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    Question BMW MOA Rally & BMW RA Rally

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    I was unable to make it to Sedalia and most likely won't be able to go to the 2013 in Oregon for a whole host of reasons, mainly because it is too far and I have little kids...blah, blah. I have been following the rally threads and it looks awesome, so thanks to all the people who posted pics and descriptions of the rally.

    So then I saw that BMW RA has a rally in June 2013 in Asheville, NC, which is 8-9 hours ride for me and I am starting to get the itch. I have never been to a motorcycle rally to I have nothing to compare my own experiences to. I have done some organized rides, but it ain't the same I am sure.

    For those of you in the know, how do the two rallies (MOA & RA) compare?

    (I searched, nothing came up.)
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    Size is the most obvious answer. The MOA tends to be many times larger.

    Both are really grand times!

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    I have been to several of both the MOA and RA rallies. The RA is smaller and less organized, some might say "less structured". They have a very different feel, vibe, aura. The RA rally this year was not very good from a "rally" point of view. There was not a lot of people to interact with, no secure rally site, and high prices. Two people in my group didn't even bother to register for the rally, because it offered them so little.

    That said, the location, (Copper mtn, CO), was great and we had a great time, but by ourselves. You really need to try both and see which one floats your boat. The Biltmore is another great rally location, but then, so is Oregon!
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    Both of the rallys are great but they are also very different.

    The MOA rally is like a big city. It s much larger, more organized, has many more vendors, is more crowded and the locations are limited to places that can handle a lot of people. They are also in mid July where it is hot and/or there are thousands of miles of hot roads to get there.

    The RA rally is like a town. It is smaller, less organized, has fewer vendors and the locations are freqently better than the MOA rallies because of the smaller size requirements (the Biltmore, Barber Motorsports, etc). Many of the locations were considered by the MOA but were rejected because they couldn't handle the size of the crowd. The RA also sometimes chooses early summer or early fall times that avoids the intense heat of the summer.

    My favorite MOA rallys were in Johnson City and Bloomsburg (in spite of the heat). They were in smaller cities and the local people were friendly and welcoming. My favorite RA rallys were Barber Motorsports and the Biltmore.
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    I was a first time attendee at both rallies this year. I will not bother going to another RA rally. They had no seminars to speak of, and in one retired Marine's words I met there, a cluster---- as far as organization goes. The MOA rally was great, lots of vendors, seminars, prizes, and more people/bikes. I'm already making plans to go to next year's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LngRdr View Post
    I was a first time attendee at both rallies this year. I will not bother going to another RA rally. They had no seminars to speak of, and in one retired Marine's words I met there, a cluster---- as far as organization goes. The MOA rally was great, lots of vendors, seminars, prizes, and more people/bikes. I'm already making plans to go to next year's.
    I kind of felt the same way... MOA rocks, RA was a bit funky. Was mostly upset at how little the vendors were open & the high prices for beer at the dinner.
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    I attended my first rallies in 2007. I rode to the BMWRA rally at The Biltmore in Asheville, North Carolina and the BMWMOA rally in West Bend, Wisconsin. I believe the comments above are accurate. I liked both. They are just diffferent. The BMWRA rally was smaller, not as many vendors, but quite enjoyable. I met some nice folks and of course the riding in that area of the country is superb. The BMWMOA rally was much bigger with much more going on. I spent more time at the BMWMOA rally and less time riding than I did at the BMWRA event. I will have difficulty taking time off to get to Salem, Oregon for the BMWMOA rally next year, but the BMWRA rally is close enough that I think I will go again.

    The 2007 BMWRA Rally was pretty toasty, but not near the 100?? stuff that has occured at other sites recently. I remember roasting on I-40 and then as the group I was riding with began climbing the hills the temperatures and humidity dropped substantially. The picture below is from the 2007 BMWRA Rally. There were many more bikes than this parked in the lot below the where this picture was taken. I am sure some other folks have better pictures than this.


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    Hex, you may want to start smaller for your first rally. What about Finger Lakes over Labor day weekend? It's about 1,000 bikes (I think) so it's one of the larger rallies, but yet small enough to feel "intimate". And it isn't far from us here in South Central PA! Just a thought...

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    Quote Originally Posted by tnevling View Post
    Hex, you may want to start smaller for your first rally. What about Finger Lakes over Labor day weekend? It's about 1,000 bikes (I think) so it's one of the larger rallies, but yet small enough to feel "intimate". And it isn't far from us here in South Central PA! Just a thought...
    Great idea.

    FL is a great rally. I celebrated my 40th there and I'm looking forward to going back for the big five O.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hexkopf View Post
    All,

    I was unable to make it to Sedalia and most likely won't be able to go to the 2013 in Oregon for a whole host of reasons, mainly because it is too far and I have little kids...blah, blah. I have been following the rally threads and it looks awesome, so thanks to all the people who posted pics and descriptions of the rally.

    So then I saw that BMW RA has a rally in June 2013 in Asheville, NC, which is 8-9 hours ride for me and I am starting to get the itch. I have never been to a motorcycle rally to I have nothing to compare my own experiences to. I have done some organized rides, but it ain't the same I am sure.

    For those of you in the know, how do the two rallies (MOA & RA) compare?

    (I searched, nothing came up.)
    Well for 2013 you can go to the little clubs rally (RA) and camp at Biltmore, or you can go with the big clubs rally (MOA) and camp in a fairgrounds......LOL

    OK, so it's not quite like that, however I'll be returning to Biltmore this year as we really enjoyed our rally there in 2007..

    RA is a much smaller rally, without as much of everything, however it does Biltmore, which is kind of hard to beat..........Rod.
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    All fun:)

    I attend mostly MOA Rallies and done a few RA ones too. My bottom line is, they're all a blast and you get out of them what you put in. If your a social, easy going person and like the bikes, you'll be fine and enjoy both types of rally. They are certainly different, RA vs. MOA but that's just all fine. Pick and chose yours and keep on smil'in. We'll miss ya'll in Oregon this year, those with less time to ride the USA. Meet later someday. Randy

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