March 2019 Update & Events
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Update & Events

Our riding calendar is here! 

We had a great planning meeting, and have put together the list of rides and events for 2019.   While there is more riding on this list than most would ever be able to attend, we're always looking for more!

If you are planning on a trip and are looking for others to attend, or if you have interest in going somewhere, post it up on the BMW TCD forum.  There are always others looking for places to go.  It could be any local or far away destination.  The best part of the club is being able to take advantage of our community of riders.   So, our 2019 is more of a starting point.  Many of the best rides of the year are the pick-up or ad-hoc rides among members that are not 'officially' on the calendar.  (James Bay, Quebec is on my list this year...)

The 2019 TCD Calendar is listed at the end of this email.  All of our favorites are back.  The Longest Day, Thumb Run, Color Tour, and Edmund Fitzgerald.  Plus some newer rides (Ohio Road & Trail), and ADV Rallies (Stolen Pig, Touratech Dirt Daze).  We look forward to seeing you on a ride this year!

TCD Nites The second Tuesday of the month, we meet at 6:30 p.m. at various locations to break some bread and plot our coming activities. For March we will go back to the Wurst Bar in Ypsilanti.  705 W Cross St, Ypsilanti, MI 48197  See you there on March 12th at 6:30.

Seminars  On Saturday, March 23 from 1:00PM to 4:00PM, BMW Motorcycles of Southeast Michigan is bringing BMW Brand Ambassador Shawn Thomas in to cover Adventure Riding tips and tricks. Shawn has traveled all over the world, including South Africa, Colombia, throughout South America and—most recently—the GS Trophy competition in Mongolia. Shawn knows what it takes to ride abroad and will share his experiences—and fiascos—in a fun and educational setting! 
  • Motorcycle Electronics: Understanding the technology contained within your bike—ABS Brakes, Traction Control, Electronic Suspension, and Throttle Response—and how they help you to be a better rider!
  • Adventure Ergonomics: Knowing how to position yourself on the motorcycle for hours of safe and comfortable riding though the backcountry. 
  • Riding Gear: Understanding what makes adventure riding gear unique and essential, including abrasion resistance, protective armor, Dual-Sport helmets, Adventure boots and on-road/off-road gloves
  • Reclaiming Verticality: Learn to various tips and tricks of picking up a fallen motorcycle!
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TCD Nites are great opportunities to meet other members of the club!  Join us at the River's Edge Brewery in Milford, Tuesday March 12th at 6:30 p.m.

Breakfast Schedule:

3/17/19 (two locations):
Pinckney Masonic Lodge - Pinckney, MI
Greek Jalapeño - Waterford, MI

3/24/19  Americus Coney & Grill - Milford

3/31/19  Tami's Grille - Oxford

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Enjoy the rides, enjoy the club!


Your TCD Officers
Mike Eckstein
Mike Drew
Vice President
Craig Grissom
Lukas Eddy

2019 Calendar

March 12 – TCD Nite

April 9 
TCD Nite

April 20
Maumee ADV.  The TCD meets for breakfast at the Harvest Moon Cafe on Michigan Ave. south of Ypsilanti and rides down to the Maumee State Forest APV area.  This is a park owned by the State of Ohio and located in Swanton, Ohio – which is just southwest of Toledo.  Small area, but fun.  We do a few laps then head north somewhere for lunch.  Good ADV riding practice! 8-14 riders.

April 25-28 Stolen Pig Rally, McCarr, KY.  The Stolen Pig Rally is for street legal adventure bikes. Held at The McCoy Pig Farm semi-primitive campground. For street riding there's not a single quarter mile section of strait road in the region and plenty to see and do.  

April 26-28 – MOA Getaway, Fontana, NC.  The MOA will host another great MOA Getaway at the Fontana Village Resort on April 21-23, 2017. Come experience some of the best roads east of the Mississippi River in this lush mountain atmosphere.

May 3-5 – BMW Mini-Rally, Denton, MI.  Annual BMW Mini Rally sponsored by the BMW Club of Battle Creek.  They’re moving to a new GREAT LOCATION this year.  Lots of great riding both on road and dirt/off-road.  One of the best riding areas in the state.  Camping on site, hotels in Hastings, MI. Several hundred in attendance.

May 5 – All Clubs Ride, Stockbridge, MI.  Annual spring event in downtown Stockbridge, MI.   Join lots of riders from all over as they converge on the Stockbridge town square to go on rides or just kick tires. (The fall event All-Clubs Day is the bigger event here, with the bike show, etc. This is the smaller, spring version)  See lots of bikes and meet interesting people.  300-400 in attendance.

May 11 – TCD Urban Ride – Detroit, MI.  Join the TCD downtown for an informal tour of the city, its heritage, ruins and future. Meet up at 9 AM for breakfast downtown with the ride after.  See the Michigan Central Depot, Belle Isle, the Packard Plant and many other interesting sights. 20-40 riders.

May 14 – TCD Nite

May 18BMW SEM Open House.  Fun, food, and motorcycles!

June 3BMW SEM Track Day – Grattan, MI

June 11 – TCD Nite

June 13-15  - BMW MOA Rally, Lebanon, TN.  BMW Motorcycle Owners of American annual event.  Big event, lots of BMW vendors, etc.  8,000 attendees

June 21-23 – BMW TCD Longest Day Ride, Interlochen, MI.  Long standing TCD event.  Half the riders are on road bikes and half have dirty GS’s.  Cycle-Moore Campground, 11075 US 31 S, Interlochen, MI.  Enjoy the extended daylight for great riding in Leelanau Peninsula, and then hang around the campfire into wee hours of the night.  Motel options in Interlochen for those who don’t want to camp.  There is an ADV ride on the Michigan ORV trail system on Friday morning up to the campground.  Meet in St. John and ride up, or meet everyone at the campground.  20-45 riders.

July 6Washtenaw ADV Ride.  Explore the dirt backroads of Washtenaw, Lapeer, and Jackson Counties.  Great gravel road routes.  Meet for breakfast at Inverness Inn north of Chelsea, MI about 9:00 – ride at 10.  Typically 6-14 riders.

July 9 – TCD Nite

July 26-29 – TCD Road & Trail, Athens, OH.  Hit the scenic, twisty, and hilly backroads in southern Ohio.  We will have routes for both on-road as well as off-road.  Ride the Triple Nickel and the Ohio Twisty 9 (paved roads).  We also have ADV / dirt routes for the GS crowd.  Ride down on Thurs, or Friday.  Ride back Sunday or Monday.  6-14 riders.  Good event to bring your significant other…

Aug 13 – TCD Nite

Aug 15-18 – Touratech Dirt Daze, South Pomfret, VT.  The inaugural Touratech DirtDaze Rally, expected to be the biggest and best ADV motorcycle riding experience in the Eastern USA.
Adventure motorcycle enthusiasts should expect the best of all worlds: Amazing rides for all skill levels through breathtaking landscapes on dirt, gravel and pavement, incredible presentations, onsite education and challenges, moto-vendors, factory demos, outdoor fun and the great amenities available at the Suicide Six venue.

Aug 18th – TCD Soar N’ Ride – Gregory, MI.  Meet at the Sandhill Soaring Club field.  We will stage on-road, and dirt-road rides from the field.  Explore the excellent riding of western Washtenaw and Livingston Counties.  Picnic planned. For those interested, people can also sign up for sail plane rides with the Sandhill Soaring Club. 

Aug 23-24 – Owosso Vintage Event – Owosso, MI.  Friday night vintage ride, and extensive vintage motorcycle display in downtown Owosso on Saturday.  Great event, see lots of TCD’ers and their bikes! 

Sept 5-8 – BMW RA Rally, Woodstock, VA.  BMW Riders Association annual rally. Smaller than the MOA.  1-2,000 attendees

Sept 10 – TCD Nite

Sept 14 – TCD Thumb Run, Port Austin, MI.  Annual TCD run up to Michigan’s thumb and overnight campout at Port Crescent State Park near Port Austin. Enjoy some early autumn camping and marvel at a campfire on the Saginaw Bay shore. A good time for all.  Most meet at the campground.  4-16 attendees.

Sept 15 – All Clubs Day, Stockbridge, MI.  The All (motorcycle) Clubs bike day in Stockbridge (MI, not MA). Noon to 4 PM on Sun. Sept. 16th 2018, at the village square in downtown Stockbridge (trust me, you can’t miss it!). BMW TCD will be staffing a booth at the show.  Bike show, BBQ at the fire house.  Thousands in attendance.

Sept 21 – Oakland ADV Ride, Clarkston, MI.  Explore the dirt backroads of Northern Oakland County (+ Lapeer). Great gravel road routes.  Meet for breakfast in Clarkston, MI 

Sept 27-29 – TCD Color Tour, Interlochen, MI.  Cycle-Moore Campground, 11075 US 31 S, Interlochen, MI. Join your fellow TCD members in enjoying Michigan fall colors in beautiful Grand Traverse and Leelanau counties.  Both on and off-road GS/ADV riding. Camp at Cycle-Moore, or grab a motel in Interlochen.  If the weather is good we often have 50 show up, if not 3-4.  We hope for beautiful fall weather.

Oct 8 – TCD Nite

Nov 9-10 – Edmund Fitzgerald Run, East Tawas, MI.  We ride up to Tawas Point State Park on Saturday.  Have dinner in East Tawas, then build a campfire you can see from the moon!  Either camp at the park or grab a motel in East Tawas.  Turnout is weather dependent.  If the weather is great we could have 25-30.  Last chance to sneak a ride in for the year.
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