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    Advice for first BMW Rally

    I have been trying to find any articles written about the Rally being held in Gettysburg in April,past or present. I am riding from Stamford, Ct. and staying at the Eiisenhower Hotel. I am riding alone and being this is my first BMW rally I am not sure what to expect. I have been studying the maps and the recommedations of what roads to take that sound exsiting along with beautiful scenery.
    Since I have no riding mates for the ride there, are there some planned rides with riders with local knowledge or are you on your own to pick out the routes you want to take? I am signed up for the Friday ride through the park, but that leaves Saturday and Sunday to explore Pa.
    Just like to know from the veteran members who have been to these events their thoughts and advice for a newbie.
    Thanks for your time.
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    Hey RIP

    I'm not familiar with the Gettysburg rally, but in general the BMW rallies are well run, well fed, and put on by lots of good people. Generally, there are route sheets or someone from the local club who will give you guidance as to where to ride. After spending the day riding, usually people eat and hang out, then at night people tend to party, and have a good time.

    I have been attending rallies for almost 20 years, and often know a lot of people, so for me, rallies are more like a party with lots of good friends... even if i haven't met them before.

    I'm sure that you will have a great time.

    btw: my personal preference is to camp at the rallies, but some folks prefer to hotel/motel.
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    I think that the OP is talking about the Gettysburg Weekend Getaway.
    That is not the same as a rally and on the home page it says it is sold out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by widebmw View Post
    I think that the OP is talking about the Gettysburg Weekend Getaway.
    That is not the same as a rally and on the home page it says it is sold out.

    I think they are all considered "rallies" they are just ran differently. Most rallies have food, rides, prizes and a good time. The bigger rallies have vendors but I think that's about it? I THINK.

    Gettysburg is in a good location - there are a lot of nice roads in the Thurmont MD area which isn't too far and the riding tour will be worth it too. They have a really nice visitors center as well. I think it's pretty new and it has a nice little snack shop and picnic area. If the weather holds out, it should be a really nice weekend for everyone that goes.

    Good luck, and have fun!
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    RIP,

    Look at the thread just below yours. Some useful info there.

    There should be some guided and self guided tours avaliable. Look for the information table at registration.

    This is not a typical "bmw rally" as its based at a motel/hotel in town.

    Just go and have fun. You'll meet like minded riders and have a great time.


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    Try the Square Route Rally

    If you cannot find enough information about Gettysburg, why don't you try the Square Route Rally, sponsored by BMWBMW, near Thurmont,MD? That's a great rally and it is an excellent example of BMW rallies. Good folks, great rides, and a lot of fun. Check out the website: http://www.bmwbmw.org/srr
    Onward, through the fog!

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    Smile Thank You

    Thanks to all for your advice. I called it a rally thinking there wasn't much of a difference. Since my wife is staying home a Getaway sounded a little to romantic.
    I noticed it was a sell out. I didn't think these events would sell out since there seems to be ample camping and other hotels. Glad I signed up early and will remember for future events.
    I will be buying a tent soon. With all these rallies and "getaways" I don't want to spend my summer budget on hotels plus being at the campsites with other riders will be great.
    Thanks Rev for the link to the Maryland rally. Sounds great and I will put that on my schedule. Another state I haven't biked in and can check it off.
    Thanks again to all and hope to see you out there and have a beer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RevWillie View Post
    If you cannot find enough information about Gettysburg, why don't you try the Square Route Rally, sponsored by BMWBMW, near Thurmont,MD? That's a great rally and it is an excellent example of BMW rallies. Good folks, great rides, and a lot of fun. Check out the website: http://www.bmwbmw.org/srr

    Thanks RW! I think we have a wonderful rally! Just remember to bring your rain gear! We try every year to hide from the rain but it seems a little difficult to do but OH DO WE HAVE FUN!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rip View Post
    Thanks to all for your advice. I called it a rally thinking there wasn't much of a difference. Since my wife is staying home a Getaway sounded a little to romantic.
    I noticed it was a sell out. I didn't think these events would sell out since there seems to be ample camping and other hotels. Glad I signed up early and will remember for future events.
    I will be buying a tent soon. With all these rallies and "getaways" I don't want to spend my summer budget on hotels plus being at the campsites with other riders will be great.
    Thanks Rev for the link to the Maryland rally. Sounds great and I will put that on my schedule. Another state I haven't biked in and can check it off.
    Thanks again to all and hope to see you out there and have a beer.
    There are 3-4 "Get a Way" weekends, that are hotel based, with limited space, couple oriented. "Rallies" are campsite oriented and typically have a much higher sellout number, like 250+, due to the campgrounds capacity and facility for feeding people. Some provide meals, some, your on your own. The International rally really doesn't have a number limit that I know of.

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    At a BMW rally, never park your bike next to a BMW parked on its centerstand.
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    center stand?

    Kent: Not hoping to sound stupid, but why wouldn't you park next to a bike on it's centerstand. Is that a inside joke? New here and not sure what that means. When camping or on dirt, I usually use the center stand for the stability. If this is dumb, you can laugh at my expense. Still learning my way.

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    Rip,
    It sounds like the GT Giant would be up your alley! Keep an eye out on the forum and the ON magazine for info!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rip View Post
    Kent: Not hoping to sound stupid, but why wouldn't you park next to a bike on it's centerstand. Is that a inside joke? New here and not sure what that means. When camping or on dirt, I usually use the center stand for the stability. If this is dumb, you can laugh at my expense. Still learning my way.
    A unexpected rain storm can soften the earth and cause the center stand to sink in. Usually ending in a tip over of the bike.

    On dirt it's best to use the side stand and make sure you have some sort of extra foot under it. A beer can will work, a stone, peice of plywood etc............

    We where all new at one time.
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    Hey Rip

    I don't know if you noticed, but we are practically neighbors. In fact, i work in your town.

    If you ever want to meet for a ride, or to be introduced to some local riders, let me know.

    In case you are interested there are also a couple of really good BMW clubs in the New England area that put on some really nice "rallies".

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