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Des Moines is the Winner for 2018

Sunday, May 7, 2017   (8 Comments)
Posted by: Ted Moyer, 100360
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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!


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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