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    Billings is often the end of day one for me leaving Calgary heading south so I can easily attend. Now to plan a longer route to get there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by redsky49 View Post
    Seems like along time since a rally was held in the Eastern US.
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    Is the Billings Rally being cut a day? 23rd through 25th, or Thursday through Saturday. I know all the action is traditionally finished on Saturday, but the Rally is usually scheduled through Sunday.
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    Time frame is the same as in the past...rally officially opens 8:00 AM on Thursday, activities conclude Saturday night and Sunday is the tear down day.
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    Chuck -

    The dates for the St. Paul rally are July 24-27, Thursday through Sunday. In the case of Billings, it does indeed say Thursday through Saturday. Is this a change in the way the dates are specified for the rally?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 20774 View Post
    Chuck -

    The dates for the St. Paul rally are July 24-27, Thursday through Sunday. In the case of Billings, it does indeed say Thursday through Saturday. Is this a change in the way the dates are specified for the rally?
    I'm not aware of any change and hadn't noticed the printed dates. As 2012 rally chair I always referenced the Sedalia rally dates as Thursday through Saturday and the rally logo incorporated those dates. Just looked at my 2013 Salem rally shirt and it references the Thursday through Sunday dates.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 20774 View Post
    Chuck -

    The dates for the St. Paul rally are July 24-27, Thursday through Sunday. In the case of Billings, it does indeed say Thursday through Saturday. Is this a change in the way the dates are specified for the rally?
    well, isn't Sunday the official pack up and leave day with no scheduled events. So even though many of us will be there, since there are no activities, the rally is officially over. If I go I know I will be packing to leave when I wake up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redsky49 View Post
    Seems like along time since a rally was held in the Eastern US.
    With Vermont in 2006, Tennessee in 2009, and Pennsylvania in 2011 it doesn't seem that way to me at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    With Vermont in 2006, Tennessee in 2009, and Pennsylvania in 2011 it doesn't seem that way to me at all.
    Guess it sorta depends on one's definition of "eastern" US. Living out here in "fly over country," I agree with you, Paul. Anyplace to the right of the Mississippi River is eastern US to me.
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    Event may draw 7,000

    The BMW Motorcycle Owners of America has booked a rally in Billings for July 23-25 next year that is expected to bring up to $5 million to town.

    The international BMW organization has about 35,000 North American members and expects about 7,000 visitors for the 2015 rally.

    About half the group is expected to spend four nights in hotels and motels, which would be a $2.7 million boost to the local economy just from lodging. The other half of the group will camp on the MetraPark grounds.

    "It's satisfying from time to time to be reminded through the eyes of our guests just how desirable Billings is," said Chamber president and chief executive John Brewer.

    The announcement was made over Skype by Bob Aldridge, executive director of the BMW Motorcycle Owners Association, who spoke from the group's headquarters near Kansas City, Kan.

    "You've got just great natural amenities, whether it's the Beartooth Highway, or the Rimrocks or the Little Big Horn National Monument," he said. "All of the routes to get to Billings are wonderful rides."

    The international convention could draw BMW motorcycle fans from two dozen countries, including Australia and New Zealand, said Billings BMW veteran rider Gary Smith. He is an ambassador for the organization and has worked for three decades to bring this event to town.

    There are only two kinds of BMW riders: "Those who have ridden the Beartooth Highway and those who haven't," said Smith, quoting another fan of the German-made bike.

    With today's helmet and bike-mounted digital cameras, their trip will be shared with thousands of other people, he said.

    "They're going to take all those pictures home and they're going to share it with their clubs," Smith said. "We're going to see the spilloff for the next 15 years."

    Steve Wahrlich, who heads the Chamber?s Tourism Business Improvement District, said the TBID spent up to $15,000 in travel expenses over the last four years courting the BMW owners.

    ?When you go after these things, it?s like a date,? he said. ?It worked and we got engaged for one year.?

    By promoting this event, Wahrlich said the TBID hopes to boost attendance from around 7,000 to 8,000 or more.

    The BMW owners hold a convention each year alternating regions of the U.S. This summer?s convention will be held in Minneapolis/St. Paul. The 2013 rally was held in Salem, Ore.

    Billings beat out two other Rocky Mountain communities, which Aldridge declined to name.

    During two scouting trips to Billings, the BWM executives walked almost every inch of MetraPark's 189 acres, said the facility's general manager Bill Dutcher.

    Ron Spence, who manages the Billings Hotel & Convention Center, said the group comes at the right time for his hotel, which is completing a $1.5 million project remodeling all 235 of his rooms.

    ?We?ll be doing something special like bike washes and things to make sure these guys have a great experience,? Spence said.

    A BMW motorcycle starts at $7,500, Smith said, and ranges up to $30,000.

    The Honda Gold Wings Road Riders Association held its convention at MetraPark in 1997, 2000 and 2007, Dutcher said.

    In 2006, the Harley-Davidson owners group brought about 10,000 people to Billings, who spent an estimated $6 million.

    When asked how the BMW folks differ from the Harley riders, Smith said, ?We?re a lot quieter.?[/QUOTE]

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    Rally 2015

    Yes the BMW riders will be quieter but some, not all , BMW riders are known for being cheap. And if a local school or charity puts on a bike wash I would hope that most would participate even if they don' want to be seen with a clean motorcycle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    With Vermont in 2006, Tennessee in 2009, and Pennsylvania in 2011 it doesn't seem that way to me at all.
    2011 -> 2016 is a long 5 years for a large concentration of owners.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chaseh View Post
    2011 -> 2016 is a long 5 years for a large concentration of owners.
    Wasn't that because the board changed the region designations a couple of years ago, implementing it in 2012? Not sure where to find that info but it seems to be rattling around my head.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arthurdent View Post
    Wasn't that because the board changed the region designations a couple of years ago, implementing it in 2012? Not sure where to find that info but it seems to be rattling around my head.
    Is this what you're looking for??

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