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Moscow, Idaho — July 30-31, 2004

An event loosely organized by: HMarc and Warchild

Join us for the 3rd Western North America FJR Owners meeting in quaint little Moscow, Idaho the last weekend of July, 2004. Moscow sits near the middle of the Idaho panhandle, and is surrounded by some of the best motorcycling roads in the West. It's a small, friendly college town (The University of Idaho is here, Washington State University is in neighboring Pullman, WA). Please fill in our registration form, it's free!

The event is open to FJR1300 owners, FJR "waiters" and FJR fanciers. Canadians particularly welcomed! (Moscow is less than 200 miles from the border) — A weekend of great riding, meeting old and new friends, eating, drinking and telling of tales...

The motel-of-choice for WFO-3 is the Best Western University Inn (call 800.325.8765 for reservations). Although there are camp sites near Moscow, there are no formal camping options arranged -- this is a motel-based rally.

As of 04-Jan-2005, there are 209 folks registered (plus some passengers). There's a list of who's signed up if you're interested. Here's where folks are coming from: AB (1), AZ (8), BC (6), CA (47), CO (5), GA (1), IA (1), ID (9), IL (4), IN (1), MA (1), MI (1), MN (9), MS (1), MT (2), NC (3), NJ (1), NV (2), OK (2), ON (1), OR (16), QC (1), SD (1), SK (2), TX (8), UT (2), WA (50), and WY (2).

Warchild created an online forum thread for folks to discuss group rides, getting to and from the event, etc. And of course there's an ongoing thread about this event at FJROwners.

  Schedule of Events:
July 30:
Early check-in at the rally motel
Banquet dinner around 7:00pm
Partying 'til ???
July 31:
Check-in at the rally motel (if you haven't already)
Day rides (see rides page)
No-host bar 4-7:00pm
Group photo at 6:30pm in front of the motel
Dinner at 8:00pm
Presentations and awards after dinner
Partying 'til ???
August 1:
No-host breakfast 6-10:00am

Where is Moscow, Idaho?

Click here for a larger, more detailed map

There are truly excellent motorcycle roads leading to Moscow from almost all compass points:

Event Headquarters

The event headquarters is at the Best Western University Inn, and that's where you should stay. Mention the "WFO Gathering" when making reservations, so you get one of the 100 rooms we've already blocked out. If you don't, you will be told the Motel is sold out for that weekend. Rates should be $69.50 for a one-bed room, and $79.50 for a two-bed room (the number of people isn't really an issue). If there's any question, mention Melanie's name (she's the hotel's Sales rep who blocked out the rooms for us).

This is a full-service motel offering 173 guest rooms and suites (all with microwaves and refrigerators), two restaurants, The Quiet Bar, Four Seasons Recreation Center with indoor pool, eleven meeting rooms, wireless Internet Service, and a business center. The motel is adjacent to the Palouse Mall/Theaters and the University of Idaho.

The nice people at the University Inn are going to block off an area of their parking lot and reserve it for motorcycles only. Furthermore, they're going to provide a "bike washing" area with a hose we can use.

If you're bringing a laptop, don't forget your 802.1b card, as this motel is WiFi ready -- you can use your laptop just about anywhere in the area (restaurants, the pool, etc.) and get connected to the 'net. They even have 3 wireless PCMCIA cards at the front desk that they loan out (for free) on an individual basis.

Other Hotels & Motels

The University Inn is full (as of 5-April), and probably won't have any more rooms opening up until about June 30th. Here are some other nearby motels:

Servicing your FJR

We've made arrangements with Palouse Country Sports, 218 N Main, Moscow, ID (the local Yamaha dealer) to provide on-site oil/filter changes (in the Hotel's parking lot), and they're offering a deal on tires at their shop, which is less than a mile from the hotel.

The tire prices include removing and reinstalling the wheel on your FJR. If you prefer another brand of tire, call Matt to make arrangements (the price will differ, of course). The oil change includes all labor, plus environmentally responsible disposal of your old oil. Prices shown above do not include Idaho state sales tax.

We tried to make this as simple for you as possible. Palouse Country Sports will have an EZ-up in the parking lot, and if you have reserved a slot, you can just wheel your bike over to them, had them the keys, and come back later to pick up your bike. Easy, huh?


Here are the approximate mileages from major cities in the West. These are the "fast" routes chosen by my mapping program, and are probably the mostly boring (superslab) routes:


We have acquired the services of the amazing Phil Kopp as Official Event Photographer™, and we hope to have some excellent photos and probably even a DVD with action sequences sometime following the event. Phil has been the official photographer for the Iron Butt Rally, The Blister, and other events. His work is outstanding.


The following companies and individuals have generously donated the door prizes listed. Please remember them when you're buying products in the categories they sell. All these prizes will be given away following the dinner on Saturday night. Shipping can be arranged, if necessary.


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