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  • 26 Apr 2016 1:25 PM | Anonymous member

    Yes, here's the video you've been waiting for about those crazy BMW Club of Northern California volunteers on the shoulder of Highway 101 picking for keepsakes and trash.  During the last clean up our leader, Historian, Ed Perry, found $400 and a gold tooth!  OK, I'm lying, but it's a lot of fun so join the party and volunteer soon! 

    Adopt A Highway Docurama

  • 10 Apr 2016 5:09 PM | Anonymous member

    Check out this recent article about The BMW Club of Northern California's participation in the Adopt a Highway Program!

  • 04 Apr 2016 8:17 PM | Anonymous member

    Off Road Skills Clinic

    Friday & Saturday, May 27th & 28th

    7:45a – 3

    Learn/improve your dirt skills at one of our two sessions lead by professional BMW trainer/coach Lance Thomas (Formerly of RawHyde Adventures).

    Registration check-in starts promptly at 7:45a, at the Fairground arena, followed by introductions, basic & advanced skills concepts, and training on a closed course. FREE coffee and pasties will be provided to each rider!

    Riders must have full safety gear (helmet, gloves, boots, riding jacket at a min).

    After lunch (on your own), guided off-road ride with Lance observing/coaching riders through on-trail obstacles and more challenging sections. Some dirt experience suggested, but all are welcome.

    Open to the first 40 riders who sign up (no exceptions!), 20 riders per day.  $25.00Space is limited – sign up today! 

    You must register and pay admission to the 49'er Rally to attend this event!

    Questions or more information, email Buddy at

  • 07 Mar 2016 8:36 AM | Anonymous member
    49'er Rally 2016 tickets are now on sale!  The 49'er runs over Memorial Day Weekend, May 26-30, 2016, at Mariposa County Fairgrounds, just south of Mariposa, California, off Hwy 49, gateway to Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada Foothills!  The '49er is the BMW Club of Northern California's annual rally with 40 plus years of tradition and predates BMW Motorcycle Owners of America's (MOA) National Rally. Register EARLY and save $10!!!

  • 02 Mar 2016 3:30 PM | Anonymous member

    Sign ups are open for the next Adopt A Highway clean up date on 4/2/16 at 9:00 AM.  Space is limited, click here to register!

  • 21 Feb 2016 10:35 AM | Anonymous member
    The BMW Motorcycle Club of Northern California held it's third Tech Session (wheels, tires and brakes) at Steve K's place in Fremont, CA.  Great, weather, coffee, potato salad, thanks Steve for hosting us! Rick, thanks for the excellent video of the event, click here to check it out!

  • 09 Jan 2016 5:49 PM | Anonymous member

    2015 has come to a close and 2016 is now upon us. I want to apologize for getting Tom’s name wrong.  Tom Connelly is our ‘49er Chair for 2016.  My mistake.   

    John Ellis has worked to freshen the newsletter to an all color format.  For our members, the newsletter will be available online.  A few copies will go out to high visibility locations throughout the greater Bay Area.  Our intent to to create a visually appealing newsletter that draws new members, gives value to our advertising partners, and continues on as a communications tool for current members.

    Over the next few months, the focus of the Board of Directors and Rally Chair will of course be the ‘49er Rally.  Tom, John, and I have spent more than a few hours working on the initial plan of the Rally.  We have several goals for the rally:  continue the traditions of the annual Rally, grow attendance (another 100 people), and provide a top notch experiences for all attendees.  Mariposa is the destination for 2016.

    The 2016 ‘49er Rally focuses on three items: Experiences, Education, and Prizes.  We want to create experiences that attendees will continue to talk about after the rally, Education in the form of Seminars and Skills trainings, and prizes.  

     A budget is in the works, and will be presented to the Board at our next meeting.  Our goal is to pay for three keynote speakers and two educational seminars from well known personalities within the motorcycling community.  Additionally, a larger portion of funds will be allocated to marketing the ‘49er.

    We hope adding premium experiences and using a more aggressive marketing plan will draw more people to the Rally.  This does come at a risk though.  In order to make the budget work, we need another 100 people at the Rally.  

    I’m calling on all club members to help with the Rally this year.  Tom, John, and I have kicked around a number of ideas around the Experiences and Education part of the Rally.  We need more ideas and the people that are passionate about bringing those ideas to life for the ‘49er.   If there is something you want at the Rally and can make it happen, we want your help.  Our list is certainly not exhaustive, so don’t think the list is all that can be done.

    We also need help in one of our key areas:  Marketing.  The need for marketing assistance cannot be understated.  The demographic we must reach is beyond that which comes from MOA and RA.  

    Below is a short of list of experiences and education.  Again, the list is not exhaustive.  We are looking for people to help make these and more a reality for the 2016 ‘49er Rally.

    • Asphalt Skills
    • Asphalt Trials
    • Bike Wash
    • Charging Stations
    • Dirt Skills
    • Dirt Trials
    • GS Ride (Men)
    • GS Ride (Women)
    • Lead "Sunrise Ride"
    • Lead "To Mariposa" (Fri)
    • Lead Ride (Sat)
    • Lead Ride (Sun)
    • Oil Change
    • Old Bikes
    • Poker Run
    • Real Coffee
    • Seminar, Deal/Mfg, New Bikes
    • Slow Race
    • Trolley to Mariposa
    • Wifi
    • Wine Tasting (local)\
    • Photo Booth
    • Asphalt Seminar
    • Dinner Speaker
    • Dirt Seminar
    • Seminar, Healthy Riding
    • Seminar, Horizons Unlimited
    • Seminar, Overseas Travel
    • Seminar, TBD
    • Seminar, TBD
    • Seminar, TBD
    • Concourse of Elegance (Vintage)
    • Dirt Trials
    • Poker Run
    • 50/50
    • Slow Race
    • Giveaways
    • Grand Prize
  • 08 Jan 2016 6:17 PM | Anonymous member

    Happy New Year!  Longer days for longer rides.

    Thanks again to Joyce for leading the November (Dec 5) ride to Plaskett Creek while I steamed across the Atlantic. And thanks to Fred Montano for writing the trip report. Word is that it was a nice spot, and we’ll keep it in mind.

    The January 30 meeting will be at Arroyo Seco Park group camp in Los Padres National Forest. We haven’t used that convenient winter-spring site since the 2013 freeze out because of fire restrictions. This (wetter) year, fires are allowed in designated campfire areas. I will lead the ride, starting at Flames Coffee Shop, 7170 Santa Teresa Blvd, San Jose; Breakfast at 8:00, engines at 9:00. Dress warm and watch the web site and Meetup for late weather-related news.

    The Feb 27 meeting will be at Fremont Peak SP. March will take us to Furnace Creek, where we have 2 group sites and 2 individual sites for Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights; the meeting is on Saturday, Mar 26.

    The April 23 meeting will be at Black Butte Lake, near Orland (not Lassen); I’m hoping to see some water in the lake. May brings the 49er in Mariposa.

    The June election meeting will be at Calaveras Big Trees, near Arnold. I won’t be seeking a third term, but I will provide the new captain with camping reservations at least through the Oktoberfest.

    Enjoy the ride!

    Ted Crum, Tour Captain


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