Thursday, December 30, 2010

Christmas Party and Club News

Photos and Videos:

Christmas Party Photo Album (link click-here). Send me any photos you have and want to add to this collection.

Christmas Party Youtube Video (Jo and her Flying Pig)

Christmas Party YouTube Video (Gary, Jan & Sue)

Christmas Party YouTube Video (Karen, Randy, Marc, Judy, and Brion)

Christmas Party YouTube Video (Marsha, Dale, Terry, and Kathy)

2010 Big Johnson Award Winner: Dale Nordlie for loosing the back wheel off his GS motorcycle while on the way to Baxter Cycle Open House and Campout in Marne. Thankfully no one was hurt and there was no serious damage. Dale says he has the bolts safety wired on now.

2011 Club Officers:
President: Chuck Swensen
Vice-President: Terry Hughes
Secretary: Brion Hase
Treasurer: Dave Bak

Elmer Andersen is a Fighter - My Walk

Received the following message from Bahnsturmers (Ames) and Heart of Iowa BMW Club (Des Moines) regarding Elmer Andersen. Elmer has been a regular at regional BMW rallies for a long time and was Diagnosed with ALS/"Lou Gehrig's Disease" over a year ago.

---------- Forwarded message ----------

Date: Wed, Dec 29, 2010 at 4:19 PM
Subject: Elmer Anderson: 2011 Corridor Muscle Walk > My Walk Hub > My Team Homepage

Dave, would you forward this to all members of the Heart of Iowa, and
Elmer has some good friends that are with the Big Sioux Riders.
Thank You! Jeff R100RS

Our Heart of Iowa BMW President, Elmer Anderson is a fighter!

Photo of Elmer packing up at the 2008 Hawes Campout:

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Randy Roos

Randy Roos was admitted to the hospital about 10 days ago. He is a member of the Big Sioux Riders and has been a great friend to many of us through the years. You can check his status here:

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Sidecar Photos from Jim Johnson

Jim Johnson sent the following sidecar photos to share with the group. You can click on each photo to see a larger version.

Friday, October 22, 2010

October Club Update

The October Big Sioux Riders meeting was great. We made plans for a good November meeting and President Stan and Jim got our Christmas party organized.

This Saturday, October 23 is Baktober Fest at Bak BMW Victory KTM. Dave says they will be having great deals on bike, parts and apparel.

The Big Sioux Riders November meeting will be a Pizza Party on Tuesday, November 16th. It will be at Jim Johnson's garage at 4615 Old Lakeport Rd. Bring your own beverage and we'll pass a hat for the pizza. Brion (me), who had two flats this year,
will cover how to do road side tire plugs, what to use, when to do it, when it’s not safe, and what to do after you get home. After the presentation everyone will have a chance to see if they can plug a tire on a real wheel. Materials will be provided. We have had a couple club members who have had valve failures this year. Jim and Stan, who have some real world experience with this, are going to give a demonstration on how to change a valve stem on the side of a road. As part of the meeting we are also going to be celebrating Jim's Birthday. Rumors are that Lynn may be cooking something special and that Jim might be more than 45 years old.

The Big Sioux Riders Christmas party will be Tuesday, December 14th in the basement of Sweet Fanny's on Historic Fourth Street at 6 PM. The meal will start around 6:30. Meal options will include either a salad, smothered chicken, or bourbon filled steak. As in the past, the Christmas dinner will be provided for paid members and for spouses of family memberships. Non-paid member meals are $12 and they are still very welcome to attend. The Big Sioux
Riders is a chapter of the BMW MOA, but we warmly welcome members with any brand. At the party we will be collecting membership dues for 2011. Bring your odometer readings with you. After dinner, we will have annual officer elections, read the "Big Johnson" award nominations and then a vote, and follow that with the annual gift exchange. A gift costing about $15 is recommended. We will send out a proper invitation in November with more detail. Get your officer nominations into Stan Stille. Get your Johnson Award nominations into the Johnson award committee: Jim Johnson and Susie Lee (last year's proud winner of the coveted "Big Johnson"). It should be a fun evening.

The Big Sioux Riders Spring Campout at the Dam (on Mother’s Day), will be May 7-8, 2011. Camping below the dam has worked great the last couple of years so we will continue that if possible.

The BMW National Rally this year is July 21-24, 2010 in Bloomsburg, PA.

Doug, Al and Steve at Potosi (click on photo for better version)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Woodbine Applefest 2010

On a Saturday September 25th about noon, during a break in the weather, a group of Big Sioux Riders joined up in Sioux City for a fabulous ride through the Loess Hills to the Applefest in Woodbine, Iowa. At the festival we had some great food, saw some neat antique cars and visited with sidewalk craft vendors. After scoring and sampling some great apple pie at the Methodist church, we left for home. On the way back we were treated to some spectacular rainbows and cloud displays. We had perfect fall weather for the most part. In attendance where Steve Martin, Jo Martin, Al Agrimson, Stan Stille, Jim Johnson, and Brion Hase.

From Woodbine Applefest Ride - Sept 25, 2010

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

August 17th Ride - Ice Cream shop in Moorehead

Stan Stille lead a group ride down through the Loess Hills to the ice cream shop in Moorehead, Iowa Tuesday evening. Jim J., Terry H. and Cathy H. joined him. Terry and Cathy showed up with their brand new 2010 Ultra Classic and spent a few minutes pointing out all the gee-wiz type buttons and options in the parking lot (Frump was there for the crash course as well). The group had a somewhat cool, but wonderful ride down to Moorhead.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Email: BMW Motorcycles of Omaha - COOKING THE DOGS

The dog days of summer will soon be over so we are cooking hot dogs

August 14th and August 21st

Ride in and have a hot dog, chips and drink from 11a.m. to 2p.m.

Close out prices on new BMW’s.

Print this email and bring it in to receive 20% off any one item in stock. (Except motorcycles, Shoei and Touratech)

Valid 8/14/2010 to 8/21/2010

1- discount per person

Hope summer has been good for you.

The best riding season of the year is here.

Dates to remember August 22nd

Ride with Nate Kerns at Mid America Motorplex. Call for details.

We will be closed September 4th, Labor Day weekend

Friday, August 6, 2010

Hoot Gibson - SD State Legion Commander

From Mary H of the Autobahners:

Hoot Gibson was elected State Commander for the South Dakota American Legion June 20 in Spearfish. A ceremony to honor this occasion will take place in Sioux Falls on Saturday, August 14. The ceremonies will start with a continental breakfast at the Legion (1701 W. Legion Dr.) from 9-11 and will continue at 11:00 with a "caravan" to Memorial Park where a lite lunch will be served from 12:00 - 1:00. The installation will take place from 2:00 - 4:00. Social hour, dinner and dance will take place later. Hoot has invited Autobahners to attend the events. He will be riding in a sidecar for the caravan and would especially like to have Autobahners and their BMW's ride with him. This is a very important position for Hoot and it would be nice for Autobahn to show their support.
Contact Gary Johnson for details -,

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

RTE July 6th Ride Report

Big Sioux Riders RTE July 6. We rode to Penny's Dinner in Missouri Valley. Jim lead us down the back way via the Loess Hills on a very nice 94 mile ride. We picked up a cruiser rider on the way, who slipped into the middle of our group and matched our nice pace from Smithfield down to Pisgah and then simply waved off as he headed to Woodbine. The automatic brotherhood of motorcyclist is so cool. BSR Riders who joined the evening's ride: Randy R., Jim J., Stan S., Al A., Leta H. and myself - Frump. It was a fantastic evening for riding.

Jim taught the rest of us a new RTE life rule: Make sure you order your pie first because they may be out of the kind you want when you are ready for it. The pies and shakes were both very good.

The next BSR RTE will be July 27th. We will be riding to Yankton. Meet at Casey's in Riverside.

From Big Sioux Riders RTE July 6

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Becky Antrim Benefit Fundraiser

Lori Hartman sent the following email:

June 12,2010 is a fundraiser for my sister in Sheldon, Iowa. I would like to invite the Big Sioux Riders to the event.

The poker run starts at the J and B Bar in Sheldon registration starts at 11am. There is also a bake sale, silent auction and freewill donation supper scheduled. My sister has polycystic kidney disease, both of her kidneys were removed on May 5 of this year. She is a single mom and has been unable to work because of her condition and has no health insurance. My brother made an event page on Facebook, Becky Antrim Benefit, if you would like to check that out. If you need more info please email or give me a call (712) 449-5440.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Last Ride As a Free Man For Stan S.


Due to weather, this has changed from ride to a party/reception. Come down and have a piece of cake and celebrate the end of Stan's bachelorhood at Mac Behr's on Historic 4th Street in Sioux City, 6 PM, Tuesday, June 1st.

-- Original Posting --

Rather then throwing a wild bachelor party for Stan S., his friends will b
e taking him on his last ride as a free man on the evening of Tuesday, June 1st. Please come join us. Everyone is invited (including women riders). We will meet at Steve and Susie's home at 109 Tamarack Lane in South Sioux City. We will depart around 6 PM. We have a "special" ride which will include a stop somewhere for cake.

Please forward this on to
friends of Stan's who are not in the club. If they don't own a bike and still want to meet for cake, please have them email Brion or Jim for the location and time.


Thursday, May 27, 2010

GS 30th Anniversary Great Smokey Mountain Enduro Tour

I received the following note from Jim Gaston of BMW Motorcycles of Omaha. The BMW Performance Center in Spartensburg, NC is hosting an The Great Smokey Mountain Enduro Tour on June 12th and 13th, 2010.

Flyer (click here).

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

News: Iowa Rally, Gina's Open House, Track Day News, HI BMW Ride In

Doug Shonley picked up the following flyer and asked me to forward it to the group. It's the May newsletter from Gina's BMW in Iowa City. It contains information about a lot of events, including:
  • Pure Stodge Touring Association's Iowa Rally (Middle Amana, IA June 10-13)
  • Gina Open House (with performance from Stunt Rider Chris "Teach" McNeil - if you haven't been to a national the last couple of years you have got to see this guy) (Iowa City, IA June 11th)
  • 2nd Annual BMW Bash (Marble Falls, AR July 2-5)
  • Heart of Iowa "HI" BMW Ride In (Lake Ahquabi, IA July 11th)
  • BMW Nate Kern Track Event and Fundraiser (Pacific Junction, IA August 22)
PDF Flyer (Click Here)

Jim Johnson forwarded this message on to his friend Gerry Schulte and got the following reply:

From: Gerry [mailto:
Sent: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 9:50 AM
To: Jim Johnson
Subject: RE: Flyer for BSR from Doug Shonley


I haven’t talked to him since last summer, but they told us at Morton’s Open House that the factory gave Nate an S1000RR to ride this year. In April, he ran seven races in Savannah, and won all seven. As you heard, he loves that bike.

Gerry Schulte

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Group Member Updates

I got a note this morning from Randy R's wife Karen this morning that Randy had emergency surgery last night at 2 AM for compartmental syndrome on his left calf. Karen says it is touch an go right now as they wait to see if the nerves and tissue damage will recover. He is in room 309 at St. Lukes in Sioux City.

I also recieved a note from Terry H. saying that he had been spending a lot of time with his father lately because his mother had recently passed last week and her funeral was yesterday. Terry is hoping to make it to Stan's last ride as a free man.

One last note. Dan W. made it back to Sioux City last week and is at home now. He is still in a lot of pain but he continues to get better.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Wedding Announcement from Stan Stille

Stan Stille sent the following announcement and asked it to be forwarded to all BSR club members:

Stan Stille and Mari Mathieson invite you to join us in the joyous celebration of our marriage.

The no host reception will be held at Bev's on the River from 7:30 till 9:00 PM on June 11, 2010. We hope to be out on the Point. The couple requests no gifts just your blessing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. I Corinthians 13: 4-7

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Trans America Trail - Any Takers?

Marc LaDue is looking for anyone interested in riding the Trans American Tran with him next summer. If your interested give him a call and see what can be cooked up.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Shonley Campout for BSR Members July 9-11

Campout/Ride at the Shonley's in the Black Hills July 9th - July 11. The location is exactly 5.1 miles West of Sturgis, SD exit 30. We are planning on you arriving late on Friday evening. We have good lights so you won't be completely in the dark when you setup your tent. You will be able to park your bike inside if you want to. We also have an indoor area for eating and conversation in case of in-climate weather. Plan now is to have breakfast at the Chat & Chew at 7am and start the rides at 8am. Meet back at the house around 5pm. We will have an evening meal and conversation into the night. Sunday mornings we go to Church. You are welcome to go with us. Make sure your bike is in good running order with fresh tires. The roads are very good, well marked, and usually very clean. This will probably encourage you to use more of the edges of your tires, so you want good ones. If people are interested I can setup an adventure run or two. For those with GSs we can do some gravel etc. Just let me know what you want to see. We would like to know if you are coming by June 1st so we can do some planning (Let Brion know and he can tell us). See you on the road.
Douglas Shonley (605)347-5006

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Track Day with Nate Ken - Aug 22, 2010

I picked this message up from the Bahnsturmer's mail list. It was posted on April 24th as a note from Engel Motors in KC - bjh
Here is information regarding the upcoming TRACK DAY with NATE KERN on Sunday, August 22, 2010 at:


Here is information regarding the upcoming TRACK DAY with NATE KERN on Sunday, August 22, 2010 at:


(2.5 hours north of Kansas City - 30 minutes south of Omaha on I-29)

Come join the Kansas City BMW Motorcycle Club and Engle Motors and other dealers from the central states (Omaha BMW, Gina's BMW, Grassroots BMW) on TRACK Day at the Mid America Motor Plex, in Pacific Junction, IA.

This is an opportunity to ride with Nate. Nate really knows how to make a BMW go around at speed. Come spend time with us at Mid American Motor Plex and explore what you and your machine can do within the safety of a closed course.

Everybody goes the same way.

No trees, signs, poles or dogs.

Control Riders and Instructors insure safe practices.

Strict rules tailored to your group level for your safety.

Same rules and approach that was used at last years KC BMW sport touring day and Heartland Park Topeka.

Instruction from the man. Nobody knows how to put it together on a BMW like Nate - nobody.


SUNDAY - AUGUST 22, 2010, 7AM - 5PM

Arrive/Tech: 7AM - 8:30AM

Track Time: 9AM - 5PM (seven 20 minute sessions)

COST: $150.00

Three groups:

BMW Novice (passing only on straights)

BMW Intermediate/Advanced (passing on the outside of corners)


The 6 foot Rule applies to all groups.

NON-REFUNDABLE FEE. On JULY 22, the FEE will INCREASE to $175.00.

TRACK: 2.23 Mile Road course with 15 turns

CAMPING: Is available for any event. Weekend Rates are $25 per campsite. We offer on-site security, clean, private shower rooms; large, modern restrooms. We currently have 16 electrical hook-ups on the road course and more to be added in the future.

LODGING: Special Rates for MAM customers are available from the following places:

15 miles to MAM
Hampton Inn at Ameristar (712) 328-2500
Ameristar Casino Hotel (877) 462-7827
Holiday Inn at Ameristar (888) 682-0900
Days Inn of Bellevue (402) 292-3800
Comfort Inn & Suites (402) 934-4900(ask for MAM/Rolling Thunder Rates)


Engle Motors - Kansas City MO (816) 241-7554,
Omaha BMW - Omaha, NE
Grass Roots BMW - Cape Girardeux, MO
Gina's BMW - Iowa City, IA

PLAN TO ARRIVE SATURDAY AFTERNOON or EARLY EVENING for a walk around the track with Nate and friends. Great opportunity to learn the basic way around and discuss the track before Sunday!

(You will be REQUIRED to sign a Waiver before entry on MAM property or Track.)

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Midland's Alzheimer Group's Ride to Remember is June 5th

Cindy Otten, a BMW Rider, from Omaha has sent several messages to remind the "Sioux City Gang" that the Midland's Alzheimer Group's Ride to Remember is June 5th. They have both Ducati and Harley routes planed (and maybe even have a bicycle route). The ride includes lunch, dinner, t-shirt, and music for $25.

Website (click here)

Brochure (click here)

Flyer (click here)

Friday, April 16, 2010

SD State Capital Centenial MC Show & Observation Run - June 19th

April 14, 2010

TO: All South Dakota motorcycle dealers, custom shops, clubs, and enthusiasts

RE: The Capitol Centennial Celebration Bike Show and Observation Run

South Dakota’s most recognized building is turning 100 and Governor Mike Rounds invites you to join in the celebration! Bring the family to the Capitol Centennial Celebration, Saturday, June 19, 2010 on the grounds of the State Capitol to enjoy a day of festivities honoring a revered South Dakota landmark.

Two special events will be held for motorcycle riders and enthusiasts during the Centennial Celebration. The first is a motorcycle show to be held in the Capitol parking lot. Motorcycle owners are invited to display their bikes at the Capitol and enter them in the “people’s choice” award show. The show will begin at 9:00 a.m. and the show winner will be announced later that afternoon at Petersen Motors.

At 2:00 p.m., an observation run is planned that gives riders a chance to visit a number of historic sites in the immediate Pierre area. The run begins at the Capitol and ends at Petersen Motors Harley-Davidson at 4:00 p.m. All correct observation run sheets will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a prize donated by Petersen Motors Harley-Davidson. The “Peoples’ Choice” bike show winner will also be announced at 4:00 p.m. Participants are also encouraged to check out the 2010 Oahe Days Festival which is taking place at Steamboat Park. The festival features a variety of booths, art, food, and live music.

You can also enjoy a variety of activities including historical tours and seminars, a re-enactment of the dedication of the Capitol, a free beef and pork picnic lunch, an antique vehicle show, a Capitol-themed art show featuring South Dakota artists, kite festival, hot air balloons, fire truck and horse-drawn carriage rides, and kids’ fishing on Capitol Lake.

More information on the Capitol Centennial Celebration event is available on-line at A complete list of events for Oahe Days can be found at For bike show or observation run questions, please call 605-773-3688 or by email to

Governor Rounds and our committee would greatly appreciate your help to get the word out about these special events by including this letter and poster in your dealer or club newsletter. Please print out a copy of the poster to display in your store, shop or clubhouse. Thanks for your help in disseminating this information. We’ll see you June 19, 2010 in Pierre for the Capitol Centennial Celebration at the State Capitol Building and grounds!

The Capitol Centennial Celebration Committee

Link to flyer (click here)

Thursday, April 15, 2010

International Female Rider Day- May 7th

Calling all Female Big Sioux Riders - International Rider Day is May 7th this year.


They also have a cool t-shirt:

If any of you ladies are planning a ride, let me know and I'll update this post, or post a comment to this.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Vintage & European Motorcycle Ride-In - May 2

Bahnsturmer's Vintage & European Motorcycle Ride-In
Sunday, May 2, 2010 - 1 – 4 pm
Polk City, Iowa
N41' 46.301 W93' 42.817
Join other vintage and European motorcycle enthusiasts for the 23rd annual gathering “On The Square” in picturesque Polk City, Iowa. Refreshments served. Food & drink available. No pins, no T-shirts, no charge. Just fun. Info: Don Bellew, 515/225-2058,

flyer here

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

8th Annual BSR Spring (Mother's Day Dam) Campout

The 8th Annual Big Sioux Rider Spring (Mother’s Day Dam) Campout will be Saturday and Sunday, May 8th and 9th (Mother’s Day weekend). This is an informal campout. Even though we can’t guarantee it won’t snow, friends and fellow riders are invited to join us at Randal Creek Recreation Area near the Fort Randall Dam, Pickstown, South Dakota.

A $10 fee will cover includes camping, firewood and a park vehicle permit fee. Passengers are $5. We will dine as a group at the Fort Randal Casino just east of Pickstown Saturday evening and for breakfast Sunday morning. We will provide some-mores Saturday evening and coffee both Saturday and Sunday to help keep everyone warm. Please bring your own coffee mug.

We can’t reserve camping spaces in advance, but there are very few campers (if any) in this park this time of year. If you get to the campground before us, please grab some camping spaces near the cabins and restroom/showers (sites #27E and #28E). The restrooms are modern with showers. Park rules allow us to have up to 6 campers per site. We will settle with the park ranger Saturday evening.

For those interested in riding together from Sioux City to the campout, meet at Bak BMW in Sioux City, IA 10 AM Saturday morning. Alternately meet us lunch at the Flyway Cafe at the intersection of Highways 12 and 14 in Niobrara, NE Saturday around noon.

There are four camping cabins are available at this campground for $35 per night (plus a $5 non-resident fee for non South Dakota residents). Cabins include a bunk bed (2 singles) and a double bed. You must supply your own bedding (e.g. a sleeping bag and pillow). Reserve cabins in advance at (800) 710-2267. Make sure you provide the campground location which is the “Randal Creek Recreation Area" near Pickstown, SD.

Hotels available near campgrounds:
The Fort Randall Casino - - (800) 362-6333
The Dakota Inn, near Country Club, 320 E US Hwy 18, (605) 487-7404
Fort Randall Inn, Pickstown, (605) 487-7801

Questions: Call Frump at (712) 253-4605 or email

Click on the link above in the first paragraph for a printable version.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Track Day in Glenwood, IA

From Tom Schelff in an email to Omaha Flatlanders : "Would you be interested in a track day at the MidAmerica complex down by Glenwood, IA? If so please let Jim Gaston know. BMW is sponsoring a track day and while the details are not clear it sounds pretty fun. This would be the only track day in the central part of the country so BMW riders from all over would be coming. I'm sure more details will be coming but if you are interested let Jim know so he can get your name on the list as registration will be limited."

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Benefit for Elmer Anderson

Most of us just know him as simply Elmer. He's a member of several BMW clubs and he is one of guys whom I look forward to seeing at BMW Rally's. Elmer has always had a good story or two. I have enjoyed listening to him talk about historical highways and roadside landmarks for years. He is one of the most knowledgeable people I know on the Lincoln Highway. Through his career, he has had a hand in building and rebuilding many of the great highways we ride on in Iowa, making sure they were built right. - Frump


Start Time: Friday, April 9, 2010 at 5:00pm
End Time: Saturday, April 10, 2010 at 12:00am
Location: Michael J. Manatt Community Center, Jackson Street, Brooklyn, IA


Elmer Anderson, a native of Brooklyn, Iowa and a 30 plus year employee of Manatts, Inc., was diagnosed last January with ALS (Lou Gehrig Disease). To help offset the cost of this incurable illness, the employees of Manatts, Inc., in conjunction with the Brooklyn Ruritans, will be hosting a benefit fundraiser in Elmer’s honor. The event will include a dinner, a live and silent auction and a dance; all to be held from 5:00 PM to Midnight on April 9th.

Tickets will go on sale for the dinner and dinner/dance combination the week of March 15th. Dinner will be served from 5:00 – 7:00 PM and consist of smoked pork loin, smothered chicken breasts, baked potato, green beans, dessert, ice tea, lemonade and coffee. Cost for the meal will be $10.00/adult, $5.00/junior high and under, and free for preschool and under. The dinner/dance combination ticket is $15.00/adult. The dance is free to children junior high and under who attend with their parents. Single dance tickets will be $5.00 per person, 15 years and up. The dance will begin at approximately 8:00 PM – midnight.

The silent auction will be ongoing from 5:00 PM and will close at 10:00 PM. A live auction will be held from 7:00 – 8:00 PM. Auction donations will be accepted through Wednesday, April 7th. Please contact Deb White, Peaches Burmahl or Diane Kilmer with your donations at 641-522-9206 or items can be dropped off at the Brooklyn office of Manatts, Inc. anytime from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

12 Things My Motorcycle Has Taught Me

I received the following email from BSR member Dale N. His father recently passed away, so this email is probably a good indication that he is keeping his spirits up.

  1. The only good view of a thunderstorm is in your rear view mirror.
  2. Four wheels move the body; two wheels move the soul.
  3. I'd rather be riding my motorcycle and thinking about God, than sitting in church thinking about my motorcycle.
  4. Life may begin at 30, but it doesn't get real interesting until about 75 mph.
  5. Midnight bugs taste just as bad as noon time bugs.
  6. Sometimes it takes a whole tank full of gas before you can think straight.
  7. A bike on the road is worth two in the shed.
  8. Young riders pick a destination and go; old riders pick a direction and go.
  9. When you're riding lead, don't spit.
  10. Catching a yellow jacket in your shirt at 75 mph can double your vocabulary.
  11. If you can't get it going with bungee cords and duct tape, it's serious.
  12. Only a biker knows why a dog sticks his head out of a car window.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

BMW Motorrad USA returns to Miller to support two BMW Super Bike racing teams

BMW Motorrad USA is Offering Special Package for the World Super Bike Race in Salt Lake City, UT - May 27th - 29th, 2010

On Friday, February 19th this offer will be available to all BMW owners.

Last year the 200 BMW Special SBK Packages we offered were taken within three days; this year we are offering 1,000 slots in order to accommodate what is likely to be very strong demand.

World Superbike racing was on four continents and thirteen countries in 2009, and on May 29, 2010, the action starts at Miller Motorsport Park in Tooele, UT. Be a part of the live action weekend with a special BMW Motorrad ticket package that includes:

* Entry to the Salt Lake City Bike Bash on Thursday night, May 27th, featuring a performance by the incredible world-famous Streetbike Freestyle performers.

* Three days (Friday/Saturday/Sunday) access to special BMW rider seating at the Stansbury Grandstands.
* Three days of access to the Racing Paddock.
* Lunches, snacks and beverages Friday - Sunday in the BMW Hospitality Village adjacent to the Stansbury Grandstands.
* Exclusive access to the BMW hospitality area for closed-circuit race viewing.

* Preferred views of BMW Streetbike Freestyle shows on Saturday and Sunday.

* Exclusive autograph sessions with S 1000 RR racers Troy Corser and Ruben Xaus.

* BMW Motorsports gift bag

* Preferred parking

Don't miss out on your chance to be one of BMW's special guests in Utah this year. This package is normally valued at over $260 and that doesn't get you autographs from BMW WSB racers or from world famous Streetbike Freestyler champions.

Special BMW Ticket Packages are $195 each. If you order by phone there will be a fixed processing fee of $9.00/order; if via the website, processing fees are $9.00/order and $24.00/ticket package. 1,000 SBK Ticket Packages may seem like a lot, but they will go quickly - don't wait.

To order call 435-277-8602 with password "S1000RR" or email Rick Salazar at

Or go to:

Enter password "S1000RR" to get the BMW ticket package pricing.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Pure Stodge Touring Association's 34th Annual Iowa Rally

The Pure Stodge Touring Association has announced the 34th Iowa Rally will be June 10-13, 2010 at Middle Amana Park, Middle Amana Iowa (same location as the wonderful 2009 rally). If you are a BMW Motorcycle rider from the Midwest this is one rally which you simply should not miss. Its a great rally in a one of the best locations in Iowa (my humble opinion, with authentic German food and beverages served German style).

Friday Night will be rockin’ with The Electric Mule
Saturday Night will be groovin’ with The Dynaflows

Pure Stodge website for updates:

Friday, February 12, 2010

92nd Annual JFMRMWB

Where: el Martin' hacienda 27255 Indian Summer Drive, Hinton

When: Saturday February 27, 2010 6:00 P.M. til ?

What: Finger foods to share, and any videos or motorcycle related paraphernalia (we really like the wierd stuff)

Who: You and anyone you can talk into coming along.

Note: special prize for those who arrive on motorcycle

Friday, February 5, 2010

New Breakfast Location - Starting Feb 6th

I got a call from Steve M a few minutes ago. The Saturday morning breakfast curse of the Big Sioux Riders continues... another of our great, regular Saturday morning hangouts has closed it doors forever. The group contingency plan was to meet at the Crystal Cafe in South Sioux City about 8AM until another location is selected. The Crystal Cafe has been in business for a very long time so let's see if they can survive the curse. A few of us will be up at the IMS show in the Twin Cities, so those who go please report back how it worked out.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Renew BMW MOA and win R1000SS+

I got a call Tuesday evening from Tom Butters (aka Bullet). Tom is is not only a BSR and Autobahn member, but he is also the BMW MOA national club's Treasurer. Tom was sitting on the new R1000SS down at Bak BMW when he called and he wanted to make sure I sent out a reminder to everyone. Starting February 1st (yesterday), the BMW MOA is giving away tickets for one of those monsters (a race-ready R1000SS) for new and renewing members. The deal Tom says, is he doesn't expect the 10,000 tickets to last very long and when they are gone, they are gone.

Tom also wanted to remind everyone of the following details which I just copied from the website: Ticket sales will be limited to only 10,000 tickets to better the odds for the winners and you must request the Superstakes ticket with your membership purchase. Tickets and membership packages will be available online or by calling the BMW MOA at 636-394-7277. If you have questions, Tom said to call him at (605) 670-0614 or email him at "tbuttars att usd dott edu".

If you aren't a BMW MOA member you should consider this. The club benefits include an good monthly magazine, a great website and other things. The magazine is probably one of the best motorcycle touring magazines around, regardless of what brand of bike you may be riding.

More details here:

(1) Grand Prize - S1000RR World Superbike Package

* 2010 S1000RR trimmed in World Superbike Graphics
* BMW Apparel Package - Jackets, Pants, Boots, Gloves
* VIP Access for 4 at World Superbike Race Miller Motorsports Park
* Trip for 4 to Miller Motorsports Park

(2) 1st Prizes - BMW MOA European Motorcycle Tour Package

* 1 trip awarded to each 1st place winner
* BMW MOA Andalucia Tour by IMTBike
* BMW MOA European Rally Tour by Edelweiss
* BMW Apparel Package - Jackets, Pants, Boots, Gloves

(2) 2nd Place Prizes - 1 day Admission to Keith Code California Superbike School using new S1000RR Motorcycle

(50) 3rd Place Prizes - $100 in Motorcycle Gear

8th Annual Bohemian Alps Rally

Letter from George Frost of Trump-Omaha group inviting everyone to the 2010 Bohemian Alps Rally

TRUMP-OMAHA would like to invite your club and riders to our annual motorcycle rally and campout. Trump-Omaha is a non brand specific riders club out of Omaha, NE. Our riders club adopted the village of Verdigre, NE several years ago as a way to help a small town maintain their parks and playgrounds. This rally and campout is a small old school event, where the emphasis is on the ride, not on the brand. Come on out and enjoy the riding in Northeast Nebraska with us and meet some new friends along the way. Please let your riders and members know about our event, or better yet plan one of your clubs rides and attend as a group.
I want to thank you in advanced for helping us make our rally and campout a success.

George Forst

Voyage to Verdigre, Nebraska - 8th Annual Bohemian Alps Rally

  • In Verdigre, Ne.
  • Sponsored by TRUMP-OMAHA & The Verdigre Improvement Club
  • Dates: June 25th - 26th & 27th 2010
  • Cost: $30.00 per person includes; Supper Friday & Saturday, Rolls & donuts Saturday & Sunday morning, Coffee, Tea & Lemon-aid all weekend, all camping fees paid, Day ride Saturday, Show & Shine Saturday afternoon, Rally patch.
  • Door prizes and raffle prizes.
  • Showers and rest rooms right in the camping area.
  • All proceeds are donated to the Verdigre Improvement Club for improvements to the parks and playgrounds.
  • Free swimming Saturday afternoon.
  • Come on out and enjoy some of the best roads and riding in the State of Nebraska.
  • GPS coordinates 42o35’23.67”N – 98o01’42.55”W
  • Come on out and visit with the nephews of BMW legend Danny Liska.
  • For more info contact George at or Pat Felderman at
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