Riding and camping Northern California and beyond, since 1965!
Unfortunately, our original campground at Spanish Creek is right in the middle of the Dixie Fire and presently closed. It's unlikely that it will open anytime soon. So we made arrangements to camp at Uncle Tom's Cabin! Our new route and starting location will be posted soon. Also we are looking into options for a catered dinner. No matter, I am sure we will have a great time hanging out in the Bar. There is so much history there. Lets plan to leave a few dollar bills on the ceiling.
It's time again for BMW NorCal's premier riding rally!
That's right, it's time again for the BMW NorCal Range of Light Gypsy Tour, a rally like no other! Why? Because this is no stationary rally. This is a riding rally, a two day event conceived for true riding fans, by true riding fans. Riders will be treated to exceptional road and optional GS routes, showcasing some of the best riding and scenery in the West. And be sure to bring fresh tires as you can expect around 300 miles each day. Our destinations? You won't know until the day before. This is a closely guarded secret - all we can tell you is the start point.
But wait, there's more!
2021 marks the 30th anniversary of the ROL!
The rally we know today had its humble beginnings in 1991 when a group of BMW NorCal visionaries organized this event to ride, camp, and celebrate some of the best riding of the Sierra Nevada - the "Range of Light". And while these days we technically stray out of the Range of Light, we still stay true to the original intent of the first ROL Rallies.
Today riders can look forward to:
The Range of Light Gypsy Tour is part adventure, part test piece, part endurance event, part riding tour, part camp-out, and 100% fun. So register now and join those ready for the best rally in the West! This year we start at Orland at the Glen County Fairgrounds ideally situated near downtown for great Friday night dinner options and Saturday morning breakfast. Check-in and gate registrations open at 3:00 P.M.
And as with all BMW NorCal events, riders of all brands of motorcycles are welcome to ride in the ROL, as long as the bikes are street legal, in sound working order, registered and insured. And remember, BMW motorcycle owners are eligible for Club membership with their registration! This is a nod to the dedication of ROL Gypsy Tour riders, and the riding and camping involved with this event is the foundation the BMW NorCal Club is built on. Click on the link at registration for more details or contact us.
This year we're starting at the Glen County Fairgrounds in Orland!
Orland is centrally located and a great jumping off point for some of the really great riding in Northern California. And the Glen County Fairgrounds are closely situated to lots of amenities and restaurants in Orland, so Friday's dinner and Saturday's breakfast will be a breeze.
Hey ROL Folks!
This year we are not doing cash donations for the cold drinks at the evening stops for the ROL. Instead we are taking online donations. Donations of $20 will get donors the 30th anniversary commemorative gel wristbands and access to the ROL cold drinks all weekend. This is a great deal! This is limited to the first 225 donors (and donors must be ROL registrants of course). There will also be an option to donate at the the Friday registration table but wristbands aren't guaranteed.
Thanks and contact Nick with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
We have reserved the Ceder Flat Group Site , Camp Noren for the September campout. Cedar Flat is located 25 miles Southeast of Bishop California in the Inyo National Forest. There is very little light pollution that makes for great nighttime sky views so bring some binoculars. Route Sheet will be posted closer to the campout. Of course, this is all subject to group site cancelations.
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.
We have reserved the Salt Point Group Campsite for the December meeting. There are many great roads to ride on the Sonoma Coast. Route sheet and breakfast location will be posted later in the year
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
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 $25. BYOB or chip in on a keg.
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