Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Roseville (Gateway to the Sierras), CA, USA
Why limit yourself? Join both!
BMWMOA is the larger organization by far. Very slick monthly magazine (ON) and the largest BMW rally every summer. In Wisconsin next year. Very diverse but with a certain amount of fluff. I find them a little too dialed into the GS segment now and again.
BMWRA is far more serious and a much smaller organization. Their publication is investigative and technical with very little fluff but can be quite dry. On some level, they probably "still" don't consider "K" bikes to be real BMWs but we were accepted as long lost relatives at their recent national rally. I find the writers in the "OTL" magazine direct and at times, side splitting hilarious with respect to their analysis of the motorcycle press and certain non-German brands of bike.
My wife enjoys ON while I prefer OTL. On the other hand, I also belong to the AMA and the local BMW sanctioned club, River City Beemers. If I had to pick one, I would start with BMWMOA and go from there. I have yet to find a BWM publication or group that specializes in the LT or LT owners other than this site and even that has become somewhat diluted in the past 24 months. Once the new, redesigned LT is debuted next year, I am sure LTs will again move to the forefront.
Bob Morrow #4204
2014 K1600GTLE "Firefly" GTL 4 Two
2002 K1200LTE "Green Hornet" LT 4 Two (history)
"Kyrie Eleison down the road that I must travel"