President’s Column – September

From the President


I am happy to report the long distance travels of several members are finished and all have returned safely to their homes. Several members rode thousands of miles to attend the BMWMOA International Rally in Billings, Montana. I was headed that way but my trip was interrupted and my trip to Billings cut short. I’ll have more on that later.

A look at the events calendar for the remainder of the year reveals numerous events in our immediate area, the southeast and mid-south. The 29th we have two events: the 3rd Quarter Social Dinner and a charity ride for the Clay County Police Athletic League. Please consult the most recent member email for details.

Our web site re-design team has put the finishing touches on a new and improved web site. Our new site will allow easier updating and several new options. This is your invitation to visit the new site and explore. You must reset your password to gain entry to the new site. Instructions for resetting are included above.

Lots of riding opportunities await us as the weather cools. The new site’s events calendar is constantly being updated so consult it frequently.

The heat’s still on so remember to properly rehydrate while riding. Wear your gear not matter how hot and above all, ride safely.

Ride Safely,


Monthly Meeting – September

Monthly Meeting – September

Monthly Meeting

In the absence of peripatetic President Bill Botkin, Vice President Jim Quinn presided over the meeting. Commenting on the sparse turnout at the meeting, Jim noted that this was the season for traveling and asked Larry Meeker to update the group on the MOA Rally in Billings, MT. and the accompanying “Diner on the Road”.

Dinner on the road - Billings, Montana

Dinner on the road – Billings, Montana

Despite some confusion as to which “Jakes Steakhouse” was reserved for dinner, eighteen BMWNEF members made the event. Photos and details to follow in the Shop Rag. As always the MOA Rally was well attended and loaded with interesting seminars, rides, vendor, etc. Unfortunately the campground was only adequate and sandwiched between two heavily traveled roads, leading to sleepless nights. Larry noted that the 2016 Rally would take place near Buffalo, NY and would be one week after the AMA event in Ohio. Interesting possibilities!

Winter Rally Co-Chair Meeker advised that plans were moving forward and the next Rally planning meeting would take place on August 18th @ 6:00 at the Athens Cafe. All are welcome and there are plenty of volunteer opportunities available. Just see Larry or Chip and they will make good use of you.

Marina Alley reported that Riding Into History had recently made a $45,000 donation to Canines for Warriors which will be matched by an equal amount from the Weaver Foundation. These donations will support the organizations new facility in Nocatee.

Jim made the club aware that the online calendar was not updated due to Bob Messer’s recent “get off” which injured his hand & shoulder. He is progressing well. The recent Saturday Lunch Ride on July 11 to Vilano Beach was well attended, so others are in the works. The following upcoming events are scheduled:

September 12th—Annual picnic and monthly meeting at Camp Chowenwaw Park, Green Cove Springs @ 10:00AM.

September 23-24—Ginny Springs Overnight Ride. 500 NE 60th Ave., High Springs, FL

October 1-4—BMWRA National Rally, Boone County Fairgrounds, Harrison, AR. Wonderful riding in the area!

David Sturgis presented the Safety Minute by noting that anytime a rider is uncomfortable while participating in a group ride, the rider should feel perfectly free to exit the ride and proceed to his/her destination solo. Ultimately, your safety is your responsibility!

Riding into History Donates $40K to K9s for Warriors

Riding into History Donates $40K to K9s for Warriors

On July 23, 2015, Riding Into History had the honor of donating $40,000 to K9s For Warriors!  This is our second year of making a $40K donation to K9s For Warriors.  We presented our donation at the new K9s For Warriors facility in the Nocatee community in Ponte Vedra, FL.

K9s-for-warriorsWe were able to attend the first graduation class of K9s For Warriors at their brand new home.  The class that graduated consisted of 4 female Air Force warriors and 4 female Army warriors.  The new K9s For Warriors home has accommodations to train 16 warriors and dogs at one time.  This is a huge difference compared to their previous home, where they could only train 4 warriors and dogs.  It takes 3 weeks to train the warrior with their dog.  The warriors and dogs live at K9s For Warriors while they train with their dog.

Riding Into History is proud of this donation to such a worthy cause.  I am much honored to have been the chairman of such a generous and hard working group of volunteers these past three years.  My new role will be heading up Sponsorship for Riding Into History.

I have officially handed over the chairmanship to Jennifer Samioglou.  Riding Into History is in very capable hands with Jennifer.  She is the face of the gate at the RIH event.  She and her team from the Jacksonville Beach Chrome Divas have worked in so many different ways at Riding Into History.  The Riding Into History family will continue to work together putting on a world class Motorcycle Concurs d’Elegance!

Marina Alley

The Safety Minute – September

The Safety Minute – September

by David Sturgis

Whether it’s conquering foreign lands or just a ride to the beach, there is one thing between you and disaster: your tires. They are the two consumable components that keep you upright, in control and comfortable. Tires are as important as a good pair of shoes for your feet.

In the motorcycling world, tires are one of two major sources of conversation or is it contention? Like motorcycles, brand loyalty is very important, closely followed by cost and tire life. For some (probably genetic) reason, I’ve never been that way. I’ll think about changing brands of tires when mine aren’t half-way worn out. I think the same way about oil. Always trying to experience the different to see if it’s something better.

My sport touring ride is a great bike, though it can be rough on tires. I put a set of Bridgestone BT16’s on it when I bought the bike. The stock rubber was shot and these were great, for about 3k miles. The back continued to be great but the handling went away in the front. The bike has a 59” wheelbase and steep rake and it beats up front tires.

Next came the Pirelli Diablo’s, the average blend of sport touring rubber. They were good for 5k miles. Then Dunlop Qualifier 2’s, which were fantastic until they wore out. Undaunted, I tried Shinko tires, the 009 Raven. I loved them! They did great in the last Sport Touring School, where they were going 125mph into turn 3 at Jennings. They did so well that I tried another type of tire…not so good.

As you burn through your tires with all rides, rallies and trips of 2015, consider your tires. Were they pretty good, the best ever, or is it definitely time for something new? Tire technology continues to improve and the best tires you ever had a few years back may be outdated now.

I used to buy outdated tires because I felt outdated myself. I got over that and hope you do as well. There are new and better tires out there, just waiting for us to use them up and buy some more. We have more choices in tires to use for our next season of riding.


FYI – September


Lightening Strike Blows Man off His Sportbike!

From the MOA Web Site

“Adding to the growing list of BMW MOA member benefits, from August 3rd through September 30th, BMW Motorrad USA is offering current MOA members discounts on new motorcycle purchases.

Discounts range from $750 for K and S series bikes, $500 for R series bikes*, $350 for C and F series bikes and $300 for G series bikes.

Please visit your local BMW dealer for full program details.

*The 2015 R 1200 RS is excluded from this program.”

Get Well Soon

If you know of any member who is injured, ill or hospitalized please let us know.  REMEMBER, IF YOU DON’T TELL US, WE MAY NOT KNOW!

Sherry Potter will send get well or sympathy cards, flowers, or care baskets to members & associate members for serious illnesses or deaths in their immediate families. Listed below is the e-mail and phone number for Sherry. Please be sure and notify her so she can provide this important support to our members and families.
Sherry Potter 904-223-4418