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History of the COG National Rally

The COG National Rally is the annual flagship event of the Concours Owners Group. It is planned, organized, and run by COG volunteers. 

This not-for-profit club activity is an opportunity for more of us to rally together, meet others of similar interests, and explore new parts of the country. Each year the designated rally team comes up with an extra awesome location. 

If you are new to COG or just checking us out, you may be wondering what all the fuss is over a national rally. The COG national rally has been around since 1990. The rally venue changes each year. COG rallies may not be like some of the others you know about. Our events are about bringing friends together... some who you know, and some you have yet met.

Riding is a big part of the event. Traveling to and from the rally location allows exploration of North America along the way. Riding at events is typically self-guided using provided sample ride routes, many of which are available for download from the online member library. When available, maps and other tourist information is available to assist planning your own rides. Head out solo or mingle to meet new people to ride with.

After the day’s ride, hang around rally central hotel and chat it up with other members. There will be a few planned activities, some of which have become perennial favorites. The rally may include a welcome reception, women’s breakfast, or 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 for many years. 

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. 

Here is a chronological history of our past national events. (links to available archived pages are provided)

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
Jun 14-19, 1998 "Texas Hill Country Tour" Fredericksburg, Texas
Jul 26-30, 1999 "National 99" Merrimac, Wisconsin
Jul 8-10, 2000 "Continental Drift", Part 1 Brian Head, Utah
Jul 13-16, 2000 "Continental Drift", Part 2 Mountain Home, Arkansas
Jul 19-22, 2000 "Continental Drift", Part 3 Natural Bridge, Virginia
Jul 2-6, 2001 "The Odyssey" Klamath Falls, Oregon
Jul 8-12, 2002 "Colorado, Canyons, & the Concours" Montrose, Colorado
Jun 16-20, 2003 "Mountain Do" Asheville, North Carolina
Jul 13-17, 2004 "Flood City National" Johnstown, Pennsylvania
Aug 1-5, 2005 "Cascade Connection" Centralia, Washington
Jun 26-Jul 1, 2006 "The High Plains Drifter" Hill City, South Dakota
Aug 7-12, 2007 "COG in Canaan" Davis, West Virginia
Jun 2-6, 2008 "COG at 10,000" Frisco, Colorado
Jun 8-11, 2009 "Shiftin' n Grinnin' National" Fontana Dam, North Carolina
Jul 12-16, 2010 "Follow the Alphabet Roads" Tomah, Wisconsin
Aug 8-12, 2011 "Green Mountain National" Mount Snow, West Dover, Vermont
Jun 11-15, 2012 "The No Bad Roads Rally" Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Aug 26-30,2013 "Rocky Mountain Rendezvous" Idaho Falls, Idaho
Jun 16-20, 2014 "Silverdammit" National Rally - COG's 25th Anniversary Johnson City, Tennessee
Jun 15-19, 2015 "Concours in the Corners" Cortez, Colorado
Jun 20-24, 2016 "Backyard Rally" Helen, Georgia
Jun 12-16, 2017 "Show Me MO Twisties" Lake Ozark, Missouri
Jun 11-14, 2018 "Three Sisters Rally" Kerrville, Texas
Jul 22-26, 2019 "Keystone National Rally" Williamsport, PA
Jun 15-19, 2020 "Gateway to the Gorge"  (canceled due to COVID-19) Vancouver, WA 
Jun 14-18, 2021  "Ridge Runner National"  Lake Guntersville, AL