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post #1 of 9 Old 07-26-2006, 06:37 PM Thread Starter
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Wisconsin Guzzi Rally

First off, they don't CARE what you ride in.. This small rally of 350 or so will be 60% Guzzi and then a hodgepodge of everything else.. I shall be there on the Strom..

Check out www.wmgr.org for all the info..

If you like beer, this is the place to be.. They feed you like a King and the beer is included in the rally price and flows all weekend long.. Since it's not a bunch of kids, it's not rowdy in anyway, either..

I go EVERY year.. Great time!!!! And I bring my girlfriend. She likes it because the bathrooms are clean.. :lol:


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post #2 of 9 Old 07-27-2006, 11:29 AM
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Thanks for the heads up...

I loved riding that area when I was there earlier this year. I will put this on my list for next year. I will be riding to Minnesota that weekend.


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Re: Thanks for the heads up...

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I loved riding that area when I was there earlier this year. I will put this on my list for next year. I will be riding to Minnesota that weekend.


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Speaking of MN... I'll be headed to this one, also.. Just a touch southwest of LaCrosse, WI
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Aug 18 to Aug 20 Minnesota Rally
Place: Money Creek Haven Campground, east of Highway 76, six miles north of Houston, Minnesota. Free camping on Friday and Saturday nights, Friday and Saturday supper, Continental breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings and a great deal more. Rally fee before July 1st $30, at rally $35. For more information contact: MGNOC State Rep, Earl Cleven, 2301 SW 141st Street, Ellendale, Minnesota 56026. 507-456-0656. Email: [email protected]. Make checks payable to Earl Cleven.

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I should mention this.. I don't know how many of you have been to a motorcycle rally, but here's the scoop..

Take 300 people (10% or less will be women) who all love riding and talking about riding. Mix them together with a few beers (only if you wish) and great food and camping, and you have a rally..

I cut my teeth on BMW rallys.. In somewhat typical BMW fashion, there's the uppers, the lowers, and the middles..

The uppers are all about making sure that you understand how perfect they and thier bikes are.
The lowers are all about making sure that you think they're weird.
The middles are there to have a good time, scope out the other bikes for ideas on what to do to their own, and meet a few new people..

Guzzi rallys skip this.. Everybody is there as a middle... Most camp, don't care what you rode in as long as you RODE in, and aren't afraid to fart, belch, and laugh really loud..
I really like Guzzi rallies.. :lol:


DON'T go to a Guzzi rally with any thoughts of finding a single woman.. Either they aren't there, or, in a rare instance, they're more of a man than most men. Want your wife to feel like you're not there to cheat on her?? Take her to one rally.. She'll never think you're cheating on her ever again... :lol:

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post #5 of 9 Old 08-07-2006, 05:44 PM
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Well how was the ralley?????

Tel us how it went, pictures would be nice.

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Well how was the ralley?????

Tel us how it went, pictures would be nice.

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Ok..

The rally was smaller than normal, with only a bit over 250 people.. This was the first rally that I actually heard people bitch about the price of gas while riding motorcycle, so I'm guessing it was a combo of that and the fact that the National Guzzi Rally was just a couple weeks ago and was only 50ish miles from this site.

Anyway, the Friday night brats and burgers were fantastic as always, and the beer wagon (help yourself) had the typical Leinekeugal and Leinenkeugal Red, and Miller Lite on tap, along with Sharps if that's what you like.. There was also the several taps of sodas and coffee.. Everything is all you want, all weekend..

As far as Stroms, there were 3.. Mine, a Wee with a handmade windshield similar but flatter than mine, and a 06 V 1K bike owned by (get this) the Iowa State Moto Guzzi Officer. He made the switch this spring, from what I gathered.

It was pretty warm on the way over, and they weren't calling for rain until Sunday afternoon, so I wore my mesh jacket and pants and left my raingear at home.. (dumb)

Saturday was perfect for riding. Mostly cloudy and coolish, so riding was wonderful!! We (girlfriend and I, and a KLR riding buddy and his daughter) rode over to Arthur (Harley bar) for a great breakfast, and then to Cabela's in Prairie Du Chien, WI.. Then we rode to Pike's Peak in Iowa (same Pike, different Peak), and then down to take the ferry across the Mississippi to Cassville, WI, where we stopped for ice cream. Then a back road blast back to the rally site before the wonderful hog roast dinner with all the trimmings.

I walked around after dinner and popped a few pictures. I thought I'd try to take pictures of "oddball" stuff, but when you're at a Guzzi rally, everything is oddball.. Lots of old and new Italian stuff, German stuff, and occasionally, Japanese stuff..

Behold!!!


This old Triumph is actually owned by the campground owner.. Great guy!!


Neighbors. Notice the Wee in the line? Just beyond, you'll see a KLR, with a black Strom (mine) just this side of it..


Yes, it's real.. WAY COOL horn on it, and the "roof" lights at night.


Newer..


Older...


And in between.. This is actually owned by a guy in South Elgin who contacted me a couple weeks ago. He's in the market for a Strom, or maybe something he sold a while back that looks like this...
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That's Larry in the background. He's the person interested in a Strom, maybe.. :lol:


Another old beauty..

There were tons of others that deserved pics, too.. Too much to do, too many friends to BS with, so the picture taking took a back seat..

Back to the rainsuits...

They weren't talking about rain until the afternoon, and typically, rally grounds are vacant by 9am. Since I only had a 90 mile ride to get home, I wasn't worried about it. Home long before the rain.. :wink: And my tents are all 2 man tents.. Fine for one guy, kinda sucky for 2 people, so I took my girlfriend's new tent (wally world) which doesn't pack much bigger and is a "3-4" person tent.

It was a bit of a pain putting up, but it's not mine.. Even though I walked right past all the seam sealer and water proofing at Cabela's, I didn't buy any.. Dumb.. :lol:

Woke up around 5am to it raining on the inside and outside of the tent. The rain had started and was pushing through the seams, and then dripping through the top mesh.. Not a lot, but more like Chinese water torture, or how I'd imagine it.. :x Not enough to get you wet, but enough to not let you sleep..

I got up for coffee around 6:30 and found out that the rain wasn't suppose to stop until mid afternoon, so I had her round up her stuff and then go sit in the dry while I packed the bike. I had nylon pants that were staying pretty dry, and a nylon hooded pullover. With waterproof boots, I stayed pretty dry while packing up.. We left around 9am, in a light-medium rain..

The only problem was the Amish had gone to church on the same roads and horse "exhaust" was on the roads, so I had to attempt to miss as much of that as I could..

All in all, it was a great time..

Today I took Friday the 18th off to head up to the MN Guzzi rally. I'm just going with a couple guys, so I'll take my own (waterproof) tent.. :wink:

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Here's a couple pics from last years rally.. Same place, but the pics show more of the campground.



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post #9 of 9 Old 08-09-2006, 02:59 PM
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Thanks

I enjoyed the report, and will keep this in mind for next year....

I have only camped once this year and it was crowed but fun.

Nice photos, Itailian bikes are very nice.....

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