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Upcoming events

    • 04 Aug 2018
    • 01 Jun 2019
    • 11 sessions
    • MotoGuild SF, 849 13Th St. San Francisco

    Come on down and see your Board in action! 

    This term the Board is meeting at 10 AM on the first Saturday of each month at MotoGuild SF. So whether you've got some club business, want to thank the Board for all their hard work for the Club, or just want to spectate; stop on by and join the Board! And maybe after take advantage of the great MotoGuild facility and wrench a little on your bike... 

    Moto Guild


    • 23 Feb 2019
    • 4:00 PM
    • 17017 Maricopa Hwy, Ojai, CA 93023
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    This month we're in for another treat! We're heading down into the Los Padres National Forest where we will find some great riding, culminating with a great stretch of the Maricopa Highway. It's ambitious and a little stretch so we're starting in Hollister and starting 30 minutes earlier with breakfast and the ride. This one's going to be fun!

    Breakfast at Country Rose Cafe in Hollister 7:30 AM, ride starts at 8:30 AM. 

    Stops along the way: Pinnacles visitor center - general store, Lockwood store, Albertsons center @ Paso Robles for gas, quick lunch/groceries, Taft - last gas. 

    The campground does not have running water so bring some or you can buy some along the way. 

    Also offered is an alternate route sheet (weather permitting) with GS and goat roads - see the .gpx file or the rever route sheet below. Longer riding so plan appropriately.  

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    • 02 Mar 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • MotoGuild SF
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    Come join us at our next Member Only Clinic - The BMW NorCal Spring Tune-up at MotoGuild SF!

    We've got a bunch of upcoming rides - Baja, Death Valley Camp-out, Superbike Coach Advanced Riders Class, The 49’er, and much, much more! But is your bike ready?

    So if your bike needs something (or you want to just come and shoot the breeze) join us on March 2nd, from 12:00pm to 3:30pm. The Club has reserved three lifts and plenty of work space at MotoGuild SF on Treasure Island.  Consider this a “shop day” where you can do minor services to your bike (I.e. change oil/filter, brake fluid, brake pads, tires). We will ask some of our experienced members to help out, but MotoGuild has offered to have a mechanic on site who can assist you and get you familiar with the tire change and tire balancing machine. Tools are a part of the rented space but you may want to bring your own special tools and bike manual/specs, just in case.

    And since MotoGuild has been a great supporter of the Club with past clinics and hosting the monthly BOD meetings, go to them first to purchase tires, brakes, and whatever else you may need for your bike.

    But wait, there's more! This MOC is scheduled right after the March BOD Meeting so feel free to show up early and see your Board hard at work, and, even participate if you'd like! This is a great chance to see what is happening behind the scenes with the club. Plus the election of the Board is coming up and we are always looking for some new faces to represent the club.

    Also, we will have volunteer signups for this year's 49’er Rally.  The Rally Chair will be on site to answer questions of the various volunteering tasks.

    Register for this MOC on the Club Events page (or click here) so we get an accurate headcount. (Mylene might just bring some of her “Killer Muffins” and you don’t want to miss out!)

    Questions? Contact Jorgen Larsen at SafetyDirector@bmwnorcal.org.

    • 29 Mar 2019
    • 1:00 PM
    • 01 Apr 2019
    • Furnace Creek Campground Group sites 3-4
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    Wandering Rocks Stones Death Valley Wind U

    You know the drill, it's the annual Club Death Valley Campout! Get here any way you want - ride your own own adventure or ride the Cross Border Rally. Just get here for a great club outing.

    • 13 Apr 2019
    • La Grange, CA
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    This month we are in for a real treat! Russ Drake's daughter has offered her property in La Grange to the Club for the April campout. And we are including a BBQ dinner in the price! But space is limited to 100 riders. 

    BMW NorCal members can take advantage of a 4 week early bird registration, with general registration opening February 5th. 

    An as if this wasn't great enough, Russ Drake may have a dual sport ride in the area to share with folks. Details to follow.

    But wait, there's more! We will be stopping by A&S for an open house!


    • 23 May 2019
    • 3:00 PM
    • 27 May 2019
    • Mariposa Fairgrounds,
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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 47 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 tent camping, optional RV camping with water and electrical hook-ups (limited space available), 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. 49er attendees can also sign up for an optional GS adventure riding clinic with Lance Thomas followed by a guided ride. (Space for the GS clinics is limited and fill up fast so register now!) 



    Ride an Airhead? This year look for a beefed up Airhead presence as the Airheads Beemer Club will be moving in to Airhead Central. Bring your airhead or just questions, there's always some sort of airhead clinic or repair going on...


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

    • 24 May 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Mariposa Fairgrounds Arena
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    Lance Thomas GS Clinic

       Friday, May 24th

    8:00 AM – 11:30 AM

    (open to attendees of the 49er Rally only)


    Come learn or brush up on your off-road skills at our GS Clinic, led 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 their own insurance and be wearing 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 experienced NorCal volunteers observing/coaching riders through on-trail obstacles and more challenging sections. Some dirt experience is 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: to register enter the code you received in your 49er registration confirmation email. 

    Email Hugo Bonilla 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!


    * A note on the change of clinic format and cost from previous years. This year the Club's insurance rates jumped so unfortunately we had to change the cost structure. We also have been wanting to add more clinics so this year we struck a deal with Lance, adding 2 more clinics. To accommodate this we have BMW NorCal Club members that are leading the trail ride portions. 









    • 25 May 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Mariposa, California, County Fairgrounds
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    Lance Thomas GS Clinic

       Saturday, May 25th

    8:00 AM – 11:30 AM

    (open to attendees of the 49er Rally only)



    Come learn or brush up on your off-road skills at our GS Clinic, led 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 their own insurance and be wearing 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 experienced NorCal volunteers 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 clinic, 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: to registerenter the code you received in your 49er registration confirmation email. 

     

    Email Hugo Bonilla 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!


    * A note on the change of clinic format and cost from previous years. This year the Club's insurance rates jumped so unfortunately we had to change the cost structure. We also have been wanting to add more clinics so this year we struck a deal with Lance, adding 2 more clinics. To accommodate this we have BMW NorCal Club members that are leading the trail ride portions. 







    • 29 Jun 2019
    • Finnon Lake Campground, 9100 Rock Creek Road, Placerville, CA.


    It's election time so come join us at Finnon Lake for a great campout and cast your vote for the next Board of Directors. And, maybe even consider stepping up and volunteering for a position. The BOD is what makes the club work and it's run by fellow members volunteering to get things done. 

    The start location and route are still to be determined... Stay tuned. 

    • 27 Jul 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Trinity Lake Blvd, Lewiston, CA 96052 - off Hwy 3
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    This month we are lucky to be heading into an area with some of the best riding in California! And if we find ourselves too warm from all the awesome summer riding, this campground is right on Stoney Creek, the perfect place for a dip. Also, we have thesite for two nights so consider coming up on Friday to take advantage this.

    Route sheets to follow.

    • 24 Aug 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Kaiser Pass Rd, Lakeshore
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    This month we'll have some good Sierra fun. At 8,000', Badger Flats offers some great camping and the road in will be a treat. 

    Route sheet to follow. 

    • 28 Sep 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • CA-89, Hat Creek, CA 96040
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    September is when we say goodbye to high elevation campouts for the season. And our last one for this season is at Gurnsey Creek Group site, near Lassen National Park. Dress warm and expect overnight frost but the great riding there will more than make up for it!

    Route sheets to follow. 

Past events

26 Jan 2019 January Member meeting and Campout - Sugarloaf Ridge State Park group site 2
08 Dec 2018 BMW NorCal Member Holiday Party!
01 Dec 2018 November Member Meeting and Campout - Fremont Peak (Doe Flat Group Site) Plus San Jose BMW Open House!
11 Nov 2018 Nov SSBR- Petaluma to Nicasio
27 Oct 2018 Oktoberfest Member Meeting and Campout - Liberty Glen Campground - Lake Sonoma - GROUP SITE D
20 Oct 2018 Cal Moto Open House!
20 Oct 2018 ADV Design Oktoberfest Open House!
13 Oct 2018 Member Only Clinic - Advanced Riders Class (TC ARC)!
29 Sep 2018 September Member Meeting and Campout - Saddlebag Lake "Trailhead Group Site"!
31 Aug 2018 2018 RANGE OF LIGHT GYPSY TOUR!
25 Aug 2018 August Member Meeting and Campout - Lake Alpine!
12 Aug 2018 SSBR with Fred Montano
28 Jul 2018 July Member Meeting and Campout - Nordheimer CG
08 Jul 2018 July SSBR-San Mateo Coast ride
07 Jul 2018 Board of Director Meeting
23 Jun 2018 June Member BoD Election Meeting and Campout - Chanslor Ranch
16 Jun 2018 Adventure Bike Challenge
10 Jun 2018 June SSBR - North Bay Baby!
26 May 2018 Lance Thomas GS Clinic, 49er Rally Saturday May 26th
25 May 2018 Lance Thomas GS Clinic, 49er Rally Friday May 25th
24 May 2018 2018 49er Rally!
12 May 2018 May SSBR - Second SATURDAY Breakfast Ride to Cal Moto Open House
28 Apr 2018 April Member Meeting - Songdog Ranch!
08 Apr 2018 April SSBR - East Bay
16 Mar 2018 March Member Meeting / Annual Death Valley Campout!
15 Mar 2018 The Ride from Long Beach BMW to Death Valley
14 Mar 2018 BMW Cross-Border Rally at Long Beach BMW!
03 Mar 2018 1st annual BMW Cross Border Rally - Loreto to Long Beach!
24 Feb 2018 February Member Meeting - Hidden View Campground!
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 Board of Directors Meeting
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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