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2012 MRT Canada Motorcycle Rally

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Adventure-touring motorcycles are all the rage, but you don’t have to own a monster trailie like a BMW R1200GS Adventure to attend the MRT Canada Rally.

We had a great weekend at Toad Rock Campground last weekend at Wolfgang and Anny Simmert’s annual MRT Canada rally.  Simmert, an ex-pat German is a certified BMW enduro motorcycle riding instructor who has run the MRT rally in Germany for more than twenty years.  His legendary Motorcycle Rally for Travelers, aimed at those who are touring the world by motorcycle and riders who enjoy riding their machines off pavement, has been running from Toad Rock Campground for a few years now.

The MRT Canada motorcycle rally is simply one of the most enjoyable motorcycle gatherings in Western Canada.  It’s cheap ($25 bucks gets you a German beer and bratwurst dinner and a chance to win some modest door prizes) but most of all, it’s informal and you get to meet people who are or have traveled to exotic places on a motorcycle.

There are usually workshops (free); this year, Pat Horan, who recently won the BMW GS Challenge in Western Canada and was one of the riders who traveled to compete in South Africa as part of the Canadian GS Challenge Team, delivered a hands-on workshop on emergency in-the-field fork seal replacement.

We also got to meet ‘Coach’ (Reamy Stroud), a world-renown high performance road racing/desert racing/motocross riding instructor.  Whenever Coach spoke, people gathered and listened intently as he shared ways to improve our riding skills from low speed, feet up, handlebars at full lock turns to proper body position for everyday riding.

The MRT Canada Rally is always held on the August long weekend (August 3-6, 2012).  This is truly one of the best motorcycle gatherings in Western Canada.

More later.  See you back here soon.


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