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Riding and camping Northern California and beyond, since 1965!

A huge thank you to the Awesome 2017 49'er Rally Speakers!

Saturday, 7:30 - 8:50 PM

27,000 miles of Adventure, Love & Learning

Keynote Speakers Shalmarie Wilson and Stephanie Terrien!  Join Stephanie Terrien and Shalmarie Wilson as they share their entertaining multi-media story of inspiration, breathtaking scenery, and brutal challenge, as they skirt the edge of disaster to dive into remarkable achievement on their BMW GSs. In 27,000 miles of Adventure, Love, & Learning, Steph and Shal, reveal the successes and defeats of their North American expedition, culminating in a record-breaking feat of being the first and only people to ride five Backcountry Discovery Routes in one season.  Stephanie Terrien bought her first motorcycle at 49. No stranger to jumping off literal and metaphorical cliffs, she figured why not speed things up by doing it on an adventure bike? Steph believes adventure riding is the ticket to transport humans expeditiously out of the black hole of a mid-life crisis.  Shalmarie Wilson saw the light and went from riding an 1800 VTX to a BMW GS. In 2012 a life-threatening street crash lit a fire under her fanny to make major life changes, jump off the corporate ladder, and follow her bliss.

Friday, 8:00 - 8:50 PM

Bucket List - Asia/Europe Motorcycle Tour

Russ & Hillary DrakeLong-time BMW Club of Northern California Members share their story of taking a motorcycle journey from Heidelberg, Germany to Bangkok, Thailand via their own 2008 GS 1200 shipped to Germany back in April 2016.  Russ spent 3 1/2 months on the trip and went through 15 different countries traveling 13,000 miles.  He is 72 years old and been riding for 54 years.  Russ bought his first BMW in 1981 and has accumulated 500,000 miles on all of his BMW's.  Russ served his time in the military with the Marines and retired from the US Navy with 30 years as a civilian engineer at Alameda Naval Air Station.

Friday,        5:00 -   5:50 PM Saturday, 12:00 - 12:50 PM

Find out how protective your gear is and win a $100 Gift Certificate!

Wayne Boyer, President & Founder of Motoport, USA, 21st Century Riding Apparel. I raced motorcycle at a professional lever all over the world for 25 years.  It is now possible to wear the most protective apparel that is comfortable in hot/cold/wet weather.  Come and see the latest motorcycle apparel and win a $100.00 Gift Certificate.  Raced motorcycles in the USA and all over the world for 20 years at a professional level. The entire time as a sponsored racer.

Saturday, 9:00 - 9:50 AM

Riding/Street Safety Tips, (Part I) 

Saturday, 10:00 - 10:50 AM

Riding/Street Safety Tips, (Part II) 

Greg Peart, Retired CHP Motor Officer. Greg Peart-Riding/Street Safety Tips, Part 1 & Part II, The information is a conglomerate of the best things a long time rider and now retired California Highway Patrol Motor Officer feels would help any street rider.  Greg will answer the top most asked questions of a CHP Motor Officer, plus a discussion of the new California 2017 phone law and lane splitting law too. Question and answer session.  Greg Peart was a Certified Motor Training Officer retiring from the CHP after 25 years working in the San Francisco, Redwood City and Martinez offices. His last 18 yrs. were spent in the South Sacramento Office. The last 13 of those yrs. he was a motor Officer.  Greg also worked 6 yrs. for the Anderson Police Dept. and was a motor Officer there as well. He is currently a part time motor Officer for the Cal Expo State Fair Police Dept. in Sacramento, California.

Friday, 3:00 - 3:50 PM

"I Didn't See Him!"

Reg Kittrelle, Author. The physiological and psychological reasons why motorcycle riders are often not seen by others and why we often don't see them! (...and what to do about it.)  Reg has been riding for 53 years, with an extensive background in the journalism, business, promotion and racing sides of motorcycles.

Friday, 7:00 - 7:50 PM

(The R.I.D.E.)

Saturday, 4:00 - 4:50 PM

(Video 101)

Richard Battles, Owner, RKA.  The R.I.D.E seminar is focused on communications and audio for you and your motorcycle.  Video 101 is focused on how and where to mount and use a “Sport Camera” and what to do with the media once you have recorded it.  Richard Battles is the owner of RKA. RKA has been manufacturing motorcycle luggage for 32 years and also offers communications, electrical cords/cables and mounting system solutions for your ride.

Saturday, 11:00 - 11:50 AM

Motorcycle Journey, the United States to Argentina

Dave Rankine, Adventure Motorcyclist. The exciting motorcycle journey from the United States to Argentina. Learn useful information on climate, borders, road conditions, distances, and other information useful for people contemplating taking such a trip.  It is based on Dave's trip in 2013.  Dave Rankine is a long time BMW rider.  He is from Alaska but is retired and lives in Reno.  He has ridden a motorcycle around the world on two occasions.  Dave has also been across the US and Canada and to Mexico numerous times.

Saturday, 1:00 - 1:50 PM

Rides On The Wild Side: Observations from 40 years as a motorcycle journalist

Bill Stermer, Author.  Being a motorcycle journalist can be great fun, with a new bike always in your garage and occasional travel to exotic lands. But it can also involve killer  deadlines, riding in the greatest rainstorm in the history of England, triple-digit speeds and the occasional broken bone.  Bill has been a motorcycle journalist for 40 years, working primarily for Cycle magazine back in the '70s and '80s, and with Rider magazine for the past 27 years. During that time he has written hundreds of road tests, product tests and features, including travel and how-to pieces. Bill has also written seven books regarding motorcycling.

Saturday 2:00 - 2:50 PM

Evolution of A Biker Chick

Julia Stermer, Biker Chick!  Julia will speak about being a female rider. This includes gear, motorcycle builds, social interactions and how motorcycling has shaped her life. Julia will also touch briefly on historical female riders, and her hope for the future of the motorcycle industry in regards to women.  Julia has been riding two years and roughly 12,000 miles. She rides a BMW F800ST exclusively. Julia learned to ride at the age of 21 via lessons offered by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. Since then, she has traveled to multiple motorcycle rallies including Death Valley and the 49er Rally. Julia commutes to work on her motorcycle, but her favorite aspect is motorcycle camping and traveling long distances.

Friday, 4:00 - 4:50 PM

Old is the New - Fabricating and Upgrading Classic BMWs!

Greg Hutchinson, BMW AirheadsExamples of forgotten to fabulous '70s and '80s Airheads and K bikes. Interactive Q and A.  The hobby that turned into a business when Greg Hutchinson wasn't looking. Speaker at MOA Nationals and Airheads Super Tech days. MOA Ambassador, Trustee of VBMWO club, NorCAL and Airheads 

Saturday, 3:00 - 3:50 PM

Staying Alive – CPR Training

Kurt Mathews, Soundly Safe. Attend this 50 minute “crash course” hands on session to learn important skills that could save a life.  Topics covered will include Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) both with and without an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED), Accident Scene Safety & Personal Protection against communicable diseases.   An avid motorcyclist, Kurt Mathews is a retired Firefighter with 27 yrs. experience, working EMT and an American Red Cross and American Safety and Health Association Trainer with over a decade of experience teaching lifesaving skills.


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