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Budget Beemer: F 650 CS

[This story first appeared in the March-April issue of "On the Level"] As a mentor to several (now avid) motorcyclists, I know that the issue of which bike to recommend to the new or re-entry rider is of paramount importance. This is the vehicle which will either cultivate a rider’s passion or crush it. There are several BMW models which would make fine choices – but nothing fits the bill like the F 650 CS, an often-overlooked oddball that was...

Annual Running of the Dogs, known as “The Big Dog Adventure Ride,” announces the “LAST, LAST, and NEVERMORE” Buttercup adventure event August 11-14, 2019.

(Denver, CO): The 30th Running of the Dogs, also known as the “Big Dog Adventure Ride,” has announced their last physical fraternal gathering. Themed the “Last, Last, and Nevermore” ‘Buttercup’ event, is slated for August 11-14, 2019. Coveted invitations for Applications for the last Running of The Dogs event are being prepared and sent. Charley Boorman, the “dashing” Englishman of LONG WAY ROUND, UP and DOWN, and his infamous adventure motorbike pal Billy Ward, have received invitations, proudly to be carrying...

Set My Soul Free national rally POIs

Woodstock is central to points of interest in just about any direction you choose, which makes it pretty easy to suggest places to go and things to see. Starting with some low-hanging fruit, the Luray Caverns and their cathedral sized rock formations are just to the south. The Shenandoah Caverns are also nearby. If history interests you, how about the Woodstock Museum with displays, documents and a film about the Civil War era and how that unfolded, or the Fort...

Letter From the Board – July 2019

[Published in the July-August issue of On The Level] It’s been a busy season for the Board as we’ve worked to fill vacant board positions while at the same time getting critical projects and tasks done. Here is a brief review of our activity: Board Update Following the unexpected passing of Karen Jacobs and the departure of Matt DeWald, we had two board positions to fill. Additionally, board member Moshe Levy resigned due to increased work obligations. A subcommittee was formed to...

KATDASH Airhead Instrument Lighting at the Set My Soul Free National Rally

If you have an airhead and have replaced instrument bulbs on your dashboard, come to the Set My Soul Free national rally Sept 5-8 in Woodstock, Virginia and visit the KATDASH booth with their LED lighting product. They will have special rally pricing, and on site installation assistance will be available. https://katdash.com/   See you in September. It's gonna be righteous. https://bmwra.org/national-rally-info/

The New BMW Riders Association Club Logo

After thirty years, the BMW Riders Association has a new club logo! Discussions started well over a year ago at the Board level to update the club’s branding after a redesign of the magazine that you hold in your hands now. After updating and modernizing the layout of On The Level in the March/April 2018 issue, it became clear that the club’s logo needed revisiting as well. The old logo served the club well but was not really communicating what...

BMW Motorrad Vision DC Roadster

https://youtu.be/CkNHzEWN8W0 BMW has created this concept electric motorcycle to gauge public reaction from both BMW enthusiasts and the general public. Featuring a battery and electric motor, the distinguishing feature are the two side cooling pods that evoke the cylinders of a traditional BMW boxer gasoline motor. (Video produced by BMW Motorrad)

Come to the “Set My Soul Free” rally and you just may win a trip to Colombia!

We're over the moon that Motolombia is once again donating a great door prize, a one rider spot on a 10-Day All-Paved The Heart of Colombia Motorcycle Tour with free upgrade to a BMW F750GS (value $4,664 USD). Here's what you can win if you come to the rally and hang out until the closing ceremonies: The Heart of Colombia Tour takes us around the central parts of Colombia. The majestic Andes mountains split into 3 mountain ranges at the...

Welcome Neale Bayly to Team OTL!

We're happy to announce that journalist, photographer, adventure rider, humanitarian, and all around good guy Neale Bayly is joining On The Level as a regular columnist. We've just wrapped up production of the July-August issue and are so psyched to have his first column "Addiction" in it!   Along with columnists Travis Wyman Racing, Tamela Rich, and our team of contributors, Neale is going to help us take OTL to the next LEVEL.   Welcome aboard Neale!   If you're not a member of...

Come see Big Ear at our “Set My Soul Free” National Rally

If you're looking for a pair of custom molded earplugs or custom molded in-ear monitors, stop by the Big Ear booth this year. "Made for motorcyclists by motorcyclists!" Learn more at https://www.bigearinc.com/products/motorcycle-ear-plugs/ Vendors are an important part of our rallies. Be sure to visit them while you are setting your soul free.

It was the best of times…

My father taught my brother and I to ride as kids. I remember crawling onto the R 80 RT that rarely left the garage (and I eventually rode from Tulsa to the Daytona 200 through both an ice storm and the “Dragon” at Deals Gap). My brother and I learned throttle control and clutch operation on a 250cc two-stroke Yamaha Trials bike. Despite countless stories of riding adventures, the 15,000 mile round trip from Oklahoma to Denali (via Moto-GP in...

OTL Magazine – MAY / JUNE 2019 Issue

Highlights in the MAY / JUNE 2019 issue: The Nostalgia from NMOTO, a tribute to the 1934 R7 prototype, built upon modern r Nine T mechanicals The Rally Raid G 310 GS, equipped with upgrades and accessories to go farther off the beaten path Corsica and Sardinia tour with Tamela Rich Wethead Brake Flush 2018 Ohio RA Halloween Rally and more! VIEW

Gore-Tex Gore-Grip Technology

Advancements in glove technology construction have moved at a snail's pace for what seems like forever. As a supplier of waterproof seat covers, I've had my share of wet-weather riding as I test my product in all types of conditions. I've learned a few things over the years about gloves and what a rider needs from this sometimes overlooked piece of equipment. Gore-Tex introduced the world to the waterproof/breathable membrane. Along with others in the industry, the membrane has...

It’s Not All Parades and Puffy Clouds

"Doing traffic enforcement on a police motorcycle is not cruising around, in the wind, enjoying the ride." Sergeant Allen Noles, City of Grand Rapids, MI Police Department Editor’s Note: There are not a lot of careers in America where you can support a family while being paid to ride a motorcycle. One of the most visible of these careers is that of a police motorcycle officer. OTL Assistant Editor Ethan Powsner recently spent a morning with five members of the City...

BMW Brings the Future to CES

GS owners rejoice - you can now send your bike to Starbucks to get your Flat White while you stay home in your flannel onesies arguing on the internet about motor oil! I kid. BMW Motorrad brought their gravity-defying, self-riding R 1200 GS to the Las Vegas geek bazaar (bizarre?) known as the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and set it loose in a parking lot where it likely freaked out gamblers and partiers emerging bloodshot and bleary-eyed from 36-hour,...

OTL Magazine – MAR / APR 2019 Issue

Highlights in the MAR/ APR 2019 issue: The Nostalgia from NMOTO, a tribute to the 1934 R7 prototype, built upon modern r Nine T mechanicals The Rally Raid G 310 GS, equipped with upgrades and accessories to go farther off the beaten path Corsica and Sardinia tour with Tamela Rich Wethead Brake Flush 2018 Ohio RA Halloween Rally and more! VIEW

Message from the Board

It has been a challenging month for the leadership of the BMW Riders Association, first with the departure of club President Matt DeWald and then the unexpected passing of long-time club member, board member, and newly-elected president Karen Jacobs. Throughout this period, current club Treasurer (and former club President) George Nyktas has provided a steadying hand and called the planned board meeting on Sunday, March 17. In accordance with club bylaws, the remaining board members nominated and voted for Sibley...

BMW RA Board News

It is with great regret that we announce that Matt DeWald has stepped down as President of the BMW Riders Association and relinquished his seat on the Board of Trustees to pursue other personal and professional interests. Matt has been an enthusiastic and tireless supporter and advocate for the club for several years and his departure will be keenly felt. In accordance with club bylaws, Vice President Karen Jacobs will assume the role of President and remaining board members will...