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As the world turns...

The world continues to turn and with each rotation we're experiencing new and modified disruptions to our routines. Most all riders have been impacted, and it varies greatly, mostly by geographic regions. The only consistency is the inconsistency by various regions, states, counties cities and municipalities.. So, each rider is expected to make prudent choices based on the independent factors that we are each faced with, we are all affected differently. More importantly, make prudent decisions that are in the best interest of yourself, your family and your community.

Here is Reno, most businesses are closed. Traffic is way down. Parks are open (sigghhhh, Grace has been dragging me to the tennis courts). Golf courses very busy. outdoor gun ranges even busier, indoor ranges not. And, for the most part people are practicing social distancing in their daily activities. The economic impact is going to be horrendous and some families are already struggling and many more are bracing for very difficult times in the weeks and months ahead.

Kathy is on the front lines at the region's big hospital. They are pro-active (and very successful) keeping census (occupancy) low -and and adding infrastructure ...with the goal of staying ahead of spikes that we hope don't come, but other cities have experienced. Only time will tell how it all turns out, there are a lot of moving pieces and people are working very hard to minimize affects.

Like most students, Grace is working daily from home and her teacher is laying it on!! Full days that include a lot of video conferencing before and after structured assignments. A few bicycle rides during the day on the trails in our suburban neighborhood help keep her body and mind healthy. Our family is not wired to be inside for extended times, we're fortunate to have diversions.

But, we're not as fortunate as #822.Suzanne.Jansze who is taking social distancing to awesome levels and earning obscure BMR bonuses at the same time. Here are a couple of pictures of Suzane earning CK099 and CK581 via snowmobile far away from anyone to infect or be infected. And no doubt keeping her body and mind in top form, I hope none of us are underestimating how important it is to have bodies and mind in top condition. BTW, as BMR participants know, snowmobiles have always been acceptable and this year we've seen snowmobiles used more than any previous year.
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BMR Continues To Stream Biker Flicks.

Many of us can use some comic relief and/or fill time that would normally be spent on the bike. ....so
**BMR is streaming videos, mostly obscure videos that are difficult to find elsewhere.
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Above, link to a short video showing the impact of COVID-19 on Las Vegas, primarily the "Strip". it is eerie and cool.
BMR has a strong infrastructure to share pics and videos outside of the chaos of social media. If you have a video or something you'd like to share with other BMR participants, please do so!

Be Mindful

  • 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.

  • 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.
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Above, Kurt social distancing . Nice riding Kurt!. Congratulations on week 13 3DR title!

Flashback!

...Reminder of how much things have changed. #714.Jeanie.Cumbie provided a nice post of a bonus one year ago and it is a good way for us all to reflect on how things have changed and the importance of being safe and retaining the spirit that we all share. Click below to view comments.
Thanks Jeanie!!
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BMR 2020 Banquet

!-REGISTRATION OPEN-!

UPDATE 04/01 ...We remain confident that our banquet in Minden will go on as planned. In fact, CVI hotel is currently in operation, but of course we're monitoring everything and even casually exploring other options should it be prudent do so.

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.

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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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