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For many, the prudent thing is to observe from indoors. Thumbs-up to all the riders making the best decisions for their unique situation. Everyone one of us is affected differently.

BMR was social distancing before it was common place.
And since the pandemic, rider activity has gone down more than national averages. Based on the stat's from our friends at Google who have publicly shared national smart phone travel data ...which we can compare against our own BMR rider activity. We applaud those making the best decisions. For many it is not fun or easy, but doing the right thing for yourself, your family and your community will be rewarded in real life, karma is real.

I spoke with many BMR stakeholders over the weekend. What great attitudes in this group. One thing we don't want to do as an event is make your personal riding decisions for you. Fact is, we can't even if we wanted to. But we can help avoid temptations as they apply to this event, and we've already done that by shelving the high value RJ bonuses (which are the only bonuses that bring people together) and by not delivering fresh bonus firewood.

We're going to take additional steps. Be prepared for changes in the kicker for DR bonuses. Many have been working hard over the last months to stay on pace to reach the kicker goal. We don't want you doing that in the current pandemic, so we're going to apply math based on what the future unfolds. We're pretty good at math, we won't make it perfectly fair, cuz we can't, but we'll do our best to make it as fare as possible.

The punchline is that the qty18 DRs to reach the kicker will change, perhaps other things will change too. Don't chase DR's for the sake of reaching the kicker. If you're on pace now, you will be on pace in the future when things get a bit more normal, without adding more DR's to your tally.

Personally, I think we're in for a very, very long haul.

This rally has always been long, never a sprint, another option on the table is to extend the event even further. The coming weeks may likely tell us a lot, we're not going to make knee-jerk decisions, we're going analyze and respond.
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Changes around us....

Increasingly the changes don't open up prudent riding options.

For many of us, time/distance calculations are almost a part of our DNA, we can't help ourselves, ...we apply math to everything.

The COVID-19 math is pretty interesting. We have such limited data, ...and we get reminded of how limited the data is by how often the models change.

Many health facilities use the Institute for Health Metrics (IHME) and their models to make the best decisions possible. These IHME models are likely the most popular source of info for the agencies in your area, and seemingly the most respected overall. Johns Hopkins models also get high marks and are also popular.

Not perfect. But, these models do provide a lot of information and they may help you make more prudent decisions. If you take stalk in these models, check them regularly as they are far from static! They change frequently!!
Above image is link to IHME website which you may find to be a helpful tool for prudent decisions.
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Above #482.Stephen!.Vook earns AF758 via airplane. Stephen! spent the commute to this bonus social distancing at 5,500' MSL. Because of our groovy and obscure airport theme this year (Thanks Don Stadler!) we elected to allow Motorcycles, Snowmobiles and Private Aircraft to earn AF/FA theme bonuses. This bonus by Stephen! was the fist time in BMR history that an aircraft has been used to claim a bonus.
The medical staff at Reno's primary hospital (Renown) is letting the community know they're ready to "Fight The Good Fight".
All of us in the Battle Born state are united to tackle this massive health challenge. The local support for our healthcare community has been amazing. Medical staff are treated like rock stars around town. Currently hospitals are low occupancy and an abundance of medical care on-hand (good time to break a leg, as long as you don't want visitors). The major hospital here has worked hard to open occupancy and build infrastructure in anticipation of the spike that may be coming. Not being the first region to get hammered has been very beneficial. Currently here, the spike projected to peak on April 18. As we get closer to that spike, resources, especially anything respiratory in nature may not be overly abundant. Every community is different, pay attention and contribute to helping those in your community.
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Sign above in our our front lawn, ...and you'll see hundreds of similar around town on the lawns of Renown health professionals.
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Goes without saying that burdening our LOE community and first respondents is never cool. While your social distancing ride might be good for the body, soul and mind, it is NEVER cool to burden the people we respect the most ...those at the front line protecting us. Roadblocks and such are becoming the new reality in some regions. If your plan has a roadblock, or in any way burdens those on the front line, you have a bad plan.

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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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 respect from this event.

  • 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

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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