After 10 days on the road all I can say is WOW!!!

WOW, what a great tip to PA!
WOW, what great roads to ride around on and take in the local scenery!
WOW, what a warm rally!
WOW, the volunteers did a GREAT job making sure everyone stayed hydrated in the heat!
WOW, that yuengling beer was some good brew!
WOW, a lot of folks stopped by the booth to say HI!

We’ve always had a great time at the MOA’s International Rally and this year was no different. So that we can enjoy the area, we always head out early and take a little mini-vacation before the rally starts. This gives us a chance to ride around, see the area, and taste the local fare. This year were able to enjoy a paddle boat river ferry, a castle tour in NY, and check out a local covered bridge and General store in Forskville for lunch on one of the days.

What cool things happened during the rally? Well, Jim von Baden stopped by the booth to answer questions on maintenance for folks. I had the opportunity to talk with some manufacturers I’ve had an interest in and some really exciting things are in the works. We had a TON of people asking about our T-shirt’s and how they could get them. That caught me completely off guard so now I’m in the process of investigating some designs so we can make them available to folks other than employees.

Thanks again to everyone that stopped by. Talking bikes with you and hearing your stories is why we go to rallies. I mean really, how can you not have a great time when you hang out with 6,500 like minded enthusiasts.

Below is a split-picture of the booth just after being set up, and again during the rally. We had some great help stop by again this year and everyone stayed in good spirits even with the high temps and lack of air flow.
Our booth at the 2011 BMWMOA International Rally in Bloomsburg PA

 Thanks again to everyone that stopped by and we’ll see you in 2012 in MO!

Well last weekend we had our first rally outing of the year just across the border in Illinois. You have to love the midwest if, for no other reason, we’ve got the best tongue twisting names I’ve ever experienced. The Rally was put on by the Blackhawk Region BMW club and was held in Pecatonica IL, at the Winnebago fairgrounds. Ok now, try to say it ten times fast “Hosted by Blackhawk at Winnebago, in Pecatonica.” 

We really weren’t sure how it was going to go because it was the same weekend as a large WI ride which meant riders would have make a choice between the two on Sunday. Vendor wise, it appeared that the turnout was larger than normal. Part of this may have had to do with them giving away two free hotel rooms at the neighboring town which we were fortunate enough to win one of. Big thanks to the Freeport Hampton Inn for donating those rooms.

Saturday and Sunday were both a huge improvement weather wise over what the region has been experiencing so far this spring. For the most part the rain held off, the sun made an appearance, and temps, while a bit on the cool side, were good for riding. Folks come from all over to take part in this rally. I know I was talking to people from IL, IA, WI, MN, and even CO.

Just like in years past the baked good were great and the line for breakfast on Sunday was long as folks were anxious to down some of the Biscuits and Gravy the event is known for. There were some sweet bikes both in the meet and ridden in by rally-goers.

If you’ve never been to this rally I strongly suggest you think about putting it on your calendar for next year. If you can’t do the whole weekend, just stop by for the day, especially if you’re looking for some parts for your bike. Yea, it’s mostly BMW stuff but there is enough clothing and general gear to make it worth your while.

Thanks again to the Blackhawk club members for putting on this event. And of course thanks to everyone that popped by the booth to visit. It’s always great to meet new folks and visit with the ones that keep coming back year after year.


Tire Tech Day

Yesterday we held a Tech Day for the Wisconsin BMW club. This one covered repairing tubeless tires if you get an object like a nail or screw in them.

We went over some of the tools you should carry with you to make the repair, and different ways to inflate the tire once the repair was made. We had 5 different styles of motorcycle tire repair kits available so that people could try them out and see which one worked best for them.

The seminar lasted about 2 hours and was a hands on session, where everyone had the opportunity to practice removing a nail or screw from a tire, and then patch it so they could get back on the road again. Once again we had a bike set up that people could test their skill and see if their patch held air. And, just like last year, it was unanimous that steel belted radial tires are evil and will definitely give you a work out when you’re repairing.

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