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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...

A Day at the BMW Performance Center

Club member and OTL journalist Matt DeWald spent a day sharpening his riding skills at BMW Performance Center in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Read his story and learn more about the Performance Center in this excerpt from the Jan/Feb 2019 issue of OTL. BMW_RA_OTL_Jan-Feb 2019 Exploring

OTL Magazine – JAN / FEB 2019 Issue

Highlights in the JAN / FEB 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