51st BSAOC International Rally
May 2-9, 2014, Sonoma CA

51st BSAOC International Rally

The 51st BSAOC International Rally is to be held in Petaluma CA, in beautiful Sonoma County, 43 miles north of San Francisco from Friday, May 2 to Friday, May 9, 2014

WELCOME to the 51st BSAOC International Rally
The BSA Owners Club of Northern California (BSAOCNC) takes great pleasure in inviting all of you to California for the 51st International BSA Rally in 2014. It will be centered in Sonoma County, near the town of Petaluma. The Rally dates do not follow the traditional weekend to weekend format: arrivals are scheduled for Friday, May 2, and departures on Friday, May 9. That means that a weekend will occur during the Rally, and we plan to use that to your advantage.


Our Rally site is a campground offering tent campsites, RV parking sites with water & electricity, cabins large & small, playground for youngsters, bocce, a horseshoe pitch, a swimming pool, an on-site convenience store, coin-op laundry, plenty of clean toilets/showers, and a central recreational hall for our exclusive use. Motels are available nearby, and the site is easily accessible from local airports & shipping ports (Oakland & San Francisco). Powered cabinds & RV sites have cable TV and free wi-fi. The accommodations centering on the recreational hall have been reserved for the BSA Club, & the campground has agreed to hold rates at the 2012 levels for our 2014 event.


Petaluma was once part of the North Bay agricultural region, which supplied the greater San Francisco Bay Area with local produce, in this case, chickens! Remnants of old chicken farming & fee mill operations still exist in the area, but the North Bay has long since made its mark as a wine-producing area. Wineries are prevalent in Sonoma & the bordering counties of Napa, Marin & Mendocino. The first European settlers here were the Spanish, in the 18th century, who lost control during the Mexican Revolution. Upstart Yankees claimed the territory from Mexico when they took control of the Mexican garrison in the town of Sonoma, and proclaimed it California. You can expect to see some of the Spanish & Mexican historical sites during the course of the Rally.


Our friends from the BSAOC of Southern California have the wide sandy beaches, palm trees & Hollywood. But here you can expect to find beautiful coastal roads, redwood forests, the Wine Country & San Francisco. Downtown Petaluma is conveniently close & the Rally site gives access to rural roads for pleasurable riding. Our rainy season is typically November through April, and May through October is generally dry. Average temperatures during May are 47 degrees F (low) to 73 degrees F (high); average rainfall during the month of May is .87 inches.


Bookings for the Rally will occur in 2 stages: Rally entry & registration will be made with the BSAOCNC; bookings for accommodation will be directly with KOA or with offsite motel or B&B facilities. Registration forms will be forthcoming, along with the schedule of events for the week. More information will also be available at the BSAOCNC website with regard to available offsite accommodation, private RV rentals, & other info as it develops.

For accommodations at the Rally site:
KOA Campgrounds (707) 763-1492

To Register for the Rally itself:
Or call Don Danmeier at +01-415-898-0330
or email: dwdsms@novato.net


Friday, May 2 Arrivals/Check-in

Saturday, May 3 Official Opening Ceremony/Ride options/Bike Show

Sunday, May 4 Ride options

Monday, May 5 San Francisco tour/Ride options

Tuesday, May 6 BSA Line-up in Sonora Square/”Prince of Darkness” ride

Wednesday, May7 Winery Tour/Ride options/evening Dinner-Dance

Thursday, May 8 Ride options/Int’l Committee meeting/evening BBQ

Friday, May 9 Check out/Departure


1.) The Rally shall be known as “The 51st BSA Owners’ Club International Rally”.
2.) The Rally shall be open to all members & their families of any BSA Club as recognized by their respective club roster of members.
3.) All participants are expected to attend with a BSA motorcycle.
4.) Any person wishing to attend without a BSA motorcycle may do so only if they have permission from the Rally Committee. Such permission shall only be given when the Committee rules that there are acceptable extenuating circumstances.
5.) Only BSA motorcycles will be allowed on the Rally Field, on Rally Rides, or in the Line-up for Display. Non-BSA motorcycles must be kept offsite or in an area designated by the Rally Committee.
6.) All vehicles brought onto the Rally site, including bike trailers, must be place in the appropriate place as direct by the Rally Committee, and must not conflict with camping or other Rally site activities.
7.) Attendance at the Rally is by pre-booking only. Members booking after January 31, 2014 will be subject to a 10% surcharge. Members arriving without pre-booking will only be allowed to stay after all pre-bookings have been taken into account, and will be subject to a 20% surcharge.
8.) Day visitors will be charged a Rally Fee and will be subject to all Rules & Restrictions. Day visitors must report to Rally control on arrival.
9.) The Rally organizing committee reserves the right to refuse admission or to deal with misbehavior in any way they see fit.
10.) All rules of the campsite, including health & safety requirements, shall apply to all Rally participants, and shall be treated as rules of the Rally.
11.) Submission of a signed Rally booking form shall constitute acceptance of these rules & adherence to the rules is a condition of participation.
Day Visitors: There is a provision on the Booking Form for registration for Day Visitors. Be advised that members signing up for anything less than the full Rally fee ($100) will be getting admission to the site only. No other benefits that come with it (Rally shirts and mementos) unless they are willing to pay for them in addition to the per-diem fees. We had included the per-diem option due to requests, but it’s obvious that such arrangements will not cover costs. If you have a special request, send me a message (dwdsms@novato.net) and we’ll work out prices. Online Booking and Rally Costs: If you try to reserve at KOA via the Internet, you will get the national website, and thus will get the 2014 rates, NOT the 2012 rates that we negotiated. Registration with them will work that way, but then they have to credit your account when you check in at the Rally, so you will only be charged the proper rates. The option is to call KOA directly (707-763-1492) and tell ém you are with the 2014 BSA Rally. If problems persist, call the Manager, Mr. Ortega, at 707-338-0679 or e-mail him at koadesk@aol.com. Linen Service: KOA is offering to provide linens for those reserving the one-room cabins, at $20 per person, if you don’t want to bring your own sleeping bag. All the Lodges are taken, bur some cabins remain available, and plenty of tent and RV sites still available. Parts Service: We’ve arranged to have a BSA parts supply presence at the Rally. Raber’s Parts Mart (http://www.rabers.com) will have a supply of the usual “consumables” available, and they’re working out a system for quick delivery of parts from their shop in San Jose, if needed. Shipping Your Bike to the Rally?: For those shipping a bike to the rally from outside California, we recommend that you carry a copy of this section of the California Vehicle Code with you. (http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/vctop/d03/vc6700.htm) It is possible that you may encounter someone in law enforcement that is ignorant of this section, and it may be useful to clear up a potential misunderstanding.

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