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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.
- 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.
Is it worth the money? ($1100.00 Canadian, at 2009 exchange rate)
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I am a bit of a procrastinator, it took me a while to make up my mind to buy an Aerostich riding suit.  About 20 years in fact!  Over the years I have used various types of gear; Belstaff, Leather, Cordura, long and short jackets, bibbed and non-bibbed pants, all do the job but all have their problems.
 My desire was to have a riding suit that I could take off in seconds, warm, waterproof, well vented, comfortable and offers good protection.  Along with all that, I didn’t want it to be too hot in the extreme heat. Tall order.  What I have chosen is the two-piece zip together Aerostich Roadcrafter.  After wearing it for a year, does it meet my needs?  Well a big Maybe.
I don’t think it possible to meet all needs with just one outfit but this suit comes very close.  Is it warm?  Yes, if one wears an electric vest and liner with it.  The suit can be closed off at the neck and cuffs to seal out the wind.  Comfortable?  Yes, it’s available in all sorts of mix and match sizes or can be custom ordered.  When new, it is very stiff and takes a long time to break in and when it does, it takes on your body shape and feels much better.  Waterproof?  

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To a certain degree, yes, however, the old problem with the crotch is still there, if riding a naked bike.  I have found the same problem even with rain suits.  Well vented?  Yes, as long as one is moving. There are vents under the arms and in the back that work well but the armour does limit these somewhat.  Once stopped, it’s a matter of getting it off as fast as possible, which is very easy to do. Unzip two zippers and in moments you stand there looking very dapper in your shorts and riding boots.  To combat this look, I wear lightweight pants with zip off legs, which makes for a more acceptable look when going into a store or restaurant.  Cool in the heat?  Well in my wisdom I bought a black suit so I am asking a lot, but I find it no hotter than my leathers.  I drink a lot of water and wet myself down often.  I find I can handle the heat by getting an early morning start and stopping relatively early in the afternoon.  Good protection?  Hopefully I don’t get to find out.  I did go for the hip pads but don’t like them as they interfere with getting into the inside of the suit.  I also have the back protector with the standard shoulder, elbow and knee armour.
After using the Aerostich for a year, I think it is the best riding outfit I have ever owned.  50 years of riding and I’m getting closer to having all the right gear.  Now it’s time to look at helmets.

 

Motovida DGR

Motovida will be hosting the Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride on September 30, its a charity events to support the fight for prostate cancer, more details at www.motovida.com

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BMW Discount

We have successfully completed the first VBMWR club discount on a purchase of a new motorcycle, please keep this in mind for future purchases, it works with any BMW dealership, also includes cars.


Horizons Unlimited 2019

Horizons Unlimited has changed their date for 2019 in Nakusp in an effort to avoid the smoke that has become a norm in BC, please check the new dates.


2019 Riding Season

Please let the executive know your thoughts and expectations for 2019! Let them know what worked and what didn't work on 2018.


Oroville, WA Ride & Camp

Our last official club event for 2018 is the great and possibly chilly Ride and Camp in Oroville, WA. This is a great event as we basically have the campground for ourselves and a great opportunity to meet everyone and say goodbye to the riding season with a bang.


Motovida DGR

Motovida will be hosting the Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride on September 30, its a charity events to support the fight for prostate cancer, more details at www.motovida.com

Link


BMW Discount

We have successfully completed the first VBMWR club discount on a purchase of a new motorcycle, please keep this in mind for future purchases, it works with any BMW dealership, also includes cars.


Horizons Unlimited 2019

Horizons Unlimited has changed their date for 2019 in Nakusp in an effort to avoid the smoke that has become a norm in BC, please check the new dates.


2019 Riding Season

Please let the executive know your thoughts and expectations for 2019! Let them know what worked and what didn't work on 2018.


Oroville, WA Ride & Camp

Our last official club event for 2018 is the great and possibly chilly Ride and Camp in Oroville, WA. This is a great event as we basically have the campground for ourselves and a great opportunity to meet everyone and say goodbye to the riding season with a bang.


Motovida DGR

Motovida will be hosting the Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride on September 30, its a charity events to support the fight for prostate cancer, more details at www.motovida.com

Link


BMW Discount

We have successfully completed the first VBMWR club discount on a purchase of a new motorcycle, please keep this in mind for future purchases, it works with any BMW dealership, also includes cars.


Horizons Unlimited 2019

Horizons Unlimited has changed their date for 2019 in Nakusp in an effort to avoid the smoke that has become a norm in BC, please check the new dates.


2019 Riding Season

Please let the executive know your thoughts and expectations for 2019! Let them know what worked and what didn't work on 2018.


Oroville, WA Ride & Camp

Our last official club event for 2018 is the great and possibly chilly Ride and Camp in Oroville, WA. This is a great event as we basically have the campground for ourselves and a great opportunity to meet everyone and say goodbye to the riding season with a bang.


Motovida DGR

Motovida will be hosting the Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride on September 30, its a charity events to support the fight for prostate cancer, more details at www.motovida.com

Link


BMW Discount

We have successfully completed the first VBMWR club discount on a purchase of a new motorcycle, please keep this in mind for future purchases, it works with any BMW dealership, also includes cars.


Horizons Unlimited 2019

Horizons Unlimited has changed their date for 2019 in Nakusp in an effort to avoid the smoke that has become a norm in BC, please check the new dates.


2019 Riding Season

Please let the executive know your thoughts and expectations for 2019! Let them know what worked and what didn't work on 2018.


Oroville, WA Ride & Camp

Our last official club event for 2018 is the great and possibly chilly Ride and Camp in Oroville, WA. This is a great event as we basically have the campground for ourselves and a great opportunity to meet everyone and say goodbye to the riding season with a bang.


Motovida DGR

Motovida will be hosting the Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride on September 30, its a charity events to support the fight for prostate cancer, more details at www.motovida.com

Link


BMW Discount

We have successfully completed the first VBMWR club discount on a purchase of a new motorcycle, please keep this in mind for future purchases, it works with any BMW dealership, also includes cars.


Horizons Unlimited 2019

Horizons Unlimited has changed their date for 2019 in Nakusp in an effort to avoid the smoke that has become a norm in BC, please check the new dates.


2019 Riding Season

Please let the executive know your thoughts and expectations for 2019! Let them know what worked and what didn't work on 2018.


Oroville, WA Ride & Camp

Our last official club event for 2018 is the great and possibly chilly Ride and Camp in Oroville, WA. This is a great event as we basically have the campground for ourselves and a great opportunity to meet everyone and say goodbye to the riding season with a bang.


Motovida DGR

Motovida will be hosting the Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride on September 30, its a charity events to support the fight for prostate cancer, more details at www.motovida.com

Link


BMW Discount

We have successfully completed the first VBMWR club discount on a purchase of a new motorcycle, please keep this in mind for future purchases, it works with any BMW dealership, also includes cars.


Horizons Unlimited 2019

Horizons Unlimited has changed their date for 2019 in Nakusp in an effort to avoid the smoke that has become a norm in BC, please check the new dates.


2019 Riding Season

Please let the executive know your thoughts and expectations for 2019! Let them know what worked and what didn't work on 2018.


Oroville, WA Ride & Camp

Our last official club event for 2018 is the great and possibly chilly Ride and Camp in Oroville, WA. This is a great event as we basically have the campground for ourselves and a great opportunity to meet everyone and say goodbye to the riding season with a bang.


Motovida DGR

Motovida will be hosting the Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride on September 30, its a charity events to support the fight for prostate cancer, more details at www.motovida.com

Link


BMW Discount

We have successfully completed the first VBMWR club discount on a purchase of a new motorcycle, please keep this in mind for future purchases, it works with any BMW dealership, also includes cars.


Horizons Unlimited 2019

Horizons Unlimited has changed their date for 2019 in Nakusp in an effort to avoid the smoke that has become a norm in BC, please check the new dates.


2019 Riding Season

Please let the executive know your thoughts and expectations for 2019! Let them know what worked and what didn't work on 2018.


Oroville, WA Ride & Camp

Our last official club event for 2018 is the great and possibly chilly Ride and Camp in Oroville, WA. This is a great event as we basically have the campground for ourselves and a great opportunity to meet everyone and say goodbye to the riding season with a bang.


Motovida DGR

Motovida will be hosting the Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride on September 30, its a charity events to support the fight for prostate cancer, more details at www.motovida.com

Link


BMW Discount

We have successfully completed the first VBMWR club discount on a purchase of a new motorcycle, please keep this in mind for future purchases, it works with any BMW dealership, also includes cars.


Horizons Unlimited 2019

Horizons Unlimited has changed their date for 2019 in Nakusp in an effort to avoid the smoke that has become a norm in BC, please check the new dates.


2019 Riding Season

Please let the executive know your thoughts and expectations for 2019! Let them know what worked and what didn't work on 2018.


Oroville, WA Ride & Camp

Our last official club event for 2018 is the great and possibly chilly Ride and Camp in Oroville, WA. This is a great event as we basically have the campground for ourselves and a great opportunity to meet everyone and say goodbye to the riding season with a bang.


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