Thursday, November 13, 2014

Big Sioux Riders 2014 Christmas Party

The Big Sioux Rider's Annual Christmas Party will be on Friday, December 12th.  The location will be the popular and historic Pierce Mansion at 2901 Jackson Street in Sioux City, Iowa.  If you haven't been to the Mansion before you will surely enjoy it.  There are several rooms on the upper floors which have historical displays.  The top floor contains an open Ball Room.  You are free to explore the Mansion during the festivities.  Last year one of the caretakers was kind enough to lead a tour, he may again this year if we are lucky.

Please RSVP Brion ( before December 6th if you intend to join us.  We look forward to seeing everyone, so please don't forget.

The dishes being served from Trattoria Fresco will be:
Lasagna, Velasco Spicy (sauteed with fresh garlic, olive oil, white wine, and fresh jalapenos served with roasted Potatoes), Gamberi Primavera (linguine with fresh shrimp sauteed with garlic, oil and broccoli), and a secret dish made from red sauce, mussels, shrimp, calamari and scallops.

We already have folks signed up for salads, side-dishes, and all the other things we need, so please bring a snack, side-dish or desert.  The club will provide coffee and soda, if you prefer a different type of beverage please bring it with you.

6:00 PM - Doors open at the Mansion
6:00 to 6:30 - Social Time - Greeting and Collections of 2015 Dues
6:30 - Dinner Served
7:15 - Club Officer Election
7:17 - Awards and Presentations 
7:25 - Gift Exchange and Stealing Begins
8:55 - Clean Up

The Big Sioux Rider’s Christmas dinner is free to members paying 2015 memberships - $20/person for others.  Annual membership is $20 for individual, or $25 for a family.  Family members may bring an additional guest (paid).  New members are welcome.  Steve Martin will be collecting member dues for 2015 at the party when you arrive.  Make checks payable to Big Sioux Riders.

We will have the traditional Big Sioux Riders gift exchange so bring a gift costing between $10 and $20.  The gifts do not have to be motorcycle related.  Bring something fun, useful, or re-gift a stinker.

PS - Steve Martin Needs Photos for the Poster Calender Soon (he says last week soon).

Monday, November 10, 2014

BSR Meeting Wednesday, November 12th


We have a Big Sioux Riders meeting this Wednesday, November 12th at 6 PM.  The location is Bak BMW.  Dave will be cooking, so bring a few dollars to chip in for the food.   We will be discussing the meal at the Christmas Party December.  Jim Johnson will be bring a menu from Trattoria Fresco (Italian) so let him know what your interested in or show up at the meeting.  We will decide on the menu before the end of the meeting.

Christmas Party:

The Big Sioux Rider Christmas Party will be at the Pierce Mansion in Sioux City again this year.  It will be in the evening of Friday, December 12.  We are hoping this allows more of the out-of-towners to come.  If you haven't seen the mansion, its worth coming just to see the home and the displays.  We don't have a specific time yet, but I'll post it when we get one. Please send me an email RSVP to let me know if you are coming and if you are bringing anyone with you.  Spouses, kids, a fellow rider or just a friend are all good.  Meal is included with your membership renewal.  You can bring another person with a family membership, and there will be a nominal fee to cover our costs for any additional folks you bring along.

As in past years, bring a desert, snacky food, or beverage with you to the party.  The club will have a coffee pot and some soda.  There will also be a gift exchange following the meal which uses the same stealing and keeper rules we have used in the past.   I promise to remember and state the rules more clearly this year, I may even write them down.  Figure spending on $10 - $20 for a gift, unless you find something really cool for a lot less, hehe.

Please send you Big Johnson award nominations to Jim (  He and last year's winners (Terry Hughes, Steve Martin, and runners-up Jim Hawthorne) will form this years nomination committee.  Submissions I'm aware of so far:
  1. Jim Johnson (award namesake) for forcing all his riding buddies to listen to Helen Reddy songs at 130db at every traffic stop between I-35E and the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul.  Some believe it was some kind of ritualized punishment of his friends who had working BMWs for the past 6 weeks (vs. Jim and his shinny new 2014 R1200RT which had reverted back to garage queen status for several weeks prior to the rally).
  2. South Sioux City Sue, whom after living in Sioux City for years and years (and then even more years), had to ask for directions to Miles for Stan Stille's moving away party.  The shame of living a sheltered life she claimed.  Meanwhile, nearly every 6 year old in Sioux City (and probably South Sioux too) can tell you Miles is the place they make Charlie Boy sandwiches which is just up the street from the famous Tire Man.
  3. Brion Hase.....  hopefully no one can remember why.  I can't remember the details either, but I do remember it would have given me a strong chance to win if anyone else remembered it.  Luckily I don't remember and didn't write it down either...


We need photos for the Club Calender.  Please send any photos you want to include to Steve Martin (

Monday, July 28, 2014

2014 Big Johnson Award Nominations Rolling In

The riding year is past half over and we already have two Big Johnson Award nominations. The Big Johnson is the annual Big Sioux Rider club award for the a club member or rider who has the biggest faux pas or crazy motorcycle related experience during the year, hopefully one in which no one was permanently injured.

1.  Jim Johnson (award namesake) for forcing all his riding buddies to listen to Helen Reddy songs at 130db at every traffic stop between I-35E and the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul.  Some believe it was some kind of ritualized punishment of his friends who had working BMWs for the past 6 weeks (vs. Jim and his shinny new 2014 R1200RT which had reverted back to garage queen status for several weeks prior to the rally).

2.  South Sioux City Sue, whom after living in Sioux City for years and years, had to ask for directions to Miles for Stan Stille's moving away party.  The shame of living a sheltered life... "she" claimed.  Meanwhile, nearly every 6 year old in town can tell you its the place they make Charlie Boy sandwiches which is just up the street from the famous Tire Man.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Lunch with the Kids at Crittenton Center Youth Shelter

Its been almost a year since the Big Sioux Riders last ride-in to the Crittenton Center Youth Shelter.  Sunday, April 6th the group is scheduled deliver and serve pizza to the kids, and talk to them about motorcycles and motorcycle travel.  The time will be 12 noon.  The staff is estimating they will have between 17 and 25 kids.  You're welcome to bring any motorcycle stuff that would interest them.  The idea is just to get them talking about motorcycles and to get their minds off more troubling things for an hour or two.  It has turned out to be a pretty good time for everyone during past visits.

We decided last year to give the staff a break and not bring soda with both sugar and caffeine in them anymore.  The staff has suggested bringing Sprite, Fanta, root beer and other non-caffeinated beverages.  The pizza and soda will be served from the pavilion building in the front lawn area.  We pay for the pizza and soda with money from our club treasury.

The address is 3901 Green Avenue, Sioux City, IA. Directions: take the Martha street exit near the Gordon Drive HyVee and head north, after you go around the 90 degree corner near HyVee, the street name changes to Green Ave.  The Center is just past the church on the north side of the street.  

Also, please consider the following during your travels this summer - its something we have discussed at a few of the club meetings regarding the next Pizza Party.  I spoke to one of the staff members at the Center and she liked the idea and said it would be fine.  If you already have a lot of motorcycle event t-shirts in the closet and don't need anymore, pick an appropriate small, medium or kid sized t-shirt at different events.  If everyone could pick up 2 or 3 t-shirts, we would have enough to hand one out to each kid at the next Pizza party.  Getting a cool motorcycle t-shirt will be a big deal to the kids.  Plus knowing how many places some of you visit every year (self included), you can't wear them all anyways :)

Monday, March 3, 2014

11th Annual Big Sioux Riders Spring Campout - May 10th - 11th, 2014

Below is a link to the flyer for the 11th Annual Big Sioux Riders Spring Campout on Mother's Day Weekend.  We have a couple changes this year.  We will be cooking a dinner Saturday evening at the campground.  Terry and I have also managed to reserve cabins #1 and #2 next to where we camp for both Friday and Saturday evenings.  We plan on getting to the campground Friday afternoon and getting things ready a head of time.  If you would like to join us early, please let us know.  This is a low key, low cost get together.  Please print the flyer out and post it at your local dealership or club message board.

Flyer Here:

Friday, February 28, 2014

It's almost March, time to wake up the iron

Well it is almost March on the calendar, but the weather reminds us that winter is still here.  I just returned from a tour of the south, Florida and Texas. We had "Chamber of Commerce", weather everywhere we went.  Even got caught in a thunderstorm during rush hour in Houston, Texas.  No, not on a bike.  Stopped in many bike shops along the way, and saw many of the new models ready to ride.  So, naturally came home to freezing temps and that four letter word, S-N-O-W.
The events calendar is starting to get filled in and I know everybody is jones'n to ride.  Time to rack and stack the events for the year.
I do want to mention a few things that are ongoing regardless of the season, just some light housekeeping.

On Saturdays we meet for breakfast at the Garden Cafe in Sioux City, at 8 am.
We are still meeting on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month, at Bak BMW.  We had a good turn out this last Wednesday.  When the weather clears up it will be a ride night, until then we stayed warn, ate hot dogs and talked bikes, rides and other things.  Please plan on attending.
Our regular meeting is on the third Tuesday of the month.  The March meeting is planned for March 18th at 6pm.  We will meet at the House of Q, so get there early if you want to eat some good BBQ!

Other events:

April 1 to September 30 starts the GLMC grand tour event, more information is on their Web Site
April 6 we will meet at the Crittenton Center, a pizza and bike party for the kids.
April 25-26 is the Blitz to Branson
May 10-11 is the 11th Annual Big Sioux Riders Mothers Day Dam Camp Out

There are many other events coming up, and I will try to get them published on this blog site in the near future as soon as I learn how to use the calendar.

Finally, our best wishes for a speedy recovery to our esteemed Treasurer, Steve Martin.  Steve says he feels like he lives the life of a house cat, still mostly at home in his bubble. We know that its for the best right now. Steve also reminds us to "Ride hard and be sure to get lost, that's the best part". With advise like that, I think he wants the Big Johnson Award all to himself, not shared with yours truly......

My Best To All....

The "Old Sarge"


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Happy New Year to ALL
I finally figured out how to post on this blog.  Thanks Brion for the help and getting this set up.
I am given to understand that the new year is a time for resolutions.  So I might be able to make a few myself.
First and foremost to ride safely this year so I can make the same one next year.
Second, to ride more, to enjoy the trip and not focus on the destination. To take the time to smell the roses along the way.
Third, as I stated at the Christmas Party, try to get as many events posted on a calendar so all can see the upcoming events.
To that end, please remember that we have breakfast, Saturday Mornings at the Garden Cafe, in Sioux City, starting about 8am.Now the location may change but the date won't.  Lastly, we meet at Bak BMW the second and fourth Wednesday of each month.  Right now because of weather its more fellowship, but as the weather improves, we ride. I will be working on an events calendar this winter, I hope to have it up by March.
Fourth, and lastly, I would like to invite all to join me in as many events as your time will allow.  That is something I am looking forward to doing.  I hope to see you all down the road.  But two things to remember the "Old Sarge" is getting older and his memory was left on a flightline many years ago, along with his hearing.  So say hi and speak up.... My Best To All

the "Old Sarge"
Terry Hughes,
President, Big Sioux Riders

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Wednesday Night Ride/Get Together Jan. 8th 2014

The bi-monthly BSR Wednesday Night Ride/Get Together on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month continues.  This ride is hosted by the Bak Family and it starts and ends at Bak BMW Victory KTM.  The Baks usually put together and prepare a meal which they pass a hat to pay for.  When the weather is not conducive to riding, there will have an activity at the shop.  The ride (get together) starts at 6 PM (closing time at the shop so they can participate).

Since it "might" be a little "chili" to ride this Wednesday (January 8th), Katie is making "chili" for anyone who wants come down and try it.  Dave is going to previewing a new BMW DVD.