April President's Corner and Meeting Minutes
We had a good turnout of 29 club members at Breakneck Tavern to enjoy a nice day and lunch. Glenn Kidd won the 50/50 drawing. We all enjoyed Bob Mihalics’ tour video of his ride through the Alps with some pretty amazing roads. I learned a lot about the euro riders, respect from cars and the wild and crazy mountain roads in the Alps.
The annual rally is just 4 months away . . . Cont'd. on the Newsletters page
BMW Riders Assoc. Buckeye State Spring Kick-Off Campout April 28-30
Kokosing Valley Camp and Canoe on the river in Howard, Ohio is the place to be for the national BMW RA club's spring kick off campout. This is our season opener held on the last weekend in April located 1/2 mile west of Millwood, OH (on the south side of US 36 just west of US 62). Camping is $7.50 per person per night tenting or bike pop-ups. We are looking forward to another great year at this location with its comfortable facilities: flush toilets, hot showers, a laundry, volleyball, basketball, baseball, horseshoe pits, and an on site camp store, just to name a few. Restaurants can be found close by in Millwood, Danville and Mt.Vernon. Details at the BMW RA website.
This is an all volunteer rally and we just ask for donations to help us with expenses. Excellent riding roads are found in every direction from the campgrounds. Also, nearby is the Kokosing Gap Trail for hikers. Come on out and see why everyone loves this nice location or just to break in your new camping gear. Start your riding season with your fellow RA members.
Pro Rider 4 Winds Group Course Sun. June 25th
Only a few spots left in Pittsburgh Police motor officer B.J. McMullan’s 4 Winds group Pro Rider class. Contact our club coordinator Ken Kucel to sign up. Course location is in Oakdale, PA.
“A motorcycle training class so unique that you can't afford to miss it, your life may depend on it! ProRider aims to provide a challenging, fun and safe learning environment that will allow participants to enhance their riding experience by developing rock solid confidence on the road and gaining ultimate control of their ride. Classes cover slow speed maneuvers, confined space turns, crash avoidance, and various braking challenges.”
January 2017 Rider Magazine article "Learn to Confidently Manage Your Bike at Low Speeds With Ride Like a Pro"
Hocking Hills, OH Hopewell Rally May 5 - 7
The Southeast Ohio Beemers is hosting the historically-themed Hopewell Road Rally on May 5-7, 2017. The location is at the Happy Hills Campground, on State Route 278, 7 miles south of Nelsonville, Ohio. The campground is a beautiful park-like setting with a pond, store, electric and wifi. Nearby is Lake Hope state park which has a lake, cabins and dinning lodge specializing in their own smoked meats. The rally offers some of the best riding roads east of the Mississippi River with plenty of dual sport riding on forest roads and trails in nearby Zaleski State Forest and Wayne National Forest.
Cass, WV Rally, May 26 - 29 Mountaineer BMW Riders
Come join the Mountaineer BMW Riders at the 2017 BMW Cass Rally from Friday May 26th through Monday May 29th. Your Rally fee includes 3 nights tent camping, Friday Hot Dogs and chips, Saturday night catered meal, door prizes for adults, free flowing coffee and snacks throughout the Rally. Additional nights and RV hookups available. Boyer Motel and Campground, Route 1 Box 51-B, Arbovale, West Virginia 24915. More details Contact info and map here.
Area attractions: Cass Scenic Railroad (steam train ride), Green Bank Radio Observatory (tours), Spruce Knob (highest point in the Mountain State), Seneca Rocks (rock climbing and spelunking) - all linked by the excellent motorcycle roads whether it be on the pavement or dirt. Because of the radio observatory, the entire valley is radio emission free (meaning no cell phone signals). Boyer Motel Lat: 38�29'26.6" N / Lon: 79�48'5.0" W Hermitage Motel Lat: 38�32'23.1" N / Lon: 79�46'29.4" W
March 1 - June 20 "Superstakes" MOA Foundation Fundraiser
2017 BMW MOA Superstakes is bigger than ever. The popular raffle that supports the BMW MOA Foundation will include a minimum of eleven new BMW motorcycles. And, the grand prize will be the winner’s choice of any motorcycle in the BMW lineup!
Pittsburgh area folks were instrumental in starting the "BMW MOA Foundation" which is dedicated to improving rider safety, education, training and supporting motorcycling and its rich heritage. The Foundation is sweetening the pot this year with an incredible offer of adding another new BMW motorcycle to the prize pool for every 1,000 tickets sold. That’s right. Eleven motorcycles are guaranteed to be given away, but the prize list can grow daily with every 1,000 tickets sold. Based on previous Superstakes contests, the Foundation will likely be drawing for twenty new BMW motorcycles in July - over $400,000 in prizes for BMW MOA members.
Group Rides 101 from ROK BMW
Finding, Leading or Joining a Group Ride. Especially scroll down to "Group Rider Responsibilities" section. Good stuff from fellow ROK clubbers.
Your ideal group ride situation occurs on an 80 degree day with lots of sunshine, no traffic, wide, smooth roads, a small group of 8 riders or less, with all riders on similar bikes and having the same riding skills. All the riders know the route and the group has a "sweeper" rider at the back of the group with a communications link to the leader of the ride. If this is a reflection of your group rides, you must be living right. The odds of this happening are like winning the lottery.
Even if you've been riding for years, group riding isn't automatically in your wheelhouse, so it’s wise to study up on how best to approach group riding.