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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.

I suddenly realized I hadn’t a clue about the science of this. Maybe a smarter member of the club will help me out.

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But it is common knowledge.
Soak a T-shirt in water, put it on and ride. If air can get at that shirt, which it certainly can with any of the mesh jackets, you will feel a lot cooler until the shirt dries out. (Unless you are also dealing with high humidity, which we aren’t in the west.)
Problem is, when the temperature is high and humidity low, that T-shirt can dry out in a hurry and then you just have hot air blowing against your skin.
When I bought that mesh jacket last summer, it made a huge difference, but what allowed that mesh jacket to keep me cool for several hours at a stretch is a secret I now will reveal to you, my breathless audience.
The previous winter while shopping at my favourite thrift store I spied a thick, heavy, longsleeved, cotton pullover. While obviously designed for warmth, what caught my eye was the short zipper that allows the thick fabric to completely surround your neck. (Cooling your neck with those blood vessels to the brain is maybe even more important than cooling your torso.)
Since I immediately saw the possibilities for keeping cool rather than warm, I have never parted with two dollars more willingly!
I amputated most of the sleeves with a pair of scissors and think I will ask my wife to take off a bit more with her serger so they don’t fray.
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I’m also considering cutting out the two pockets and having Gretchen “serger off” the bottom part maybe around belly button level.
The only problem with this garment is the room it takes in a saddlebag when you don’t need it.
Riding back from Boise in very hot and dry conditions, I would stop every two to three hours at a service station and visit the restroom. Holding the shirt by the hem, I’d let the top part plug up the sink as cold water filled to an appropriate depth. A slight wringing out so water wasn’t running down my butt, and I was off.
There certainly are commercial products that also absorb water, usually in crystals, take up less space when dry, and I should give mine another try. But they cost more. And do they cool your neck?
Staying cool in dry heat is most certainly a safety matter as well as a comfort matter. Incidentally, I also tried a wetted rag on top of my bald head the same trip. No cooling effect noticed, which maybe says something about my helmet ventilation.
Or, maybe, the thickness of my head.

Doug Sonju
if you have any comments send them to dougsonju@uniserve.com

Feb 25, 2017 - Member Update

Joining us today at the VBMWR's Winter Break-Out is David Pitman of Lake Country. David has moved into the area from Texas. Please join us in making him welcome to the Okanagan.
Returning to the fold after a year of life getting the way are Glen and Carrie Cullen. Welcome back folks.


March 11, 2017 - Member Update

We have another new member in the Kelowna area. Please join us in welcoming Blair Hope to the Valley BMW Riders.


March 23, 2017 - Member Update

We keep growing! Gerry MacDougall of Kamloops joined the Valley BMW Riders this week. Please make Gerry welcome and we hope to meet him in person at some upcoming events.


April 26, 2017 - New Member

We have another new member in the Kamloops area. Please join me in welcoming Tracey Maslyk to the VBMWR family.


May 6, 2017 - Member News

There must be something in the water in Kamloops. We have yet another new member from there. Please join us in welcoming Sharon Rambo to the Valley BMW Riders. Were glad to have you aboard Sharon and hope to meet you at our next event.


Feb 25, 2017 - Member Update

Joining us today at the VBMWR's Winter Break-Out is David Pitman of Lake Country. David has moved into the area from Texas. Please join us in making him welcome to the Okanagan.
Returning to the fold after a year of life getting the way are Glen and Carrie Cullen. Welcome back folks.


March 11, 2017 - Member Update

We have another new member in the Kelowna area. Please join us in welcoming Blair Hope to the Valley BMW Riders.


March 23, 2017 - Member Update

We keep growing! Gerry MacDougall of Kamloops joined the Valley BMW Riders this week. Please make Gerry welcome and we hope to meet him in person at some upcoming events.


April 26, 2017 - New Member

We have another new member in the Kamloops area. Please join me in welcoming Tracey Maslyk to the VBMWR family.


May 6, 2017 - Member News

There must be something in the water in Kamloops. We have yet another new member from there. Please join us in welcoming Sharon Rambo to the Valley BMW Riders. Were glad to have you aboard Sharon and hope to meet you at our next event.


Feb 25, 2017 - Member Update

Joining us today at the VBMWR's Winter Break-Out is David Pitman of Lake Country. David has moved into the area from Texas. Please join us in making him welcome to the Okanagan.
Returning to the fold after a year of life getting the way are Glen and Carrie Cullen. Welcome back folks.


March 11, 2017 - Member Update

We have another new member in the Kelowna area. Please join us in welcoming Blair Hope to the Valley BMW Riders.


March 23, 2017 - Member Update

We keep growing! Gerry MacDougall of Kamloops joined the Valley BMW Riders this week. Please make Gerry welcome and we hope to meet him in person at some upcoming events.


April 26, 2017 - New Member

We have another new member in the Kamloops area. Please join me in welcoming Tracey Maslyk to the VBMWR family.


May 6, 2017 - Member News

There must be something in the water in Kamloops. We have yet another new member from there. Please join us in welcoming Sharon Rambo to the Valley BMW Riders. Were glad to have you aboard Sharon and hope to meet you at our next event.


Feb 25, 2017 - Member Update

Joining us today at the VBMWR's Winter Break-Out is David Pitman of Lake Country. David has moved into the area from Texas. Please join us in making him welcome to the Okanagan.
Returning to the fold after a year of life getting the way are Glen and Carrie Cullen. Welcome back folks.


March 11, 2017 - Member Update

We have another new member in the Kelowna area. Please join us in welcoming Blair Hope to the Valley BMW Riders.


March 23, 2017 - Member Update

We keep growing! Gerry MacDougall of Kamloops joined the Valley BMW Riders this week. Please make Gerry welcome and we hope to meet him in person at some upcoming events.


April 26, 2017 - New Member

We have another new member in the Kamloops area. Please join me in welcoming Tracey Maslyk to the VBMWR family.


May 6, 2017 - Member News

There must be something in the water in Kamloops. We have yet another new member from there. Please join us in welcoming Sharon Rambo to the Valley BMW Riders. Were glad to have you aboard Sharon and hope to meet you at our next event.


Feb 25, 2017 - Member Update

Joining us today at the VBMWR's Winter Break-Out is David Pitman of Lake Country. David has moved into the area from Texas. Please join us in making him welcome to the Okanagan.
Returning to the fold after a year of life getting the way are Glen and Carrie Cullen. Welcome back folks.


March 11, 2017 - Member Update

We have another new member in the Kelowna area. Please join us in welcoming Blair Hope to the Valley BMW Riders.


March 23, 2017 - Member Update

We keep growing! Gerry MacDougall of Kamloops joined the Valley BMW Riders this week. Please make Gerry welcome and we hope to meet him in person at some upcoming events.


April 26, 2017 - New Member

We have another new member in the Kamloops area. Please join me in welcoming Tracey Maslyk to the VBMWR family.


May 6, 2017 - Member News

There must be something in the water in Kamloops. We have yet another new member from there. Please join us in welcoming Sharon Rambo to the Valley BMW Riders. Were glad to have you aboard Sharon and hope to meet you at our next event.


Feb 25, 2017 - Member Update

Joining us today at the VBMWR's Winter Break-Out is David Pitman of Lake Country. David has moved into the area from Texas. Please join us in making him welcome to the Okanagan.
Returning to the fold after a year of life getting the way are Glen and Carrie Cullen. Welcome back folks.


March 11, 2017 - Member Update

We have another new member in the Kelowna area. Please join us in welcoming Blair Hope to the Valley BMW Riders.


March 23, 2017 - Member Update

We keep growing! Gerry MacDougall of Kamloops joined the Valley BMW Riders this week. Please make Gerry welcome and we hope to meet him in person at some upcoming events.


April 26, 2017 - New Member

We have another new member in the Kamloops area. Please join me in welcoming Tracey Maslyk to the VBMWR family.


May 6, 2017 - Member News

There must be something in the water in Kamloops. We have yet another new member from there. Please join us in welcoming Sharon Rambo to the Valley BMW Riders. Were glad to have you aboard Sharon and hope to meet you at our next event.


Feb 25, 2017 - Member Update

Joining us today at the VBMWR's Winter Break-Out is David Pitman of Lake Country. David has moved into the area from Texas. Please join us in making him welcome to the Okanagan.
Returning to the fold after a year of life getting the way are Glen and Carrie Cullen. Welcome back folks.


March 11, 2017 - Member Update

We have another new member in the Kelowna area. Please join us in welcoming Blair Hope to the Valley BMW Riders.


March 23, 2017 - Member Update

We keep growing! Gerry MacDougall of Kamloops joined the Valley BMW Riders this week. Please make Gerry welcome and we hope to meet him in person at some upcoming events.


April 26, 2017 - New Member

We have another new member in the Kamloops area. Please join me in welcoming Tracey Maslyk to the VBMWR family.


May 6, 2017 - Member News

There must be something in the water in Kamloops. We have yet another new member from there. Please join us in welcoming Sharon Rambo to the Valley BMW Riders. Were glad to have you aboard Sharon and hope to meet you at our next event.


Feb 25, 2017 - Member Update

Joining us today at the VBMWR's Winter Break-Out is David Pitman of Lake Country. David has moved into the area from Texas. Please join us in making him welcome to the Okanagan.
Returning to the fold after a year of life getting the way are Glen and Carrie Cullen. Welcome back folks.


March 11, 2017 - Member Update

We have another new member in the Kelowna area. Please join us in welcoming Blair Hope to the Valley BMW Riders.


March 23, 2017 - Member Update

We keep growing! Gerry MacDougall of Kamloops joined the Valley BMW Riders this week. Please make Gerry welcome and we hope to meet him in person at some upcoming events.


April 26, 2017 - New Member

We have another new member in the Kamloops area. Please join me in welcoming Tracey Maslyk to the VBMWR family.


May 6, 2017 - Member News

There must be something in the water in Kamloops. We have yet another new member from there. Please join us in welcoming Sharon Rambo to the Valley BMW Riders. Were glad to have you aboard Sharon and hope to meet you at our next event.


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