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.


August 02, 2014 ..*Ride to Moto Rider in Kenosha


August 01, 2014 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm..*First Friday at Hanes'


August 03, 2014 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm..*Meet to Eat


August 04, 2014 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm..*Hot Dog Ride


August 08, 2014 - August 10, 2014 ..*Camp/Canoe Weekend CANCELLED

Jack McGinnis

First Friday reminder....

Friday, August 1, is the date for the monthly First Friday social at the home of Alice Hanes. Come on out and share your rally stories! Location is her home at 3448 W. University Parkway in University Park (see the map in the Events Calendar section of this website).

First Friday has taken place every single month since it began back in the mid-70s! Open to all CR members and friends, motorcyclists or not, spouses/significant others too! New members are always especially welcome, and it's a good informal way to meet others. People usually begin to arrive between 7:30 and 8. Hope to see you there!

Ride to Moto Rider!

From John Zolot:

Moto RiderI am going to lead a ride to Moto Rider in Kenosha again. The date we selected is Aug 2. The Norton club wanted me to do this for them; my plan is to make it an event for both clubs to enjoy together.

Departure time will be 9:30 a.m. so we can arrive when Moto Rider opens at 10 a.m. We will depart from the Full Moon restaurant (1300 Skokie Hwy, North Chicago) and go to Moto Rider (8845 Sheridan Road, Kenosha Wi.).

Moto Rider is an independent seller of motorcycle parts and accessories and riding apparel. Moto Rider also does repair and maintenance of bikes in their large, busy shop. The location also is home to an AMAZING collection on bikes, mostly European. I have made arrangements with the manager of Moto Rider and the owner of the bike collection to give our group access to the shop area, where many of the bikes are stored.

It's Meet-to-Eat Time Again

Cajun Connection

If you like New Orleans-style home cooked food, you will certainly want to join us at the Cajun Connection, 897 E. Route 6 (2950th Rd), near Utica, Illinois. You'll find them just south of I-80, and just east of Illinois 178--and not far from the J.C. Whitney outlet store! There's a website, too:

Do plan to meet us there at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 3rd. Look at the "Events Calendar" area of the website for a detailed map and directions...

Hot Dogs in August!

Paul's PizzaPaul's Pizza and Hot Dog, at 3044 S. Wolf Road in Westchester, is our August 4th location. They are located in the strip mall at the corner of 31st and Wolf, and there is often the added bonus of a car show there on Monday nights! You can find a map and directions in the "Events Calendar" area of this site, and riders generally gather around 7 p.m.

As always this is a destination ride: get there on your own or form your own group. We look forward to seeing you!

"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!

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