Sunday, December 25, 2016

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.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

First Annual Fall Campout

Hi Everyone,

Here are the details which we have on the campout this weekend.

The Campout is for both nights of October 14 and 15th at Newton Hills State Park.  The park is 10 miles south of Canton.  Format similar to the Spring Campout.  We have reserved spots 98E and 100E.  If we run out of space, we will rent more.   We can have 6 people on a spot.  There are no cabins currently available that weekend.  From personal experience the old motel in Caton is a little sketchy.  The weather is actually looking pretty good, there are lots of trees at this park so the colors should be pretty cool.   I believe we have about 12 people committed right now.  

Meet at Paul's Place for dinner Friday night at 7 p.m.   The restaurant is about 0.5 miles west of Canton, SD on Hwy 18.
Matt at Laurie's Cafe for breakfast in Canton on Saturday morning around 8 AM.  Its located 219 E 6th St, in Canton, about a block and half SE of downtown area.
Saturday evening at Newton Hills State park - brats, beans, chips, and surprise desert.
Sunday morning breakfast - We are work'n on something.  

Camping, meal and vehicle permit - $20
Meat Only Saturday night - $8.
Vehicle Permit - $4/day to SD State Parks & Rec.

Please forward to anyone interested.


Tuesday, March 22, 2016

13th Annual Big Sioux Rider Spring Campout, Mother's Day, At the Dam - May 6th - 8th, 2016

The 13th Annual Big Sioux Riders Campout will once again be on Mother's Day in 2016.  We are going to start on Friday afternoon again as we have the past two years.  Everyone is welcome to stay and camp with us Friday as well.  This year's location is again the Fort Randall Creek Recreation Area (near Pickstown, SD).  We are working on options for a Friday evening ride for dinner.  There will be a cook out again Saturday evening at the camp ground.  Free, hot coffee will be provided the whole weekend.  This is a low key, low cost get together and a good time for everyone to get out and get their tires warmed out. Friends and all riders are welcome.  The flyer with details is here:

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

January Big Sioux Riders Meeting & Other Great Stuff

The January Big Sioux Riders meeting will be Tuesday, January 19th.  We will be meeting at Bak BMW at 6 PM.  We will pass the hat for food pizza.  Dave Bak will be making a presentation on "Techie" program (Motorcycle Type, not Star Wars types).  

​In other news....

The Autobahn (Sioux Falls BMW Club's) Annual Meeting will be the Den Party Room, Tailgators Bar & Grill in Brandon, SD on Saturday February 20th.  Its close to the I-90 exit.  5 PM Registration, 6 PM Dinner.  Dinner is $15/person.  Annual dues are something like $15.  Dinner includes Sirloin, Pork Chop, Walleye or Chicken.  Contact Dale if your interesting in going and joining their group.

The Annual International Motorcycle Show is in Minneapolis, MN Feb 5-7.  You can find details online here: .  This is the same weekend the Packers will be playing in the Super Bowl so its going to be a busy weekend.

The GLMC is having the Pop Cycle Derby again this year.  It will be March 5th in Dennison, MN.  You can get more details here if your interested:  It should be a good day to ride and eat some chili.

The Big Sioux Riders Mothers Day Campout at the Dam will be May 6-8th again this year.  Same great location, Randall Creek Recreation Area, Pickstown, SD.  We will be following the same format is last year - Saturday dinner (Brats and Beans).  Hopefully Mother Nature will be more compliant this year.  If anyone has any nearby interesting locations to ride to on Saturday, I would lover to hear them.