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headlight Magazine of the BMW Motorcycle Owners of America


MANAGING EDITOR Bill Wiegand


bill@bmwmoa.org ASSOCIATE EDITORS


Ron Davis • Wes Fleming • Joe Tatulli


ART DIRECTOR Karin Halker


karin@bmwmoa.org CONTRIBUTING WRITERS


David Cwi • Marven Ewen • Deb Gasque Chris “Teach” McNeil • Lee Parks Matthew Parkhouse • Jack Riepe


Shirley and Brian Rix • Shawn Thomas ADVERTISING


Advertising materials, including chartered club rally display advertising, should be sent to our


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Submissions should be sent to the BMW MOA offi ce or editor@bmwmoa.org. Submissions accepted only from current members of the BMW MOA and assume granting of fi rst serial publication rights within and on the BMW MOA website and use in any future compendium of articles. No payments will be made and submissions will not be returned. The BMW MOA reserves the right to refuse, edit or modify submissions.


Opinions and positions stated in materials/articles herein are those of the authors and not by the fact of publication necessarily those of BMW MOA; publication of advertising material is not an endorsement by BMW MOA of the advertised product or service. The material is presented as information for the reader. BMW MOA does not perform independent research on submitted articles or advertising.


Change of address notifi cation and membership inquiries should be made to the BMW MOA offi ce or membership@bmwmoa.org. BMW MOA member- ship is $40/yr. and includes the BMW Owners News, which is not available separately. Each additional family member is $10 without a subscription. Canadian members add $12 for postal surcharge.


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What a Rally! By Bill Wiegand #180584


THERE’S NOTHING LIKE THE EXPERIENCE OF SEEING SOMETHING that’s been months, and even years, in the planning, come together and not only do well, but succeed incredibly well. While the vast majority of the heavy lifting is done each year by our Rally


Chairs, the thousands upon thousands of volunteer hours faithfully given by our members begins early each Spring. Each year we all have a front row seat for what’s in store through the pages of Owners News, but nothing can replace the excitement of seeing all that planning unfold. There’s simply


nothing that compares to the feeling of being part of a team working together toward a common goal and then seeing that goal achieved. The Hamburg area rolled out the red carpet, welcoming all BMW MOA riders and the


Das Rally! grounds offered us a park-like venue with tall trees providing ample shade with plenty of green space surrounding rally central where seminars, food, refreshments, vendors and the evening entertainment was located. Rally campers had acres of beautifully green grass to pitch their tents and the GS Giants got dirty while competing and practicing on one of their best tracks ever. Though a brief episode of severe winds did blow through the rally grounds during the wee


hours of Thursday morning, our weather was nearly perfect. Daytime temperatures consis- tently stayed in the lower ‘80s with occasional fluffy clouds floating by offering additional relief. Personally, I brought many memories home from Hamburg that I know I’ll treasure


forever and topping my list is the opportunity our annual get-together provides to reunite with many of our Owners News contributors who tirelessly give so much of their valuable time to make Owners News the great publication it is. I’m continually amazed at the dedica- tion of our contributors who receive no monetary compensation, but give so much of themselves. Words will never be able to fully express the appreciation all Owners News readers have for


the tireless work they do each and every month. Writers like Jack Riepe, Matt Parkhouse, Dave Cwi and many more provide the foundation upon which Owners News is built and a rumor circulating around the rally grounds was that Paul Glaves may even have something for us in the future. For all of our benefit, I hope that is true. Beyond Owners News, the hard work of our member volunteers serving the nearly 50


committees needed to make our rallys successful is equally incredible. Providing services for everything from registration to door prizes, sign production and placement to seminars, beer sales to shuttle service, volunteers are not only the backbone of our rally, but our orga- nization as well. Seeing our volunteers in action is a humbling experience that I believe serves to plant the seeds of service in the minds of others necessary to sustain us. Of all of my Das Rally! experiences, the one I will cherish the most is of Joe Skaggs. Imag-


ine relaxing by your tent and having friends run up telling you of a Karol Patzer Facebook post congratulating you on winning the Foundation’s R 100 Custom. I’m guessing Joe couldn’t get to the main stage fast enough and witnessing the expression on his face of not only excitement and awe, but thanks and heartfelt appreciation, tells me the MOA is a pretty cool place to be. Thank you again to all who attended Das Rally! Thank you to all volunteers for all of your


hard work. Thank you to Dutch and Kate Lammers for putting it all together. Ride safe!


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BMW OWNERS NEWS September 2016


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