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MOA announces new dates for National Rally

Monday, April 20, 2020   (47 Comments)

Wes Fitzer, President of the BMW Motorcycle Owners of America, and Ted Moyer, the MOA's Executive Director, today announced 24-27 June 2021 as the new dates for the MOA's annual National Rally.

"I think everyone knows it will be difficult, if not impossible to assemble 5,000 people this summer without putting them at risk under the current conditions," Moyer said. "The National will be held at the same location [ExpoPark, Great Falls, Montana] and on the same weekend in June, just one year later than what we originally planned."

Fitzer added, "After speaking with officials in Great Falls and representatives from the ExpoPark, this is the best decision based on the information we have today. It's a tough call, but without a crystal ball, one year from now gives us the best opportunity to offer our members a healthy and safe rally environment where they can join their friends and feel comfortable that it's OK to have a good time."

Great Falls Rally Chairs Corey and Becky Smith will retain their roles and have pledged to continue working hard to make the Rally in Great Falls as smooth and enjoyable as possible for all who attend.

The MOA also announced options to facilitate transferring or refunding existing rally registrations as of the date of this announcement, as follows:

  • If you are already registered for Great Falls, your registration will automatically carry over to the new dates. Everything controlled by the MOA is included - rally registration, RV reservation, t-shirt purchase, etc. If you made alternate lodging reservations, you'll need to manage those yourself.
  • If you prefer a refund, you have two options:
    • If you plan to attend any other MOA event in 2020-22, we will issue you a voucher for your rally registration cost PLUS 20%. If your rally registration was $100, your voucher will be worth $120 towards any MOA event through the end of 2022.
    • If you have no plans to attend any MOA event in 2020-22, we will issue you a refund of your registration cost.
  • All refunds should be submitted using the Refund Request Form available at rally.bmwmoa.org. Simply submit your refund request through the form and your request will be processed as quickly as possible.

"We want members to know we're thinking about them and trying to work through the situation. These are our friends and we're most concerned for their health and well-being," Fitzer added. "The virus has certainly changed things for us this year, but I'm proud we've been able to respond and think a little differently by shifting some events, creating a new destination event and placing members first in our refund policies and the options they have for the future."

Comments...

Daniel Harrison says...
Posted Sunday, July 12, 2020
Will there be an early registration discount for the 2021 national rally?
Andrew S. Miles says...
Posted Friday, May 29, 2020
Sorry to miss the rally, but I appreciate the MOA authorities choosing to take the apparent safest course. See you next year!
Richard Tovsen says...
Posted Monday, May 25, 2020
It’s interesting to read all the various comments on the situation. The one thing we know for certain is that no one is an expert on a subject that’s never come up before. The one thing that’s true is that a fact cannot be argued, just because it’s a fact. Perhaps before we get all for fighting for something, we should take time to study the facts and not listen to all the rhetoric on the internet, television, where facts can be colored any way the writer chooses.
T. B. Pope says...
Posted Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Good call, we live to ride another day...
Dick A. Beresford says...
Posted Sunday, May 10, 2020
A wise decision. Thank you
Kevin DuBois says...
Posted Tuesday, May 5, 2020
That had to be a hard decision to make. Either way you are going to get negative and positive comments. I respect the you for making a tough decision. Personally I could not have made it this year, so it hopefully works that I can make it next year.
Gordon Farley says...
Posted Thursday, April 30, 2020
Good Call. I personally know 4 people who have died and one more still on a vent for last 18 days. Even if you don't care about yourself, you would probably give it to someone who does care. Each person give it to at least one other person.
Robert Knittle says...
Posted Monday, April 27, 2020
A wise call on everyone's part on several levels. A tip of the hat for fine leadership and to Great Falls for working with us for next year.
Robert Wilmoth says...
Posted Monday, April 27, 2020
This is disappointing news ............................... But please bear in mind that if our bumbling and inept leadership would have been as serious and decisive as our MOA leadership has just been, we would all find ourselves and our country in a much better situation. Good luck to us all!
brent blizzard says...
Posted Monday, April 27, 2020
I understand the decision and plan on attending in 2021. I still need to get somewhere soon on a bike so hope the borders are open soon. What can be a better way to social distance than being on your bike in a back road somewhere in North America?
Jake Berzkalns says...
Posted Monday, April 27, 2020
Another bow to the liability attornies.
Chris Collins says...
Posted Monday, April 27, 2020
I have a NY license plate... The 450 members that attended would have avoided me anyway !
Jeff Kernen says...
Posted Monday, April 27, 2020
I think the decision was a bit premature but I understand why your making it. So many questions with no answers that I would have liked to see the MOA stick it out for a bit and make a different call than following the herd! Sad to see the tyrants win again....
Dean H. LaForest says...
Posted Sunday, April 26, 2020
Tis a shame that the Rally has been closed for this year. Yes we are in uncharted waters. Remind me when they send me to war that I will plead, I might be killed. there is a lot we have discovered about the so called experts who have been wrong in many of there assessments. Social distancing may work, but they still can,t prove its working, especially when so many cannot be tested to see whats really going on. I'm with Steve Price, protect yourself, but remember you are going to die some day, but live free of fear. Ride on! Dino LaForest
Steve Price says...
Posted Saturday, April 25, 2020
I can not believe that Americans are so afraid. I guess they think that if they cower in their holes they will live for ever. I can not understand why they would want to live at all.if they are so afraid to associate with their fellow man. I am 76 years old and because of my age I am at high risk to die of this virus but if I have to live the way my government has been making me live lately I would rather die. Those of us who are brave enough to live would like to go to the rally.
Scott Phillips says...
Posted Thursday, April 23, 2020
With most of us over 65 years old, a sickness like this may take most of us out. Postponement is the best for the future of the MOA.
Dan Jones says...
Posted Thursday, April 23, 2020
Tough decision but glad you're doing it for the good of the greater community. And thanks for the added value of the 20% extra credit. We'll get over this if we keep monitoring social distance. Keep riding locally and see you next year!
Mark G. Caldwell says...
Posted Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Thanks for all you do. Sorry we won’t be able to gather this summer but looking forward to next year.
Mark G. Caldwell says...
Posted Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Thanks for all you do. Sorry we won’t be able to gather this summer but looking forward to next year.
Kirk Johnson says...
Posted Wednesday, April 22, 2020
I am so disappointed!
Joe W. Kilpatrick Jr says...
Posted Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Really disappointed. It was still eight weeks away, and was thinking that the viral wave would be diminished by then. I spent three months putting my route together for the cross country trip, and I don't think that I can put it off till next year. Unless the National Parks are closed, I'm rolling on. I sure will miss seeing my MOA family.
Shepard R. Brown says...
Posted Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Well Played !!!!
Illtyd Fernandez says...
Posted Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Good call! See y'all next summer!
Dale Hartmann says...
Posted Tuesday, April 21, 2020
thanks for info .,,see all next year ,this is something we were not prepared for. appreciate all your efforts, Dale Murphysboro Illinois
Steve Bowser says...
Posted Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Extremely disappointed for a couple of reasons. First off, I was looking forward to the ride to Montana and the rally and the great time. Secondly, we were told that this decision was to be made in the first week or so of May. What happened that the decision had to be made right now? Why did you go back on your word on the time of the call? It probably would have been a much tougher call in three weeks, I'm guessing.
Mark Pehl says...
Posted Monday, April 20, 2020
Unfortunate and tough call I'm sure..... I truly appreciate all the BOD/Ted and everyone else that worked on this - Thank you! Good call/ will be there next year!!
Mike Hedrick says...
Posted Monday, April 20, 2020
Agree this is a good call except for one thing. With crude oil futures trading in negetive territory (less than $0.00) today, 4-20-20, that means fuel should reach historic lows this summer...any consummable liquid not made from petroleum will be far more expensive than gasoline!
Ronald Rumohr says...
Posted Monday, April 20, 2020
Good call.
Kurt Eise says...
Posted Monday, April 20, 2020
Good and wise decision. Hope to be there to see you all.
Ron McGilton says...
Posted Monday, April 20, 2020
I was not looking forward to this announcement! Unfortunately, we are just not the group of 5000-8000, to drop in anywhere. Ted, Wes, & the BOD did a good job making this tough call. Summer riding plan B now in effect!
Kevin Cole says...
Posted Monday, April 20, 2020
It’s the right decision. Thank you and thank all the people who worked so hard to put this together. See you all next year. Stay safe, ride safe.
Chris B. Ossanna says...
Posted Monday, April 20, 2020
Ha, Ha, Jeff C.: I just watched Apollo 13 over the weekend in honor of it's 50th anniversary! Yes, postponing the Great Falls rally is for the best. Don't need a bunch of 50+ year-old riders dropping like flies two weeks after the event! Kudos to MOA staff for making a tough call.
Jeff Critelli says...
Posted Monday, April 20, 2020
Jim Lovell: I made the call Ken Mattingly: It must have been a tough one. I had a bucket list ride planned. I am still going to attemp to go if the border is open. Bummer to bypassing Great Falls.
Eric Phillips says...
Posted Monday, April 20, 2020
Thanks to all the executives for the clear thinking, people having to cross borders to enter the USA will feel more comfortable coming next year instead. See you there.
Lorraine Hickey says...
Posted Monday, April 20, 2020
Glad the decision was made, but sorry to lose the miles, laughter, and comradery the rally brings - our new phrase for 2020 - see you next year!
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