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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.
I was looking for more visibility and possibly better night lighting.
A club
member, Don Schmok, installed HID lights. He is very happy with them because he is more conspicuous to incoming traffic during daylight and they were easy to install and reasonably priced.
Although they are very intense, he says that, once he adjusted their aim, he does not get flashed by oncoming traffic. That sounded like exactly what I needed. 
Don got his from Trail Tech
www.trailtech.com out of Seattle. The sell two HID kits for motorcycles.
HID MR11 which is the smaller and less intense version and costs about $150 per lamp.
They also sell HID MR16 which is larger and much more intense and is what Don bought.
A similar kit from PIAA with 2 lamps and 2 ballasts costs $1300.
On most HID kits you need to install a ballast in addition to the lamps, but on Trail Tech lamps, the ballast in integrated into each lamp. The power draw for each lamp is 13 Watts, which is 2 Amps, hence you do not need to install a relay for additional lights. 
This makes the lights ideal for old Airheads with a limited amperage available for extra lights.   
I bought 2 HID MR11 lamps, one spot and one flood. I mounted them on the bar supporting my Areoflow windshield. I selected a wire which was controlled by my ignition and wired in the lamps with an inline fuse. I was very happy with how the intense light beam made me more conspicuous to oncoming traffic.
 DownsideAlthough mounting the lamps on my Areoflow windshield bar was convenient and give me that classic triangle pattern for visibility the down side is they are below the famous R1100GS “beak”. The “beak” blocks most light pointing forward but I do get a lot more side lighting. Also, I find the light bluish and ghostly, so not as useful for night riding as halogen lamps would be. 
After a few weeks use, the lens does cloud over because of the intense heat, but they still are very effective. 
My main complaint is reliability.
My first pair lasted about 5 months. Trial Tech replaced them free of charge and suggested that I need to isolate the vibration from the lamps more. After much advice from Trail Tech, I mounted them in rubber grommets. I was very happy with them for about 2 weeks in the fall and 2 more weeks in the spring until they broke again. Don Schmok has had better luck with his HID MR16 lights. His have lasted 3 seasons and now one of his HID lamps is broken. He is still getting lots of light from the other one.
 SummaryI really like the lights. Trail Tech was at first very helpful with advice and generous in replacing them.  

Doug Prentiss dprentis@telus.net

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.


March 15, 2018 Red Rock Garage - Summer Party

We have a new event on our schedule. The Red Rock Garage in Beaverdell is hosting a summer party on Sunday, June 3rd. All VBMWR's are welcome. Check it out on our events page.


March 30, 2018 Club Contacts

The Club official contacts and the Executive team have been updated to reflect the changes to our Club executive. We still need to update some of the executive profiles, but the contact portion should put you in touch with the right person.


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.


March 15, 2018 Red Rock Garage - Summer Party

We have a new event on our schedule. The Red Rock Garage in Beaverdell is hosting a summer party on Sunday, June 3rd. All VBMWR's are welcome. Check it out on our events page.


March 30, 2018 Club Contacts

The Club official contacts and the Executive team have been updated to reflect the changes to our Club executive. We still need to update some of the executive profiles, but the contact portion should put you in touch with the right person.


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.


March 15, 2018 Red Rock Garage - Summer Party

We have a new event on our schedule. The Red Rock Garage in Beaverdell is hosting a summer party on Sunday, June 3rd. All VBMWR's are welcome. Check it out on our events page.


March 30, 2018 Club Contacts

The Club official contacts and the Executive team have been updated to reflect the changes to our Club executive. We still need to update some of the executive profiles, but the contact portion should put you in touch with the right person.


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.


March 15, 2018 Red Rock Garage - Summer Party

We have a new event on our schedule. The Red Rock Garage in Beaverdell is hosting a summer party on Sunday, June 3rd. All VBMWR's are welcome. Check it out on our events page.


March 30, 2018 Club Contacts

The Club official contacts and the Executive team have been updated to reflect the changes to our Club executive. We still need to update some of the executive profiles, but the contact portion should put you in touch with the right person.


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.


March 15, 2018 Red Rock Garage - Summer Party

We have a new event on our schedule. The Red Rock Garage in Beaverdell is hosting a summer party on Sunday, June 3rd. All VBMWR's are welcome. Check it out on our events page.


March 30, 2018 Club Contacts

The Club official contacts and the Executive team have been updated to reflect the changes to our Club executive. We still need to update some of the executive profiles, but the contact portion should put you in touch with the right person.


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.


March 15, 2018 Red Rock Garage - Summer Party

We have a new event on our schedule. The Red Rock Garage in Beaverdell is hosting a summer party on Sunday, June 3rd. All VBMWR's are welcome. Check it out on our events page.


March 30, 2018 Club Contacts

The Club official contacts and the Executive team have been updated to reflect the changes to our Club executive. We still need to update some of the executive profiles, but the contact portion should put you in touch with the right person.


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.


March 15, 2018 Red Rock Garage - Summer Party

We have a new event on our schedule. The Red Rock Garage in Beaverdell is hosting a summer party on Sunday, June 3rd. All VBMWR's are welcome. Check it out on our events page.


March 30, 2018 Club Contacts

The Club official contacts and the Executive team have been updated to reflect the changes to our Club executive. We still need to update some of the executive profiles, but the contact portion should put you in touch with the right person.


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.


March 15, 2018 Red Rock Garage - Summer Party

We have a new event on our schedule. The Red Rock Garage in Beaverdell is hosting a summer party on Sunday, June 3rd. All VBMWR's are welcome. Check it out on our events page.


March 30, 2018 Club Contacts

The Club official contacts and the Executive team have been updated to reflect the changes to our Club executive. We still need to update some of the executive profiles, but the contact portion should put you in touch with the right person.


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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