Saturday, November 5, 2011

Christmas Party Survey and Nominations

We are trying to finalize our Annual Christmas Party plans. We are asking for everyone's input to get it right.

Please answer the following simple survey:

We are planning on a gift exchange. I'll send out details later but basically you will need a $10 to $15 gift if you want to be in the exchange. The party is free for paid club members. Non-paid members will be welcome, but there will be a modest fee to cover their meal expenses. All brands and new and returning members and riders are welcome to celebrate with us.

We need nominations for the Annual Big Johnson Award in honor of its first goofy winner – “Big” Jim Johnson. The award is voted on and given at the Annual Christmas Party to the funniest silliest faux pas or mistake during the year. Nominations should be related to motorcycles or camping and hopefully no one was seriously injured. In 2008 the club decided that people should be eligible to win this award more than once - so everyone is eligible again!! You don’t have to at the party to win, heck you don’t even have to be nominated to win. Good luck and remember, the more people you can nominate, the better your chances of not winning this award. Everyone is eligible to win!! You can send your nominations to and or enter them in on the above survey.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Updated BMW

Doug Shonley sent this to share with the group.  Looks like a R1100 or R1150 engine.


Friday, September 30, 2011

Jack Shoalmire Tribute SS1000 - South Dakota.

Brion Hase will be riding a Saddle Sore 1000 on October  15th.  This was something Jim Johnson originally signed up for, but due to scheduling conflict Jim cannot do it so Brion is going to pinch hit for him.  It’s called the Jack Shoalmire Tribute Ride.  Jack had a goal of riding a SS1000 in each of the 50 states and was nearly complete with that task when he passed away after a heart attack.  There will be people riding SS1000’s in all 50 states on the 15th and they will be compiling photos and satellite tracks for Jack’s Family.  Jim had signed up for the South Dakota in-state ride so we are going out through the Black Hills and back.  It’s going to be a fun ride so if anyone is interested in riding with Brion, drop him a message.  This does qualify as an Iron Butt ride and there is a discounted fee of $22 for the certificate and processing.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Galpin On Road Seminar - Sept 30 to Oct 2, 2011

From Jim Johnson

I have stayed at this campground.  The cabins are Spartan, but dry.  Two single beds and enough room for your luggage, one light and not outlets.  They used to serve a cooked breakfast on the grounds that was pretty good.  The campground is within spitting distance (a few miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway.)  I have taken Susan’s course with Stan.  We learned a lot about riding in the right gear.  As a result, both of us are better on the curves.

Pass this along to anyone you think might be interested.  I will go again, if I can.


From: Susan Galpin 
Sent: Tuesday, August 16, 2011 8:56 AM
To: Jim Johnson
Subject: Galpin On Road Seminar Coming Soon / Info You Need

Dave Cwi here, writing on behalf of Susan Galpin.  In the past you've attended on expressed interest in  attending one of Susan's Conquer Corners Before They Conquer You! seminars.    So the upcoming opportunity may be of interest.   More than just an updated seminar.  You also receive on-road coaching and we've plotted out great riding day rides in the Smokies where you can try out your new skills.  

Raider Sport Touring will be hosting our Octoberfest Ride the Weekend of Sept 30 - Oct 2.   ATTENDANCE IS LIMITED and we will be based out the Blue Ridge Motorcycle Campground in Cruso, NC.   You are on your own to rent a furnished cabin with linens or pop a tent!

Everyone taking Susan's seminar comments that her techniques transform them so they become more confident riders. The first coaching session will be Friday afternoon September 30.   Next two sessions:  morning and afternoon  Saturday October 1st.
Susan as you know is techno challenged so we are acting as her secretary for this event; but feel free to contact her directly at   She'll be leading 3 groups in 4 hour sessions that begin with her great seminar.  You'll then test what you've learned on roads selected by Susan just for this event.  She'll ride with you providing comments that improve your ability to ride Corner Quick.

We will pass the hat among attendees so bring a $20 bill as we want to cover Susan's expenses.  That's it. 

If you are willing to share a cabin we can pair you up with others and you call the campground directly and give them your credit card.

Are you interested in attending?  Please contact to get in touch and to get on the official list.

For the latest Raider Ride List and News go HERE
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The Rides Are Free and Worth Every Penny!


17th Annual Hawes Biker Days

Saturday & Sunday, Spetember 10 & 11, 2011
"Hawes Campground", Beaver Creek, MN

Concours De Cornfield - Sept 25, 2011

10 AM to 3 PM
1282 Pitzer Road
Earlham, Iowa
(I-80 Exit 100, 4 miles south on P-53)

Motorcycle Show
Field Events for AMCA Members

Hosted by Two River AMCA & Heart of Iowa BMW

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

BMWRA 2011 Dealer Quest

Forwarded from Dave Bak:

From: Mark Jamroz, BMW North America
Date: Jun 7, 2011 2:20 PM
Subject: BMW RA Rally 4th of July Weekend

Hello Dealers -

The RA Rally is taking place in Wisconsin this year over 4th of July Weekend.

BMW Motorrad is sponsoring a BMW Dealer Stamp Quest - where riders are invited to visit BMW Dealers along the way and get their form stamped for chances to win prizes. If they make a purchase at the dealer they get an additional chance to win.

Lawrence put this together and Aftersales and Marketing are putting up the funds for the prizes.

Please let your customers know.

Riders can start collecting stamps beginning June 15 thru July 2nd.

It will be on the RA website. We will get it up on our website too.

BMW Motorrad USA
Mark Jamroz
Area and Community Manager
BMW of North America, LLC

2011 BMWRA Dealer Quest Stamp Form

Monday, June 6, 2011

Free motorcycle to a lucky soldier, airman, sailor or marine

From Dave Bak: Can you spread this around.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: "Jim @ RawHyde Adventures"
Date: Jun 6, 2011 10:51 AM
Subject: [advocates] A free motorcycle to a lucky soldier, airman, sailor or marine in appreciation of their service.

Hello everyone -

I'd like to make you aware of something cool being done by the "Adventure Riding Community" for a couple of lucky members of our armed services (past or present) My father was a World War 2 veteran, and a U.S. Marine. The war had a profound effect on my dad, and I grew up in a home that was very supportive our military forces.

So we are pleased to join with Happy Trails Products, Western Powersports and Klim USA to "give away" a complete "Adventure Rider dream package" which includes a Kawasaki KLR 650 which is outfitted with all sorts of accessories, a new riding suit and more.

We (RawHyde) are adding to the package by providing a free training course (any level of training) and trip to Base Camp Alpha.

So... If you are active duty or have ever been in the servce, please enter the drawing... you never know - it could be your lucky day. You'll find out on Veterans Day this year when the drawing takes place.

Click here to enter -

Regardless of whether you win or not ... please know that we (RawHyde & Happy Trails etc.) are grateful for what you have done for our country - so in our own small way we'd like to give something back.

My thanks to each of you who are or have been a member of our armed services !

Best Regards, Jim Hyde

Friday, May 20, 2011

Remember When...

It's a late May, Friday afternoon. I sit in my office with an eye out the window towards an damp outdoors filled with fog and rain. Another good weekend shot to hell. When my computer screen background changes to a different old photo (below), thoughts wander towards past motorcycle trips. Does anyone remember when we all complained about $2 gas and everyone (except Steve M.) used paper road maps because no one had a GPS yet? ...You can click on the photo below to see a better quality one.


Monday, May 16, 2011

May Meeting - May 17th - Dugout in Ute, IA

Meeting Reminder - The May Meeting of the Big Sioux Riders is this Tuesday, May 17th. We will meet at the Gordon Drive HyVee at 6 PM in Sioux City and ride to the Dugout in Ute, IA. The Dugout is one of the Iowa Beef Industry Council's finalists in "Iowa's Best Burger in 2011" contest.

If you missed Gina and Omaha's open houses last weekend, never fear. Bak BMW has a K1600GTL demo bike in. Dave is encouraging riders to come in and take it for a test ride.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Big Sioux Riders Spring Campout Photos

The Eighth Annual Big Sioux Riders Spring Campout is in the bag and it was quite a success. We had a lot of members participate in one way or another, and we had some friends and fellow riders join us. The weather this year was some of the best we have ever had at this event, everything went pretty smoothly, and everyone had a fun and safe weekend.

If anyone would like to add some photos to the collection below or add comments please send them too me. The photos help document the trip and will help me remember the details in the future.

Each year I'm pretty excited about this event when it finally rolls around. It punctuates the end of winter and the beginning of the spring and summer riding and rally season. Thank you everyone who helped out and/or participated!

-- Frump.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Gina's BMW Big Birthday Bash - May 14th

I got the following note from Joe Larson:

Gina's BMW Motorcycles, in Iowa City, will have her Big Birthday Bash on May 14th. The event will feature 8 K1600GT and 8 K1600GLT demos, Chris "Teach" McNeil's stunt show, free Iowa roasted pork sandwiches, and John Laconte doing a race day seminar with his track prepped S1000RR.

More details here:

Monday, April 4, 2011

Video of Doug Shonley on S1000RR

The following is a youtube video clip which Doug Shonely sent of himself riding a S1000RR at the California Super Bike School in Las Vegas recently. The video say they were told to ride at 70%, but we all 70% to Doug is like 105% to some of the rest of us, hehe.

Monday, March 28, 2011

8th Annual Big Sioux Riders Spring (Mother's Day Dam) Campout

The 8th Annual Big Sioux Riders Spring (Mother's Day Dam) Campout will be Saturday and Sunday, M
ay 7th and 8th (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 Dock" which is just north of the Chief Standing Bear Bridge near Niobrara (The Dock is formally in the town of Running Water, SD). Our regular stop, the Flyway Cafe in Niobrara is closed for remodeling.

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.

Friday, March 18, 2011

8th Annual Motorcycle Safety Forum - Ames, April 29th

On Friday April 29 The 8th Annual Motorcycle Safety Forum will take place at ISU Ames. The cost is 10.00 each and the time is 8:30-4:00. The theme this year is RIDE BIRGHT:Be Smart-Be seen.

This year the speakers are:

Imre Szauter, AMA Goverment Affairs

David Hough*, Older Rider/Returning Rider.

Larry Dietzler, Motorcycle Justice

Slider Gilmore, Blue Haired Ole Ladies, Road Alligators, Tar Snakes and Golden Hour

* Many of us know David Hough as the author of Proficent Motorcycling and More Proficient Motorcycling, among other books.

There is also a trade show.

You can register by e-mail: or call 515-294-6222

Steve Martin

(712) 574-0155

Monday, February 14, 2011

Feburary Update

The BSR Calender sends out an automated notice to everyone, so let me set the record straight - There is NO REGULAR FEBRUARY MONTHLY MEETING. I'm working on the details for March meeting - we are looking (hint-hint Jim) for a heated garage to host it and are hoping to do some tech stuff and have pizza again. Wives, husbands, SO and new members will all be welcome!! Also, we are looking for someone to run a spring safety riding warm-up in April.
The Martin's Jonesin Party last Saturday was the official monthly February meeting and it was a great party. There were 23 riders present. The food was great including the Jo Boy's, Ryan Stillie did a great show of motorcycle photos, I showed photos from Leta and my summer vacation, and then Jeff Sar did a great presentation of his Alaska trip. Jo and Steve really out did themselves this year, thanks!!
Dale Nordlie forwarded me the following regarding the pricing on the new BMW K1600GT and K1600GTL. Its a lot lower then most folks were guessing. Call Dave Bak for official pricing as he has it now.

Hi Guys:

It's time to port & polish your checkbooks, as BMW has just released prices on its new 6-cylinder model motorcycles. Here's the press release:

BMW Motorrad USA has announced pricing for the highly anticipated 2012 model year K 1600 GT and K 1600 GTL tourers. The K 1600 GT will have a base Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $20,900; while the K 1600 GTL will have a base MSRP of $23,200. (Additional destination charge of $495 is not included in MSRP). Both new models will be available for purchase through authorized BMW Motorrad USA dealers this Spring.

I spoke to a BMW Motorrad/NA guy I know at the NY Moto Show and he said they are presold out to Oct build and are quite happy with their pre-sell results.

Mac Kirkpatrick

Glenmoore, PA USA

Dale also sent me an email to this new concept boxer called a lo-rider. Its a pretty neat looking bike which kind of looks like a Confederate Hellcat. Article says BMW is trying to gauge interest before going to production with it:
Finally, Jim Johnson sent me this photo:
This has got to be easier to stay upright since there is no rear tire to kick out with too much throttle.
Shannon Lesko sent me a note couple weeks ago that his mother, Donna, is now out of rehab and back at home and doing well.
Send me photos or anything else you want including in these group emails!!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Pardee Time - The Martin's Annual Motorcycle Jone'n Party

Received from Steve Martin:

Well it is almost that time of year again, for the . . .
Annual Jonsin for Motorcycle Riding Season Mid Winter Bash.
Well I don't know how much of a 'bash", it is but it is always a great time. So, you are invited. Bring anyone you would like along with finger foods to share. Jo is going to make her famous 'Sloppy Jo's'.
Also, please bring any thing you would like to share that has a motorcycle theme. Movies, videos, games, new parts, old parts, you know, anything.
Personally, I like to hear about and see pictures from motorcycle trips, since the colder it gets, the more I day dream of great rides in wonderful places.
Anyway I hope if you have not been here before, you get the idea.
Here are the particulars:
WHEN : Feb12 Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. til ?
WHERE : 27255 Indian Summer Drive*
* north on hiway 75, east on C70 for 1/2 mile, then north on Imperial road for 1.25 miles, right on Indian Summer Drive, we are the Tan house on the end.
If you get lost, just call and we will send out a 'search party' for you.