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I will be contacting some places for sponsorship. I thought it best to get our webpage up first so we can show some legitimacy. Now that the webpage is active, it's time to pursue some sponsors.

One thing I hope to convey throughout all of this is that we are hoping to put together a regular event. Not sure if we can handle a fall and spring, but at least an annual ride. We chose the name of the site as OHINKYScoots as we plan on moving the theme each time. However, it will be, but not limited to, in and around the Ohio, Indiana, & Kentucky areas. As was the Mid-Atlantic Rally, I do hope to build a relationship with some businesses so we can all benefit from it and make it memorable.

We are working on some tshirts for the ride. The details are sketchy at best, but we are getting there.

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Do you have a flier or some sort of poster that we could distribute to area bike shops etc?
I plan on camping Friday night, but need to go home sometime late Saturday afternoon.

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Is this an "all brands" rally or Burgman only rally?

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It is an all brands rally. They will need to be 200cc and up. A few years ago, Sean had mentioned hosting a ride, but things got in the way. So last fall I brought it up as I thought we were in a good spot to work on it together. Sean works every other weekend, so we lost 26 weekends before we started. The details fell into place and we are going to give it a shot.

There are 2 details I should mention as some things always seem to slip my mind.

1) We are going to limit the ride to about 40 bikes. This is our first time hosting and we do not want to be overwhelmed. We feel that the group size should max out at 20. Since we do not know who all will attend and who all could help with leading a group, it may be best to start slowly. Since we do not want to have 200 people show up, we will not be posting fliers. Based on the response from the other thread, we exceed 40 with no advertising.

2) There will be a $10 registration fee. If some sponsors donated cash, it will be different, but I am guessing most sponsors will donate items/services for door prizes. With any organized gathering, there are hidden expenses.

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Cary "With any organized gathering, there are hidden expenses."

You hit the nail on the head with that statement. We had a patch and t-shirts made up but we also charged more than $10. We also had more lead time than you have left. But that's food for thought for next year. After doing two rallies I now have a lot more respect for those who organize group rides or rallies.
When we did our rallies we made sure that the ride leaders had communication with the sweepers and had them linked with one rider in the middle to extend the range. Also being linked by the middleman, if the group got split, (traffic lights or cars cutting in when not holding a tight enough group) the middleman can take over the lead for the remainder of the group until you catch up with rest of your group. I am in no way trying to tell you how to run your event, just passing along some things we learned.

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Though I have not done dozens of group rides, we talked about the issues that occurred on them. The "easy to reach goals" are smaller groups and limited stops, especially congested areas. Those should not be a factor. We do not have the communication gear, so we will be purchasing some for ourselves. Hopefully some riders will have gear to assist with the ride. We have ridden without the communications and things went very well. However, if anyone breaks down I do not want them stranded in a strange place. in 2013, the maxi-scoots were in Kentucky. I happened to drift to the rear when Duster's front bearings went out. We happen to pass a dealer and they got him back on the road in an hour. We did not have communication with the group, but he was not stuck by himself.

We are working on a tshirt design. Not sure how fast this will proceed.

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Depending on how busy the printers are, usually they can get t-shirts done within 30 days. I doubt they are too busy this time of year. No matter how things go with your planned procedures the ride in southern Ohio after the long winter will make everything worthwhile.

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In 2013, the Maxi-Scoots were in Kentucky. I happened to drift to the rear when Duster's front bearings went out. We happen to pass a dealer and they got him back on the road in an hour. We did not have communication with the group, but he was not stuck by himself.
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I have to confess, I have been riding since 1972 with about two hundred thousand miles under the belt, but in all those years i have never went on a group ride. I am not sure how to do it! In fact, most of my riding (99.99 percent) has been solo.
Where I now live, on almost every Saturday during the summer months, groups of cruiser(mostly all Harley) bikes ride by my house. Invariably, they are riding closely packed together, sometimes two abreast with maybe ten feet between pairs of bikes. To be honest, that does not seem like fun and I would not want to do that. I am sure that is not the plan for our group, but if anyone can give me some advice on how to ride in a group, I would truly appreciate it! I wouldn't want to cause anyone else some stress over my lack of skill!

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