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A Quick Reference Guide for the BMW MOA International Rally

RALLY CHAIRS for 2019      
  • Lee Harrelson, Rally Chair
  • Mari Harrelson, Rally Co-chair
  • Email the Rally Chairs at rallychair@bmwmoa.org

 
WHAT ARE THE DATES OF THE RALLY?       Thursday through Saturday, 13-15 June 2019. Wednesday is a setup day open only to registered volunteers. Sunday is a cleanup day and we always need volunteers to help with cleanup.
 
LOCATION       The 2019 MOA Rally will be held in Lebanon, Tennessee, at the James E. Ward Agricultural and Community Center/Wilson County Exposition Center.
 
GPS COORDINATES      
 
HOW DO I REGISTER?       Online rally registration will open on 1 February 2019, at BMWMOA.ORG and is available until the rally ends. Registration forms will be available in BMW Owners News Registration incentives will be announced on the website and in the magazine as they become available.
 
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO ATTEND RALLY?      
  • MOA Members:  TBD
  • Non-Members:  TBD
  • Children ages 6-15:  TBD
  • Children ages five and under: No charge
  • Saturday-only Day Passes:  TBD

 
WHAT DO I GET FOR MY RALLY FEE?       For your full rally registration fee (excluding children and day passes), you will receive admission to the rally for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, entry into door prize drawings, eligibility for our Grand Prize drawings and the BMW MOA prize bike. Your registration also includes camping fees for the Iowa State Fairground.
 
WILL PERSONAL CHECKS BE ACCEPTED FOR GATE FEES?       Personal checks, MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover, and cash are accepted.
 
WHEN IS THE EARLIEST I CAN ARRIVE AT THE RALLY AND SET UP CAMP?       Anyone arriving prior to Thursday must be an identified volunteer with a rally committee and will be expected to volunteer for rally set-up duties. Rally set-up is a big effort and the set-up volunteers need an opportunity to get their work done in a timely fashion. Please give these volunteers a chance to get the rally ready before your arrival.

 

WILL THERE BE DAY PASSES?       Day passes will be available at Rally Registration on Saturday only. Day passes will allow access to the event, but will not include door prize tickets, pin, patch, or rally program. Cost is yet to be determined.
 
HOW CAN I VOLUNTEER TO HELP OUT?       Email Volunteers Chair Paul Ruffel at rallyvolunteers@bmwmoa.org with questions. You may also contact individual committee chairs from the list posted on the rally section of bmwmoa.org.

 

SHIPPING TO/FROM THE RALLY       Packages delivery and shipping service will be available at the rally.
 
PICKING UP ITEMS AT THE RALLY       There will be an MOA Receiving booth, location TBD.
 
WILL IT BE POSSIBLE TO SHIP ITEMS HOME FROM THE RALLY?       Yes, an on-site shipping service will be available once the rally opens and running through Sunday morning.
 
WHAT IF THERE IS AN EMERGENCY AT HOME AND I NEED TO BE REACHED, OR I NEED ASSISTANCE ON THE WAY TO THE RALLY?       We recommend that you have a Rally Buddy whose phone number you can leave with family at home. If the caller from home can't reach your cell, they should try the number of your Rally Buddy. If on the road, besides your Rally Buddy, we recommend using the BMW MOA Anonymous Book.
 
HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE EXPECTED TO ATTEND?       We are expecting more than 6,000 to attend the rally in Lebanon.
 
DO I HAVE TO BE A MEMBER OF BMW MOA TO ATTEND?       The BMW MOA rally is a private event open to our members and guests. Rally attendance is contingent on abiding by the rules and policies of the BMW MOA, and at the discretion of the Rally Chairs. We reserve the sole right to deny admission and/or remove persons from the rally grounds based on our discretion.

 

While MOA members receive a registration discount, non-members may join the MOA online or at the rally registration rate and receive the MOA member discount. A one-year membership is $49 for U.S. residents. Please see the BMW MOA website for the extensive list MOA member benefits which easily off-set the annual membership fee.
 

DO I HAVE TO RIDE A BMW MOTORCYCLE TO ATTEND?       While the BMW MOA International Rally is specific to BMW motorcycles, we welcome riders and guests on all marques. All bikes must meet local noise abatement regulations and rally attendance is contingent on abiding by the rules and policies of the BMW MOA and the discretion of the Rally Chairs.
 
DO I HAVE TO RIDE A MOTORCYCLE TO ATTEND?       Not at all.
 
CAN I BRING A GUEST?       As noted above, you can bring a guest and they will be made to feel welcome.
 
WHEN WILL THE RALLY SITE MAP BE AVAILABLE?       The site map will be made available on the MOA website. If you elect to receive email rally updates when you register, we will email you a copy of the rally site map along with other rally news.
 
WHERE WILL THE SEMINARS BE LOCATED?       TBD
 
WHERE WILL THE COMMERCIAL VENDORS BE LOCATED?       TBD
 
WILL WIRELESS SERVICE BE AVAILABLE?       Wireless services for attendees are provided on a best effort basis. Some sites are limited in what can be offered, so if internet access is important for you while attending the rally, please consider an individual solution such as a smart phone data plan. Any wifi available is likely to be unsecured and security is the responsibility of each user/attendee.
 
WILL CAMPFIRES BE ALLOWED ON THE RALLY SITE?       TBD
 
DO I NEED TO RESERVE A CAMPING SITE?       Individual campsite reservations are not available and there are plenty of grassy and shady areas for tent camping in the designated camping areas. Please do not attempt to reserve space for late arrivals. Chartered Clubs can reserve space by contacting the rally chairs.
 
DO I NEED TO WORRY ABOUT LEAVING MY GEAR UNATTENDED?       While public access to the rally location will be limited during the rally, normal precautions and common sense should prevail regarding your belongings. The BMW MOA is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
 
WILL THERE BE A DESIGNATED QUIET CAMPING AREA?       No. The grounds are large enough that no designated area will be identified. First-timers should remember that ear plugs can help make your night restful. We ask all rallygoers to practice common courtesy throughout the rally grounds.
 
ARE THERE SHOWERS AND FLUSH TOILETS NEAR THE CAMPING AREA?       Showers and port-a-potties will be placed near the camping areas. Additional restroom facilities are available in many of the buildings open during the rally. Please understand that port-a-potties must be located where they can be easily serviced throughout the rally.
 
IF I DRIVE MY CAR TO THE RALLY, WILL I BE ABLE TO CAMP?       Yes. Early setup volunteers may drive to their selected camping area and set up camp. Once your car is unloaded, it must be relocated to the designated parking lot just to your left as your come through the Main Entrance.
 
WILL A SPECIAL MEDICAL NEEDS (SMN) CAMPING AREA WITH ELECTRICITY BE AVAILABLE?       Yes. Specific areas will be marked for SMN Camping Only. Since these spots are for SMN campers, using them may prevent you from camping adjacent to friends.
 
CAN GENERATORS BE USED IN THE TENT CAMPING AREAS?       TBD
 
CAN I RESERVE SPACE FOR MY GROUP OR FRIENDS?       No. The MOA Board of Directors Rally policy states that cordoning off camping space for future arrivals is strictly prohibited. Group camping for MOA clubs is available. Contact the Chartered Club Group Camping Chair or Rally Chairs for information.
 
IS THERE AN RV AREA?       TBD
 
WILL RIDER TRAINING BE AVAILABLE AT THE RALLY?       Yes. Street riding skills and off-road training will be offered.
 
WILL THERE BE BMW DEMO RIDES THIS YEAR?       TBD 
 
WILL THERE BE "FRIENDS OF BILL W" MEETINGS ON-SITE?       TBD (but most likely, yes) 
 
ARE PETS ALLOWED AT THE RALLY?       TBD
 
CAN I CHANGE MY OIL AND WASH MY BIKE AT THE RALLY?       Yes. A Do-It-Yourself area will be provided.
 
CAN I BUY NEW TIRES AT THE RALLY?       Yes. There will be vendors selling and mounting tires at the rally site. Additionally, Van Wall Powersports will be accommodating rally attendees with extended service department hours and giving rally attendees priority. (See the end of the FAQ for dealer location information.)
 
IS THERE A HELMET LAW IN IOWA?       Tennessee law requires that riders of motorized bikes wear crash helmets at all times. This applies to both drivers and passengers, no matter their ages. The law specifies that helmets are required for use of motorcycles and any motor-driven cycles, such as mopeds.

If a police officer catches you riding a motorcycle without an approved helmet, you'll be ticketed and have to pay a fine of $50 or more.

Not all helmets are approved under Tennessee law. Like other states with helmet laws, Tennessee requires riders to wear helmets that have been approved by the federal government. That sounds daunting, but it's really not: any helmet that you buy or rent from a motorcycle shop should adhere to the safety standards. Look for DOT (Department of Transportation) on the label.
 
WHAT IS THE RALLY FIREARMS POLICY?       The BMW MOA follows the federal, state, county, and city firearms regulations governing the rally site.
 
ARE THERE ATMS AT THE FAIRGROUNDS?       TBD
 
DOES TENNESSEE HAVE A SALES TAX?       Tennessee's statewide sales tax is 7 percent. Local taxes may raise that rate to as high as 9.75 percent. 
 
ARE THERE ANY BMW DEALERSHIPS NEAR THE RALLY SITE?       A list of dealerships within ~200 miles of the rally site will be listed here.
 
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