clubnews - Eurosport Asheville

clubnews - Eurosport Asheville
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Hey Gang,
UPCOMING CLUB EVENTS
I want to take this space to say how proud
I am to belong to this club, and to be
associated with EurosportAsheville. Our
recent fundraising event for the Blue Ridge
Parkway, known as “The High Pass Boogie”
was another great success. It originally
came from member John Koenig’s vision
for choosing a charitable cause to support
FROM THE TOP
which in turn said “Motorcycling”. Nothing
says it much better than “The Blue Ridge
Parkway”! This is the 4th time the event has happened. It is a member
driven fundraiser, utilizing the support of volunteer resources from
our club and Eurosport. It costs the club no money, just your efforts.
The event pays for itself from registrants, silent auction proceeds and
donations.
The BRP is a road that draws riders from all over the country, but it is
in our backyard and that makes me feel we should be ambassadors
for it. Without someone taking on the leadership of this event it
would not happen. We have been fortunate to have had John Koenig
for the first 2 years, Linda & Gary Cox for the 3rd year, and most
recently Stew & Chris Stewart for this 4th time. The Stewarts did a
6/17: Saturday 9 am
Social Gathering
Eurosport Asheville
6/20: Tuesday 7 pm
Join us for food (pizza and
subs) and drink and fun!
Meeting will be held at
Eurosport Asheville
7/29: Club BBQ Cookout
Dan and Marcella
Thompson will again host
the club at their home in
Waynesville for a cookout.
Don is in the preliminary
planning stage and will
announce soon all the
details.
Ride to Lunch Rides
Every Wednesday, weather
permitting. Check Facebook
page and Yahoo News
Group for details from
Perry Hebard. Departure
and destinations vary from
week to week.
Special Note: All emails, web
addresses, and FB pages are
clickable in this PDF.
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wonderful job of organizing and putting their heart
and soul into this years High Pass Boogie and all
volunteers who assisted were greatly appreciated.
Thomas Montgomery did an awesome thing this
year too in addition to all that he already does, but
I will leave all recognition and final numbers for
Stew to announce. Just know that The club thanks
all of you. Each year we have been able to increase
the donation of proceeds to the BRP Foundation.
All those who helped should be very proud as the
BRPF truly appreciates all that we do to support
them. Just a way for us to give back :-).
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We are first and foremost a motorcycle club, but
we are made up of individuals who all have that
generous spot in their nature. I have seen how our
club has brought so many diverse people together
into friendships that would probably not have
happened if we did not have this club and our
dealership. We now have a local family of over 250
fellow members, some are seen more often than
others, but make no mistake we all belong to the
same club.
June is here, the summer is starting, and we have
some good things going on for you to take part in.
The June meeting will have food again, so make
sure to come on out and talk shop with your fellow
members. Perry has still been putting on the weekly
Wednesday rides (or another day if weather is an
issue). Eurosport is the perfect match for our 1st and
3rd of the month Saturday gatherings, plus a great
time to pick up anything you may need from them.
I would like to announce that our Newsletter Editor
Chris Parker has offered to carry the flag for the
event for 2018, the 5 year mark for this fundraiser.
Many thanks for doing this Chris! I hope that all of
you who have helped in the past will give the same
support and effort again in assisting Chris, and I
would hope that even more of you will step up to do
something for this event. Don’t be shy, just let him
know you want to help. Chris will be putting out
his needs once he has a timeline in place. Thanks
in advance for any support you can give to Chris.
Brian Seaton should be getting the latest out on our
upcoming club events, i.e.,5th Fridays, Fancy Gap,
BBQ etc… and Frank Smith is now working on our
website, so keep alert to their updates and offerings.
This event always brings out the best in everyone
with volunteerism, camaraderie and more
importantly, generosity. In talking with a member,
he made the statement that when one person
is generous, it leads to others following suit. No
truer words could be spoken as we have been
experiencing that firsthand in our club.
The June meeting will be a perfect time to come on
out and get to know each other a little better, talk
about riding styles, bikes, gear and similar interests
etc. We have had quite a few new members join
over the winter/spring months, so now that the
riding season is in full bloom let’s see you come on
out to one of the club activities. You will definitely
gain from the experience. We look forward to
seeing old faces as well as new ones!
Generosity can come from money, kindness, your
time and effort, a helping hand and even a friendly
word. It is giving of yourself in some respect to
one another. Our club members do this on a daily
basis and this is what makes me proud to belong. I
personally want to thank all of you who supported
this event as well as supporting your club each day
in your own way.
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Ride safe, Ride your own Ride, and I will see you
down the road,
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I can’t wait to ride the others. John “JT” Thompson,
and Karl Lail set up our GS route, and everyone who
did this route was very impressed.
After hosting the High
Pass Boogie this year.
I have come to realize
there are a lot of huge
hearts in our club members. We raised $13,501.20
and with matched funds
from a special Blue Ridge
MAKING STEW
Parkway Foundation program, it would become
$27,002.40. Every year the amount keeps growing,
and our Blue Ridge Parkway really needs it. Over the
weekend of the HPB Rita Larkin and Carolyn Ward
were all smiles. Many thanks for their courage in taking care of our Parkway.
Chris Parker, what can I say about this man for his
efforts? He has proved to be an awesome designer
of not only the T-shirts for the HPB, but also is now
designing T-shirts for the BMW MOA. If anyone has
seen the HPB T-shirt for this year, you know what
I’m talking about. Thanks to Chris, and if you need a
graphic artist, please give him a try.
I also want to thank these great people for
volunteering their time to make this year so great!
Adam Stewart, Kelli Stewart, Mike Geringer, Bill
Tinsley, Frank Smith, Harry Wilson, Renee Wilson,
Jim Owenby, Elwood Miles, Amy Masterman, Steve
Barone, Bill Hoag, Rick Shrier, and anyone I might
have forgot. We had so many people wanting to help
out, and it is greatly appreciated.
The volunteers this year were amazing in every
way. I want to give a special shout out to Eurosport
who hosted our Friday night mixer, silent auction,
pre-registration, and Saturday registration. Thomas
Montgomery, and his staff are huge givers to the club,
and the HPB. I want to take my hat off, and give them
a bow. They deserve it for all they do. Everywhere I
travel, riders always seem to know about Eurosport.
Make sure you get your next service, or next
motorcycle from them. I know I will.
This month at our meeting at Eurosport, we will be
having a social with pizza and subs. We also have
some door prizes, and T-shirts left over from the
HPB that we will be giving out with the purchase of
a 50/50 ticket. So get your ticket, you could win half
the money taken in, and some fabulous other prizes. I
also hope Harry Wilson shows up to sell them. He did
an awesome job Friday, and Saturday Night selling
50/50 tickets, and we need him in the future.
Many special thanks also go
out to my wife, Chris Stewart
for putting up with me, and
helping me make this year
better. I also can’t say enough
about Beattie Logan for all the
hard work he put into getting
us donations for the silent
auction, and door prizes. Our
tables were overflowing Friday
night, and everyone received
a door prize at Wild Wings.
We tried some different things
for the HPB this year after
listening to the participants
from last year. It proved to be a hit, and we will
continue with the new program in the future events.
Once again thank you so much for all you do, and
stepping up to help your club. Also please give many
thanks to these volunteers when you see them,
especially Thomas, and his staff at Eurosport. We
couldn’t make all these events, and meetings possible
without them!
Our donors for this Year: Eurosport Asheville, The
Stewart Family, Cristi Parker, Continental Tire, Moto
Skivees, Food Concepts Asheville, Biltmore House,
Blue Moon Gallery, Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation,
12 Bones BBQ, Ingles, Wild Wings, Jeff Masterman,
Fontana Lodge, Iron Horse MC Campground, Fancy
Gap Cabins and Campground, Amicalola Lodge,
Cedar Hill Studio, Country Creations, Doug Alderman,
Klim, June Ertl, and Revit!
This year, participants were able to choose from 5
street routes, and 1 GS route. Lee Zeis spent countless
days, and hours searching for these routes, and
perfecting them for GPS apps. If we had to pay Lee for
these efforts, we would be giving the BRPF $0. I have
ridden two of the routes so far, and both were flawless.
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Ride fun, Ride safe
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Hello,
The more the merrier!
I’m Frank Smith, your
friendly
club
website
administrator.
My initial goals are to make some technical
improvements that will make it easier to navigate
the site, improve the display of the already available
excellent pictures. If you notice errors or have
improvement ideas I would like your feedback. Use
the contact form on the site or send me an email at
fmsmith80@gmail.com.
I’m pleased to have the
opportunity to support the
Asheville BMW Riders club
and I hope I can enhance
your experience as a
MASTER OF
member. I’m a relatively
HIS DOMAIN
new club member myself,
I joined in 2015. My first experience with the club
was the 2015 Boogie. I enjoyed that event and was
most impressed with the club and the support from
Eurosport Asheville. I’ve ridden both High Pass Boogie
events since then and helped load some of your GPS
devices with your routes this year. This is a vibrant club
and several members contribute a lot of time to make
it a success. I hope I can add to the club experience by
supporting and improving the website. I’m fortunate
to come into the ‘job’ with a working website. I’ll do my
best to take it from there.
Our website should give you a window into the
club experience, providing information concerning
upcoming club events, pictures and reports on past
events, opportunities to shop for club merchandise,
communications with officers and past newsletters.
You can also maintain your membership on the site.
We also want the website to present our club to the
public. We hope you will direct your riding friends
in that direction if they are not themselves members.
An emotional Nicky Hayden
after winning the Moto GP
Championship in 2006.
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I’ve heard requests for a forum capability on the site
and at one time we had that available. Providing a
forum increases the site maintenance, requiring
member login and at this time the club Board of
Directors thinks the Yahoo group provides an adequate
communication function. I’ve also had requests for a
marketplace capability. This would require a forum.
Because this would be limited to only club members,
I don’t think this would provide a significant market.
There are other marketplaces available on the web, the
MOA has an active marketplace and another forum,
Advrider.com has a very active fleamarket. Advrider
has over 300,000 members and may have over 3,000
logged in at one time. I’ve been very successful buying
and selling using the Advrider fleamarket. It is free. If
you have other points of view regarding these topics I
am open to your input and will discuss with the BOD.
I appreciate this opportunity to support the club. I’ve
enjoyed the new friends I’ve met and hope to spend
some time riding with many of you in the weeks
ahead! See you at Eurosport !
I imagine we all are aware of the untimely passing of Nicky Hayden. Losing his life as
a result of injuries suffered in a bicycle accident in Italy. It seems like I see an article
by someone in the motorcycle industry or racing world and they all express the same
emotion. It’s very difficult to accept the death of such a nice guy. There are countless
stories from people who knew him, or barely knew him about how he always had
a smile on his face and the time he took to get to know people. Of course, I didn’t
know the man. But I did meet him once. I happened to be wandering around Virginia
Raceway and ended up running into Nicky. He was on his way back to his motor home
at VIR after winning the AMA Superbike title in 2002. I got the brief experience these
folks talk about. He stopped and talked to me, I congratulated him of course, and he
spent maybe 30 seconds talking to me. He was drenched in sweat, still in his leathers,
no one else watching. Most people would have nodded and barely stopped as he went
by. But he stopped and recognized me, just a fan wandering around. I’m sure he’s done
the same for hundreds of fans. I never forgot it. It was easy to root for Nicky. Just a
regular guy that reached the pinnacle in a sport we all love. He was so happy making a
living racing motorcycles, and he let it show. Each story I read in the motorcycle press
brings tears. I think many of us feel the same way. RIP Nicky.
Frank
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2017 ABMWR
Fancy Gap
Getaway
Weekend
Are you fancy enough for
our 3rd annual Fancy Gap
moto getaway weekend?
EVENT MAESTRO Do you like motorcycles?
Do you like to travel on
your motorcycle? Do you like beautiful mountain
rides? Do you want to meet and share tall tales with
other club members? If you answered yes to any of
these questions you are indeed fancy enough! Get
ready for fun in VA at Fancy Gap Campgrounds. Last
year was an absolute blast with cookouts, bonfire
stories, fantastic mountain riding, and of course, new
friendships.
This year’s dates are September 22-24, 2017. Call
Fancy Gap Campgrounds at (484) 560-9119 to set
up your reservation. They have motel rooms (which
fill up quickly with those RTers who don’t like it too
rough), tent sites for the GSers who need to show off
their fancy moto tent skills, cabins and even a luxury
RV for rent. They also have RV sites if you want to load
up your fancy family and bring them along. Make
sure to tell them you are with the ABMWR group for
a special fancy discount. Listen here Fancy Pants,
this event fills up quickly so get your reservations in
ASAP! Let’s ride!
Brian
fancygapcabinsandcampground.com
202595 Blue Ridge Parkway
Mile Post 202.5
Fancy Gap VA 24328
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sights and enjoyed countless hours of great roads
(as well as some interstates). I do not believe I would
have had this desire if not for the spark I received
from one simple series.
If you are interested in more about what this series
was about, a simple Google of the name will bring
you all the info you need, or look here http://www.
thencamebronson.tv/ I won’t bore you with the
details, you can read everything for yourself.
I will never forget the opening sequence to each
weekly show which came from the movie, or the
music that followed as he rode over the Bixby bridge
in California. A personal Bucket List ride that I have
done twice now on
the Pacific Coast
Highway.
Then Came
Bronson
In this vital scene,
later
excerpted
as part of the
opening
titles
for each episode,
Bronson pulls up
alongside a station
wagon and chats
with the cheery
businessman inside. “Taking a trip? Where to?” asks
the man. “Wherever I end up, I guess,” Bronson
replies. “Man, I wish I was you,” the driver says. At
that point the script gave Bronson a somewhat
lofty response, but Parks recognized that it was
too wordy and improvised the perfect exit line:
“Well, hang in there.” The grimace on Parks’ face,
expressing both sympathy and contempt, speaks
volumes. Ultimately, it’s the station-wagon man’s
own problem that he hasn’t broken free. Then Came
Bronson, perhaps, would take the form of a how-to
guide. “You could make this trip,” yourself.
All Passions Start Somewhere...
On May 9, 2017 Actor Micheal Parks passed away
at the age of 77. Some of you may remember him,
others may not, but to me the TV movie “Then
Came Bronson” further sparked my interest in
Motorcycling. The movie was later made into a
weekly series which I faithfully watched as a youth.
It only lasted 26 Episodes, one season from 19691970, but left a huge impression and gave me a
lifetime of memories. I had a mini bike before this
show but it was this iconic series that gave me the
passion to want to continue and to own and ride my
own motorcycle. This I did and continue to do to
this day. Thank you Jim Bronson (his character in
the TV movie and series) for inspiring me to do this.
The pilot movie aired on NBC on Monday March 24,
1969 at 9 pm and was rerun on Saturday, August 2,
1969 again at 9 pm. It starred Michael Parks as James
Bronson and Bonnie Bedilia as Temple Brooks.
Later in the TV series he was akin to a modern day
wandering cowboy, going from town to town and
romance to romance but done a Harley rather than
a horse.
I am pretty sure you all have your “aha” moment that
got you into motorcycling…maybe it was even from
this same show, but no matter the reason, we have it.
Rest in Peace Mr. Parks, and thank you for giving me
this passion that has stayed with me.
Well, Hang in there,
I actually own the Pilot movie and all 26 TV episodes
on DVD. They are most definitely dated, but watching
them from time to time brings back that youthful
vigor to ride and see our great country. We have
ridden in all 50 states and have seen many wonderful
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THE BOARD
All hands on deck!
That’s what happened
last month at the Fourth
Annual
High
Pass
Boogie, where we had
a great turnout with
both participants and
volunteers! Even my
family had a blast seeing
WHY I RIDE
the people assembled
Friday night and coming
back together for the wrap up on Saturday. Danica and
MacKinnon understood why their Dad is into bikes by
seeing all the nice folks attending and the friendly
folks at Eurosport Asheville.
MacKinnon especially liked
picking out his new ride in
about 20 years or so.
Dan Falkenstein
Treasurer / Board Member
And speaking of all hands on
deck, thanks to those that are
getting to me, your humble
editor, new content. This
month I had contributions
from
board
members
and announcements for
upcoming events in July and
September.
Chris Stewart
Secretary / Board Member
Perry Hebard
Club Photographer / Board Member / Ride Captain /
Membership Coordinator
Jim McMains
President / Board Member
Chris Parker
Newsletter Editor / Merchandise / Board Member
Brian Seaton
Events Coordinator
Frank Smith
Web Administrator
Adam Stewart
Sargeant at Arms
Stew Stewart
Vice President / Board Member
Dan Thompson
Board Member
THE ABMWR
The
redesign
of
the
newsletter is underway,
and taking longer because of
paying gigs getting in the way of finishing it up. Some
of those you will see in the next couple of months with
the BMW MOA. Next month will be a year since I have
taken over the reins and by then the rollout will be
complete. I hope you like it.
Members of our club share many things in common,
including a love of riding, being outdoors, a fondness
for BMW motorcycles regardless of type or age,
and the camaraderie of our sport. We are a social
club, focused on riding, and take full advantage of
our area’s beautiful roads and scenery. Although
our club is based in North Carolina, membership
and participation from all surrounding areas are
encouraged. For membership information, view our
website at www.abmwr.org or drop us a line at.
Next month will be a detailed rundown of the High
Pass Boogie in pictures and text. Look for that in July!
ABMWR
P.O. Box 831
Enka, NC 28721
If you have comments about what you see or do not
see here in the newsletter, just send me an email.
That’s it for this month everyone.
See you on the road,
ABMWR
ONLINE STORE
Don’t forget the new
AMBMW online store at
abmwr.qbstores.com and
support your club.
Chris
chris@roadwolfdesign.com
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BIKE OF THE MONTH
2004 BMW F650GS DAKAR
WELCOME TO
OUR NEW MEMBERS
Steve Garwood – Asheville, NC
Jay Lawrimore – Asheville, NC
Karl Lindgren – Mills River, NC
Debbie Stickel – Waynesville, NC
FOLLOW US!
Are you on Facebook? Join and Follow the
Asheville BMW Riders Public Facebook Group.
You’ll find up to date info about upcoming rides
and activities, share posts, photos and videos of
club activities. Search Facebook for Asheville BMW
Riders Public Group, go to the group and ask to
join. We’ll add you to the group. If Facebook isn’t
for you see the Club’s website (abmwr.org), or join
the ABMWR Yahoo group to get emails. But if you
just want to check the Facebook page without
joining, go to abmwr.org and use the homepage’s
link to Facebook.
I don’t care what kind
of deal John is getting
you... you are NOT
getting another bike!
Engine Type Liquid-cooled single, fourstroke
Bore Stroke 100.0 x 83.0 mm (3.9 x 3.3 in)
Engine Displacement 652 cc
Max Power 50 HP (36.5 kW) @ 6500 RPM
Max Torque 60 Nm / 44.3 ft.lbs @ 4800
RPM
Compression Ratio11.5:1
Valves Per Cylinder4
Fuel SystemInjection
Fuel ControlDOHC
Lubricating System Wet sump
Transmission5-speed
Final DriveChain
Seat Height 34.3 inches
Wheelbase 58.2 inches
But honey,
he said it was his last
one and it was a special
edition. And that it
comes with a FREE day
at the spa for the
passenger and a
diamond ring...
Front Brake 300 mm single disc
Rear Brake 240 mm single disc
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Rear Suspension Box-section steel section
dual swing arm, central
spring strut, spring pre-load
hydraulically adjustable
Well, look a the time...
it’s closing time. Gotta
Go! You guys work it
out and give me a call!
Front Suspension Telescopic fork, 41 mm
Front Tire90/90-21
Rear Tire130/80-17
Fuel Capacity 4.57 gal US
Dry Weight 412.3 lbs
Top Speed 106.9 MPH
2004 Model Year MSRP$9,190
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