Northern California's largest and most active BMW motorcycle Club

Motorcycle First Aid Clinic

Jan 29, 2012 - Last Saturday, RCB member (and Folsom Fire Captain) Phil Challinor addressed a packed crowd at A&S about the importance of Motorcycle First Aid knowledge. His presentation reviewed emergency treatment for injuries common from motorcycle activity; shock, bleeding and broken bones. Two key areas covered were medical emergencies, ways to prevent/prepare for them and keeping yourself safe at the scene of an accident. Demonstrations aided in the understanding of some of these procedures.

Morro Bay Signup

Jan 26, 2012 - If you're planning to join us for our April ride to San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay, we will need a headcount for dinner at the Outrigger Restaurant. Organizer Fred Jewell has started a thread in the forum to record participants.

In it's third year, this ride has proven popular as it features stretches of Hwy 1 riding and a quiet, cool weekend prior to summer's heat. A three day weekend with motorcycles - What's wrong with that?

2012 Whale of a Tour Details

Jan 20, 2012 - Details regarding RCB's 5th annual Whale Tour have been posted online. Your host and hostess, Greg & Cyndee Peart will lead a bed & breakfast tour to the lovely Mendocino coast. As always, we plan to stay with Jim and Ayla Douglas at the Sea Gull Inn of Mendocino.

Most popular? R1200GS

Jan 18, 2012 - BMW Motorrad sales results just released indicate a 6.4% growth from 98,047 motorcycles in 2010 to 104.286 motorcycles in 2011. I'll bet there are smiling faces in Berlin. Germany remained BMW Motorrad's biggest market at 20,002 vehicles, while the United States came in third at 10,203. Italy was second and France was fourth. Settling the "2011 most popular worldwide bike" argument again was the R1200GS followed by ...

Thirty years of Presidents

Jan 16, 2011 - It's a thankless job - The hours are long, the benefits poor, no health coverage and no retirement plan - But for some reason (temporary mental incapacitation?), some of our members step forward and accept the mantle for a year or more.

And the rest of us are eternally grateful!

It's probably inadequate, but hanging in the RCB Corner of A&S is a plaque honoring the twelve individuals who have served our organization as President at one time or another. Check it out next time you're at A&S.

Thanking two of our favorites

Jan 14, 2012 - Walk into Susie's any Saturday morning and you'll be greeted by two smiles, a hot pot of coffee and a "What can I get ya?" Those two smiles belong to Sonya and Miguel, who have looked after the RCB membership  ever since we moved from the Western Coffee Pot, three or four years ago.

Inflatable Vest Discount

Jan 12, 2012 - Last Saturday's Club Meeting attendees witnessed a very impressive demonstration of's inflatable vests and jackets. They're a simple solution to protecting a rider from injuries in an accident. One lucky RCB member even won one of the vests in a post-demonstration raffle.

Best Renewal Ever

Jan 8, 2012 - Membership is a *lot* of work - RCB collects 13 pieces of information from each member, which then are entered or checked in the membership database. And every membership is touched at least twice per year (renewal sent and renewal received), and maybe more if something has to be checked mid-year. Multiply that by 200+ members and it becomes a substantial investment in time ... Which is another reason why you should always be nice to your membership director ... and always offer to pick up his bar tab.

Standing Room Only

Jan 7, 2012 – Maybe it was Gordy’s first meeting as new RCB Club President, maybe it was the crisp, dry January weather that made riding a joy, or maybe it was out two guest speakers on Safety Saturday. But in any case it had our club meeting attendees completely filling Susie’s private room and spilling into the hallway. Probably record attendance!

Sonora Pass in January

Jan 6, 2012 - Intrepid adventurist (and RCB Newsletter Editor) Kim Rydalch happened to notice that both CA 4 (Monitor Pass) and CA 108 (Sonora Pass) were still open in early January ... so he set off in search of high-altitude, rarified air.

From the top of Sonora Pass he reports that "You can see it looks like August. Very dry and very little snow. It was 39F at 10AM at the top.  No traffic to speak of and I was the only motorcycle on the road above the city of Sonora.