September 2019 GS Giants Newsletter
All the BIG News from the GS Giants

The 2019 BMW Riders Association Set My Soul Free Rally

The riding season is not over yet! But registration ends tomorrow, 9/3!

September 5 – 8, 2019, Shenandoah County Fairgrounds
Woodstock, Virginia

Have a groovy time, man, at BMW Riders Association’s annual rally! One of the biggest, longest running BMW rallies in the country is also one of the friendliest and chillest. Live music, tent and RV sites, food, vendors, seminars and presentations, and some of the best roads in the country. If you arrive early, Bob’s BMW is hosting hot dogs and beer on Thursday evening. And be sure to check the GS Giants as they do their thing on a specially-constructed track!

It’s going to be righteous.

Registration and information can be found here, man.

The Go Big Rally gallery is now online!

If you are wondering what you missed, make sure you visit our official SmugMug page and have a look at the pictures from the 2019 Go Big Rally!

The gallery can be found here.


Cinda Ward Kelley - Marketing Director

The GS Giants would like to thank our sponsors for all their support and help towards a successful Rally. Please take a moment to drop by their webpages or Facebook and thank them for their support!

Michelin Motorcycle (FB/WWW)
BMW Motorrad USA (FB/WWW)
Backcountry Discovery Routes (FB/WWW)
Clearwater Lights (FB/WWW)
Mosko Moto (FB/WWW)
Into The Horizon Adventure Motorcycle Tours (FB/WWW)
Redverz Gear (FB/WWW)
Ko'ox Moto (FB/WWW)
Double Take Mirrors (FB/WWW)
Vamoose Gear (FB/WWW)
BMW US Rider Academy (FB/WWW)
Kermit Chair (FB/WWW)
Jesse Luggage (FB/WWW)
Outback Motortek USA (FB/WWW)
Moto Manufacturing (FB/WWW)
Bill Mayer Saddles (FB/WWW)
Inland Manufacturing (FB/WWW)
Skunkwerks (FB/WWW)
Woody's Wheels (FB/WWW)
Motopockets (FB/WWW)
BMW Motorcycles of Long Beach (FB/WWW)
West 38 Moto (FB/WWW)
JustRide5 (FB/WWW)
OffGrid Moto (FB/WWW)
Black Dog Cycle Works (FB/WWW)
Good Adventure Company (FB)
MotoJug Hydration System (FB/WWW)
BMW Motorcycles of Riverside (FB/WWW)
Meerkat Moto
Ken Engelman - Moto Industry Consultant 201-638-7141
David Howard

THANK YOU for supporting the GS Giants and the Adventure Motorcycle Community!

What. A. Rally!

Dimitrios Tournas - President

Picture by Tim McWhorter
Picture by Tim McWhorter

There are no words to express how I feel after the 2019 GS Giants Go Big Rally (Four Corners), in Dolores, CO.

The location couldn't be better. The Colorado BDR and the Alpine Loop offered our members some of the best on and off-road routes of this Country. The camping (The Views RV Park and Campground) and the hosts Matt and Wendy, were just phenomenal! The weather was perfect with the temperatures reaching the low 80's during the day. We only had one evening 3-minute long shower, enough to keep the dust down. The GS Giants Challenge course was one of its kind. The Medical Team's help was impeccable. Everything was just great! All I could see were smiling faces and happy Giants.

Let's have a look at the numbers.
  • The Rally was sold out within five weeks!
  • 294 Giants joined us for the most anticipated event of the year.
  • A combined of 300,000 miles were traveled from all over the Americas to join the Rally. Riders joined us from Canada, Mexico, Argentina, and Brazil!
  • Over 100 people volunteered to make this an unforgettable event.
  • Four Gypsy Tours brought riders together from Colorado, Idaho, and Mexico!
  • We gave away over $14,000 worth of products as door prizes from our thirty generous sponsors.
  • Twelve vendors honored us with their presence.
  • The Giants donated almost $1,000 to local charities!
But what made this event such a huge success was not just in the numbers. It was you. The Giants. And for that, I would like to share one of my favorite moments of the Rally. On Saturday night, during the E&O Medicine Show, I was enjoying my end-of-day "time off" when I remembered that we would need some help putting away the chairs and the tables. Following the best advise I got prior the Rally, delegate, I thought to myself I should find someone to help coordinate the task. As I turned my head back, to my surprise, more than ten Giants were already up and had started putting away the tables and chairs. Without me asking... This is what the Giants do. I am not going to lie, that brought a tear to my eyes. 

So, I think the words I am looking for are "THANK YOU."

Until next time, stay dirty, my friends!

The Sigrid Sackman Memorial Scholarship Fund for Off-Road Motorcycle Training recipients announced

Lori Payne - Vice President



For those unfamiliar, Sigrid Sackman was a Giant’s Giant who lost her 20 year battle with cancer in November 2016. She is sorely missed, but her awesome spirit remains with us. The photo below is Sigrid in August of 2016 on top of Pike’s Peak, where she rode her trusty 1200RT in the SNOW, despite being gravely ill. After her passing, the GS Giants established a Scholarship Fund in her honor, and now...

It is with great pleasure that I announce the recipients of the 2019 Sigrid Sackman Memorial Scholarships for Off-Road Training! Thanks to the generosity of our members and these top-notch off-road training facilities, we are able to give FIVE scholarships this year. Although we were unable to give all recipients their first choice of location, we are confident that all will be thrilled with the quality of training they receive!

Derik Yarian - RawHyde Adventures
Ron Gordon - RawHyde Adventures
Valerie McCurry - Dragoo Adventure Rider Training
Patrick Andrea - Dragoo Adventure Rider Training
Sara Beth Heinrich-Howard - BMW Performance Center

Please join me in congratulating this year’s recipients, and if you’re interested in applying for NEXT YEAR’s scholarships, please visit for details and the application form! It’s never too early to apply!!!

On The Pegs - September 2019 GS Giants Newsletter