National Rally Info

2019 “Set My Soul Free” Rally

September 5 – 8, 2019

Have a groovy time, man, at BMW Riders Association’s annual rally! One of the biggest, longest running BMW rallies in the country is also one of the friendliest and chillest. Live music, tent and RV sites, food, vendors, seminars and presentations, and some of the best roads in the country. If you arrive early, Bob’s BMW is hosting hot dogs and beer on Thursday evening. And be sure to check the GS Giants as they do their thing on a specially-constructed track!

It’s going to be righteous.

Shenandoah County Fairgrounds
Woodstock, Virginia

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(Printed guides will be provided at Registration)

Luray Caverns – Cathedral sized rock formations

Shenandoah Caverns

The Woodstock Museum – Displays, documents and a film about the Civil War era and how that unfolded

Fort Valley Museum – Historic artifacts about life in the Fort Valley area

Museum of the Shenandoah Valley  – Documents the rich history of the area and Stonewall Jackson’s headquarters

Green Bank Observatory – Home to the largest radio telescope in the world

Seneca Rocks

Patsy Cline Historic House

Swannanoa Mansion

Stokesville Observatory


“How to buy a used bike right”

Bob Henig/Bob’s BMW

“Preserve vs. Refurbish vs. Restore”

Bob Henig/Bob’s BMW

“Colombia: The Only Risk is Wanting to Stay”

Mike Thomsen/Motolombia

“Cornering Q&A with Street Skills”

John DelVecchio

“Motorcycling: The First 100 Years”

Armand Ensania

“50 Years on the Road and Counting!”

Tamela Rich

On The Level columnist Tamela Rich spent many hot summers road tripping in the family’s Vista Cruiser station wagon between Ohio and California back in the days when Route 66 was still fully maintained. It was a time when there were low, high and extra-high diving boards at 30-room motels—where you put a quarter in the machine beside your bed for what was euphemistically marketed as a “massage experience.” In this bygone era, air conditioning was a major feature in billboard advertising. We might shudder to think of it now, but she loved it then, and continues to love the call of the open road today.

Join Tamela for a romp through 50+ years of road tripping memories on two and four wheels.

Also Jack Riepe, and more to be announced!

Remember: You need a rally ticket to enter the fairgrounds to participate in the free training and practice on the track.

BMW Performance Center

Improve your off-road riding skills with the help of the BMW Performance Center! This is a FREE off-road training event focusing on balance, stopping, accelerating and other off-road technical skills. Bring your bike, your safety gear, and your enthusiasm!

Sign up for the rally and then reserve your spot with the BMW Performance Center by clicking on one of the links below:



Shawn Thomas

BMW Brand Ambassador and Adventure Riding Instructor Shawn Thomas will be giving FREE Adventure Riding Clinics as well. Sign up here:




GS Giants

The GS Giants will be building an off-road training course and will have folks on staff to help you navigate the fun and challenging obstacles.

Remember: You need a rally ticket to enter the fairgrounds to participate in the free training and practice on the track.

(to be awarded at Closing Ceremonies)

Beach's LogoBeach’s European Tour

A coveted spot on one of their European tours (winner’s choice!) up to $10,995 in value.

Read about Cherie and Jack Paisley’s prize trip to Europe in the May-June issue of On The Level.

Motolombia 10-Day All-Paved The Heart of Colombia Motorcycle Tour with free upgrade to a BMW F750GS. 

Value $4,664 USD

The Heart of Colombia Tour takes us around the central parts of Colombia. The majestic Andes mountains split into 3 mountain ranges at the Ecuadorian/Colombian border and we will be zig zagging between them on endless curves and twisty’s on this incredible all-paved tour. Highlights include Cali, Medellin, Escobar’s iconic ranch gate, Villa de Leyva, the underground Salt Cathedral in Zipaquira, Honda and the wonderful colorful coffee region. Ready for a permanent smile?

Full details: https://motolombia.com/shop/tour-the-heart-of-colombia/

Condition: Prize can not be transferred and must be redeemed within one year.

We’re working on having a large vendor showcase where you can check out and purchase new gear, many at special rates.


Dunlop will have a booth as well as a tire changer at the rally to sell and install tires.


Acme Moto2

  • We offer innovative Tough Case Panniers, Waxed Canvas bags and Keister Fleece Sheepskin Seat Pads.
  • They will be fitting the Keister Fleece Seat Pads from the large selection of sizes to suit your Keister
  • Rally specials on the Tough Case Panniers with onsite installation available
  • Check out the Waxed Canvas Brown Bag Collection that’s as rugged as it is good looking.

Beach’s Motorcycle Adventures

Beach’s will once again support our national rally with a fantastic grand prize – a free trip on any of their European tours (up to $10,995). Stop by their booth to learn about their tours.

Bob’s BMW

On Thursday, Bob’s BMW will host a special evening with beer and hot dogs for the early arrivers. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday stop by the Mid-Atlantic Dealers booth, to speak with Bob’s team about the latest BMW models and current BMW gear and accessories.

BMW Motorcycles of Tyrone

“…staffed by a group of enthusiasts that are committed to providing excellent customer service and being completely engaged in our local riding community. Fair prices, honesty and friendliness are what you can expect when dealing with our employees. Located in Tyrone, PA just off of I-99, we conveniently serve the entire Mid-Atlantic region.”

Bing Agency International

“We carry a large stock of BMW carburetors, throttle bodies, and parts. We offer a full line of in shop repair services to keep you on the road. We also offer parts for all Bing carburetors on a variety of engines. If it is a Bing and factory parts are still available, we are your source.”

Big Ear

Custom In-ear headphones and hearing protection, crafted to fit any ride”

BMW Performance Center

Clinic Schedule (12 People Per Session)

Friday 9/6: 9:30AM – 12:00PM and 1:30PM – 4:00PM

Saturday 9/7: 9:30AM – 12:00PM and 1:30PM – 4:00PM

Cape Woolamai

“Cape Woolamai Mercantile brings our collection of unique, boutique quality products from family businesses in Australia, through our family business, to families across the US and Canada.”

Good Guys Power Sports

“We specialize in motorcycle accessories for Aprilia, Ducati, Buell, BMW, Harley Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Triumph, Victory, Yamaha, and more! We carry lights, and electrical; as well as LegUp Landingear, Unigo Trailers, intercoms from UClear, EarthX lithium batteries, AdMore & Gearbrake safety brake light systems, Neutrino Black Box electrical power distribution and more.

We want to make your ride safer, easier and more fun. We feature accessories for motorcycles that will accomplish that goal.”


We will have special rally pricing, and on site installation assistance will be available

“If you have a BMW Airhead, chances are you’ve had to open up your instrument cluster and work on the instrument bulbs or the flex circuit bulb holder…We have developed a modern, solid state led unit to replace your old bulb holder. KATDASH is plug & play.”

Kermit Chair Company

“The Kermit Chair is a high quality, folding, wooden camping chair that is popular among motorcycle riders, overland adventurers, and casual campers alike. Most notable about the chair is its ability to be quickly and easily disassembled and packed to a portable size of 22″ long x 6″ diameter. With a timeless design that has been left untouched for 30 years, the Kermit Chair remains the finest-built and most comfortable chair you can pack…We offer a range of items that complement the Kermit Chair and make your camping or traveling experience more comfortable and convenient.”

Machineart Moto

“MaMo designs and develops specialized products to protect and improve your BMW and other Adventure model brands. Function drives the unique solutions – always with a Design Edge.”

Mid-Atlantic BMW Dealers

Stop by the Mid-Atlantic Dealers booth, to speak with representatives from Bob’s BMW, Morton’s BMW, and Motorcycles of Dulles, about the latest BMW models and current BMW gear and accessories.


“We have been running soul inspiring Motorcycle Tours and multi-brand Motorcycle Rentals in Colombia since 2008. As one of the most experienced operators in South America you are, whether you are renting or joining a tour, guaranteed excellent service and always the newest fleet of bikes available. Let the adventure begin!”

No-Mar Tire Changer

Need tires at the rally? Order them now and we’ll have them for you in Woodstock! Call Sue at 636-326-5999

“We established as No-Mar Enterprises LLC in 2005 to manufacture and market our unique tire changing tools and equipment. Our products have been developed, patented, and trademarked by Stephen C. Nemish Jr. Over the years newer and more unique designs, brands and patented tools have been added to our tire changing system.”

ROK Straps USA

“Our famous “flat cargo stretch straps”, designed specifically for motorcycles, ATV’s (Quads), and snowmobiles.
Our flat cargo motorcycle straps are available in Adjustable or Tailored Lengths. Secure anything to a motorcycle without scratches with these flat cargo motorcycle straps – no hooks cargo straps! ”

SkyMed International

“Emergency situations don’t come with a warning: SkyMed offers peace of mind that can translate into thousands of dollars in savings should you need a medical evacuation when traveling.”


“SPOT uses 100% satellite technology to keep you connected to the people and things that matter most, all while using the world’s most modern satellite network. SPOT offers peace of mind by allowing you to track your assets, send and receive messages, notify friends and family of your GPS position and status, mark waypoints, track your progress on Google Maps™ or notify rescue officials in the event of an emergency.”

Street Skills

“Cornering confidence. Books and on-road coaching tours.”


“WolfPack reinvents the group riding experience. Plan group rides, invite your pack, navigate together, and communicate, all from your Android or iOS device.”

6th Gear Motorcycle Apparel

“6th Gear Motorcycle Apparel company has been serving U.S.A since 2004, and we enjoy selling safety gear to Motorcycle enthusiasts. 6th Gear has been developing and producing apparel and accessories for very reasonable and affordable prices.”

Help us put on the best rally yet! We’re looking for volunteers throughout the weekend, even just a couple of hours helps us out.

Click below to see what volunteer opportunities are available.

Committee Chair Positions