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March 2015 President's Corner

by Gordy Olson, RCBPREZ

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everybody!

As a special tribute to the Irish in all of us, the Club will cover the cost of any member wishing to paint his or her bike green for the festivities. To qualify for this offer, the entire bike must be painted (except for the tires and windscreen, of course), but different shades of green may be used on various body parts. If this new program is a success, the Club will consider funding similar color scheme programs for other holidays throughout the year: i.e., soft pastels for Easter; red/white/blue for July 4th; orange and black for Halloween; fall foliage shades for Thanksgiving; and red and green for Christmas.

We had a great Spring Tech Day at A&S on February 22. Over two dozen RCB’ers came to work on their bikes (or to watch others work on theirs) and to eat pizza. Everyone got their desired tasks completed with nary a busted knuckle or left over gasket. We will have another tech day in the fall and I will make every effort to work with our gracious hosts from A&S to make certain that a BMW-specific tech is there to offer advice and encouragement. We all got our first looks at the Club’s new GS-911 diagnostic tool that can read the fault codes on the new water-cooled boxers. Along with the earlier GS-911 version that the Club already had, we can now accommodate all recent BMW models. Use of both GS-911’s is available to any Club member. BTW: Ken is looking for someone to take custody of one of the GS-911’s so he is not the sole source of diagnostic wisdom in the Club. Contact Ken directly to make arrangements for the use of one of the units or to volunteer to be his “lovely assistant from the audience”!

We have a lot of events coming up this spring. The Sea Gull Inn event (aka “Couples’ Weekend”) is March 13-15 and there are still a few rooms available. Our annual Morro Bay ride is in April. May starts with the Louis Lewis Memorial Poker Run and concludes with the Spring Classic at the Trinity KOA. June also has two great events, the Oyster Run to start the month and the newly added “Rope Swing Campout” up in Newcastle to close it out. Details on all of the events will be available on the RCB website as their respective dates draw nearer.

I am already getting excited about the BMW MOA National Rally in Billings, MT, in late July. The ride there should be spectacular, including the Beartooth Highway, Yellowstone, and the Chief Joseph Highway among others. The Little Bighorn National Monument is less than an hour from Billings and should be a great day trip when we are up there in Big Sky Country. Tom Moe (sole member of the RCB’s Montana Chapter) is already engaged in forward reconnaissance and will provide a full itinerary before we hit the road in July. This should be a really memorable week.

Spring is here – get out there and ride!