BMWNEF 2018 Christmas Party

BMWNEF 2018 Christmas Party

The 2018 BMWNEF Christmas Party was held at Toscanos Little Italy in Jacksonville. We had a great turnout and the restaurant was full of members. There was a huge Christmas tree and decorations, and the mood was festive.

This year’s event was a departure from meeting at the park lodge, which was rustic and had a blazing fireplace. The past events involved many volunteer hours and members bringing dishes and desserts. The club leadership wanted to make this event special and they were successful.

The Toys for Tots campaign, run by the USMC, was our charity for the event. We had so many toys that the USMC representative needed to call for reinforcements with a larger car to transport the toys. The club donated the toys in honor of Bill Botkin’s late brother Major Charles Botkin USMC (bio below). Our generosity will be appreciated by many children who will have a brighter Christmas for our efforts.

We also held a business meeting to elect the new slate of officers, and to thank our outgoing leader Jim Quinn. Jim will still be around as the Immediate Past-President, and his leadership and vision for the club has helped us be a better club for our members and the community. Welcome Philip Mule’ (L) as the next President of BMWNEF, as Immediate Past-President Jim Quinn dons his Past-President’s hat and Philip commends him for his term of leadership with the club.

Bill Botkin was chosen for the Maggie Award, in honor of the late Maggie Nelson. Maggie’s spirit of volunteering and helping others is memorialized in this award, and Bill’s efforts to lead and help the club through many years was honored with the award. Sparky Peterson looks on as the most recent Maggie Award winner. Norm Nelson presented the award to Bill (and his better half Ginny). Congratulations to you both.

It was a great time, and if you missed it this year, make plans to attend next year. There’s something special about having a Christmas party with motorcycling friends.

Bio: Charles Thomas Botkin, Jr. was born in Muncie, Indiana in January 1947.  He was the second child of Charles Thomas and Jeanette Botkin.  His father was a WWII medical officer in the Pacific and mother a college educated interior designer.

After high school, Charles enrolled at Ball State University and graduated with honors with a BS in Chemistry. Charles entered the Marine Corps in 1973, and after Officer’s Candidate School, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant.  He attended the advanced infantry officers’ course where he was assigned the Military Occupational Specialty of an Artillery Officer.  He deployed to the Mediterranean in 1983, shortly before the Marine Barracks bombing. After serving in many stations in the USMC, He retired as Major, the Officer-in-Charge of the Marine Corps Museum, MCRD, San Diego.

Charles and family returned to Muncie, Indiana after retirement, where he graduated from the Indiana Vocational Technical Institute with a culinary degree. During retirement he operated several restaurants and was head chef at several more.  He was an excellent chef. Timmy is survived by his wife, Lou Ellen, and children Matthew, Jennifer and Ellen.  He has several grandchildren in California and Indiana.


President’s Letter

President’s Letter

By BMWNEF President Jim Quinn

I am often remiss in thanking the many, many individual volunteers that make BMWNEF a great social club.

One of those many selfless volunteers is Marina Alley.

Marina has served BMWNEF as membership director, as a key Winter Rally volunteer, has serves for many years on the Executive Committee and has held key positions, including multiple years as Chairman, of Riding Into History.

Marina is stepping away from Riding Into History and will be sorely missed.

Under her watchful eye, Riding Into History got bigger and better. It has become more important to the vintage motorcycle community. Equally important, it serves to benefit the designated charity “K9’s for Warriors” and the veterans it serves.

BMWNEF is an important source of volunteers and financial support for Riding Into History. Marina has coordinated the volunteer effort between Riding Into History and BMWNEF and made sure that our club’s monetary contributions were well spent.

During my term as club president, Marina stands out as one of those key individuals that has volunteered for BMNWNEF in many different positions and has benefited our club in each one.

Many, many thanks to Marina Alley for her many years of service to Riding Into History and her continued service to BMWNEF.

Please remind me to say thank you more often in this letter and everywhere else we are.

Safety Minute – Staying Hydrated – Staying Healthy

From the American Heart Association

When the temperatures rise, getting enough to drink is important whether you’re playing sports, traveling or just sitting in the sun.

And it’s critical for your heart health.

Keeping the body hydrated helps the heart more easily pump blood through the blood vessels to the muscles. And, it helps the muscles work efficiently.

“If you’re well hydrated, your heart doesn’t have to work as hard,” said John Batson, M.D, a sports medicine physician with Lowcountry Spine & Sport in Hilton Head Island, S.C., and an American Heart Association volunteer.

Dehydration can be a serious condition that can lead to problems ranging from swollen feet or a headache to life-threatening illnesses such as heat stroke.

How much water do you need?

What does being well hydrated mean? The amount of water a person needs depends on climatic conditions, clothing worn and exercise intensity and duration, Batson said.

A person who perspires heavily will need to drink more than someone who doesn’t. Certain medical conditions, such as diabetes or heart disease, may also mean you need to drink more water. People with cystic fibrosis have high concentrations of sodium in their sweat and also need to use caution to avoid dehydration. And some medications can act as diuretics, causing the body to lose more fluid.

Thirst isn’t the best indicator that you need to drink. “If you get thirsty, you’re already dehydrated,” Batson said.

Batson said the easiest thing to do is pay attention to the color of your urine. Pale and clear means you’re well hydrated. If it’s dark, drink more fluids.

If you want to know exactly how much fluid you need, Batson recommends weighing yourself before and after exercise, to see how much you’ve lost through perspiration. It’s a particular good guide for athletes training in the hot summer months.

“For every pound of sweat you lose, that’s a pint of water you’ll need to replenish,” Batson said, adding that it’s not unusual for a high school football player, wearing pads and running through drills, to lose 5 pounds or more of sweat during a summer practice.

Not sweating during vigorous physical activity can be a red flag that you’re dehydrated to the point of developing heat exhaustion.

Water is best.

For most people, water is the best thing to drink to stay hydrated. Sources of water also include foods, such fruits and vegetables which contain a high percentage of water. Sports drinks with electrolytes, may be useful for people doing high intensity, vigorous exercise in very hot weather, though they tend to be high in added sugars and calories.


“It’s healthier to drink water while you’re exercising, and then when you’re done, eat a healthy snack like orange slices, bananas or a small handful of unsalted nuts ,” Batson said.

He cautioned against fruit juices or sugary drinks, such as soda. “They can be hard on your stomach if you’re dehydrated,” he said.

It’s also best to avoid drinks containing caffeine, which acts as a diuretic and causes you to lose more fluids.

Batson says drinking water before you exercise or go out into the sun is an important first step.

“Drinking water before is much more important,” he said. “Otherwise, you’re playing catch-up and your heart is straining.”

Not just for athletes or exercise.

Hydration isn’t just important during physical activity. Sitting in the sun on a hot or humid day, even if you aren’t exercising, can also cause your body to need more fluids.

People who have a heart condition, are older than 50 or overweight may also have to take extra precautions.

It’s also a good thing to keep tabs on your hydration if you’re traveling.

“You might sweat differently if you’re in a different climate,” Batson said.

Summer Solstice Ride 2018

Summer Solstice Ride 2018

L to R: Tom Brown, Deborah Mule’, Jim Allen, Phil Mule’, Craig Culver, Bruce and Kathy Cockcroft

By Phil Mule’

At “Zero Dark Thirty” on June 21st, 2018, 5 hale and hardy riders met at the parking lot of the South Beach Grille for the 2018 Summer Solstice Ride. In addition to those riding we had a sendoff crew of the lovely Deborah Mule’ and Kathy Cockcroft and the not so lovely Craig Culver!

Coming from the north several of us encountered rain showers and the unexpected closure of SR 206 which required riding further south and doubling back along US 1 to 206. Despite the inconvenience we all arrived safely and a bit too early.

The ride’s planner, yours truly, was sure the solstice sunrise was at 605 AM. At 605 we were all still standing on the beach in the dark. Only a faint crimson sky foretold the arrival of Mr. Sol. Finally, at about 625 the sun broke through in a beautiful, but small, orange ball.

Following the burning of incense and ceremonial chanting we saddled up and headed for Bunnell and a Club provided breakfast. (Did I mention in my emails about the ride that the Club was buying breakfast!!) We then headed SW toward the highest point on the Florida peninsula and the Yalaha Bakery.

After a relaxing lunch at the Yalaha Bakery we mounted up and headed for home. Several of us stayed together till I-95 while others headed up US 301 and their homes. It was a soggy ride home. We encountered rain squalls several times on the surface roads and on the Interstate.

All in all it was another great Club ride. We’ll continue or Solstice ride come this winter. Come on and join us! Sleep is over rated!

Ride smart and safely

BMW’s in the Big Leagues 2018

BMW’s in the Big Leagues 2018

Loris Baz in the 2018 World Superbike Series

By David Sturgis, Shop Rag Editor

I hope you are able to access the BEIN network on your television and watch the great motorcycle racing taking place this season. BEIN covers MotoAmerica (US-based Superbike and Supersport racing), World SuperBike (SBK) and MotoGP racing.

BMW was a dominant force in World Superbike racing earlier in the century, fielding a team of several riders who were very competitive and winning some races. The S1000RR is a frequent choice in national-level championships like British Superbike and other similar series around the world.

The factory has gotten out of the highest levels of racing at this time, though there are some riders taking advantage of the excellent racing platform the S100RR provides.

Racing in the 2018 series:

World Superbike – Loris Baz (FR)

Loris Baz, born in 1993 in Sallanches, France, has competed in the MotoGP championship for the last three years, gaining significant experience while battling it out on track against the world’s best riders.

From 2012 to 2014, the Frenchman raced in the Superbike world championship, riding for Kawasaki alongside Englishman Tom Sykes and achieving a total of 9 podiums and 2 fantastic race wins in the process. He raced in MotoGP in 2017 and is returning to World Superbike in 2018.

MotoAmerica – Danny Eslick (USA) SCHEIBE RACING

Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Eslick has competed for most of his career in the United States, where he won the AMA Pro Daytona Sportbike Championship in 2009 and 2011, the Harley-Davidson XR1200 Series in 2010[2] and the Daytona 200 race in 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018.