Chicago Region BMW Owners Association 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.

Member Benefits

The ultimate BMW motorcycle accessory is a membership in the Chicago Region BMW Owners Association!

Onalaska smlThe Association has a long tradition and we'd like you to be a part of it.

CRBMWOA is one of the finest motorcycle clubs in North America. Our club (BMW MOA Charter Club #3) was founded by a small but energetic group of BMW enthusiasts in 1969. The members who chartered our organization were intent on bringing together like-minded "Beemer" owners who had a passion for their unique bikes and an interest in the then-fledgling sport of motorcycling. In the late '60s, there were very few BMW motorcycles cruising the roads of North America, and the meager dealership network was limited to a handful of major cities.

Thus, the Chicago Region BMW Owners Association provided a needed support group for basic maintenance and care of its members' BMW motorcycles. In time, the additional bonus of lasting friendships and expanded motorcycle awareness were realized. As we enter our 46th year, our club has evolved into a multi-dimensional association that offers dozens of benefits and opportunities to its members.

Members take a smorgasbord approach, participating in whatever club events interest them.

The Chicago Region BMW Owners Association works hard to offer you many useful and fun-filled activities. For example, we have a Membership Meeting on the second Thursday of each month where members and their guests get together and have a good time talking and showing off their BMWs. There are featured presentations on topics of interest to the membership, including travel, technical, and consumer interest. Usually 50 to 100 people will show up at these meetings.

The participation in group rides, such as our early Spring ride to Starved Rock State Park, is also typically 50 to 100 people, but each club ride or event attracts a different assortment of riders and guests. We also have three or four CHITECH hands-on technical seminars each year, and these sessions will attract 15 to 20 people. Some come to learn how to fix their BMW motorcycle, others come to just have fun.

Join the Chicago Region BMW Owners Association and attend our rides and events! Find the activities that suit your riding style, have the kind of fun you want, and discover lasting friendships along the way.

For a listing of our currently scheduled rides and activities, go to our Events Calendar section.

We are a diverse group that comprises Owners, Tinkerers, Hardcore Mechanics, Polishers and Riders. Ten percent would need help finding Lake Geneva by lunchtime. Ten percent could be in Denver for supper. Most of the other 80% are also interesting, and characters abound.

Beemer pilots are a diverse group of men and women who are individualists by nature. We come from all walks of life:­ tradesmen, professionals, business owners, housewives, retirees, students. Some of our members are in their early 20s and others in their late 70s. The one thing we all have in common is our interest in BMWs and our love of motorcycling.

Whether you log thousands of miles on one trip or just putt around town, you'll benefit greatly from the friendships, expertise and camaraderie of fellow Chicago Region BMW club members. We're looking forward to meeting you!

Member Benefits

 What You Get:

  • Monthly Newsletter
  • Technical Publications
  • Monthly Meetings
  • BMW Rallies
  • Club Sponsored Rides
  • BMW Tech Seminars
  • Forum and Ride Board
  • Mileage Contest
  • Free Classified Ads
  • Weekly Hot Dog Rides
  • Fellowship
  • Membership Roster