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post #1 of 18 Old Aug 21st, 2006, 10:30 am Thread Starter
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Member of a BMW Club?

I'm new to the BMW family. Is anyone a member of a club? Thinking about joining the BMW Owners of America group. Worth the money? Any group better?

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post #2 of 18 Old Aug 21st, 2006, 10:34 am Thread Starter
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Also, BMW MOA has a platinum membership for an extra $22 ($54 total) that includes:


Emergency Roadside service (up to 3 bikes)
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Is it worth the $$$?

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Been an MOA member for a few years...I figure I get my money's worth out of the monthly magazine alone. The Anonymous book can be valuable if you travel a lot. The national rallies are fun and very well organized. I hear the BMWRA is very good as well, but I just never got around to joining.

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post #4 of 18 Old Aug 21st, 2006, 11:09 am Thread Starter
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OK guys. BMW ROA or BMWRA?

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post #5 of 18 Old Aug 21st, 2006, 12:37 pm
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Jamie, not being a member of either - yet - I'd suggest you take a look at each groups web site. Special their 'about' pages.

Seems BMWRA is more of an international group.
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The BMW Riders Association (RA) is one of the two organizations that grew out of one national BMW motorcycle club formed over 30 years ago. The other group, the BMW MOA, has evolved into a club with a large touring story magazine and an even larger annual rally. RA, in turn, has become the club for those interested in the whys and wherefores of the company itself, motorcycle riding, and a more intimate and friendly atmosphere at their annual events.
http://www.bmwra.org/about.html

Seems BMWMOA is more of a US centric group.
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According to the Articles of Incorporation the BMW MOA was formed for the purpose to operate and maintain a national BMW motorcycle owners club. The goal of the club is to promote the camaraderie and friendship of individual members and BMW motorcycle clubs.

Using this original document as a template the officers and staff of the 'MOA are dedicated to making the experience of owning a BMW Motorcycle more enjoyable by providing a high quality magazine, hosting an annual rally and promoting the bonds that motorcyclists share.
http://www.bmwmoa.org/about/about.htm

Just SWAG'n from comments I've read here on this site - I'd guess there's a higher ratio of bmwlt.com members in BMWMOA than in the BMWRA.

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BMW MOA sticker is still on my bike from the last owner and he is a frequent visitor to this site.

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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.

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Just the anonymous book is worth the price, don't ask me a number the card for multiple years is with the book, in ziplock bag stashed on bike in case needed.
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post #9 of 18 Old Aug 21st, 2006, 9:59 pm Thread Starter
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Just joined BMWMOA.

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BMW Motorcycle Owners of Alabama put on a great rally.

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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.

What he said! Well put!

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Just joined BMWMOA.
Excellent! The magazine and "Anonymous Book" are worth more to me than anything. The sticker looks cool too. And the national rally, should you decide to attend, is like a mobile BMW bike museum. Ya done good!
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If you're in a joining mood, get yourself over to the AMA site, that is...
right after you scroll on down to the DONATE button on this site...


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right after you scroll on down to the DONATE button on this site...


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I'm more interested in the BMW specific group. Wish there was a K1200LT organization with a magazine!

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Learn something new everyday. I did not even know about the RA until I read this post. I think I need to join that one now.

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