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Important Note from BMR HQ.

We have all certainly had a lot of real-life disruptions thrown at us in short order. All of us are making individual choices on how we allow it all to affects us and our behavior. For many, some of the choices are being taken away. We all attempt to make sense of the overload of information ..and lack of information available ...as it all changes seemingly by the hour.

I received a note from a BMR participant in Texas this morning. I will withhold his name to protect his personal safety. Na, I won't do that. His name is Richard Swim (sorry Richard).

Richard's concern was that perhaps some CA riders would be sidelined due to the China Virus and he felt he was taking advantage by earning points. Maybe not a fair playing field was his concern.

**I'm confident that this is the first time in BMR history that CA riders have felt any sort of sympathy from the BMR masses. We all know that we are proud to bash CA riders and their 24/7 -365 riding conditions (not to mention too many bonuses). Additionally, it is the attitude of many BMR participants that CA riders are not as tough as the rest of us.

Richard's note reminded me of what a great BMR community we have. And, and at the end of the day, we want the best for all of us. And we don't discriminate at the state line when it comes to real-life issues.

With this spirit:

**BMR is thumbs-up to all bonuses regardless of location. But we want to make sure the following thoughts are at the forefront of everyone's decisions.
  • YOU, as an individual with your personal, family and community well-being at the forefront: Make prudent decisions. No one will 2nd guess your decision regarding your activity or lack of.
  • We can do this, because BMR participants have earned this respect. Over the last 9 seasons with million+ miles and hundreds of thousands of bonus submissions in a competitive environment ...smart choices by individuals in this event have triumphed. Smart choices by our participants is what this event is most proud of!! And frankly, our safety record is why we've been fortunate to keep going as long as we have.
  • For those riding, be respectful of your environment in all ways including your attitude and actions. You represent not just BMR, but more importantly, the biking community as a whole. Just because sidewalks may be wide open now, it does not mean 65MPH on them is prudent. Give space to others, especially our law enforcement and other first respondents who have plenty of real issues to deal with. Help them when you can.
  • Services of all types will be limited, don't leave home without a banana, health bar, cash and great attitude.
3DR #12 started today. Just another, of many 3DR weekends. I was curious to see what the activity numbers showed with all that is going on. if you are curious too ...it's just a button click away on the BMR website. I'll add it below for those curious. I won't lie, it warmed my heart to see the Friday morning activity.

Coming RJ Bonuses !!-NOTE CHANGES-!!

  • 2020.03.21 / RJ321 / 13:00 to 14:00 / Sponsor = John Gretzinger / Points=32.5 (yes really)

    The Ski Inn -

    9596 Avenue A, Niland, CA

    33.35355, -115.7337

    John Gretzinger is heading to the bonus vicinity today to be prepared to meet anyone attending RJ321 tomorrow. Note that "The Ski Inn" likely will not be open for business, likewise many services may not be open. Be sure to plan accordingly with your bag lunch, cash and brilliant attitude. Catheter or adult diaper perhaps prudent for the riders not comfortable going in the bushes if restrooms are closed.

2020.03.28 / RJ328 / 11:00 to 12:00 / Sponsor = #100 Liz Connors / Points=26.5 (subject to change)

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When you see this bike across the street from the Smokin' Oak ...you'll know you're at the right place for RJ328

The Smokin' Oak

501 Columbia Street

Vancouver WA 98660 USA

  • NOTE Change: Bonus has moved to loading zone DIRECTLY across the street. Liz's beautiful bike can't be missed.
  • The Smokin' Oak will (most likely) be closed. Ditto on other services.
    Be sure to plan accordingly with your bag lunch, cash and groovy attitude. Forget the points, time with Liz and seeing her bike is more valuable. Elbow-bump or hug, ...your choice Liz is offering either -and of course you do get great points.
  • 2020.04.04 / RJ404 / 11:00 to 12:00 / Sponsor = Marc Beaulac
    1605 Central Ave NE; Albuquerque NM USA (Details coming)
  • 2020.04.05 / RJ405 / Maryland USA Sponsor = Nancy Oswald (Details coming)
  • 2020.05.09 / RJ509 / Sponsor = 470.Judi.Ashlock
    10:00 - 11:00 RenoTime
    Smokin' Aces BBQ & Steakhouse 2509 N Park Rd Plant City Florida USA (Details Coming)
  • 2020.05.16 / RJ516 / -Sponsor = Bob Rippy
    Kansas City MO (Details coming)
  • 2020.05.?? / RJ5 / -Sponsor = Steve Schwarz
  • 2020.05.02 / RJ502 / -Sponsor = Nancy Oswald
    College City TX (Details coming)
  • 2020.05.22 / RJ522 /
    Minden NV

New Bonus Listing Coming.

Many folks have time on their hands to scout out new bonuses, and at BMR HQ we want nothing more than to give you an activity to keep you busy. Be prepared for a new theme to be released in the coming days. In the spirit of community, it will be available to CA riders too.

FINALLY

  • We'll say it again. Make prudent decisions that are best for you, your family and your community. This varies for all of us based on many factors. We trust and back whatever you do. Your track record of safe decision making has earned you this freedom.

  • Give your dog a break. Reportedly dogs are getting 240% longer walks than typical, listen to your pet.

  • Don't be shy to post up PP submissions of nice things. We all are happy when we have the opportunity to smile. When you see an act of kindness, a beautiful sunset, a good looking motorcycle ..or something funny: Take a picture and share the smile with us. Please don't forward others pictures or memes, make it original from the lens of your phone.

BMR 2020 Banquet

!-REGISTRATION OPEN-!

BMR 2020 Banquet will be in Minden Nevada. We feel fortunate that we're able to return to our roots -and the location of the first three BMR banquets (2012, 2013, 2014). We had other locations on the short list, including Grand Junction CO, but the stars lined up for us to return to Minden.

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We opened soft registration for testing a week ago, and already we have riders from the east coast and other locations registered. We're excited to be returning to Minden and the Carson Valley Inn, it's a great location and very popular in past years. You want to make this banquet if at all possible. And don't delay, as our block of rooms will most certainly get filled and it's first come first serve. Any questions, reach out to RenoJohn.

AMA Hall Of Fame, ..just one of the many accomplishments on the resume of our guest speaker at BMR 2020 banquet.

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Mary McGee Will Be Speaking At BMR Banquet 2020!

FANTASTIC Video by our own # ★☼68.Walt.Fulton!

Click Image below to view the video that Walt and SENA put together.
...and a reminder, if you haven't taken a StreetMasters course, you're really cheating yourself out of a brilliant opportunity.
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Redundant Things Of Interest Below

Have you signed up for a STREETMASTERS course yet? Don't be dumb, this is a great way to improve your skills hence improve your enjoyment of moto-bike fun.
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Walt and Nancy are best friends of BMR and many BMR riders have participated in their awesome course. Also, stay tuned for STREETMASTERS/BMR event/bonus later in the rally.
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Missouri Rally

June 5 @ 5:00 am - June 6 @ 6:00 pm
The NIITWIT group is launching yet another rally for your enjoyment. The Missouri Rally will begin and end in, you guessed it, Missouri! Centrally located approximately a one day ride from either Salt Lake City or the Atlantic seaboard, this 37 hour rally offers the great plains, Ozark mountains, national forests, slabs and backroads. The inaugural theme will be Insurrection and will feature civil war sites with a playing field ranging from Minnesota to Mississippi and Colorado to Pennsylvania. The Missouri Rally is intended to be a fun rally for the first time rally rider (we’re trying to be a gateway drug), as well as a tough routing exercise that will challenge veteran riders.
The rally dates are June 5-6, 2020. Registration is open soon on Ride Master. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please email Bob Bowman at missourirally@gmail.com.

**YES BMR veteran and good guy #002 MOBOB BOWMAN is putting on a great rally this summer and it promises to be a grand time. If you live between the Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean and you're not signed up for this you are retarded. Please add this to your summer riding schedule, don't be on the sidelines.

"Where am I going this weekend for my DR bonus?"
"Is it possible to get more than one DR bonus this weekend?"

The above two questions should be ever present in all rider's minds.

To date, no rider has earned qty two DR bonuses in the same week. Will you be the first to do so?

Various Church Themes -Tally as of this newsletter

* ★66.Mr.John.Frick is tied with 714.Jeanie.Cumbie, who tied with 715.Bill.Cumbie For a THREE-WAY tie in the the Baptist Church Theme (seriously how does that happen!), hence leading on a free lunch from Brent Cornell and Timmer Bowman.

* 491Gary Whitehead is leading the Catholic Church Theme, winner receives a free lunch from RenoJohn

* ★49 Gary Andrew and ★02.MoBob.Bowman share lead on the Methodist Church Theme, hence leading on a free lunch from Bob Rippy

* ★66.Mr.John.Frick leads the Presbyterian Theme ...and I don't believe anyone has raised their hand for a free lunch on this one!

* ★49 Gary Andrew is leading (by large margin) on the Seventh Day Adventist Theme, hence leading on a free lunch from #001 Roger Van Santen.

Not only is the THEME TALLY page a fun place to understand the rally, it is one of the many useful tools available to help you with future rides.

Activity Report is a good place to see action between any time window you want. Buttons in place for some obvious ones, but you can set any window you want in the URL.

Another Year of Great Folks! See some of your peers!

There will be much more to report in the coming days, as the first three day rally takes shape, and we take inventory of how riders are attacking the various themes. Topic for next newsletter will include: In BMR Bonus Submission, when do you want your motorcycle between you and the bonus. The answer is rarely, and we'll talk about why this is.

Please note that all past and present newsletters are available on the BMR website under the Groovy Tab

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Do you see the light?

Focus on the rider. That is what we're doing this year as we create bonus themes and invest in the BMR infrastructure. We always try to improve what we have in place and slowly roll in new functionality. There are a lot of moving pieces to this event ...as we continually work to create a great event for riding enthusiasts -and this year we're particularly excited about the rally.

What you can expect in BMR2020:

  • HUGE bonus listing which will have thousands of destination bonuses. Likely the largest bonus listing in BMR history and considerably more than last year. The themes this year are inspiring, straight forward and fun.
  • Additionally, the "Gas & Tires" Theme is returning, and again it will compliment the weekly 3-day rallies that have become a popular part of BMR.
  • And of course the meat and potato staples that we all expect from BMR will be on the table as well.
  • 3,443 hours in length. Wow!, one of the longest BMRs ever! Start date = January 01; 2020
  • Camaraderie. Bonus listing and partnerships with other organizations will create great opportunities to share your moto-bike fun and enthusiasm. We will continue to bring riders together at a common place and time. If you have ideas, please raise your hand.

Behind the scenes (techy stuff we've invested in):

  • Improved bonus submission flow and architecture including new Exchange servers.
  • Improved architecture to comment and share submissions on the website. We anticipate this will help riders better share their fun -and to a certain extent even integrate to personal social media.
  • Improved newsletter email send architecture ...which should help newsletters make it to your inbox.
  • Improvements to the BMR smartphone apps. Justin Long continues to apply his skills and wonderful contributions to BMR and you'll be the recipient of some great enhancements to the apps. And a reminder, the apps can be nice tools, but as always they are not mandatory!, they are optional.

Action Items (yes YOU)

  • If you are a BMR2019 alumni, -You are already in the new system and ready to go.
    * Start by Paying and doing Registration
    * Meanwhile, you are ready to post and play with the new apps and new site. Please don't be shy to do so, in fact if you want to play before you pay/register, feel free to do so.
    * Let us know if you have any issues with the new apps etc.

  • NOTE!! Your app login is your BMR key YOUR PIN IS NO LONGER REQUIRED!
  • KEEP YOUR UNIQUE KEY IN A SAFE BUT ACCESSIBLE PLACE!!! You never know when you may need it!!
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  • If you were not a part of BMR2020 -We need to get you set-up in the system.
    * Start with payment and registration.
    * We will contact you with next steps after we receive your payment and registration.
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  • ALL: Please aggressively play with the smartphone app and test play repeatedly. We want/need lots of testing to filter any any potential glitches. Thank you for the hundreds of pics of your ugly cat, keyboard and shag carpet, we don't care how uninspiring your pictures are, just send them!!

Time-Lines:

  • November15(ish) Registration opens. To help avoid bottlenecks, discounts for early sign-ups.
  • December 15(ish) Initial bonus listing released.
  • December 28(ish) Placards released
  • January 01 00:00 Start of BMR2020
  • May 23 12:00 (noon) RenoTime end BMR2020
  • May 23 BMR2020 Finisher Banquet; Location TBD
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