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Come on down and see your Board in action!
This term the Board will continue meeting at 10 AM on the first Saturday of each month at MotoGuild SF. So whether you've got some club business, want to thank the Board for all their hard work for the Club, or just want to spectate; stop on by and join the Board! And maybe after take advantage of the great MotoGuild facility and wrench a little on your bike...
NOTE: October's BOD Meeting will be help at Pleasanton Black Bear Diner (5100 Hopyard Rd.), from 9:00AM to 11AM. Afterwards there will be some folks heading to Adventure Designs for their Okctoberfest open house.
With the January Campout cancelled we are putting on a Bonus Campout in Feburary at Big Basin State Park. Aside from being an awesome Park to camp in, it's fairly central for most members so you can easily get home early for the Super Bowl. There will be hot coffee starting at 7 am to get you motivated to get up and on the road. Since the game starts at 3:30, that leaves plenty of time to get home for the big game.
(Note: this is an informal ride and campout - not a club meeting. So there won't be club business conducted, no Board presenting, and this does not qualify as one of the required meetings required for membership eligibility.)
Breakfast at Black Bear Diner in Colma (4927 Junipero Serra Blvd) at 8AM. Arrive gased up ready to roll at 9 AM.
Feb Bonus Ride.GPX
Feb Bonus Ride-Track.GPX
Or scan this QR Code with your phone to load the Rever Route
This month's Second Sunday Breakfast Ride will start at Denica's Cafe in Castro Valley(2723 Castro Valley Blvd) and head down Palomares Road and Calaveras Road to 130 up and over Mt Hamilton, ending at The Junction. Breakfast at 8 am and we will leave at 9 am. The ride should take about 3.5 hours with a rest stop or two. Mark Rodda will be leading.
Click Here for a GPX File if you need it but its a pretty simple route or
scan the QR code with your phone camera to get a Rever Route
It’s time again for some MotoGuild wrench time to get your bike road ready for this season's NorCal club rides!
BMW NorCal has reserved a large workspace for bike tune-ups, including a couple bike lifts and tire machine, at MotoGuild on Treasure Island on February 15th. This is open to BMW NorCal member to wrench on their bikes, with the convenience of all the parts and tools you need available there. The clinic starts at 10am and will run until around 3pm.
This will be a fun day where you can do your own minor services to your bike (i.e. change oil/filter, brake fluid, valve check, replace brake pads and tires) alongside other club members. As usual we are looking for our more experienced members to pitch in and help out some of our less experienced riders. If you would like volunteer, please email Jorgen Larsen at Safetydirector@bmwnorcal.org. Most tools you need will be available for us to use there, but you may want to bring your own special tools and bike manual/ torque specs, just in case.
In addition to this clinic, Moto Guild has been extremely generous and supportive of the Club in providing a space in the past for both our past member clinics and our monthly BoD meetings. In return we ask that members reciprocate the generosity by purchasing parts/tires beforehand thru MotoGuild.
The free Member Only Clinics are one of the many BMW NorCal benefits and is also a great way of meeting new members. Refreshments will be provided.
Happy 2020 folks! (I can say still say this due to the Jan. meeting/campout rainout, this will still be our first campout of the year). So let's try it again, this month we're still heading out to beautiful Clear Lake with some great riding and spectacular views! The breakfast start is Black Bear Diner in Napa with breakfast at 8 and the ride departure at 9. Be gassed up and ready to ride.
Please note that at this meeting we are holding the second vote to ratify By-Law changes we reviewed back in September, mainly regarding a "Rally" membership pertaining to BMW owners at the 49er and ROL rallies. The meeting starts at 4 PM if you want to forego the ride and head straight there.
Rever link click this link from your phone to launch route in Rever
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Thinking about Baja again, this time keeping to more of the original format, shorter and sweet. This is my first take on the route, this time meeting up just this side of Tecate at Portero Campground.
As proposed, we would cross at Tecate, head down MH3 towards ensenada but stay on 3 and head west towards San Felipe. GS bikes can hit Mike's sky Ranch while street bikes continue to San Felipe. From there we make our way down MH5, with stops in Gonzago Bay area, San Ignacio, then Mulege for 2 nights. Starting back we could stop in Catavina, Rancho Meling, then Valle de Guadalupe for the last night in Baja. Then Joshua Tree and onto Death Valley for the annual BMW NorCal campout.
There will be a registration charge at some point, but riders can sign up now to show interest and get on a mailing list.
Contact Nick with any questions. firstname.lastname@example.org
About the ride - we are a group of club and non club folks doing this ride on our own. No support, no guides. Everyone handles their own documentation and their own insurance, and brings their own gear and money to cover expenses. We will break up into different riding groups at meet up at the end of the day destination. We will sometimes ride strenuous, longer days of riding which require leaving early.There is a chance riders will become separated so everyone needs to handle their own navigation and know where we are going. This is not a "tag along" ride. And while Baja is awesome and friendly, riders need to know how to handle themselves in another country.
Below is the proposed route.
It's time again for the Club's annual Death Valley Campout/Member Meeting! This year we are in Furnace Creek Group Sites 1 and 2, with Site 2 reserved for "Early Bird" campers starting on Thursday March 26th. And as usual getting there is up to you. The Club doesn't put together an organized ride for this event so fly solo or join up with other members for the ride down. Or, get there via Baja by joining the group of riders heading down into Baja immediately before this event. And remember to be ready for any weather - we experience everything from snow to high temps.
This month we return to La Grange and the great hospitality of Russ Drake's Daughter. You can expect a fun campout and an awesome catered BBQ dinner! As usual camping is free and $10 for non-members. Dinner is $20. BYOB or chip in on a keg.
So last year our reservation for this site was cancelled due to hazardous tree conditions, let's hope that's not an issue again this year! This month we are trying again for Gurnsey Creek Group Site along amazing Hwy 89 (and/or 36 depending which map you're reading). This will be an awesome campout with some really good riding. We may even wrap in a stop at Ozzies BMW for this one! The breakfast and route info will be released soon.
This month we are heading out past French Meadows Lake, East of Foresthill. This will be a great day of riding with some great camping as well! The breakfast and route info will be available soon.
This is our last High Sierra hurrah for the season and we're heading over the crest to Mammoth for the Pine Glen Group site. The Sierra pass riding is always awesome and it's fun to get over to beautiful East Side of the Sierra. We'll see how the weather holds - 2 of the 3 previous years that I've planned September higher Sierra trips have been awesome and we stayed lucky with the weather. Keep your fingers crossed!
Breakfast and route info to follow soon.
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