 3 HDs pulled into the neighborhood here in SA. Visiting relatives, I guess. Wonder if, as I am heading out with my trailer behind my RT tomorrow for New Mexico, they will be making the long trek to Austin to ROT?

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    If you must ride this weekend, be safe and watch out for all the amateurs...

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    Rot?

    Anybody got a death toll??
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    Quote Originally Posted by bulletbill View Post
    Anybody got a death toll??
    Kind of a downer question...Any large gathering/rally has this happen...even amongst the BMW family.

    Fortunately this year fewer reported incidents. Friday night a bike rear ended a truck and threw both riders off sadly killing the female passenger. Saturday morning a married couple from near Houston on a sportbike missed a corner on a popular twisty route and both perished. It's not a particular brand any time, it's just a lot of first time riders out of their capabilities. The sportbike owner had 6 mos seat time according to father in law.
    Helmets were mentioned in one report, nothing in the second.
    Prayers and thoughts to the families impacted by this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by henzilla View Post
    Kind of a downer question...Any large gathering/rally has this happen...even amongst the BMW family.

    Fortunately this year fewer reported incidents. Friday night a bike rear ended a truck and threw both riders off sadly killing the female passenger. Saturday morning a married couple from near Houston on a sportbike missed a corner on a popular twisty route and both perished. It's not a particular brand any time, it's just a lot of first time riders out of their capabilities. The sportbike owner had 6 mos seat time according to father in law.
    Helmets were mentioned in one report, nothing in the second.
    Prayers and thoughts to the families impacted by this.
    It is a dower question, I guess ask to bring up the dangers of any large gathering and yes BMW events are not exempted. The last Top O the Rockies I attended a gentleman lost his life. But these gathering where so many, as you pointed out first time, and "Occasional Riders" make up a large percentage of the participates, it seems the odds are much higher for fatalities. Any lost of life is sad to say the least, and yes I pray for the souls lost and the families they leave behind.
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    The ROT promoters have seemingly lost their minds IMHO by opening three onsight bars this year on the grounds. I know we have our own beer tent at our National, but the crowds make up and mentality are way different in my experience from going to both. They did actually ban under 18 from the site this year with all the after hours" look at me folks" baring stuff none of us really want to see. Naked burnouts by chubby sunburned dudes & dudettes is not pretty. That said, it appears they contained the drinkers in the compound by doing that maybe as there were not as many incidents reported near the rally site as in the past. Either that or blind luck.
    There were so many new bikes on the road this past weekend, we stayed home Saturday and went further from the scene as possible this morning. Listening in on a group sitting by us at lunch and sneering at me with gear on my chair in our little town the other day and 4 out of the 6 had just bought bikes that week!I had noticed the paper plates and figured as much. I said "have a great visit and rally", they pretty much blew me off. The police in our area have been busy. Hopefully all made it home without further incidents.
    From what I could tell and from the TV coverage, the attendance is waning...maybe it has peaked or the economy also has taken it's bite out of it.
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    Ohhhhh, it was a MOTORCYCLE rally! I thought the Chamber of Commerce had landed the largest trailer convention in America!

    Seriously, it was scary out on the roads Saturday. I knew about the unfortunate deaths, but I've wondered how many people were injured in wrecks. The local news media didn't mention a word.

    EDIT: on another forum, a regular poster is an Austin EMS commander, general, something high up. His opinion, based on the paperwork he saw (hard to pin it down because all MV accidents are classified the same), there were, and I quote, "way more than 100" incidents requiring EMS attendance. Lotta very bummed out people.
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    Quote Originally Posted by markgoodrich View Post
    Ohhhhh, it was a MOTORCYCLE rally! I thought the Chamber of Commerce had landed the largest trailer convention in America!

    Seriously, it was scary out on the roads Saturday. I knew about the unfortunate deaths, but I've wondered how many people were injured in wrecks. The local news media didn't mention a word.
    I often wonder about the politics and large money...the chamber of commerce forecasts for weekends and holidays as an example. The news does go after the helmet issue on almost every incident.
    Had to be a few emergency room stories out there.

    Blanco was crazy with the passer thrus
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