October 2020
Membership Information
Membership Information
A couple of updates for both our current members and new incoming members!
For existing IFMR-NA Members:  For current members paying annual renewal dues, please respond to the invoice that is sent to you. You will be taken to the login screen as you must be logged in to pay your renewal dues. Alternatively, you can also log in to your account to check your account statement and balance listed under "My ClubRunner" and the last item on that list is "My Billing Account Balance".
For NEW IFMR-NA Members ONLY:  Click on "JOIN IFMR-NA!"  in the menu bar above that will take you to the NEW Member information page.  Or you can also click here to go directly to the new membership form.
Upcoming IFMR Rides!
Day 1
Today's ride will take you to Richland Center, Prairie du Chien and end the day in Marquette, Iowa
Day 2
We will ride from Marquette, Iowa back to the Wisconsin Dells
via Lansing, MN; Viroqua, WI; Westby, WI; Cashton, WI; Hillsboro, WI; Reedsburg, WI
If you would like to make a donation to the projects of the 
Rotary Club of Motorcycling Rotarians contact ride coordinator Jim Lawrence.

IFMR-NA Friendship Ride to End Polio
Johnson City, Tennessee 
Ride routes are still being evaluated,
but routes will most certainly contain “The Snake.”  
See more info about "The Snake" here: https://tinyurl.com/y6axo94g

Riders will have the option of following a ride leader,

or directions will be provided for more spirited riders. 


There will be social events, fellowship, a trivia competition, dining out

rally style awards (longest distance, oldest rider, youngest rider, most eventful trip, Motorcycle Genius Award),


For more information, suggestions, make a donation to Polio Plus

or any other questions contact Jim Dodmead by clicking here


We plan for AIR2021 to be bigger and better than AIR17, we have filtered all the Feedback from AIR17 and we hope to improve the Ride and supply all the issues the International and Australian Members have requested.
Check out the video by clicking here
Download the MAP



With sand-covered tombs, austere pyramids and towering Pharaonic temples, Egypt brings out the explorer in all of us. Egypt is rich with temples, soaring lotus-bud columns; enormous stone portals laced with delicate carvings, elaborate underground tombs, windswept desert monasteries, and richly decorated mosques. But as extraordinary as these sights are, they will probably not be the things that linger in your memory after you return home. It is exploring them from the back of a motorcycle or a scooter - from the Mediterranean feel of Alexandria to the electric pace of Cairo to the timelessness of desert villages- that is unforgettable.


Cross Egypt Challenge adventure rally not only gives you the opportunity to explore this magnificent country on two wheels, but it also allows you to experience the Egyptian culture first hand and explore destinations and routes that normal tourists don't get to explore.


Cross Egypt Challenge is a series of endurance cross-country motorcycles and scooter rallies conducted through the toughest tracks and roads of Egypt. The series is aiming to promote Egyptian tourism and is running under the supervision of the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and the Egyptian Tourism Authority.


For more information and to register click here



Enjoy taking a motorcycle or a scooter tour in India. India is a soulful, soul-stirring country, overflowing with cultural treasures, spiritual wonder, and natural beauty. A wondrous land of crowded mega cities, Himalayan monasteries, and ancient fishing villages, India sweeps you up in a confounding and beautiful tide of humanity. Float along Kerala's famous backwaters, take a camel ride through Rajasthan, or find peace at the holy Ganges. And whether you drink chai (tea) from the source in Munnar, or savor Marwari cuisine in Jaipur, the land of spices and its remarkable people will linger long in your memory.


Our guided Royal Enfield motorcycle and scooter tours in India are not only giving you the opportunity to explore the land of remarkable diversity on two wheels, but they also allow you to do that on the legendary Royal Enfield motorcycles. An experience that will ignite your curiosity, shake your senses and warm your soul.


For more information click here




Jim and Diane went on a multi-stage reconnaissance mission to the NC
mountains for an IFMR-NA ride next year.  There are many spectacular vistas
and rides in the area to choose from. 

This event is tentatively scheduled for August 26-29, 2021.  There are
planned social events on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, along with
guided rides on Friday and Saturday or participants can venture out on their

After a test run at Nantahala Outdoor Center, they have eliminated white
water rafting as a potential activity for next year's ride.  However, other
participants are welcome to try it.  Reservations are recommended.

The pictures are from the Blue Ridge Parkway and Lake Junaluska.
October is "Cybersecurity Awareness Month".  Now in its 17th year, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) continues to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity across our Nation, ensuring that all Americans have the resources they need to be safer and more secure online.
CISA and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) are proud to announce this year’s theme:

“Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.”

This theme encourages individuals and organizations to own their role in protecting their part of cyberspace, stressing personal accountability and the importance of taking proactive steps to enhance cybersecurity.

NCSAM emphasizes “If You Connect It, Protect It.” Throughout October, CISA and NCSA will focus on the following areas in our promotions and outreach:

  • October 1 and 2: Official NCSAM Kick-off
  • Week of October 5 (Week 1): If You Connect It, Protect It
  • Week of October 12 (Week 2): Securing Devices at Home and Work
  • Week of October 19 (Week 3): Securing Internet-Connected Devices in Healthcare
  • Week of October 26 (Week 4): The Future of Connected Devices

Use NCSAM’s hashtag #BeCyberSmart before and during October to promote your involvement in raising cybersecurity awareness.


Tip sheet #1:  Internet Security While Traveling

Tip sheet #2:  eSkimming

Tip sheet #3: Identity Theft and Internet Scams

Tip sheet #4: Internet of Things

Tip sheet #5: MultiFactor Authentication

Tip sheet #6: Phishing

Tip sheet #7: Social Media

Find more information about National Cybersecurity Awareness Month by clicking here:  Cybersecurity Awareness Month


The idea: Show your fellow Rotarians how beautiful Texas is in the spring.
Wildflowers all over the place and what a great area we have for motorcycles.
A very famous ride call’s the “Twisted Sisters”. I can’t tell you, how many times in the last 4 – 5 years I wanted to ride over there. Something always interfered with our plans and we never had the chance to ride to Bandera, TX.  This time, everything seemed perfect! I found a place for all of us to stay, The Twin Elm Ranch. I picked this place because of the campground, RV places and nice cabins.
On the same weekend, Bandera would host the annual "Thunder in the Hill Country" motorcycle rally. It Couldn’t be a better weekend for motorcycling Rotarians to get together! Even the weather was with us until ….. the coronavirus came around and the closer the weekend came, more riders had to cancel because of it.  It looked like, I shouldn’t ride the “Twisted Sisters”.
Don’t ask me why but even as our county sent out the “stay and work home safety order” I couldn’t cancel our cabin on the Ranch. I called them to check out the situation and they told me: “we are still open”. The restaurants in town are closed but we will do everything to make your stay happen. So I talked with my husband and said “let us do it”! He knows his sometimes crazy wife good enough to know, I would not accept a “NO”.
Two days later we started our 260 mile ride up to Bandera. We picked the back roads from Friendswood to Alvin over the HWY 35, the FM1462 to the HWY 36 to Rosenberg to the old 90A to Seguin. In the afternoon we arrived at the Ranch after miles and miles with wildflowers on the route. Priceless!!!
At the Ranch we received a warm welcome. Because of the situation, Vicky the owner, cooked dinner for us. Good home cooking. Next morning we started our ride to the “Twisted Sisters” (FM335, 336 & 337)! About 200 miles zig zagginh, up and down through this awesome area. On the road you could see there was not much traffic.
The motorcycle rally in Bandera was cancelled as well. There were only a few crazy riders like us.  They didn’t let the virus cancel their plan’s. In the afternoon we returned to the ranch happy and tired.
The next day we had another IFMR member, PDG Jeff Tallas from Sugarland, TX, join us. He met us at the gas station in town. The plan to ride to San Antonio wasn’t going to work because of the high infection risk from the virus. That’s why we decided….. I’m sure you know what we rode, right?
The Twisted Sisters, of course!
We had a lot of fun together and met more riders than the days before. When we returned back to the Ranch on that last afternoon, the owner surprised us and two other motorcycle couples with a barbecue as a thank you for our business. It was a great finale for an awesome trip.
Sunday morning facing 49oF we started making our way back home with the new idea that “I need to show my fellow Rotarians this area ….. maybe next year”!
See more pictures here

Ryujin Otsurihasi Bridge with Shigeru-san
Editing video takes so long… last month I enjoyed my first ride (but hopefully not last) in Japan. My friend and former colleague Shigeru-san was so kind as to offer playing tour guide for me on my recent business trip to Mito, Japan. It’s about 2 hours northeast of Tokyo. I rented a bike from a national network he recommended: Rental819. They required I arrive and be traveling with a native Japanese speaker, which was fortunate because I’m basically illiterate there. The bike I chose was a Harley Davidson Street 750, made in India. Why? Well, Shigeru rides a Kawasaki W800, and it seemed the HD would be well-matched. The bike worked fine, but the seat was painfully uncomfortable, and there was nothing inspiring about the rest of the bike. I like the irony of riding an Indian-made Harley in Japan. Lesson learned. Japan has tiered licensing, and bikes rate in classes P1 – P5. Scooters are P1, and literbikes are P5, so the P4 class HD was slightly less expensive than full-size bikes I’m used to. For reference, the other bike at Mito (again, way outside Tokyo with limited selection) was a Honda CB400. I’m sure I would have been happy on the CB because I’ve really loved all my Hondas and 400cc is more than enough for the riding we did. Here’s the route Shigeru-san graciously planned for us:
Day 1, Sunday, was very hot and humid. We encountered a ton of traffic as we neared the shogun temple at Nikko Toshogu, and had to stop along the way to rehydrate and cool down. After our convenience store stop, Shigeru-san had difficulty restarting his air-cooled W800. This delayed us a little, and we ended up splitting lanes along the curb (see video) to avoid an overheating encore before lunch and the temple. This was a holiday weekend in Japan, explaining availability of a Sunday-Monday ride. After a relaxing and worthwhile visit to the temple, we headed straight to the night’s lodging at a traditional onsen-style hotel, Pension Lakes Nikko. The hotel called Shigeru-san while we were at the temple to tell him we needed to arrive soon to avoid missing dinner. Enough said! The ride there was short, mercifully cooler than the morning, and included the Irohazaka winding road. Switchbacks were a great way to finish the riding day.
We returned down the switchbacks carefully. It was a beautiful ride even in the rain. This area is popular with sportbikers but traffic was far lighter on Monday. After a mid-morning coffee break and excellent roadside ramen stop, we spent a couple hours at the Honda Museum in Motegi. I could have spent all day. We didn’t even visit the race track but could hear high-performance motors screaming in the distance through the wooded hills and curves. My rental HD was due back in the evening, so we needed to move on to the second stop, Ryujin Otsurihasi suspension bridge. This is not a vehicle bridge, but famous among hikers and bungee-jumpers for scenic views. We did not jump : ) but were content to watch several other daredevils. Here’s the video of the trip, 13 1/2 minutes in total.
When I go back, I’d like to ride Hokkaido. Shigeru-san has a trip planned there next spring, and I’ve heard it’s motorcycle paradise. The northern island does experience winter though- so if you go- I’ve heard the month of May is about the best. Finally, the weekend after my business trip there, I had a grand sendoff from the rest of my former training colleagues there: Nitanai-san and Horii-san joined us for lunch at the Haneda airport. See you next time, my friends!

Reprinted with permission, Liz Jansen 
lizjansen.com posted April 5, 2019

As eager as we are to get out for the first ride of the season, it’s important to prepare for unique spring motorcycle hazards.

Trudy and I went for our first ride last week. It was an early start but she needed routine maintenance beyond my repertoire. We’ve got travel plans for later this month so the work had to happen. We lucked out with a beautiful sunny day (sandwiched between two snow days) for the ninety-minute cross-country ride to my local Triumph dealer.

I wasn’t as ready as I would have preferred so I stayed away from traffic and rode more deliberately, aware of what I was dealing with.

10 Spring Motorcycle Hazards
  1. Automobile drivers. They haven’t had to share the road with motorcycles for four months. Add in their general inattentiveness and distractions and it’s a recipe for trouble. Give yourself plenty of space, watch other road users closely, and make yourself as visible as possible. Assume they don’t see you.
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February 8, 2019 -- Written by Heather Oliver

Talk to any motorcyclist and you’re likely to hear how they love the exhilarating feeling of freedom they get while riding. The feel of the wind, the intensity of the smells in the air, the vibrant views that come at you as if you’re wearing 3D glasses …

Even still, there are some people who remain unconvinced about the joys of riding—whether it’s procrastination, fear, or disinterest—they just can’t or won’t see the proverbial light.

If your enthusiasm for motorcycles has yet to persuade someone to learn to ride, start riding again, or to at least accept your passion for motorcycling, perhaps science can. Time to rehash the study done by Ryuta Kawashima in Tokyo (in conjunction with Yamaha). It makes an impressive case for riding. Yes, car drivers, we’re rubbing it in—and it never gets old!

Riding Motorcycles Daily Improves Cognitive Functioning

Who doesn’t want to be better at problem-solving and carrying out complex tasks? I don’t know about you, but I’m all for increased mental abilities. Maybe if I ride a motorcycle enough, I’ll finally be able to move things with my mind. Now there’s motivation! Does it still count if you’re on the back? The study didn’t cover that one …


Higher Levels of Concentration

If you ever hope to bend a spoon with your mind, then you should ride a motorcycle every chance you get. Seriously though, this one makes perfect sense. It takes much more concentration to ride a motorcycle than it does to drive a car. From shifting and stopping, counter-steering, to cornering, negotiating curves, and avoiding hazards on the road—your mind stays in high gear because you are so in tuned to your surroundings. Besides, doesn’t everyone have at least a teensy-weensy desire to be James Bond (or an Alex Parrish from Quanitco)? As a motorcyclist, you must be daring and quick on your feet—very 007-like.

Reduced Stress Levels

A recent study by the American Psychological Association (APA) found that individuals in the U.S. are consistently feeling stress levels of at least a 4.7 on a scale of 1-10, and that stress is directly affecting our health. Apparently, we’re all anxious, angry, or tired—perhaps that explains road rage! Yet another reason to ride. When was the last time you came across someone who was mad or stressed out because they were riding a motorcycle?



   Planning A Successful IFMR Ride
   Bob Shriner - Master Ride Guide
   IFMR-NA Past President 2010 - 2013
I'm often asked for guidance in planning an IFMR event to get the most participation and rider enjoyment. Here are a few things I've learned from experience.
Usually 2-3 months is needed to get a weekend event onto people's calendars and let them make plans to attend. Longer events need even more lead time.
Start planning well in advance. Think of some likely routes and possible dates. Aim for a route that will be interesting and enjoyable to riders and their passengers. Don't make it too long – about 200 miles of twisty roads will take about six hours of riding time, about as much as most passengers can endure. Anything more than 220 miles of twisty roads will produce complaints from passengers. Plan to start at 9 AM and be back by about 5 PM. If necessary, you can push the start time up to 8:30 but not much earlier. If you're lucky and complete the ride before 5 PM, it will give everyone time for more face- to-face fellowship together after the ride.
Allow about 2½ hours for lunch and pit stops en-route. You may think you can get the group moving in 10-15 minutes after making a 'short pit stop'; but you’ll find that it's VERY hard to get a group moving again in less than 25-30 minutes. Even a 'quick lunch' with a group usually takes more than an hour, so assume it will take an hour and a half.
Make your first pit stop no more than one hour from the start. Remember, many will have been tanking up on coffee shortly before the start and will need to stop in about an hour. Plan on two pit stops after lunch. Include a couple of special attractions along the way, if possible. Allow plenty of time for stops and fellowship along the route. Try to arrange 'meet & greet' events with local Rotary clubs, etc.
Once you have a tentative decision on the likely route, then pick a date. Try to avoid dates with big local sports events or other events that will fill up area lodging places.
Once you have a date, start contacting lodges/motels that you'll need to check availability and get written quotes for your group. Ask for a few more rooms than you think you'll need, with agreement to release unreserved rooms 3-4 weeks before the actual date of use but with the group rate still available after the date if vacancies are still available. That's common practice.
As soon as you have pinned down the dates, the route, and the lodging details, put together and distribute an announcement flyer with details. The sooner the better!
Finally, before the event, do a pre-run to check the road conditions, travel times, and other details. Make changes as needed based on the pre-run. You'll end up with a better event, and you'll have more fun yourself.