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    An outsider's observation on the rally site

    Our old geezer and geezerett bicycle club went thru the MN State Fair grounds on an unrelated mission today. I had not been there for many years and then only at fair times. This time the facilities looked great, the grass was actually thick and green and plenty of it, shade most places, streets were clean, and a lot of general updating and repair going on primarily for the fair which is still 4 weeks away. The BMWMOA welcome signs were already out and some BMWs were parked around.

    The weather forecasts are for highs in the lowest 80s, generally dry except possible showers on Friday.

    I'm not even a member of the local MOA club and don't know any of the locals, but this rally has to go down as one of the finest in recent years.

    See you at the beer garden.

    Niel Petersen
    Retired w 2005 K1200LT, 2000 R1100RT, & 1975 R90/6

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    Quote Originally Posted by nrpetersen View Post
    Our old geezer and geezerett bicycle club went thru the MN State Fair grounds on an unrelated mission today. I had not been there for many years and then only at fair times. This time the facilities looked great, the grass was actually thick and green and plenty of it, shade most places, streets were clean, and a lot of general updating and repair going on primarily for the fair which is still 4 weeks away. The BMWMOA welcome signs were already out and some BMWs were parked around.

    The weather forecasts are for highs in the lowest 80s, generally dry except possible showers on Friday.

    I'm not even a member of the local MOA club and don't know any of the locals, but this rally has to go down as one of the finest in recent years.

    See you at the beer garden.

    Niel Petersen
    We're rollin into day 3 of setup.......see what's going on at the end of day 2

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    Ride Hard, go far, and keep smilin...

    Karol Patzer, Ambassador, 2014 BMW MOA Rally Chair
    Visit St. Paul July 24-27, 2014

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    Barley and I are holed up in Hayward WI, about 3.5 hours away. All that off road action has the poor pup pretty worn out, so I pulled up early and got a room with a brand spanking new A/C. We'll probably roll in just before lunch tomorrow. We've been seeing a lot of Beemers the last couple of days in da UP, and a really nice 1150GSA sidecar rig passed and waved as we were dining al fresco in Bayfield WI this afternoon.

    I'm having a few issues with the rig so will be picking the collective wisdom at the rally
    *Several of the LEDs in my Skene P3 have failed. Need to buy just the light array.
    *My Clearwater lights appear to be on full power all the time and I can't dim them which will limit my riding to daylight hours.
    *The rig has developed several very loud squeaks after two days off roading in the UP. Will need someone to bounce it while I listen for the source(s).
    *The SRC unit in my Schuberth C3 won't hold a charge longer than thirty seconds. This also happened last year.

    Anyway, other than that we're having a great time and looking forward to seeing the family again!

    Pete (and Barley)
    '07 R1200GS for solo rides
    '10 R1200GSA with Hannigan dual sport sidecar for rides with Barley

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