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Upcoming events

    • 10 Dec 2017
    • 03 Jun 2018
    • 7 sessions
    • Noodles Fresh, 10042 San Pablo Ave., El Cerito

    Monthly BOD meeting. All club members are invited to see the BOD in action, and to bring any comments or suggestions to the Board at the end of the meeting. 

    Meeting starts at 7,  Show up earlier if you want to eat. 

    And if you have business that you want to bring to the Board, contact Greg 7 days in advance to discuss and to get it on the Agenda. Email president@bmwnorcal.org.

    • 24 Feb 2018
    • 8:00 AM
    • 25 Feb 2018
    • 10:00 AM
    • Jim's Country Style, 5400 Sunol Blvd. Pleasanton
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    This month we're heading inland to Hidden View Campground, on the shores of Lake Hensley, a destination that should prove to include both a fun ride and great camping! 

    We meet at 8:00 AM at Jim's Country Style in Pleasanton for a hearty breakfast.  and wind our way to the campground. 

    You won't want to miss this one!

    Contact the Tour Captain with any questions at tourcaptain@bmwnorcal.org.

    Route Sheet 

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    • 03 Mar 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • 14 Mar 2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • Start TBD
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    Here it is! The first annual BMW Cross Border Rally, brought to you by the BMW Moto Club QTO and BMW NorCal. We're coming together as the first BMW International Sister Clubs in the world, and this rally is how we celebrate this friendship. This year our clubs will rendezvous in Loreto BCA and tour our way up scenic and adventurous Baja California, to end at the BMW Dealership in Long Beach California. This is open to members of any BMW motorcycle club. 

    Starting things off from the US side will be a group of BMW NorCal riders heading from the SF Bay Area to Loreto.  We will mostly be on paved roads but there will be some dirt too. Expect stops at San Felipe, a night at Papa Fernandez on the Sea of Cortez, a visit at Coco's Corner, Mulege and camping on the beautiful beaches of the Bahia de Conception and much more. Accommodations will include camping on beaches to staying at hotels. 

    We will casually tour to Loreto. We are neither racing nor getting crazy off road. That's not for this tour. And this is not a guided tour through Baja. We are a collective of BMW riders, each paying their own way. Yes, we will be following a route, and yes, BMW NorCal will be making some reservations in advance. But everyone is responsible for their own bike, their own mexican insurance, and their own expenses.  We will be providing links and tips of what we need.


    After a day or three of "cultural immersion" in Loreto  we will tour north with the BMW Moto Club QTO, making our way to BMW of Long Beach. We've reserved a whale watching package with beach camping and "noche Mexicana" dinner and breakfast at Ojo de Libere. There will be stops stops along the way at places of historic and cultural interest, and some great riding camaraderie. 




    The last night in Mexico we expect to stay in the Baja wine region, just south of Tecate. After a night of revelry we push to Long Beach. BMW of Long Beach will host the Rally with a great event, with great food, cold drinks, and vendors offering some great prizes and motorcycle related merchandise.  From Long Beach we ride to Death Valley, with one night in Joshua tree, before we link up with the annual BMW NorCal campout in Furnace creek

    Riders that can't go to Loreto can meet in the wine region, or at the BMW dealership in Long Beach.

    We've sorted out the fees for the Ride.

    See the link below for the working itinerary. 

    1st Annual Sister Club Cross Border Rally Ride - tentative itinerary.pdf

    • 14 Mar 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    • Long Beach BMW Motorcycles
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    Join us for our 1st Annual BMW Cross Border Rally, at BMW Long Beach. We're getting BMW riders together to celebrate our first Cross-Border Ride with our BMW International Sister Club, BMW Moto Club de Turismo Queretaro. At the Long Beach dealership you can expect food, beer, raffle prizes and music by the E&O Medicine Show!

    Show up on your BMW and get in for free!


    • 15 Mar 2018
    • 10:00 AM
    • 16 Mar 2018
    • 2:30 PM
    • Long Beach BMW to Furnace Creek Campground
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    Join us on this ride from Long Beach BMW to Furnace Creek, Death Valley. We will be leaving Long Beach BMW after breakfast, on a meandering desert route to Furnace Creek. BMW NorCal has a Joshua Tree group site reserved for Thursday night, asking for $10 donation. Riders should have camping gear and meals will be cooked at the site or you can eat 15 minutes away. 




    • 16 Mar 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • 19 Mar 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • Furnace Greek Campground, Group Sites 3,4
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    Note - this year we are a week earlier than usual. 

    It's time! Death Valley beckons and we must ride! Are you up for the adventure? There is no organized club ride down from the Bay Area, but get together with friends and ride your own adventure... 

    OR 

    Meet up with other BMW NorCal club members at the BMW Dealership in Long Beach on March 14th for the Cross Border Rally with our Sister Club from Queretaro Mexico, and riders from BMW SoCal and other clubs. From there we will ride to Furnace Creek, camping for one night in Joshua Tree then riding through the Mojave National Preserve to Death Valley.

    Contact the Tour Captain with any questions at tourcaptain@bmwnorcal.org.

    Proposed Route from Long Beach:


    • 28 Apr 2018
    • 8:00 AM
    • 29 Apr 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • Cowboy's Corner Cafe, 946 Main Street, Watsonville
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    Songdog Ranch, why not? Come join BMW NorCal for a fun 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 are also looking at a BBQ cookout, details to follow. 

    Songdog ranch is a stretch from the Bay Area so we are starting off with breakfast at Cowboy's Corner Cafe in Watsonville. 

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    • 24 May 2018
    • 3:00 PM
    • 28 May 2018
    • 10:00 AM
    • 5007 Fairgrounds Rd, Mariposa, California
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    It's time again for the biggest BMW motorcycle rally this side of the Mississippi
    The 49er Rally is the BMW Motorcycle Club of Northern California's annual Memorial Day Weekend rally, with 46 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 49er Rally!) This is the West's premier BMW Rally!

    This year's 49er Rally offers four nights of grassy camping, optional RV camping with water and electrical hook-ups, hot showers, 
    cold drinks, great food, clinics, speakers, vendor displays, 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. Riders can also sign up for GS adventure riding clinics with Lance Thomas followed by guided rides. 

    If you are a vendor or speaker (or would like to be) and have questions about the 49er Rally, please click here to email Joe Luthy, the 49er Chair.


    • 25 May 2018
    • 7:45 AM
    • Mariposa, California, County Fairgrounds
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    Lance Thomas GS Clinic

       Friday, May 25th

    7:45 AM – 3:00 PM

    (open to attendees of the 49er Rally only)

    Come learn or brush up on your off-road skills at our GS Clinic, lead by pro BMW trainer/coach Lance Thomas (Formerly of RawHyde Adventures.)

    Check-in is at 7:45 AM (sharp) at the Fairgrounds arena. Riders will participate in basic & advanced GS skills, concepts, and training on a closed course.

    Riders must have full safety gear including helmet, gloves, boots, riding jacket, etc...

    After a break for lunch (not provided as part of the clinic), attendees have the chance to try their newly gained skills on a 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.

    Space is limited to 16 riders per day, with first come first serve registration. There will also be a wait-list in case of cancellations. 

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

    Email Joe Luthy with any questions.  49erchair@bmwnorcal.org

     

    About Lance Thomas:

    It was 2008 when Lance Thomas first took to riding off-road. What started as a tentative experiment in adventure motorcycling quickly became a passion that has become a cornerstone of Lance's life. He took a job at the BMW off-road academy in California; first as a project coordinator, and eventually as lead coach and tour guide.

    In 2011, Lance and his brother Shawn were tasked with managing the "GS Lifestyle" program, where they toured the country offering off-road riding clinics on behalf of BMW. In just 2 years, the Adventure Brothers ran over 100 events catering to nearly 5,000 Adventure riders. In the off time, Lance ran adventure tours throughout the USA, including California, Colorado, and the famed Continental Divide route. Lance has also been featured in product videos produced on behalf of BMW, ranging from Adventure riding gear and equipment, to understanding the cutting-edge technology contained within adventure motorcycles.

    Lance believes that proper off-road technique is born from proper training. To that end, he has created a curriculum designed to grant riders a simple, achievable ladder of skills that will take them from novice off-road rider to experienced, confident adventurers. Drills focused on elements such as clutch, brake and balance control are practiced, monitored and perfected under Lances watchful eye. It is a tried and true method that has helped thousands of adventure riders achieve and exceed their goals.

    Lance offers gives private and group trainings at BMW dealerships around the country. Join him and experience the true capabilities of you and your motorcycle!









    • 26 May 2018
    • 7:45 AM
    • Mariposa, California, County Fairgrounds
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    Lance Thomas GS Clinic

       Saturday, May 26th

    7:45 AM – 3:00 PM

    (open to attendees of the 49er Rally only)

    Come learn or brush up on your off-road skills at our GS Clinic, lead by pro BMW trainer/coach Lance Thomas (Formerly of RawHyde Adventures.)

    Check-in is at 7:45 AM (sharp) at the Fairgrounds arena. Riders will participate in basic & advanced GS skills, concepts, and training on a closed course.

    Riders must have full safety gear including helmet, gloves, boots, riding jacket, etc...

    After a break for lunch (not provided as part of the clinic), attendees have the chance to try their newly gained skills on a 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.

    Space is limited to 16 riders per day, with first come first serve registration. There will also be a wait-list in case of cancellations. 

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

    Email Joe Luthy with any questions.  49erchair@bmwnorcal.org

     

    About Lance Thomas:

    It was 2008 when Lance Thomas first took to riding off-road. What started as a tentative experiment in adventure motorcycling quickly became a passion that has become a cornerstone of Lance's life. He took a job at the BMW off-road academy in California; first as a project coordinator, and eventually as lead coach and tour guide.

    In 2011, Lance and his brother Shawn were tasked with managing the "GS Lifestyle" program, where they toured the country offering off-road riding clinics on behalf of BMW. In just 2 years, the Adventure Brothers ran over 100 events catering to nearly 5,000 Adventure riders. In the off time, Lance ran adventure tours throughout the USA, including California, Colorado, and the famed Continental Divide route. Lance has also been featured in product videos produced on behalf of BMW, ranging from Adventure riding gear and equipment, to understanding the cutting-edge technology contained within adventure motorcycles.

    Lance believes that proper off-road technique is born from proper training. To that end, he has created a curriculum designed to grant riders a simple, achievable ladder of skills that will take them from novice off-road rider to experienced, confident adventurers. Drills focused on elements such as clutch, brake and balance control are practiced, monitored and perfected under Lances watchful eye. It is a tried and true method that has helped thousands of adventure riders achieve and exceed their goals.

    Lance offers gives private and group trainings at BMW dealerships around the country. Join him and experience the true capabilities of you and your motorcycle!









Past events

17 Feb 2018 Member Only Clinic - CPR and First Aid Training at Moto Guild SF!
11 Feb 2018 February SSBR - East Bay Extravaganza!
27 Jan 2018 January Member Meeting - Salt Point SP Plus BMW Santa Rosa open house
14 Jan 2018 January SSBR - West Marin Tour
13 Jan 2018 Airheads BMW Club - norcal tech day!
16 Dec 2017 BMWNorcal's End of Year Member Party 2017
10 Dec 2017 December SSBR, Party on the Peninsula!
02 Dec 2017 November Meeting and Campout - Plaskett Creek, PLUS Wunderlich America open house!
18 Nov 2017 BMW NorCal Member Only Clinic
12 Nov 2017 November SSBR - Tri Valley Ramble
28 Oct 2017 Oktoberfest General Meeting and Campout - Back at Liberty Glen Campground
15 Oct 2017 SSBR North Bay - SoCo Adventure
23 Sep 2017 September Meeting, Hat Creek Campground
15 Sep 2017 2017 Autumn Beemer Bash
01 Sep 2017 Range of Light Gypsy Tour 2017!
26 Aug 2017 Mammoth Lakes member meeting and campout
29 Jul 2017 Grover Hot Springs
13 Jul 2017 MOA International Rally 2017!
09 Jul 2017 Second Sunday Breakfast Ride, Pinnacles National Park!
24 Jun 2017 Annual Election Meeting, Brannan Island State Recreation Area, Rio Vista, California!
11 Jun 2017 Second Sunday Breakfast Ride, Lake Berryessa/Napa Loop!
10 Jun 2017 Big Bike Adventure Challenge!
06 Jun 2017 Board Of Directors Meeting
27 May 2017 49'er Rally 2017, GS Clinic, Saturday, May 27th!
26 May 2017 49'er Rally 2017, GS Clinic, Friday, May 26th!
25 May 2017 49’er Rally 2017, Call for Volunteers!
13 May 2017 Second SATURDAY Breakfast Ride (Moved to Saturday for Mom!)
03 May 2017 Board Of Directors Meeting
29 Apr 2017 San Luis Reservoir State Recreational Area!
20 Apr 2017 Adopt-A-Highway Clean Up Day!
09 Apr 2017 Second Sunday Breakfast Ride, Petaluma to Santa Rosa Loop via Calistoga!
05 Apr 2017 Board Of Directors Meeting
24 Mar 2017 March Member Meeting & Campout, Furnace Creek, Death Valley!
12 Mar 2017 Second Sunday Breakfast Ride, Half Moon Bay to Portola Valley via Santa Cruz!
01 Mar 2017 Board Of Directors Meeting
25 Feb 2017 Bothe-Napa Valley State Park, Calistoga, California
12 Feb 2017 Second Sunday Breakfast Ride, Vallejo, Delta, Diablo!
01 Feb 2017 Board Of Directors Meeting
28 Jan 2017 Arroyo Seco Campground, Greenfield, California!
21 Jan 2017 Tech Day 2017 !!!!
08 Jan 2017 Second Sunday Breakfast Ride, South Bay
04 Jan 2017 Board Of Directors Meeting
17 Dec 2016 Holiday Party 2016
11 Dec 2016 Second Sunday Breakfast Ride, Pinole!
07 Dec 2016 Board Of Directors Meeting
03 Dec 2016 Pianetta Winery Vineyard, Meeting & Campout, Paso Robles!
13 Nov 2016 Second Sunday Breakfast Ride, Lead by Fred Montano!
02 Nov 2016 Board Of Directors Meeting
22 Oct 2016 Oktoberfest Meeting & Campout, Rancho Seco, California!
12 Oct 2016 Board Of Directors Meeting
09 Oct 2016 Sorry, Event Cancelled (Second Sunday Breakfast Ride (Let's Do Your Local Ride!))
24 Sep 2016 September Member Meeting & Campout, Hat Creek, Old Satation, CA, Lassen National Forest!
17 Sep 2016 Adopt-A-Highway Clean Up Day!
16 Sep 2016 Autumn Beemer BASH, September 16 - 18, Quincy, California!
11 Sep 2016 Second Sunday Breakfast Ride (Let's Do Your Local Ride!)
07 Sep 2016 Board Of Directors Meeting
02 Sep 2016 Range of Light Gypsy Tour 2016 (Pre-Registration Closed, Gate Opens at 3:00 PM on 9/2/16!)
27 Aug 2016 August Member Meeting & Campout
18 Aug 2016 Nakusp Hotsprings Rally, August 18 - 21, Nakusp, BC, Canada!
14 Aug 2016 Second Sunday Breakfast Ride, Scotts Valley!
03 Aug 2016 Board Of Directors Meeting
30 Jul 2016 July Member Meeting & Campout, Gray Pine Campground, Stonyford, CA!
21 Jul 2016 Cascade County Rendezvous, July 21 - 24, Republic, Washington
13 Jul 2016 Board Of Directors Meeting
10 Jul 2016 Second Sunday Breakfast Ride (Pacifica)
25 Jun 2016 Calaveras Big Trees, Election Meeting & Campout
18 Jun 2016 Adopt A Highway Clean Up Day!
17 Jun 2016 Chief Joseph Rally, June 17 - 19, 2016, John Day, Oregon
16 Jun 2016 Beehive Beemers Red Rock Rendezvous Rally, June 16 - 19, Panguitch, Utah!
12 Jun 2016 Second Sunday Breakfast Ride
08 Jun 2016 Board Of Directors Meeting
28 May 2016 49'er Rally 2016, Off Road Skills Clinic, Saturday, May 28th!
27 May 2016 49'er Rally 2016, Off Road Skills Clinic, Friday, May 27th!
26 May 2016 49'er Rally 2016, Volunteer Signups!
26 May 2016 49'er Rally 2016, Mariposa, California!
08 May 2016 Second Sunday Breakfast Ride
04 May 2016 Board Of Directors Meeting
23 Apr 2016 Black Butte Lake, Member Meeting, and Campout
21 Apr 2016 Adopt A Highway Clean Up Day!
10 Apr 2016 Second Sunday Breakfast Ride
06 Apr 2016 Board Of Directors Meeting
02 Apr 2016 49er Rally Poster Distribution
25 Mar 2016 Death Valley, Member Meeting, and Campout
13 Mar 2016 Second Sunday Breakfast Ride
02 Mar 2016 Board Of Directors Meeting
27 Feb 2016 Fremont Peak Member Meeting and Campout
20 Feb 2016 NEW DATE, Tech Session, Wheels, Tires & Brakes!
14 Feb 2016 At the request of Sweethearts, the Second Sunday Breakfast Ride has been cancelled for Valentine's Day 2016!
10 Feb 2016 Board Of Directors Meeting
30 Jan 2016 Cancelled Due to Weather - January Meeting and Campout, Arroyo Seco Campground
13 Jan 2016 Board Of Directors Meeting
10 Jan 2016 Second Sunday Breakfast Ride
19 Dec 2015 Holiday Party 2015
13 Dec 2015 Second Sunday Breakfast Ride
09 Dec 2015 Board Of Directors Meeting
05 Dec 2015 Plasket Creek Ride, Member Meeting & Campout!
08 Nov 2015 Second Sunday Breakfast Ride
07 Nov 2015 Airhead Adventures Tech Day
28 Oct 2015 Board Of Directors Meeting
11 Oct 2015 Second Sunday Breakfast Ride
10 Oct 2015 Adventure Designs Open House
30 Sep 2015 Board Of Directors Meeting
26 Sep 2015 Hornswoggle Group Camp, September Membership Meeting and Campout
24 Sep 2015 Horizons Unlimited Mariposa Meeting, Mariposa CA
18 Sep 2015 Quincy Beemer Bash, Plumas County Fairgrounds, Quincy CA
13 Sep 2015 Second Sunday Breakfast Ride
04 Sep 2015 BMW NorCal Range of Light Gypsy Tour
29 Aug 2015 Stampede Reserviour, August Membership Meeting and Campout
23 Jul 2015 BMW MOA International Rally - Billings MT
27 Jun 2015 June Ride, Membership Meeting/Election and Campout Finnon Lake



          

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