Nov. Vice-President's Corner & Minutes & Photos
A cold wet day brought a great turnout for the November meeting at Sciulli's in McKees Rocks. Frank B. and Leo S. braved the cold rain and flurries on two wheels.
Pittsburgh Police motorcycle officer and Army veteran B.J. McMullen talked about his Pro Rider skills class which piqued a lot of club interest. A sign up sheet for future spring classes was spontaneously started with enough already to fill two classes. For meeting notes and B.J.'s comments on using the Friction Zone with wet or dry clutches Click Here . . . Photos are posted Here
Carl Reese Set New World Record in Ecuador
Our friend and rally speaker, professional endurance driver Carl Reese of California set a new world record in September for riding on motorcycles from the closest point on Earth to the sun to an elevation at sea-level in a single day to bring awareness to the Coalition of Hope Foundation’s efforts to rebuild Ecuador after the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake this past April.
After President of Ecuador Rafael Correa and Minister of the Interior of Ecuador José Serrano tweeted about Reese’s eighth world record attempt, their tweets became the top tweets in South America catching the attention of an entire continent. Reese took his quest to the highest echelons of the Ecuadorian Government to gain permission to scale Chimborazo, the highest mountain in Ecuador, which is off limits to motorcycles.
Before daybreak, the record-setting team rallied at Gas Motors in Cumbayá (Quito) where Minister Serrano presided over the world record attempt’s opening ceremonies. With the street lined for two blocks with uniformed officers, a marching band played as Reese and Montero were led by a national police motorcade to the starting line atop Chimborazo.
Ecuador is the only place on Earth where Reese and Montero’s world record could be accomplished. While Chimborazo (20,548 ft) is not the highest mountain by elevation above sea-level, its location along the equatorial bulge makes its summit the closest point on Earth’s surface to the sun. He reached a gain/loss in elevation of 56,678 feet during the endeavor.
Twelve hours before the planned departure, Reese became ill . . . “Turning back was not an option. If I can stand, I will ride” said Reese. “I would have pushed the motorcycle the last 85 miles if I needed to.”
Due to the extremely high elevation the air is very thin. Multiply fatigue by illness, then subtract oxygen equals an incredible feat of stamina and determination. On top of that, the bike had been involved in a low speed crash weeks before which left Reese with a bike that had not been fully repaired.
Clutch & Chrome good article w/3 photos click here.
BMW Motorrad international article here with photo strip across top click here.
Free BMW Advantec Oil for MOA Members - Buy 3, Get 1
Just one of the many benefits of BMW Motorcycle Owners of America club membership.
MOA members may present their valid membership card at any participating BMW Motorrad dealer for a free liter of Advantec Ultimate or Pro when buying at least three liters and one BMW oil filter over the parts counter or with a 600 mile break-in service, scheduled maintenance service or between scheduled service appointments.
Members are limited to one free liter of Advantec per individual visit, per repair order or per parts invoice. The offer is valid now through March 31, 2017. Thanks to Ron K. for this reminder and our buddy Glenn at European dealership for mentioning it.
Photos from Fingerlakes Rally & Rides to 7 Springs & Italian Dinner to Foxburg
Check out some photos from two October Fall Festival ride n' eats. Thanks John & Vince!
Vince's Italian Dinner at La Casa Narcissi brought out 24 followed by about a dozen riding to the Foxburg Festival photo here. Thanks to Mary H for photos of both Fall rides.
John's President's Ride led a dozen through Laurel Highlands' hill and dale for lunch at the private Sporting Clay’s Grill trap shooting club during AutumnFest at the top of Seven Springs ski resort - photos here.
A respectable showing of 4 Windzers and friends had another great trip to Watkins Glen, NY Fingerlakes Rally for Labor Day weekend. Thanks to Mark L. for the picts here.
Group Rides 101 from ROK BMW
Finding, Leading or Joining a Group Ride. Especially scroll down to "Group Rider Responsibilities" section. Good stuff from fellow ROK clubbers.
Your ideal group ride situation occurs on an 80 degree day with lots of sunshine, no traffic, wide, smooth roads, a small group of 8 riders or less, with all riders on similar bikes and having the same riding skills. All the riders know the route and the group has a "sweeper" rider at the back of the group with a communications link to the leader of the ride. If this is a reflection of your group rides, you must be living right. The odds of this happening are similar to winning the lottery.
Even if you've been riding for years, group riding isn't automatically in your wheelhouse, so it’s wise to study up on how best to approach group riding.