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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.

Valley BMW Riders, British Columbia, Canada.


Our Valley BMW Riders Club was formed twenty plus years ago on June 7, 1988 and we received our BMWMOA Charter in December 1989. We are a Canadian Club situated in the interior valleys of southern British Columbia.   The club formed because two of it's co-founders, Martin Hobbs from Armstrong, B.C. and Herman Kovacs from Merritt, B.C. had belonged to a regional brand X motorcycle club which met for breakfast every Sunday morning in Kamloops, B.C.
The idea was to go for a ride after breakfast. Some of the club members came up with so many rules and conditions that the meeting dragged on and on, and after debating this and that, people didn't feel like going on rides anymore.
Martin and Herman's families got together for a New Years day dinner twenty years ago and they decided to form their own BMW club, They both knew of riders located around the area.  After a few weeks of talking to the local riders in the valley and in the Interior of B.C., they managed to get 14 riders together, only needing 10 to become a charter club under BMWMOA.  There was no name for the club at the time and many were thrown around. A perceptive fellow said that we all live in one valley or another.   So, why don't we call our club the "Valley BMW Riders"?     All agreed and we became the 186th club to be chartered under BMWMOA.

At the time of chartering, we came up with one rule and only one rule -- that there be no rules.   This rule has served the club well. We have an Agm at which official business lasts about 10 minutes. Then we eat. We have a winter breakout Dinner with no business at all.

Riding, friendship, camping and of course eating is the focus of the club.
The club grew steadily for a number of years, riders of non BMWs asked if they could join and of course we said yes. We could then work on them to get a BMW. Those of them that still ride other bikes are sometimes gently reminded of the error of their ways. As mentioned earlier, we operate with no rules but we always have a great time in getting together for breakfasts, rides, campouts, tours, attending rallies, giving each other technical help as needed, helping out at the registration desk at national rallies, etc.
One of our former Presidents (Big Dick Martin) was a connoisseur of pies and he would tell the rest of us about the great pie places he had found in his travels.   It didn’t take long for the club to come up with a "Pie Run" and search out the latest gourmet pies.   At times we would ride all day with the pie destination as our goal.    Our club motto became "Ride & Eat Pies". 
About 10 years after the original club was formed, a lot of members dropped out, sold their bikes etc.  We wondered if it was worth carrying on.  Then the club was resurrected at a breakfast meeting in Vernon.  We talked to prospective new members and all of a sudden our club grew like crazy. It didn’t hurt that a BMW Dealer opened in the area. Up until then the nearest dealer had been 300 miles away. We now have 80 families located in BC, Washington, Idaho and Germany, our camp outs are still very popular and we get over 60 people out for our breakfasts.
We have a diverse membership, some interested in riding off-road, some interested in collecting bikes, some long distance riders, some interested in getting to as many rallies in a season that they can, some casual weekend warriors, and some very knowledgeable tech guys. No matter who we are individually we all agree that the safest way to ride is "ride your own ride".

 

No one feels pressure to keep up, and faster riders are welcome to find the fine line. As an indicator of how active this club is, the Valley BMW Riders were awarded at the National Rally in Gillette Wyoming First place for largest local chartered club in attendance. Second place most member miles, and second place for farthest chartered club with five or more members attending.

This year is our club's twentieth anniversary.  Our club dues are now at $15 per year.  Our President is elected by the good old railroad, and it has worked for us. We also created club crests and shirts and we have had a website for a number of years, that has recently gone through a major rebuild.

Martin

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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