A few weeks back we attended the Top o' the Rockies Rally in Paonia, Colorado for a weekend of fun with like-minded motorcycle enthusiasts. We had a great time! We headed out on a Thursday and began our drive from Las Vegas to Paonia. We had two trucks, two couples, and one trailer full of Honda Africa Twin motorcycles. Our plan was to rent the Africa Twins at the Rally for either a full or half day of riding.
The Africa Twins are ready to go!
Our first night we stayed at 3 Step Hideaway in La Sal, Utah. This place is awesome if you haven't been. It was originally a homestead established in the late 1890's and they've done a great job of keeping the frontier natural and well-respected. Scott and Julie run the place and are fabulous hosts. Breakfast is served each morning and cowboy style suppers are available in the evenings for an additional cost. Whether you're riding motorcycles, hiking, or exploring on horseback this is a great retreat and we highly recommend them!
We arrived to the Rally on Friday and set up our booth and starting visiting with other vendors and attendees. The Africa Twins were instantly a hit and we had people already signing up for next day rentals. The price was only $100 for 4 hours and you could take the bikes wherever you wanted around the area. A great deal! We had three renters in total who had a great time exploring and checking out the newest dual sport bike to hit the market.
On Saturday we spent some time participating in the various events. Jeff, our Operations Manager, and Cheryl, his wife, had a great time in the wiene-bite contest and got 2nd place. Curtis, founder of GSMA, rode with another rally attendee, Blake, in the obstacles competition. The last contest we participated in was the "how slow can you go" competition which Jeff got 2nd in, as well.
That night the grand prize raffle winner was announced. GSMA donated a guided motorcycle tour from Las Vegas to Reno, NV that is valued at $2,495. This ride is beautiful as we'll travel through the Sierra Nevada Mountains and around Lake Tahoe! A must see as the water is clear as glass and so pure. Mark Schindler from Park City, Utah won the grand prize and will be joining us through our tour of Nevada. Mark, a BMW 1200GS owner, will be spending 4 amazing days riding with us through some of the most scenic and historic areas of the American Southwest. We look forward to sharing the experience of this adventure ride with Mark and any others who want to sign up for the event.
Overall, we had a blast making new friends and visiting with friends from the last time we attended the Rally. The Africa Twins were popular and a real crowd pleaser. We had a fun time showing them off and sharing them with the motorcycle community. For anyone interested... if you're in the Las Vegas area and want to take one out for the day they're only $198. We also offer additional add-on's, such as helmets, gloves, panniers, etc.
See you next year at the Top o' the Rockies Rally!