Thursday, May 2, 2019

Update May 2nd, 2019

Just a few things to cover this week. 

Some call it aroma therapy, I explain it to the man as being golf league, but hopefully regardless of the excuse you are planning on using, it will warm up next week and we will be able to start our weekly Wednesday rides in earnest.  Be at Bak BMW by 4 PM weekly.  It's not required, but if you think you will be riding text me and I'll try to let you know if we are cancelling the ride for weather.  

It's nine short days until the BS Rider/Autobahn Spring Campout.  The food this year will be great!!  The people attending fun.  If you think your coming let me know.  Details:

How often have you been able to ride with a real, live, famous celebrity?   Well Steve Martin is leading a BSR ride this Saturday morning (5/4) after breakfast.  Be at Bak BMW at 9:30 a.m. to join the fun.   If you want to have breakfast with this funny man, be at the Garden Cafe at 14th and Jackson to eat. 

Dave Bak is planning a "Bacon and Bikes" event Saturday, May 18th from 9 a.m. until noon at Bak BMW.  Ask Dave if you need more detail, but usually all it takes to get me interested in something is are the works bacon and bikes.

I heard there was quite a turn out for the Martinsburg ride-in two Saturdays ago.  All I can tell you is that it was in the 70's and 80's in Arkansas last week.  We had one of those surreal rides Wednesday on Highway 21/221 between Russellville, AR and the Missouri boarder, the kind where you don't see traffic, just scenery and curves.

There are a few other camp outs, rides, and rallies on the radar coming up:

Thursday, February 14, 2019

2019 BS Riders Jones'n Party and Slider Contest February 23rd

Happy Valentine's Day Riders!!

If your going to the BMW MOA Scoot Boot'n Boogie National Rally in Lebanon, TN this June, today is the last day to preregister with the big discount ($99 for two or $65 for one) -   If you have never been to a BMW National Rally, this might be a good one to go to.  There are plenty of great roads nearby.  Also, you don't have to ride a BMW to go to the rally.

Don't forget our "Jones'n and Slider" party is coming up soon on Saturday Feb 23rd at 2 p.m.  There has been some discussion about raising first prize to $100 + bragging rights.  You don't have to compete to enjoy it though, just show up, eat some tiny sandwiches, vote on your favorite, and then lament about the cold weather and the upcoming riding season.

This coming Saturday is the 20th Annual Winter Open House at Baxter Cycle in Marne, IA.  Royal Enfield and Triumph have some pretty interesting things going on so it's going to be interesting.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Best Pricing - 2019 BMW MOA National Rally, Lebanon, TN, Jun 13-15.

Best pricing for the BMW MOA National Rally runs through February 14th - $55 for one or $99 for two.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

16th Annual Big Sioux Rider/Autobahn Spring Campout, Mother's Day, At the Dam - May 10th - 12th, 2019

Updated April 8th:

The "16th Annual Mother's Day Big Sioux Riders/Autobahn Camp Out" will be on May 10-12th in 2019.  The Camp Out starts on Friday afternoon as in recent years.  Everyone is welcome to stay and camp with us Friday and/or Saturday.  Due to flooding this spring, this year's location is at the North Point Recreation area north of Pickstown, SD.  

Friday evening dinner this year with be chili, brats, chips and desert.  Saturday evening we will be having a shrimp boil with corn bread at the camp ground.  We are also going to try to cook breakfast Saturday morning this year if the weather cooperates.   Free, hot coffee will be provided the whole weekend.  Bring your own beverages.  This is a low key gathering,  Cost is $25 for one night or $30 for both nights people camping in our reserved spots which includes a 2 day SD Park motorcycle/vehicle permit, fire wood, and a space for your tent).  If you have an RV (with a spot), cabin or stay at the hotel, it's $10/night per person, but you have to get your own vehicle permit.  

If you are camping with us in the reserved spots, tell the park staff at the entrance you are camping with us and we will settle with them when they bring the fire wood.  If you have an RV, cabin or hotel room, you will need to pay for your own spot and vehicle permit.

This a good time for everyone to get out and get their tires warmed up.  Friends and all riders of any kind are welcome.  We'll post more details in the next few weeks.

Printable 2019 campout flyer (clicky here)

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

BS Rider 2018 Christmas Party - Saturday, December 8th

The Christmas Party and Annual Meeting will be at the Pierce Mansion in Sioux City, Iowa on Saturday, December 8th at 6 p.m.  Bring a spouse or friend.   Bring new members.  

The main course will be smoked pulled pork and a brine turkey.  We are looking to have party goers bring either  a side-dish or desert if they can, but it's not required.  The club will supply plates, cups, and tableware.  If you want something to drink beside water or coffee bring it with you.  Please RSVP me ( if you are coming, if you are bringing a guest and if you know what dish you are bringing.  

If you wish to participate, bring something to throw into the famous white elephant gift exchange at the Christmas party.  The suggested guideline is about $20.  Some gifts from prior years seem to reappear every year or two.  Animated stuff things are also continually popular.  There has also been some table talk about bring battery chargers in memory of Marc who passed away a few months ago.

Voting on the Big Johnson Award and new club officers will be before the gift exchange.  Be warned - people who don't show up can be nominated and elected.  Club dues are $20/person or $25/family and mostly help cover expenses for the party and to cover a few minor expenses during the year.

Send your Big Johnson nominations to Jim -  According the rules you can win this award more then once and you don't have to be an official BS Rider member to win.

There is a B&B kitty-corner from the Pierce Mansion which some folks stay at - and

Thursday, September 20, 2018

BS Rider's - Autobahn Fall Camp Out Location Finalized

Schaben Park is the place.  It is a Harrison County park between Dunlap and Woodbine, located 2 miles north of Hwy 30.  Brad Bergenson checked out the park last night (Sept 19th).  Both Brad and the park ranger tell us the two miles of gravel leading into the park is tame and well maintained.  There are full bathroom and shower facilities available.  We will be cooking and we are limited to two tents per spot, so please send us an RSVP Ryan Stillie ( and me if you think you might be coming. 

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

BS Rider Weekly Events and Schedule - Sept 6th

We are still doing Thursday rides and it's nearly Thursday.  The weather this week looks pretty promising so there will be a ride.  Meet at Bak BMW at 4:00 PM Thursday.  If your gong to be there, text me at 712-253-4650 or email me at

Last Thursday's ride was to Sioux Falls for Last Thursday Bike Night.  The weather didn't look like much, but cooperated and we only caught a few drops of rain as Mark and I meandered up the back roads to Sioux Falls.  Dale Nordlie, Will Nordlie, Romy, Gary Johnson, Scott Vandonslear, Mark Hartzell and I had a nice meal at Marlins on Minnesota Ave,, the host of the Last Thursday Bike Night meet up.  I also got to visit with Loyd Lundie, Chad and Heidi GIllen, Chad's brother Jeff, and others.

Last weekend I camped at the Woodbury Southwood Conservation Park next to Smithland.  Jack Backer and his with Marleen joined me.  The weather was hot and sticky.  As we pulled into the park about noon Saturday, we ran into Jim Hawthorne and his grandsons who had just finished fishing at the Park.  One of Jim's Grandson loaned me a fishing pole.  Saturday afternoon, friend and fellow GS rider Eric Marin for Nebraska City visited us for a few hours.  Eric recently finished visiting each county courthouse in Nebraska, and Jack and Marleen just finished visiting all of the courthouses in South Dakota so they compared notes.  We spent a couple hours Saturday evening trying to catch some fish for dinner, with no luck.  Jack cooked up some ribs he brought instead.  Saturday evening we had some rain, and then again on Sunday afternoon and evening.  The park there is pretty nice and the park rangers each took a close look at our Bunkhouse and Aspen motorcycle camper trailers, they had never seen them setup before. The rain stopped Monday morning so we cooked a final breakfast and then headed home.  Few things in life beat sleeping in tent camper during a nice rain.  It was a nice, relaxing weekend.

Labor Day weekend Jim Johnson rode up the Buffalo Rally which was in North Branch, about 45 minutes north of the Twin Cities.  Jim appeared to have a good ride and finished well in the rally.  I'm still waiting to hear more details about the his ride.

Tom Fountoulakis reported last Saturday that Marc Ladue is not doing well.  If you can, give Marsha and Marc a call and see if you can visit him.  Please keep Marc and Marsha in your thoughts and prayers.

On Friday, September 14th, the Motorcycle Cannonball ride will be stopping in Spirit Lake Iowa.  We will be having a group ride up to see the riders and bikes.  This is a rally which crosses the country every year on bikes built before 1929.  On Saturday the bikes and riders will be heading to Pierre, SD.

Gary Johnson is trying to trim his bike herd down a bit.  He has an '07 1200 Guzzi Breva with just under 14,000 miles for sale.  He purchased a Triumph this spring and hasn't been able to ride it enough.  Gary says it's for sale for one easy $3600 payment ("or maybe less").  It's a nice machine so if you know anyone looking for a lower touring ride this might be the bike for them.  Contact him at  There are a couple photos of it below.  Also, Dan Lederman ( has an old airhead and sidecar for sale (Donna Galati's old rig), it's parked near Lederman Bonds downtown.

Fall Campout.  Our location in Viking State Park is not going to work.  I am going to check out Willow Lake Recreation Area between Pisgha and Woodbine, IA.  It appears to be a nice park with cabins and full facilities.   I'll post something next week.  The date of the Fall Campout will be Oct 5-7.


Weekly Ride Destinations.  
Email me any interesting photos you have taken so I can include them in the group emailing. 
Ada J's or Bud's Bar, Moorhead, IA

Dairy Sweet, Danbury, IA
Sfumato Pizza, Carnes, IA (Thur)
Lakeshore Pho or Smokin' Hereford BBQ, Storm Lake, IA

El Jimador's, Denison, IA
Norma Jean's, Panama, IA
Dairy Sweet, Woodbine, IA

Bob Drive In & Bunny Ice Cream, LeMars, IA
Divide Hill Roadhouse, Castana, IA
Loess Moose Bar and Grill, Missouri Valley, IA
Zimmy's, Ida Grove, IA
Grand Falls Casino and Restaurant, Larchwood, IA
Jeronimo’s Cafe, Harlan, IA
Gasthaus Bar & Grill, Cherokee, IA
P’s Pizza House, Le Mars, IA

Dooskys East, Kingsley, IA
Hatchery Restaurant and Lounge, Orange City, IA
Kathy’s Korner, Lake View, IA

Silk Road, Vermillion, SD
Jo Dean's, Muggsy's, or Back Roads BBQ (Thur), Yankton, SD
Waddy's, Hudson, SD
Sioux Valley Grill, Canton, SD (Lauries's Cafe breakfast and lunch only)
Toby's Lounge And Chicken, Meckling, SD
Spink Cafe, Spink, SD
Donna's Diner, Wynot, NE
Knuckleheads, Laurel, NE
Bob’s Bar, Martinsburg, NE

Smokin Stan's BBQ, Norfolk, NE
Hideaway Grill, West Point, NE
Pop-N-Docs, Dacatur, NE
Popo’s Drive Inn, Wakefield, NE
Eunie’s Palace, Dixon, NE
Kelley's Fish and Seafood, Blair, NE
Lange's Cafe, Pipestone, MN (national pie registry)

1 - Gary Johnson welcome us to Last Thursday Bike Night
2 - Chinese Chang Jiang, a BMW clone from the '60s.
3 - For Sale Guzzi Breva
4 - For Sale Guzzi Breva