Website Password Change

by Webmaster Michael Poplawski

A benefit of BMWRVI membership is access to the Members Only section of our website at, which includes information such as our Member Directory and our Discussion Forum.

Effective today, a new password for use by members in good standing for 2011 is in effect, and details have been circulated via e-mail.

Once logged in, you can find the Members Only navigation menu beneath the regular Navigation menu on the right side of your browser window.

Please contact me if you require assistance.

Happy riding!


SeasonedRider Safety Workshop, Sunday, March 20

By Bob Leitch

Motorcycle riding requires concentration, balance, and the ability to make quick decisions. The effects of aging can be factors that contribute to crashes. Our next safety workshop is the SeasonedRider, with a goal to acquaint participants with the general effects of aging on the skills necessary to ride safely and share actions and ideas that lead to increasingly safe and responsible motorcycling. The workshop is an interactive and fun session, not a boring safety lecture. The session will last approximately 90 minutes.

Contact Bob Leitch to register. Registration closes March 16. Coffee and refreshments will be served. The session will take place on Sunday, March 20 at 10:00 AM at the National Little League Park clubhouse. If you have previously indicated a desire to attend this workshop, I would appreciate another e-mail to confirm.


Safety Workshop: Rider Perception

by Bob Leitch

Motorcycle riding requires a lot more than coordination and balance. It requires a keen perceptive ability that helps a rider see and evaluate all the important clues to respond effectively in traffic. Poor perception puts a rider at a disadvantage.

Our Safety session on “Rider Perception” will be held Saturday, February 19 at Mike Dangschat’s house starting at 10:00 AM. The goal of the session is to acquaint participants will the important aspects of visual perception, and how the brain and eyes work together to manage risk. The program is an interactive and fun session, not a boring lecture. The session is planned for an hour and a half. Coffee and refreshments will be provided.

In order to prepare enough handouts, please register for the workshop by return e-mail or calling Bob
Leitch before February 16. Please note that we can handle 24 -30 participants, so if we get too large
a response we may have to limit numbers. Mike’s address and any other administrative details will be
sent to participants before the session.


The North: Reconnecting With Canada

by Paul "The Iceman" Mondor

Hello, BMWRVI!

I thought I would let you know what I am up to this winter so you can follow us from the comfort of their homes.

I am going on a 10,000 km trek that will take us on two of the most northern ice roads in Canada. Fort McMurray to Fort St. John and then to Inuvik and on the ice road to Tuktayaktuk. This is a project that is supported by Rogers Networks as well as Open Film and Curbsyde productions. The offices of Tourism from BC, AB, Yukon, NWT and Nunavut are also supporting us. BMW is giving us two new F800 GS equipped to my liking as well as the use of a new BMW Gran Turismo as our support vehicle. We will travel through the amazing Canadian North and explore not only all the geographical wonders it offers, but discover and expose the cultures and the people along the way.

We will present from a motorcyclist’s point of view what makes Canada’s North one of the world’s most renowned places. There will be dog sledding, Northern Lights hunting, ice rallies and all sorts of different social activities with the Inuit and other inhabitants. This will be a first. The format is new and the approach is also new, as it is not about bikes. It is about us seeing the north from behind our visors. I hope you will enjoy it.

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Happy New Year!

It's always a great day to ride a BMW on Vancouver Island, and the first day of 2011 was no exception, except for maybe how exceptionally beautiful the day was!

Thanks to Bob and Janette for having us over after our annual toast for some terrific chili, cornbread and some great conversation.

Have a look at our photo gallery to see who turned out and what a few of us did when presented with some sunshine and the beach!