A motorcycle touring and enthusiast club with members from Northwest Iowa, Northeast Nebraska and Southeast South Dakota... near the banks the of the Big Sioux River and Sioux City. BMW MOA Chapter #308.
I got an email from Gary J. trying to find out who is riding to the Fort Ransom Rally next weekend. We haven't had much discussion about who is going where lately, so maybe its time. Post your comments below or contact Gary directly. Lots places to still go before the snow flies. Anyone going to Dakota Classic camping rally at Fort Ranson, ND this weekend? Frump can't go, but maybe someone else can? I hear its a good little BMW rally and its pretty close. The Central Iowa Airhead Campout Sept 21-13 near Stuart and Panora, IA is even closer?
Anything else I'm missing? ---------- Forwarded message ----------From: Gary Johnson Date: Thu, Sep 13, 2012 at 12:25 PMSubject: Fort Ransom Rally, North DakotaTo: XXXXXXX Hi, Do you know anyone going to the Dakota Classic rally this weekend? I plan on leaving tomorrow morning. Take care, Gary (lone wolf) Johnson.
The Central Iowa Airheads invite all Airheads to Iowa's First Airhead Event, September 21-23, 2012, at Nations' Bridge Park, located between Stuart and Panora, Iowa. The Park is on the banks of the Raccoon River, offering lots of shade, restrooms and showers. The weekend offers plenty of activities:Friday, Indianola Bike Night (http://bikedowntoitown.com/), Saturday, Winterset Bike Night (http://madisoncounty.com/index.php?page=winterset-bikenight), and Sunday, Two Rivers' Vintage Motorcycle Club (http://www.tworiversvmc.org/) and The Heart of Iowa's BMW annual event, The Concours de Cornfield, located at Earlham. (Antiques AND BMWs for display, peoples-choice judging, and field events) Camping fees and meals will be left to the individuals, Saturday afternoon we'll plan to have the campfire and smoker going! For information, contact Chris Palmer 422 6175, or Joe Larson 229 0694 (edit: removed central Iowa 515 prefix from numbers to avoid phone spam).
We have changed the Saturday morning group breakfast location a couple weeks ago to Tim's Garden Cafe until further notice. You may ask why? Well, it might be because getting over the bridge has become a pain in the butt right now, or it could be we tried to close down the Town House Cafe and failed, or it might be a simple as Al likes the way his eggs benedict looks at Tim's. Al said there was a club vote, but he may have been the only one who showed up that morning. No one really knows exactly why the change, other then it just seemed like a good time for a change.
A couple people have asked where breakfast is again this week. The new location will be at member Tim Konidas’s restaurant "The Garden Cafe" at 1322 Jackson St. (formerly Gus’s Family Restaurant) near downtown Sioux City. Tim serves free coffee to Big Sioux Riders.
Map Location: http://tinyurl.com/856h67d
Directions: Take the downtown exit (147B) off of I-29. Go 5 blocks north, jog one block east (right) to Jackson, turn back north (left) on Jackson and go to 14th Street. its on the corner of 14th and Jackson - you can't miss it. If you do, call me at 712-253-4650 and I'll send someone to find you.
This post contains photos which Steve and Jo are emailing. They are headed out to New York, Montreal, and places further east -- Frump.
Jo and Steve at Cranberry Lake, in Adirondack State Park, New York
Another Ferry Ride, Steve and Jo cross Lake Champlain from Essex, NY to Charlotte, Vermont.
The view from our motel, Lake Placid and White Mountain.
This is the viewfrom of Lake Placid from the top of white mountain. We could
see Lake Champlain from there (50 miles) and we were told on a really clear day
you can see the sky scrapers at Montreal, 100 miles north.
Jo and her new friends, on the ferry ride to Vermont on Lake Champlain.
Doug Shonley forwarded this message. The Mid American Museum of Aviation here in Sioux City is having their annual Spring Fly-In & Pancake Breakfast next Saturday, May 6th. Includes a car show too, so there may be some motorcycles there as well.
We appreciate your previous commitment to the Pure Stodge Touring Association Iowa Rally.
So please come and join us at the Iowa Rally June 7-10, 2012.
We will be partying in the
Middle Amana Community Park in the midst of the historical Amana
Colonies. Enjoy the grassy, shady camping. Share a campfire with old and
new friends. Good food, music, tasty beverages,
prizes – who could ask for more?!
Check out our flyer. Then fill out and send us the pre-registration form to guarantee your part in the fun at the 36th Iowa Rally!
Sent to Gina's BMW Mailing List on Jan 31 (thanks for forwarding Doug):
I hope that 2012 is off to a great start for you! Although this Winter has been mild, it really feels great to have the days getting longer. I am excited to announce that we will be sponsoring our first riding contest this year, and hope that you will participate! The contest will kick off on Groundhog Day - let's hope he doesn't see his shadow, because we are all ready for some beautiful riding weather!
Sincerely, Gina Dusterhoft Gina's BMW Motorcycles, Inc
--- The 2012 Gina's BMW Ride to Dine Motorcycle Grand Tour is a self-paced contest meant to encourage motorcycle riders of all makes and models to see more of our beautiful state of Iowa, while supporting small businesses.
The contest begins on Thursday, February 2nd, 2012 and ends on Saturday,October 6th, 2012.
To sign up you must submit an entry form, along with a registration fee of $5.00 at Gina's BMW. For your registration, you will receive the 2011 Our Iowa Magazine's "Directory of Iowa's Best Ma & Pa Restaurants", and a bumper sticker. Unfortunately the coupons in the directory have expired.
In order for a restaurant visit to be valid, you must have a receipt with date and restaurant name printed or stamped on it. A business card along with receipt, or photo of your bike in front of the restaurant with receipt may be substituted if a printed name or stamp are not available. Signatures to verify visits will not be accepted. Only one receipt per restaurant will qualify. No duplicates allowed. Only visits to restaurants listed in the directory are eligible.
100% of registration fees collected will be donated to the grand prize winner's local food bank.
The rider with the most restaurants visited will win the grand prize of a set of Metzeler tires (mounted and balanced), donated by Gina's BMW. In the event of a tie, the winner will be determined by a drawing.
But that's not all! There will be many other prizes raffled off on a tiered system. More restaurants visited = better prizes in that tier. A full list of prizes will be made available at a later date.
Level 1: Under 15 restaurants visited. Level 2: Visit 16-25 restaurants, be a Blue-Plate Dine-o-rider. Level 3: Visit 26-50 restaurants, be a Touring Dine-o-rider. Level 4: Visit 51 plus restaurants, be a Grand Dine-o-rider.
Completed entries must be submitted to Gina's BMW no later than 12:00 noon on October 6th for validation. Winners will be drawn at 4:00 pm on that date. YOU MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN.
Gina's BMW will not be responsible for any weight gain as a result of your dining experience. Rules are subject to change at the discretion of Gina's BMW.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Received From Gina's after requesting more information how riders from Western Iowa can participate:
Thanks for your e-mail. We would like for everyone in the contest to visit us at least twice this summer. We realize it's a bit tough this time of year to ride all the way to the "other" side, , so we will mail out directories after receiving the registration fees, but to qualify for prizes we will need to see each rider at least once before the October 6th deadline.
Don't forget, we have really cool event t-shirts on sale for only $15.00!
If you have any other questions, just let us know.
The 9th Annual Big Sioux Rider Spring (Mother’s Day Dam) Campout will be Saturday and Sunday, May 12th and 13th (Mother’s Day weekend). This is an informal campout. 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.
Doug Shonley sent the following story about his first ride this past weekend on his K1600GT.
So far I have 350 miles on the new K1600GT. Thought I would give you an update that others could read. This is a wonderful motorcycle. This is also probably the most complex motorcycle I have ever ridden. I have not got all the electronics figured out yet. Reading on the forums I will probably go with the BMW Nav 4 GPS because there are a couple things that are proprietary in the connection with the bike. I will probably have to change to the SENA blue tooth headsets also. I will probably keep my Cardio head sets because of the advantage with them for group riding.
Ok, now about the bike. It is very much like the K1200GT. In fact I have a hard time telling the difference. It has the BMW feel in the corners. Just very solid and predictable. I started a ride up Vanocker Canyon but the road was too ice covered and sandy so I decided to do a u-turn. Being icy I decided to just baby walk the bike around. What I did find is that the handlebars really crank a long ways to the side which made the turn quite easy. Some bikes hit the stop way too soon. I believe this bike probably has the best seat of any BMW that I have had. I sat for a full three hours on it and it was noticeable, but not painful. Had an interesting experience with the fuel on this bike. I was driving out on the plains where the roads were dry and found this lonely road. In fact it said next services 33 miles. I looked at the fuel range and I had over 90 miles so no problem. Also there was an intersection at 66 miles. So off I go. I'm trying to vary my speed a bunch and not just sit at one set speed. Often dropping down to 1st and then blasting through the gears running it up to about 4000 rpm in each gear. Oh, what a wonderful sound this six cylinder bike has. I was bucking a wind and I was impressed with the windshield as it was really giving me quite good protection. If I raised it all the way up the wind would actually push on the back of my helmet. I normally have it set about an inch down from the very top. I get up to the 33 miles and being a Sunday afternoon everything was pretty well shut down. I didn't see any gas pumps either so I thought, well there has to be something up at this intersection which is only another 33 miles. So I continued having fun with the bike hitting any sweepers with a high amount of energy and loving how the bike feels. I check the fuel range and it has gone down a bunch. If fact when I get to the intersection all that is there is just the intersection and the fuel remaining is 19 miles. Hmmm. The sign says Buffalo 24 miles. This is not good. I pull into the wind and set the cruise at 52 mph. Had not used the cruise yet other than to just check that it worked. I figure that it was better to run at a constant speed rather than run out of gas. This bike has two fuel consumption meters. I had been getting 36.4 mpg doing my running up and down through the gears. I found that against the wind, strong wind at 52 mph it would usually get about 44 mpg. Calculating in my head I'm thinking well this might work. At least get me close enough I can get cell service so I could call AAA if I do run out. I keep watching the remaining miles and it drops off and show me the temperature. It had dropped below the 37 degrees and I got the snow flake on the dash. The hand grips and the seat now have five levels of heat. I had the hand grips all the way up. I had the seat on the third level. The fifth level of the seat I couldn't keep my butt on it. Too hot, which can be a good thing. I had my Gerbing jacket on over a long sleeved T-shirt and a jean shirt. I only had my Stitch on over that. Had I planned on going so far I would have dressed warmer. Finally I come over a hill and can see Buffalo in the distance. Maybe 5 miles. The fuel range is done to 4 miles. I pull into the gas station at Buffalo with 1 mile remaining on the fuel remaining. I promptly fill with gas. I put in 6.876 gallons of gas. Hmmm that is interesting, I didn't think it had that big of tank. Now with a full tank a gas, a call to the wife telling her I'm going to be late, and a potty break I head back home. This time the wind is more behind me. The temperature drops to 32 degrees, but the grips are warm and my seat is hot and my Gerbings is doing the job. When I meet a car I slow down and then I hit it. Now running the bike up to 5000 rpm. This thing really pulls without even getting close to full throttle. Can't wait till I can do full on. Anyway, passing a car it doesn't really matter what gear you are in it just goes. By now I have most of the menus on the bike figured out and got things set how I think I am going to like them. When I have a passenger I will probably mostly run in the rain mode. I found in the dynamic mode if you hit a hard bump you will turn the throttle enough that I'm sure the passenger would probably complain. The middle mode Road is probably the best all around. I still have some things to work out with the electronics. I am making a new version of the FarkleBar just for this bike and really missed having some of my gadgets with me. This is really a great bike. Did I tell you how great a sound it has...
Doug on his new K1600GT
Here is a photo of Jim waiting for his new K1600GT to be un-crated and setup. Of course it is red:
Jim with his new bike, not quite ready to ride.
Doug found a new feature on his bike (Spoiler Alert: Honda VFR fans need not watch this):