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OPEN BMW RIDERS GROUP FORMING

MEETING SUNDAY Sept 10th at 8:30AM

The Coffee House of Thornton Park
712 E. Washington St.
Orlando, FL 32801-2940
407-426-8989

Coffe House of Orlando

or,

ask Mike at BMW Motorcycles of Orlando
407-826-4269

Link to the ride we had a couple Sunday's ago, 55 bikes turned out! Fantasy of Flight Ride, Aug 20th







 

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We're off to a start. 22 BMW's showed up. Only 1 weeks notice too.

First ride is Oct 1st. Details to follow shortly.

Joe took a couple pictures:



Not a BMW, but it was really cool! :ricky



 

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Sunday Oct 1st Ride!

Our first ride is this Sunday, October 1st. We will meet at the 7-11 in Winter Garden on West Hwy 50 and Avalon RD / 435. Meet at 9am and pre-ride briefing is as 9:15am. We will ride out right after the briefing.

We’ll ride the back roads South and North of Clermont before riding around Sugar Loaf Mountain. We’ll stop for lunch at the Yalaha Bakery Bakery www.yalahabakery.comso bring a few bucks.

After lunch we will return via 561, 561A, and the Sugarloaf Mountain road. We can stop on top of the Mountain (or Hill depending on where you’re from) for a few pictures. Then we will get a second run on the “S” curves on 561 before heading back to town.

I’ll hand out route guides at the briefing. If you have any questions, feel free to call me at 407-826-4269. Proper riding gear please. I’d hate to have to put down a rider. ;0)

Hope to see you on the ride!
Mike Dozier, BMW Motorcycles of Orlando
 

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A few pics

A couple of ADV Riders!



Not an ADV Bike!



Rainer and Minimike. Guess you can tell who is who.



Here's a mix of bikes for sure!



Reflector check!



These are ADV Bikes!!!!!!:clap



Old School, new K1200S, and new GSA.



Steve is going to show Carlos what a R1200RT will do!



Stacey, how come your new shiny Yellow & Black K1200S isn't in the photo? And where's Jean-Michel and his K1200S? That's it, the photographer is fired!



We had a good turn out. One person said they counted 33 bikes. Getting thru a couple lights was rough. We'll be splitting future rides into smaller groups to solve that. I really liked No. 2 road behind Howey-in-the-Hills. It's very scenic with the horses, rolling hills, and stables. Lunch at the Yalaha Bakery was fantastic!

I got an email from Ray King and his little off road adventure on the R1200C wasn't too bad. Sounds like he'll have a slight limp for a few days. Thanks to John Brown for his help getting the cute Blond EMT to take care of Ray! It helps to have a LEO on your ride! Ray said he became target fixated and drove right off the road. We were in town and not moving fast, so it could have been a lot worse.

We're off and running! The BMW Riding Group of Orlando is here! Our MOA and RAI paper work was mailed out last week, so we're going to be chartered. A web designer is working on creating a club website and that should be up and running within a week or two. It's going to be a great riding season!
 

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BMW RIDING GROUP OF ORLANDO
Sunday November 5TH Ride

This Sunday’s ride will be a loop South to Yeehaw Junction, a stop at the River Ranch on Hwy 60 for Sunday Brunch, and then returning on the back roads East of Lake Wales and Haines City. The Ride will be divided into Three Groups, each lead by a group leader that has ridden the route this past Sunday. The groups will leave 10 minutes apart.
Meet at 8:30am

Hess Gas Station
2294 East US 192
(EXIT 244 on Florida Turnpike)
Kissimmee, FL 34744

Ride outs will begin as soon as each group is filled up!



The ride to the Westgate River Ranch is 75 miles. The Sunday Brunch Buffet is $9.95. You can also order off the menu. The place is on the river too.
Link to the Ranch: www.westgateriverranch.com
You’re looking at about a 4 to 5 hour day.

I need a rough count to call into the River Ranch (for seating), so please let me know by Friday if you’re coming.
I will also need to know your T-Shirt size!

Mike Dozier
BMW Motorcycles of Orlando 407-826-4269
 

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Dec 3rd ride to Crescent City

We had a good turn out for this weekends ride in spite of the fog. Twenty five bikes and I think about 30 riders & their passengers.


Steve & I lead the two groups we divided into.


The girls are shopping the Sunday adds while we wait to ride out!


A little fog isn’t stopping us!

We took 46 West to 46A, then East on 44 to Deland. Then we skirted Deland on the scenic Grand Ave. That’s a nice rolling ride under a canopy. Up CR-3, West on 40, & then we cut up the corners on Emporia RD. Crossed 17 to do the Shaw Lake loop thru the fern farms. Then we jump on 17 to catch the Raulerson/Brownie RD loop. This was freshly paved and the curves around Cow pond were sweet! Then North into Crescent City for lunch!



We’re here!









The food was fantastic!














3 Bananas is popular with everyone!



Our LEO escort!



Hey! Where’s the BMW Motorcycles of Orlando t-shirt?



Time to gear up and continue the ride!



We passed the North East guys coming in as we were leaving. I guess they didn’t know that we were eating at 3 Bananas too. It was funny seeing all the double takes on our way out. They must have wondered why all the BMW’s were leaving!

We headed West on 308 and saw someone having a blast doing stunts in a small prop plane! It was at low altitude, so we had a good view as we rode past. North on 309, East on 308B, cross 17, and then the Sisco Rd loop around Lake Broward. New pavement and lots of curves under the trees here! North on 17, South on 309, over on Georgetown Denver Rd, and South on Old 17. We jumped on 17 to CR-3, did the Blackburn loop, back on CR-3 we opened it up a bit! Back into Deland and stopped for gas at the Citco at 44 & Grand. Then finished the day coming back to 46 around 3pm.

Thanks to everyone for attending such a neat ride!

Minimike
 

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BMW Ride Sunday Jan 7th

SUNDAY, JANUARY 7th

THE RIDE WILL BE DIVIDED INTO 3 GROUPS: A FAST GROUP, A SLOW GROUP, AND A GS ENDURO GROUP!

Panera Bread
7826 W. Sand Lake Road
Orlando, FL 32809 (407) 226-6992

10:00am RIDE OUT!
Please arrive with a full tank of gas!



The Club will be exploring the back roads North of Disney and South of Clermont. GS Riders will be taking an alternate route in the same area. The ride will be about a half day ride. We will end up back at Panera’s at the end of the ride. If you want to stay and chat over lunch, you can.

Helmets, gloves, jackets, and boots recommended!

Remember, ride at your own pace! You are responsible for you & your bike!

Mike Dozier, BMW Motorcycles of Orlando, 407-826-4269
 

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9:30am, bikes start gathering:





Pre-ride briefing



Rainer takes a picture of my shiny forehead.



Fast group decides against 429 / E-pass side



Look, BMW riders with a camera!



We split into three groups. Rainer took the GS riders out first. He had around a dozen bikes or so. Even a KLR! I was envious.
The Sport riders followed me out next. There were 20+ bikes behind me. A few VFR’s, a Multi-Strada, a Buell, and a Sprint were along for the ride too. Everyone’s welcome! My wife, Cherie, lead the touring group out last. I think there were more than a dozen bikes in her group. A Harley was along with here group to I think.

 

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The Sports ride was very spirited. Shelley was working very hard on her F650 to keep up with us. We took a couple extra roads than the Touring group, and then arrived at a resting spot behind them. They had great fun teasing us about arriving after them.



Telling tall tails!



The VFR guys!



My people are calling me!



We wish you could have made the ride!



Wanted in 11 states for Traffic violations!




 

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While we were keeping an eye out for sand in the corners, the GS Group was having a blast in the sand!

How did the KLR get in the front?



Hurry up guys!







Nice shot here!





Stunning day! The weather could not have been better!



 

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This is minutes from Disney!





GS’s Rock!



Really, this is Central Florida. Just minutes from Downtown Orlando.


I slowed down a little in the second half of the ride due to anticipated LEO activity on 535. Sure enough, there was a young girl on a Ninja getting a ticket at 535 and Apopka Vineland. I felt for her; however, she had the deputy’s attention, so………. we opened it up a little on Palm Pkwy. The tourist kindly moved out of our way. The Sports Group arrived back at Panera’s first. Followed not too far behind by the Touring group.



RT-P bikes!



Multi-Strada & K1200R



 

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The whole event was planned around the street riders getting back first. So, we went in and ordered. Then we sat outside, had lunch, told a few lies, and waited for the dirt riders. And waited. And waited. Told a few more lies. And waited. Then they showed up.


Dakar!



Good planning bringing a co-pilot to help pick up the Adventure!



1150 GS’s!



1200GS’s!



Smiles & Thumbs!




A great day for a ride in Central Florida! Thanks for attending everyone!

Minimike, Cherie, and Rainer
BMW Motorcycles of Orlando

 

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Nothing personal but, I've been to Florida including Orlando on numerous occasions and I can't seem to figure out where you all ride for fun out there. The landscape is a little on the flat and strait side for sport riding don't ya think? There must be tons of tires with flat-spotted-centers in the land-fills out there.

Maybe it's the thrill of evading the toll roads or finding the clover leaf interchanges that I'm missing out on? :)

Well, apparent lack of great motorcycle roads aside, at least there's the friendships and camaraderie you're hopefully experiencing in your new BMW Riders Group out there.
 

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I would have posted pictures of all the curves and elevation changes; however, I was too busy trying to give the K1200S guys a good ride to slow down for pictures. :tim It was hard work, my fore arms felt like I had been doing push ups. Florida's doesn't have near as nice of roads as most of the country; however, there are a few that are entertaining. You just have to find them. We go to the Dragon a couple times a year to really get it out of our system. Good things about Florida are year long riding, no state income tax, and a cost of living that isn't too crazy yet (at least in central & North Florida).
 

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I would have posted pictures of all the curves and elevation changes; however, I was too busy trying to give the K1200S guys a good ride to slow down for pictures. :tim It was hard work, my fore arms felt like I had been doing push ups. Florida's doesn't have near as nice of roads as most of the country; however, there are a few that are entertaining. You just have to find them. We go to the Dragon a couple times a year to really get it out of our system. Good things about Florida are year long riding, no state income tax, and a cost of living that isn't too crazy yet (at least in central & North Florida).
And for the California guys did he mention NO STATE INCOME TAX!!!!! :teeth
 

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And for the California guys did he mention NO STATE INCOME TAX!!!!! :teeth
Yes he did.
There are definitely pros and cons to both Florida and California (as there would be comparing any two states). However, when it comes to motorcycling, I don't think you can beat southern CA. 365 days of great weather and countless back county and mountain roads to explore and enjoy. Northern CA has fantastic roads too but the weather in the winter months can be "hit and miss."

I have family and often do business in Florida so I'm familiar with much of the state. No state tax is surely a major plus but that "SunPass" toll road system you have out there is quite a state revenue generator in it self.

Anyway, I like Florida, I just think I'd have a hard time enjoying my KS out there as much as I do here in SoCal.
 

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Yes he did.
There are definitely pros and cons to both Florida and California (as there would be comparing any two states). However, when it comes to motorcycling, I don't think you can beat southern CA. 365 days of great weather and countless back county and mountain roads to explore and enjoy. Northern CA has fantastic roads too but the weather in the winter months can be "hit and miss."

I have family and often do business in Florida so I'm familiar with much of the state. No state tax is surely a major plus but that "SunPass" toll road system you have out there is quite a state revenue generator in it self.

Anyway, I like Florida, I just think I'd have a hard time enjoying my KS out there as much as I do here in SoCal.

I have family in Coronado, San Pedro and Palos Verdes so I see so. cal. once in a while and of course my experience with the area is primarily limited to the AWFUL traffic. I guess you have to live someplace to experience the "rest of the story" :teeth My wife used to tell me that Florida today is like what the south bay area of LA was like 30 years ago.
 

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