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Would you like to be part of the Valley BMW Riders family?

Please visit our membership information page (link down below).

Any further questions, please contact our treasurer Tom Maxted.

 

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- Partly Dave´s - Dave Friedman is a long standing member of our club with an extensive and thorough knowledge of BMW motorcycles. Dave will be offering "Specials" to the club members, so check back here frequently 'cause if you snooze you may looze out.
- Bentley - The Okanagan´s Premiere Destination Motorcycle Dealership. Visit Bentley Motorrad in Kelowna for great offers and deals.
- The Hitching Post Restaurant - We have been serving the Similkameen community since July 2004. Specialized in homemade food with fresh ingredients, and our staff offers quality and reliable service you can count on.
- Midway campground - Welcome to the Midway Riverfront Park. Enjoy camping right beside the river in downtown Midway.
- Dogsear - Canada's No. 1 imprintable activewear store for almost 40 years.
- Betta services - We can save you time and money whether it is for the shipping or receiving of your packages or by providing you with affordable faxing services or mailbox pickup service.
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- Red Rock Garage - Dan Mirabent´s garage is a great stopping place if you’re running Hwy 33. If you haven’t done so already, stop in and say hi to Dan and his staff and try some of the great coffee and have a look around at the motorcycle memorabilia. He also carries premium fuel for your bike.
- MotoVida has a full motorcycle service and repair shop for all makes and models of bikes. Let us take care of your bike and get you back to living life on two wheels. Featuring a wide range of riding gear and offering 10% off on riding gear for VBMWR members.

Our event coordinatorCompared to the rest of our executive (past and present) I’m a relative newbie to motorcycling.  I rode one summer when I was 21, then not again for 20 years. That summer’s riding was short lived, as I took a spill and broke a bone in my foot.  Twelve years ago, Ron and I got together.  I rode pillion for 2 years, but I wanted my own ride.  Along came ‘the lizard’ (2001 Kawasaki 500 – the little ninja), which I rode for 5 years.  It was a great little bike, but short on wind protection, alternator power (for my electrics!) and cargo capacity.  We looked at lots of other bikes over the years, but I’m ‘inseam challenged’.  Then BMW came out with the lowered F650 twins. We ordered an Azure Blue Metallic one early in 2009, and I’ve been wearing out tires on it ever since!  



My role as Event Coordinator for Valley BMW Riders is to organize/coordinate the club potlucks (Cabin Fever in Feb/March, AGM in April) and BBQ (August), as well as confirm venues (and coffee pots!) for our 4 campouts.  And, of course, whatever else Mr. President sends my way!!!



Valley Riders is a big part of mine and Ron’s lives.  I treasure all my friends and riding buddies, so don’t be surprised to be greeted with a big hug!

Our webmasterBorn in ´61, riding bikes since i got my drivers license 18yrs later enjoying the twisted roads in my home area but also from the northern sea down to the southern alps ever since on different bikes like Honda 400, BMW R80RT, Goldwing1500, BMW1100GS, K1100RS and now on an older but trusty 2003 K1200RS.
I came to BC in January 2002, to work and live in this beautiful area. Got my BC motorbike license a year later and enjoyed the places around my new home.
Sad enough, i had to move back at the end of 2005 to take care of my old folks.
I met our former president Ron and his "better half" a couple of months before i took my flight home and have been a member since then.
The Kamloops guys kept in touch and when Ron asked me to become part of the "head section" as a webmaster, i was more than happy to give my part to the club´s success.
I hope you like the "look and feel" of our website.


Browse and enjoy.
Mike Huellenhagen

Our TreasurerWhere were you born?
I was born in Brandon General Hospital in 1925.  That’s the ward right next to 1926.

When did you come to BC?
Originally in 1966, I then joined the Royal Canadian Air Force and spent four years in Gimli Manitoba from 1967 – 71, was transferred to Ottawa Ontario from 71 – 82 and was then transferred to Comox BC.  I retired from the military in 1988 and moved to Kelowna.

What is your profession?
I have worked as an aircraft technician, aircraft electrical installer, bus driver and heavy equipment operator.  Now I am a professional retiree and coffee shop critic.

Hobbies?
Gardening, restoring old motorcycles and goofing off.

Dreams?
To take a motorcycle trip through New Zealand and Australia, and goof off over there for a while.

When did you start riding?
1960, was too young to have a license but that never deterred me.

What was your first bike?
A Honda 50 step through, after all you meet the nicest people on a Honda, and obviously on a BMW too.

When did you join BMW MOA?
2008

Why?
Gary Smith wouldn’t give me his password so that I could look at the flea market on the MOA sight.

When did you join VBMWR?
Can’t honestly remember but I’m sure Martin was instrumental in twisting my arm and relieving my wallet of ten dollars.

Why?
Because Martin said if I would give him ten dollars, he would give me twelve dollars worth of goodies.  I just can’t pass up a bargain.

What do you like about both clubs?
The camaraderie, being kept informed of the latest technical innovations, the pot lucks and of course the twelve dollars worth of goodies, which according to Ron is now up to sixteen dollars worth of goodies due to inflation

Dislike?
Good question.

Which do you like to do? Explain! Travel, Tour, Camp, Hotel, Rally? Group ride?
Race? Putter?
Travel & Tour:  Well I’ll just bunch the two together and say I have some great riding buddies and look forward to each and every trip.
Camp:  This is definitely a four letter word and should be avoided at all costs.
Hotel:  Aaaaahhhh!!!, what else can I say.
Rally:  Love it as long as there is a hotel nearby.
Group ride:  Is that anything like a group hug?
Race:  What happens when two of you share a hotel room, both wake up at the same time and head for the bathroom.
Putter:  I think I am becoming a professional putterer as I mature.

Highlights in your Riding career?
Learning to keep a motorcycle upright.

Lowlights?
Learning that you can’t always keep a motorcycle upright.

What is the meaning of life?
Life is like a box of chocolates, sweet, fattening, full of cholesterol, but it sure as hell beats the alternative.

   

I’m still not sure how I got into motorcycles as I don’t have any motorcycle genes in the family tree. However, on my 16th birthday I simply had to own a bright blue Kawasaki 90 two stroke.  That started a lifelong love of riding that has never left me. 

 

Since then I’ve ridden cruisers, sport tourers and now dual sport motorcycles.  I think it was Robert Fulton Jr. (The author of “One Man Caravan” an early book about motorcycle travels) who said: “People always ask me how fast it goes, but I’m more interested in where it will take me.”  That line has always summed up my riding experience. 


Kathi and I moved to Kelowna in 2005 and shortly after I met Tom Maxted and we began riding together.  I accompanied Tom to several Valley BMW Riders breakfasts and it didn’t take long before I realized that this was a great group of people to associate with, so I paid my membership dues and joined up.


I've always enjoyed the relaxed nature of this club.  Our Breakfast rides and Campouts are set up so that members make their own way to the venues which allows them to ride their own ride either singly or in small groups.  

In 2015 I joined the club executive as Vice President and in 2016 I finally bit the bullet and bought a BMW.  I currently ride a 2001 R1150GS which I am really enjoying.  In what seems as a natural progression I was elected as the Club President in March of 2018.  I'm looking forward to continuing my association with this fine group of people.  

 

Wayne

April 27, 2018 MOA Charter

For those who are following along, we received word today that our MOA Club Charter # 186 has been officially reinstated. Great News. It's as if we never left.


April 28, 2018 Member Update

Please join us in welcoming new member Patrick Hudson of Kelowna. Patrick rides an R1100RT and is looking forward to meeting everyone.


May 26, 2018 - Member Update

We have three new members in the VBMWR's in the past few weeks. Please join us in welcoming Reg Marte from Kelowna, Chris Weber from Kelowna and Daniel Davidson of Princeton.


May 26, 2018 - New Event Added for August

Check out our Events Calendar for a brand new event in August. We've set up a personally guided tour of the Dreamcycle Motorcycle Museum in Sorrento on Sunday, August 26th. For details jump to the Events Calendar.


March 30, 2018 VBMWR SUMMER BARBECUE

A new event has been added to our calendar. Adrian & Kathy have volunteered their home in Kelowna for our annual Summer Barbecue. Mark Saturday, July 14th on your calendar for this one and keep watch on our events page as the details get filled in.


April 27, 2018 MOA Charter

For those who are following along, we received word today that our MOA Club Charter # 186 has been officially reinstated. Great News. It's as if we never left.


April 28, 2018 Member Update

Please join us in welcoming new member Patrick Hudson of Kelowna. Patrick rides an R1100RT and is looking forward to meeting everyone.


May 26, 2018 - Member Update

We have three new members in the VBMWR's in the past few weeks. Please join us in welcoming Reg Marte from Kelowna, Chris Weber from Kelowna and Daniel Davidson of Princeton.


May 26, 2018 - New Event Added for August

Check out our Events Calendar for a brand new event in August. We've set up a personally guided tour of the Dreamcycle Motorcycle Museum in Sorrento on Sunday, August 26th. For details jump to the Events Calendar.


March 30, 2018 VBMWR SUMMER BARBECUE

A new event has been added to our calendar. Adrian & Kathy have volunteered their home in Kelowna for our annual Summer Barbecue. Mark Saturday, July 14th on your calendar for this one and keep watch on our events page as the details get filled in.


April 27, 2018 MOA Charter

For those who are following along, we received word today that our MOA Club Charter # 186 has been officially reinstated. Great News. It's as if we never left.


April 28, 2018 Member Update

Please join us in welcoming new member Patrick Hudson of Kelowna. Patrick rides an R1100RT and is looking forward to meeting everyone.


May 26, 2018 - Member Update

We have three new members in the VBMWR's in the past few weeks. Please join us in welcoming Reg Marte from Kelowna, Chris Weber from Kelowna and Daniel Davidson of Princeton.


May 26, 2018 - New Event Added for August

Check out our Events Calendar for a brand new event in August. We've set up a personally guided tour of the Dreamcycle Motorcycle Museum in Sorrento on Sunday, August 26th. For details jump to the Events Calendar.


March 30, 2018 VBMWR SUMMER BARBECUE

A new event has been added to our calendar. Adrian & Kathy have volunteered their home in Kelowna for our annual Summer Barbecue. Mark Saturday, July 14th on your calendar for this one and keep watch on our events page as the details get filled in.


April 27, 2018 MOA Charter

For those who are following along, we received word today that our MOA Club Charter # 186 has been officially reinstated. Great News. It's as if we never left.


April 28, 2018 Member Update

Please join us in welcoming new member Patrick Hudson of Kelowna. Patrick rides an R1100RT and is looking forward to meeting everyone.


May 26, 2018 - Member Update

We have three new members in the VBMWR's in the past few weeks. Please join us in welcoming Reg Marte from Kelowna, Chris Weber from Kelowna and Daniel Davidson of Princeton.


May 26, 2018 - New Event Added for August

Check out our Events Calendar for a brand new event in August. We've set up a personally guided tour of the Dreamcycle Motorcycle Museum in Sorrento on Sunday, August 26th. For details jump to the Events Calendar.


March 30, 2018 VBMWR SUMMER BARBECUE

A new event has been added to our calendar. Adrian & Kathy have volunteered their home in Kelowna for our annual Summer Barbecue. Mark Saturday, July 14th on your calendar for this one and keep watch on our events page as the details get filled in.


April 27, 2018 MOA Charter

For those who are following along, we received word today that our MOA Club Charter # 186 has been officially reinstated. Great News. It's as if we never left.


April 28, 2018 Member Update

Please join us in welcoming new member Patrick Hudson of Kelowna. Patrick rides an R1100RT and is looking forward to meeting everyone.


May 26, 2018 - Member Update

We have three new members in the VBMWR's in the past few weeks. Please join us in welcoming Reg Marte from Kelowna, Chris Weber from Kelowna and Daniel Davidson of Princeton.


May 26, 2018 - New Event Added for August

Check out our Events Calendar for a brand new event in August. We've set up a personally guided tour of the Dreamcycle Motorcycle Museum in Sorrento on Sunday, August 26th. For details jump to the Events Calendar.


March 30, 2018 VBMWR SUMMER BARBECUE

A new event has been added to our calendar. Adrian & Kathy have volunteered their home in Kelowna for our annual Summer Barbecue. Mark Saturday, July 14th on your calendar for this one and keep watch on our events page as the details get filled in.


April 27, 2018 MOA Charter

For those who are following along, we received word today that our MOA Club Charter # 186 has been officially reinstated. Great News. It's as if we never left.


April 28, 2018 Member Update

Please join us in welcoming new member Patrick Hudson of Kelowna. Patrick rides an R1100RT and is looking forward to meeting everyone.


May 26, 2018 - Member Update

We have three new members in the VBMWR's in the past few weeks. Please join us in welcoming Reg Marte from Kelowna, Chris Weber from Kelowna and Daniel Davidson of Princeton.


May 26, 2018 - New Event Added for August

Check out our Events Calendar for a brand new event in August. We've set up a personally guided tour of the Dreamcycle Motorcycle Museum in Sorrento on Sunday, August 26th. For details jump to the Events Calendar.


March 30, 2018 VBMWR SUMMER BARBECUE

A new event has been added to our calendar. Adrian & Kathy have volunteered their home in Kelowna for our annual Summer Barbecue. Mark Saturday, July 14th on your calendar for this one and keep watch on our events page as the details get filled in.


April 27, 2018 MOA Charter

For those who are following along, we received word today that our MOA Club Charter # 186 has been officially reinstated. Great News. It's as if we never left.


April 28, 2018 Member Update

Please join us in welcoming new member Patrick Hudson of Kelowna. Patrick rides an R1100RT and is looking forward to meeting everyone.


May 26, 2018 - Member Update

We have three new members in the VBMWR's in the past few weeks. Please join us in welcoming Reg Marte from Kelowna, Chris Weber from Kelowna and Daniel Davidson of Princeton.


May 26, 2018 - New Event Added for August

Check out our Events Calendar for a brand new event in August. We've set up a personally guided tour of the Dreamcycle Motorcycle Museum in Sorrento on Sunday, August 26th. For details jump to the Events Calendar.


March 30, 2018 VBMWR SUMMER BARBECUE

A new event has been added to our calendar. Adrian & Kathy have volunteered their home in Kelowna for our annual Summer Barbecue. Mark Saturday, July 14th on your calendar for this one and keep watch on our events page as the details get filled in.


April 27, 2018 MOA Charter

For those who are following along, we received word today that our MOA Club Charter # 186 has been officially reinstated. Great News. It's as if we never left.


April 28, 2018 Member Update

Please join us in welcoming new member Patrick Hudson of Kelowna. Patrick rides an R1100RT and is looking forward to meeting everyone.


May 26, 2018 - Member Update

We have three new members in the VBMWR's in the past few weeks. Please join us in welcoming Reg Marte from Kelowna, Chris Weber from Kelowna and Daniel Davidson of Princeton.


May 26, 2018 - New Event Added for August

Check out our Events Calendar for a brand new event in August. We've set up a personally guided tour of the Dreamcycle Motorcycle Museum in Sorrento on Sunday, August 26th. For details jump to the Events Calendar.


March 30, 2018 VBMWR SUMMER BARBECUE

A new event has been added to our calendar. Adrian & Kathy have volunteered their home in Kelowna for our annual Summer Barbecue. Mark Saturday, July 14th on your calendar for this one and keep watch on our events page as the details get filled in.


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