Monday, November 13, 2017

November Monthly Meeting

The monthly Big Sioux Riders meeting is a week early in November.  It is this Tuesday (November 14th) at 6 PM at Bob Row's Point After, 2320 Transit Ave, Sioux City, IA.  If your the first one there, grab a big table.  We will be finishing planning for Christmas Party and discussing other business.

The 2017 Big Sioux Rider Christmas Party/Annual Meeting will be at 6 PM on Friday, December 15th.   We will be meeting that the Pierce Mansion again as in past years.  Mark Roth is preparing grilled brine turkeys again.  We will also be having our traditional white elephant gift exchange with gives in the $15-30 range.   There are also be officier elections and special awards.   I'll be sending out an RSVP list and more details at the end of November.

November 18th is the Open House at Baxter Cycle in Marne, IA.  They will have free coffee, donuts and other eats as well is deals on about everything.  For you cross dressers, the Triumph apparel is pretty cool, relatively inexpensive, and looks good on your non-Triumph ride.

The International Motorcycle Show in Minneapolis will be December 8-10th this year -

Thanks everyone who provided Steve Martin with your MOA membership information, Steve and gotten that renewal process completed.  We will vote at the Christmas Party to decide if we want to continue that membership.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Save The Date - Fri, Dec 15th - 2017 Christmas Party

At the monthly meeting this past Tuesday, we voted to have the Christmas Party at the Pierce Mansion in Sioux City again this year.  Steve Martin made the arrangements.  The Big Sioux Rider Christmas Party will be at 6 PM on Friday, December 15th, 2017.  Mark Roth will be making brine smoked turkeys again, Randy Roos will be bringing German potato salad, and Butch Nice, who passed the pledging new member challenge shortly after the meeting Tuesday, will be bringing dirty rice which he claims to have perfected with a lot of research and testing after the Husker Rally.  We will be asking everyone else to bring a side dish or desert, and if you can't decide between which we recommend a desert.

There will be a white elephant gift exchange again this year, so start shopping now. Both you and a guest(s) can participate so bring something to exchange for each.  I'll be working on the rules.  Gifts around $20 range are recommended.

Jim Johnson and Tom ("I have plenty of air") Fountoulakis, the esteemed 2016 winner, will be taking nominations for the highly sought 2017 Big Johnson Award (  We have many nominations this year.

The Christmas Party is included when you pay your 2018 membership dues at the party.  Dues are $20 per individual or $25 for a couple.  The dues are thriftily used to cover club expenses for the party, pizza for shelter kids, camp out cost overruns,  organization dues, and other minor expenses.  Steve Martin will be collecting dues and will give the Treasurer's report.  New members are welcome and the new pledging member challenge will be waived if you sign up and pay at the party.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Weekly Rides Last Two Weeks of September 2017

We changed our weekly ride day to Thursday back in August.  We are continuing to ride on Thursdays for the rest of the year.  The meet up location was originally Sam's Club on Singing Hills Blvd. but because of all the heavy traffic and construction in that area, we are moving the start point back to HyVee gas station at 3333 Gordon Dr.

We are originally scheduled to have weekly rides through September.  If the weather looks good, we may continue to have rides into October.  Rides will be posted on Thursday mornings via email.  If you would like to be on the email list, email me at  If you are wondering about the ride, text me at 712 253 4650.

September 21st - I have kind of a nice route in my head which goes through Mapleton, Castana, Winnebago, and some of those towns.  There are a couple of nice eateries in in Decatur, NE I would like to try.

September 28th - We should crash the "Last Thursday" motorcycle get together in Sioux Falls.  Its a monthly get together of various motorcycle brands -
(yup, against my better judgement that is a link to the Internet in the Internet).

Lastly we have Applefest in Woodbine Iowa coming up on September 30th.  I won't be available, but I'm sure Steve Martin will be organizing some kind of ride there.

GLMC Harvest Road Rally - Sept 30, Hutchinson, MN -
Applefest - Sept 30, Woodbine Iowa -  Check with Steve Martin
BS Rider Fall Campout, Oct 6-8 in Verdigree, NE - Tentative date, waiting to see who is interested.
Falling Leaf Rally - Oct 13-15 in Potosi, MO -

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Pizza Party Canceled

We have to cancel the Pizza Party for the Kids at the Shelter this Sunday.  We didn't get enough people to do it, its a busy weekend for many.  We will setup a new tentative date in June at the meeting next Tuesday.  I have June 18th and 25th are available.  Please let me know if there are weekends which work good for you if you can volunteer but can't make it to the meeting.   A weekday evening in the summer may also work. The pizza party is for the kids at the shelter.  We try to give them an hour or two to eat pizza, drink soda, look at our motorcycles, and just be kids.  Sorry to play on everyone's heart strings, but a lot of the kids have been through hell and letting them to feel like a normal kids for even for a few minutes is a big deal.

We have a meeting on May 23rd at 6 PM.  Meet at Bak BMW and let's try again to go to Bob's in LeMars.  If it is raining, meet at the Icky Nickel.

Next Wednesday is our final chance to go to Iowa's #1 hamburg place in 2017 during National Hamburger Month.   The Big Sioux Riders weekly rides start at 4 PM at the Sam's Club Parking lot near Singing Hills Blvd and I-29.   We ride every Wednesday when the temp is 62 degrees or more and rain is not likely, May through September.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Weekly Ride Canceled, Bob's on Saturday

Hello Everyone,

Today is the first day of our Weekly Wednesday ride at 4 PM, but it looks like the weather is not cooperating.  We are not going to reach 62 degrees by 3 PM and it's probably going to rain about that time, so the ride canceled.  Hopefully next week will be better.

Also, the Autobahn Club in Sioux Falls is making their spring pilgrimage to Bob's Bar in Martinsburg this Saturday (4/8).  The Big Sioux Riders have an obligation to crash that party of for no other reason then to just say hello and to spike our cholesterol for a day or two.  They should be in Martinsburg around or or shortly after noon Saturday.  I plan to be there and then go for ride with Steve Martin afterwards. Feel free to join us.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

March 21st Meeting Summary

We had a productive meeting last night (3/21).  Following is a summary.

The Iowa Motorcycle Safety Forum is back in Ames on May 19th this spring.  Details:

For the campout we will have cheese burgers, hot dogs, coleslaw, chips, and brownies (Mark/Terry) Friday evening.  Terry has refrigerator space for hauling cold items (thanks).  All four cabins at the campground have been rented.  If you have a cabin and want to share space let me know.  Terry has reserved lot #20E, which is on the north side of the cabins.  Doug has the south lot reserved #27E (his rig blocks a lot of wind), and the club has a lot south of that rented, #29E.  We plan to grab lot #27E which is a handicapped spot and can't be reserved in advance without a handicap and others as needed.  We have to rent one spot for every 6 campers.  On Saturday, we have decided to meet for a light lunch at the BBQ place in South Yankton for lite lunch, NE rather then in Niobrara.  It's Backroad BBQ, 55698 898th Rd, Yankton, NE.

We are looking into doing the Ride-in for Pizza and Soda the kids at the Crittenton Center on May 21st.

We will have a weekly ride starting in April.  Ride will start at 4 PM on Wednesdays on days when the temp is above 62 at 3 PM.  We will meet at the Sam's Club on Singing Hills.  Expect to ride for an hour or so before and after lunch. 

Jim Johnson is organizing a ride-in in Oark, Arkansas at the Oark General Store about noon on Thursday, April 20th.  Contact Jim for details.

Monday, February 27, 2017

14th Annual Big Sioux Rider Spring Campout, Mother's Day, At the Dam - May 12th - 14th, 2017

The "14th Annual Mother's Day Big Sioux Riders Camp Out" will be on May 12-14th in 2017.  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 are cooking the Friday evening dinner this year (cheeseburgers, coleslaw, chips and desert).  There will also be a cook out 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 vehicle permit) get together and a good time for everyone to get out and get their tires warmed out.  Friends and all riders are welcome.  I'll post more details in the next few weeks.