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June 2012 Club Ride

Jun 7, 2012 - The day started out with a good and familiar look - breakfast at Susie's, followed by a ride through the farms and orchards of Davis, in to the back roads of Winters to the winding road of route 128. From there we wound our way alongside Putah Creek, and Lake Berryessa. From there, it was on to Petaluma for a well-received break and stop for refreshments. Ken was amazing in his route-finding, again. Who knew there was a route through historical, Victorian Petaluma, on to the rural Marshall-Petaluma highway.

BMW Motorrad USA Newletter

Jun 5, 2012 - If you didn't know, BMW Motorrad USA publishes a monthly eNewsletter. Since it's published by BMW, you expect it to contain a fair amount of BMW press - "BMW K1600GTL named 2012 Motorcycle of the Year" and "BMW S1000RR Simply Untouchable on the Track" are two of the articles in the June 2012 edition.

Cloverdale News - Kabins Going Fast

May 30, 2012 - Cloverdale may still be four months away, but word from the Sonoma County KOA is that Kabins are going fast. It might be wise to consider reserving now.

KOA Kabins offer an alternative to sleeping on the ground in a tent - Kabins come in a variety of sizes, but generally there are three beds (Queen plus bunks), a small desk and an electrical outlet in a smallish 8x12 ft space. The beds have mattresses but you will still need a sleeping bag (or your own sheets).

RCB FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

May 28, 2012 - New members always express surprise and amazement at our organizational expertise and efficiency. They marvel at the number of events, the quality of events and the planning skills of the organizers. They probably think we're *that* good!

Well, we are, but the truth be known we operate under a set of strict rules codified into our official RCB FAQ years ago. Yes, I know it's sacrilegious to acknowledge we have rules, but c'mon, even Hannibal crossing the Alps had some rules.

Christmas in July, er, August

May 27, 2012 - The Children's Receiving Home of Sacramento was grateful for our efforts last holiday season but indicated that their kids would appreciate this attention all year, not just at Christmas. Why not?

Thunderhill Reminder

May 26, 2012 - Thunderhill is less than a month away with very few signups. What's going on? Just to remind everyone:

  • Event date is Jun 17, 2012
  • You must register by Jun 9 to take advantage of the "RCB" discount.
  • For this date only, the "No Glycol" rule is waived.
  • Also for this date only, the "leathers only" rule is waived (although leathers are still strongly encouraged)

Yerington - Changes ahead

May 24, 2012 - Yerington, NV is an RCB favorite - After a three-hour, trans-Sierra ride to Genoa, NV for a deli lunch and another hour across the high desert to the agricultural town, the fifty or so participants would settle into Casino West for what is probably the cheapest, er, least-expensive weekend ever. I think we've done it 13 or 14 times in a row.

Mt Lassen - Never say die

May 21, 2012 - RCB club members have incredible resilience - When the group ride to Morro Bay was canceled due to torrential rains along the route, our intrepid group of riders found alternative times and routes, and about half of the planned group still enjoyed a very nice weekend in Morro Bay.

So should it come as no surprise that after host and gourmet chef Jack Klauschie had to pull out due to business obligations, several RCB members ignored the setback and found their way to the Shingletown KOA anyway.

Scanning for traffic

May 15, 2012 - There's a lane splitting thread running in our forum right now - Participants are reviewing the benefits and risk/reward equations, and so far it seems everyone has a different opinion. Although it's not specifically mentioned, all the participants would agree that scanning for traffic is key to managing the risk.

June Club Ride - Sam Taylor State Park

May 10, 2012 - Next month's club ride (June 2, 9AM from Susie's) will be to the town of Marshall and Point Reyes Station. The ride out will be a standard group ride, or two groups if there are enough participants. The ride back has two options - Day riders can explore the seaside area before returning home, or ... Bob McCarthy has staked out several campsites at Samuel P Taylor State Park. Located in Northern Marin county in the town of Lagunitas, it is close to Hwy 1, Point Reyes, and not all that far from Bodega Bay.