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    Non-members at Gillette

    Hello, I can't seem to find the answer to this question. There's a couple of people who wish to ride with me to Gillette. Two of the group do not own BMW's. I'm hoping to change their opinions.

    My question is, are non-members allowed to attend? I'm thinking at least a couple will join once they go.

    Thanks in advance!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rkasal View Post
    Hello, I can't seem to find the answer to this question. There's a couple of people who wish to ride with me to Gillette. Two of the group do not own BMW's. I'm hoping to change their opinions.

    My question is, are non-members allowed to attend? I'm thinking at least a couple will join once they go.

    Thanks in advance!
    Yes!

    Open to BMW riders and their guests! You are their host.

    And at registration nobody is looking at the bike. And in the campground unless they have straight piped behemoths with a calliope attached nobody cares, except they might want to take pictures.
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    I had a guy the volunteered to work first aid. He was not an MOA member but it was nice that he volunteered his time. I am hoping that he is convinced to become a member. His name is Sonny Yuen. A super nice guy that fit in very well with all of us.
    i am sure your friends will enjoy the Gillette rally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rkasal View Post
    Hello, I can't seem to find the answer to this question. There's a couple of people who wish to ride with me to Gillette. Two of the group do not own BMW's. I'm hoping to change their opinions.

    My question is, are non-members allowed to attend? I'm thinking at least a couple will join once they go.

    Thanks in advance!
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    non-members

    Is that Brad's VFR? The one with the super luggage?

    Rinty

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    gonna bump this up to the rally forum

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    Quote Originally Posted by rinty View Post
    Is that Brad's VFR? The one with the super luggage?

    Rinty
    No, just 4 bikes parked together in harmony showing anyone can come.
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    Quote Originally Posted by M1ka View Post
    No, just 4 bikes parked together in harmony showing anyone can come.
    Not quite anyone - I was surprised to learn that policy is MOA members and their guests. Adhering strictly to the policy in place riders who are not members or guests of members may not enter the rally.

    As a champion of cash flow, no matter what the color of the money this policy surprise me.

    I learned it is a matter of protection of member property.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rinty View Post
    Is that Brad's VFR? The one with the super luggage?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BradfordBenn View Post
    Definitely not mine, Camp BEERS is not in sight.
    I think that's a 2001, as well.
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    I went as a guest on a non-BMW ride and had a great time. I volunteered everyday and felt very welcome.

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    this photo must have been a guest- we got a great kick out of the signage.- ok - so I cannot get the photo to attach; it is of a dark green (non bmw) in front of a "Manure Only, No Plastic, No Glass, No Paper" sign- anyone else see it Friday night?

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    Loss of revenue

    While my wife and I were in Wisconsin at the national rally, we were lucky enough to have friends who lived in the area and were our personal guides. We followed the Harley for two 8 hour days. Late Saturday afternoon we went to the fair grounds to check things out. Even though they ribbed us for two days about riding a BMW, they wanted to come in and check out what a BMW was like and the products the vendors had available. They were turned away at the front door, so they told us they would check and see if they sold day passes and would meet us inside. After an hour or so we went out to check on them only to find them sitting waiting for us. They were told it would cost them $70.00 to get in, (price for the whole weekend). My wife and I were appawled to find out no day passes were available. They told us to sit and watch how many people were getting turned away. In fifteen minutes we watched ten people get turned away. I can only imagine how many were turned away in the three days of the event. Not only was BMWMOA , (not to mention the vendors) loosing money but also loosing the possibilty of turning some people on to BMW's. I read in the BMWMOA magazines questions on how we can get new and younger riders interested. It sure wont happen at the national rallies as long as this is there policy. I have read in the forum others who have commented on this very subject.
    This issue needs to be addressed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    Yes!

    Open to BMW riders and their guests! You are their host.

    And at registration nobody is looking at the bike. And in the campground unless they have straight piped behemoths with a calliope attached nobody cares, except they might want to take pictures.
    Haha, no, no straight pipes. We are so quiet most people probably won't even know we are there. One of the two guys coming from California thought he wouldn't be welcome. Another BMWMOA member from the east coast talked him into it so I think we're all coming. Should be a good time.

    A group of us heading in from the east and a group from the west with one from the NW. Now, if only they had decent beer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daniel1025 View Post
    While my wife and I were in Wisconsin at the national rally, Late Saturday afternoon we went to the fair grounds to check things out. Even though they ribbed us for two days about riding a BMW, they wanted to come in and check out what a BMW was like and the products the vendors had available. They were turned away at the front door, They were told it would cost them $70.00 to get in, (price for the whole weekend). I can only imagine how many were turned away in the three days of the event. Not only was BMWMOA , (not to mention the vendors) loosing money but also loosing the possibilty of turning some people on to BMW's.
    This issue needs to be addressed.
    $35 entrance fee is low considering having the chance to win expensive door prizes & maybe a bike! If you stay for 3 days, you really get your moneys worth.

    We met a young couple at West Bend just about to get into riding BMW's. They were local & intended on visiting the site for one day (Friday). They thought the $35 entry fee was a little high until they hung around awhile, picked their new bikes from the demo display (F800's) & tried on gear for hours. They decided to hang around to see what happened after dark & they would be back all day Saturday to check their tickets & see what the closing ceremony was like, have a couple beers & check out the bands. They said they were having too much fun to leave. They also said they would not be able to make Gillette because they are taking 08 to get their camping gear, practice short trips & get the gadgets they need for the future. They would definately be at the 2009 Rally.

    I vote for no day passes.
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