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Many factors go into whether a rally is a success and one that is very important is the weather. This year it was pretty near perfect, with blue skies, cool mornings and evenings and warm afternoons for the riders. Earlier, Rick had a dream that we would need power outlets on the golf carts for our heated gear, and it was indeed brisk at 6 a.m. as we moved about the grounds. The BMW MOA’s free hot coffee stand was certainly popular with the on-site campers each morning.
The Oregon State Fairgrounds provided a wonderful venue for the rally, with garden areas, shaded camping and air-conditioned buildings. Those who braved the trip, whether short or long distance, were well rewarded for their effort. For a reminder of the experience or a sample of what you missed, check out the pictures in the BMW ON
and the BMW MOA website.
Members and vendors presented over 100 seminars. These classroom courses covered a wide range of topics including enhancement of riding skills, touring the Americas and other parts of the globe, identification of rider health issues, sharing personal stories about Women Who Ride and a wide range of “How To” instructions at numerous technical seminars. Rider Performance University (RPU) had a full listing of courses in conjunction with Team OREGON and Puget Sound Safety Off-Road. The SMARTrainer was in continuous use at the Foundation Booth. Challenging GS Giant and GT Giant events were also enjoyed by many participants and spectators.
We heard that you liked the selection of food, beer and wine on the grounds. If you are interested, we still have some bottles of the Commemorative Rally Wine—a 2011 Pinot Noir from Arcane Cellars. The bottles would make a nice memento of the rally or a gift for those who couldn’t make it.
Afternoon entertainment beside the Beer Garden and evening entertainment at the Amphitheater provided musical variety for listening and dancing. Friday evening entertainment, sponsored by the BMW MOA Foundation, included a special prize drawing for a signed guitar. As it happened, the winner from around the Spokane, Wash., area had his guitars stolen recently in a burglary. Before the rally he had helped a couple on their way to the rally who had totaled their bike and one was hospitalized. Karma worked for this Good Samaritan.
Thanks to the generosity of the vendors, many of you left Salem with one of the great door prizes or, if you were really lucky, one of several grand prizes. The winner of the BMW MOA Grand Prize 2013 F800GT has arranged pick up his new bike at the dealer of his choice—BMW Motorcycles of Western Oregon. Congratulations to all of the lucky ticket holders.
A rally can’t occur without the planning that goes on for well over a year, but we all know that sometimes the best-laid plans can be catapulted off the charts. Fortunately, this year was one with no significant events or causes for concern. We thank everyone who assisted with the planning and who supported the rally by leading a committee, volunteering for one or numerous shifts, the MOA Staff for their tremendous support before, during and after the rally and for everyone who came to the rally. A special thanks to TeamSalem staff and the BMW Riders of Oregon, who really helped make the rally a fun time.
We had an enjoyable time in Oregon. See you next year in St. Paul, Minn., at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, July 24–27, 2014.
Deb Lower, Rally Chair; Jackie Mulhern and Rick Nelson, Rally Co-Chairs
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