Whether you're the proud new owner of your very first BMW motorcycle, new to Northern California, or just ready for the best, the BMW Club of Northern California is for you. We're a group of BMW motorcycle enthusiasts of all ages who enjoy riding, touring, camping and just having a good time with other BMW motorcycle riders. And we've been looking for you!

Any person 18 years of age or older who is a legally registered owner of any BMW motorcycle and who attends two previously announced General Members Meeting in any six-month period as a rider or passenger on a BMW motorcycle shall be eligible for membership. The prospective member shall make application for such membership during attendance at such meeting by stating his or her desire to become a member.

You may also become a member by attending the 49er Rally. Contact us for more information. Details are also stated in our club by-laws.

A Brief Introduction
The BMW Club of Northern California was founded in 1965, holds Charter Number 9 from the BMW Motorcycle Owners of America (BMWMOA), and Charter Number 06083 from the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA). We are a group of BMW motorcycle owners who ride, tour and camp together and enjoy the fun and camaraderie that result from those activities.

The Club currently has over 200 members, some are novices, some are highly experienced, and most are somewhere in-between. We ride everything from vintage BMW's to sidecar rigs to K-1200s. Some enjoy sport touring, some travel with everything but the kitchen sink, some seek out dirt roads, and some consider a budget hotel roughing it.

Monthly Tours and Campouts
To encourage our members to get out and ride, the Club holds its meetings on the last full weekend of each month (except December and May) at different campgrounds in or near Northern California.

Some members take the Club's group tour to the meeting on Saturday, which usually departs the Bay Area in the early morning and arrives at the meeting site in mid- afternoon. Others ride to the meeting individually or in small groups.

The formal Club meeting is held late Saturday afternoon, and lasts about an hour. At the meeting we conduct a bit of business and share information about upcoming Club events.

Following the meeting, some members go out to dinner while others cook in camp. We sometimes have a catered meal. A campfire or two usually follow; where the tire kicking and story telling really begin in earnest. Members then retire to their tents for a good night's sleep before the ride home on Sunday.

Second Sunday Breakfast Ride
The Club has other activities, too. Members meet for breakfast on the second Sunday of every month round the Bay Area and a short ride after and we usually finish by 1:00 PM.

Other Benefits of Club Membership
We haveTech sessions, seminars and special events. There's the annual Club Holiday party in December. During the course of the year many Club members travel together to rallies and other motorcycling events. All members receive the Club's monthly electronic newsletter which contains announcements of upcoming Club activities and other motorcycling events, classified ads, and articles of interest to BMW owners. Members also receive a membership directory, name tag, Club patches and decals and membership anniversary pins in 5-year increments.

The BMW Club of Northern California's Officers
Z Ortiz President registration49er@yahoo.com
Dan Rowe Vice President vp@bmwnorcal.org
Jim Lucas Secretary  
John Vashon Treasurer  
Cliff Dunn Tour Captain  
Buddy Scauzzo Safety/Tech safety@bmwnorcal.org
Don Alexson Historian  

The Committee Chairs
Warren Barnes Newsletter Editor  
Z Ortiz /
49er Rally Chair registration49er@yahoo.com
Richard Burton/
Z Ortiz
2014 Range of Light Chairs registration49er@yahoo.com
Pat Potter Ad Chair dzppotter@aol.com
Cliff Dunn Second Sunday Breakfast
Wayne Opp Webmaster webmaster@bmwnorcal.org

Download By-Laws (pdf)

Our Sponsors
The BMW Club of Northern California enjoys the support by the following businesses. Show your thanks by patronizing them!

The Zen House
Kermit Chair Adventure Designs MotoGear Outlet Ted Porter's Beemer Shop Happy-Trail RKA San Jose BMW Tri Valley Moto
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