Wednesday, February 12, 2020

BS Riders February 2020 News

The Chili & Soup Contest will replace the regular club meeting this month.  The BSR Chili and Soup contest, which in intended to help us through the winter motorcycle blues, will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 22nd at Bak BMW.  A flyer is attached to be posted it in your favorite places and on social media.  Bring a chili or soup, or pay $3 to come empty handed and try a sample of each.  Everyone is welcome.  First prize $100.

Steve Martin reports all twelve slots are filled for the MSF Advanced Rider Class course.  The BMW MOA Foundation will be paying for the training for club members.  If you not a club member, please pay $20 to the Big Sioux Riders and we will make you a member for the year.  If you have questions contact Steve at or call him at (712) 754-0155.  Training starts at 9 am Saturday, April 11th and last seven hours plus extra time.  Stan Stille is working on the details for entertainment and lodging the evening before in Omaha.  We will send out hotel and other details next month.

The 2020 BMW MOA National Rally is in Great Falls, MT on June 25-28, 2020.  Through February you can preregister for two riders for $99 which is a pretty healthy discount.  Details are here:  President Anita and first husband Doug will be hosting the "Shonley National Rally Camping Invitational" in June before and after the National Rally.  The BMW MOA rally in Great Falls is about a one day ride from their home near Sturgis, SD.  They will provide camping spots and a nice dinner. Contact Doug at to make arrangements.

Jim Johnson is arranging his spring ride in NW Arkansas in early May.  If your interested contact him at 

Our Big Sioux Riders Spring Campout will be May 10th this year somewhere near Pickstown, SD.  We will keep an eye on the weather and flooding before making final decision on which campground.  The club is planning on cooking and serving dinner both Friday and Saturday evening and breakfast Saturday morning.  We would like to keep our numbers down to around 30 people or so for the campout so that it's manageable for our cooks and organizers.  You all still welcome to bring a friend though.  We will start figuring out what we are cooking in the next few weeks.

Upcoming Rides and Rallies.  This list should keep you all pretty busy, but let me know if something is missing and needs to be added:
Feb 22: Big Sioux Riders, Chili/Soup Contest, Bak BMW, Sioux City
Mar 7: GLMC Pop Cycle Derby, Dennison, MN
Mar 28: Bak Spring Open House, Sioux City
Apr 11 - Big Sioux Riders MSF Advanced Rider Class, Papillion, NE
Apr 25: 35th Annual Motorcycle Flea Market, Pacatonia, IL
May 8 - 10: 17th Annual Big Sioux Riders Spring Campout, Pickstown, SD
May 15 - 17: 46th Annual Great River Road Rally (GR3), Soldier's Grove, WI
May 29 - 31: Hiawatha Rally, Money Creek, MN
Jun 12 - 14: 48th Moto MO Rally, Crane, MO
June 24, 28, 29: Shonley National Rally Camping Invitational, Sturgis, SD
June 25 - 28: BMW MOA National Rally, Great Falls, MT
June 26 - 27: Minnesota Moto Guzzi Rally, Grand Marais, MN
July 10 - 12: 28th Annual Iowa Moto Guzzi Rally, Elkader, IA
July 16 - 18: 49th Annual Top O' Rockies Rally, Paonia, CO
July 31 - Aug 3: 36th Annual Wisconsin Moto Guzzi Rally, Lake Joy, WI
Aug 13 - 16: 22nd Annual Beartooth Beemers Rendezvous, Red Lodge, MT
Aug 14 - 16: 38th Annual Huskerally, Franklin, NE
Sept 11 - 13: 50th Wisconsin Dells Rally
Sept 17 - 20: 44th Pure Stodge Iowa Rally
Sept 17 - 19: BMWRA Rally, Waynesville, NC

The Spink Cafe, after the fire this past winter, has relocated to Elk Point.  We will restart our month breakfast rides in April.


Monday, January 6, 2020

BS Rider January 2020 News


Let's hope everyone has a great and safe riding season in 2020.  Let's get the year started!!

First off and most importantly, Jim Hawthorne is having some health issues and is at Mercy Hospital where the doctors are trying figure out what's going on.  He is room 7124 and is accepting visitors.  If you get a chance, stop by and say hello.  Keep Jim and Joan in your thoughts and prayers.

The club is having a chili and soup contest at 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 22nd at Bak BMW to help us through the winter motorcycle blues.  Bring a chili or soup or pay $3, and try each of them.  After sampling them, vote for the best.  There will be a cash people's choice prize.  Last year the prize of $100 went to Jim and Joan Hawthorne for their superb slider sandwiches.  This year's prize will be similar (e.g. don't have details yet).  The club will provide bowls and everything else needed.  Dave will talk about and hopefully show us some new 2020 motorcycles and gear.  Everyone is welcome.

Steve Martin has two of the twelve slots open, and two alternative slots available for the MSF Advanced Rider Class course which he arranged for club members on Saturday, April 11th at 9:30 a.m.  The training will be at the MSF's Papillion Nebraska campus and will last about 6 hours plus breaks.  With so many slots already filled, the rate will be $80 for each of us.  Steve is trying to arrange to have the MOA Foundation pick up that fee, so in short, the training will most likely be free.  Friends are also welcome - the MOA Foundation should pick up their class fees as well.  You will need bring your own bike for the training.  We will ride down to the Papillion the night before and stay at a nearby hotel.  Steve will arrange a hotel so we can hang out together that evening.  You can read the training brochure here: Brochure.  Please let Steve know if your interested by January 10th at or call him at (712) 754-0155.

Attached is the 2019 Treasurer's summary for the club from Steve Martin.  We ended the year with a little more cash then we started with and have a cushion for 2020.  Link

There was a short article about Tom Butters in the January BMW MOA magazine.  If you don't get the mag, a copy of the article is here.

Lastly, the 2020 BMW MOA National Rally is in Great Falls, MT on June 25-28, 2020.  Through February you can pre-register for two riders for $99 which is a pretty healthy discount.  Details are here:

Sometimes when you can't ride for pie, you have to make your own: