Riding and camping Northern California and beyond, since 1965!

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.

    • 27 Jan 2018
    • 8:00 AM
    • 28 Jan 2018
    • 10:00 AM
    • Napa Black Bear Diner
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    This month's Member Meeting / Campout is at the lovely Salt Point State Park! We've got the Warren Group Site within the Gerstle Campground. We can expect a mild climate and the camping is in a sheltered spot with a fire ring. Life will be good!

    The ride starts at the Napa Black Bear Diner, and as usual we'll meet there by 8:00 AM for a hearty breakfast. Just what we'll need to fortify us for the ride ahead. Don't want to eat? Be there by 9:00 AM to join in on the ride. 

    Also on tap for this tour is an open house at the BMW dealership in Santa Rosa. It recently changed hands and we're excited to see the transformation of this dealership to a BMW Flagship Dealer. While they aren't done with the facelift yet, there have been some big changes already. There will be 25% club discounts on apparel and accessories and lunch! 

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

    Route Sheet

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    • 11 Feb 2018
    • 8:00 AM
    • Cafe Soleil, 3550 San Pablo Dam Rd., El Sobrante
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    Get ready for a riding extravaganza, East Bay style! This month we start at El Sobrante and tour the east bay via fun but less traveled roads, finishing at the historic Port Costa for lunch. 

    This event is open to all street legal motorcycle riders!

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

    route sheet coming soon

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    • 17 Feb 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Moto Guild SF - 849 13th St, San Francisco
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    It's time for another great Member Only Clinic! We are returning to Moto Guild SF, this time for a CPR and First Aid training offered by Kurt Matthews of Soundly Safe. And as usual, this is open only to BMW NorCal club members, at no charge. However, due to space limitations this clinic is limited to 40 participants.

    The Clinic format will be as follows: 

    Topic   Description Duration (min) 
     Intro - Basic Concepts  Rules and tips for basic responders  15
     Scene Safety  How to stay safe from hazards and communicable diseases.   15
     Legal Considerations  California's Good Samaritan Law  5
     Patient Assessment
    Identifying life threatening conditions:
    • shock
     15
     Trauma  Actions to:
    • Reduce blood loss
    • Fight Shock
    • Reduce injury
     30
     Medical
    •  Stroke
    • Anaphlaxis
    • Diabetic Emergencies
    • Heart attack
     30
     Cardiac Arrest  CPR and AED  30
     Scenario  Student participation activity. CPR and use of AED  30

    Participants are advised to wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing as we will be preforming strenuous, hands-on physical activity  as part of this clinic. 


    Moto Guild

    Note: this is not a CPR Certification course. If you are interested in that click here to contact the Safety Director.

    • 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 Mike's Sky Ranch, San Felipe, Coco's Corner, the beautiful beaches of Mulege 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. You can expect whale watching at Ojo de Libere, stops 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. From there 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 motorcycle related merchandise. 

    Riders that can't go to Loreto can meet in the wine region, or at the BMW dealership in Long Beach. From Long Beach we ride to Death Valley to link up with the annual BMW NorCal campout in Furnace creek. 

    There will be a minor cost associated for Rally shirts, but for now we are doing a soft registration to gauge interest. 

    See the link below for the working itinerary. 

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

    • 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:


    • 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
    • 5
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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
    • 13
    Register

    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

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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