All of Tom's points are valid - both good and bad. I appreciate the perspective.
I spent two days at the rally. Am new to MOA and BMWs. I ride solo 99% of the time. Love my RT and I am very happy with ON and think it is worth the MOA membership fee alone. That said, quite frankly, I think this forum site is worth a membership fee. Great info/discussions/archives.
Rally cost was not a big deal to me. Being not much of a camper, I stayed at hotel (cost 3X Rally fee for one night) in West Bend where the Rally atmosphere extended. Other guests offered beers to anyone interested in exchanging stories, well into the evening. Couldn't have planned it better! Enjoyed the great Wisconsin roads (particularly that they are not that far from home!) Bottom line, I rode in alone and left having made some new friends and having an Autocom installed and hooked up to helmets. Friends and farkles made this a succesful and enjoyable experience.
Would I do it again? Well, next year's Rally is in some beautiful riding country and I'm already thinking about it.... So yup! I guess I would do it again.
Tom, thanks for starting a good discussion. Maybe we'll see you in Wyoming; never say never!
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