Made to MOA National and Back on Das Beast...

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by bmwloco, Jun 17, 2019.

  1. bmwloco

    bmwloco Long timer

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    ...and missed Bonaroo by rolling right through the middle of it. Big fun.

    Trip started fun enough; lost K&N filter prior to departure; fortunately a friend found it and kept it. No rain, no problem the big 40mm carb does not care. I put a beer can over it to keep moisture in the morning and critters out of it.

    Coming out of Hiwassee GA I lost my bar end weight (F650 Paris Dakar) in the twisties at speed on US64W. Oh well. it didn't matter a bit, and didn't flap in the wind.

    MOA National was a hoot; temps in the 70's, 6000+ and the Airhead Tent was masterfully fed by the Air Marshal from TN and his lovely bride. Coffee was always on by 5am too.

    The usual suspects are getting older, but the fun is still to be had. We need some new blood though. If you have an old airhead, get a late teen or 20 year old interested in it, NOW.
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  2. bmwrench

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    Bonaroo?
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  3. bmwloco

    bmwloco Long timer

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    Big music festival. Got over big crowds long ago.
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  4. Amphib

    Amphib A mind is like a parachute....

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    A friend local to the area refers to that festival as "bonascrew" due to idiocy and traffic. :lol3
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  5. bmwloco

    bmwloco Long timer

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    Here's a shot of how I "fixed" my 40 mm carbs when the K&N fell off. Ran well without it, and saw no rain, so no drama. I just took it off when I rode; kept the critters out otherwise...

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  6. nmalozzi

    nmalozzi airheaded

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    Bonaroo, been there, got the t-shirt with all the bands listed on the back. I’d have no idea who I saw that weekend had I not bought that shirt haha.

    Went to a BMW rally once as well. Wasn’t MOA, but as a the youngest guy there riding the oldest bike I felt pretty unwelcome. Left a day early and went and rode while all the farkled GS space ships sat at camp.
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  7. bmwloco

    bmwloco Long timer

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    I almost took a photo of all the R1200GS models, looking exactly alike, parked all together in a row. They were like everywhere.
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  8. nmalozzi

    nmalozzi airheaded

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    “little boxes on the hillside. little boxes made of ticky tacky. little boxes on the hillside, and they all looked just the same...”
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  9. Big Bamboo

    Big Bamboo Aircooled & Sunbaked Supporter

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    Yours was Teutonic. Theirs were Two Ton (ick), hence the disparagement.
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  10. bpeckm

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  11. bmwloco

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    Bingo!
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  12. lucky6600

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    A friend sadly described that MOA rally is almost a senior only event the other day.
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  13. Solo Lobo

    Solo Lobo airhead or nothing Supporter

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    That was almost my experience last time I went, LOL
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  14. Tiggum

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    Yup; I went, and I am OLD!
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  15. nmalozzi

    nmalozzi airheaded

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    i got no issues with age differences, so long as the folks are welcoming. i didn’t get that vibe at the rally i attended. again, i’m not talking about MOA, never been.
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  16. bmwrench

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    I started going to MOA National Rallies in 1977. I was one of the youngest riders there. The last national I went to was in New York in 2016; I was still one of the youngest riders there!
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  17. bmwloco

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    Started riding BMWs at 19; 57 now. Still one of the youngest at any of the rallies too. At least in the Airheads realm; there did seem to be maybe four or five people under 30 riding BMWs... out of 6,000. Statistically not too significant.
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  18. globalt38

    globalt38 "A Fist Full of Throttle" Super Supporter

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    With the margin of error - those 30 may or may not have been under thirty, riding BMWs, or even there... :jjen:D
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  19. aptbldr

    aptbldr easy rider

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    It's not only the BMW crowd.
    At Barber vintage festival I feel middle-aged again! :-)
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  20. cwroady

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    Just got home last night from the rally myself. 14 days, 15 states and 5077 miles ... for me it is more about the journey vs the destination. Rode the Ozarks for the first time, saw Nashville for the first time, spent 3 days riding Colorado (not the first time), etc ... I guess at 62, the demographic doesn't bother me too much. We had close to a dozen of us from SoCal and Texas in the chartered club camping from https://scbmwrc.com/ not far from the Airheads (that I am also a proud member of). Perfect weather, good riding, made some new friends and enjoyed old ones ... can't wait for next years in Montana.
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