Monday, April 9, 2018

New Motorcycle Maps Site

Dale and Renee Hoke, a pair of GLMC regulars, have launched a new site dedicated to motorcycle routes for awesome day rides.  They are have GPS routes for downloads and have maps on the site.   Many of the initial routes are in our favorite, semi-local riding areas SE Minnesota, SW Wisconsin, NE Iowa and NW Illinois.  Check them out.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

March 27th Update Email

Well like a lot of you, I have been pretty busy and missed calling for the March meeting.  The 2018 weather thus far has sucked so most of you are depressed, so it's probably best we don't hang out and depress each other until we can ride.  Moving on to brighter things...

Weekly Rides
Weekly rides start April 4th and will continue through September 27th.   We will meet every Wednesday at Bak BMW at 4 PM and ride from there.  Tell your boss, secretary, spouse or who ever it is you tell such things too, that you are required to attend aroma therapy, lamaze classes, or golf league on Wednesday afternoons - whatever works to get you out and riding.  We will all cover for you!  For April, if it reaches sixty degrees during the day and it's not raining, plan on riding.  Whoever shows up can determine the destination.  As we did last year, we will switch to from Wednesdays to Thursday starting in August, so those poor souls who have already locked themselves intoWednesday meetings or work schedules can still ride later in the year.

Below is a list of possible weekly ride destinations.  Send me any more places you want to add to the list.
  • Ada J's or Bud's Bar, Moorhead, IA
  • Dairy Sweet, Danbury, IA
  • Sfumato Pizza, Carnes, IA (Thur)
  • 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 & Restaurant, Larchwood, IA 
  • Jeronimo’s Cafe, Harlan, 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 & lunch only)
  • Toby's Lounge & Chicken, Meckling, 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
  • Main Street BBQ & Grill, or Kelley's Fish & Seafood, Blair, NE
Spring Campout
The Spring Campout is on May 11-13.  You are welcome to just hang out for a few hours, camp, or do whatever you want.  Read about here: There is a link to a flyer to print for your friends:

Crittenton Pizza Party for the Kids
We are looking at Sunday, April 29th at 12:30 PM as the tentative date for the ride-in for the kids at the Crittenton Shelter here in Sioux City.  We take pizza and drinks to the kids.  It ussually takes about an hour and half.  It's good to hang out with the kids for a little while, eat pizza, and talk them about motorcycles and traveling.  Is also good for your karma. 

Some Other Rides
Last Thursday - Sioux Falls - Last Thursday of Month:

Euro Motorcycle Night Omaha Benson Area - Third Wednesday of Month:

European Bike Ride-in: Haymarket, Lincoln - First Wednesday of Month:

Friday, March 9, 2018

BRCII Experienced Rider Course, Papillion, NE April 21st

Date: Fri, Mar 9, 2018 at 11:46 AM

To: Brion Hase <>


 pass this on to club members and 
riends. I plan to attend the 
BRCII experienced rider training on April 21st at the Sarpy County Courthouse in Papillion Nebraska. This is a one-day event that begins at 7:30 a.m. and is over at 6 p.m. you do this training on your own motorcycle. The cost is $125 in which my cost was reimbursed to me by the M
 Foundation so my training cost is zero. You can go to the M
 website click on the foundation link and apply for a scholarship there took only two weeks and they sent me a check. I will probably need to stay somewhere in Omaha on that night of the 20th of April.


Friday, March 2, 2018

15th Annual Big Sioux Rider/Autobahn Spring Campout, Mother's Day, At the Dam - May 11th - 13th, 2018

The "15th Annual Mother's Day Big Sioux Riders/Autobahn Camp Out" will be on May 11-13th in 2018.  The Camp Out starts on Friday afternoon as in recent years.  Everyone is welcome to stay and camp with us Friday and/or Saturday.  This year's location is again the Fort Randall Creek Recreation Area (SD State Park near Pickstown, SD).  

We will be cooking the Friday evening dinner this year (burgers, coleslaw, chips and desert).  There will also be cooking Saturday evening at the campground (brats, kraut, campfire beans, chips, and desert).  Free, hot coffee will be provided the whole weekend.  This is a low key, low cost ($20 for one night or $25 for both - includes a 7 day SD Park motorcycle permit, wood and a space for your tent), get together and a good time for everyone to get out and get their tires warmed out.  Friends and all riders are welcome.  We'll post more details in the next few weeks.

Printable 2018 campout flyer (clicky here) 

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Big Sioux Riders Jones'n Party  - Feb 23rd
Steve Martin started the Jones'n Party Tradition years ago, even before the BSR was formed.  This year Tom and Maria Fountoulakis will be hosting the party at their home on the evening of Friday, February 23rd.  Its a party where everyone brings a dish and then we sit around and passionately discuss motorcycles and motorcycling while watching motorcycle videos and old motorcycle movies.  I'll get the party details out later, but keep that night open.  

Crittenden Center Pizza for Kids 
Saturday, April 29th at 12:30 PM if we can get the details worked out.  This is where we take a bunch of pizza in to share with kids a shelter and let them look at our motorcycles.

Mother's Day Spring Campout at the Dam 
It has been suggested that we consider having the Mother's Day Spring Campout at the Dam a week earlier on May 4-6 this year.  Send me an email weighing in on your preference. Originally that weekend conflicted with the Polk City Ride-In, but we are not sure they are running that event anymore.  You can email me your preferences at  

The Branson Blitz
The 2018 Blitz is scheduled for April 20-22, 2018. My assumption is that it will be at the same hotel as in the past few years.  You can read more about it here:

From Steve Martin who is trying to organize a ERC course which club members can take together
So here's the scoop on experienced rider training that is available. Sarpy County (Papillion) has two dates for the BRC2 training. April 21st and May 12th. Again these are full day training classes which start at 7:30 a.m. and run till 6 p.m. You would do this training on your own motorcycle. Final cost is still up in the air but if you want to go do not worry about the cost since there are some scholarships available and ways for us to reduce whatever the cost would be. If you are interested in either one of these training dates let me know by Saturday Feb 17th, there are only 6 slots available on either date.

Baxter Cycle - Marne, Iowa - Winter Open House 
Saturday February 17th 9 AM - 5 PM

Autobahn Annual Meeting (Sioux Falls BMW Club) 
The Annual Meeting is Feb 17th at 6 PM at Sioux Valley Energy Bldg, 108 N Heritage Rd, Brandon, SD.  If your interested in joining the group (you can belong to both the Autobahn and BSR), then contact Gordon Courbat at or (605) 351-1832 by Feb 12th.  The cost of the dinner is $12.50/person and  their annual dues are $15 per family.

Omaha BMW Seminar Next Thursday evening (Feb 15th)

Monday, February 5, 2018

Spring Safety Class (BRC2)

From Steve Martin:

Spring Safety Class (BRC2 - previously called the ERC - Experienced Rider Course)

Now is the time to sign up for this early spring one day safety class. Very limited availability.  (bjh - You use your own motorcycle).

They offer the BRC2 class at the Sarpy County Courthouse in Papillion Nebraska (Omaha suburb) the corner of 84th and Highway 370. This class is very limited seating. The first class they have scheduled is for April 21st, from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., cost is $125. Right now I (Steve) need a number of those interested.

If you are interested in taking the course contact Steve Martin 712 574-0155 or email 

I will contact BMW MOA Foundation to see how their scholarship can be used for a portion of the course fees.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Big Sioux Riders Annual Big Johnson Award Winners

The Big Sioux Riders annually nominate and vote for a Big Johnson Award recipient.  Voting takes place at the club’s annual Christmas Party by a showing of hands after each nominee's story has been read.  Award winners have their name placed on a plaque which proudly hangs at Bak BMW.  They also receive the recognition from the club members and other riders which they often richly deserve.  The award is for the biggest screw up or faux pas of the year.  We generally avoid nominations where someone is seriously injured - the award is meant to be fun.

Historically, a rider was only eligible to win the BSR Big Johnson Award just once, but so many of the prior winners continued to provide deeds worthy of a second award that we had to change the rules.  Then later at a couple events, non-members raised the bar even further so now even non-club members can be nominated and even win this not-so-coveted award.

Each year the prior year’s winner and Big Jim Johnson are in charge of putting together a list of nominations.  You can send nominations to them along with a description of the faux pas and screw ups.

  • 2004 - Jim Johnson - Award Namesake - For getting lost, falling over, and then running out of gas during the club’s only Poker Run.
  • 2005 - Stan Stille - GPS Challenged.  For going to the wrong town for the Iowa Rally, even after Stan’s son Ryan had put the location (Marengo) into Stan’s GPS.  Stan went to the location of the rally the prior year (Kalona).  After losing his sleeping bag and tent on the way, Stan ended up spending the night in a hotel room in Coralville.  
  • 2006 - Doug Shonley - Adventures with Pickups.  Shortly after Nancy Rae got her new truck, Doug moved it out of the way to get his bike out.  Doug then proceeded to back into the truck with his motorcycle and fall over.  Nancy Rae was laughing to hard to assist with getting the bike back up.
  • 2007 - Steve Martin - Tent Stake Packing.  After arriving at the Spring Campout, Steve claims he had forgotten to have packed his tent stakes.  He loaned a few spare stakes from the others, and then fabricating the remaining stakes he needed.  The next morning Steve found he had not forgotten his stakes, they were under his tent and he had slept on them all night.
  • 2008 - Judy Walker - Turn Demonstrator. While demonstrating how to do a proper corner at a MSF class, Instructor Judy accidentally fell down and hurt her ankle.  Actually this happened on the course when class was not in session and Judy was practicing.
  • 2009 - Sue and Steve Lee - The Wild Berry Incident.  Sue vomited wild berry Tums onto her husband Steve while moving at speed as they traveled on separate motorcycles in Nebraska.
  • 2010 - Dale Nordlie - Torque Challenged.  Dale lost the back wheel off his GS motorcycle while on his way to Baxter Cycle Open House and Campout in Marne.  No one was hurt and there was no serious damage.  Dale now safety wires his wheel bolts on.
  • 2011 - Marc LaDue - Camping Prowess.  For his outstanding camping stories after purchasing and carrying his new camping gear on his Trans-American Trail trip...  and never using it.
  • 2012 Dan Watson - "I Forgot About Texas".  During his big year of riding, Dan headed from Arizona to his friend Dick Edward’s home in Arkansas.  After an early morning start with thoughts of an easy one day ride, realization set in.  In his own words Dan says “I forgot about Texas”.  He had forgotten to account for time to cross Texas. Even after that fact sunk in, Dan kept going because “I was getting really good gas mileage”.  He arrived at Dick’s shortly after sunrise the next morning as Dick and Janice were leaving the house for the gym.
  • 2013 Terry Hughes and Steve Martin (Jim Hawthorne Honorable Mention) - “Invisible Cornering Harley”.  During a group ride Terry failed to negotiate an on-ramp curve and ended taking his Harley Road King off road into some very high prairie grass.  Jim following said the bike just disappeared and when he went to look all he could see was Terry’s helmet sticking out of the grass.  Amazingly Terry managed not to dump the bike.  The first tow truck operator to arrive and suggested riding the bike out, but Terry had no interest in this whatsoever.  Jim went and got on the bike and found he had no interest in trying it either due to the high grass and an incline.  Ultimately two trucks were required to winch the machine out.  Steve Martin received a co-award after he confessed to being Terry’s MSF rider coach. 
  • 2014 - Brion Hase - "Local Navigation Skills".  After managing to elude this award for years, Brion Hase finally received the Big Johnson Award for 2014.  Brion's local navigation skills where brought into question when he was not able to find the grave site of our lost friend and fellow rider, Al Agrimson during his funeral.  In Brion's (my) defense, there are many, many grave yards in Sioux City "near a golf course". Obviously, this was not a great defense because Brion lost by a nearly unanimous vote from the members (Brion voted for Jim).   Sorry Tom, for leading you on a one hour ride to no where, but it really was a beautiful day and I think Al would have a real chuckle over our grand ride to find him.  Al always preferred riding over golf, and boy did that hearse take off fast.  I sure hope one of you other clowns can do something grand to win next year.
  • 2015 Lynn Johnson (wife of the award's namesake) "Orange Rider".  After riding her R1200RT off the road, sort of destroying it, and cracking a few ribs on her way to the Mothers Day Campout, Lynn ordered her husband Jim to find her a new bike. When asked what kind of bike, she requested an orange one.
  • 2016 - Tom Fountoulakis - "Plenty of Air".  After riding from Sioux City to Jasper, Arkansas, Tom announced to a group upon arrival in Jasper that he was running 28 lbs in his RT tires to get better traction.  Someone noted his tires looked pretty low, even for 28 pounds and that his tire wouldn't last the trip on that air pressure, Tom would have none of that.  The next morning when Tom came out of the hotel the tire was flat, he purchased a new tire the following day.
  • 2017 -  Randy Roos - "Return Randy" - During the ride to Randy's fourth US corner near San Diego in April, his riding buddies Steve Martin and Mark Roth were both following him as they traveled through a tiny little village of Elida, New Mexico.  Elida, with less then 200 residents, has two busy full time police officers.  Either the light at the local speed trap indicating "15 mph when blinking" was not blinking, or Randy failed to notice it.  In any case Randy's follower's were both pulled over and asked over to donate to the local municipality in the form of a ticket.  Randy failed to notice this and continued on.  A few miles later, after realizing his buddies were no longer in tow, Randy returned to find them chatting with the police officer near the site of alleged infraction.  After a short discussion about his return, the officer told Randy that since he had returned, it was only fitting that he also donate to the village.  Randy was provided with the paperwork to do so and was released.