Hard to believe it is September already. Seems like yesterday we were still talking about and dealing with snow. Last weekend it was hot for the Gypsy Tour. Typical Aug. temps and then there was 30 degrees at 6,000 ft. yesterday. Autumn is upon us, and soon we will be talking heated gear. Wild.
The Lady riders day at A&S on the 10th went well. RCB provided the cooks and we did our best to keep up with the throngs of hungry folk. Maggie Mini joined with High Road Adventure’s booth to spread the word on RCB membership. We shall see how that works out. Thanks Maggie! Our lady riders are the best.
Had a great time at the Sacramento Mile. Not cheap but a great time. And, there’s still about five races left at Fast Friday in the Auburn Fairgrounds. Great family atmosphere and very reasonable. They have a website so check out the schedule. Extreme sidecars later this month. Those are fun races.
The Tahoe Chill was excellent as always. The Klauschies and Harrises did a great job. The food was outstanding and Hello Bear made a guest appearance in the campsite Sat. night to try Steve’s home made salsa. He liked it and left tooth marks in the ice chest. Thankfully he wasn’t interested in our adult beverages. Friday night was very active bear wise, and that seemed to thin the campsite quite a bit as it was much quieter Sat. Seems a lot of folks don’t care for bears in their camps. Thanks again to Jack, Lynell, Jenny and Steve! Great weekend!
Eight members ventured to Lassen Nat’l Park last weekend after a scheduling snafu (don’t ask) That park is drop dead beautiful. Thanks to Just Bob Rasters for cookin up Sat’s. dinner. Thanks to Rand Olson for donating the firewood. We were nice and toasty at elevation. Bob Highfill and I did a drive by of Rand’s as he is enjoying Alaska right now. Thanks Rand. Oh, don’t cross double yellows and don’t speed in Lassen. (don’t ask) lol.
Just a few weeks before Manchester Beach and the Stofer Memorial. The club meeting is at the KOA on Sat. the 4th. So don’t be surprised if no one is at Susie's on Sat. Fred has been toiling in his laboratory for his signature Bloody Marys. Please signup NOW if you plan on dinner on Sat. The club shares in the cost along with the co-pays of the members and it is important to know who is attending. If you're newer to the club and have not attended Manchester, you must. It is easily our nicest event. IMHO. Come to Manchester and see!
Ride safe, ride far, and ride often! See Ya.
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Happy August folks! So far, this summer has been very mild for the Sacto. Area. Last weekend was an exception as a group I rode with experienced temps to 106. Hottest temps we’ve seen this year but all in all it has been mild. Get to 5k ft. of elevation or higher and you’ll enjoy reasonable temps and beautiful green vistas. It’s August but still springtime in the high country!
Speaking of which, this month’s Club ride will take us on a great route where we will dine at the Coyote Bar and Grill in Graeagle. Great grub in a nice little town. Hope you join the ride. Bout 140 miles but you can turn the day into a 300 miler if you go towards Quincy and catch LaPorte Rd. Great road!
Thanks for the pics and representing RCB at Paonia this year Scott. 8 members are in the pic with the RCB banner. Maybe more in attendance? Beautiful country. Think I’ll go next year.
Next weekend (Aug. 10) is Lady rider’s weekend at A&S where RCB will flip burgers and dogs for the event. This should be a great event for the lady riders. And, we have some great lady riders in RCB. We will cook from about 11 to 1. Come on down and give us a hand!
Following this event will be the Sacramento Mile at Cal Expo. The one that got rained out in May! This is flat tracking at it’s best. Lotta fun but bring cash cause it is an all cash event. Large grandstand area so I suspect tickets are still available.
Aug. 16th is the annual Tahoe Chill hosted as usual by Jack and Lynell Klauschie with Jenny and Steve Harris. This is always fun and the food is always excellent. There are 27 registrants so far with room foe about 7 more. Maybe we’ll even see Hello Bear!
Friday Aug. 30th is the beginning of the Range of Light Gypsy Tour, which begins in Grass Valley this year. The route is not known till the mornings of Sat. and Sun. Sounds like a lotta fun. Grassy camping, showers, dinner and entertainment. This will be my first time but I hear it is a great weekend. Norcal BMW site has all the info for this event.
The Lost Creek campout in Lassen Nat’l Park is Sep. 6th with 15 signed up so far. Please sign up soon so we know how many to feed Sat. night.
The Gary Stofer Memorial Weekend at Manchester Beach sign ups are open now with 25 signed up to date. We usually have 60 to 70 in attendance so sign up early as the KOA needs numbers for the Tri tip and chicken feed Sat. night. Time has a way of slipping by quickly.
Thanks to Jack Klauschie for the fine work on the newsletter. Well done Jack! Please submit your ride reports and any articles/pics to Jack for the newsletter.
And finally, I had an experience a couple of weeks ago I would not like to relive. A very dear friend of mine who has had health issues and owns an 06 RT rode the bike down from Oregon to commute to work locally here. Bike arrives Thurs. with no problems. Friend calls Sun. with a dead battery and almost NO tools! Come to find out he keeps his bike on a tender at home. Always! The battery was probably 6 years old or better. He couldn’t remember. The tender gave him a reason to believe his battery was healthy. In reality, the tender kept the battery charged enough to run the bike before being put back on the tender. After arriving in Roseville and sitting a coupla days the battery showed its age and gave up the ghost! GONE! We bought a battery at A&S then I got a roadside lesson in disassembling the Tupperware on an 06 RT in the blazing sun and laying on the pavement. Probably 20 plus screws to remove to remove the panels then lift the fuel tank for battery access. This would have been easier in my garage. Moral to the story? Watch your battery. Do a preemptive strike and change it at home. You’ll be glad you did! See you on the road. Not with a dead battery I hope.
July 1, 2019 and summer is finally upon us like it or not. Time to bust out the cooling vests and scarves and go do the warm weather thing. I would say winter is ancient history but it is still hanging around. The Kiltons encountered it the 23rd of June on Mormon Emigrant. 3 miles from 88 and it was downed trees and covered with snow! That was a bit surprising. I know from experience (yesterday) that Wentworth Springs, Mosquito Ridge, and Eleven Pines Rd, are all open and still a great ride! Wentworth Springs Rd. is smooth with great paving but I wouldn’t recommend the other two roads for riders that are reasonably new to our sport. Eleven Pines is pot hole city but fun none the less.
The Lewiston Spring Classic was excellent..again, thanks to Rick and Cindy Kilton. The chili was great as well as the Campfire Cobbler. There wasn’t much of anything left. There were somewhere around 30 members in attendance. Couldn’t get them to sit long enough to get a good count. With all the great riding in that country, some folks took their rides and others went to The Somoan Cook House for lunch in Arcata followed by a romp across 36 back to Lewiston. Great ride! One good bit of news is there will be REAL cell service in Lewiston next year as they are building a cell tower right now! Nice to have with riders scattered around the countryside. Oh, and for those of you in the know, I just received my membership card for the Lewiston Moose Lodge. Now I am really old!
Kudos to Lynn, Laura and Brian for staying with Leanne after she kicked up something in the road and sprung an oil leak that ended her weekend. The bike was transported to Ozzie’s on a hook. Haven’t heard what the damage was but we’ll find out at the meeting. I hope. Thanks to Lynn for calling me with the fyi. Well done guys. The way it should be done. A number of our riders thought all was well when there was a problem. We will discuss how we will deal with a mechanical situation in the future.
Upcoming events Club, or otherwise.
BMW Club of Colorado. Top of the Rockies event in Paonia, Co. July 18th through the 20th.Believe I heard of some members planning to attend. Watch the forum.
The Tahoe Chill is August 16th 17th 18th. Time to go visit Hello Bear. Attendence is limited due to the number of campsites we have. 36 is about the max that can attend. 21 are signed up now so I wouldn’t wait too long to pull the trigger. Always a great time!
Range of Light Gypsy Tour. NorCal BMW club. August 30th 31st and 1st.I haven’t attended this one yet but I am this year. Have always heard great things about this event. Starts in Grass Valley this year and goes to…………you have to go to know. Plenty of info on their website.
Lost Creek Weekender at Lassen Nat’l Park 20th 21st and 22nd of Sept. A weekend of somewhat primitive camping. IE: vaulted toilets. Not my wife! We will be feeding the group Sat. night thanks to Just Bob! Beautiful Volcanic Park too experience or take a ride outside the gates.
This month’s club ride will take us to Truckee where we will dine at Jax on the Trax. Capt. Ken has a nice scenic route planned, so join us. Jax was on Diners, Dives, and Drive-Inns. Yum!
As always, ride safe, ride often and maintain your ride! Most of all, HAVE FUN!
See ya on the road!
Well, well. No rain really in the forecast. Rain this year has seemed to be more the rule then the exception. Spring skiing into the summer this year. Our club ride is to One Eyed Jack’s in Clipper Mills on La Porte Rd. Having been in that neck of the woods this year I wonder if the road to Quincy is open should one want to ride on after lunch. The locals would know. That is a great ride!
Last month’s Memorial Poker Run came off without a hitch! Thanks to Capt. Ken for patiently downloading the route to quite a few gps’s and to Bob and Joanie Highfill for hosting lunch at their home. Thanks folks! Very nice afternoon. Also a thanks to A&S for supplying tables and chairs that Bob and I hauled to his house. Thanks to Rick and Rayjay for helping us load everything up after the carnage.
Was pre-registered for the 49er Rally along with a coupla other club members. We all decided to forgo the Rally because of the weather. Not sure exactly what to expect we rode a different direction. I know Rich and Brenda made it and it sounds as tho the weather wasn’t horrible but, I’m one who doesn’t care much for rain camping so there ya go!
June 7th,8th,9th is the Lewiston/Trinity Spring Classic. Very nice that 30 have signed up for the event. If you want to go please sign up now so we have a grip on Sat. night’s Chili and cobbler feed. Once again, if you have not ridden this area you must. Just riding there via 36/Wildwood rd./3/and 299 to Lewiston is a treat. Great ride and there are MANY fantastic ride possibilities in the area, so come and join in!
The MOA International is in Tennessee this year. I only know of Bob Highfill who is going to promote his Highroad rental business on THIS side of the country. If anyone does make the trek please, do a ride report. Next year will be in Great Falls, Montana. Suspect RCB will make a strong showing in Big Sky country.
Scott Moseman will be hosting the Nevada Outback Ride on June 21/22/23 out of Gerlach, Nevada. Pleases sign up if you plan to attend so Scott knows what provisions to bring.
June 27th, 28th, 29th, 30this the Chief Joseph Rally in John Day Oregon sponsored by the BMW Riders of Oregon. All the info in regard to this event is on the interweb site. Pre-registration is recommended.
It appears as tho we all might be settling in with the new website so, I wanna encourage everyone to check the events calendar and sign up for the events you would like to attend. I know it is early but, the Stofer Classic at Manchester Beach is almost always our biggest club event of the year. I have already got the KOA to commit to Sat. night’s catering of our dinner. Please sign up early so we can nail down how much grub the KOA folks will need to cook for us.
So, everyone please ride safe. Prime riding season is upon us! Make sure your ride is ready, air in the tires and fuel in the tank! See ya down the road!
Spring 2019! May 1st without a cloud in the sky! A glorious day to ride and here I am acting like I can actually type when I should be terrorizing the country side. I’ll make up for it starting tomorrow. We ride all year but, the REALLY good stuff starts now!
Last weekend was the Coastal Classic to Morro Bay. We had an excellent turnout and I believe I can speak for all who attended that it was a great weekend. Great food, fantastic roads, good friends and NO damn rain! Thanks to Terry for his job at cat herding a group ride down and providing a number of different ride options, and to Capt. Ken for posting those routes on the forum. The coastal area is absolutely stunning this time of year. If you haven’t participated in this ride, you should. It is a minimum 700 mile weekend if you just chill Sat. Check out new pics in the gallery.
April the 13th was A&S’s Spring 0pen house and it sounded as tho’ it was a success as it usually is. Thanks to all RCB chefs who prepared flawless Burgers and Frankfurters Flambe’ (sic?) to feed the the starving masses attending this event.
Sat, following the meeting is our annual Memorial Poker run for all of our beloved members who have left us. This year, as their loss has been so recent, we will ride in memory of Tom Reid, Kim Rydalch, and Mike Paetzold. RIP and Ride on wherever you may be friends! We will register at A&S and get route sheets and official Poker Run instructions. I believe the Capt. may be downloading Garmin files for us but don’t hold me to that! We end up in Lincoln where Bob and Joanie Highfill will host the post ride lunch of Tacos with the fixin’s. 50/50 raffle and bonus raffle prizes in store after lunch. Come one, come all!
Tho’ not a club event, Sat. May 18th is the Sacramento Mile Flat Track races at Cal. Expo. We try to go every year and we always have a ball there. Keep in mind, this event once through the gate is a cash only event and they are very proud of their beverages and charge accordingly. And….., if you didn’t know, there is Fast Fridays at the Auburn fairgrounds. Another cash deal but very reasonable and fun for Speedway racing.
Norcal will be hosting their 49er rally at the Mariposa Fairgrounds May 23rd to the 27th. There will be a number of us representing RCB down there. Great riding down there and a lot to do at the rally.
Trinity Classic signups are open for our Lewiston campout June 7th, 8th, 9th and we’ve got a good crew signed up already. Please signup if you haven’t so our hosts, The Kiltons will know how much grub to procure for the Sat. night Chile feed. Another knock it outta the park riding area so come and join in.
And for GS riders, sign up for Scott’s Nevada Outback ride June 21st, 22nd, 23rd . Details are on the forum so sign up early so Scott knows the amount of provisions he will need for that event.
So, there ya go! Should be a great start to a busy riding season. Do your Maintenance, check your tires, inventory your on the road repair essentials and get OUT AND RIDE!!
Here it is April 1, 2019 and this is no joke! It’s raining. Again. I know we need the rain and snow pack but dang, enough already. That being said I’m guessing we’re all ready for some nice riding weather. I’m ready to shelve my heated gear till next winter. Also, it’ll be nice riding cleaner roads. They’ve been nasty this winter with all the water and the potholes seem to be growing. Capt. Ken has posted the club ride for the month and it looks like there’s a possibility it’ll get rained out. Again! Got 4 more days so, maybe the weather folks will be wrong. Weather permitting and if we have enough riders interested we can form a relaxed riding group with Marv Lewis to lead the charge. We will form a relaxed group every month from now forward if needed. We want the club to be rider friendly to all.
April 13thA&S is hosting Their “Season Opener”. Demo rides as usual with a number of vendors to include Klim with all of the latest gear. RCB will assist with their culinary expertise providing chefs to masterfully prepare BURGERS AND DOGS!. There will be a donation jar for Camp Okizu-Kids with Cancer. I am a cancer survivor so this is important to me. I have a few chefs lined up but we could use a few more. Come on down and eat a burger, flip a BUNCH of burgers and have a good day around motorcycles! Perfect.
April 26, 27 and 28 is the Coastal Classic to Morrow Bay. Looks like a good turn out already. This year should be great as the Coastal Highway is open for the first time in a coupla years. Information on lodging is on the forum as well as GPS' files for routes. If you want to go you best secure your lodging now. There may also be camping options if rooms are booked. Should be a great ride and a great weekend.
Next up on May 4thfollowing our meeting we will have our Memorial Poker Run. Since this is a Memorial run I would like to dedicate this years run to both Kim Rydalch and Mike Paetzold who both recently passed. Both of these gentlemen contributed much to RCB through the years and they will be missed around our campfires but not forgotten. Ride on and RIP to our brother riders. All info for the run will be at the May club meeting. The run will end at Bob and Joanie Highfill's house in Lincoln where we will eat a bunch of tacos! After the feast we’ll start tossin cards around and see who wins what. Bob tells me there were 38 bikes at his house last year. I’d like to see us jam up his whole block. Let’s do it!
This meeting (Apr. 6) we will have Sonja Conklin with AirMed Services give us a presentation on their Air Evac services. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. If you ride away from home, in the mountains, to other states, this is a no brainer. You pay more for a tire then you do for this insurance, which is reasonable. Everyone in your home is covered whether they be on a bike or in a car. Doesn’t matter. I would rather pay the yearly premium then have to finance a very expensive helicopter ride. Just my 2cents.
So, here’s to a great riding season in 2019. Everyone ride safe, often and keep your eyes on the event calendar. Come ride with us, camp with us, and get to know us. I’ve had more fun and good times, and made more friends with RCB then any other organization I’ve belonged to. We are not bike snobs. We don’t care what you ride. (As long as it isn’t loud. In which case you can ride in back) Come join in!
Gonna go out on a limb and use my friend and ex-Prez Jack’s tag line on his columns,
See ya Sat.
Wow, Seems as though it was Jan 1 yesterday and I woke up this morning and it is almost March! Where the heck does the time go? Anyway, here we are anticipating an approaching NEW riding season. NICE! What’s not to love!
In spite of all the wetness we’ve experienced so far this year the nutjobs I ride with have managed to accrue some pretty major mileage this winter while dodging major snow fall, massive floods and pouring rain. We are so lucking to live here as we really don’t need battery tenders unless we have multiple bikes. I’m lucky to have two so I do own a tender. Poor folks back east and in colder parts actually put their bikes into hibernation mode. This is a great place to be a motorcyclist in. My GS is nasty dirty right now and would not be allowed in a Starbucks! That’s perfect cause the coffee costs too much and puts me in a foul mood!
Thanks to Greg and Cyndee Peart for hosting the annual Whale tour in Mendocino taking place this weekend.The first real RCB event of the year. This is their 15th year hosting this event! Thanks again to the Pearts. Go too, and check out the Events calendar to keep up on future events.
We are currently working through the fine tuning of the new website and I feel as though the site is much more user friendly then when it was rolled out. If there is something you see within the site that could be improved,by all means please bring it up. Bring it up at the meeting or approach a club officer or director.Your opinion matters, it’s your club too. Really. This also applies to events. Got a good idea for a new event? Let’s hear it! Got an idea to improve an old event? Let’s hear it! We encourage member participation!
Things have changed a bit within the club officer and director positions. Thanks to all our returning directors. Nice to have and welcome new directors Bob Highfill and Rick Kilton to the fold. I’m honored to have Gordy as my right hand man and RCB VP. His past experience as Prez is invaluable. The website management will now be in Karl’s hands and Scott will manage the club’s fortunes as Treasurer. As always Capt. Ken will be our ride leader. Many thanks to all who volunteer for the clubs greater good. Thanks again to Jack K. for serving as our Prez. It took many MOA Internationals but remember, Jack was the Prez when RCB won the plaque for most represented in a charter club at the Salt Lake City MOA Int’l. That was cool. As always, the entire board of directors and officers will continue working to keep OUR club fun and fulfilling to all members.
Sonja Conklin from AirMedCare Network will make a presentation at next months club meeting that offers air evac services. As riders who are often in every imaginable or unimaginable situation this service is kinda a no brainer in my mind. The policy covers not just you as a rider but any relative under your roof. There is a club savings to join. Sonja will be there for any questions and any help we may need for program enrollment. I bring this up now because I think all members need the opportunity to procure this service before prime riding begins.
Yep, this being my first monthly column as your new Prez I am confident that along with our Board of Directors and Club Officers the future of River City Beemers is in capable hands. As always.
Every ride is an adventure. Ride often. Ride safe.
After counting all ballots, resolving all hanging chads, and taking into account those whose votes may have been frustrated by the weather the results of the election are final and hereby certified. All hail the new Chief.
President: Mike Robles
Vice President: Gordy Olson
Treasurer: Scott Moseman
Secretary: Rand Olson
Newly Elected Board of Directors: Al Morrison; Karl Weiland; Bob Highfill; Bob Brown; Ray Nuguit; Rick Kilton; Marv Lewis; Ken Caruthers
Returning Directors: Mike Harvey; Ray Trujillo; Bob Rasters
This will be the last time you will have to indulge my musings in the President’s Corner. We now look forward to El Jefe Robles’ remarks.
You, however, can consider my current state of mind on motorbiking, riding and life in the RCB Newsletter. In that regard, I want to give a shout out to Larry Klein for taking over the Newsletter until health issues got in the way. Larry, we hope you are doing well.
A couple times while President prospective members approached me to ask whether the Club did anything other than the monthly meetings. Knowing all we do I was flummoxed. The lesson is we need to be better about letting others know we are an active riding Club. To that end I want to reiterate a pledge made at the member meeting Saturday morning. Please send me photos of your adventures, camp-outs, a great restaurant, a fabulous brew pub, etc. for the Newsletter. If you send me three or more photos for the Newsletter (hopefully with at least brief comments about where taken and circumstances) I will buy you breakfast. If you send me a ride report (however brief), a review of the latest farkle or equipment, tech tips, riding tips /lessons from the road, camping/camp site suggestions, recommended rides and restaurants, or anything else you may be pondering I will buy you breakfast. The Newsletter is a place where we can share what we are doing and thinking with one another and prospective riding buddies. My e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, keep an eye on the calendar and Forum for new events and details on currently scheduled events for 2019.
Many thanks for your support, and best to Mike and the other new Officers and Directors.
I hope your holidays were exceptional.
When I agreed to run for President I warned everyone work would interfere with Presidential duties, but I would do my best to avoid conflicts. Unfortunately, work commitments conflicted with RCB obligations more than I’d hoped for. Work commitments in 2019 look worse so it’s time to hand the Presidency to someone who can attend Board and member meetings consistently.
We are going to hold an election at the member meeting on February 2. If you are willing to serve as an officer or Board member please send me an e-mail so I can add your name to those who have expressed a willingness to serve. We really are interested in people with new ideas and a willingness to commit a few hours a month to RCB affairs. Currently, the slate looks like this:
President: Mike Robles; You?
Vice President: Gordy Olson; You?
Treasurer: Scott Moseman; You?
Secretary: Rand Olson; You?
Board of Directors (7 positions open): Al Morrison; Karl Weiland; Bob Highfill; Bob Brown; Ray Nuguit; Rick Kilton; Marv Lewis; Ken Caruthers; You?
Returning Directors: Mike Harvey; Ray Trujillo; Bob Rasters
It has been my privilege to be your President. Thanks for all your support.
Monthly Club Meeting/Ride
Monthly Club Meeting / Elections
8 AM Susie's Cafe
Airheads Death Valley
Furnace Creek – Death Valley
Whale of a Tour / Mendocino
Sea Gull Inn - Mendocino
Proposed Tech Day
Coast Ride / Hwy 1
Monthly Club Meeting / Memorial Poker Run
MOA National Rally
Nevada Outback GS Camping and Ride
Chief Joseph Rally
John Day, Oregon
Top O’ The Rockies Rally
Camp Richardson, South Lake Tahoe
30 to Sept. 2
Range of Light Gypsy Tour
Must ride it to know.
Mt. Lassen Camping
Lost Creek Group Campground, Mt. Lassen National Park
Monthly Club Meeting
Manchester Beach KOA
2020 Planning Meeting
A & S
Proposed Rider Skills Improvement Day – Thunderhill Raceway Park
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