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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE RALLY

RALLY CHAIRS for 2019      
  • Vance 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 January 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: $55.00
  • Non-Members: $85.00
  • Children ages 6-15: $10.00
  • 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 James E. Ward Agricultural and Community Center/Wilson County Exposition Center.
 
WILL FORMS OF PAYMENT WILL 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      

Please do NOT ship any packages to arrive before Monday June 10. ALL items should be addressed as follows

Your Name and Cell Phone Number
Care of BMW MOA
James E Ward Ag Center
945 E Baddour Pkwy
Lebanon, TN 37087

 
PICKING UP ITEMS AT THE RALLY      

Receiving will be in the Turner Evans Building. Hours of operation are 9 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Saturday (10-15 June).

 
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. You can also have your people contact The James E Ward Agriculture Center Office at (615) 449-9077.
 
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 of 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?       No.
 
CAN I BRING A GUEST?       Yes; please bring a guest and allow us to make them feel welcome!
 
WHEN WILL THE RALLY SITE MAP BE AVAILABLE?       The site map will be made available on the MOA Rally 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?       The majority of the seminars will be located Main Expo Building. Please visit the Rally website for a full listing of seminars. Seminars will also be listed in your Rally program.
 
WHERE WILL THE COMMERCIAL VENDORS BE LOCATED?       Commercial vendors will be located both inside and outside the Expo Building in Rally Central. Tentative vendor hours are 9 AM to 6 PM Thursday and Friday, and 9 AM to 4 PM Saturday.
 
WILL WI-FI SERVICE BE AVAILABLE?       Wi-Fi service for attendees is provided on a best-effort basis. Any Wi-Fi available is likely to be unsecured and security is the responsibility of each user/attendee.
 
WILL CAMPFIRES BE ALLOWED ON THE RALLY SITE?       No.
 
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 Chartered club camping committee chair.
 
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?       Yes; 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; campers may drive to their selected camping area and set up camp. Please note you may be required to move your car to suitable parking depending on specific site conditions.
 
WILL A SPECIAL MEDICAL NEEDS (SMN) CAMPING AREA WITH ELECTRICITY BE AVAILABLE?       No; ample power connections are available throughout the camping area.
CAN GENERATORS BE USED IN THE TENT CAMPING AREAS?       No.
 
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 for information.
 
IS THERE AN RV AREA?       Yes; RV sites are on grass and have hookups for water and electricity (30 & 50 amp) only. No sewer connections are available. Holding tank pumping will be available on an individual basis provided by the port-a-potty supplier. All RV sites must be reserved by contacting the RV Committee Chair.
 
WILL RIDER TRAINING BE AVAILABLE AT THE RALLY?       TBD
 
WILL THERE BE BMW DEMO RIDES THIS YEAR?       Yes; BMW Motorrad is planning to offer demo rides during the Rally.
 
WILL THERE BE "FRIENDS OF BILL W" MEETINGS ON-SITE?       TBD
 
ARE PETS ALLOWED AT THE RALLY?       Pets are allowed, but we strongly urge you to use common sense when it comes to your pets. Only registered service animals will be permitted in the buildings and must be properly identified as such.
 
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.
 
IS THERE A HELMET LAW IN TENNESSEE?       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?      
  • Bloodworth Motorcycles – 38 miles west of Rally site on the west side of Nashville
    288 White Bridge Pike
    Nashville, TN 37209
    (615) 321-3311
    www.bloodmotor.com
  • Pandora's European Motorsports – 125 miles southeast of Rally site
    4301 TN-58
    Chattanooga, TN
    (423) 468-4104
    pandorasmotorsports.com
  • Freedom Powersports – 125 miles south of the Rally site
    12401 Memorial Pkwy SW
    Huntsville, AL 35803
    (256) 650-1177
    freedompowersportshuntsville.com
  • BMW Motorcycles of Alcoa – 150 miles east of Rally site near Knoxville
    2019 Topside Road
    Louisville, TN 37777
    (865) 981-4444
    bmwmotorcyclesofalcoa.com

 
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