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    Thumbs up GS giants and the rally

    The rally was great this year even givin the heat.
    But the best part without a doubt had to be the GS GIANTS.
    Anybody who did not take advantage of that opportunity can't
    even imagine what it was like. The rides, the diverse group of people, the friendships formed made it one of the most enjoyable riding experiences I have ever encountered.
    Many - Many thanks to Tracey(the queen) Ian, Chris and everyone else who had a hand in this. BMW/MOA providied the camping, ALL the catered food and beer. for a
    nominal fee. Unbelievable . Really hope tondo again next year or sooner!

    P.S - The video of the giants in action - WOW - nice job

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    I have to pinch myself to see

    if I was dreaming. When I heard Naples, Florida and then my name being called for the "Raw hide" off road adventure class I still don't know if it was a dream. Enough people have confirmed that yes I got it! I have dreamed about this class for as long as I've known about it. My wife has added my airfare as a birthday present. What can I say I have a way to clean HP-2 Enduro and an underused 04 Adventure that have just started shaking in their Twinduro's. Whats great about the Rally and the GS Giant? Who knows it might be me next year!!! FUN FUN FUN

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    Last minute work changes did not allow me to participate in much of the Giant events, but what little I did was great and this idea needs to live on at future rallies and beyond.....
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    the GS rally awsome

    seeing the backroads work the bike was just a great thing, the competition, fun for everyone, similar excitement can be done with the S1000RR on the race track.
    Getting dirty something else than shine the cruiser, bringing the S1000RR on stage with the band playing "HWY to Hell" and rev it just great, a lot of folks didn't even no there was a band playing on the other side of the fence, that of course wasn't good, the band was a real topper from Germany.


    no price gouging everything was just good, I hope next time again, a GS rally together with the MOA rally, and maybe something for the sport bikes rev it
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    GS Giant and Gypsy Tour

    You can never have too much fun. I enjoyed working with Ian, Tracy and all the vendors(Marienville) ,Frank at Forest Lodge especially, on the Gypsy Tour. If you didn't make it this year, plan on it next. What you missed were friends that you'd never met, riding great roads and tracks, great food and beer, lots of laughter. The instruction from Joe and Randy was a priceless introduction to GS for this novice, as were Rawhide at the farm and BMW Performance. Getting it dirty is good.
    But, the picture that stands out for me was that of Scott and his son. Scott was wearing his sombrero taking pics of Michael riding his bike on the track, Scott turned and said "this is what it's all about". I know he's right. I will see you all at the next Family Reunion.

    Rick

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    I know it has already been said, but the few days of spending time with a great bunch of people on the GS Giant Gypsy Tour was the best. Of course that got topped by the great commoradarie of the competition on the track. I think when you talk to anyone about the rally it always comes down to the new and renewed friendships that happen every year. This GS Giant thing needs to live on and grow to include many more of those sparkling clean GS's we were seeing at the rally.
    Thanks to everyone who pictched in to make it happen and make it great! See everyone next year or sooner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marrea View Post
    I LOVED The Full Pint micro brew beer out of Pittsburg was the best!
    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
    Amen to that! Full Pint Brewery was the best!

    It will definetly grow in numbers.

    Thanks to all who made it happen!
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    This was only the first, I hope

    I was an early registrant for GS Giant/Gypsy Tour, but didn't get to accumulate much dirt, so volunteer work was next best thing for this year. Discouraging words were seldom heard from anyone within the (new) GS Giant family, no matter how hot, dehydrated, dirty and extremely tired everyone was at times - the comraderie was outstanding.

    I am proud to wear the 'T' and display that most excellent decal on the F8GS. Things are already underway to make sure the family grows and becomes more of a presence within the MOA, for starters and I urge everyone to stay involved...from the discussions going on, that won't be a problem.

    Ian's collaborative management tool/site is the way to go for organization, planning and communications - it served to make so many of us involved feel a real part of it all, well before the points began to be accumulated. Tracy cracked the whip when needed and got responses, and results, with only a little whining (no points though...)

    Despite it being such a large proportion regarding ownership, the GS discipline has been very low profile, relatively speaking. But the 2011 GS Giant has shown the way and it needs to be formalized in a big way. I know we will all chip in and make it work.

    So my dusty and crusty XD3 is off in salute to the MOA, the Directors, everyone who got the GS Giant cranked up and launched for the first time as a truly spectacular and important activity at the Rally. Can't wait to get involved more, and do more riding with the GS Giants, anytime, anywhere.

    Hope to see some of you at Beemerfest in Mosport, on the road or at other rallies this season. Just remember, big water holes make great swimming spots as well!

    Cheers, Bruce, Ottawa


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    This was only my second rally (first was last year in Redmond) and I really enjoyed the opportunity to meet others. I must admit that I focused mainly on the Airhead sessions and stopped at the Airhead tent more than once. It's always fun to visit the vendor booths and try out the local "fair food". One of these days I'll even manage to ride the bike to the rally but even without it, I had a great time.

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    I really enjoyed the GS Giant aspect. I was a participant who took advantage of the adventure detours on my way to the rally, and that made the ride for me. I didn't submit my claims for points, but the detours laid out in Georgia, NC/Tenn and West Virginia were my favorite parts of the entire journey. I NEVER would have seen these places were it not for the efforts of the organizers, and I thank them sincerely. I didn't attempt the GS track competition as my bike was my transportation home and I was not willing to break it, but it was highly entertaining to watch. (and in hindsight, I wish I had attempted the track...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by piratetreasure View Post
    I really enjoyed the GS Giant aspect. I was a participant who took advantage of the adventure detours on my way to the rally, and that made the ride for me. I didn't submit my claims for points, but the detours laid out in Georgia, NC/Tenn and West Virginia were my favorite parts of the entire journey. I NEVER would have seen these places were it not for the efforts of the organizers, and I thank them sincerely. I didn't attempt the GS track competition as my bike was my transportation home and I was not willing to break it, but it was highly entertaining to watch. (and in hindsight, I wish I had attempted the track...)
    oh... you should have. there was an easy route that would have been fun for you. and if competition isn't in you, the open track day is a better opportunity.

    glad you took those adventure detours... they were some fine riding. did you walk out onto Max Patch?

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    I thought the rally was great. My buddy met me there (non-motorcyclist, drove down from Michigan) and we camped outside the gates where there was a cool night breeze. It was nice sleeping out in the open on top of the bag. The food was excellent. The beer was great. I don't have any use for any of the GS events, but it was fun looking at all of the touring setups on the many styles of bikes. As soon as I mentioned Missouri for the next rally, my buddy, who had lived there in the summer years ago, said, "Misery? Why would they do that in the middle of the summer in Misery? The only way I'll meet you there at that time of year is in a air-conditioned hotel." Hmmm....I've always camped at rallies. The nice thing about PA was that there was no humidity to speak of.

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