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COG National Rally


Our annual National Rally, which is planned and organized by COG volunteers, is the flagship event of the Concours Owners Group. Each year members come up with an extra awesome location for an annual National Rally location. This is a not-for-profit club activity held once a year and is geared toward pulling more of us together, to meet others of similar interests, and to explore new parts of the country. If you are new to COG or just checking us out, you may be wondering what all the fuss over a national rally is all about. The COG national rally has been around since 1990 and has always been organized and run by member volunteers. The rally venue changes each year and the chronological history is posted below. COG rallies may not be like others you know about. Our events are about bringing friends together, some you know, and some you have not met before.

Riding is a big part of the event, including traveling to and from the rally location and exploring America along the way. Most riding at the event is self-guided using provided sample ride routes in paper and GPS format, many of which are available for download from the online member library. Maps and other tourist information is usually available on-site to assist planning your own rides too. Head out solo or mingle and meet new people to find someone to ride with.

After the day’s ride, hang around rally central and chat it up with other members from around the country. There will be a few planned activities, some of which have become perennial favorites. The rally events may include a welcome reception, women’s breakfast, and an end of rally group dinner that includes drawings for door prizes. Also planned at some rallies are Experienced Rider Course, Kawasaki dealer open houses, tech seminars and informational workshops. COG is affiliated with Kawasaki / Riders of Kawasaki ROK, and have been a sponsor of our event and even provided demo rides when the Concours 14 was introduced..

From 1990 - 1995 the rallies were more regional in nature; western, central, and eastern. Since 1996 we've had one national rally, moving to different locations around the continent, providing a great opportunity to see the USA and Canada, and meet face to face the folks that you've got to know through the Concourier, newsletters, and Internet. 

 

Date Rally Name
Location
Sep 4-7, 1990 "Concoursvention" Colorado Springs, Colorado
May 21-25, 1991 "Rider Rally" - Eastern National in conjunction with Rider Magazine Richmond, Kentucky
Jul 17-20, 1991 "Motorcycle Extravaganza" - Western National Cody, Wyoming
May 4-7, 1992 Eastern National Front Royal, VA, to Asheville, NC
Jun 30 - Jul 2, 1992 "International Friendship Rally" - Western National Banff, Alberta
May 17-21, 1993 Eastern National North Carolina
Aug 9-13, 1993 Western National Colorado
Oct 1-3, 1993 Central National Wisconsin
May 2-6, 1994 Central National Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Aug 8-12, 1994 Western National Sonora, California
May 23-27, 1995 " '94 in '95 " - Eastern National Tennessee
Jul 24-28, 1995 Western National Oregon
Sep 6-10, 1995 Central National Ohio
Aug 5-9, 1996 "Ride the Rockies" Avon, Colorado
May 31-Jun 4, 1997 "COG-motion Along the Ocean" New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia
June 14-19, 1998 "Texas Hill Country Tour" Fredericksburg, Texas
July 26-30, 1999 "National 99" Merrimac, Wisconsin
July 8-10, 2000 "Continental Drift", Part 1 Brian Head, Utah
July 13-16, 2000 "Continental Drift", Part 2 Mountain Home, Arkansas
July 19-22, 2000 "Continental Drift", Part 3 Natural Bridge, Virginia
July 2-6, 2001 "The Odyssey" Klamath Falls, Oregon
July 8-12, 2002 "Colorado, Canyons, & the Concours" Montrose, Colorado
June 16-20, 2003 "Mountain Do" Asheville, North Carolina
July 13-17, 2004 "Flood City National" Johnstown, Pennsylvania
Aug 1-5, 2005 "Cascade Connection" Centralia, Washington
June 26-Jul 1, 2006 "The High Plains Drifter" Hill City, South Dakota
Aug 7-12, 2007 "COG in Canaan" Davis, West Virginia
June 2-6, 2008 "COG at 10,000" Frisco, Colorado
June 8-11, 2009 "Shiftin' n Grinnin' National" Fontana Dam, North Carolina
July 12-16, 2010 "Follow the Alphabet Roads" Tomah, WI
Aug 8-12, 2011 "Green Mountain National" Mount Snow, West Dover, Vermont
June 11-15, 2012 "The No Bad Roads Rally" Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Aug 26-30, 2013 "Rocky Mountain Rendezvous" Idaho Falls, Idaho
June 16-20, 2014 "Silverdammit" National Rally - COG's 25th Anniversary Johnson City, Tennessee
June 15-19, 2015 "Concours in the Corners" Cortez, Colorado
June 20-24, 2016 "Backyard Rally" Helen, Georgia
June 12-16, 2017 "Show Me MO Twisties" Lake Ozark, MO

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