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, is a fun family oriented group of people who enjoy riding and talking about BMW motorcycles. In addition to monthly meetings and rides (weather permitting), the BCBMW Club sponsors two
major annual events:
It's Finally SPRING !!!
The 41st Annual Original Mini Rally Is Almost Here!
Many of us have been waiting a very long time
for some sign of spring and it's finally here. The weather is
finally warmer, we're seeing motorcycles everywhere and it's time for the
Annual Original Mini Rally. It's less than 2 weeks away. Click on
the graphic below to see the flyer and start planning your first great rally weekend.
Click on the "Original Mini Rally" menu above for all of the rally
Mileage Contest Begins April 15th
In case you missed the announcement during last
month's meeting, Road Captain Max announced the beginning of the
mileage contest. Be sure to get your beginning odometer readings
to Max in the next few days and don't forget to ask for hints about
the secret bonus location.
Vermontville Maple Syrup Festival - April 26th
One sure sign of spring is the annual
Vermontville Maple Syrup Festival. Vermontville is the place to
be for a yummy Saturday breakfast of pancakes and fresh maple syrup.
If you're there around 9:00 AM on Saturday, April 26th, you likely
won't be alone. Thousands of motorcyclists make this the
kick-off event of the riding season in Michigan. Check with Road
Captain Max if you're interested in a group ride.
Keep your eyes
open for those nasty spring potholes, as the road crews haven't yet
attended to some of the more rural roads. Be safe and have a
Thank You Gilmore Car Museum
A huge THANK YOU goes out to Mike S. and the
good folks at the Gilmore
Car Museum in Hickory Corners, MI for hosting our April meeting.
In addition to a fantastic pulled pork meal, we completed final plans
for the upcoming 41st Annual Original Mini Rally surrounded by an
outstanding collection of beautifully preserved automobiles and
memorabilia. Mike opened up one of the galleries in
the main building for our viewing pleasure and treated a large group
to a tour of the work area.
If you haven't visited this outstanding
facility recently, make your plans right now to attend the annual
Vintage Motorcycle Show and Swap Meet on June
8th. Just click on the logo at the top of the page to get
Don't Let a Little Snow Keep You From
Did you miss **FESTIVUS**
last weekend in
Battle Creek? If so, here's your last chance this year check out
the pre-race Numbskull BMW Airhead Sled entry for Festivus 2014.
Believe it or not, this outstanding piece of sliding art is
constructed of cardboard.
Here's the BMW Airhead Sled just BEFORE it won the prized "Ingrown
Here's the award-winning run that earned the Ingown Hair Award
for the best crash! Usually it's the RIDER that high-sides, not
the MOTORCYCLE! (Photo
by Seth Graves for the Battle Creek Enquirer)
Click here to see the a short YouTube video of the
entire award-winning Ingrown Hair ride created and posted by our
own Scotty VanLeuwen!
Click here to view the Battle Creek Enquirer article.
Congratulations to the Numbskulls!
More **FESTIVUS** info can be found at:
Now is the time to
make plans for your 2014 motorcycling adventures!
EVERYONE's 2014 Rally Calendar should be:
Mark your calendar today to attend this fun,
hosted by the BMW Club of Battle
Check back often, as we'll be making more
information available right here very soon.
Next on EVERYONE's 2014 Rally Calendar should be:
Don't miss this opportunity to see all of the
outstanding vintage motorcycles on display,
Plan to spend the entire day at Gilmore
exploring the meuseum, which boasts an equally oustanding display of
vintage automobiles, buildings and memorabilia.
This even is co-hosted by the BMW Club of Battle
Check back often for updates.
Put these imporant dates on your 2014
Rally and Event Calendar right now!
May 2-4, 2014
41st Annual Original Mini Rally, Sturgis, MI
May 29-31, 2014 BMW RA
National Rally, Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham, AL
June 7, 2014
Vintage Motorcycle Ride, Gilmore Museum, Hickory Corners, MI
June 8, 2014
Vintage Motorcycle Show Gilmore Museum, Hickory Corners, MI
July 24-27, 2014
BMW MOA National Rally, St. Paul, MN
BMW Club of Battle Creek Annual
Christmas Party was Great Fun!
33 club members and guests
were on hand for the annual BMW Club of Battle Creek Christmas Party
(and December club meeting). Those in attendance enjoyed a wonderful
meal served up by nice folks at
Pasche's Seafood Kitchen
in Battle Creek, MI.
Thank you and congratulations to Vicki &
Brian for organizing a very enjoyable evening.
Newly elected officers for 2014 were introduced
and 2013/2014 President Jim B. recapped all of the events that the club participated in during 2013.
Wow! We really did quite a lot together this year! Check this
Club members traveled to Chicago, IL for
the International Motorcycle Show in February
Club members traveled to Holland, MI for
the annual Blessing of the Bikes
The club purchased a new trailer
40th Annual Mini Rally welcomed more than
200 guests, hosted by more than 30 volunteers.
The club collaborated with AMCWC to host
the annual Vintage Bike Show at the Gilmore Museum in Hickory
Cycle-Moore camping weekend at Interlochen,
8 club members travelled to Salelm, Oregon
for BMW MOA National Rally; 2 attended Leadership Summit
5 club members travelled to Asheville, NC
for BMW RA National Rally
50's Party with Cincinnati, OH club; Pres.
Jim B. won the Elvis look-alike contest!
1st Annual Girlz Ride to Shipshewana, IN
Annual Campout at Camp Fort Hill
Multi-club Fall Color Tour to Duke's in
1st Annual Mileage Contest
Club members enjoyed a slide presentation of
photos from the last year's activities that ran all night long
displaying photos of many of these events.
Club Historian, Vicki V. had
the updated club photo album on display for all to enjoy as well.
Congratulations to Connie S.,
who received a gift card as the winner of the
New Member Recruiting Contest.
Lynn K. and Art H. received honorable mentions.
The 1st Annual
Mileage Contest winners were
presented with gasoline gift cards. 11 club members
completed the challenge, accumulating a total of 63,708 miles.
Congratulations to the 2013 winners.
Mike H. (3rd place - 8,984 mi.) Tracy
S. (2nd place - 12,418 mi.) Bob B.
(1st place - 16,109 mi.)
Door Prizes included mugs for all, courtesy of
BMW Motorcycles of Grand Rapids, 2014 Date books for
all, courtesy of Lincoln's Welding, and drawings for the
festive table decorations.
Fall Color Tour 2013
Mother Nature didn't get the memo about the
Fall Color Tour, as some parts of the state were drenched with chilly
rain on October 20th. Still, several members of the BMW Club of
Battle Creek, the West Michigan BMW Riders, the
MidMichigan Touring Club, the Saginaw Valley club and the BMW
Touring Club of Detroit attended this 4th Annual Event.
Riders made their way from their home cities
along mile after mile of spectacular fall scenery. It was great
to get together with riders from other clubs. We look forward to
participating in this event next year. It would be great to have
more joint events in 2014!
Thanks to Bill H. and the West Michigan BMW
Riders for organizing this event again this year.
If you missed the campout at Camp Fort Hill,
you missed a fantastic weekend of fun, friends and feasting.
Connie organized fabulous meals, Marcie planned and judged a
camp-themed scavenger hunt and friends gathered around the fire.
Unlike Campout 2012, we enjoyed warm weather and a glimpse of the
early fall colors just beginning to emerge.
Girlz Ride 2013 - Shipshewana, IN
80% of BMW Club of Battle Creek Women Riders were on hand September
21st for the 1st Annual Girlz Ride to Shipshewana.
We enjoyed the company of a few gentlemen who accompanied
wives or escorted their pillian partners. The ride from Battle
Creek to Shipshewana, along lightly traveled roads,,f was enjoyed by all.
We explored the shops and visited the cheese shop on the way to dinner
at Essenhaus in Middlebury.
Planning for the 2nd Annual Girls Ride for 2014
is under way. Let Tracy know if you have ideas for next year's
Club members travelled to Cinci in August for a
joint gathering with the BMW Club of Cinncinati. The theme
of the festivites was "Joni Loves Chachi" after the famed TV series.
Those in attendance sported period specific costumes and had a great
time. Even the neighbors joined in.
Thanks to Tom and Joni for hosting this fun
The 18th Annual
Vintage Motorcycle Show & Swap Meet
was a great
Despite predictions of rain, the day dawned
warm and beautiful. The Gilmore Car Museum provided a perfect
setting to showcase a wide range of vintage motorcycles and scooters.
And if the bikes weren't enough, guests were
treated to an opportunity to wander through building after building
full of automobile history.
In case you missed it, you can enjoy a few of
the snapshots below by club members Jim & Tracy S., and a
walk-about video contributed by club member, Tom R..
Click here to view Tom's 12-minute video on YouTube.
Make your plans NOW to join us next year - first Sunday in June.
to club member Bob Burns
who celebrated his
85th birthday and
receipt of his 600,000
mile award at a special event hosted by BMW Motorcycles of Grand Rapids
on April 13th. Way to go Bob!
Thanks to Tom and Joni Raybuck for sharing these
photos. In addition to those club members present for the
photo, several other club members were also in attendance.
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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.
Have a look around, join us at an event, or attend a meeting and consider becoming a member. Better yet, get out and ride!