Based in the Thompson / Okanagan region of beautiful British Columbia

Associated with:

MOACharter CLUB #186

Event coordinator Judy Wiebe

ComparedEventcoordiantor Judy Wiebe 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.  Ron and I got together in 2002.  I rode pillion for 2 years with him, 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 monthly breakfasts, potluck(s) and BBQ, 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!

Webmaster Mike Huellenhagen

Webmaster Mike HuellenhagenBorn 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.

Founding Member & MOA Ambassador Martin Hobbs

 As a BMW MOA Ambassador and membership coordinator, I would also like to invite you to join BMW MOA.

Please contact me if you are interested, or go to

Martin P. Hobbs.

Treasurer Tom Maxted

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.


Gardening, restoring old motorcycles and goofing off.

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?

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.

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

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.

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.

President Wayne Corley

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.  



Vice President - Dan Mirabent

Proud father and husband, respectful of my heritage, adore my family, in love with life, coffee and motorcycles; it’s always been about the journey, not the destination. Riding motorcycles has always been a passion, purchased my first motorcycle at the age of 18 and always had one since then. Different brands and styles, but there has always been a constant element: The Ride. 


Motorcycles not only have been my vehicles for transportation, but as well to explore the world, clear my mind and most important, meet great people. I have made great friendships thru motorcycles and I hope to keep building more. Never measure someone by the size of their engine, but by the size of their heart, this has proven true over and over again. 



I bought my first BMW in 2000, a 650 GS and since then I have been updating and upgrading to other GS. Currently have a 2017 GSA, been a MOA member for long but recently joined the VBMW riders in 2017 and all I can say is that is a great pleasure and great group to be part. Gratitude reciprocates always, I'm very grateful with our club and founding members for giving us this amazing platform to connect and share our passion.