Ray Kauffman hits 100,000 miles

I had a late start (46 years old) with BMW motorcycles and longer distance touring.  I bought a new K1200RS in 1998 and put about 65K miles on that bike.  The balance of 35K came on my replacement for the K12, my 2012 K1600GTL.  I truly enjoyed both bikes, but in the final analysis the nod of the hat goes to the K16 as my favorite.  Perhaps that’s because the K16 is a more comfortable touring bike, something that I appreciate much more in my 60s than I did in my 40s!

Starting from my base in Carmel near Indianapolis, IN, I’ve experienced a number of great rides during my first 100K miles: Northwest Arkansas, the Cabot Trail of Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, the Black Hills and Badlands of South Dakota, Bear Tooth Pass in Montana and the back roads of West Virginia, Western North Carolina, and Tennessee (Tail of the Dragon).  Far and away, however, the Rocky Mountains of Colorado is the destination that keeps drawing me back as the “Most Memorable Trip.”  If the mountain scenery and shear drop-offs don’t take your breath away and leave you slack-jawed on the “Million Dollar Highway” (Colorado Route 550 from Silverton to Ouray), then you’re simply not alive and breathing my friend!  And the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is a great example (among many) that the Rockies are not the only star attraction in the State.  If you haven’t been there, I highly recommend you put this state full of “eye candy” on your bucket list!

I like to do a combination of riding to a destination combined with loops from a base camp to experience the location more thoroughly.  For example, Gunnison, Colorado makes a great base camp for day trips to a number of scenic sites in Colorado.

For long distance touring, I prefer to ride with a small group of 2-4 friends.  I’ve certainly ridden with larger groups successfully, but the smaller size is my preference.  It also helps to ride with good friends who have similar ideas about how to enjoy a 3-4000 mile motorcycle trip together.




Nomination of Club Directors for 2017

Club Members,

Nominate(s), and/or self-nominate, for the two 1 April 2017 Club Director positions are now being excepted. Please contact a nomination committee member should you want to nominate or self-nominate for a Director position. Nominates who are willing to serve will be selected by club members vote at the January or March club meeting. Which meeting will be posted by the first of the year.

Nominating Committee Members:
Dick Snodgress

Jay Zach

Joe Hochderffer

Dennis Shelley
One of the nomination committee members will contact and confirm all who are nominated that they are willing to serve as a director if elected. Information about director duties can be found on the Club website under OFFICERS, then BOARD, then BYLAWS
posted by nomination committee chair, Dennis Shelley

Be careful getting to Shapiro’s on November 5, 2016

This from conscientious non-member Greg Sickmeier—

You might what to put out a note to the BMW clan today about the marathon tomorrow morning.

There’s two events, the big one that skirts Shapiro’s (red) along McCarty St.
The short course (blue) comes up Meridian St. from Wilkins pretty much boxing Shapiros’s in.
I’m guessing they’ll have half of McCarty & Meridian open for traffic.
Advice is to skirt downtown on I-65/I-70 getting off at West/Missouri St exit (79B), go south to Morris St. east to Meridian St. north.
Just a head’s up and trying to be a conscientious non-member…:-)

BMWON Summer Mileage Forms turn in

The BMWON Summer Mileage contest deadline for mailing is this next week. Wayne, Dom and Dennis have been collecting forms for me and I have a number of them from the 22nd at Falcones Swap meet and Mileage form collection event. In total I have 18 forms to mail in as of today. If you are planning on mailing in your own, they must be post marked by November 11th. Just email me a note of your bike information and ending mileage numbers for our club tally sheet.

I will be at Sharpiro’s on Saturday morning to collect any remaining forms.

PS I have about 12 members who qualified for the drawing of a glider ride I donated, I am planning on doing the drawing at the Christmas Party, Need not be present to win !!

I will record all the forms I have and mail in the forms on Sunday to BMWON.


BMWMOA Summer Mileage Contest October 9th

Good morning,

The new MOA mileage contest format is nearing its first measurement point. The summer contest ends on Sunday October 9th,. The ending forms are in this Months ON magazine which arrived this week for many of us. Please write down your ending mileage and have the mileage and mileage form witnessed. I hope to have a turnin your mileage event at Falcone during the Swap Meet on October 22nd. More to come on that later.

Please review the new MOA rules as the winter riding contest starts Saturday October 8th as MOA members have choices about which mileage contest to enter this year with a choose your time period format. I believe you may only enter one however.

I hope to see everyone with their forms at Falcone Powersports on Saturday Oct 22nd. As I said anyone turning in their form to me that day, will be included in a drawing for a ride in one of the CISS gliders, with a commerical glider pilot ,at our field SE of Alexandria Indiana. The ride will be redeemable from April 2017 to Oct 2017


The annual club swap meet will be held on the back lot of Falcone Powersports Saturday October 22.

The annual club swap meet will be held on the back lot of Falcone Powersports Saturday October 22.

The hours are 10 am to around 1 pm; everybody seems to be gone by then anyway.

Bring stuff you want to get rid of, and take home stuff you don’t need.

Everything must be taken home.

Questions contact Wayne Garrison.