Sunday, August 17, 2014

Looking for something to do after breakfast and before Hawes Biker Days? Here ya go.

Seizures Suck
Ride and Silent Auction to benefit Natallie Baker

Poker Run
Silent Auction

Saturday September 6th
Motorcycle run starts at
9am @ 4th St & Main Ave Northwest Parking Lot

Silent Auction to start at
Shenanigans Pub @ 11:30am
4001 W 41st St, Empire Mall

The poker run will have an entrance fee that enters the rider in a raffle for a Gun. More entries can be bought with level of swag desired.

The silent auction includes: Black Hills 3 Day/2 Night Vacation Rental Package, Local Artwork, Gun, Motorcycle Swag, and other items.

Two years ago, Jess and Ryan Baker’s family of four was blessed with a third daughter, little Natallie. After a regular pregnancy and delivery, the Baker’s expected to settle into the typical newborn routine; however, by the time Natallie was seven months old, she had spent four months in the hospital as doctors searched for answers. Natallie was diagnosed with malignant migrating partial seizure disorder with a SCN2A mutation, a rare disorder of which Natallie is the first documented case. For part of her hospital stay, Natallie was in an induced coma to rest her little body from the hundreds of seizures she was experiencing daily.
A year and a half later, little Natallie continues to fight hard. At one point, the family was unsure they would have the chance to celebrate her first birthday, and just recently, they were able to celebrate Natallie’s second year. These milestones have taken much effort on all fronts; Jess and Ryan work tirelessly with the doctors in Rochester, trying to find the delicate medicinal balance between seizure control and alertness, while Natallie continues to fight through each struggle she faces. As a result of these efforts, Natallie receives at least one seizure medication every two hours, even throughout the night. Three to four times a week, Natallie also works with physical, occupational, and speech therapists. Every night, a nurse joins their family to help with evening medications and to allow for some respite.
Because Natallie is the first documented case of malignant migrating partial seizure disorder with a SCN2A mutation, there have been no studies done on this particular seizure disorder. The doctors are learning alongside the family. Through every step of the journey, though, the Baker family continues to keep their spirits up. They cherish every day that their three little girls get to spend together, and their family of five tries to live every day to the fullest.

ERC's available in Sioux Falls

Experienced Rider Course
Nothing protects you on the road like knowledge and experience. Gain both with the Experienced Rider Course training classes. Because you have previously taken the Motorcycle Rider Course: Riding and Street Skills or the Basic Rider Course, you are eligible to participate in the Experienced Rider Course. It consists of four (4) hours of riding practice and up to one hour of classroom activities conducted between riding exercises.

Cost: $60.00 + tax
  • Must provide your own cycle (needs to be in safe street-ready operating condition) and show proof of insurance.
  • Wear riding gear consisting of: helmet, eye protection, gloves, long sleeve shirt or jacket, long pants, and over-the-ankle boots or shoes.
  • Persons under 18 years of age must obtain written parental consent.
Space is limited — Register today!

August 16, 2014; 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.; ERC-0046
      Instructor: Mark East
      Location: Sioux Falls - Southeast Technical Institute

August 23, 2014; 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.; ERC-0047
      Instructor: Mark East and John Hoek
      Location: Sioux Falls - Southeast Technical Institute

September 13, 2014; 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.; ERC-0048
      Instructor: Mark East
      Location: Sioux Falls - South Dakota DOT/GF&P/Highway Patrol Facility


Sunday, August 3, 2014

The Truth About the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally by Cpt. Captializm

No doubt you have seen, since you were a wee little babe, all the hubbub and kerfuffle about the “Sturgis motorcycle rally.”
Be it documentaries, rumor, or cameo showcases in the media “Sturgis” is embedded in the minds of all young men as a magical place of motorcycles, leather-clad women, booze, drugs, Aerosmith, and anything goes.
Sorry to let you down boys.  It just ain’t so.
Maybe back in the 60′s it was a riot.  Perhaps in the 70′s it was great.  And I’m sure there’s some wild crazy parties going on during the rally today.  But the truth is the Sturgis Rally has seen its days and it’s pretty much over.  The reason is two fold.
One, whatever hot girls attended the convention have long gotten old and saggy.  There is no new blood coming into the rally and (as an economist I’m serious when I say this) Harley Davidson has some serious legacy issues to consider.  The average age of a Sturgis goer is about 52 and the only young people (hot chicks included) are usually brought in as staff.  All those video you see on TV?  Yeah, take your eyes off of the bartender from Raleigh trying to earn tuition for the year with the pronounced cleavage and look at all the people behind her.  It’s usually an AARP sausage-fest in the background.

Two, posers.  Fucking posers.  Not to lay down too much motorcycle culture on you, there are two types of people.  Those who ride and those who haul.  Those who ride drive their bikes to the rally no matter where they’re from.  I’ve seen serious, hardcore bikers from Mexico come up, driving their hogs from south of the border.  Then I’ve seen pansy-assed pussy bankers from Fort Collins, buy a brand new Harley, haul it in their brand new Ford Expedition trailer with Ma and “cutsie puke-inducing” matching helmets, ride their bike a whopping 200 miles over the weekend, only to haul it back to Denver in the same day.  Not only are they old, fake, weak, and pathetic, they’re dangerous on the road as they’re poorly-skilled, aging baby boomer, motorcyclists trying to complete a bucket list indifferent as to whether they endanger veteran riders at the rally.

In short, Sturgis has become nothing more than the state fair.  Fat, conventional, cliche, and common.  You just need a bike and you’re there.
However, this does not mean the town of Sturgis and the Black Hills area itself isn’t worth it.
To this day I am shocked and surprised how few people know about the Black Hills, Badlands National Park, and Deadwood.  But while most people write off South Dakota as another white bred, boring, hicksville state, the far west side of the state is by far the most beautiful country in the country.  The peaks are not too tall that you have to worry about snow in July.  The Badlands are one of the genuinely unique national parks that everybody must visit.  The landscape is dotted with abandoned mining towns with a bar that nobody will ever find you at.  And if you have any inkling of patriotism and love for the US, I don’t know how you can leave this planet without visiting Mount Rushmore. But the key to avail yourself of this mandatory country is, above all else, to AVOID THE STURGIS RALLY.

The sad truth is that the Sturgis rally, which made the Black Hills what it is, denies it its best features.  You don’t want to go to Sturgis for the rally, you want to go there for the wide open west.  You don’t want to go there to be part of the crowd, you want to go there to be alone with your thoughts at some no name bar.  You want to pilot your bike through the Spearfish Canyon and the Needles Highway unencumbered.  You want to ride peacefully through the Badlands.  And you can’t do that when 750,000 motorcyclists are occupying a highway system that is normally designed to support a population of only 100,000.
So my advice to you, motorcycle enthusiast or not, is to visit Sturgis, but a solid two weeks before or after the rally.  You really aren’t missing anything, unless you have a serious hankering for flabby, wrinkly, baby boomer ass.

Friday, August 1, 2014

2004 R1150GS For Sale $5250.00

2004 BMW R1150GS w/ABS for sale. Bike is blue and white in color with approximately 43,000 miles. Includes BMW city cases with locks keyed to the ignition key, AeroFlow 2-piece Touring windscreen, OEM toolkit, OEM maintenance/rider manuals, and a Clymer service manual. New Metzeler Tourance tires installed last fall. Recent service was done this summer at BAK BMW which included new air filter, fuel filter, brake fluid, spark plugs, gear and final drive oil. New rear bearing also installed in final drive at that time. I purchased it from Power Brokers in 2010 with 26,469 miles on it. I believe I’m the second owner. No scratches or dents on the bike but there are a few scuffs on the side cases.  Asking $5,250. For information please contact Scott Taylor at or by phone at six o five-321-560nine.  Local sale, CASH ONLY. No scammers, and no unsolicited offers or services! 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

How To Avoid Left-Turn Accidents | Street Savvy


By Jerry Smith, Rich Lee


You were warned about it almost from the day you started riding motorcycles. You've talked to riders it has happened to. But you never expected to find yourself where you are now, speeding toward a car that is inexplicably turning left in front of you, its driver staring wide-eyed at you through the window but not stopping. In a flash you think, Holy hell. This is really happening.
What's the best way to avoid this nightmare scenario? Awareness is your best defense. Remain vigilant in traffic and position yourself for the best view of opposing traffic and left-turn lanes. Avoid riding where another car blocks your view because that car is also keeping you from being seen by the turning driver. Always be aware of your surroundings so that you can decide quickly if you have more room to swerve left or right, though the odds are more in your favor if you shift into traffic moving in your direction than steering into oncoming cars.
Prepare to avoid. Your best bet is to plot an escape path and begin executing it as soon as you recognize the threat from the left-turner. This is always difficult and highly variable. Did the driver see you and stop? In that case, look for the hole ahead of the car and aim for it. But beware that the driver still might not see you and is only stopping based on some other stimulus. He or she could start up again and take a second shot at you. Did the driver keep going? Then your best bet is to steer around the back of the car, trying to avoid ending up across the centerline. Keep your eyes on the escape route; if you continue to look at the car, you're likely to hit it. And be prepared to change your plan based on the actions of the driver.
Even so, when in traffic it's important to cover both brakes and be prepared to use them right to the verge of lockup or into ABS activation if your bike is so equipped. The object is to avoid the accident—not hit the car at a lower speed. (Though, truthfully, that might be all you can hope for.)
Beware the fresh green light. If the light just turned green for you, it might have just turned red for the oncoming left-turn lane. A driver trying to beat the red could come hauling across your path, scrambling all the traffic in the intersection. Don't get caught in the middle of it.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

This Saturday Breakfast at Grand Falls Casino at 8 AM.

Hello Autobahners,

     It was suggested last Saturday morning that we try a different place for breakfast once a month.  For this coming Saturday, June 28th, we will meet at the Grand Falls Casino Restaurant (Larchwood, IA)  at the usual time (8am).  If you have an idea for a ride following, bring it to breakfast, that would be great.


Prez, Marlin.

BMW Motorrad USA offers compensation packages to 2014 R1200RT owners after suspension recall.

BMW Motorrad USA is offering owners a number of options in response to the failing suspension on the 2014 R1200RT.
On June 5, R1200RT owners were instructed by BMW to stop riding their bikes, saying there is no guarantee a component in the rear suspension would not fail.
The instruction affects 2014-model-year R1200RTs with the latest liquid-cooled boxer engine and semi-active ‘Dynamic ESA’ suspension.
Although rumoured to be in August or September, BMW are yet to know when a solution for the affected bikes could be. In the meantime, BMW Motorrad USA has given owners a choice of three options.
Those happy to wait will be compensated $2,500 (£1,470) once the repair is complete. Owners wanting a loan bike will be provided with one until a repair on their bike is complete, providing them also with $1,000 (£587) to use against BMW accessories or the payment of their RT. For owners no longer wanting to keep their R1200RT, BMW Motorrad USA will buy the bike back from them at original purchase price and give them $1,000 to use towards the purchase of a different BMW motorcycle.
Around 500 of the bikes have been sold in the UK and although an official compensation package is yet to be released by BMW Motorrad UK, the firm has reportedly kept owners mobile by loaning them BMW cars and motorcycles whilst their R1200RT is off the road.

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Bob Lutz. The man behind the motorcycles.

In 1973 BMW turned the motorcycle world on its head. The sometimes conservative German company set the Paris show alight with the simply stunning R 90 S. The man behind this classic Hans Muth motorcycle was legendary automotive figure, American, Bob Lutz. 

The beautiful Silver Smoke livery complimented the elegant and practical fairing and the seat-cowl was like no previous BMW – or in fact any other motorcycle. With 67 hp the R 90 S was a fast, fine handling machine capable of over 200 km/h and became an instant classic, which brought immediate attention to BMW motorcycles. Not only did it help sell the R 60/6, R 75/6 and R 90/6 models, it made a profit. At that time it saved BMW motorcycles from almost certain death as the BMW Board were starting to lose interest in motorcycles.

In 1971, Eberhard von Kuenheim was mapping out the future of BMW. The newly installed, 43-year-old CEO enticed Lutz, the then 39-year-old sales-and-marketing executive from General Motors' Opel subsidiary to join him in the effort. The task was to take BMW from a small European manufacturer to a world brand.

Lutz (pictured left on a 1973 R 75/5 – the 500,000th BMW bike – in front of the BMW Museum) was a master at creating brand awareness and making products that excited buyers. ‘The Ultimate Driving Machine’ and ‘The Ultimate Riding Machine’ tag lines were two of his early decisions. He wanted to create agile and sporting products that were true to BMW’s historic past. 

From 1972 to 1974 he was on the BMW Board with responsibility for sales. In that time he had a profound effect on BMW, an effect that is still very much with us today. He saved BMW motorcycles and laid the platform for the launch of the first 3 Series car, the basis of BMW’s ongoing success.

At that time BMW was beginning the climb from being a German producer to becoming a genuine worldwide brand and had a far simpler structure than today. BMW motorcycles were produced with a fragmented structure within the company and although the /5 Series launched in 1969 had taken BMW forward, it was bikes like the Honda CB 750 Four that had really altered the landscape. 

The /5 in some ways looked old and far from exciting, even with some special versions, such as the ‘Toaster Tank’ model released in some markets (such as the USA) to grab extra attention and sales. As a passionate car man and motorcycling enthusiast, Bob could see a future where others could not, and it was the R 90 S that he is immensely proud of, even four decades later.

“The R 90 S was the fruit of getting all the dispersed ‘bike guys’ at BMW together in one room and shaking our heads over the ‘Toaster Tank’ and other misbegotten models, and quickly agreeing what a really great Jap-thumping BMW would look like,” he said. “The result was the R 90 S in Silver Smoke and to my mind, the somewhat less attractive Daytona Orange. I could write a book about the product development and marketing lessons that programme taught me and could teach the world. It saved the BMW motorcycle business and showed the Finance guys, who were arguing that we should exit the motorcycle business because there was no way we could compete with the Japanese. There was money to be made with superior product, priced at a premium.” 

“The bike was an instant success. We sold out immediately and, importantly, made more money than we did on a lower spec 1600 car. Yes, in all humility, I give myself some credit for saving the bike arm of BMW. I still love the R 90 S and I am immensely proud of it,” said Lutz.

From 1954 to 1959 Lutz was a US Marine fighter pilot (he remained as a reservist to 1965). He was the ‘squeaky clean marine’ as depicted in the film adaptation of Tom Wolf’s, ‘The Right Stuff’. If he had not taken to the auto business via a degree in production management and marketing at UC Berkeley, he may well have found his way into the NASA space programme. 

The ‘fighter pilot’ has never really left him. His passion for fast cars is equal to that of his love of fast flying. In his extensive garage he has some wonderful cars and an Alpha jet fighter trainer – the German built aircraft – providing an outlet for his love of speed. It is not all in the air or on four wheels though: in his garages in both Switzerland (the country of his birth) and the USA he has several BMW motorcycles to satisfy his two-wheeled thirst.

Lutz’s career took him to the top echelons of Ford, Chrysler and General Motors before his ‘retirement’ in 2009. Now 81-years-old Lutz is still active in the industry and he can look back to 1973 with pride, in having helped create the iconic BMW R 90 S, one of the great motorcycles of the 1970s – and arguably of all time.

Historical Significance of the R90S

If not for the introduction of the R90S model in 1974, you would most likely 
not be riding a BMW motorbike today, unless of course it was of the vintage 
variety. Top management was ready to toss in the towel, yes pull the plug 
on the motorrad division as sales were steadily declining and losses were 
mounting in the early seventies. As Robert A. Lutz explains in my 
correspondence with him:

" The (finance) vultures were circling over the motorcycle division. Sales 
were low, mostly to police fleets (low margins); low retail sales (mostly 
older, conservative riders.) There was no hope, at that point, of matching 
Japanese multi-cam, multi-cylinder technology. We were in a gradual downward 
spiral. Butler and Smith did not help at that point. They wanted to see the 
bikes "Harley-ized", with more chrome (hence those horrible battery covers) 
and way smaller gas tanks, again covered in chrome (the dreadful "toaster 
tank" series, a joke in their day, now, for some reason, a coveted collector 
bike!). At any rate, the R90S turned everything around." ......(Robert A. 

Lutz goes into more detail in the 19 minute video he produced for our 
upcoming R90S 40th Anniversary Celebration about how dire the situation was 
for BMW motorrad when he arrived around 1971. Although he was hired to 
increase sale in automotive, he had great passion for motorbikes and 
desperately wanted the division to excel and to be profitable. In his spare 
time he quickly reorganized the division and accessed the situation and knew 
what had to be done to turn things around.

The stunning R90S was born, sales skyrocketed and put BMW back on the map 
and the rest is history. A very successful racing campaign of course only 
added to it's popularity. Whatever BMW you are riding can 
thank Bob Lutz for his vision and foresight. Bob is 82 years old, is still 
riding and has a nice collection of BMW motorbikes in his stable.

The video production is very informative and well worth viewing.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen,
Todd Trumbore

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Michael Dunlop on a BMW mission!

Michael Dunlop - TT 2014 - On Bike - BMW Superbike - Friday Practice - HD