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#513736 - 08/27/09 06:46 PM OK. Stupid Question. What is an Unrally?
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I suspect it's an acronym for something but, beats me.
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#513743 - 08/27/09 06:55 PM Re: OK. Stupid Question. What is an Unrally? [Re: FLrider]
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Not a stupid question, you are just Unaware of the answer.
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#513749 - 08/27/09 06:58 PM Re: OK. Stupid Question. What is an Unrally? [Re: FLrider]
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The first BMWST Unrally happened in 2002 in Gunnison, Colorado. During the planning phase, a deliberate decision was made to keep it very casual, unorganized, and free of vendors and other commercial interests. This is in stark contrast to traditional motorcycle rallies like the annual MOA rally, and so the decision was made to call it an "Un" rally.

The typical Unrally format that's evolved since then involves an organized group dinner one night, an organized group breakfast one morning, and accomodations (hotel and/or campground) at one central location. Attendees receive a few souvenir items (typically a T-shirt and commemorative decal). No vendors are present. There is no beer tent. There is no live music in the evenings, unless someone happens to bring a pan flute or an accordion. There are no organized group rides. Organizers often provide suggested routes that people can ride at their own pace and on their own schedule, either as individuals or in groups of their own choosing.

I gather you missed this UnRally. If you're a glutton for distance, next year's UnRally is slated to be somewhere in the Sierra Nevada mountain range in July, with exact dates and location to be officially announced sometime in the coming months. If that's too far, well, keep an eye on 2011, when it's likely to move toward the east again. thumbsup

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#513761 - 08/27/09 07:30 PM Re: OK. Stupid Question. What is an Unrally? [Re: Joe Frickin' Friday]
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We were advised in NH that next year's UnRally would be 12-16 July 2010 (in the Sierra Nevadas).
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#513858 - 08/27/09 11:49 PM Re: OK. Stupid Question. What is an Unrally? [Re: marcopolo]
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My bet says 2012, 10th anniversary in Alaska... wave

We'll see who has the "cajones" to make the trip. grin

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Ya see, if'n nuff of us want it, it could happen.

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#513893 - 08/28/09 07:02 AM Re: OK. Stupid Question. What is an Unrally? [Re: marcopolo]
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Originally Posted By: marcopolo
We were advised in NH that next year's UnRally would be 12-16 July 2010 (in the Sierra Nevadas).


Bummer, at the same times as the MOA Rally. dopeslap
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#513903 - 08/28/09 07:36 AM Re: OK. Stupid Question. What is an Unrally? [Re: FLrider]
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Originally Posted By: FLrider
I suspect it's an acronym for something but, beats me.


An UN Rally is where you go to renew old friendships, make some new ones, ride good rides, eat good food and drink good drinks.
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#513947 - 08/28/09 10:00 AM Re: OK. Stupid Question. What is an Unrally? [Re: Bud]
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Originally Posted By: Bud
Originally Posted By: marcopolo
We were advised in NH that next year's UnRally would be 12-16 July 2010 (in the Sierra Nevadas).


Bummer, at the same times as the MOA Rally. dopeslap


UNrallies are mid-week, many people leave on Thursday. I think the MOA rally is at the end of that week, in Redmond OR. With a bit of planning you might do both in one trip.
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#513953 - 08/28/09 10:10 AM Re: OK. Stupid Question. What is an Unrally? [Re: Paul Mihalka]
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Originally Posted By: Paul Mihalka
UNrallies are mid-week, many people leave on Thursday. I think the MOA rally is at the end of that week, in Redmond OR. With a bit of planning you might do both in one trip.


The UNorganizers were saying that the trip to OR for the MOA would be about a days ride if you wanted to miss one day of UNfun or one day of MOA nonUN...

I'm thinking of kill both those birds with one stone next year.
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#514005 - 08/28/09 11:45 AM Re: OK. Stupid Question. What is an Unrally? [Re: Matts_12GS]
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Sounds like the same plan that Susan and I are working on. Some travel prior to and on the way to the Unrally. Then a day trip from the UN to the MOA. More neat stuff on the way home. Should be great.
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