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We are going to serve hamburgers and grilled chicken sandwiches along with some sides on Saturday night. Sunday breakfast should be breakfast burritos. The cost is $25. Depending on food costs we might be able to provide some beer as well. To guarantee a meal please register and pay ahead of time.
Also we might be able to arrange a dinner Friday night. That is not confirmed yet so please indicate if you would like a dinner Friday night for $25. We can collect that at the event as we dont have those plans finalized yet.'
Don't forget to sign up for the campout if you havnt already signed up. Click here for the registration.
See you Friday!
Songdog Ranch, why not? Come join BMW NorCal for a great time at one of the club's favorite destinations! Songdog Ranch offers some awesome, old west style camping just south of the Carrizo Plain, a great destination for us moto adventuring types! We have booked the campground for two nights as well so you have no reason not to make the trek down. At the current time we are limiting attendence to BMW Nor Cal Club members, including initiate club members as well as members of certain other BMW Motorcycle clubs. As this is a private campsite and considerably more expense than public sites, the cost will be $10 for full members and $20 for initiate members and sister club attendees.
Also we plan to serve a BBQ dinner Saturday night and breakfast Sunday. The cost is $25.oo. Please reserve your meal here
We are still figuring out if we will be able to provide a meal and related cost as well as an organized ride but want to get the sign up posted ahead of time. Stay tuned for futher information as we get plans firmed up.
The site is large engough to offer plenty of social distancing and given we are camping, will be outside. Of course everyone is expected to follow current CDC, State and County rules including wearing masks and staying at home if you are sick or been exposed to Corona Virus.
We don't have an organized ride to the campout given the diversity of peoples scheduled. There is a group leaving from Fremont at 11 AM if you are looking for people to ride with. The meetup spot is at Starbucks on Morwry Ave. with a plan to head down 101, 25, 198 and 33 stoping in Taft for supplies. Please show up with a full tank of gas.
If you are leaving at a different time and looking for others to ride with, please reply with the date, time and location and we will accumulate the options and send and update to the attendees to help riders connect.
The GPS coordinates for the campsite are 34.880996321792146, -119.47961012163333 There is a dirt road you need to ride up to get to the campout. It is managable for most. If you are uncomfortable riding on the dirt the best option is to walk up to the campsite and I am sure we can find a rider to help get the motorcycle up. You can try cell but I recall the coverage was pretty spotty.
We do NOT have dinner arranged for Friday so be prepared. There should be a BBQ grill there and we plan to bring a bag of charcoal if you want to bring something to grill.
It looks like there may be rain on Sunday. The current forcast doesn't show rain at SongDog until the late afternoon or evening however the Bay Area shows rain in the afternoon so be prepared.
There will be lots of riding options for Saturday we can organize Friday night. I am sure some of our SoCal guests can help us find some interesting routes.
We have confirmed with the Fairgrounds and County Health Department that we can hold the 49er Rally with a few modifications. The first is that we will limit attendence to 300 people. This necessitated us increasing the price to $85. Also we will likley hold our Saturday night meal outdoors. Finally, this is all a work in progress given the late start so there may be other changes we need to make but we are working hard to bring you the best rally we can. Of course we will continue to follow the rules regarding social distancing and mask wearing and if you are sick or been exposed to the CoronaVirus to stay home. No matter, it's going to be a great time for all.
The 49er Rally is the BMW Motorcycle Club of Northern California's annual Memorial Day Weekend rally, with 48 years of tradition that predates the BMW Motorcycle Owners of America's (MOA) National Rally. (In fact, the first MOA Rally was held at our 2nd 49er Rally!) This is one of the West's premier BMW Rallies!
As always, Rally goers can expect 4 nights of grassy tent camping, optional RV camping with water and electrical hook-ups (limited spaces available), hot showers, cold drinks, great food, clinics, speakers, vendor displays depending on availability, prize giveaways, and the camaraderie of lot of fantastic people from all over! Attendees will also have great local riding opportunities including a Poker Run, a self guided Historical Ride, and self guided GS and road rides.
We also a limited number of spots for our optional GS clinics put on by BlackSwan. Click here for more info and registration
If you are a vendor or speaker (or would like to be) and have questions about the 49er Rally, please click here to email Greg Hutchinson, the 49er Chair.
Ladies, are you ready to take your off-road riding to the next level?? Do you feel more comfortable learning riding skills in a female-centric environment, taught by a woman? Well this is the class for you! Join Pat Jacques and a field of other ladies as you learn the ins and outs of GS riding skills.
The full day “Adventure Essentials” class teaches new and seasoned riders proper body position, how to handle tall seat heights and get one foot solidly on the ground for balance and control. Each skill builds upon the next. We teach throttle and clutch control in deliberate, safe, steps. Then we move onto slow turns, flat cornering, braking skills, riding uphill and downhill, how to turn the bike on a hill if you stall, and how to pick up the bike. Adventure Essentials will be taught on the rider range at the fair ground.
Pat has developed a successful curriculum that is sure to produce some breakthroughs with riders of all levels. The class is all day so be sure to bring some water and something to eat (lunch is not provided) or there is always food available at the 49er vendors. Be ready to roll with your own insurance and all your protective gear - helmets, gloves, boots, and riding jackets are mandatory.
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On and off her motorcycle Pat Jacques is a genuine, courageous, authentic BadAss! She’s a pioneer woman who raced men’s motocross, successful entrepreneur, and founder of ADVWoman. In 2016 she hosted the first ever Adventure Rally for Women, by Women emphasizing on range and classroom training. Pat’s passion is empowering women through personal and motorcycle coaching. She’s been riding, racing and teaching motorcycling over 40 years. She has a unique talent for breaking skills into teachable pieces, inspiring confidence, and helping riders to achieve tremendous success. Pat lives and rides high in the Colorado Rocky Mountains and is intimately familiar with the backcountry. She’s energetic, vibrant, and quick to laugh! Please join Pat on this crazy, fun, incredible adventure in life and on a motorcycle! For more on Pat click here.
Also, this class and the special Rally pricing is only open to attendees of the 49er Rally. So be sure to register for the Rally first!
We have teamed up with BlackSwan Moto to bring their world class training to the 49er Rally. This signup is for the Beginner/Intermediate Clinic. The class is limited to 10 people so you will get plenty of personalized training. If you havent already signed up for the Rally, here is the link 2021 BMW NorCal 49er!
BlackSwanMoto Beginner/Intermediate "Clinic" (Adventure Rider BASICS)
The instructor guides you through our time-tested Methodology: the essential set of off-road riding skills. Training begins with proper clutch, brake, and throttle control, followed by body positioning, starting, stopping, and skid management. Students learn, then practice, momentum and slow speed control, turns and directional changes, before moving onto applied exercises like trail riding, navigating terrain, and recovery techniques. You’ll achieve the confidence to ride effectively in the dirt and onto your next adventure.
Each clinic will be 4 hours and riders will get a comprehensive GS riding program designed to cover the basics and beyond. This the "early" clinic, designed for beginner to intermediate riders. This is followed by a guided trail ride from 2 PM to 5 PM.
We are offering 2 clinics each day so make sure you register for the correct one.
We have teamed up with BlackSwan Moto to bring their world class training to the 49er Rally. This signup is for the Intermediate/Advanced Clinic. The class is limited to 10 people so you will get plenty of personalized training. If you havent already signed up for the Rally, here is the link 2021 BMW NorCal 49er!
Intermediate/Advanced "Clinic" (Advanced Rider Techniques & Skills (A.R.T.S.) )
The instructor will tackle nuanced riding techniques and technical know-how rarely offered in training. Skills like skidding into and powering out of turns, lofting over obstacles, etc., are steadily developed through demonstration and repetition. Instructors deliver an intensive and comprehensive breakdown of body position, controls, and how to get power to the ground. Students advance their learning through speed and challenging environments, pushing the limits of possibility on adventure motorcycles.
Each clinic will be 4 hours and riders will get a comprehensive GS riding program designed to cover the basics and beyond. This the "late" clinic, designed for intermediate to advanced riders. This is followed by a guided trail ride from 2 PM to 5 PM.
“Adventure Intermediate” builds upon fundamentals teaching riders skills to handle various terrain and conditions. Learn to safely navigate gravel, sand ruts, water crossings (if available) and obstacles like logs. Adventure Intermediate class will be taught on local trails and back roads. Riders will enjoy integrating rider range skills in a natural terrain environment. (Lunch will be on the trail. Please pack a lunch.) It is highly recommended that all riders complete Adventure Essentials training prior before attempting Adventure Intermediate class. Riders who completed Adventure Essentials at 2019 rally are encouraged to continue training with Intermediate training.
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This class and the special Rally pricing is only open to attendees of the 49er Rally. So be sure to register for the Rally first!
We have teamed up with BlackSwan Moto to bring their world class training to the 49er Rally. This signup is for the Intermediate/Avanced Clinic. The class is limited to 10 people so you will get plenty of personalized training. You must be a 49er Attendee to attend the clinic. If you havent already signed up for the Rally, here is the link 2021 BMW NorCal 49er!
It's time for our annual election meeting. We have a lot of deferred maintenance considering we missed the entire last year, including the election. All positions will be up for re-election this year with the President, Secretary, Historian and Treasurer serving a 1 year term and Vice President, Safety Directory and Tour Captain serving a 2 year term. So please consider serving your fellow club members on the Board. Reach out to any of the current Board Members for more details on roles, responsibilities, time committements etc. We promise it's a rewarding role.
The current plan is to hold the election meeting at a private ranch location in Loyalton North of Truckee. If this location doesn't work out we have a back up at Hornswaggle Group Site North of Nevada City. The Rancher will provide a nice BBQ Dinner as well. The specific location and route sheet for the club ride will be provided later.
The location provides an excellent jumping off point to the BMW MOA National Rally in Great Falls, MT. If you are planing to attend the National, be sure and sign up on the rally site and let us know by registering for our club event as well.
Lets try this again! BMW of Northern California is headed to the BMW MOA National Rally in Great Falls Montana! The MOA is busy replanning the rally with proper health and safety protocals. There will be outstanding riding opportunities in the surrounding area along with the great hospitality of the MOA rally.
Be sure to check out the rally website and register. The club signup is only so we keep track of who is planning to attend. You need to register for the National Rally at the Rally Website. After you sign up visit the Volunteer Website to sign-up for various tasks. It's a great way to meet people and support the Rally.
We will have a dedicated camping spot for the Club and working on other club activities and hospitality in the next few months. If you are planning to attend, let us know by signing up. While we won't have a club sponsored ride to the event given the diversity in schedules and routes people want to take, if you are looking for a riding partner or two, we can use the sign up list to help riders coordinate.
Our Plan is to hold our June Election meeting at a location that can serve as a jumpting off point on your way to Great Falls. Look for signup for that event shortly.
BMW NorCal is proud to announce our next Member Only Clinic, an Advance Rider Class with Superbike Coach, CAN AKKAYA! Safety Director Jorgen Larsen worked with Superbike Coach to custom tailor this class for BMW NorCal's riding needs and it is suitable for most of our members. In additionl to letting us know if you plan to attend on the club site, you need to register at SuperBike Coach for this event. The cost is $139 plus a small transaction fee. If you are a BMW MOA member you can apply for a Paul B. scholarship which may cover a substantial part of your cost.
Make sure you have fresh tires and solid brakes - you will be wearing down both!
And check with your insurance carrier to make sure your policy covers you and your bike on track days.
Click here for full details of the event.
Contact Jorgen Larsen at email@example.com with any questions.
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It gets even better. Your lunch will be provided by A&S Cycle out of Roseville. A&S is a big supporter of various charter clubs and an outstanding full service BMW Dealer.
The 2022 GS Challenge qualifer is coming to Rawhyde this September! Come out and see some truly outstanding riders be challenged by a variety of events and compete for a spot representing the US at the International Challenge in Albania in late summer 2022. Check out this Youtube video and this one from the 2019 qualifier at Rawhyde to give you an idea of the event.
The details still being worked out including volunteer opportunites to help with the event and we will post up further information as it becomes available. For now let us know if you are interested in attending the event. Depending on how many people are interested we might organize a group ride down to Castaic or other group event at the Challenge.
This month we're headed to Plaskett Creek Campground, down the Big Sur coastline . Plaskett Creek is a great coastal campground located at 69345 Cabrillo Hwy, Big Sur, CA 93920. We have Group site 1 and 3. For those that don't want to cook their meal in camp, there are a couple places to eat nearby. I'm not sure of their winter hours so call ahead.
Don't miss this event, the ride down to the coast, once we clear the Bay Area, is fantastic and the campsite is one of the best in California, especially for the winter.
Winter meeting hours will be in effect: 4:00 P.M. start time
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