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    In Canada it is a political statement ,first made famous by former Prime Minister Pierre Trudaeu who was french reallly.Roughly translated,it meant Fuddle Dudle.
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    I've been to alot of rallies, none of them BMW rallies, thought I'd given up on them, but I'm new to the great NW and I was just starting to think '04 in Spokane was a good one to try, but after all I just read,( beer AND riding , the finger, dress scantily?), I'm starting to get a Surgis like impression, PEASE somebody explain to me how BMW riders are different!

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    The Beer doesnt come at the same time as the riding. If a few guys take pictures giving the finger, it doesnt mean that everyone does. You will find that the participants are very nice people for the most part. I would bet I could lay my wallet on my gas tank at a BMW rally,and the only reason it would disappear would be because someone too it to the lost and found. You have no worries about attending any BMW function. By the way, if you go to Sturgis now, you will see so many Dentists and Stock brokers posing as bikers you will laugh till you pee your pants. Sturgis is nothing like it used to be.
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    My experience of the beer at MOA rallies is that it is not the quantity but the quality:the folks in charge always seem to find a local perhaps exotic but very pleasing microbrewery to provide tasty beer as well as the usual canned stuff.The great Northwest has lots of those (microbreweries) so it is another thing to enjoy.
    No I've never been to Sturgis during bike week,but I am certain the MOA rally atmosphere is quite different.
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    I wouldn't be too worried about an MOA rally turning into Sturgis. I think that I hear and see crazier things happening when I'm walking back to my apartment late at night through campus (Indiana University). Like someone said, beer comes after the days riding is done, the finger is an advrider.com thing, and as for the dress scantily, well, I think that someone was just joking about that. Come and join us in Spokane, it'll be a good time.

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    Originally posted by JULIE
    I've been to alot of rallies, none of them BMW rallies, thought I'd given up on them, but I'm new to the great NW and I was just starting to think '04 in Spokane was a good one to try, but after all I just read,( beer AND riding , the finger, dress scantily?), I'm starting to get a Surgis like impression, PEASE somebody explain to me how BMW riders are different!
    Scantily? I see most folks wearing shorts, but that's about it.

    Everybody knows it ride - then beer. Besides, we want to help you get your bike on the centerstand!



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    Honestly, there's nothing to fear from the Beemer crowd. A national is just a great big family reunion, with family you didn't know you had. You'll find some of the friendliest folks at a rally. Yes, you will find an occasional exception to that, but very seldom. If you're concerned about not knowing anybody, then wander over to the volunteer tent and sign up for something. In fact, by signing up for a shift or two at the beer tent, you'll meet all sorts of people. We harass each other across the counter, poke fun, have fun, and meet folks.

    Try volunteering for security, get to ride around in a golf cart for a while, or be a gofer, or........ If you go to a rally and don't have a pretty good time, then you're not trying hard enough. Handshakes and smiles are easy to come by, hugs and kisses are not that uncommon either. Skimpy dress is a personal choice, not a requisite. Go riding, spend money, meet people, eat drink, and be merry, for that's what it's all about. See ya there!
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    Smile 2004 Ralley

    The ralley for 2004 is going to be in Spokane Washington a beautiful area of Washington State. I know I live in the Seattle area and have been to Spokane several times but never for anything as fun as a ralley. For me it will be a 4-5 hours stint but for some of you a much longer haul, but try to make it as it has some great riding areas and is very rural just a short ways away from the city, which in itself is not a large city but a comfortable friendly city.

    See you there I hope

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    Originally posted by JULIE
    I've been to alot of rallies, none of them BMW rallies, thought I'd given up on them, but I'm new to the great NW and I was just starting to think '04 in Spokane was a good one to try, but after all I just read,( beer AND riding , the finger, dress scantily?), I'm starting to get a Surgis like impression, PEASE somebody explain to me how BMW riders are different!
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    re: Dressing scantily. Only an encouragment.
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    Quote from Julie:

    I'm starting to get a Surgis like impression, PEASE somebody explain to me how BMW riders are different!
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    I'm surprised that nobody has mentioned a key element that is found at most motorcycle gatherings but is missing from a BMW rally: NOISE! I can't recall hearing one set of loud pipes at Trenton or Charleston. What a relief! 3 years ago I went to Americade in Lake George, NY. I had a good time but had to wear my earplugs in bed to get any sleep. It's great to be around people who love to ride but don't feel the need to let everyone within half a mile know they're on the road.

    Julie, If you go you'll meet some super folks and your ears won't be ringing at the end of the day (unless you're too close to the band in the beer tent)

    Hope to see you there!

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    Originally posted by grant
    Quote from Julie:

    I'm starting to get a Surgis like impression, PEASE somebody explain to me how BMW riders are different!
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    I'm surprised that nobody has mentioned a key element that is found at most motorcycle gatherings but is missing from a BMW rally: NOISE! I can't recall hearing one set of loud pipes at Trenton or Charleston. What a relief! 3 years ago I went to Americade in Lake George, NY. I had a good time but had to wear my earplugs in bed to get any sleep. It's great to be around people who love to ride but don't feel the need to let everyone within half a mile know they're on the road.

    Julie, If you go you'll meet some super folks and your ears won't be ringing at the end of the day (unless you're too close to the band in the beer tent)

    Hope to see you there!
    Went to the BMW/RA rally in Red River New Mexico. The only real noise was on Saturday AM when the local "V-twin"riders roared through town.

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    "v twin riders"

    V Twin riders? Is that the politically correct term?

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    Originally posted by JULIE
    I've been to alot of rallies, none of them BMW rallies, thought I'd given up on them, but I'm new to the great NW and I was just starting to think '04 in Spokane was a good one to try, but after all I just read,( beer AND riding , the finger, dress scantily?), I'm starting to get a Surgis like impression, PEASE somebody explain to me how BMW riders are different!


    Juli-

    BMW MOA rallies are VERY different than Sturgis. I know everybody mentioned beer and riding, but there's much more.
    There are a wide assortment of vendors selling items you may have difficulty passing up. Last year in Charleston we had 116 vendors marketing things like protective clothing, accessories for your bike, items to help pack your bike for your trips, tee shirts and all kinds of cool doodads! We also offer approximately 50-75 seminars (several conducted by some of our women riders with information/suggestions of interest to both new and experienced riders. Some of the women's seminar topics are also of interest to men and are usually well attended by both., ie How to pick up a dropped bike. The seminar topics are as varied as the riders. Keep watching the website for a complete listing as we get closer to the rally.

    Where Sturgis is an assault on your senses (sights and sounds!) BMW MOA National Rallies offer beer and bands (if you choose), but more importantly an opportunity to meet riders with a common interest (Beemers, camping and socializing).
    Oh, and by the way....scantilly dressed is in someone's dreams

    Hope to see you there.

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    Originally posted by tjschaff
    Went to the BMW/RA rally in Red River New Mexico. The only real noise was on Saturday AM when the local "V-twin"riders roared through town.
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    Interesting trivia about Red River (a BMWRA event, BTW) and BMW rallies in general. We heard the loud bikes that morning. That's what the town see every Memorial Weekend during a "Biker" event there. At the BMW rally on Wednesday most shops in town were closed because they knew a "biker" rally was in town. On Thursday over half the shops were open. By Friday word had gotten out among the locals and nearly ever shop in town was open, and doing business. They (the shop owners) said the "other" crowd just made noise and drank beer. They figured "we" would be no different. When not riding most of the BMW crowd was in town looking around and buying things, or eating at a local restaurant. As is usual after a BMW event leaves town, Red River would like to have us back. Trenton was larger than Red River, but small enough to want us. For my 2c, I wish we'd stay out of large towns. (Did you hear the ONE loud jerk riding around Charleston that Saturday? And everybody thinks that's "us".)

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