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    Quote Originally Posted by shortythorne View Post
    Some thieves really are stupid.
    hey, I also own 2 Harleys besides my R1200RT and that comment was really............................................ .....................funny!

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    Myself and Brian Hinton, the Rally Chair are working our way home at this time. Currently at a hotel with our bikes parked in the lobby entrance. Hopefully, our bikes, will be safe for one more night on the road. The MOA leadership, was aware of the situation along with the staff. It really sucks to see one of our members rally get ruined by the criminal element of our society. I hope Law Enforcment and Insurance takes good care of our members. I know for quite a while we were working on getting a ride home by those affected, not sure, if the loop got closed on that, but I have confidence, that if there were members there that could help they did.
    If there is resolution on this issue that someone knows about please post updates here.
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    One rider back to NE

    Quote Originally Posted by rangerreece View Post
    Myself and Brian Hinton, the Rally Chair are working our way home at this time. Currently at a hotel with our bikes parked in the lobby entrance. Hopefully, our bikes, will be safe for one more night on the road. The MOA leadership, was aware of the situation along with the staff. It really sucks to see one of our members rally get ruined by the criminal element of our society. I hope Law Enforcment and Insurance takes good care of our members. I know for quite a while we were working on getting a ride home by those affected, not sure, if the loop got closed on that, but I have confidence, that if there were members there that could help they did.
    If there is resolution on this issue that someone knows about please post updates here.
    Reese, my wife drove over to DSM for the rally. So the rider from NE returned home in air conditioned comfort Sunday with an RT escort.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Terry Cainey View Post
    O P did clearly state that it happened at the Quality Hotel. He also was just asking if it also happened anywhere else. His post was very clear.
    Right, I should have mentioned I was referring to the title.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nyfty View Post
    Reese, my wife drove over to DSM for the rally. So the rider from NE returned home in air conditioned comfort Sunday with an RT escort.
    And this is the reason the MOA exists!!! Great job Jim. It was good to see you at the rally. Thanks for helping out a fellow member in need.
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    Sad turn of events, to be sure. However, it's good to learn that members stepped in to help where they could.
    It's tough to know exactly how at risk you are in a new town, despite what the surroundings may suggest. Years back I rode up to see the races at Laguna Seca. A large group of us stayed in the Hyatt or some such reputable hotel in Monterrey. The bikes were left in the underground parking for the hotel guests. Come morning we discovered thieves had struct. My take away from that was to never assume my bike was completely secure, no matter the neighborhood. That sense was reinforced when I discovered what lurked around the MOA rally in Salt Lake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by walt3022 View Post
    My take away from that was to never assume my bike was completely secure, no matter the neighborhood. That sense was reinforced when I discovered what lurked around the MOA rally in Salt Lake.
    Just what was lurking around the rally site in Salt Lake?

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    Quote Originally Posted by crucian View Post
    Just what was lurking around the rally site in Salt Lake?
    The rally site (fairgrounds) is surrounded by what may not be the most attractive neighborhood. It has many homeless wandering around and prostitutes on the corners. Every time I ventured out of the rally grounds to find some non-rally vendor food , I was approached by panhandlers. One encounter I had in a restaurant was particularly memorable. The guy was clearly in an advanced state of meth use, with open sores on his exposed skin - not a guy you would want to have lunch with. He wasn't aggressive or anything, just profoundly depressing. Some rally goers reported that they found strangers in their tents, but I didn't personally witness that.
    That particular rally was a real eye-opener for me, as I had naively assumed the powers that be in Salt Lake would have done more to address what is a serious social/economic problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by walt3022 View Post
    The rally site (fairgrounds) is surrounded by what may not be the most attractive neighborhood. It has many homeless wandering around and prostitutes on the corners. Every time I ventured out of the rally grounds to find some non-rally vendor food , I was approached by panhandlers. One encounter I had in a restaurant was particularly memorable. The guy was clearly in an advanced state of meth use, with open sores on his exposed skin - not a guy you would want to have lunch with. He wasn't aggressive or anything, just profoundly depressing. Some rally goers reported that they found strangers in their tents, but I didn't personally witness that.
    That particular rally was a real eye-opener for me, as I had naively assumed the powers that be in Salt Lake would have done more to address what is a serious social/economic problem.
    We were at the Econolodge about 6 blocks from the rally site in Salt Lake City. Yes, a few homeless were about. Maybe even a (gasp) hooker or two. They didn't bother us. We didn't bother them. All in all, the Des Moines site was in a better neighborhood than the site in SLC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by walt3022 View Post
    prostitutes on the corners. I was approached by panhandlers. The guy was clearly in an advanced state of meth use, with open sores on his exposed skin .Some rally goers reported that they found strangers in their tents ..
    I knew my neighbors were gone for a few days!
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    SLCwas the only rally where I did not feel comfortable outside the rally grounds, out of seven past rallies. And it was surprising to me how much the area there had gone down as be spent many weeks skiing the great mountains just a half hour or so away from the airport. Spent many evenings walking around town looking at Christmas lights and such , many times with my son in tow, as it was always our father and son outing. Shame to see an area go down so low.

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    Quote Originally Posted by weschmann View Post
    SLCwas the only rally where I did not feel comfortable outside the rally grounds, out of seven past rallies. And it was surprising to me how much the area there had gone down as be spent many weeks skiing the great mountains just a half hour or so away from the airport. Spent many evenings walking around town looking at Christmas lights and such , many times with my son in tow, as it was always our father and son outing. Shame to see an area go down so low.
    Salt Lake has been like that for quite a while, if you come during the winter, you see way fewer displaced people. SLC also has some of the highest crime rates in the US for property and motor vehicle theft. I have relatives who lived there until last year when they just gave up and moved their business to Oregon. The mountain areas around SLC are very safe in my experience. I have a friend who worked in the content delivery business, what is that you ask, it is the caching mechanism that provides efficient delivery of large files, video, and audio on the internet. Even this site could go through a content delivery network (CDN). Anyhow, according to their statistics SLC was the highest ranked by consumer downloads of adult content in the US.. On the plus side, I actually like the street numbering scheme there once I got used to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by barryin View Post
    There is no such thing as “those neighborhoods”. Contrary to the shocked faces on the nightly news saying “that sort of thing doesn’t happen here”...it does happen anywhere and everywhere.

    Sharing a beer or a meal with a deputy from even the most rural area and asking about his or her week can be an enlightening experience for some.
    Truth! Many of the more well heeled towns around where I live (greater Boston area) intentionally do not report most crimes. It affects property values! Luckily I have law enforcement friends who give me the straight dope.
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    I've been following this thread from the beginning and have come to a decision as to what I will do at a National Rally with my bike if I should ever motel during the week rather than tent. If my motel should be within walking distance of the fairgrounds and since I seldom ever ride during a rally, I will simply park my bike on the rally grounds. I've never heard of a bike being stolen from a rally. Of course with either of my two old, high mileage bikes, that might not be a concern.
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    Quote Originally Posted by discoboy View Post
    Truth! Many of the more well heeled towns around where I live (greater Boston area) intentionally do not report most crimes. It affects property values! Luckily I have law enforcement friends who give me the straight dope.
    I love it when LEOs admit to falsifying official government records - a felony in most states.
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