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This is an excellent location, and the timing with the BMW MOA rally should give a lot of riders some great options next summer. Here’s to a very successful rally for the BMW RA!
[QUOTE=kioolt]Was the site for the 2007 BMWRA rally announced at the 2006 rally?
Enquiring minds want to know.[/quote]
No, it hasn’t been announced, yet. 🙁
Again, I’m not an official source, but I’ve talked with the one who is and they are indeed working on this about as hard as they can. They had some bad luck in that the first choice site fell through, so they have been working on Plan B. I’d like to know myself. It’s getting to be winter in this part of Idaho and so I naturally start thinking about the next year’s riding season. 😀
[QUOTE=beemerphile1 »]It’s official! Did I call it or what? Asheville in June here we come! :)[/quote]
That is going to be a rockin’ location for a rally! I don’t know if I can make it this year – but I sure would like to! Two big thumbs up for the rally site selection folks!! :D:D
[QUOTE=Emoto]Hope I can make it next year. It will be my first RA rally. :D[/quote]
I am NOT any kind of official source, but I hear that there could be an announcement within a few weeks. Keeping my fingers crossed myself. 😎
[QUOTE=ArtieMS]I returned yesterday from attending the rally.
A large Thank You and Well Done 🙂 😮 🙂 to the Rally Coordinators and Volunteers. It was great, the site was great. the weather great. I could go on but I hope you get the idea.
Best regards, Art Ullman[/quote]
Art, by all means – do go on! 😉 It sounds like you had a good time and that was the whole point of the rally, so it sounds like we succeded for you. Glad you had a good time. Tell folks you know so maybe they will come the next time we do a national rally in Idaho!
[QUOTE=dev_tej_kohli]I am new to this forum.
Thnx for accepting my registration .[/quote]
Welcome, Dev… but I think you are going to have to say more to stir up a reply – like “Oilheads are the work of the Devil!” – like that! 😉
Welcome to the forum. Post often and well.
[QUOTE=Tallyho]How could you give kudos to the rally without mentioning the belly dancing and snake charming babes on Friday night! I would venture to say I would never see that at an MOA rally! Adding the Mike’s Lemonade was a nice treat at the Beer Garden as well.
We(my wife and our friends Steve and Mia) really enjoyed the rally and all it had to offer. The Double Tree was close and offered to shuttle us back and forth on the evenings we sought adult libations. The Stagecoach Steakhouse next door served up an excellent slab of beef or huge prawns with plenty of local flavor. The location of the venue made the routes in and out from NorCal quite interesting and we had numerous “firsts” during the trip. First time hailed on near Bend, OR, first time sliding in Mormon Crickets in Humboldt Canyon, first time arriving into town(Crescent City) where all the power was out, and our first time watching the pavement spontaneously end(Clear Lake) for 3 miles in a construction zone. Snow at Crater Lake, oppressive heat in Nevada, hot and humid in Boise, with downpour and thunderbolts near Elko, NV. That’s what touring is all about and since we all stayed upright, we loved every minute of it! How about Maine next year?
I was not dissappointed in the vendors as they did seem to be quality businesses promoting quality products. I can tell you it pays to sign up with the vendors for their individual drawings. While none of us won any of the RA door prizes we did come away with a Rick Mayer Saddle and a trip to New Zealand. Not bad, eh?
It was a pleasure to spend some time at the seminars and especially the sessions with Dave Hough. Having Dave there was clearly a value added bonus to the rally and I have already shown off my autographed copy of [I]Street Strategies[/I] to several friends some of whom were surprised it had nothing to do with Wall Street.:rolleyes: I would also like to compliment the organizing committee on several fronts. Nearly everything was on time! The BBQ was excellent and it was great having a cold bottle of water at the ready as we arrived. I thought the packets were exceptional with a lot of great information and we really appreciated the time and effort that went into the verticle-flip, spiral bound local ride maps. They fit perfectly in our tankbags and we used them several times including photos at the 45th parallel. We also ordered coffee at White Cloud and found it and our free travel mug on the doorstep when we arrived home.
We met many nice folks and stimulated the economy enroute, locally, and through the many vendors. Everyone we ran into in Boise seemed to know BMW was in town! It would be nice to see more couples at the rally but I suppose each organization has its own membership dynamics.
Nice job, well done, ride on my friends! ;)[/quote]
Damn, Bob, you are going to make me blush! 😮 I’ve been derailed for a few weeks after the rally and am just now getting back to important things – like this. The “payday” Jerome and I, and the rest of the folks who worked hard to put this on get is when folks say they had a good time. Thanks! The whole rally/touring/voluntering thing really gets into your blood after a while. There is nothing like it, and in my experience no people like the ones you meet out doing it who are equally as crazy as you. 😉
For my part this rally took a lot of effort because we didn’t really get the rubber to the road until the middle of February. Doing in four months what should take nine months or a year becomes a push. But, it was all worth it! We’ve had a lot of good feedback from folks who said they had a great time and would come again. That’s all the pay you get for being a Rally Chair, Committee Chair, or general volunteer – yet it’s worth far more than any other payment.
My thanks to all the volunteers who helped make this happen! To a man (and woman) they have said they would do it again – as would I. Thanks for coming, Dave, and adding so much to our event. There’s every chance there will be another Idaho rally sometime in the future.June 30, 2006 at 4:16 am in reply to: Boise here I come !!! Traveling from Morgan Hill, CA #59841
[QUOTE=bmw95gs]Thank you…Yes, this is my first BMW rally…also my first BMW motorcycle. The BMW RA Boise Rally has much to do and see without having to travel 3000+ miles from home. Yes, I expect to have some free time to volunteer…sometimes it is good to take a break from the hustle and bustle of program schedules. Is there a place a where one can informally volunteer?
I’m not sure what “informally” volunteer means :confused:, but there will be a volunteer table at the Registration tent where you can find out what we need help with and pick something that sounds good for you. See you soon! 😉June 30, 2006 at 4:16 am in reply to: Boise here I come !!! Traveling from Morgan Hill, CA #59836
I am a BMW newcomer with a chronic case of midlife crisis. Last December I purchased pre-owned ’95 R1100GS with lower mileage and some deferred maintenance. The last six months have been spent repairing and preparing for this rally. I feel like a kid visiting Disney World ! Have a safe and fun journey…I hope to see all of you in Boise !
Rick, I think we all can relate to that “Disney World” feeling! I’ve been riding for over 30 years and I still get it, especially from an early morning ride far from home when it’s just me, the bike, and an unfolding ribbon of highway.
I’m guessing this is your first BMW rally, or first one in a long while. In which case I hope we’ve done a good enough job on this one to keep you coming back for more. Secondly, if you want to double your fun – volunteer for something at the Rally. It really connects you with folks, you’ll make new friends, and the rally becomes yours. It’s addictive in it’s own way just like riding!
Ride well – see you in Boise!June 30, 2006 at 4:16 am in reply to: Boise here I come !!! Traveling from Morgan Hill, CA #59843
Sorry for the confusion…I meant a place were one can drop-in “informally” to volunteer…like a volunteer table. Thank you for the reply. English is my second language…
I was just messin’ with you. 😉
[QUOTE=robdogg]on the Events Roundup page, it mentions the cost of the ERC is $40
but on the ERC page itself, it says the cost is $45
typo? which is it?[/quote]
The cost is $45 – 40 was the typo. But, that’s still a smokin’ deal for a full day of instruction. 🙂
[quote]also, it looks like there are no signups for the Chills and Thrills event? and no cost?[/quote]
This is being run by the local Motor Officers who put it on. There is no charge and they said they can handle about 50 people. Just be there at the time if you would like to particpate. It’s very cool even just to watch.
[quote]lastly; according to the program the Chills and Thrills goes from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM – is that just how long the range is open for that event? or does the actual event take five hours? – maybe someone could just explain a little more what the event involves[/quote]
As I understand it, this is a somewhat easier version of the kind of range Motor Offices have to complete to qualify. They will demonstrate their riding skills and explain how to do this, then let people try it themselves one at a time. We hope to have some bleachers in place for spectators. It only takes a few mintures for a person to go through, so that’s the basis for the 50 or so people they thing can participate.
[quote]thanks for all the hard work you guys are doing to make this a fun place to hang out for a couple of days[/quote]
Thanks for the thanks! We think we’ll have a lot to do in addition to the normal rally tire kickin’ and story tellin’. 😀
[QUOTE=robdogg]no kidding; I paid $100 last fall; for $45 I might do it again just because of the reputation the STAR folks have[/quote]
In my opinion, they rock. Idaho and Oregon have worked together on their rider instruction and are NOT using the watered down program from the MSF.
[quote]ah, so if you bobble and go down, you’ll have an audiance to cheer for ya
Yup! Bring your beer and popcorn! 😀
[QUOTE=John Brase]Does anyone have the GPS coordinates for the rally site?
Failing that, is the “5610 Glenwood Dr.” address the rally site address for GPS routing?
There are on the main rally page ([URL=”http://www.bmwra.org/rally/”%5Dwww.bmwra.org/rally/%5B/URL%5D) : 43:39.084N, 116:16.56W. And, yes, 5610 Glenwood, Boise, Idaho will get you there. You can’t miss it!