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- Faisal's European Adventure
- ROK Club Ride to GA
- 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 Monday, November 7th
Our monthly meeting will be held on Monday, November 7th You can join us at Red Lobster Restaurant located at 8040 Kingston Pike, Knoxville. The meeting will be held in the room past the lobster tank. Servers will be available at 5 PM for dinner orders, social time 5 to 7PM before the meeting. As usual . . . current and future members are always welcome at our open monthly meetings!
ROKtoberfest Ride to Roan Mountain, Sunday, October 23
After scrutinizing the weather, we have decided Sunday will be the warmer day for a ride! We did a Pre-Ride this past weekend and the colors were gorgeous! I will try to post some of the pics on the revived BMWROK Facebook page! We will leave the Cracker Barrel at exit 407 (park at the far east end of the lot toward the interstate - near the RV parking) promptly at 8:30 a.m. Please be there by 8:15 for a pre-ride briefing! Please have a full tank of gas & good tires! This will be an all day ride, about 250 miles round trip, returning to the same Cracker Barrel about 5:30. We will have two possible additional pick up points, BUT YOU MUST LET US KNOW YOU WILL BE MEETING US THERE! The first pick up point will be at the Exxon Station just off the I-40 Newport Exit 432 about 9:15. The next pick up point will be at the Hot Springs Convenience Store between 10:15 to 10:30. We will have one gas stop in Erwin, TN at about the 92 mile mark. We will have lunch about 12:30 at a delightful German restaurant in Johnson City called Friebergs. (203 E. Main Street, Johnson City, TN) We will park in the free parking lot across the street from the restaurant. If some of you want to just meet us at the restaurant, please let us know as they are expecting us to call on Sunday by 10:30 a.m. with our reservation number. After lunch we will head to Roan Mountain with a 20-30 minute stop/restroom break at the Roan Mountain State Park Visitors Center. We will have a brief photo opportunity at one of the paved pull overs at the top of the mountain. We will continue down the mountain to Bakersville & stop for gas/restroom in Burnsville, NC (about 185 mile mark). We will return via 19E & 25/70 back to the Cracker Barrel at exit 407 around 5:30 or 6. Dress warm as it will be cooler than the temps we've been having and the predicted high is 61 at the bottom of the mountain and it is sure to be cooler at the top! We hope you will join us! Please let us know if you plan to join us by email, text or call.
Nancy & Bill Van Voorhis
BMW Club of NE Florida 34th Annual Rally - Jan 13-15, 2017
The first rally of every year in held near Starke, FL. Shake the cold out of your bones in the warm Florida Sun! Registration is now open and this rally sells out every year.
If you want first hand knowledge of this rally contact: email@example.com
Journey to the End of the World
Follow member Michael Ruppert's South American "Journey to the End of the World" at www.expedition65.com
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
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.
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