You said,"It's not a bad idea at all. However, if you haven't been to an Amish (Pa) rally yet; would you expect someone from Pa or New England to come to your neck of the woods?" Have you been to a Minnesota Spring Ride yet? I have been to both ...
BMW National Rallies are never held at a regional rally site. As a matter of fact the BMW National Rally changes location form one part of the country to another each year. East, Middle, West then back again. The East coast always draws the most people followed by the Nationals in the middle of the country, followed by the west coast being usually the smallest.
They are usually held from the middle on a north to south basis to avoid extreme heat. The rally site for the following year is officially announced at the National Rally. In the past few years the BMW National Rally has been held at:
Johnson City, TN
West Bend, WI
And the list goes on.
Changing parts of the country gives everyone a chance to get to a National Rally at some point and time. It was held in Texas once ... in the cooler hill country of Texas ... and it was still hotter than hell and it had a poor turnout. I have missed one BMW National Rally since 1988, when I got my first BMW and one Amish Rally since I heard about them, and that was due to illness two summers ago.
There is a real bonding at rallies. It is usually worth the time and effort if you are a true motorcyclist, but at the same time, you can't expect someone who is married and has kids to give up two weeks to ride from the West Coast to attend the Amish Rally anymore that you would ride from the East Coast to attend a Honda rally on the West Coast.
I hope to see some of you at different rallies and rides over the spring, summer and fall.
Keep the rubber-side down.