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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. 

    Meetings typically start at 7PM but check the schedule for details. 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 May 2018
    • 3:00 PM
    • 28 May 2018
    • 10:00 AM
    • 5007 Fairgrounds Rd, Mariposa, California
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    NOTE: Online Registration is now closed.  We have plenty of room so head on out to the fairgrounds and you can register on site.  


    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. 

    The pre-order period for T-Shirts has ended however we will have a limited  number of extra shirts available for purchase at the 49er Rally.  

    Click here for the official 2018 Rally Program. 

    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
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    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!









    • 10 Jun 2018
    • 8:00 AM
    • The Fremont Diner - 2698 Fremont Drive, Sonoma
    Register

    This month we are heading out for a fun spin up in the North Bay - starting at The Fremont Cafe in Sonoma. Expect some fun riding and some questionable camaraderie. 

    Breakfast at 8, hit the road at 9. 

    Route details to follow. 



    • 16 Jun 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Middle Creek Campground, Upper Lake CA
    • 36
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    Come on out and join BMW NorCal for a 2-day, 110 mile off-road event through Mendocino National Forest! Riders will enjoy great self-guided riding on National Forest service roads, with single-track options for those wanting a little more adventure. The optional routes will include both skill and navigational challenges. Included with the $45.00 registration fee: .gpx navigation files, a sag wagon for your gear, a Saturday night campout with “chuck-wagon” style dinner, and a Sunday breakfast. 

    The fine print:

    Plan to arrive Friday afternoon/evening to check-in. 

    Friday night camping is “no-host”, you’ll need to pay your campsite fee ($8-$14 range). And for dinner Friday, you’re on your own, but there will be folks cooking out at the campsite. Check with Buddy Scauzzo for the specifics of what's happening Friday night. You can also find groceries in Upper Lake or restaurants if you prefer. 

    Riders depart from Middlecreek Campground Saturday AM for Gray Pines Group Campground, Stonyford. At the campground riders will be treated to a chuck wagon style dinner and cold beverages. Day 1 is approximately 60 miles. The Sag Wagon will bring your gear.

    After breakfast Sunday, riders will navigate back to Middlecreek Campground, approximately 50 miles. There they retrieve their gear from the Sag Wagon & head home.

    This event is limited to 60 riders but there will be a waitlist in the event of cancellations. 

    Additional Info:

    There will be a mandatory stream crossing. 

    The entire ride can be done on the National Forest service roads, or riders can take optional trails. The optional trails will include hill ascents and descents, ruts and possibly mud. The optional trails require intermediate to advanced off-road riding skills. All riders must ride in groups of at least two.

    For more information email Buddy Scauzzo - Muddyspokes@gmail.com.

    • 23 Jun 2018
    • 8:00 AM
    • 24 Jun 2018
    • 10:00 AM
    • Chanslor Ranch, 2660 CA-1, Bodega Bay
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    Join us this month for another great camping destination with some great riding on the Sonoma Coast! And what could be better than riding and camping? How about an election? Yep, it's time again for Members in good standing to vote in your Board of Directors for the next year. And just when you thought things couldn't get any better, how about a great bbq cookout by the Tour Captain, the Sausage Meister, a Viking, and a few others? You will be hard pressed to have a better time this side of the Mexican border! But, let's try. To raise the bar a little, we are adding an adventure option to the meeting ride, one with some dirt for folks that want to mix it up a little- weather permitting of course. Check out the two Rever routes below. 

    .pdf and .gpx files to follow. 


    • 28 Jul 2018
    • 8:00 AM
    • Nordheimer Campground - Forks of the Salmon Group Site A
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    This month we are in for a treat! Riding and camping in this part of Northern California offers riders some of the best roads in the state. And the rugged beauty of the Forks of the Salmon is hard to beat!

    Route sheet to be posted soon!

    • 25 Aug 2018
    • 8:00 AM
    • Lodgepole Group Site, Lake Alpine
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    Join us this month for a fun ride and campout in the awesome Sierra Nevada Mountains. Lake Alpine offers great riding opportunities as well as great Sierra Nevada camping. 

    The route sheet will be posted soon!

    • 27 Oct 2018
    • 8:00 AM
    • 28 Oct 2018
    • Breakfast spot TBD
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    It's October again so break out your lederhosen, grab your stein, and get ready for some fun! This year's Oktoberfest General Meeting and campout is back at Liberty Glen campground. Located in the arid hills above over the lovely Lake Sonoma, this campground feels remote but is ideally situated to the Bay Area and is only accessible by great motorcycle roads. So bring your appetite for fun Sonoma County riding as well as a great German influenced dinner and cold drink, you're not going to want to miss this one... 

    For this Oktoberfest the Board of Directors and some members are cooking and putting on the spread for the Membership.

    Dinner for members is free! But in order to be confirmed for the dinner, you must register by end of day, Friday, October 19th

    Non members, add $15 to the camping fee for dinner. 


Past events

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 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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