2017 MOA Rally attendees

It’s never too late to get your name on the list if you are coming to the MOA national in Salt Lake this year.

I will have to send in a tent count, and I don’t want us to be short on space. If you know you are coming please let me know.

Go to the web site and on the right under rides click on moa attendees and sign in.

Any questions please let me know.


Missouri Travel Information

I need to go to Okla. at the end of the month and wondered about flooding on I44. I discovered and interactive map on the Missouri Department of Transportation website which is fantastic. Then I discovered they have an iPhone app with the same info. If only all states had such maps.

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 www.bmwmcon.org 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!