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post #1 of 13 Old 02-12-2015, 05:42 PM Thread Starter
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Dual Sport Rally Romney, WV

Me and some buddies are going to a dual sport rally sponsored by Romney cycles, Romney, WV. It's May 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. Plenty of room to camp, with organized rides. See you there!
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post #2 of 13 Old 02-12-2015, 07:02 PM
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Been there, done that! Our group, three BMWs, two KLRs (one a 250!), at Battle Mountain:



Hope to repeat this year!

EXCELLENT event; most hospitable dealership and volunteer organizers.

Good luck on raising interest among forum members; not a one attended the ADVMoto Rally at The Cove, Gore, VA, last September. And . . . ironically enough, the KLR650 was the most popular bike among the 80-or-so riders.

No criticism intended, only--doesn't look to me like this forum membership in general, in this middle Atlantic area, is very interested in organized events/rides.

Their sorrow.

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I see tents but is there "camping"? You know, 50 Amp service, full hook ups with wi-fi? Maybe close by? That's how we "camp".

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You travel in fast company! Was the 250 yours?

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You travel in fast company! Was the 250 yours?

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Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!

A long story explains how I happened to be on the KLR250, and in this fast company, indeed!

Regardless, we wound up at the event, my partner with his KLR650 (because he couldn't get the family TW200 to start), and I with the KLR250 (because we had planned to take the small bikes for the off-road tours).

So, we had to choose a riding group compatible with our diverse machines; not TOO off-roady for the big KLR. (The 80-or-so riders present split up into various "interest groups," such as fast dirt, slow dirt, pavement only, etc.)

Alan, a local, said he'd lead a ride of mostly paved back roads, some curves, some scenery. So, we threw in with him on his BMW boxer, joined by a couple of riders from Canada, also on BMW boxers.

From then on, I was FLOGGING the little 250, chasing the BMWs (and the mighty KLR650) through the West Virginia mountains; up long, steep grades; desperately shifting at 10,000 rpm; and flying at warp speed on the downhills at WOT. Can't say I kept up with the pack everywhere on the route, but . . . even keeping 'em in sight was a challenge.

Stopping for lunch, I casually mentioned "250" in conversation. One of the Candian BMW pilots asked, "THAT'S a 250?" I considered that a compliment; made my day!

This year, we'll probably BOTH ride our KLR650s, camping from the bikes (we trucked 'em in, last year).

Toney, forget about RV hookups at the dealership (although I'm sure full-service, drive-through RV campgrounds are nearby)! This is merely a large dealership (showroom about the same area as a football field), with about 20 acres of groomed grassland/lawn surrounding the facility. Tent space, portable toilets and showers, food truck and caterer as needed. Some attendees brought travel trailers/motor homes, but . . . it was "dry" camping for them, no hookups.

More details here:

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1032060

Great camping, great food, great riding; what's not to like?

I said mid-Atlantic KLR riders appeared disinterested in this sort of thing; PROVE ME WRONG! You won't regret it!

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Had a good time at Romney! Rode 1117 miles over the weekend, and I see a new seat in my future! First 300 miles from Fayetteville,NC, to just past Richmond, VA, we rode in the rain(frog toggs are great!), but the rest of weekend was great! Will be back next year!
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Had a good time at Romney! Rode 1117 miles over the weekend, and I see a new seat in my future! First 300 miles from Fayetteville,NC, to just past Richmond, VA, we rode in the rain(frog toggs are great!), but the rest of weekend was great! Will be back next year!
At least ONE other forum member attended! Good on you, Luke!

Given the enormous lack of interest in rallies, I won't even SUGGEST the ADVMoto Rally, now scheduled for the next-to-last weekend in September, 2015, from The Cove Family Camping Resort, Gore, VA.



Fun fact: Four years ago, the Romney Cycles Camp and Ride had SEVEN participants. This year, as you doubtless observed, over 150 riders participated! Few in the population from this forum, but . . . the event remains alive, well, and healthy!
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At least ONE other forum member attended! Good on you, Luke!

Given the enormous lack of interest in rallies, I won't even SUGGEST the ADVMoto Rally, now scheduled for the next-to-last weekend in September, 2015, from The Cove Family Camping Resort, Gore, VA.



Fun fact: Four years ago, the Romney Cycles Camp and Ride had SEVEN participants. This year, as you doubtless observed, over 150 riders participated! Few in the population from this forum, but . . . the event remains alive, well, and healthy!
I was riding the red 2009 KLR parked on the pavement next to the fire pit, along with a yellow KLR, a white F800gs, and a Blue Harley Ultra Classic. Where were you located, and what KLR were you riding? Saturday I rode the new 1000 Vstrom. What a torque monster! I may have one in my garage soon!
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I'm glad/envious that you two members had fun at the very least.

Sometimes, I wish that I didn't live in the middle of No-Where!
But then, sometimes I feel 'sorry for ya'll'!

All the traffic and higher insurance premiums.
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Where were you located, and what KLR were you riding?
Camped in the middle of the field, in the "KLR Ghetto," along with the green Generation 1 hack, a blue and an orange Generation 2. I rode my black Generation 1; Cycleracks black textile saddle bags and top case.

Will probably be with the usual suspects next year; come on over and say, 'Hi!"
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