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.