The BMW Motorcycle Club of Battle Creek
(BMW MOA #14 and BMW RA #349)
Founded in 1971, The BMW Motorcycle Club of Battle Creek, Michigan
(BCBMW Club), is a fun, family oriented group of people who enjoy riding and talking about BMW motorcycles.
Meetings are held the first Saturday of each month (except in January
In addition to monthly meetings and rides (weather permitting), the BCBMW Club sponsors
the Original Mini-Rally each year
in Sturgis, Michigan.
If you are visiting our site for the first time, we invite you to
have a look around, join us at an event or attend a meeting and
consider becoming a member.
Better yet, get out and
Fabulous Weekend for Our
42nd Annual Original Mini-Rally!!!
We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful
weekend for the 42nd
Annual Original Mini-Rally . We enjoyed the warmest,
sunniest, weekend yet this year. Nothing beats a great weekend
with old and new friends to start the riding season off right.
Thanks to all who attended! We look forward to seeing you
all again next year!
Tom R. lead 22 riders on a Lunch
Ride to the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory
Corners, MI on Saturday. We always marvel at his ability to keep such
a large group together. Everyone in attendance enjoyed the ride and
the excellent display of historic vehicles and memorabilia on display
at the museum.
Lunch Ride attendees were surpised by a small
EARTHQUAKE while touring the museum, which was later confirmed by the U. S.
Geological Survey. According to reports from various news media,
the epicenter was located about 9 miles southeast of Kalamazoo near
Galesburg, registered 4.2-magnitude and was reportedly felt in
Indiana, Illinois, Ohio and Wisconsin. No injuries or serious
damage was reported.
thought that rumble was from those 22 Beemers riding by!
The group encountered another surprise when rider Nick invited
the entire group to his home for a great meal afterward.
to Bob B. for sharing this photo of some of the participating bikes
Marcie, Jeff and Brian organized plenty of
interesting tests in the field event. Contestants tossed water
balloons, dressed up as Pirates and visited the "Road Kill Cafe" for
bragging rights and prizes More than a dozen bikes with single
and two-up riders joined in on the fun.
Thanks to Rally Guest
Virgil P. for sharing this shot of the water balloon toss, where
contestent had to toss the water balloon over the hoop and catch it on
the other side (and not get wet).
Female Ride Day
It was great to see so many women
riders participating in
International Female Ride Day on Saturday, May 2, 2015
during the 42nd Annual Original Mini Rally.
Motorcycle dealers, manufacturers and others in our community see the
positive impact that women have on motorcycling when the ladies
take to the roads for this annual event. Thanks to those ladies
BMW of Battle Creek President, Jim B.
presented awards for long distance male rider, long distance female,
oldest rider, oldest bike ridden to the rally and oldest rider and
In addition to the many door prizes (donated by many
generous businesses and individuals (see rally web page for more
details), still more door prizes were drawn and given to lucky
Thanks for Rally Guest Donald M. for
sharing this panoramic taken during the closing ceremonies on Saturday
A big Thank You to all of the
BMW Battle Creek Club members who volunteered during the Original Mini
Rally. Your contributions helped make this an enjoyable weekend
for our guests and fellow club members alike!
The Club Calendar has been updated with events
already planned for 2015. We'll do our best to keep it
current and relevent to our members.
Calendar Tab above for quick access to BCBMW Club and local
events of interest to our membership.
you have something you'd like to have added, please send the updates
to Tracy S.
Announcing the 2015 Club Mileage
Road Captain Max has challenged us to a little
history lesson this year! The mileage contest runs from
April 1, 2015 to November 1, 2015, so
be sure to get your starting mileage information to Max if you haven't
already done so.
Max announced that bonus miles
will be awarded for each Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) monument
or marker visited during the contest in honor of the 150th anniversary
of the end of the American Civil War in 1865. This is a great
opportunity to recall our history, even if you haven't decided
to participate in the mileage contest. Let's see how many we can
Contest rules and
guidelines were sent to Club Members in late March, so if you didn't
get yours, please see Max S. for details.
Safety Tip of the
Month: Watch Out for Animals
Keep your eyes
open for deer and other small animals.
spring and animals are becoming active after a long, cold winter.
Carcasses along the road side may mean that
the animals make regular crossings in that area. Be
especially alert in these areas. Slow down and be ready to
take evasive action if needed.
Put a little extra distance than normal
between yourself and the vehicles ahead of you so that you'll be
able to see more of the road head as well as the ditches on either
Avoid riding at dusk, dawn or after dark
if you can avoid it.
Keep your eyes open and be ready to take
Be safe and have a
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Our calendar page now uses a google calendar. Meetings, rides, and events will be added by the appropriate officer as they are scheduled. Click on a calendar item to see the details. Check often during riding season as impromptu rides could appear with very short notice.