National Rally Info


2022 BMW Riders Association National Rally

September 29 – October 2, 2022
Waynesville, North Carolina

Our national rally this year is in the heart of some of the best riding in the country. Join us and ride the Tail of the Dragon, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Moonshiners, and more, and then come back to the rally to share stories of your ride with friends and fellow riders, eat hot dogs, and enjoy a beverage. And then wake up the next morning and do it again. So many roads, so little time….

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Rally Info

Smoky Mountain Event Center

The Smoky Mountain Event Center is 30 minutes west of Asheville, North Carolina and in the heart of some of the best riding in the country. The Blue Ridge Parkway, The Tail of the Dragon, The Rattler, Moonshiners, Cherohala Skyway, and more are all within striking distance of the rally.

(Formerly Haywood County Fairgrounds)

758 Crabtree Road
Waynesville, North Carolina 28785
(828) 400-1704
https://smokymountaineventcenter.org

Rally Map

Camping

Tents

You rally registration fee includes three nights of camping.

RVs

The Smoky Mountain Event Center does not have RV hookups. The following nearby campsites have RV hookups:

Lake Junaluska Campground

Trails End RV Park

Winngray Campground

Creekwood Farm RV Park

Mountain Retreat RV Park – (828) 926-5007

Cross Creek RV Park

Charter Clubs

If you’d like to reserve an area for your charter, please contact Matt Smith ([email protected])

Schedule

Thursday, September 29

6:00 am – 9:00 am: Coffee (Apple Orchard Building)

8:00 am – 8:00 pm: Gates Open/Close

9:00 am – 7:00 pm: Registration (Front Gate)

10:00 am – 5:00 pm: Vendor Marketplace (Dogwood Building)

Noon – 8:00 pm: Food Truck

Noon: Beer Garden (Apple Orchard Building)

1:00 pm – 3:30 pm: BMW US Rider Academy Rider Clinic (Arena)

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm: BMW US Rider Academy Rider On Road Tour (Meet Outside Arena)

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm: BMW US Rider Academy Rider Off Road Tour (Meet Outside Arena)

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm: Greg Turp: Fresh Tracks – 3 Months in Africa (Apple Orchard Building)

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm: Free Hot Dogs and Beer with Bob’s BMW and Meet the BMW RA Board

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Comedy with Hawk Hagebak and Drew Alexander (Apple Orchard Building)

 

Friday, September 30

6:00 am – 9:00 am: Coffee sponsored by Bob’s BMW (Apple Orchard Building)

8:00 am – 8:00 pm: Gates Open/Close

9:00 am – 7:00 pm: Registration (Front Gate)

9:00 am – 11:30 am: BMW US Rider Academy Rider Clinic (Arena)

9:00 am – Noon: BMW US Rider Academy Rider On Road Tour (Meet Outside Arena)

9:00 am – Noon: BMW US Rider Academy Rider Off Road Tour (Meet Outside Arena)

10:00 am – 10:45 am: Safety Technology by Keith McKenney (Apple Orchard Building)

11:00 am – 11:45 am: Bob Henig – Bob’s BMW Seminar (Apple Orchard Building)

Noon: Beer Garden (Apple Orchard Building)

Noon – 8:00 pm: Food Truck

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm: Sam Manicom – Adventure Rider (Apple Orchard Building)

1:00 pm – 3:30 pm: BMW US Rider Academy Rider Clinic (Arena)

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm: BMW US Rider Academy Rider On Road Tour (Meet Outside Arena)

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm: BMW US Rider Academy Rider Off Road Tour (Meet Outside Arena)

Noon – 8:00 pm: Vendor Marketplace (Dogwood Building)

3:00 pm – 3:45 pm: David Woodburn: Adventure Rider Seminar (Apple Orchard Building)

4:00 pm – 4:45 pm: Sky Med Presentation by Travis Leeman (Apple Orchard Building)

5:00 pm – 6:45 pm: Shawn Thomas Podcast with Sam Manicom (Apple Orchard Building)

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Jack Riepe Back From The Dead tour (Apple Orchard Building)

 

Saturday, October 1

6:00 am – 9:00 am: Coffee sponsored by Beach’s Motorcycle Adv.: Apple Orchard Building

8:00 am – 8:00 pm: Gates Open/Close

9:00 am – 2:00 pm: Registration (Front Gate)

9:00 am – 5:00 pm: Vendor Marketplace (Dogwood Building)

9:00 am – 9:45 am: Sky Med Presentation by Travis Leeman (Apple Orchard Building)

9:00 am – 11:30 am: BMW US Rider Academy Rider Clinic (Requires Registration: https://bmwra-forms.org/bmw-us-rider-academy/)

9:00 am – Noon: BMW US Rider Academy Rider On Road Tour (Requires Registration: https://bmwra-forms.org/bmw-us-rider-academy/)

9:00 am – Noon: BMW US Rider Academy Rider Off Road Tour (Requires Registration: https://bmwra-forms.org/bmw-us-rider-academy/)

10:00 am – 11:30 am: Neale Bayly Rides: Riding Ukraine (Apple Orchard Building)

Noon – 8:00 pm: Food Truck

Noon: Beer Garden (Apple Orchard Building)

1:00 pm – 1:45 pm: Sidecar Guys: Understanding Sidecars (Apple Orchard Building)

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm: BMW US Rider Academy Rider On Road Tour (Meet Outside Arena)

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm: BMW US Rider Academy Rider Off Road Tour (Meet Outside Arena)

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm: Shawn Thomas Podcast with Jack Riepe (Apple Orchard Building)

4:00 pm – 4:45 pm: Bob Henig – Bob’s BMW Seminar (Apple Orchard Building)

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Closing Ceremonies (Arena)

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Comedy Night with Hawk Hagebak (Arena)

 

Sunday, October 2

8:00 am – Noon: Gates Open/Close

Training

Check back soon as we update this section.

 

Friday

 

Saturday

Presentations

Attend a presentation or workshop to learn more.

Interested in presenting? Contact Al Olme.

Friday

 

Saturday

Vendors

Vendors scheduled to appear:

  • Tom McGrath’s Motorcycle Law Group
  • Moto Camp Nerd
  • Big Ear, Inc.
  • 6th Gear Racing Apparel, Inc.
  • Airhead Cycles
  • BD’s Cycles
  • MachineartMoto
  • Sky Med
  • Cape Woolamai Mercantile Co.
  • J&W Marketing Associates, Inc
  • Acmemoto2
  • Beach’s Motorcycle Adventures
  • ROK Straps USA, LLC
  • Adaptiv Technologies
  • PASQ Trailers
  • KATDASH (KLC Design LLC)
  • Kermit Chairs
  • Wunderlich USA

Please stop by the vendor area.

Interested in becoming a vendor? Contact Al Olme.

Prizes

Grand Prize

 

Additional Prizes

Fees

Member

Pre-Registered: $50
On-Site: $65

Non-Member

Pre-Registered: $60
On-Site: $75

Save $10 on your rally by becoming a member today. Plus get a BONUS 1-year subscription to RoadRUNNER Touring & Travel magazine.

T-shirts

Celebrate the RA’s 50 Years of the Ride Attitude by ordering your official Rally T-Shirt! Available in Adult Small through Adult 3 Extra Large in unisex short sleeve, unisex long sleeve and women’s short sleeve. Be sure to order your rally shirts when you register because we will not have extras at the rally. Short Sleeve Unisex and Women’s Short Sleeve are $20.00 each and Long Sleeve are $25.00 each. The final day to order a shirt is September 10, 2022!

COVID-19

The RA Board of Trustees and the Rally Planning Committee are as hopeful as you are that we can hold this year’s rally. We are very much aware of the risks of holding an event with a large group and are taking precautions to minimize the risk for participants.

To reduce the spread of COVID-19, North Carolina and neighboring states are currently instituting various levels of crowd limiting, social distancing, and restricted travel. We are planning this rally on the assumption that many of those restrictions will be loosened by August. If they are not, we will have no choice but to postpone the rally.

While riding a motorcycle is by its very nature an act of social distancing, traveling and gathering in groups may increase the risk of exposure to COVID-19 and its spread. As such, we are following guidance from local and state officials on how to conduct this rally as safely as practical.

At the rally site, we will be instituting additional health and safety protocols and scheduling additional cleaning and disinfecting in high traffic areas (i.e., registration, bathrooms, showers, meeting spaces, etc…). We encourage everyone to practice safe distancing protocols and to wear masks as needed.

 

  • If you are sick or unwell, we advise you not to attend the rally.
  • If you have a pre-existing condition that makes you particularly susceptible to infection, we advise you not to attend the rally.
  • If you believe that you have been in close proximity to someone with COVID-19 while you were not wearing Protective Personal Equipment within two weeks of the rally, we advise you not to attend the rally.
  • If you return from the rally and suspect that you may have been infected with COVID-19 while you were away, please contact your local health officials and our rally chair at [email protected]

 

To facilitate the safety of all rally participants this year, we have designated a Health Chairperson to coordinate all planning related to COVID-19. Member and registered nurse Jill Vervenka has agreed to take on this important role. If you have relevant experience and wish to help us plan and execute a fun and safe rally, please contact rally chair Matt Smith at [email protected]

Our goal, as always, is to have a fun AND safe rally. This year is more complicated of course but our goal is the same. If you have any questions about the rally as it pertains to COVID-19, please contact [email protected].

We will be updating this web page regularly as the situation evolves.

Your Rally Fee is Guaranteed and Will be Refunded 100% Should the Rally Have to be Cancelled.

Volunteers

Volunteers are the heart and soul of the BMW Riders Association and our annual rally would not be possible without their dedication and time. We need volunteers for all sorts of tasks, from working the Registration desk, setting up A/V equipment for presentations, Security detail, morning coffee, and more!

Click here to volunteer

We will add more information as it becomes available. Please visit again or follow the event on Facebook.

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