Northern California's largest and most active BMW motorcycle Club

September 2016 President's Corner

by Gordy Olson, RCBPREZ

Summer’s over, but that doesn’t mean that the fun is about to stop… the Fall Classic at Manchester Beach is coming up in a month and promises to be better than ever this year.  The event is scheduled for Friday, September 30 through Sunday, October 2.  Our October monthly meeting and raffle will be held between Happy Hour and dinner on Saturday evening.

August 2016 President's Corner

by Gordy Olson, RCBPREZ

It’s official!  The presidential campaign season is in full swing.  The Republicans have nominated Donald Trump.  The Democrats have nominated Hillary Clinton.  Now the nation awaits what is perhaps the most important nomination of all – the one for the presidency of the River City Beemers!  But seriously, folks… only five months remain in my Reign of Terror.  I have to believe that the club membership must be getting tired of me by now and be looking forward to a fresh face ringing that damned cowbell every month.  It is really time to start thinking about which of us will assume the handlebars of power on January 1, 2017.

July 2016 President's Corner

by Gordy Olson, RCBPREZ

Boy, is it hot!!  Summer is definitely here in all its 100-degree-plus glory.  Fortunately, all of us have properly vented jackets and pants, summer gloves, cooling vests and/or sleeves, and Camelbacks, so we can continue to ride whatever the temperature.  I suppose that in a real pinch, there is always the option of jumping into an air-conditioned cage.  There is no excuse for riding without the proper protective gear.  As the saying goes:  If you think it is simply too hot to put on all of your gear, then it is simply too hot to ride!

June 2016 President's Corner

by Gordy Olson, RCBPREZ

Hard to believe, but 2016 is already almost half over.  Are all of you about halfway through your New Year’s resolutions???  Hopefully, riding more was on the top of that list and the miles are accumulating appropriately.  If not, get out there and ride.

May 2016 President's Corner

by Gordy Olson, RCBPREZ

May is shaping up to be a very busy month!
If past years are any indication, then a substantial number of RCB’ers will be participating in this year’s Lois Lewis Memorial Poker Run.  The Poker Run is the Club’s only “bittersweet” event, where we have an opportunity both to miss Lois’s presence and to honor her legacy.  As usual, there will be a terrific meal served at the Sweeney’s after the ride.  As soon as you finish reading this, go mark your calendar for May 7, departing from A&S at 9:00 or so after our monthly meeting and raffle at Sonya’s (oops, I meant at Susie’s).

April 2016 President's Corner

by Gordy Olson, RCBPREZ

I was thinking of doing a long and controversial column for this month including: (1) a criticism of BMW Motorrad for making expensive but unreliable motorcycles; (2) a complaint that I am not accorded the deference from the RCB membership that I so richly deserve; and (3) a boast that I am definitely the most exceptional president that this club has ever known.   Obviously, such an effort would have ended with a big “APRIL’S FOOL’S!” in capital/italic letters!  Then I remembered that most of you will not actually read this on April Fools’ Day so I decided to just be my normal serious, provocative, esoteric and incredibly erudite self when doing my monthly column -- so here goes.

March 2016 President's Corner

by Gordy Olson, RCBPREZ

It is hard to believe that this is already the March President’s Corner.   Time is certainly flying by.  I hope everyone is taking the time the smell the roses along the side of the road as you zoom by them.  Every so often it is a good idea to pull over, turn the bike off, take off your helmet and gloves, and actually spend some quality time enjoying all the roadside “roses” – both the literal ones and the metaphorical ones.  Motorcycling is a great way to explore, but we should try to be active explorers not just passing spectators.

February 2016 President's Corner

by Gordy Olson, RCBPREZ

Although it might diminish the riding opportunities for the faint of heart, I guess we should all be thankful that El Niño is finally bringing us some much-needed rain.  There is no good reason to stop riding even in less than ideal conditions.  As the saying goes: “There is no bad weather, only bad planning and bad equipment!” Naturally, I am writing this from the comfort of my home and my GS has never actually been rained on... only because I worry that my carburetors might get wet and rust up.

January 2016 President's Corner

by Gordy Olson, RCBPREZ

HAPPY NEW YEAR!  It is hard to believe that 2016 is already here.  Since I have been riding a much faster bike these past few years, it seems that everything (including the calendar) is also moving faster.  Maybe I should go back to the K75 to slow things down……then again, maybe not!

December 2015 President's Corner

by Gordy Olson, RCBPREZ

This is the final President's Corner of the year and also the last column I will get to write as your Club President … NO WAIT! I was re-elected yet again wasn't I, so I guess I still have a dozen more of these to do! Notice that I did not say "at least a dozen more" since 2016 will DEFINITELY be my final year as President (at least for this decade). It is time for someone else to realize his or her lifelong dream of leading our wonderful club. Everyone – please start thinking of who you would like to see succeed me and then start convincing him or her of the wisdom of your choice.