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post #11 of 43 Old 05-18-2016, 09:14 AM
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I attended a Vincent Owners Club rally located in Cannon Falls, Minnesota a few years ago..the roads were amazing, the scenery along the Mississippi was fabulous and the factory outlet of the Red Wing Shoe factory was an opportunity to spend a few dollars. Located just south east of Minneapolis it could draw a few people. There has been a trend in the VOC to have "unrallies".. No entrance fees, no T-Shirts or pins, a few rides loosely laid out - routes agreed upon on the spot and meals by consensus..

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post #12 of 43 Old 05-18-2016, 09:26 AM
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Everything realshelby said is spot-on.

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National rallies also do well when they are in a similar time frame each year but rotate venues. ... snip ...

It can always go back to a locale after several iterations. It would make it a lot more appealing to a greater range of riders imho.

I like the idea though
Attendance of "nearby" riders (relatively speaking) at any event will naturally be impacted by proximity. With that said, a four or five year rotation that is known in advance will foster greater attendance over the long haul as people can plan well in advance.

When my buddy and I did the CDT in 2010 we were at the end of a three year plan, the last six months of which was devoted to acquiring and outfitting the bikes.

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If scenery is the goal, Utah is an excellent state. Five National Parks and some great roads.

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The "where to stay" factor is a bugger. Some folks like a motel bed and restaurant and others are happy to sit in the dirt and heat canned food.
Campgrounds can be expensive to rent too. That puts a volunteer on the spot for advance costs.
The BMW National crowd has large budget for the their rallies, usually at State Fairgrounds. The local clubs are more volunteer oriented but still have a few hundred dollars to secure a campsite.
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The "where to stay" factor is a bugger. Some folks like a motel bed and restaurant and others are happy to sit in the dirt and heat canned food.
Campgrounds can be expensive to rent too. That puts a volunteer on the spot for advance costs.
The BMW National crowd has large budget for the their rallies, usually at State Fairgrounds. The local clubs are more volunteer oriented but still have a few hundred dollars to secure a campsite.

All quite true! While some will "sit in dirt and eat canned food" that I think is more of the gritty adventure image. You MUST have food onsite. You MUST have showers onsite. You MUST have restrooms and I think you also must have some port-a-potties around if expecting big attendance. There are folks happy to camp out, and that can be good for getting to know folks. Having onsite rooms isn't absolutely required, but if you don't have that you probably don't have a proper meeting area.

For instance, if you don't have food onsite the event will become fragmented. Dinner especially is the best time of day for folks meeting and greeting and getting ready for a presentation ceremony or seminar.
Same with showers. No showers, no campers. Which means they are at hotels. Some will always do that, but if the majority are onsite the event has a certain camaraderie that will add a LOT.

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Probably the most centrally located area, that also provides excellent riding opportunities, would be the ozarks. I agree that Co, UT, MT, Wy have the best riding/scenery. But, you're talking on avg 4 days coming and 4 days going from the east coast. That's 8 days burned right there slabbing all day. I've done it. The long ride back home really sucks!

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The East rally just occurred. https://www.stromtrooper.com/events/2...15-2016-a.html
It's the West rally that hasn't been planned this year for the first time in a long time.

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The east gathering isn't going anywhere. There will likely be a 20th anniversary Iron Horse Lodge rally in 2022 and I will hit every one of them between now and then. Fall rallies too. After all, it's three hours from my back door.

There are many other small rallies on the east side and mid-west every year.

While the "eastern rally" has been very successful since 2002 using a single great location, the western rally faded into obscurity as an off shoot of the 2008, 2009, and 2010 North American Rallies. The western rallies depended on handing off the rally to new hosts and picking a new location every year. From the SD rally on attendance dropped by 1/2 every year. I suspect several factors played a part.

1. We moved further west each year away from the middle of the country.
2. Regional rallies got the guys that go to one rally a year.
3. Lack of volunteers for the next rally from a failed rally that did not lead to the next rally. The chain was broken, the ball got dropped.

It may just be time to pick up the ball and run again. My vote is for a North American style rally though. I don't mind the Canadians making fun of our politics and Janice and I can swap cookie recipes.
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Sorry, Shelby, MUST doesn't exist in my vocabulary. Must have food on site..if you fill your saddle bag and know how to cook. I ain't yo momma!
Showers, get to know your real self.
restrooms? A wally bottle at night, dumped in the morning down a gopher hole, Now having a shitter is kinda nice but leaves and a log to hang your but over or a heel dug little pit is adequate to start the day. Bring your own AW.
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This place in Buena Vista has hosted several rallies and is a great base to ride from.
Arrowhead Point Resort, Colorado Campground, RV Park, Cabins, and Tent Site Camping - Buena Vista Colorado's Place to Camp
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