Monthly Archives: April 2017

Get your ducks in a row for May.

Get your ducks in a row for May.

See club web site calendar for details

May 5 – 7 Georgia Mtn. Rally


May 5 – 7 The Original Mini- Rally, only 200 miles north.

May 12 – 14 Paynetown Spring Campout

If you plan to attend please sign up on web site.

May 18 – 21 European Riders Rally

This year it is a 4 day event, we have been the largest club attending for the past 7 years.

May 26 – 29 Cass Rally

A Long Time Club Member Passes

We have lost a long time member of the BMW Motorcycle Club of Indianapolis.

Robert Edward Bender of Zionsville, Indiana, passed away April 13, 2017. He had spent the past ten winters in Bonita Springs, Florida. A Celebration of Life will take place Monday, April 17 at 6:00 p.m. with visitation two hours prior at New Hope Christian Church, 5780 South Main Street, Whitestown, Indiana. Born in 1937 to the late Robert and Dorothy Bender of Zionsville, Indiana, he graduated from Pike Township High School and attended Indiana University. He owned and operated Bender’s Shell Service for almost fifty years in Indianapolis. He is survived by his daughters Jayne (John) Shubat and Karen (Lon) Richmond, and son Brian (Rosa) Bender, five grandchildren, Nick (Laura) Worley, Bryce Worley, Alexandra Shubat, Brandon Bender, and Cassandra Bender, and five great-grandchildren, and his wife of almost sixty-one years, Delores Ann Summers Bender. Bob was never happier than when he was behind the handlebars of a motorcycle, mowing the yard, talking with friends, houseboating on Dale Hollow Lake in Tennessee, or visiting with family.  He was always thinking about his next adventure.


My personal note, Bob always had a smile on his face and a kind word to share, he will be missed.

Monthly Meeting Minutes-April 2017

The meeting was held on April 1, 2017 hosted by Barb and Dennis Shelley at their home and was attended by more that forty members and guests.

After a great lunch featuring subs, side dishes and deserts President Ledgerwood opened the formal meeting.

After the introduction of guests Margie made the following announcements.

  • Mike and Mamie Williams will host the next meeting on May 6 starting at 11:00 AM. Please preregister on the web site or contact the host to facilitate planning.
  • There is no host for a June meeting. Please contact Margie if you are able to host in June.
  • Wayne Garrison is organizing the Spring Paynetown Campout. It will be held on May 12-14. Please register if you plan to attend.
  • The European Riders Rally, hosted by the Nashville, TN club will be held on May 18-21 in Burkesville, KY.
  • The Cass, WV rally will be held on weekend of May 26-28.

Andy Clark took the floor to discus the PhotoTag game hosted by the Club. The 2017 version commences on April 1. The state of Indiana is the boundary. PhotoTags will be active till tagged or a maximum of two weeks.

Vice President Wayne Garrison took the floor to make the following announcements:

The MOA mileage contests end/start on April 7, 2017. An event will be hosted by the club at Falcone Powersports on April 29 where you can turn in your mileage forms after authentication by two MOA members or MOA Ambassador Wayne.

There was a discussion about the National MOA rally. You may pregister on the club website so we may reserve an appropriate Charter Club campsite. Volunteers for rally registration are also needed; it is a fun time.

There was a drawing for two prizes.

The first was a membership to the BMW RA, which was won by Dr. Jim Brown.

The second was a free registration to the Burkesville Rally won by Mr. Bob Stewart, Esq.

The meeting was adjourned at approximately 2:25 PM.

Bob Conley, Secretary

Euro Rally Information from the Nashville BMW Club

Dear Motorcycle Riding Enthusiast,

It’s time for an update on The BMW Motorcycle Club of Nashville’s European Riders Rally coming up May 18-21.

Important Dates if you haven’t yet registered:

April 30 is the last day to early register online at special low prices.
May 14 is the last day to register online at regular prices.
We have been hard at work and wanted to share with you just a few of the things to expect at this years rally.
Thursday registration opens at noon.  Check in and get your wristband, information packet, and door prize tickets.  Take a minute to say hello to old friends and be welcomed to the rally.  Explore the site, get a coffee or lemonade and see what’s on the door prize tables.  You’ll want to set up camp, park your camper, or settle into one of the areas comfortable lodging facilities.  Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant before heading back to the pavilion for a bonfire and music, or choose to watch a movie with popcorn in the Ag Center.

Planning on coming in on Friday?  That’s great!  Registration will open at 8am.  Make sure to be there by 11am to participate in the guided Poker Run Ride.  We’ll travel some of the prettiest roads in the area, including a stop at Dale Hollow Lake State Resort for lunch (on your own dime).  Along the way you’ll have opportunities to draw cards to make the best 5-card stud hand you can.  The best hand at the end of the ride will win a fabulous prize.  At 4pm our Board of Directors invites all other club’s board members, members, or interested parties to an open roundtable discussion to share ideas and gather information from each other. 

Saturday the day starts with an all-you-care-to-eat pancake breakfast hosted by the Burkseville order of the Eastern Star (a $5 ticket can be purchased at the door). Get your morning stretch on with a professionally taught “Yoga for the Motorcyclist” class.  Leave your lycra and mat at home, but come prepared to learn how a few stretches and strength building exercises can make your day in the saddle much more enjoyable.  Choose to join one of the guided street or dual-sport rides, or explore the area on your own.  Be sure to check our website for the gpx files.  Our good friends and sponsor, Bloodworth Motorcycles, will provide a tasty lunch and host a seminar later in the afternoon.  Other presentations include trips to Peru and Ecuador (times TBA).  Want to test your skills in Motorcycle Games?  It’s all fun, and the winners will be recognized at the closing ceremony.  Come to dinner hungry for one of the best grilled steak or chicken dinners ever, and don’t forget to try the bourbon-mushroom sauce.  The evening will conclude with closing ceremonies and live entertainment.  And, of course, sharing stories around the bonfires with old and new friends.

Interested?  We hope you are.  Please visit to register and keep up with changes and additions to the ERR.

We may not be the biggest rally you attend this year, but we want to be your favorite.

See you in Burkseville,

Rod McDonald and Cindy Duncanson
Rally Chairs
BMW Motorcycle Club of Nashville
We Love to Ride!

Deb Lower

Just FYI

As we do during the January Indy club meeting the members vote for two board of directors. As we are a chartered club of the BMW Owners of America (#17) they do the same and are currently in the election process. (BIG JOE disclaimer: I would never tell any one how to vote!) I would like to make you aware that  the Indy BMW club has a member who is running for board of directors of the BMW Owners of America her name is Deb Lower. Deb now lives in Colorado but remains an Indy Member. Deb is very generous with her time having chaired in one capacity or another at every national rally since have joined the club. If you are a member of the MOA please  consider voting this year postage on the ballot is prepaid so all it costs is your time to mark the ballot. 

Stay safe

 Joe Hochderffer

2017 Paynetown Spring Campout Registration is open May 12 – 13 -14

If you plan to attend the Paynetown Spring Campout, May 12th, 13th and 14th. 

Log into the website – on the right is rides and campouts. YOU MUST BE LOGED IN TO SEE THE FORM.

Click on the 2017 Paynetown Spring Campout.

Enter the number of people and the number of tents.

Update and you are done.

The cost is $22.83 per tent (that is two nights camping for the cost on one).

There is a $7.00 cost to enter the park.

If you don’t want to campout just come down Saturday for fun and friends.

Any question please contact me.

Wayne Garrison

Explanation of how Paynetown campout works

For those who have not attended a Paynetown campout I thought I would give you a little information as to what to expect.

The non-electric campground is located in the Paynetown state recreation area located on Lake Monroe.

It is 6.5 miles south of Bloomington In. on highway 446.

You can arrive as early as noon on Friday.

One reason we like using Paynetown is that it is close enough to allow family’s to attend. It also allows people to come down in cars to bring more creature comfort items. Kids are more than welcome to come; others will be bringing kids. There is also a pizza, sub, salad place that will deliver to the campground.

When you enter the park there is a $7.00 charge to get into the park. Once you are in the park, you may leave and enter using your camp site pass.

The $7.00 should cover 2 bikes.

If you have reserved a site with me, I will have the site tags to hand out.

You do not have to go to the campground office to pick up a site tag.

Each site tag will cover 2 motorcycles when leaving and entering the park. The gate people usually just wave you on through.

Each site can occupy 2 tents, and up to 6 people. Showers and restrooms are located within 20 yards of the camp site.

I always try to reserve the campsites so we will be able to camp as a group.

The main reason I try to reserve sites is to allow for sharing of camp cost, one camper on the site pays for the first night the second camper on the same site pays for the second night.

You basically get 2 nights camping for the cost of one.

Once you tell me you are coming I will reserve a site for you, on my charge card at that point you will owe me the cost of the site. ($22.83) If you don’t come you are still responsible for the ($22.83).

 If you aren’t sure whether you will be coming, you can come down and pay at the park. This won’t guarantee a spot with the group.

The cost to camp is $22.83; if you don’t coordinate camping with someone to split the cost with it would cost you $22.83 for each of the two nights. If you are “ify” and think you only want to come down for one night you can do that without reserving the site with me. Cost is still $22.83, for that night

Again, The main reason I try to reserve sites is to allow for sharing of camp cost, one camper on the site pays for the first night the second camper on the site pays for the second night

See map below.

We are not really required to camp on the exact numbered site.

You may camp anywhere you wish with in the reserved sites.

We usually move picnic tables together for a group fire ring.

Ice, firewood, drinks, and food type stuffs are available at the camp store. The store opens at 7 or 8 in the morning and has coffee.

One or two miles north of the entrance on hwy 446 are 2 restaurants.

The closes one is the scenic view, lots of good food, and they do have carry out food.

They also have a great selection of beer on tap.

 The second one is the Log Cabin restaurant and lounge, THIS ONE SELLS BEER, but may be limited on selection.

The Trailhead-Market and Noshery (yes I had to look it up too) 812-837-9101

This place will deliver pizza, subs, and salads. TO THE CAMP SITE.

No food or drinks are included in the camping cost.

When you arrive you may want to check to see if fire wood or ice may be needed for the group.

As wood and ice is a group cost type of thing.

On Saturday there may be group rides, but at this point I personally don’t have any rides planned.

There is always an option to do some zip line runs at Explore Brown County, just south of Gnaw Bone, IN. They are located on Mt Liberty road 2 miles south of Gnaw Bone.

If you have questions please feel free to call me 317-201-4952.

Wayne Garrison





It is time for the 2017 BMW MOA SUMMER/ANNUAL MILEAGE CONTEST to start.

 The contest starts Saturday April 8, 2017.

So record the odometer readings of all your BMW motorcycles as of Saturday April 8, 2017.

 Again this year, Falcone Power Sport, Located at 2416 W 16th St, has graciously offered the use of their show room for the form turn in.

 The collection date is Saturday April 29th; I will be collecting /singing forms on the BMW side between 10am and 2pm.

 The start form is in the April issue of the MOA ON magazine. Additional forms will be available at breakfast at Shapiro’s.

 Be sure to use the correct form.

There are 3 different mileage forms in the magazine.

            The green stripe form is the 2017 SUMMER/ANNUAL MILEAGE CONTEST FORM.

            The blue stripe form is the 2016 WINTER MILEAGE CONTEST END FORM.

            The brown stripe form is the 2016 ANNUAL MILEAGE CONSTED END FORM.

Be sure to get the green stripe form.

 We are only collecting the 2017 BMW MOA SUMMER/ANNUAL MILEAGE form.

 The forms must be post marked by May 8, 2017.

 If you are having trouble getting to the shop, contact me for other options.

Any questions please contact me.

Wayne Garrison


Historic Markers

From Greg Sickmeier:

We would like to update you on the next few installations that IRMA will be doing

We would like to announce the unveiling of Bryan Clauson’s marker is this Saturday, April 8th, at 1:30pm. The location is Shelter #5, at Forest Park in Noblesville. If you want to GPS, use this address: 701 Cicero Road, Noblesville, IN, 46060. This will take you by the shelter house. The shelters are all well marked. It would be great if all of you who can, could arrive a half hour early. Dress is casual.Howdy will act as MC.  Bob Jenkins will be our main speaker. Pippa Mann has also committed to being there, and will speak. As will Bryan’s father, and his fiancee. 
We will be installing a marker 1920’s driver George Souders on Friday April 21st at the Tippacanoe 4-H Fairgrounds in Lafayette, Indiana, the ceremony will take place at noon.
Installation of a marker for this well-known Hoosier based racing insurance company will take place on Wednesday May 10, 2017 at their home offices located at 1712 Magnavox Way  Ft. Wayne, Indiana at 1:00.
CROWN HILL CEMETERY will be sometime in June named  the “Final Yard of Bricks”
For up to date details on all these events check our website Indiana Racing Memorial Association – Honoring Indiana’s Racing Legacy or make sure to follow us on facebook  Indiana Racing Memorial Association-IRMA