is doing it again. The date has been confirmed and they will be holding the “2nd Annual Camp N Ride” on May 3-5, 2013.
For those who haven't been before, Romney Cycles is one of the largest dealerships in the country. Brands they sell include Suzuki, Yamaha, and Kawasaki. They like to be a leader in the industry and they are very interested in increasing their involvement in the Adventure market. These guys go out of their way to be customer friendly. Back in May they hosted their first Adventure weekend. We had mostly Super Teneres and one Wee Strom from ADV at that event, but there's plenty of room for more. All bikes are welcome, but it is an Adventure bike focused group and the group rides are expected to include off pavement riding. Link to 2012 event
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When: May 3-5, 2013
Where: Romney Cycles in Romney, WV
What: Camping on the grounds of the dealership, or staying at local lodging. Then riding some fantastic West Virginia roads.
During our inaugural event everyone arrived late on Friday afternoon. We did a group ride on Saturday, and everyone headed their own way on Sunday. The dealership provided the camping area in a nice field next to the dealership, portable toilets, a shower, started a fire each evening, and they fed us on Saturday evening. They also worked out a group rate at one of the local motels. They want to make 2013 bigger and better so if you have any ideas please share them here, they are open to suggestions.
For the non-campers
2.5 miles Koolwink Motel
5 miles South Branch Inn
We had a rider stay at Koolwink last time. He seemed pretty happy with it. I also believe that's the one that will have a group rate.
For 2013 we will have a group ride or two. If we need more than one group ride we'll try to have one more dirt oriented than the other. I'll lead the dirtier one. If you're not interested in a group ride there are endless opportunities for you to explore on your own.
Romney is centrally located to a lot of great riding. If you do want to explore on your own here's a few ideas along with the approximate mileage from Romney.
65 miles Rt 72
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83 miles Spruce Knob
54 miles Dolly Sods
16 miles Oldtown Low Water Bridge
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57 miles Black Water Falls
62 miles Seneca Rocks
52 miles WV/VA Border Crossing near Mathias, WV
74 miles Harpers Ferry
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If you want to bring your significant other, but they don't want to do a day ride with a bunch of sweaty guys, the scenic train is less than a mile from the dealer.
Romney Cycles will want a ballpark figure on how many to plan for, but obviously it's way too early for anyone to commit this far in the future. When time gets closer I'll try to get a headcount. But until then post up if you think you may attend, have any suggestions or questions.
So mark your calendars and plan to start your early spring season in beautiful West Virginia.
This following is not an obligation, more of a way to see how many and who may be coming. Post to this thread or send me a PM and I'll add/remove you from the list. When we're a few weeks out we'll try to get a more official headcount so Romney can make their plans. This event has been posted on two other related forums, no need to be counted on all of them.
Confirmed planning to come (yellow)
No confirmation yet (white)
Confirmed - Accomdations (camp/motel/other) - Ride (group twisty/group dirt/non-group)
Dirt_Dad - Camping - group dirt
tommyhof - - Non-Group Ride
Roger - - Non-Group Ride
VACommuter - Camping - Group Dirt
5punksdad + 1 or 2 - motel - open
eddie bolted - camping - ride ?
BEANTOP - camping - ride ?
Dual Sport Armory
backroadbender - - twisty road
50bluedirt - - non-group ride
Scott P - camping - dirt/pavement
Additional headcount from other adventure related boards (Super Tenere & Strom boards): 25
In case you're wondering who the hell am I? Nobody, just a customer who bought two Teneres at Romney Cycles. I've been very impressed with all my interactions with the dealership. DCStrom was the primary planner of this event for 2012. But since he's busy riding around the world heading to Thailand, the planning torch somehow passed to me. Romney wanted to keep the event going. The first one was a good event, so I agreed to do what I could to let people know it's on for 2013.