I really think the biggest reason for the low numbers of registered attendees is simply for 3 reasons. 2 Negative and 1 positive.
NEGATIVE ) The location is too far to those on the E coast and many others. When you need at least 4-5 days to ride each way to attend an event then spend 4-5 days at there that means you need at least 15 days off time. Not many people have that kind of time for a motorcycle club event. Now if CCRs were always held at a same location like STURGIS and became an "at least must be experienced once in a lifetime" kind of event, soon or later everybody will try to make special arrangements to attend and yearly registration numbers may be much higher and steadier.
NEGATIVE ) On March 15th 2016 I have purchased a 2016 GS Adventure from a dealership at 280 miles S of Monterey. CA... Then a week later I took it for 600 mile service to my local dealership at 68 miles N of Monterey. There was no promotion at all. The dealership I purchased my bike didn't even mentioned it even though I spend at least 6-7 hrs there during that day. Same at my servicing dealership.. 2 hrs sat there chit-chat with all employees, sales people but not a single soul asked if I will be attending the CCR this year since it is so closed.
At that time I didn't even know that Monterey was chosen for '16 CCR.
I found out about a week after that while I was on these boards.
Now, imagine if I were buying a brand new Harley in a Denver, CO dealership. Even though Sturgis is further away then my both dealership to their location and in a neighboring state rather than in their own state, won't you think the first question people will ask gonna be "so, I guess now you can attend Sturgis this year huh?" Plus there will be biggest brochures, posters promotions there. For CCR, nothing.
POSITIVE) But I believe the BIGGEST reason for this year's low number of registrations is something being very, very positive about the location.
Let me explain this; My home is 30 minutes and my work is 15 minutes away from Monterey, CA. I ride a GS and many days I take use it to commute. Even on a mid-week day, during my 20 minute commute I come across at least 10 BMW's of all kind. GLT, GS, RT, LT etc... It is like if there was a BMW gathering at somewhere close by. Since Monterey is very close to great riding routes at very close proximity like Big Sur and Carmel Valley routes at any weekend day you can stand by a roadside and count hundreds and hundreds of BMWs of all kind.
So, being this close proximity to huge numbers of BMW riders causing a lot of these people to relax and say "Oh well, I'll be there but no rush to do anything about it yet". I believe there will be hundreds and hundreds of last minute attendees.
I have to admit I am one of those lazy butts
Because since none of these riders need any kind of lodging in Monterey, even though they think they will attend for all or some off the events they don't feel any kind of rush to register.
If there was a survey with an option to check " I live close by and I am planning to attend but didn't register".. I bet that option will get the highest percentage... May be that is the right question to ask to determin what to expect for "16 CCR.
NOW, This is a VERY IMPORTANT WARNING to those in the CCR Board that at that time of the year, traffic in the area is horrific in and around Monterey, CA since it is a very attractive touristic town and most of the scenic roads around that area are single lane each direction!!!
I volunteered to meet any CCR organizing committee members and pre-ride the routes with them to show that it'll be a very hard and hair pulling results to arrange group rides on those roads for large numbers of bikes at that time of the year!
Just wanted to pre-warn...
See you all there!