APRIL 2003 NEWSLETTER BMW MOA CHAPTER #165
IN THIS ISSUE:
Prez’s and Editor’s articles Pg. 2
Hank’s trip in Baja, part 2 Pg. 3
Randy and some of his friends, part 1 Pg. 4
APRIL14, 2003 Doings and photos Pg. 5
Volume 4, Issue4 Rear Cover Photo, thanks Mike; Blake’s Tips Pg. 6
Desert with Phyllis and Sir Winslow
Somewhere outside Barstow in the
the buzz on the net is true, someone
nd I nominate for President Cy
poured some clear liquid in my beer and I woke up
the next morning as our club President, with Chris and all those in favor say Cy,
Lucadello as Vice-President. ....thanks for stepping up to the front
I have since met with past President Hank table Cy! Now we need to get the Directors to-
Hughes, and been presented with the sacred file box gether.
(thank you Phyllis for putting “the sacred file box” to- Senator Allen Hurt (R) presented a bill in New
gether) whose contents I have reviewed so that I Mexico that a declared brain dead motorcylist (who
could best assess the clubs history, goals, liabilities was not wearing a helmet) become an automatic
or lack thereof, financial & corporate status, blah blah
organ donor, hmm, it was defeated. And now a
blah.... The better to gain some perspective on my
duties and responsibilities etc. One of my first goals word from Congress, on Feb 14th, Sens. Russ
is to revive our moribund command & control struc- Feingold (D-Wis) and Susan Collins (R-Maine)
ture (board of directors) and to have at least one have introduced a Bill to remove Health Insurance
board meeting a year to clean out some of the clutter Companies ability to deny health care -in case you
in the sacred box and chart the course of the club. I were injured in a recreational accident such as rid-
also want to improve our roster to include a thumbnail ing a motorcycle. You’ll remember Congress’s ear-
picture of each member (from the neck up) with what lier attempt to improve health coverage resulted in
BMW(s) we ride, so both our old and new members
this guffaw. Do you have any idea what it takes to
can put the name with the face/bike, so we are not
such strangers to each other. get a law passed? It’s quite a bit of doing!
Enough for now, my personal dossier, proclivities, We now have 38 members in the club and if
and fetishes can wait for another newsletter. I look you haven’t renewed, why not? Hello to Bob and
forward to presiding over our meetings and to facili- Paula at Lake Havasu and Good Luck and Happy
tate discussions on favorite mods, lanesplitting, main- Sailing to Phil Holland.
tenance, riding techniques, rants & raves, favorite & Simon is in Nicaragua loving life and collecting
useful websites discovered, as well as actual rides,
donations-if you need to know more, ask!
roads, or rallies we have done.
Sincerely, with a dose of levity, Change happens all the time and it takes a lit-
(Continued on page 5)
SB BMW Riders meet the 3rd Monday of every month at the Sizzler Restaurant
5555 Hollister Avenue @ Kellogg Avenue, Goleta.
Come for dinner around 6PM and stay for the 7:30 meeting.
NEXT CLUB MEETING IS APRIL 21st!
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Velodog MY TRIP THROUGH gassed up again as the decided to go up to the restau-
BAJA sun was going down. You rant and camp on the patio area.
don’t want to drive at night I finally fell asleep sleeping on
in Baja so we got a room solid concrete with no ground
at the rundown ranch house at pad. About every 30 minutes the
$10.00 a bed. They also had a coyotes would go off for about 3
resaturant and in the back yard minutes about 50 feet away. I
there were 2 crashed airplanes didn’t get much sleep that night.
plus chickens and cows running Berndt didn’t get any at all and
free. The next morning we were that morning I was awakened by
up before the roosters and on Mike honking his horn and all
our way to Guerrero Negro ready to go. I was not ready to
(GN). That is where I was on re- go, I had to repack my bike plus
serve and needed gas, so I got suit up, all before the sun was
gas but no one else stopped so up. So we all got gas and
I drove very fast to catch up, blasted down the road to San Ig-
but after 40 miles I stopped and nacio for breakfast at a little
checked the map. I missed a place called Renes, they have a
turn and had to go back 40 plus very old mission there plus the
miles into GN were I saw landscape is covered with palm
Steve’s bike. They had just fin- trees. On the road again we got
ished eating! I got a little some- some gas in Santa Rosalia. Af-
thing to eat and then we went ter about 50 miles we all stopped
whale watching down a dirt and at Jack’s house, he lives on a
sand road about 10 miles. We beautiful bay of crystal clear wa-
got a camp site on the beach ter at Bahia Conception. Jack’s
Editor’s note: To bring you up to date, and got to go out onto the Bay to house is up a dirt road up a
Hank recounts his trip and watch the whales up close. One pretty steep hill and what a view
we now begin with the sec- he has. Inside
ond day from the border his house are 3
where the group has just BMW’s, an RT, /
eatean their lunch at 5 and a /2 with a
Mama Espinosa’s Restau- sidecar. I’ve
rant.... been there 3
I had the lobster times before and
which was fabulous, this was the first
they were happy to see time he was
and feed all of us. This home. He was
restaurant is one of the very firendly and
Baja 1000 check offered us beer
points. Since 1930 it’s and the use of
a must stop kind of his home. He
place. After filling our made me feel
stomachs and gas right at home.
tanks, we were off Every year his
again. The roads were house looks bet-
in very good conditon pod went right under the boat, ter and better. Steve dumped his
and very well marked. The next very exciting. That night was ok GS on the way up the drive way
stop was to check out some at first, but it began to rain and I ,so before we could help him we
painted caves on a very sandy did not have a tent or cover so I had to take pictures first!
road, very hard to drive. We all
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Sunday’s Ride with my Dutch Friends
by Randy Lum
beautiful sensual lines. I love the way the cylin-
ders stick out the sides - I’ve heard it said that a
BMW boxer is a Moto Guzzi that needs a bra. I
town from chuckle every time at the thought of it.
the Netherlands, a fellow BMW enthusiast who re- Sunday morning was spent running around
cently traded in his K75 for an R1100RT. He was getting things ready. I drove a car to John’s
my technical counterpart based just outside of Am- house, left it there and rode the Moto Guzzi back
sterdam and we had worked together for years, to my house. I topped off the oil in both airheads,
always getting together for some great meals and checked the tire pressures, and filled the gas tanks
motorcycling. I’ve since moved on to another com- on the bikes and lined them up on the street in
pany, but we continue to get together whenever front of the house. A nice little gathering of bikes –
he’s in town. they would do just fine, thank you.
So I planned a ride for Sunday with me on my Teun and Boudewijn arrived about 12:30pm.
1975 R90S and Teun on my 1983 R65. I found We spend some time outfitting the guys with vari-
out, however, that he had another ous helmets, jackets, and gloves and we were set
colleague with him that was to go. I spend some moments explain-
also a motorcy- clist (he ing the various idiosyncrasies of
rides a Cagiva El my bikes – like the R90S
efant back in speedo will register 10
the Nether- mph fast (unless it’s
lands). reading 15 mph
Hmmm, fast or 10 mph
three riders slow, in other
and two words it’s ba-
bikes – sically use-
this would less – just
not do. Af- remember
ter some that 4K rpm
calls to in 5th is 65
some mph, OK?),
cycle- both bikes
owning friends I was have false-neutrals, the self-retracting side
able to borrow another bike, a 1999 Moto Guzzi stands suck, the neutral light on the R90S is dis-
Brava V11, from my friend John. I figured it’d be connected, the brakes are weak, etc . My wife
best not to put a stranger on a friend’s bike, so I snaps a quick picture of us on the bikes and then
planned to put Teun on the R90S, Boudewijn on we’re off.
the R65, and me on the Moto Guzzi. With such a late start I figure a romp through
I was actually quite excited to ride the Moto the Santa Ynez Valley would be about right. My
Guzzi. I haven’t spent much time on bikes other plan was to head up 101 north to Buellton, take
than my two old airheads, so to get the opportunity 246 to Solvang and a stop at the motorcycle mu-
to ride a modern, albeit still an “airhead”, motorcy- seum, then 154 to Stage Coach Road and Cold
cle was very exciting to me. The Brava V11 is Springs Tavern before heading back into Santa
Moto Guzzi’s version of a cruiser-style bike. It’s Barbara.
amazing what the company has done with the old- I lead the guys out at a modest pace, letting
tech Guzzi v-twin engine, offering it on several dif- them get used to the bikes. We pick up 101 and
ferent bikes in various states of tune with two and head north, enjoying the beautiful view of the
four valve heads. While it’s fairly big and heavy, ocean on the left. I’m riding at the speed limit of
the Brava V11 is lighter than most other cruisers 65 mph, a bit slower than normal, because all
and reviews of the bike gave high points to its han- three of us are riding unfamiliar bikes and I don’t
dling. What I really like about the bike is that it is want to take any unnecessary risks.
drop-dead beautiful! No excess chrome, just
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From Harvey Rawn:
ENDA Another Rock Store oddity...
S CAL BMW's C1 covered scooter that they
EVENT showed in Europe for a while. The rider
said that this prototype is the only one in
the U.S. and he is under contract to de-
stroy it in a few weeks. In the process, he
will fit a sidecar to it to establish some
specifications. He expects BMW to ship
him the next model for testing.
And from Steve Miller #1:
Death Valley Jr.?
I was wandering and discovered a very
scenic road that passes through a place called
the Elkhorn Plain. It starts at hwy 166 just south
of Maricopa at the Elkhorn grade turn. About 35
miles of excellent dirt road eventually punches
through to hwy 58. The views are great and it
reminded me of Death Valley very much. And
it’s in our own backyard!
Thanks for the Cover Photo!
S o, you think you've ridden every good road in the area. Well, think again. Ever been on Gobernador Canyon
Road? How about Sweeney Road? Those roads and more are described on Jeff Donovan's web site, Roads
of Santa Barbara County, http://www.sbc-rides.com. The site is very well organized containing "main rides" and side
trips from them. For example, the description of the Highway 150 ride takes you on a journey from Carpinteria to
Santa Paula, with links to Gobernator Rd, Sulphur Mountain Rd, and the Creek Rd. to Santa Ana Rd. detour around
Ojai. Each ride has a map of the road and a description with photos telling you what the road is like. Some roads
even have a 3D contour map. So, if you want to try something new, check out the website. You may discover a
road you never knew about. And be sure to check back often as new roads are added to the site. cheers,
S aturday 26th (Continued from page 2)
starting about tle getting used to. I’ve had a bit of time on
noon and ending some- my hands lately so I improved my new R bike
time after breakfast the 27th, is the annual Twaddlefest and fixed the gas and oil consumption, along
being held once more at Songdog Ranch.
The cost is $30. in advance which includes: Tri-tip
and chicken BBQ, French toast breakfast, group camp- About to take it for the first spin.
fire, pit toilets and camping.
Please no Coleman lanterns, fluorescent lanterns,
portable stereos, fireworks or politicians.
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Santa Barbara BMW Riders Inc., APRIL ‘03 Newsletter.
A Doug Joke Lena folded and put away Ole’s underwear.
Ole took out a pair the next morning and was shaking
the powder out and said “Darn it , Lena, I wish you
wouldn’t put so much powder in my underwear.”
Lena replied, “That’s not powder Ole, it’s Miracle Gro!”
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Now closed on Sunday and Monday
Tu-Fri 8-6 and Sat 8-4.
The DMV makes one of the best reference materials for mo-
torcyclists I’ve ever read. It is the Motorcycle supplement to the Drivers Handbook. I try to review it
frequently, not just before my test. It covers all aspects of motorcycling, but the sections I review the
most are about lane position, visibility, avoiding hazards, and general riding safety. Another excel-
lent publication for this sort of information is Friction Zone. You can pick up the supplement at the
DMV, and Friction Zone can be found at most motorcycle shops. The best part is that both these
publications are free. Blake
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