The 2022 Rally saw some great Grand Prizes given away (see below). What will 2023 bring? You'll have to come to The 50th and find out!
BMW MOA ($priceless!) - congratulations,Charles Buchanan!
Second Chances – The Rally Grand Prize Motorcycle
Take a trip with me in my Wayback machine to 1972. We land in the parking lot of the local BMW motorcycle dealer, and as we walk in, to our left and right is an array of shiny new Slash 5 BMWs. Going beyond the traditional black, white, and silver there are several exciting new colors this year, and the one that catches your eye is a beautiful Monza Blue R75/5! You run your hands over the perfect paint, along the chrome tank side panels, back across the seat, and inhale the intoxicating perfume of new metal and rubber. Throwing a leg over, you settle down into a slight crouch - feet on the pegs and hands on the bars - and imagine the unobstructed view of endless miles of open highways spooling out before you! Your only problem is how to get that fabulous machine into the Wayback machine and back to 2022.
Well, the BMW MOA is giving you a second chance with the opportunity to win the stunning Monza Blue R75/5 Grand Prize Bike here at the 50th Anniversary “Wander Farther” National Rally. You can see it on display in the main Vendor Buildings until it is given away this Saturday night Closing Ceremonies.
Meticulously restored by Mikey Orloff of Martindale Motorcycle Works in Redwood, Texas, it’s 1972 all over again! We chose this bike specifically to help celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the 1972 founding of the BMW Motorcycle Owners of America. See the “Celebration of The Slash 5” article elsewhere in this Rally Program for more about the significance of these amazing motorcycles.
There are things we miss out on because of chance and timing. Many of you never had a shot at a new Slash 5, but in the BMW MOA, we believe in second chances, so don’t miss out this time – come to Springfield, celebrate our 50th Anniversary, and win this bike!
Edelweiss Bike Travel (Value $4,740) - congratulations, Dave Waldo!
High Alpine Tour – Single rider, single room (airfare not included)
Curvy mountain roads abound on this stunning tour of the Alps. Don’t miss it! If you’re looking for a one-week getaway to the most demanding roads in the Alps, this motorcycle tour is made for you! Experience the excitement of serpentine roads, mammoth mountains, and picturesque alpine villages.
The first day of our tour takes us from Munich to the Grossglockner Pass for our first switchbacks. Imagine jagged rock formations, soaring to the sky, framed by curvy, well-maintained roads. On the second day we ride the Dolomites, a region in the Italian Alps, noted for its spectacular scenery. During our rest day in Bolzano, you have the chance to see even more of that. Then we get to the Alps’ most famous road: Stelvio Pass, with a heart-stopping total of 87 switchbacks! An absolutely unforgettable experience!
Sweeping through Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Austria, the next day’s ride will thrill you with its spectacular views and a fabulous Edelweiss picnic served in a beautiful area surrounded by the soaring peaks of the Alps. On our last riding day, we visit one of the fairytale castles of King Ludwig of Bavaria. This week will pass quickly, but the memories will last a lifetime!
IMTBIKE Tours (Value $4,400) - congratulations, Rob Sperl!
Essence of Portugal Tour – Soul and Tradition (airfare not included)
This unique tour is the perfect way to discover all the hidden secrets that Portugal has to offer. Seven riding days through Central Portugal will give you sufficient time to enjoy the traditions of these hospitable people, from their bewitching Fado music to delicious Portuguese cuisine and its excellent wines.
The mountains in Central Portugal boast some of the best curvy roads in all of Europe. These serpentine roads, with almost no traffic and incredible asphalt, will keep you smiling day after day. Now add beautiful landscapes and seascapes around every curve and you’ll understand what authentic motorcycle pleasure is. From the beauty of the Estoril Coast and the charming vineyards on the Douro riverbank; to uniquely fascinating cities like Lisbon and Porto, this tour will leave you wanting to return for more!
Bike Tour Asia (Value $2,940) - congratulations, Rick Noble!
8-Day Self-Guided Motorcycle Tour – Amazing Land of Lanna – North Thailand
This self-guided Thailand Motorcycle Tour gives you a great insight into the land of the Lana Kingdom – the “Kingdom of a Million Rice Fields”. The roads are mainly rural two lanes with a variety of surfaces and wind through areas of spectacular mountainous beauty. From Chiang Mai, the “Rose of the North” we ride to the remote province of Nan, which for centuries remained autonomous and cut off from the outside world. Take a look at the unique village of Bo Kluea with its Salt Wells. You will visit the city of Chiang Rai and the stunning artwork of the nearby White Temple – known as Wat Rong Khun. You will also go to rather more famous or infamous places like the Golden Triangle by the Mekong River, where Laos, Myanmar and Thailand meet and where in previous decades the opium poppy provided a living to many people until it was stopped in 1996 after the death of Khun Sa, a legendary drug lord. Experience the main border crossing between Thailand and Myanmar at Mae Sai and ride the spectacular road to Doi Tung and Mae Salong. Doi Angkhang with its scenic beauty. Between Mae Taeng and Mae Hong Son, there are 1,864 bends or twisties which gives everybody a great opportunity to improve their cornering skills whatever their level of expertise. Among the highlights of the trip, you can also visit the Long Neck Women of the Karen Tribe, famous for the brass rings that they wear around their necks. Before returning to Chiang Mai drive to the top of Thailand – the highest mountain in Thailand (Doi Inthanon), 2,565 meters. One Rider, choice of motorcycle, single room.
Ecuador Freedom Bike Rental (Value $2,000) - congratulations, Kandi Spangler!
Gift Certificate towards any Self-Guided Tour or Guided Tour
Channel your free spirit (and our local knowledge) on your own self-guided tour - alone or with a group of friends. Our self-drive tours include an adventure motorcycle or 4X4 vehicle, motorcycle luggage, pre-programmed GPS, detailed road book with daily maps, prepaid lodging, select meals and a cell phone for 24-hour customer support in Ecuador. Our guided tours are designed so that you experience Ecuador on an intimate level through conversations with locals and by experiencing what life is like in this land of diverse topography and peoples. We move people away from the common and into the more remote and obscure areas of Ecuador, giving a glimpse into ways of life that have largely disappeared.
BigEar, Inc (Value $1,953) - congratulations, Vaske Basham!
BigEar Custom Triple Speaker Earbuds w/Go Blue Unit
For years we have all struggled to hear our communication systems through the wind and outside road noise while escaping life on our motorcycles. Whether we wanted to listen to our music or hear our wives or buddies, it was always difficult while on the road. To compensate, we’ve purchased systems at a booth, in a store, or online through vendors that claim to have a better solution. We’ve sat in our driveway, installed that system, and boy, did it sound good! Then we went for a ride. Those supposedly new and improved systems did not perform as promised because the wind and road noise rose over 105dB. It was impossible to hear your music or partner over the roar.
Big Ear Inc. has a solution for your frustration on the open road. Finally, you can hear your communication system while enjoying your fantastic motorcycle adventures. Choose if you would like to go with Bluetooth or just hard wire into your newer communication system. Plug your cord into your Big Ear earplugs, and go. The clarity and sound are unparalleled to anything on the market. Big Ears Custom in-Ear Earbuds that are convertible from Bluetooth to wired to work with all communication systems.
MotoQuest (value $1,600) - congratulations, Larry Robinson!
Two Premium Outfitted Touring Motorcycles for 7 Days Each
MotoQuest offers three motorcycle rental locations on the West Coast from which you may start your motorcycle vacation. You may hire a motorbike from Los Angeles, Portland, or Anchorage.
You may also take advantage of our one-way rentals and pick up a motorbike at one location and drop it off at another rental location. Have you ever wanted to ride to Alaska? How about explore Baja, Mexico or ride the Pacific Coast Highway through Washington, Oregon and California? Whatever the destination is, make the ride your own with a MotoQuest rental. Every rental shop is located near a National Parks and scenic byways. Take a motorcycle holiday and explore the Western United States and Alaska by Motorcycle and get ready for world-class scenery and roads. Winner will receive two premium outfitted touring motorcycles for 7-day. Some conditions apply. Must be used within 18 months.
Shad USA (value $1,598) - congratulations, Stan Kinney!
One Terra Aluminum Top Case (TR48), Terra Soft Bags (TR40) & All Mounting Hardware
At SHAD, we invite you to experience adventure with TERRA, the new range of aluminum cases. Designed, engineered and made 100% in Barcelona, they are the perfect partner to explore any terrain with the maximum capacity, comfort and safety for your gear.
U.S. Rider Academy at the BMW Performance Center (value $1,598) - congratulations, Ralynn Frost!
Winner’s Choice of Either Two-Day On-Road or Off-Road School
ON-ROAD - Two days of on-road riding instruction will saturate your brain and body with challenges specific to
your skill set. Working one-on-one with a BMW USRA Pro, riders will build upon lessons learned from the first day and practice in those areas they feel need the most attention.
OFF-ROAD This two-day offering will have you ready to tackle almost any remote location that you wish to transit. The first day will cover off-road foundations, while day two gets into more focused events like traversing steep inclines and declines, riding through mud, and picking up your bike while on a hill. The enhanced riding skills you learn will become as vital as your favorite pair of boots. Both schools include the use of BMW PC motorcycle.
MotorcycleGear.com (value $1,500) - congratulations, Tom Spine!
Gift Certificate for MotorcycleGear.com
MotorcycleGear.com is a family-run business dedicated to bringing you all the best new motorcycle apparel and accessories AND the best values in our closeout department. We’ve been in business for over 22 years and we’re going strong. We thrive on the support of our customers and largely without paid advertising. That means people like you are telling their motorcycling friends about us every day.