MS Rally/Show
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Posted 2/4/2016 11:39 PM (#87781)
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The first ever (?) USCA rally/show to be held in Mississippi will take place Saturday April 2, 2016 at Coast Harley Davidson located at 941 Cedar Lake Rd in Biloxi, MS 39476. Activities start at 9:00 AM and finish at 5:00 PM. There will be trophies for people's choice best of show; 1st, 2nd, and 3rd and other entertaining events. There will also be food venders on site and music all day long. Numerous raffles will be held throughout the day with some great prizes provided by motorcycle dealers from across South Mississippi. Admission is FREE but to enter the competition you must have a sidecar, a monkey and $10 for entry. Proceeds from the raffles will go to support the Shriners Hospitals for Children. For more information see "MS Get-Together" under RIDERS WANTED.

Sorry if this is confusing, but this all came about from an idea hatched on that thread. To get the most current info, contact:

Mike Bodisch
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601-788-7409 or
bodischm@bellsouth.net

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Posted 2/7/2016 7:27 PM (#87819 - in reply to #87781)
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Mike: I have 50 Brochures counted out and will pack them up and send them. Is that going to be enough?
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Posted 2/7/2016 10:45 PM (#87822 - in reply to #87781)
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I really do not know what to expect. I will be glad to have what you now have ready to ship and will pass them out until, ..... If there are any left, I'll save them for future events it that is okay. Sounds like we may have some interest in a Natchez Trace run. Will take any leftovers there. Now I have to get out and start selling this to more dealers and shops in the area. Had 100 fliers printed Friday afternoon and will do my best to pass them all out.

More later.
Mike in MS
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Posted 2/7/2016 11:31 PM (#87823 - in reply to #87781)
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Sounds good!!
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Posted 2/10/2016 3:42 PM (#87852 - in reply to #87781)
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Mr. Mike,
Make sure you order good weather. As of now, I plan to take off from work on Friday April 1st (no joke) and ride down for Saturday's festivities. Should be fun.
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Posted 2/10/2016 9:03 PM (#87858 - in reply to #87781)
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I look forward to meeting you. Come early on Saturday and you can help with setting things up.
If you can't, we still look forward to seeing you. Give a call when you get in the area. Phone is 601-788-7409.

Mike in MS
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Posted 2/10/2016 10:46 PM (#87861 - in reply to #87858)
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Mike; I was reminded that if your advertise your rally as a USCA event you have to be insured. The BMWMOA carries our insurance. I can't remember what the fee is or who handles the insurance at MOA headquarters but I will research it and get back to you.
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Posted 2/10/2016 10:55 PM (#87862 - in reply to #87781)
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This is one reason I decided to have the event at the MS Coast Harley Davidson facility. They tell me that any event held on their property is covered by their insurance. That's why they said they had to check with their insurance carrier to confirm it would cover the "Road Kill Roundup." It is considered a moving competitive event and they wanted to make sure they would be covered. Please let me know what you find out and I will check further on this end.

Mike in MS

P.S.

That is why the flier state it is a "possible event'"

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Posted 2/10/2016 11:45 PM (#87863 - in reply to #87781)
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One last question. Are you charging for the event? If so USCA policy is that members get a reduced rate. The insurance issue seems to be covered.
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Posted 2/11/2016 10:28 AM (#87865 - in reply to #87781)
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Mike, I have never been to a sidecar event before but I will gladly help anyway I can if I get there early enough. I will be on my Ural....traveling Friday.
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Posted 2/11/2016 3:10 PM (#87870 - in reply to #87865)
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Hi Mike:
I am new enough to the presidents job that I don't have this all down. My advisor has supplied the material below that explains the requirements for a USCA event. If your event meets these requirements we can approve it as a USCA sanctioned event. It looks like you will still need to have the insurance from BMWMOA. Bob Aldridge is the contact at MOA and the cost is $400. bob@ ialdridges.com is his contact email.
Let me know if you have more questions.

The Harley shop’s insurance doesn’t list the USCA as a covered entity. We are open to liability. I don’t really have a pain with this but you should know that we are at risk. The standards for a “USCA rally” are simple. I can’t quote it but the basics are…

-Each region can have one a year
-They must advertise as a USCA rally and offer a $5 USCA member discount [for which the USCA will reimburse]
-They must be insured [for which the USCA will reimburse]
-It must be a family friendly event… no adult material vendors, no wet t-shirt contests, etc.
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Posted 2/22/2016 12:22 AM (#87969 - in reply to #87781)
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For All who might be interested.

Looks like the "Road Kill Roundup" is a GO. Have talked with insurance people for Coast Harley-Davidson and USCA. We are going to be covered! Thanks Will for all the support and information on this. I will say that it has turned out to be more, a lot more work than I expected. Hope we have a good enough turnout to make it worthwhile.

See you all (and y'all) on April 2.

Mike in MS
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Posted 2/22/2016 1:28 AM (#87970 - in reply to #87781)
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NOTICE TO ALL POTENTIAL ENTRYS

To compete in the competition during the First Ever USCA Mississippi Sidecar Ride In/Show/Rally/Event, you must have a sidecar, a monkey and the $10 entry fee. Emphasis here being on the "monkey".
If you cannot drag one down here with you, we can recruit one on site. How can you expect to compete in a Road Kill Roundup without a partner in the tub?
Besides that, we need some good looking monkeys for "Best Looking" competition.
Actually, that competition is totally separate. Guess you could slip in different monkeys for road kill snatching and the good looks contest.

Further coordination with the site host, MS Cost Harley-Davidson, indicates things are on track and developing at a fast pace.
They are bringing in a good number of outside venders and expect a good turnout.
Should have a lot of spectators since general admission is "FREE".
Trophies are lined up and you can expect something special there (thank you Stacie at the Busted Wrench Garage).
Baby Girl (also known as BUG for Back Up Girl) and I were out collecting road kill today.
What can I say, there ain't no reverse on either of them rigs and I'm too old to do all the pushing.

So, come on down and enjoy some of that famous Mississippi hospitality.

More later.

Mike in MS



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Posted 2/22/2016 11:22 AM (#87972 - in reply to #87781)
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Looks like fun!! I won't be able to be there so we need a report and pictures for the Sidecarist. (I know I've said it before but I don't want to miss out.) Keep up the good work.
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Posted 2/22/2016 9:20 PM (#87985 - in reply to #87969)
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MrMike - 2/21/2016 11:22 PM
I will say that it has turned out to be more, a lot more work than I expected.

Mike in MS


Mike, are you keeping a notebook FOR NEXT YEAR'S rally? You know, with all your notes and lessons learned about insurance and other critical observations. That would probably help you or the next person so you don't get burned out. My step daughter can't come that weekend but I will be coming near you on the way down like we pm'ed Don't worry about accommodations for me-but thanks for thinking of me. If I can do anything to help just let me know. If nothing else I will bring my camera stuff....


Miles
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Posted 2/24/2016 10:22 PM (#88013 - in reply to #87781)
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Hello All

If anyone is interested, I have attached an updated version of the flier we are passing out here in South MS. Getting some really great help from the folks at the Harley shop in Biloxi.


I always get confused on the procedure to attaché files. Hope it works.


More Later,
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Posted 2/24/2016 10:29 PM (#88014 - in reply to #87781)
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Done it again... No attachment. Do not understand why we attach after posting the message. I never know what is going out?????

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Posted 2/24/2016 10:33 PM (#88015 - in reply to #87781)
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Flood control is pretty frustrating to.

Will try again after the requisite number of minutes. Do have a couple of other things I rather be doing though?????







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Attachments sidecarflyer 2.pdf (332KB - 19 downloads)
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Posted 2/25/2016 8:05 AM (#88018 - in reply to #87781)
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It looks good. Mike you have done a great job.
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Posted 3/3/2016 8:49 AM (#88101 - in reply to #87781)
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Mike, really looking forward to this and hoping you get a good turnout, good weather too.
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Posted 3/9/2016 8:01 AM (#88154 - in reply to #87781)
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Mike, I am not getting any responses on the Soviet Steeds website to this. I will be there on my Ural....and hope you have had better success than me after all the work you put into this event.
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Posted 3/9/2016 6:31 PM (#88161 - in reply to #87781)
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Mike, sounds like a lot of fun. I responded on other thread but got my answer here. Not on 3 wheels yet ,but , if schedules and irons in prior fires allow, I hope to drop in to visit and drool over the rigs. Thanks for your hard work and ride safe.
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Posted 3/10/2016 9:43 AM (#88166 - in reply to #88161)
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Bubblechaser - 3/9/2016 5:31 PM

Mike, sounds like a lot of fun. I responded on other thread but got my answer here. Not on 3 wheels yet ,but , if schedules and irons in prior fires allow, I hope to drop in to visit and drool over the rigs. Thanks for your hard work and ride safe.


Cary....I'll be crashing the event on 2 April...coming in from Alabama on my 2014 Ural Patrol. I told Mike I'd be happy to help wherever there is a need but I know coming in from out of state I'm limited to what I can do till I get there. That being said...and not knowing anything about the other rigs that will be there (other than Mike's rigs)....you should be able to check off your list riding a Ural and seeing how it handles if you haven't already done that...helps to have rigs in one spot to compare I would think.
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Posted 3/10/2016 12:13 PM (#88169 - in reply to #88014)
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MrMike said,"No attachment. Do not understand why we attach after posting the message."

I'd like to say its simple... but its not. You are actually making two posts to the same item. The first one is your text and the program handles that very well however it does not understand any sort of graphics. That's why you make a second post to the same item that understands ONLY graphics. Someday, we may be able to upgrade to a different messaging system but we have to make sure that we can take all of our history with us. There's lots of good information in the old items and it would be tragic to lose it.
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Posted 3/17/2016 11:02 PM (#88296 - in reply to #87781)
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UPDATE:

Was at the rally site today. Walked the ground for the road kill round up. The folks at MS Coast Harley are really going out of their way with this. Will go back tomorrow or Saturday and take all the road kill we have on hand to lay things out. Also will start working on the trophies.

Made direct contact with the riders from Christian Motorcycle Assn who will be involved. They will be there and will be blessing bikes. Had my Enfield rig blessed a year ago at the big Labor Day blowout they have here on the Coast each year and thought it was nice.

Talked with the state rep for the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Assn and they are going to try hard to have a contingency at the rally. I'm impressed with the organization and will probably join.

Still getting the hand off on the doughnut donations from the brand I want to use. Scheduled to talk to their area manager Monday. If no go, I'll go to another maker or even break down and buy them.

Momma's getting tired of me wondering off all the time. Baby Girl is getting tired of sitting in the truck when I get involved in all these detailed negotiations (or is that BS sessions?).

As they say: "Life is an adventure."

More later,
Mike in MS

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Posted 3/19/2016 10:03 PM (#88324 - in reply to #87781)
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Update

Spent half a day at the rally site. Roundup moved to large, open, flat, grassy field adjacent to Harley dealership. Walked it today. Much better ground with lots of open space for spectators. For the show judging all rigs to be lined up in nice grassy area leading to store. Great visibility from a major four lane about a half mile off Interstate 10. Hauled the raffle loot I had on hand to the shop. Well over $500 in merchandise. Have more promised.

Spent rest of day between Billoxi and Mobile, AL. Contacted 8 dealers. One gave helmit and dew rag. Two have merchandise to be picked up next week. Harley Owner Groups in La, MS and AL to have folks at rally. Now if I can get a couple of sidecars (besides my two) here we just might have us a show.
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Posted 3/19/2016 11:40 PM (#88330 - in reply to #87781)
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we plan to be there, just have to get flood cleanup done.
Looking forward to seeing more sidecarist from the area.
I have been spreading the word about the meet to everyone I see.
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Posted 3/20/2016 8:58 PM (#88340 - in reply to #87781)
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As they say in the Army: HOOAH!

Hope your weren't hurt too bad by the flooding. Baby Girl and I had planned to spend a couple of days next week camping at Grand Isle. May not be such a great idea.
Looking forward to meeting you also. Let's try to get some networking going here. Would be great to visit with others close enough for a one day run.
Thanks much for spreading the word. If we all keep trying, this might be a really good event that could evolve into something even better.

Later
Mike in MS
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Posted 3/22/2016 12:29 PM (#88369 - in reply to #87781)
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I hate to show my ignorance...but what exactly is meant by the sidecar "monkey"? What is the "monkey" supposed to be?
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Posted 3/22/2016 2:48 PM (#88375 - in reply to #88369)
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jmunsey - 3/22/2016 10:29 AM

I hate to show my ignorance...but what exactly is meant by the sidecar "monkey"? What is the "monkey" supposed to be?


http://www.cyclecanadaweb.com/articles/17811/
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Posted 3/22/2016 9:33 PM (#88388 - in reply to #87781)
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I apologize. I was attempting to interject some humor into the discussion and did not intend to have fun at anyone else's expense. "Monkey" to my understanding is a slang term used to refer to the passenger in a sidecar. I do not know where the term originated but have heard and seen it in writing many times when communicating with other sidecar enthusiasts. I do not think there is any negative connotation connected to the term. I sometimes refer to my 14 year old daughter as my monkey.

Dana

Your attachment was very enlightening. Here, I must admit I was ignorant of many of the details in the article. Thanks.

Mike in MS
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Posted 3/22/2016 9:38 PM (#88389 - in reply to #87781)
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I apologize. I was attempting to interject some humor into the discussion and did not intend to have fun at anyone else's expense. "Monkey" to my understanding is a slang term used to refer to the passenger in a sidecar. I do not know where the term originated but have heard and seen it in writing many times when communicating with other sidecar enthusiasts. I do not think there is any negative connotation connected to the term. I sometimes refer to my 14 year old daughter as my monkey.

Dana

Your attachment was very enlightening. Here, I must admit I was ignorant of many of the details in the article. Thanks.

Mike in MS
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Posted 3/24/2016 10:42 PM (#88430 - in reply to #87781)
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Picked up items for the raffle from two more dealers today. At retail prices, this puts us at just over $1,000 in merchandise to be raffled off at the rally. If we could raise that much for the children's hospitals it would be great. Hope to get a lot of positive exposure from the event. Might even recruit a couple of new members. By the way, Will - I got the box of "Sidecarist" magazines and will have a table set up at the rally with mags, trifolds, etc. Unfortunately, don't think I will be able to man the table full time. Suspect there is going to be a lot of last minute coordination to be done.



Got my Yamaha/Velorex realigned nicely and it will be there. Cruised it at 65 today with no problems. Pushing hard to get the Enfield fender painted and the car pinstriped to match the bike by then. Think we just might have us a show......



Mike in MS

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Posted 3/25/2016 12:25 PM (#88432 - in reply to #87781)
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Great!! I am glad that you have the Sidecarists to hand out. Don't worry about "manning" the table. You might find a volunteer to handle that for you. I am excited to see how things are coming together for you.

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Posted 3/30/2016 3:05 PM (#88496 - in reply to #87781)
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looks like we are a go to be there Saturday...looking forward to a "local" sidecar get together.... hope you have a good turn out
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Posted 3/30/2016 8:45 PM (#88501 - in reply to #87781)
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Mike....not sure if the Ural throttle body mods will be done in time for me to ride it down so as of now I am beginning to think I will be riding in on two wheels. I hope that is ok....a good excuse for a 7.5 hour ride for me either way and I can still help out Saturday if I don't drown in the rain expected Friday night. Looking forward to meeting you.
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Posted 3/30/2016 9:04 PM (#88503 - in reply to #87781)
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Come on down! Need all the help I can get.
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Posted 4/1/2016 7:52 PM (#88534 - in reply to #87781)
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Mike, I am sorry, I had to make a weather decision given the storms moving through Alabama and Mississippi today and after last night I just was not up for long hours of riding in the rain. I am but going to make it down.
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Posted 4/1/2016 10:35 PM (#88537 - in reply to #87781)
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Understand. Got soaked unloading the rigs this PM. Hope to meet you later. Hope locals will show up. ??
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Posted 4/3/2016 11:22 PM (#88569 - in reply to #87781)
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Thanks mike for putting on this rally....my wife, brother and his girlfriend had a great time.....I was surprised to see as many sidecar rigs there, since I have only seen 2 other rigs in my area in the last few years,,,,the support from the Harley shop was great
....we really enjoyed the roadkill roundup and thanks to your wife for helping me out....hope you did well for your charity.......looking forward to the natchez trace ride, let me know what I can do to help
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