Hundreds of Bikers Flock To Paonia For BMW Motorcycle Rally

Jul 17, 2014

The 43rd annual Top O' The Rockies Rally brings hundreds of motorcycle riders to Paonia.
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Don’t be surprised if you see a lot of BMW motorcycle riders in the North Fork Valley over the next four days

Many of them are here for the 43rd annual Top O’ The Rockies Rally

Mark Lee is one of hundreds of BMW rider that have descended on Paonia for the event.  

Mark Lee's 1975 BMW R90/6 at the rally.
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"I live in Silverton and I thought I’d come down and see the other bikes," Lee said. He owns a 1975 BMW R90/6. 

"It’s a fairly old motorcycle, but its been rebuilt and it’s running really strong," Lee said. 

Last year 460 riders registered for the rally put on by the BMW Motorcycle Club of Colorado.

The club estimated anywhere from 400 to 500 riders will be at this year’s event.

Jeff Gronski owns a 2012 BMW G 650 GS Sertão.
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 "Compared to my road bikes this is very, very quite," said Jeff Gronski of Colorado Springs

"This is my third year here and I came for the rally and I enjoy the riding out here," Gronski said. 

He rides a 2012 BMW G650G S Sertão. 

Friday night the Rusty Wright Blue Band will be playing at the rally. Saturday night the Already Gone Band will play. The event will end on Sunday.

KVNF and its volunteers will be running the beer pavilion at the rally.