Always Labor Day weekend; for 2014: August 29th to September 1st
For those who want to plan your trip to the rally really early,
and if you are a rider who travels by GPS, here are the coordinates
for the rally site, the Watkins Glen Hidden Valley Group Camp, front gate:
N 42° 21.820' W 76° 54.895'
Find other useful information at
including lodging for those without a tent. You might also check the
graphics-heavy Chamber of Commerce
web site, and you can reserve rooms online at some of the
hotels/motels here .
Would you care to see a road map
of the local region at Watkins Glen?
Here also is an image of a hand-drawn map of the Hidden Valley
Campground which you may print. (Press your Back button after viewing map.)
A cabin at the campground has become available. It is an 18-bunk cabin and if you
and your club would like to rent it for the weekend, contact us using our
Contact Form here. The rental is $75.00.
Year after year our visitors tell us the Finger Lakes Rally is one of the
nicest, friendliest motorcycle rallies. Again this year, it's held at one
of the most beautiful settings ever to park a BMW, set up a tent, and find someone
to talk with. Once again, you will be able to camp at the Watkins Glen State Park's
Hidden Valley Group Camp.
Enjoy three nights camping, two catered dinners, free coffee, two live bands,
great door prizes, rally pin and mug, terrific facilities, flea market, vendors,
exciting touring, on-site Sunday morning services, bike judging, snack bar, and
more. BMW riders and their guests only.
Camping areas range from ultra quiet to right near the action.
CPAP sleep machine users: we have an area for you
with electric outlets, at the back end of the vendor area. It should
be marked with signs.
Adults (16 and up)
Children ages 6-15
All fees are in US Dollars. Pre-registration forms and checks must be
postmarked no later than August 18, 2014.
Gate opens at 9:00 AM Friday. Sorry, no early arrivals, no pets,
and no campfires. Note that there is no ATM machine at the rally site.
The closest would be in the village of Watkins Glen.
More information: use our contact form,
or email us at
or write to: Finger Lakes BMW Club, PO Box 35, Webster, NY 14580.
Enjoy a wide variety of events on the rally site, and nearby. See our Attractions
section for more. Some of the regular events:
Awards: Long Distance Male/Female, Oldest, Youngest, Largest...
These are all calculated by the information you write on your registration form at the rally.
Awards are for BMW riders only.
Door Prizes: The big prizes usually include riding suits,
helmets, tires. Lots of other prizes as well: hats, clothing, books, flashlights,
certificates, and chain lube.
Meals: Admissions include Saturday and Sunday evening
dinners by our acclaimed local chef. Vegetarian meals available upon request at rally.
Live Bands: Live music on Saturday and Sunday nights.
Plus, our Pizza Shack opens and serves until the kitchen is bare.
Bike Judging: Ride your bike onto the judging grounds,
and let rally guests vote on the winners.
Flea market: Bring items, and leave with
cash, or find gently used necessities. Clothes, accessories, parts, and more.
Additional flea market information here including a form
to pre-fill before you come, to save some time.
Seminars: Details available on arrival. In the past,
we've had talks about foreign travel, packing for long rides, airhead tips and tricks,
riding safety, and more.
Vendors: Helmets, jackets, raingear, accessories, tune-ups,
lighting systems, gourmet coffee, and more. See our Vendor section for details.
Both Saturday evening and Sunday evening catered meals are included with rally admissions.
These dinners are usually served about 5:30pm. Dine inside in the Main Lodge, in our
massive big-top tent, or use your Kermit chair by your tent.
Rolf's Hots: Our famous White and Red Hots and Italian Sausages Shoppe is open from
late morning until evening. Enjoy Rochester's famous Zweigle's Whites and Reds, along
with delicious Italian sausage sandwiches. We will also provide you
with all the accessories including grilled peppers and onions, sauerkraut, and more.
Breakfast is available for purchase on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Entrees
include scrambled eggs, meats, toast, pancakes, French toast, fresh fruit, yoghurt,
juices, dry cereal, etc.
A special police breakfast is an alternative purchase: locally prepared donuts
are trucked in before dawn from downtown Watkins Glen. Enjoy them with your free coffee.
The Pop Stand has more than pop (soda). Bags of ice, chips, chocolate things, and
all items needed to grow zits. Sorry, no beer or alcohol for sale, but that's available from
friendly merchants in nearby Watkins Glen.
(The final schedule will be published in your Rally Program.)
Gourmet Coffee: need your double decaf latte? Or an extra strong espresso? Yes!
Bike treatments: need a detailing? or a tune-up? or high-intensity lighting? or the
latest communications gadgets? There will probably be a supplier to help you out, and
discount rally prices.
Note to Vendors: confirm your space with Gerry O'Brien as soon as possible. Those who
wait to the last minute get space way out back. Use our
If they let us know they are coming, we'll add their name here. In the past, these
vendors have been here:
Adventure Motorcycle Gear
Beemers Uber Alles (George Mangicaro)
Country Rode Motowerks
Diamond Gusset Jeans
Gerbing Heated Clothing
Guitar Slinger (Val E. Gray)
Lady Riders Wear
The Leather Expert
Micatech Motorcycle Luggage
Motorcycle Riders Supply
Nick Plenzick Enterprises
No-Mar Tire Changers
The Original Beemer Buddies
Patti Dennis Jewelry
Ray's LED Lights
Skene Design (safety lights)
Watkins Sporting Goods
Wayne County Motorcycle Club
(Appearance on the above list is no
guarantee the vendor will be at the rally this year.)
For up-to-date visitor information, visit the website of the
Watkins Glen Chamber of Commerce ,
or call them on 607-535-4300. You'll find they are very helpful. You can stop by
when you arrive in town; they are at 214 North Franklin Street (Rt 14), and open from 9am until
5pm every day, and later on Saturdays.
The Corning Museum of Glass is open from 9am until 8pm
every day, and they have some terrific special exhibits. If you sign up in advance on their website,
you can even attend a short glass making class.
There are now 32 wineries around Seneca Lake. If you want to catch up on what's new, visit
the Seneca Lake Winery Association .
You can download a map, and decide what interests you. Most have free or low cost tastings,
and there are even a few with small restaurants. Drink responsibly.
Here are a few other nearby destinations: from ice-cream parlors to little towns - enjoy the
back roads in the area by using this Google Map .
If you want to spend a half day, you can travel right around Seneca Lake. Here's
a Google map , with riding directions.
Here's a "waterfall tour" submitted by rally guest Herb Dyer.
Google link , with directions.