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    I enjoyed:

    First rally, enjoyed it, will be back.

    Sam, thanks for organizing and leading Gettysburg tour.

    All the friendly people.
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    Awesome experience. Everything about the gs gypsy tour and rally were first class.
    Thoroughly enjoyed myself and learned a lot with the gypsy tour.
    Thanks to everyone involved that made this such a great rally.

    Jim Purves

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    GS Giant was GREAT!!

    The Gypse Tour and Contest was the highlight of my Bloomsburg Rally experience. It was the best value I have ever had with a motorcycle. This was my first BMW Rally but I have been to other brands and this was far better than any I have ever attended.

    The planning and communication for the Gypse Tour was excellent.
    The food was perfect.
    The commaraderie and riding amoung the participants created a wonderful long term memory.
    I feel that that pre-rally events like the Gypse Tour contibute to overall satisfaction of the rally and we should do it again.

    I plan to be in Sedalia.

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    Thumbs up GSes in the mud!



    The GS Giant competition was very entertaining and enjoyable.

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    Thumbs up GS Gaints Rule

    The GS Giant and Gypsy Tour was great. It was by far the best part of the rally.

    Great Epic Rides, Great Food, Cold Beer, Great Planning and communication, Great weather (it could have been worse), and best of all GREAT PEOPLE. I met alot of fun riders with the same interests. The GS Giant week was the best rally experience for me to date.

    Thanks again to Tracey and Ian and all the other volunteers, riders and route planners who made this happen.

    A speical Thanks and Shout Out to Revzilla and Twisted Throttle and Altrider (great ride and lunch on Wed)

    Roy Hedman
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    GS Giant was GRRRRRRRRREAT !!!!

    What a great rally !!!

    First things first , THANK YOU to all that contributed to the great time had by all. Not my first rally and it won't be the last.

    Secondly, THANK YOU to the folks that created the GS GIANT funfest. It was great to see the GS'ers riding their bikes the way they were intended. The track was phenomenal. The prizes were top notch!! ( Thank you to the sponsors, Twisted Throttle, Altrider,Revzilla and any i may have missed )
    I realize that this took a tremendous amount of work planning and executing this event , but I hope that the decision makers see the benefit of making this a regular event. After all, GS's are a large part of the BMW community. What better way to celebrate that fact and spread the fever than to let them show off their bikes and skills at the rally. Keep up the hard work, it just keeps getting better ....
    Ride On !!!

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    sharing my adventure with other's

    Quote Originally Posted by kenike View Post
    Please post what you liked about the rally so we can continue to build on your positive feedback!
    Most of the time I ride by myself, I ride off the beaten path lot having the GS Giant brings these people together to share the dirt with. Most of the giant's that I met at the rally share a common intrest and that's in this video i'v put to getter of my GS Giant Ride. http://web.me.com/riverriders/1dzmot...2011/7/27.html

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    GS tops the event

    Quote Originally Posted by Chatty View Post
    What a great rally !!!

    First things first , THANK YOU to all that contributed to the great time had by all. Not my first rally and it won't be the last.

    Secondly, THANK YOU to the folks that created the GS GIANT funfest. It was great to see the GS'ers riding their bikes the way they were intended. The track was phenomenal. The prizes were top notch!! ( Thank you to the sponsors, Twisted Throttle, Altrider,Revzilla and any i may have missed )
    I realize that this took a tremendous amount of work planning and executing this event , but I hope that the decision makers see the benefit of making this a regular event. After all, GS's are a large part of the BMW community. What better way to celebrate that fact and spread the fever than to let them show off their bikes and skills at the rally. Keep up the hard work, it just keeps getting better ....
    I could not agree more. Anyone who has a GS really should consider joining in next year on this aspect of the Rally. My assumption was that you needed to be some sort of hot off road dirt biker to enjoy these events. That turned out to not be the case. I did however learn a lot and so did the 2 other GS riders I dragged along to their 1st rally. We all learned alot from Bill Conger from the BMW Performance school. It was so great that all three of us are signing up to the BMW School in Spartenburg. Also Jim Hyde from Rawhyde schools was great with all of his folks helping out too, we want to do his course too. Can you tell we got the bug? Can't say enough about all the opportunities to learn how to ride safely off road that was present at the Rally through all of the GS events. This was definately targeted towards helping those new to off road riding and enjoying their GS's in the way we all envisioned when we purchased our bikes. I would really encourage all of you to join in on the GS fun next year. See you then.

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    Great Rally...even better GS Giant!

    After nearly 20 Nationals over the past 30 years, I must comment that this one really hit the mark. Being hot and humid is a given for any mid-July rally and must be taken in stride. This was my first go in the GS Giant event and intended to just participate in the Gypsy Tour portion leading up to the Rally itself. This was without a doubt THE highlight of my experience, great organization (thanks Tracy, Matt, Ian, et al), great roads, great food and plenty of ice cold draft at the end of the day which provided a gathering point for everyone to get to know each other after a dusty day on the trails. We made lots of new friends from all over. The camaraderie on the trails in fixing flats, pulling bikes up out of ditches and swamps was excellent. In the end I wish I would have participated in the skills challenge on the infield on Saturday, everyone had a blast. This event is a definite must for next year and adds a whole new element to the overall Rally experience. The best $100 I ever spent! Look out Josh, plenty of people will be chasing your title down next year.

    Another great ride was had during the AltRider day, seven PA mountains in one day, great trails, great hosts at the farm, great food, another top notch event from Jeremy, Briane and the SMCC hosts. Giant and Altrider events...two great events that everyone should consider participating in to round out the Rally experience.

    I entered to basically confirm the setup of my GS for my ride to Patagonia next month, next year I will hopefully be able to do the whole event, my vote is to make this a annual event in the future.

    Thanks for the good times!

    Bill

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    Thumbs up Best week of adventure riding ever! GS Giants Rule!

    As everyone else has said, THANKS!! To all that made this happen you know who yu are. This was my first MOA rally and won't be my last. The GS Gypsy tour was the best $100 I've ever spent. The rides \ routes that were planned were EPIC! The after ride camping, food and beer was awesome. The only thing better was the people who participated. Many new friends were made hanging out at camp at the end of the day while drinking beer and telling stories. It was great to flog my GS with other like minded individuals. Not every GS rider likes a shiny bike. There were rides for all levels and no one was dissapointed. If you didn't do the GS Gypsy tour this year then you missed out on an awesome week of adventure. The challenge course was a total hoot! Once again there were things for every level. You didn't have to be crazy, it was purely by choice. Rule # 1 was followed, Have Fun.
    The fairgrounds were great I thought. Vendors of parts and food were aplenty and as others have said were excellent. I know I happily spent a few dollars. The music was really, really good too. Hymn for her being one of my favs.
    Airhead Central was amazing with comy couches and fans. We got a private concert from Dallas on his guitar and Bob on the harmonica that went till 4am Thur. They stopped after someone tenting nearby complained. Many bikes were repaired and tuned and as always the Airheads came through providing valuable knowledge for those of us who like the old school bikes.
    The best thing to come out of the whole week of riding Nirvana was my 6 yr old son Michael overcoming his fears of his PW 50 and finally ridng it when we got home. Seeing dad out on the GS Giant competition course was the perfect motivator. A future GS Giant for sure.
    The Gypsy Tour will hopefully continue for many years and should, as its a total blast and the best bang for your buck.
    Thanks again to all who made all this happen. Its a ton of work but, immensly appreciated.
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    1. Great Gyros. Had 3.
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    8. Saw an old friend - been a few years!
    9. Riding to Ricketts Glen and hiking to waterfalls. Finally got some heat relief!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1dzmotard View Post
    Most of the time I ride by myself, I ride off the beaten path lot having the GS Giant brings these people together to share the dirt with. Most of the giant's that I met at the rally share a common intrest and that's in this video i'v put to getter of my GS Giant Ride. http://web.me.com/riverriders/1dzmot...2011/7/27.html
    Outstanding video! Everyone should make time to watch!

    I had to laugh tho...Who else but a Giant can crash like Rony did and spend a week reliving and relishing every detail! I particularly like Joe's expertise fixing the side case! Seriously, I'm glad no one was hurt during our week of adventure and we have stories to last at least until next time!

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    GS Giant and GS Gypsy Tour were the best parts

    Everyone has already piped up about what an awesome experience the GS Giant and GS Gypsy Tour were and I echo all of their positive comments.

    The rally itself was a highlight at the end of the week also but the GS events leading up to it were a great adventure. Hopefully Revzilla and TwistedThrottle and maybe other sponsors will participate in the coming years and the group and it's profile will rise. This was truly a huge part of my adventure away from work and there were so many great moments it's hard to pick a favourite.

    The rally would have been a nice vacation event. The GS Giant and Gypsy added a much higher level of adventure that made the whole week a great experience.

    Great rides, great people, food, beer and prizes. I'm hoping this gathers steam over the coming years.

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    Thumbs up

    Quote Originally Posted by Newstar View Post
    Outstanding video! Everyone should make time to watch!

    I had to laugh tho...Who else but a Giant can crash like Rony did and spend a week reliving and relishing every detail! I particularly like Joe's expertise fixing the side case! Seriously, I'm glad no one was hurt during our week of adventure and we have stories to last at least until next time!
    Now my time to chime in - first of all, this was my first BMW MOA international rally attendance and having an opportunity like the GS Gypsy tour and GS Giant competition was the ABSOLUTE ICING on the cake - the whole experience made this one of my best vacations ever - and I can tell you I have extensively traveled already. I wish and hope the GS program will be repeated and becomes a fixed part of future MOA rallies.
    Clayton's video is fun to watch - although I don't deserve so much footage. Well maybe it is punishment and a reminder for violation of GS Giant rule #2: Always ride within your limits ;-). Then again #1 states: The primary idea is to have fun - AND IT WAS!!! Me being able to participate and learn so much within one week of trying the G part of GS (Gelaende, off-road)...
    Thank you to all who helped me along the way, to all the chairs, volunteers, vendors, sponsors who made such an outstanding event possible. Rony
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    GS Giant

    I LOVED the 2011 gs Giant! The camping on the outskirt of a nat'l forest provided wonderful shaded gravel roads, streams for trout fishing and awesome swimming holes. The Full Pint micro brew beer out of Pittsburg was the best! The opportunity for instruction was greatly appreciated- a super huge THANKS to Joe and Randy, and the Raw Hyde and BMW teams! The various means of accruing points- Adv Detours, Stop Ins, etc. allowed those interested in competing to pick which best suited their needs and kept the competition interesting. The hero and weinny routes on the gs track offered a chance to test skills and provided entertainment for rally attendees. With 74 participants at this year's outstanding event, I can only imagine the number of participants will grow if the gs Giant is repeated next year.

    A GIANT THANKS goes out to all who contributed to this year's awesome GS Giant Event!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    marrea

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