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- Best Dam Ride of the Year
- 2016 Good Saturday Ride
- 2016 Cabin Fever Ride
- 2015 BMWROK Rally
- Jim's North GA Ride Report - April 2015
- 100 Miles to Go Where?!
- BBBRBR Ride Report June, 2015
- 2014 - Where BMWROK Rode
- 2014 BMWROK Rally Gallery
- Roger's Trip
- 2014 Spring Fling Gallery
- Geoffrey's 18,000 Mile Ride to Alaska
- 2013 - Where BMWROK Rode
- Ride: Knoxville to Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park, KY
- 2012 - Where BMWROK Rode
- BMWROK 30th Anniversary
- ROKtoberfest 2012
- Colorado & Missouri Rallys - July, 2012
- Bluefield, WV Ride - The River Runs Through It!
- GA Mt. Rally May 2012
- Ride: Original Mast General Store
- Ride: Rugby, TN
- Ed Nabors Award
- Ride: GS in TN Gravel
- Ride: ROKtoberfest 2011
- Bob's Alaska Trip
BMWROK Meets Tuesday, July 5th
Our monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 5th. The traditional Monday meeting has changed because of the July 4th holiday. You can join us at Quaker Steak and Lube at 8355 Kingston Pike Knoxville, TN 27919. Servers will be available at 5 PM with the meeting at 7 PM.
As usual . . . current and future members are always welcome at our open monthly meetings!
Saturday, June 25th - All Day Club Ride to Dillard, GA
Join Bill & Nancy Van Voorhis on Saturday, June 25 for an All Day Lunch Ride (300+ miles) to the Cupboard Café in Dillard, Georgia. We will leave from the far east parking lot of the Cracker Barrel at Exit 407 off I-40 (in front of the Smokies Stadium) and have a pre-ride meeting at 8 a.m. with kickstands up at 8:30. Please make sure you have a FULL tank of gas (station next door), good tires, and an energy bar or snack as it will be about 3.5 hours until we get to the restaurant. Our first restroom break will be at the Oconaluftee Visitors Center near Cherokee (we also hope to stop at one of the overlooks for a picture opportunity going over the park). This will be a scenic mountain ride through the GSMNP and cover three states....TN, NC, GA with a combination of 2 and 4 lane roads with lots of sweeping curves and a few tight curves. We will ride 441 all the way to Dillard, have lunch at the very southern, Cupboard Café arriving about 11:30 or 12 (a little over 100 miles). The restaurant is known for great home cooked southern food, a fudge shop, gift shop and great homemade cakes & pies! The afternoon ride (about 200 miles) will head down to Hiawassee, Georgia via Rt. 76, up 175 around Lake Chatuge to Rt. 64 with our first gas stop in Hayesville (about 150 miles). Continuing on Rt. 64 to Murphy then 294 to 68 to Tellico Plains where we'll take a gas stop/break. Depending on your home location you may head a different way, but we plan to head up route 360 out of Tellico Plains to Vonore then 411 to Maryville, Seymour and across Boyd's Creek to Rt. 66 and back to the Cracker Barrel at 407. We estimate we'll be back there about 6. The weather will be warm (90+) and we may hit an isolated thunderstorm but it's a gorgeous ride! We hope you'll join us, please let us know!
Nancy & Bill Van Voorhis
Best Dam Ride of the Year!
Read the adventures that 12 ROK riders had as they try to pass as many dams as possible in in one day! Story and photos by Ron Donahue
By Jim Linneman
The MOA is heading to my home town this year so I can provide you with some
recommendations on where to eat, what to eat, and where to go! The rally takes place in Hamburg, NY which is a southern suburb of the Nickle City. Hamburg is pretty much like every other place you have been. You will find all the usual chain restaurants
but if you eat at those you are missing a great opportunity!
The first stop you have to make is to Teds Hot Dog Restaurant (3193 Orchard Park Rd in
Orchard Park, NY) for a dog and some loganberry drink. Teds grills natural casing hot dogs
over a lump charcoal grill. They dress it anyway you like but you need to include Teds hot sauce on your dog. Another must for chicken wing fans is to stop at The Anchor Bar, (1047 Main St, Buffalo) original home of the famous Buffalo wings. For breakfast, try one of the many Greek restaurants in the area. One close to the rally site is Pegasus Restaurant at 5748 South Park Rd in Hamburg. With breakfast, order some home fries with onions and they think you are a native.
If you have a passport, bring it! Niagara Falls is a short ride away. To truly enjoy what the falls
has to offer, park on the American side and walk across the Rainbow Bridge to the Canadian
side. The Canadian Falls is much more scenic and you get to try a good Canadian beer while
you are there. One fun thing to do from either side is to take a ride in the Maid of the Mist boat. It takes you on the river close to the falls for a great view!
A nice part of Buffalo is Elmwood Village. Many of the major streets in this area were laid out by Fredrick Law Olmstead. There are plenty of shops and a beautiful neighborhood to take a stroll. The center of the neighborhood is 875 Elmwood Ave. In downtown, Canal Side is where the original Erie Canal entered Lake Erie. Nice park and exhibits with a Western NY naval museum. You might catch a late day concert there. Close to the rally is the Buffalo and Erie County Botantical Gardens (2655 South Park Ave, Buffalo). If you have time visit the Broadway Market (999 Broadway, Ave Buffalo). This is a indoor market with all kinds of food vendors. You will find items like 5 kinds of Polish Sausage, fresh ground horseradish, periogies, and fresh baked goods.
A few other Buffalo tips...
The NY State Thruway is a toll road as are the bridges to Niagara Falls - carry lots of change
that is easily accessible! Lake Erie moderates the summer weather so temperatures should be pleasant. Nights can cool down significantly do bring something medium weight to wear.
If you want to extend your trip, the New York State Finger Lakes area is a delight. There are
many winery tours, and Watkins Glen is great place to spend an afternoon. On a rainy day,
check out the Corning Glass Museum.
Group Riding 101
Great Tips for Group Ride Leaders and Participants by Ron Donahue
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B&W Motorcycle Owners of America (MOA) announced their mileage contest winners for 2015 in the April BMW Owners News (ON) magazine. Our club secretary was named the "Average Female BMW Rider"! The MOA adds all mileages reported by females, divides that number by the number of riders reporting and Nancy's 7,356 miles was closest to that average number! Here is Nancy's story.
I am surprised & honored that my first months on a BMW landed me the “Average Female Rider” designation. Unlike many of you who have been riding for years, my motorcycling adventure only began in 2010 after spending the previous 2 years following my husband Bill & other members of the BMW Riders of Knoxville in a “support vehicle”. I finally said, I think I can do this! So when I took my first MSF course at the age of 59, I had never even started a motorcycle!
Being vertically challenged, I couldn’t find a BMW that was low enough where I felt comfortable and could be flat footed. To start riding, we located a Suzuki GZ 250 and after putting 1000 miles on it, I told my husband I needed more power! My next bike was a 2012 Red Honda Shadow on which I put over 22,300 miles. In May 2015 when my husband was having the 600 mile service done on his K1600GT, we came across a 2009 factory lowered F800ST which has been a perfect fit for me. The handling is so responsive; curves that used to be intimidating, I now take with ease.
My usual riding partner is my husband Bill and sometimes other members of our local BMW Club. I first rode two up with Bill when we were in college. But then marriage, jobs & children put motorcycling on the back burner until Bill rekindled his desire to ride after we moved to the Great Smoky Mountains. We haven’t limited our riding to the great roads in East Tennessee, having been to 23 states with help from the destination rallies of the MOA, Get-a-Way weekends and other events. We prefer to take the long, scenic way there and back. In fact, 4600 miles of my 7,356 total was acquired going to the rally in Billings this past July. My friends can’t believe I go on a two week “vacation” riding a motorcycle several thousand miles taking a small duffle bag packed with just a few clothes! We are fortunate to live in an area where we can usually ride twelve months out of the year. For 2016, we already have local rides planned, made reservations for Get-a-Way Weekends as well as a number of rallies. I’m looking forward to putting many more miles on my BMW, exploring new destinations and
meeting great friends along the way!
Nancy Van Voorhis #178600 Kodak, Tennessee
2016 Good Saturday Ride
Spring has sprung and so has many of the shocks on the bikes that went exploring during Easter Weekend! Get all the details on who, what, and where in Ron Donahue's latest ride report.
Click here to read the ride report