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February 2014 President's Corner

by Gordy Olson, RCBPREZ
California is suffering through one of its worst droughts in history or as we like to call it an incredibly delightful and welcome stretch of great riding weather!!! But seriously, folks….hopefully Mother Nature will give Sacramento and environs a good soaking soon, just not on a day when we have a ride planned (since not everyone has a “RAIN” mode available at the touch of a button like me!).
We had our first guest speaker last month – Glenn Stasky from Clearwater Lights and I thought his presentation was a very positive addition to our meeting. I am trying to get other speakers, including someone from Arai Helmets, and encourage suggestions from Club members about other possible guests. We treat our guests to breakfast and they treat us to interesting ideas about motorcycling related topics (and they usually will try to work in some sort of club discount as well!).
The events calendar for 2014 is just about finalized. The Spring Classic (AKA Trinity River Rendezvous AKA Spring Fling AKA Rocklin Renegades’ Roundup) scheduled for May 30-June 1 looks like it is going to a big hit. We already have over thirty folks signed up to either Kamp or Kabin at the Trinity KOA. Tech Day is set for Sunday, February 23. As usual, some A&S techs will be there to help guide us and I will give my annual master class on carburetor adjustments for fuel-injected bikes. If time allows, I will also address chain tensioning and lubrication on shaft-driven bikes as well as offering a no-cost “bonus” seminar on tire valve cap removal and replacement.
On April 12, we will be holding a GPS seminar in cooperation with the NorCal and CentralCal BMW clubs. The event will be down in Concord from about 10:30am until 3:00pm. Lunch will be provided and we have a spacious auditorium with all the audio-visual equipment available for the class. There is also a court-yard for “on-the-bike” trip planning. Naturally, we will plan a circuitous route to Concord that morning to get ourselves in the mood for future adventures. Mark it on your calendars.
Although no one seems to know precisely when they are due, there are a number of exciting new BMW models expected in nearby showrooms in the coming weeks. I can’t wait to see who is first to succumb to the siren songs of the RNineT or the new water-cooled R1200RT. I already suspect that Al Morrison will bag the first GS Adventure (and then tell Angel he won it at the monthly raffle!).
As usual, I am always looking for suggestions for new raffle prizes and for any other ideas to make our Club even more fun. We are really very fortunate to have a group of diverse individuals with a shared passion for two-wheeled travel. I love riding and I especially love riding with my RCB buddies.
Cheers, Gordy
RCBPREZ