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Des Moines is the Winner for 2018

Sunday, May 7, 2017   (21 Comments)
Posted by: Ted Moyer, 100360

The BMW MOA International Rally site for 2018 was announced at the Board of Directors meeting Saturday and the winner is Des Moines, Iowa. The Iowa State Fairgrounds will host BMW MOA members July 12 - 15, 2018.

 

 

More information will be posted to this news article as soon as information becomes available.

Until then, we'll dream a little dream about Des Moines!

Comments...

Lee Harrelson says...
Posted 2 hours ago
Rally plans are moving along smoothly. Des Moines and Iowa in general gets a bad wrap from some motorcycle enthusiasts, "nothing but long straight roads" is just not true! Des Moines is a really progressive city with a vibrant downtown area full of great restaurants, art, coffee shops and night life. The largest farmer's market in the world and just outside of town opens up into beautiful rolling farm country in every direction. The local riding community is very excited to show MOA members their favorite rides thru the State. The rally chair is working on some great vendors, food, seminars and entertainment. The Iowa State Fairgrounds are the largest we have ever had, plenty of shaded areas for camping in the grass, more full hook up RV spaces than we can ever use, permanent shower facilities. A huge new air conditioned building that will hold ALL indoor vendors and most seminars in ONE cool building. All outside vendors gathered just outside the building.
Gray Buckley says...
Posted Monday, December 11, 2017
I've missed two nationals since 1990. Most sites were great, and a few were only above average. If the Board ever decides to pick one site and make it permanent, I predict it will be Des Moines. Ten out of ten in every category. Fredericksburg TX was mild and Spokane was hot. Flagstaff, in the desert, was chilly in the rain. Maybe someone would like to chair the weather committee, eh?
Peter Pleban says...
Posted Friday, December 8, 2017
Once again, many thanks to our Board staff who are putting together another rally for 2018. Too Hot , too cold, too flat, too hilly????? Save the negativity for the judge. Pack 'em up. gas 'em up. giddy up. See ya there!
Dennis K. Boehme says...
Posted Friday, November 17, 2017
I live in Iowa and yes it can be hot in July but it can also be very nice. The fair grounds are wonderful and the Des Moines community is very welcoming! I'm looking forward to it! The joke around here is that it will be the first rally where I can ride there without having to make a bathroom stop! OK, we are old so will still stop somewhere. Just enjoy!
Jerry W. Johnson says...
Posted Friday, November 17, 2017
My advice on this rally site if you are going. Rent the movie "Bridges of Madison County" There are 6 covered bridges in the county most on gravel roads, we did it years ago on our 1988 bumble bee while attending the Iowa Rally, its a short drive from the Rally and a lot of fun.
Randy Mattran says...
Posted Wednesday, November 15, 2017
My first thought was "oh really?" Des Moines in July by choice? For vacation? But... Des Moines is actually a pretty smart pick. Less than 1,800 miles from every major city in the country, and much closer than that for most. The state fair grounds has to be the most developed and largest site of it's kind in the country. Lots of shade, grass and air conditioned buildings. The city is big enough to have good lodging close to the site. True, there is no interesting local riding, so people will focus on rally site activities (positive spin...). However, the potential for great riding to and from Des Moines is endless: Black Hills and Rockies 1 day to the west, Ozarks (best kept secret) 1/2 day to the south, Lake Superior (U.P., MN North Shore, Apostles, Boundary Waters) 1/2 day to the north, Mississippi River road a few hours to the east. Will it be hot? Yes. Humid and buggy too. The MOA board has debated the issue of optimizing location, timing and climate for decades.
Robert Rehkopf says...
Posted Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Will it be HOT in the middle of July in Iowa?
Jeremy Oliver says...
Posted Saturday, November 11, 2017
Reasonably close to home area for me, so may try to go. New member so haven't been to one before. Comments about heat possibility in mid July are true.
Jeremy Oliver says...
Posted Saturday, November 11, 2017
Reasonably close to home area for me, so may try to go. New member so haven't been to one before. Comments about heat possibility in mid July are true.
Walter Bringman says...
Posted Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Wow! Hope the reviews become more positive. I am no fan of riding in heat for hours on end (and have done a lot of it. I missed SLC because of another event, but was pleased that I was not one of the attendees suffering through desert temperatures. Will be watching temperature trends for Des Moines and if index spikes upwards my interest will spiral downwards. Good luck.
Cragg Howard says...
Posted Sunday, October 29, 2017
Rode to Charleston, SC form Maryland to see the total eclipse this year. Hottest, most humid ride ever! Would have preferred a cooler ride but I can't say I didn't enjoy it. A day on the bike is better than a day at work! My mom came from a small town about 30 minutes south east of Des Moines. I've never been to that part of the state and am looking forward to seeing it. Anyone else riding from Maryland?
Roger R. Mullins says...
Posted Sunday, October 22, 2017
Just came back from the Board Reconnaissance walk through. To echo Gray Buckley’s comments, the site and the city are phenomenal. The people are nice, and friendly, the food at the local restaurants was excellent, the fair grounds are massive with incredible infrastructure. Knowing the Rally Chair and Co-Chairs like I do, I fully expect this rally to be over the top awesome.
David Myers says...
Posted Friday, October 20, 2017
No location is perfect, but a central location enables more to attend, I would think. We couldn't make SLC because it was just too far from eastern PA. We plan on attending Des Moines, though. From what I've heard the fairgrounds are nice with shaded campsites. I like the variety of sites from year to year. You'll never please everyone...
Dick Stafford says...
Posted Friday, October 13, 2017
Really! At one time I thought the Rally was going to be in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan where the riding is superb. Summer temps in July are around 75-85 degrees around Marquette. Lakes Superior and Michigan are beautiful and offer some of the most beautiful scenery a person could ever behold. So how come not the U.P.? Granted, we go to the National for friends and vendors but 105 degree temps are a little much. THE U.P. OFFERS SOME OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL SCENERY IN THE U.S. Did I say that already?
Lyle Griffith says...
Posted Saturday, October 7, 2017
Another sweat box! Why not have a National Rally somewhere with great riding (okay, at least to get there?). Either coast? I find no joy in great heat.....unless it's Death Valey. Will NOT be wasting a great riding weekend test driving the latest in antiperspirant.
Randy Smith says...
Posted Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Wow?!! Really? Lived there for ten years, know the area well. The people are super nice. But.... if you are looking for great riding this is not the place to be. I hate to say it but the promo video shows a lot of things that are not in the Des Moines area. The state is pretty in the fall like the video shows but the rally is in the hot, humid, Iowa summer. Go to the rally for friendship, education at the the great MOA programs, but not for the riding. It's just not there.
Bill Wood says...
Posted Sunday, October 1, 2017
Can anyone speak to the camping accommodations at the Des Moines fairgrounds? Contemplating camping versus a stay at the hotel....
Jim Halpin says...
Posted Saturday, August 26, 2017
Why 2 rallies in the midwet 2 years in a row. Bad choice! From the east coast not liking it at all. Another year of extreme heat. Will not be there. Again!
Gray Buckley says...
Posted Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Having attended the past 30+ nationals, and having spent several days in Des Moines looking at the rally site, it is my guess that if/when the Board decides to have one permanent rally site in the midwest, this will be it. Space, shade, superbly maintained, buildings properly ventilated and cooled... convenient lodging, acres of grass. Though, to be fair, there are no fjords or 14,000 peaks.
William Groh says...
Posted Sunday, May 14, 2017
The reason most of us started going to rallies was to visit with friends that we only see at rallies, The ride to the rally or after is the adventure but the rally is a time to get off the bike and enjoy people, venders, and events. Putting it in Iowa makes it achievable for those who still work and love to go to a national. I ride around 30,000 miles a year and see many great sights but when I go to a national it is fun to park the bike and sit and enjoy stories, lies and laughs we share with each other for a few days. No matter where you put the rally you will have pro's and con's about the area but in Des Moines you might see friends that haven't made a national in a few years. Thats just my thought on the subject, have a great day
Gordin Warner says...
Posted Monday, May 8, 2017
I thought SLC in the hottest month of the year was kind of odd, and I'm sure many members are going to ask; why Iowa! Let me be the first to pitch in with a sales pitch. Come to Iowa and gaze at the endless fields of corn as you ride down the arrow straight road to Des Moines. Marvel at the 10,000 locus strikes on your helmet and windscreen. Enjoy a tour of an Ethenol Plant that consumes more energy to produce than it yields. You'll be sure to have a good time. Don't forget the bug spray. See you there.

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