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BMW Norcal 49er Cancelled

That ancient proverb, “May you live in interesting times” has come to roost around the world. 

My motorcycle world seemed to compress it all into one day. First thing Wednesday morning was the email that the Quail Lodge Motorcycle Gathering scheduled the first of May was cancelled - I had 4 bikes entered. An hour later the Hillsborough Concourse D’Elegance in June was cancelled - 3 bikes entered. Then an email that the campgrounds at Death Valley closed so this month’s Club meeting is also cancelled.

Finally that night a conversation with the MOA National people who are still on the fence about the status of the Rally in June. 

Nobody likes uncertainty but the way this is going, we had to cancel this year’s 49er Rally.  We  wanted to wait until May 1 to make the decision but world and CA events forced that time a lot closer. So we are packing up the work everyone has done so far and will use that as a head start for next year. 

On the positive side, since registration opened, we were averaging around 10 registrations a day from all over the country and a high percentage was first timers. But after the first virus announcement, it went to 0 registrations. It’s possible if the weather was good, the 49er might have touched almost 600. Let’s build on that for the 49th 49er in 2021.

Greg Hutchinson

Mark Rodda



About the 49er Rally

This event is the BMW Club of Northern California's annual rally with 48 years of tradition and predating the BMW Motorcycle Owners of America's (MOA) National Rally.

Admission includes: Four nights of blissful grassy camping, hot showers, great self guided GS and street rides, A great Poker Run, tons of events, friendly competitions, games and seminars, live music, and a lot of fabulous motorcycle people! 

 Click here for a video of a past 49er Rally.


Enjoy 4 relaxing nights under the beautiful star filled sky. Perfect T-Shirt weather. Nestled among the trees and shaded lawn areas the tent camp sites at the Mariposa fairgrounds provides a serene setting to relax after a day of adventure. We have restrooms and hot showers. Plus complimentary WiFi!

Food, Drink, and Live Music

Relax and unwind with plenty of great food, drinks, and live music! A few steps away is our Bier Garden with a great selection of adult beverages.

Like music? We have live bands for your listening pleasure!

This year we've upgraded our Saturday Dinner menu to the following awesome choices.  

  • Pork Tenderloin with a bone dust dry rub, topped with a pecan whiskey sauce
  • Jerked Chicken with mango salsa
  • Portabella mushroom ravioli with a cream sauce and spinach (vegetarian)
  • Blueberry and peach cobbler with vanilla bean ice cream

Local Rides

So you want to take a break from the rally and hop on your bike? You are in the perfect spot to explore California's Gold Country or the Sierra Nevada foothills! We offer great self guided road and GS routes for you to explore. Head out solo or sign up with others. Never a dull day on this 49er Rally!

Great Speakers & Vendors

Interested in an overseas motorcycling adventure? Or perhaps want to know more about packing gear stuff efficiently? Looking to upgrade your lights, windshields, or need lighter equipment for your camping needs? The 49er has informative and riveting speakers and great vendors, often offering great Rally deals. Come see for yourself!

GS Giants Course

Returning this year is the GS Giants Course, courtesy of master course-builder Dennis Godwin and the GS Giants. Challenge yourself and test your skills on this larger than life course or watch all the action and cheer for your friends.

GS Clinics

Take your riding skills to the next level by joining a GS clinic course. Spots are filling up so register soon!

Joining the line-up again this year is Pat Jacques/ADVWomanteaching our Ladies GS Clinic. So ladies come learn or brush up on your off-road skills and take advantage of her special 49er Rally rates! 

Also this year we're mixing it up a bit and  Black Swan Moto will be offering 4 session for beginner through advanced GS riders.  We are offering four  haf day sessions using their tried and true off road riding curriculum.

Click here for more on the GS Clinics. 

Daily Events

Challenge yourself! Don’t miss out on the traditional English Trials and the snail speed “Slow Race” events! Lots of fun! Sign -ups required. If you’re feeling lucky join us on the 50/50 raffles and the Poker Run! And don't forget about the loads of raffle prizes. 

Ride an Airhead? This year look for a beefed up Airhead presence as the Airheads Beemer Club will be moving in to Airhead Central. Bring your airhead or just questions, there's always some sort of airhead clinic or repair going on...

Discover Mariposa

Gateway to Yosemite, located in California Gold Country, the Mariposa Fairgrounds is close to the historic 49er gold rush towns! Riding distance to Yosemite National Park.

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