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I'm at the rally, and I'm very impressed at how many LTs are here! It's good to see. Man it's hot, 100 F today!
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I'm at the rally, and I'm very impressed at how many LTs are here! It's good to see. Man it's hot, 100 F today!
I nearly attended when it was held in PA a few years ago. It was similarly hot so camping was not in the cards for me. I live only two hours from the site, so I thought I would ride down for a day to check it out and see if it was worth the commitment for a full week once I retired and had more time.

I checked the web site for the cost of a day pass and there was none. I sent an email inquiring about that and the response was you had to pay the full fare whether you stayed 3 hours or 3 days. It wasn't worth it to me to ride 2 hours in 100 degree weather, pay $60 to walk around a few hours and then ride home 2 hours in 100 degree weather.

I later sent an email to one of the board members suggesting they offer a cheaper day pass to let folks sample the rally and also considering holding it at earlier or later times of the year to avoid the hottest summer weather.

I got back a typical BMW arrogant reply saying that "security" reasons precluded a day pass and suggesting if I wasn't committed enough to buy the full pass then maybe I shouldn't bother. As to different times, the answer was effectively "we've always done it this way."

The annual AirVenture airshow in Oshkosh draws 20-50 times more people than an MOA rally yet they have no problem with day passes. If they can handle "security" for day passes for an event with 500,000+ people (800,000 the one year I attended), MOA should nit have an issue with a few thousand people. The excuse always seemed contrived to me.

Let us know what you think of it. Some of us will likely never attend.
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I have a friend there now (He's the one that sold me his '07 LT). riding his '12 GTL. He left Los Angeles at around 7:45pm Wednesday night and got to SLC 11 hrs later. He said it was 103 in Baker, CA at around 10:30pm; 99 in Vegas around midnight; and didn't get below the 90s until after riding through Parowan and then temps dropped as low as 53.

He just texted me that the day pass is $35; MOA members like me are $55 for the 3-day pass and non-MOA members are $75. He said it seems like half the Beemers are GS's all farkled out. I had planned to ride my GTLE there with him, but canceled to stay with my wife who has health issues.

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I was really bummed out about cancelling future Curve Cowboy Reunions. I liked them due to the hotel venue orientation, whereas the MOA rallies appeared to focus more on the GS camper crowd and I am definitely no longer in to camping. Hopefully, I'll be able to attend next year's MOA rally and maybe some of the mini-rallies (if they have nearby hotels).

BTW - the one day MOA pass is only good for the final day.

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I have a friend there now (He's the one that sold me his '07 LT). riding his '12 GTL. He left Los Angeles at around 7:45pm Wednesday night and got to SLC 11 hrs later. He said it was 103 in Baker, CA at around 10:30pm; 99 in Vegas around midnight; and didn't get below the 90s until after riding through Parowan and then temps dropped as low as 53.

He just texted me that the day pass is $35; MOA members like me are $55 for the 3-day pass and non-MOA members are $75. He said it seems like half the Beemers are GS's all farkled out. I had planned to ride my GTLE there with him, but canceled to stay with my wife who has health issues.
That is interesting. Looks like they discounted the prices already. The web site lists $65/$85 and no mention of a day pass.

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I'm at the rally, and I'm very impressed at how many LTs are here! It's good to see. Man it's hot, 100 F today!
I just got back from the rally. I was there on my 05 LT. I left Wed. afternoon and got there Thursday around 11am. Pulled a 299 mile ride on Friday over to Antelope Island and then up hwy 84 through Morgan, stopped to see Devils slide, Looked at thousand mile tree as we passed by, then left on the 80 up to Wyoming, then right on the 150 and back over Mirror Lake Hwy over 10,579 feet elevation. Then back into salt lake city. Made many stops for pics along the way. I'm no longer a rally virgin! Yay.
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