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Founders of BMW MOA in Chicago in 1972. Photo by Jill Dean.
Founders of BMW MOA in Chicago in 1972. Photo by Jill Dean.

BMW MOA is the acronym for BMW Motorcycle Owners of America, a private, nonprofit membership association for owners and admirers of BMW motorcycles. According to BMW MOA, it "is the largest independent single-marque motorcycle organization in the world" [1]. (Note: The Harley Owners Group is much larger, but is not independent of the manufacturer. However, I believe that the Gold Wing Road Riders Association [2], which is independent of Honda, is larger.) Image File history File linksMetadata Founders2. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Founders2. ... Categories: Possible copyright violations ...

A cover of BMW Owners News.
A cover of BMW Owners News.

BMW MOA was founded in 1972 in Chicago by five enthusiasts, Vern Hansen (Detroit), Jeff Dean (Madison, WI), John Moore (California), Charlie Smith (New York), and Frank Diederich (Chicago) - left to right in the photo. From this humble beginning, the association is approaching 40,000 members throughout the world. Image File history File linksMetadata ONoct06. ... Image File history File linksMetadata ONoct06. ...


Currently, BMW MOA is based in a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri, and has a full-time staff [3]. It publishes a monthly magazine, BMW Owners News, [4] holds an international rally attended by eight or nine thousand members, promotes motorcycle safety by sponsoring the Motorcycle Safety Foundation's Experienced RiderCourse, and offers more activities and publications. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation is a US national, not-for-profit organization sponsored by the U.S. manufacturers and distributors of BMW, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, Piaggio/Vespa, Suzuki, Victory and Yamaha motorcycles. ...

The crowd at the Trenton, Ontario, rally.
The crowd at the Trenton, Ontario, rally.

The best way to learn more about BMW MOA is through its website [5]. Image File history File linksMetadata Trenton. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Trenton. ...


BMW MOA has charted over 300(!) local, global, and virtual BMW motorcycle clubs. Click here to identify any of them.


BMW MOA's annual rally, held every year since 1973, is the largest gathering of BMW enthusiasts in North America, and is alleged by one source to be "the largest single brand event held anywhere" [6] (although HOG and GWRRA would appropriately dispute that claim). Rallies have been held in California, South Carolina, Missouri, Wisconsin, Colorado, Minnesota, Tennessee, Ohio, New York, Oregon, Florida, Montana, Indiana, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Arizona, Connecticut, North Carolina, Michigan, Ontario, West Virginia, and Washington. The 2006 rally [7] was held in Burlington, Vermont, and was attended by 9,230 BMW enthusiasts.


The next international rally of BMW MOA is scheduled for July 2007 in Wisconsin. For more information, click here: 2007 Rally.


 
 

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