Chicago Region BMW Owners Assoc. boasts over 250 members... the largest and most active BMW Motorcycle Club in the region. Meeting on the SECOND Thursday monthly, 7:30 pm 'til 9 pm at Elmhurst Elks Lodge, 711 W. St. Charles Rd, Elmhurst, IL 60126.

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August 22, 2014 - August 24, 2014 ..Annual Galena Campout

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August 22, 2014 - August 24, 2014 ..*Spook Cave Campout

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August 24, 2014 10:00 am - 4:00 pm..Geneva Concours Car Show

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August 25, 2014 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm..*Hot Dog Ride-South

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August 25, 2014 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm..*Hot Dog Ride-North

John Lazos

SmarTrainer to be at Galena

The 18th annual Galena Campout at the Palacesmartrainer Campground on US 20, hosted by our friends at BMW Motorrad Northern Illinois, will be held August 22 - 24.  The MOA will be providing its SmarTrainer at this event, and we will have members there to operate it. This is a great local rally, always attended by many Chicago Region members. The facility has food, hot showers, and a pool and sun deck. Enjoy this friendly event and plan to stop by the SmarTrainer booth to spend a few minutes sharpening your street strategies.

Spook Cave Campout--Plan Now!

Spook Cave CampsiteThe weekend campout at Spook Cave and Campground in McGregor, Iowa is fast approaching. This location has beautiful campsites and offers an underground boat tour through the cave. What's not to like?

Here's what you need to do to participate. First, call Spook Cave at (563) 873-2144, mention that you are with the Chicago Region group, and reserve a site for two nights: Friday, August 22 and Saturday, August 23 (we'll be returning on Sunday, August 24).

Then, plan to ride with our group, which will leave from the Colonial Cafe at 1625 East Main Street (Route 64) in St. Charles on Friday at 9:00 a.m. (Arrive earlier if you wish to eat breakfast there!) Be sure you have a full tank of gas and that your bike is in good running condition (we don't really need to tell you that, do we?). We plan to stop for lunch in St. Donatus, Iowa.

Of course, you can ride by yourself if you'd rather (but do let Dave Cory know you're coming). Either way, this should be another fun trip to a great camp ground!

August 25th Hot Dogs

Mr Cs Hot DogsHmm. North, or south? Or both? Come join us at one of our hot dog ride locations on Monday, August 25th!Pops Orland

In the northern half of our area you will find Mr. C's Hot Dogs and More, at 1350 East Chicago Street (Route 19), in Elgin. It's about halfway between Route 59 and Route 25, just a bit north of US 20.

In the other direction we'll head to Pop's Italian Beef and Sausage, 14279 South Wolf Road, Orland Park. Big parking lot, indoor dining, good food.

Riders gather at either establishment around 7 p.m. These are destination rides, so get there on your own or organize your own group. Maps to both locations are, of course, included in the "Events Calendar" area of this website. See you at one place or the other!

"Come out for the ride, come out for the food, just come on out!"

Got a Technical Question?

Question MarkOur CHITECH committee members have a wide range of experience with BMW motorcycles from the Earles-fork /2 models up to the K16 and S1000 models. And one thing they all enjoy is sharing what they know with others. This is the reason that CHITECH offers clinics, demonstrations, and seminars. Sometimes, of course, those of us who work on our bikes have questions that haven't been addressed by a CHITECH event. Well, here is a way to get a more timely answer: ask your question by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (click on this link for a shortcut). And, the best questions may well become topics for future technical activities!

We Want Your Opinion

In an effort to improve our members' general meeting experience, we have created an on-line survey to collect ideas about what you'd like to see in our monthly gatherings. Our guess is that most everyone has some thoughts about this topic... and your thoughts can be included by going to the "Links and Advertisers" area of this site. Once there, click on the link and follow the directions. Thanks for your help!

Club Logo Apparel Now Available

As noted in the newsletter, shirts and jackets with the Chicago Region logo are now available on-line. For pictures and ordering information, go to the "Links and Advertisers" area of this website.

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