Northern California's largest and most active BMW motorcycle Club


September 2014 President's Corner

by Gordy Olson, RCBPREZ

It is hard to believe how fast 2014 is going by.  Autumn officially starts this month and the leaves are already changing.  They should be in peak form for this year’s Fall Classic and for the Fall Colors (nee “Five Passes”) Ride after that.

The Fall Classis is definitely “on” for the weekend of October 3-5 at the Manchester Beach KOA.  We are still finalizing all the details and in the interim I would advise all members to just abide by the wise counsel of “Semper Gumby” (Latin for “Always Flexible”)!  Gary and Linda’s big welcome wagon will be there to provide continental breakfasts.  Folks are on their own for dinner on Friday night.  We will announce the plans for Saturday night’s dinner once they are complete.  There will be our usual monthly meeting and raffle on Saturday evening and I have already ordered the embroidered Kermit Chair for one lucky winner.  This year’s Kermit is one of the new “wide body” models!  There will be plenty of other prizes including at least one of the new RCB fleece jackets that Sonya modeled at the club meeting.

It is only two months until a very important election in November!  I am not talking about the races for Congress or for the governor’s office -- those will take care of themselves.  The really important upcoming races are for the officers and directors of the RCB for 2015 and beyond!  If you are willing to serve as an officer or director please let me know so I can get your name on the ballot.   In addition to the elected offices, I would very much like to step aside as Rafflemeister after five years of shopping.  I think it’s a good time for a new “Mystery Shopper” and I will gladly turn over the RCB debit card for that person’s OFFICIAL use.  It is actually fun trying to identify new moto-related products and then buying them with someone else’s money.  Let me know if you want to take over the raffle reins!

The Club is continuing its tradition of hosting the Poker Run at Central Cal’s Beemer Bash in Quincy.  The Bash is scheduled for September 12-14 so the weather should be perfect.  Ken, our esteemed RideMeister, has laid out a beautiful 130-mile circuit for your riding pleasure.  Hopefully, we will get a good contingent from RCB at the event.  I would very much like to see the prize money go to one of our own – like it did last year!

It looks like our 2014 RT owners are already or will soon be back astride their new steeds now that the shock issue has been fully sorted out.  Even with the “stop ride” notice, Motorcyclist Magazine named the RT as the “Best Touring Bike” of 2014!   The R1200GSA and the S1000R were also named “Best ADV Bike” and “Best Naked Bike”, respectively, with the S1000RR earning honorable mention in the sport bike category.   All in all, a pretty impressive showing by our boys from Munich.

Driving a car is like watching a movie.  Riding a motorcycle is like being in the movie!