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
44th Annual Original Mini-Rally!!!
We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful
weekend for The Original Mini-Rally in 2015. We enjoyed the
warmest, sunniest, spring weekend of year, filled with great riding,
exciting field events and lots of smiles.
has promised sunny weather and mild temperaturs again for 2016!!!! Nothing beats a great weekend
with old and new friends to start the riding season off right.
The Fun Continues in 2016!
The Original Mini-Rally for
2016 will be held in the same great location at
Campground in Sturgis, Michigan. Check the Original Mini-Rally tab above for more
Female Ride Day is Saturday, May 7, 2016
International Female Ride Day 2016
is Saturday, May 7, 2016 during the 44th Annual Original Mini Rally.
It's a great opportunity for motorcycle dealers, manufacturers and others in our community
to witness the positive impact that women have on motorcycling.
Meet other women riders at the Original Mini Rally and plan a day
ride on Saturday.
Attention BMW of Battle Creek Club
Mileage Contest Information
The annual club mileage contest will run concurrent with the
BMW MOA contest, which began APRIL 9, 2016.
Be sure to get your mileage forms signed for the BMW MOA
contest and remember to make a copy for our local club contest.
As discussed at the April club meeting, our contest will run
concurrent with the BMW MOA contest and the same starting forms will
be acceptable for the club contest.
Are You Up for the Challenge???
As discussed at the April club meeting, you are challenged to
learn your A-B-C's in a new, fun way. Every city, town, village,
or municipality has a name that begins with a letter of the alphabet.
(For example, Battle
Creek would count for your "B";
Sturgis, and so on).
Your challenge is to visit as many towns representing each letter of
the alphabet as possible. You can document each visit by taking
a picture of your motorcycle in front of post offices, or
city/town/village limits signs so we can all see where you've been.
Bonus points i fyou can include yourself in the picture. Just be
care to make sure you can park safely to snap your picture. The
rider who documents visits to the most letters of the alphabet wins!
Willie D. has volunteered to administer the contest and
challenge. We'll hear more about it at the May club meeting.
Be sure to thank him when you get a chance!
The Club Calendar has been updated with events
already planned for 2016. We'll do our best to keep it
current and relevent to our members' interests.
Calendar Tab above for quick access to BCBMW Club-specific and local
events of interest to our membership.
you have something you'd like to have added, please send the updates
to the Club Webmaster (here
or in the right margin).
Happy 88th Birthday Bob!
More than a dozen club members were on hand on
April ?? at BMW Motorcycles of Grand Rapids to help celebrate Bob's
A long-time member of the BMW Club of
Battle Creek, Bob usually beats all of us in the annual mileage
contest (without bonuses!!!!). If you didn't make it to the
celebration, be sure and wish him a Happy Birthday the next time you
Safety Tip of the
Month: Getting Ready for Spring Riding
motorcycle maintenance a top priority.
sure your favorite ride is ready for its first spring adventure.
Follow instructions in your owners manual for bringing your bike
out of winter storage.
Don't forget basic checks like these:
Check tire pressure and tread depth; look
Check fluid levels and top off, if needed.
Check under all covers for critters that
may have taken up residence in your air filter or exhaust pipes.
Make sure your license and insurace
documents are current
Keep your eyes
open for deer and other small animals.
spring riding season approaches, animals are becoming active after a
long, cold winter. They may be moving slower than usual and
looking for food.
Carcasses along the road side may mean that
the animals make regular crossings in that area. Be
especially alert in these areas, both in your car and as you
venture out on those early spring rides. 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 ahead, as well as the ditches on either
Avoid riding at dusk, dawn or after dark
if you can.
Keep your eyes open and be ready to take
Be safe and have a
Join us on Facebook!
Just login into your
Facebook account in a separate window, then
Or login to
Facebook and search "BMW Motorcycle Club of Battle Creek". Don't go to the page with #14 on the end as we will be phasing that page out. Once you are on the page click on the "LIKE" button to join in the fun.
If you just want to see the Facebook page without logging in, or without being a facebook member, just click on the facebook icon
in the right margin above (the letter f in the blue square).
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.