Tuesday, May 9, 2023

20th Annual Mother's Day Campout - May 12-14th, 2023

The Spring Campout is in two days - The 20th Annual Big Sioux Rider-Autobahn Spring Campout at the Dam is Mother's Day Weekend May 12-14. The club has reserved spot 25E at Randall Creek Recreation Area near Pickstown South Dakota (below the Dam). This is the same spot we camped at for the past two years. We will expand into other spots as needed. We are allowed 6 people per spot. We are planning to serve brats, beans, chips, and desert Friday night, campfire breakfast Saturday morning, and chili, cornbread, and sides Saturday night. Coffee will also be available. We may have a cabin bunk available, but the reserved cabin is at the other end of the campground. Riders will be responsible for their own SD State Park vehicle permits this year ($8/day or buy an annual). Campout is $15/day for meals, snacks and firewood, and $10 total for tent camping (one or two days). 

You don't have to RSVP, but it is nice if you can. The RSVP helps with planning. I'll bring plenty of food and we can buy more, but if estimates are off and local supplies are not available, some portion control may be in effect. No one in this group likes portion control. If you haven't already, just send a quick email or text message (712-253-4650) with your plans. Thanks.

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Big Sioux Rider's 2022 Christmas Party Details from Pres. Dave Moore

Sent: Friday, December 2, 2022 9:34 AM
Subject: Big Sioux Riders Annual Christmas Party


Hello All,

With the Thanksgiving Holiday behind us, the Big Sioux Riders Annual Christmas Party is just about here.  The Big Sioux Riders Annual Christmas Party is at  Tom & Maria Fountoulakis's, same as last year.  The Christmas party is also our annual business meetings, we need your nominations for 2023 officers and the Big Johnson award.   Please advise of your attendance and your nominations. Appreciate those who already have responded.

Christmas Party & Annual Meeting

Date: Saturday December 10, 2022 Time 6:00 PM

Location: Tom and Maria Fountoulakis 33554 Hwy 12 ANX  Sioux City, Iowa

Potluck Dinner: Please bring your own beverage and your favorite side dish. Bottled water and main meat dish will be provided.

White Elephant Gift Exchange: Please make your gifts interesting within the $ 20.00 ish is range.  

2023 Annual Dues:  Dues are $25/year for family members and $20/year for individuals.   You may pay by Pay Pal or check written to "Big Sioux Riders".  Your dues may be given to Steve Martin direct or mailed to Steve Martin Treasurer, 27255 Indian Summer Drive, Hinton, IA 51024.

Election of 2023 Officers:  Nominations for President; Vice president; Treasurer and Secretary will be taken from the floor the evening of or you may nominate via email to Dave Moore (cdmoore5@msn.com )  or Steve Martin (chicub2162@gmail.com ) prior.   

Big Johnson Awards - https://bigsiouxriders.blogspot.com/2014/01/big-sioux-riders-annual-big-johnson.html

Again please advise of your attendance and expect additional email reminders forth coming. Looking forward to seeing you soon.


Dave Moore



Tuesday, April 12, 2022

19th Annual Mother's Day Campout - May 13-15th, 2022

Heads up, the date of the Dam Spring Mother's Day Campout is changing to the weekend after Mother's Day - May 13th thru 15th, 2022!! Although you might think the change is related to Mother's Day, the actual reason is twofold. First of all the weather on Mother's Day hasn't been kind to us for most of the past few years. Secondly, the weekend after Mother's Day has opened up in recent years, so it works better for all those Moms, Mom Lovers and GRR Rider/Campers out there.

Join us this year and spread the news.

We are returning to (Fort) Randall Creek Recreation Area south dam near Pickstown, SD. That is the state campground below the dam. Cabin B and site 25E are reserved. Another member has reserved Cabin A. Each cabin has 3 bunks. There are other cabins further away. Let me know if you want a cabin bunk. Put your tent up on 26E. Six tents per site. Grab adjoining site if out of space.

The club will be cooking dinner Friday and Saturday nights, breakfast on Saturday morning (and maybe Sunday), and lunch on Saturday. Hot coffee will be available most of the time or on demand.

Riders will be responsible for their on SD State Park vehicle permits this year ($8/day or other options). $15/day for meals, snacks and firewood, $10 tent camping. Cabins will be a little more.

More details later.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

18th Annual Mother's Day Camout - May 7-9

The "18th Annual Mother's Day Big Sioux Riders/Autobahn Camp Out" will be on May 7-9th in 2021. The Camp Out starts on Friday afternoon as in recent years. Everyone is welcome to stay and camp with us Friday and/or Saturday. We are going back to the (Fort) Randall Creek Recreation Area south dam near Pickstown, SD.

Friday dinner will be brats, Frump’s magic beans, chips and dessert. Saturday dinner will be Jack’s chili, cornbread, chips and desert at the camp ground. We will also cook breakfast Saturday morning 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 motorcycle/vehicle permit, firewood, and a space for your tent. Our goal is to break even. 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 and camping spot/cabin. We have spots 25E and 27E reserved, put your tent up in those spots and on 26E if it is available.

If you are camping with us in the reserved spots, tell the park staff at the entrance you are 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. If you are camping but forced to get vehicle permits at the gate, let us know and we will take that off your price. Please email me (flyer details) a few days ahead of time if you are coming.

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 2021 campout flyer (clicky here)

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

BS Riders February 2020 News

The Chili & Soup Contest will replace the regular club meeting this month.  The BSR Chili and Soup contest, which in intended to help us through the winter motorcycle blues, will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 22nd at Bak BMW.  A flyer is attached to be posted it in your favorite places and on social media.  Bring a chili or soup, or pay $3 to come empty handed and try a sample of each.  Everyone is welcome.  First prize $100.

Steve Martin reports all twelve slots are filled for the MSF Advanced Rider Class course.  The BMW MOA Foundation will be paying for the training for club members.  If you not a club member, please pay $20 to the Big Sioux Riders and we will make you a member for the year.  If you have questions contact Steve at chicub2162@gmail.com or call him at (712) 754-0155.  Training starts at 9 am Saturday, April 11th and last seven hours plus extra time.  Stan Stille is working on the details for entertainment and lodging the evening before in Omaha.  We will send out hotel and other details next month.

The 2020 BMW MOA National Rally is in Great Falls, MT on June 25-28, 2020.  Through February you can preregister for two riders for $99 which is a pretty healthy discount.  Details are here: https://rally.bmwmoa.org/registration-open/  President Anita and first husband Doug will be hosting the "Shonley National Rally Camping Invitational" in June before and after the National Rally.  The BMW MOA rally in Great Falls is about a one day ride from their home near Sturgis, SD.  They will provide camping spots and a nice dinner. Contact Doug at Douglas@shonley.com to make arrangements.

Jim Johnson is arranging his spring ride in NW Arkansas in early May.  If your interested contact him at jimj@urban-inc.net. 

Our Big Sioux Riders Spring Campout will be May 10th this year somewhere near Pickstown, SD.  We will keep an eye on the weather and flooding before making final decision on which campground.  The club is planning on cooking and serving dinner both Friday and Saturday evening and breakfast Saturday morning.  We would like to keep our numbers down to around 30 people or so for the campout so that it's manageable for our cooks and organizers.  You all still welcome to bring a friend though.  We will start figuring out what we are cooking in the next few weeks.

Upcoming Rides and Rallies.  This list should keep you all pretty busy, but let me know if something is missing and needs to be added:
Feb 22: Big Sioux Riders, Chili/Soup Contest, Bak BMW, Sioux City
Mar 7: GLMC Pop Cycle Derby, Dennison, MN
Mar 28: Bak Spring Open House, Sioux City
Apr 11 - Big Sioux Riders MSF Advanced Rider Class, Papillion, NE
Apr 25: 35th Annual Motorcycle Flea Market, Pacatonia, IL
May 8 - 10: 17th Annual Big Sioux Riders Spring Campout, Pickstown, SD
May 15 - 17: 46th Annual Great River Road Rally (GR3), Soldier's Grove, WI
May 29 - 31: Hiawatha Rally, Money Creek, MN
Jun 12 - 14: 48th Moto MO Rally, Crane, MO
June 24, 28, 29: Shonley National Rally Camping Invitational, Sturgis, SD
June 25 - 28: BMW MOA National Rally, Great Falls, MT
June 26 - 27: Minnesota Moto Guzzi Rally, Grand Marais, MN
July 10 - 12: 28th Annual Iowa Moto Guzzi Rally, Elkader, IA
July 16 - 18: 49th Annual Top O' Rockies Rally, Paonia, CO
July 31 - Aug 3: 36th Annual Wisconsin Moto Guzzi Rally, Lake Joy, WI
Aug 13 - 16: 22nd Annual Beartooth Beemers Rendezvous, Red Lodge, MT
Aug 14 - 16: 38th Annual Huskerally, Franklin, NE
Sept 11 - 13: 50th Wisconsin Dells Rally
Sept 17 - 20: 44th Pure Stodge Iowa Rally
Sept 17 - 19: BMWRA Rally, Waynesville, NC

The Spink Cafe, after the fire this past winter, has relocated to Elk Point.  We will restart our month breakfast rides in April.


Monday, January 6, 2020

BS Rider January 2020 News


Let's hope everyone has a great and safe riding season in 2020.  Let's get the year started!!

First off and most importantly, Jim Hawthorne is having some health issues and is at Mercy Hospital where the doctors are trying figure out what's going on.  He is room 7124 and is accepting visitors.  If you get a chance, stop by and say hello.  Keep Jim and Joan in your thoughts and prayers.

The club is having a chili and soup contest at 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 22nd at Bak BMW to help us through the winter motorcycle blues.  Bring a chili or soup or pay $3, and try each of them.  After sampling them, vote for the best.  There will be a cash people's choice prize.  Last year the prize of $100 went to Jim and Joan Hawthorne for their superb slider sandwiches.  This year's prize will be similar (e.g. don't have details yet).  The club will provide bowls and everything else needed.  Dave will talk about and hopefully show us some new 2020 motorcycles and gear.  Everyone is welcome.

Steve Martin has two of the twelve slots open, and two alternative slots available for the MSF Advanced Rider Class course which he arranged for club members on Saturday, April 11th at 9:30 a.m.  The training will be at the MSF's Papillion Nebraska campus and will last about 6 hours plus breaks.  With so many slots already filled, the rate will be $80 for each of us.  Steve is trying to arrange to have the MOA Foundation pick up that fee, so in short, the training will most likely be free.  Friends are also welcome - the MOA Foundation should pick up their class fees as well.  You will need bring your own bike for the training.  We will ride down to the Papillion the night before and stay at a nearby hotel.  Steve will arrange a hotel so we can hang out together that evening.  You can read the training brochure here: Brochure.  Please let Steve know if your interested by January 10th at chicub2162@gmail.com or call him at (712) 754-0155.

Attached is the 2019 Treasurer's summary for the club from Steve Martin.  We ended the year with a little more cash then we started with and have a cushion for 2020.  Link

There was a short article about Tom Butters in the January BMW MOA magazine.  If you don't get the mag, a copy of the article is here.

Lastly, the 2020 BMW MOA National Rally is in Great Falls, MT on June 25-28, 2020.  Through February you can pre-register for two riders for $99 which is a pretty healthy discount.  Details are here: https://rally.bmwmoa.org/registration-open/

Sometimes when you can't ride for pie, you have to make your own:

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

BS Rider 2019 Christmas Party - Saturday, December 7th

The 2019 Christmas Party and Annual Meeting will be at the Pierce Mansion in Sioux City, Iowa on Saturday, December 7th at 6 p.m.  Bring a spouse or friend.  New members are welcome.

The main course will be smoked pork brisket 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 (brion.hase@gmail.com) 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 $15 to $25.  Some gifts from prior years seem to reappear every year or two.  Stuffed animatronics which generated festive pop music are continually popular.  There has also always been battery charger.

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.  Even non-members can be nominated to don't be afraid to nominate family, friends and fellow riders.  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 - http://bigsiouxriders.blogspot.com/2014/01/big-sioux-riders-annual-big-johnson.html  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 - https://tinyurl.com/ycyakdmd and https://lindasuemanor.com/