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March 2014 President's Corner

Both the months and the mile markers are flying by! It is March already and we are finally getting some much needed rain. I was beginning to worry whether I would ever get to find out if pushing the “Rain Mode” button actually did anything. Now I can happily report that it deploys the cutest little BMW-logoed umbrella directly over the tachometer while simultaneously adjusting the chain tension and rejetting my carbs! Ain’t German technology grand?!?!?!

We had a great Tech Day last month with well over 30 RCB’ers participating. Some came for the pizza, some for the smack talk, and even a couple for the wrenching!! We are genuinely lucky to have a dealership that opens its (back) door to us and provides techs to guide us through the work. Tires were mounted, oil was changed, and one intrepid soul even did a full 18,000-mile service. Way to go, Roger!! One other member brought in a bike frame apparently hoping that others might bring the necessary additional parts to complete his restoration. Needless to say, he left with just that same unadorned frame (although he did win the “RCB Tech Day 2014” hat!).
There are a number of events coming up that require some action on members’ parts. We are co-sponsoring a GPS training session down in Concord on April 12 along with the NorCal and CentralCal BMW clubs. RCB has already reserved (and paid for) 10 spots in the class to train assistant ride leaders. There are still a few of these classroom spots unclaimed. Go on the Forum if you want to grab one.
After you take the class, you should be able to find your way down to Morro Bay later in April. If you are planning to go on this ride, you need to make your hotel reservations. Again, details are available on the Forum or from Rand Olson, the event coordinator.
The Spring Classic (AKA the Trinity Rendezvous) a new event this year is getting a ton of interest. Over 50 people have already signed up and the Board increased the event’s budget to accommodate the unanticipated high demand. Past Prez Gary is even bringing up his land yacht and offering his famous “Manchester Beach Continental Breakfast” to all attendees. Camping fees are covered by the Club, but you will need to call the Trinity KOA to reserve a Kamping Kabin if you are “tent-challenged”. This should be a great way to spend the last weekend in May on some great roads with some great folks!
The very next weekend (June 7-8) we are off to Samuel P. Taylor Park for the annual Oyster Ride and Campout. The Club has reserved the group camping area right on the little stream that runs through the park. Hope to see a lot of folks there this year.
Kim “Yerington Thunder” Rydalch has finalized plans for this year’s Ride ‘n’ Bowl in Yerington, NV for August 2-3. This long running tradition is one of the highlights of our sporting calendar. Call the Yerington Inn to book your room and make sure to mention that you are one of “Kim’s Kids” to get the appropriately discounted rate. As usual, the bowling is free albeit highly embarrassing!
There are other events planned as well the Southwest Tour, the ride to the Chief Joseph Rally, the Lois Lewis Memorial Poker Run, the Railroad Flat Picnic, and many more. Look for details on these and other opportunities in future Newsletters!
Finally, don’t forget to renew your RCB membership to get the “timely renewal” discount at A&S. I know that a lot of members have completely recouped their membership fees by taking advantage of this very generous offer. If you have other ideas of how to make the Club an even better deal (other than having RCB-PREZ pay everyone’s dues), just let me know!!
Ride safely, ride hard, and – what the hell --go ahead and ride in the rain if we ever get any!
Cheers,
Gordy
RCBPREZ