Weekend Rides

Our goal is to schedule a club ride every weekend, weather permitting. The rides can be anywhere from 50 to 200 miles, usually with a food stop being the target destination. We are always open to ideas for new destinations, and new comers are certainly welcome. This can be a great opportunity for non members to get a taste of the club and it's members, so please come on out and join us!

For our weekly ride schedule, please Like us of Facebook or sign up for our Ride Notification List (on the homepage) where you will get detailed information on the ride including a Garmin GPS route to download and install.


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Here is an example of the information we send out.


Saturday Morning Ride

This weekend we will be heading to Lena IL!

  • Ride Leader: Kirk Johnson
  • Departure Date: Saturday Nov 7, 2015
  • Departure time: 7:30 am
  • Meeting place: Craig WoodsGolf Course Lot Rt 47 just south of 176
  • Miles to Destination: 86
  • Arrival Time: Approximately 10:00 AM
  • Return Time: around Noon or Early Afternoon
  • Destination Address:
  • Weather Outlook: Except for a few afternoon clouds, mainly sunny. High around 50F..
  • Route Download Zip:  Here 
    • To utilize the route download: 1) download and unzip file 2) import file into Garmin Basecamp program 3) from Basecamp select the route and send the file to your Garmin GPS that you have connected to your computer 4) Once uploaded, disconnect GPS and select Tools > My Data > Import Route 5) on GPS select Where To? > Custom Routes > "route"
  • Description and travel notes:  This ride will have 2 parts. First we will go to breakfast in Lena. After that, those of you who need their coffee fix like I do, we will go on to Galena for a coffee run at Mean Bean!  Afterwards, we will head straight back down rt 20. It will likely be cold on the way out so dress appropriately!
  • If you were forwarded this message and would like to sign up for our ride notifications, click here
  • If you have a desire to visit a particular restaurant or have a desire to lead a ride please let me know and we will arrange it. - Kirk  Phone: 815-347-9800 Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
We will leave promptly at the above listed time, so please try to be early enough to introduce yourself and get acquainted with the other riders.

In order to have a safe and enjoyable ride, we strive to ride within the following guidelines:

  • Please ride in a staggered formation in the straights.
  • NO side by side riding
  • "Look Out" for the rider behind you and please stay tight with the rider in front!
  • Wear the appropriate riding/ safety gear
  • Ensure your bike is in proper running condition, fueled up and ready to go.
  • If you need to leave the ride for any reason please let someone know.
  • And certainly feel free to bring a camera!
Our rides are for all motorcycle enthusiasts , not just BMW riders, and not just club members. We are a "Riding Club", and as such, we don't just want to hang out in front of a dealership, we want to hop on our bikes and hit the road. Encouraging others to do the same is all part of it... no matter what you ride, get on two wheels and join us on the road!