RoadRUNNER’s Wynne Benti Joins Thousands at the 38th Annual BMW MOA Rally

Sep 02, 2010 View Comments by

With the snowy peaks of the Cascades as a backdrop, thousands of BMW riders from all over the world, including RoadRUNNER contributor Wynne Benti, converged in Redmond, Oregon for the 38th annual BMW Motorcycle Owners of America (MOA) International Rally, July 15-18.  As nylon tents popped up across the Deschutes County fairground, the venue was transformed into a multi-event center highlighting seminars, events, tours, activities, member clubs, dealers and vendors all focused on BMW motorcycles.


BMW Motorrad, along with BMW V.P. Pieter de Waal, made the trek west to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the GS line of motorcycles.  The BMW Motorrad GS Tent was a center of activity and location of the first GS Anti-Concours, where any GS that was too clean was disqualified from the competition. What a great scene the morning of the Concours registration when hundreds of dirty, well and worldly-travelled bikes, as unique in character as their riders came rolling up to the GS BMW Motorrad Tent. Cracked windshields pieced together with safety wire, fork gaitors, homemade farings and side cases, decals and travel stickers, high output lights, various performance modifications (especially in the airhead division), sidecars and trailers, spare tires and fuel canisters, sprigs of sagebrush tucked inside dashes, embodied this exhibition of utilitarian GS adventure. Following hours of careful judging by several renown GS riders that included Helge Pederson and BMW Historian Fred Jakobs, awards were given for the best GS–Airhead, Hexhead, Oilhead and Vertical–in the categories of “most distracted,” “hard core,” “high performance” and “world-ready“.


Between the GS trials, English Trials, and GS rider sessions, folks hankering to road test any of BMWs motorcycles including the new 174.6 horsepower S1000RR and the F800GS signed up for demo rides at the BMW Motorrad Demo Truck. Audiences impressed by Chris “Teach” McNeil’s freestyle stunt riding show, not only got an autograph but were able to check out his S1000RR up close and personal with chunks of asphalt melted and embedded in the smoking tires.

The rally wrapped on Saturday night with a standing-room only awards ceremony and giveaway of prizes including several international tour packages, riding outfits, touring accessories and the grand prize, a BMW F800GS.

The 38th Annual BMW MOA Rally was one of the best.  Even more amazing was the coordination of the volunteer effort that pulled it together, that of this year’s two rally co-chairs, Deb Lower and Stan Herman, 100 committee members, and over 1000 volunteers, each an owner of a BMW motorcycle. The majority of events, displays, tours, and seminars presented by volunteers (including Wynne Benti’s rally seminar, Seven Highways Near the Top of the World about her ride to Alaska and back on a single cylinder F650GS), while both educational and entertaining, showcased the diverse motorcycle community that is BMW.

Text and Photography: Wynne Benti

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