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


 
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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

 

 

 

Cross India Challenge - Dates Vary 2019-11-11 05:00:00Z 0
 
July 16, 2020
The day starts at the Fairfield Inn at the Wisconsin Dells
511 Wisconsin Dells Parkway
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
(608) 678-2676
Jim Lawrence has negotiated a group rate of $159 for the nights of July 15 and July 17
Last day to register for special rate is Thursday, June 18
 
USING THE RIDES SPECIAL LINK
 
Today's ride will take you to Richland Center, Prairie du Chien and end the day in Marquette, Iowa
at the Cobblestone Inn
100 North Street
Marquette, Iowa
(563) 873-8900
 
July 17
We will ride from Marquette, Iowa back to the Wisconsin Dells
via Lansing, MN; Viroqua, WI; Westby, WI; Cashton, WI; Hillsboro, WI; Reedsburg, WI
and finish up back at the Fairfield Inn at the Wisconsin Dells.
 
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
 
Registration of $75 is a donation for the following two projects:
Rotary Club of Motorcycling Rotarians Eyeglass 
and the Rio Grande Project to provide welding and woodworking equipment to the Rio Bravo Community
 
Questions? Send an email to Jim Lawrence, ride coordinator 

 
River Run Ride in Wisconsin July 16 & 17, 2020 July 16-17, 2020 2019-11-03 04:00:00Z 0
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!
 

 
IFMR Member Scott Nelson - Japan Ride 2019 2019-10-31 04:00:00Z 0
IFMR-NA Friendship Ride to End Polio
Johnson City, Tennessee 
29th and 30th of May 2020  
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
 
 
 

Lodging - Fairfield Inn 

3078 Hamilton Place 

Johnson City, TN 37604. 

Call (423) 900-8640 to make a reservation and

Mention IFMR for a special rate. 

If we can book 15 rooms, the rate will be $106 plus tax (this rate will also apply to May 28th). 

If less than 15 rooms are booked the rate will be $144. 

The block will be held until April 28, 2020. 

Cancellations up to 7 days prior will have no penalty 

cancelations with less than 7 days remaining will be charged one day of rent and taxes. 

A credit card will be necessary to hold the reservation & Marriott Rewards number would be handy  

 

Ride Registration will be a $100 dollar donation

checks payable to Polio Plus. 

Please include your Rotary International membership number on your check to ensure proper credit is given. 

 

Riders will have the option of following a ride leader, or directions will be provided for more spirited riders. 

 

There will be social events,

a trivia competition,

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

fellowship, and dining out.

 

For more information, suggestions, or questions contact Jim Dodmead by clicking here

 

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN - CLICK HERE to Register now!

 

 


Friendship Ride to End Polio - May 29-30, 2020 May 29-30, 2020 2019-10-06 04:00:00Z 0
 
Three Upcoming Start Dates:
November 16-24, 2019
November 24 to December 2, 2020
November 23 to December 1, 2021
 
All leave from Cape Town, South Africa
15% discount on the trip for the November 16-24, 2019 trip!
 
 
 
 
CLICK HERE to download the brochure
 

 
8 Day Cape Town & Garden Route Motorcycle Tour 2019-09-18 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Scott Nelson

While on business travel in Germany recently, I managed to meet up with the International Fellowship of Motorcycling Rotarians via a stateside member of the Rotary Club of Motorcycling Rotarians (an eClub). This ride was organized by Dr. Dirk Jensinghaus, our international IFMR president, so I felt particularly fortunate (and welcomed!) The group was mostly French riders with a few Germans. My limited high-school German and college French is pretty rusty but we did just fine with some translation help by Dirk and Pascal in the group. 

The ride down from Darmstadt on my rented BMW F800GT took a couple hours in the rain. About 30km away from my hotel, my 10 year old Daytona boots informed me they were no longer waterproof. Fortunately my Aerostich and triple-digit raingloves kept the rest of me dry enough. My iPhone on its RAM handlebar mount talked GPS to me through my Sena 10c Pro and worked well enough except for when a raindrop hit the screen directly and acted like a capacitive touch. This required me to tap it once to see my map again, and stop once to navigate back to my map display. More on this later.

 

Etape 2 : Sarreguemines – La Petite Pierre : (67 km, 1:30 St.) 9:30 – 11h00

Our second stage of riding included winding rural roads between farming towns and through forests. We did stop at one point for Pascal to point out a crystal factory. This region is famous for its crystal.

Kleine Pause in La-Petite-Pierre (11:00 – 11:30)

Based on when I set out from Darmstadt that morning, I would have loved to see a coffee stop earlier- so when we finally arrived at Brasserie Tivoli for libations including coffee and hot cocoa, I was very happy to warm up a little. It was also a great opportunity to get better acquainted with my clubmates and pass around the book I’d brought with as a gift for my 19-yr old. It’s a copy of “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance”, now signed by motorcyclists from all over the world. Though it’s materially modest, I think it’s a pretty good birthday gift for a 19-yr old just starting an adult life. Coincidentally, the author Robert Pirsig had just passed away a week prior, at the grand old age of 88 yrs. He was a fellow Minnesotan and Golden Gopher like me, and of course a motorcyclist. Godspeed, Dr. Pirsig.

Etape 3 : La Petite-Pierre – Le Donon (72 km, 1:30 St) : 11h30 – 13h00

The highlight I remember of this stage is passing through Graufthal and seeing the houses cut directly into the living stone of the cliffs. We also rode to the top of Rocher du Dabo, a castle on a hill that provided an excellent view of fog and rain. Visibility was limited but it was still a cool place to see.

Etape 4 : Repas / Mittagessen

The lunch stop was fabulous, and a hot meal on a cold wet day was most welcome. Our famous chef Cyril Strub happens to be a fellow motorcyclist. He and his wife operate “Black Pudding & Co” together. They met in her homeland Scotland, and moved together to France where we now found them at Le Kiboki. I’ve been told that Rotary motorcycling events are judged in part by the quality of the food. This large French meal certainly met the high standard with wine, several grilled meats, fresh salad, breads, dessert and of course espresso.

Etape 5 : Retour au choix, Rückfahrt je nach Wunsch ab 15 :00 oder 16 :00

After lunch, a few of our party split off to more direct ways home, while I headed back toward Saarbrucken with my German hosts. I sat out the rain and received some dry socks from Dirk, then headed back toward Darmstadt after it became apparent the rain wasn’t letting up. During our final stop I’d noticed one of four the rubber feet on my RAM X-Grip had departed the bike somewhere. I thought it would be okay- and put my phone in a plastic bag so the raindrops wouldn’t disturb the GPS. Unfortunately, while 3 out of 4 ain’t bad, it ain’t good either when it’s rubber feet on the RAM X-Grip. My iPhone left the bike at about 130kph on the autobahn, 40km outside Saarbrucken. I quickly decided that stopping for a black iPhone on the autobahn at night in the rain was a dumber idea than continuing without it. Fortunately I remembered the rest of the way back to my hotel in Darmstadt, and lived to figure out how to deal without a phone while traveling. That part I don’t recommend. Thanks Rotary! It was a memorable ride.


 
 
IFMR France & Germany Ride 2019 Scott Nelson 2019-09-08 04:00:00Z 0
Ride the  Twisted Sisters - March 27-29, 2020 March 27-29, 2020 2019-08-27 04:00:00Z 0
Reprinted with permission, Liz Jansen 
lizjansen.com posted April 5, 2019
https://lizjansen.com/10-spring-motorcycle-hazards-and-how-to-manage-them/
 

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.
10 Spring Motorcycle Hazards and What to Do About Them 2019-04-05 04:00:00Z 0
In one of the most beautiful areas of California. You will be within range of Death Valley, The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, Mono Lake, The Alabama Hills and Whitney Portal. There will be great rides and many activities in the area for non-riders and riders alike!
 
Dow Villa Motel (downtown Lone Pine - very accessible to everything)
Rates: Queen or King – $113 + tax
2 Queens - $122 + tax
Reservations: 760/876-5521 or 800/824-9317
Ask for the CDA Motorcycle Group 
There are other motels close 
Please stay where you like, the town is small
 
 

Eleventh Annual CDA Ken Sanford, DDS Memorial Event 2019-03-28 04:00:00Z 0
 
September 12 - 15, 2019
Ride Leader -  Bruce Patterson
 
 
Day 1, September 12
Arrive in Owen Sound
Best Western Inn on the Bay Owen Sound
1800 2nd Avenue East
Owen Sound, Ontario N4K 5R1 Canada
Reservations - (866) 719-9200

Mention "Motorcycling Rotarians"

Rate is $134.99 + tax Canadian

 

Day 2, September 13

Ride to Espanola, Ontario via the Chi-Cheemaun Ferry

Coffee and Snack at North Bruce Peninsula Rotary in Lions Head, Ontario

1:30 departure on the Chi-Cheemaun Ferry from Tobermory, Ontario to South Baymouth Ontario

Rate:  Motorcycle $18.85 Canadian + Adult $16.85 or Seniors (55+) $14.85

Make a reservation (on or after April 1)  by clicking here

Or call (800) 265-3163

Reservations are First Come, First Served

Pinewood Motor Inn

378 Centre Street, Highway 6

Espanola, Ontario P5E 1G3

Click Here for Website to make reservation online

Or call (800) 361-3460 or (705) 869-3460 to make a reservation

Mention "Motorcycling Rotarians"

Rate is $100 - $118 +tax Canadian

 

Day 3, September 14

Ride to North Bay, Ontario

Best Western

700 Lakeshore Drive

North Bay, Ontario

Reference "Motorcycling Rotarians"

Reservations - (800) 461-6199  or (705) 474-5800

Room rate is available until August 14, 2019

Rate is $134.99 +tax Canadian

 

Day 4, September 15

Ride to Collingwood Ontario
 
Georgian Bay Hotel and Conference center
10 Vacation Inn Drive
Collingwood Ontario  L9Y 5G4
 
Reservations (705) 445-9422 Ext 725
 
Reference IFMR Motorcycling Rotarians
Rates available until September 1, 2019
Rate is $101.15 +tax Canadian
 
 
 

If you are planning on participating in the Fall ride in Ontario, here are some options for motorcycle rentals:

GTA Exotics Canada: https://gtaexotics.ca/motorcycle-rentals/

Motorcycle Rental Toronto: https://bit.ly/2xeEa2P

Policaro Harley Davidson: https://bit.ly/2Xzw7MK

Brown's Harley Davidson:  https://brownshd.com

(Brown's HD is close to the airport)


Ride Ontario in September! Bruce Patterson 2019-02-27 05:00:00Z 0
This article is published with the permission of RoadRUNNER Motorcycle Touring & Travel Magazine. It is not for sale or redistribution. RoadRUNNER is a bimonthly motorcycle touring magazine packed with exciting travel articles, splendid photography, and maps. Subscriptions are available online, or by calling (866) 343-7623.
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?

 

 

Health Motorcycle Study Motorcycling Ryuta Kawashima
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Motorcycling Makes You Happier, Healthier, and Smarter 2019-02-15 05:00:00Z 0 Health,Motorcycle Study,Motorcycling,Ryuta Kawashima
Appalachian Spring 2019 Get Together!
 
 
 
 
Mark your calendar for another great IFMR weekend get-together and spring ride on the scenic mountain roads of 'wild and wonderful' West Virginia. We've put together a great weekend event including Thursday evening food and fellowship in Lewisburg, a great 200 mile ride Friday north on scenic WV20 thru central WV fields, forests, and mountains to Canaan Valley Resort, where we'll enjoy another evening of fellowship. Then on Saturday we'll take a different but equally scenic 210 mile ride back south thru the Allegheny Highlands to Lewisburg, for yet another evening of fellowship, before heading for home on Sunday. It's a great opportunity for IFMR members and their guests to meet and greet old friends and also make some new ones.

Make room reservations in Lewisburg at the Holiday Inn Express (304-645-5750) for Thursday May 2 and Saturday May 4 under the "IFMR" group rates of $119+tax Thursday and $139+tax Saturday, breakfast included. Since this is the busy season in WV, rooms not booked by April 18 will be released, so book early.

Make room reservations at the Canaan Valley Resort (800-622-4121) for Friday May 3 using the group code "IFMR.019" for our group rate of $99.00+tax&fees. This is an especially busy season for Canaan Valley visitors. Rooms not booked by March 3 must be released, so act now to assure yourself of a room. After that date, reservations at the group rate will only be accepted on a 'space available' basis.
 
The preliminary route map is shown above. Route details may change slightly depending on road conditions, weather, etc.

Mark your calendar, call now for room reservations, and plan to join us in Lewisburg!
 
If you have questions or would like more information, contact
Bob Shriner
bob@shriner.com or 703-795-4355.
 
Otherwise, just send Bob an email to let him know you plan to come so he can have a head-count for meals and other activities. And don't forget to pass the word to your friends.
 

 
2019 IFMR Spring Ride Announced! 2019-01-19 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larie Trippet
 
REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
 
3-Pass Tour
In Conjunction with District 5190 Conference
 
Check-in 9:30 am on Friday May 17
Start at 10:00 am
Return to Peppermill between 4:00 and 5:00 pm
Distance 215 miles
Lunch Stop but lunch on individuals
 
The tour will go through the following passes:
 
Monitor
Luther
Mt Rose
 
For More Information Contact Larie Tripett by clicking here
 

Reno to Tahoe Day Ride Larie Trippet 2019-01-15 05:00:00Z 0
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The 2018 Toronto Motorcycle Film Festival was recently covered by "This Motorcycle Life" podcast. The attachment has links to several of the films reviewed there- short and long format, free and for rental. Even if the snow is flying where you live, hopefully this will keep your motorcycle dreams warm throughout the winter. Download the document with links here:  2018 Toronto Motorcycle Film Festival.
 
 

Motorcycle Films:  If We Can't Ride We Can Still Watch! Scott Nelson 2018-12-19 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary International Convention 2019 will take place in Hamburg, Germany from June 1st to June 5th.
The IFMR chapter Austria-Germany-Switzerland is organizing a pre-Convention rally starting at several
places in the Chapter’s region. All members of IFMR are very welcome to ride with us to the
Convention 2019.

We have planned different tracks from the starting locations, all tracks will end in Lüneburg close to
Hamburg. In Lüneburg we have reserved a contingent of 200 rooms in two hotels from 31st of May
until 5th of June 2019. During the Convention we will offer different rides to Hamburg and daytrips in
the region.
 
CLICK HERE to download ride details.
 
 

 
IFMR Rallye to Rotary International Convention 2019 2018-11-08 05:00:00Z 0
 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

New Year, New Adventures

We’re changing things up in 2019! We’re adding even more value, fun, and scenic views to the annual “Hooked on Healing Veterans” ride. This exciting event will take place on Saturday, February 23, 2019.

Win a 2018 Harley-Davidson Road King in our Poker Run! - Photo does not represent actual motorcycle

Value
The day will start at registration with a complimentary breakfast of pancakes, sausages and coffee. If your boots are a little dusty, visit our free boot shine station, courtesy of Brian of Black Sheep boot shine. Join your host Brad Perry for raffles and a live band throughout the day. That’s not all! There will also be complimentary lunch at Desert Wind H-D courtesy of the excellent Desert Wind staff. Lastly, guests will qualify to win a new 2018 Harley-Davidson Road King by entering our Poker Run (which is included in your Registration fee). Poker Run contest rules found here.

Scenery

Rather than ride around the city on surface roads, we are going to treat everyone to a scenic country ride.

From Desert Wind, head east out the #60 and then south on Hwy #79 to the River Bottom Bar in Florence. The route is a breathtaking 45-minute ride. Then it’s just a 20-minute hop, skip, and jump over to the Galloping Goose Bar & Grill in Coolidge. From the Galloping Goose, we take AZ #87 north back to Desert Wind for free lunch and festivities. Expect lots of unforgettable scenery on this pleasant 55-minute ride.

Fun

We are honored to have Brad Perry as our MC for this years event

Brad Perry is not a stranger to the entertainment world. He was waking up people for over 20 years on morning television. Brad is currently the Executive Producer and Host of his own show ‘BRAD’s BIG ADVENTURES’…Read More

 


2019 Hooked On Healing Vets Motorcycle Ride 2018-10-22 04:00:00Z 0
 
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!  REGISTER AND PAY BY CLICKING THIS LINK 
Cost is $103 per bike/rider (i.e., 1 bike with motorcyclist & rider or 1 bike with motorcyclist)
 
 
Arrive -  Thursday, June 20
Depart - Sunday, June 23
 
 
Location 
Fairfield Inn and Suites 
924 East State Street 
Athens, Ohio 45701
 
Group name:  IFMR - Windy 9
Group rate is $149 per night plus tax.
Call 740-589-5839 for reservations. 
Be sure to use the group name.
Hotel stay includes free breakfast, a salt water swimming pool, free wi-fi, and ample parking (even for trailers).
 
Rides
21 June - two of the Windy 9 tbd
22 June - two different rides of the Windy 9 tbd.
I will ensure that we ride on the triple nickel at some point.
Learn more about the Windy 9 at https://www.windy9.com/
 
Since this is a PolioPlus Fund Raising event, I am asking that each rider (or pair of riders) bring a donation of $100. 
Make checks payable to PolioPlus, and include your Rotary membership number on the check.
 
These rides are already laid out, so there will be no GPS involved!
 
Please let me know if you plan on joining us.  You must make your room reservation separately. 
 
Several of our members have ridden the Windy 9 and all have reported good rides.  The terrain is moderately hilly, and the roads reasonably windy (as in twists and turns, not breezy)
 
Contact John Kramb: pdgjohn2015@gmail.com for even more information
 

 
 
 
 
 
2019 IFMR Polio Plus Fundraiser Ride - Ohio Windy Nine 2018-10-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larie Trippet
 

The trip started in 1996.  Katie and I were on a full service motorcycle tour in the Alps and Italy.  The “best” Alpine pass for that tour was Gross Glockner in Austria.  It snowed and the pass was closed when we got there.  I vowed to return!  In 2018, we did!

Katie and I started planning this in 2017.  I contacted Ayres Adventures, with whom we had done 2 full service motorcycle tours before.  I asked if they could help set up a self guided tour.  They were happy to help.  I told them the parameters: Ride Gross Glockner pass, Stelvio pass, the Dolomites; 10 days of riding; max 200 miles per day; at least 2 nights at each stop; 3 star hotels; start and finish in Munich.  Ayres arranged for the rental of the motorcycles (2 BMW RTs), the hotels and provided suggested routes and waypoints for the 10 days of riding.

Riding with Larie and Katie Trippet were Jim Conley and Rosie Painter.

We arrived in Munich, Germany 2 days early and visited the BMW World museum among other sightseeing.  The BMW R1200 RTs were delivered to the hotel on the afternoon before we started riding.  We packed the side cases and were off in the morning.  The suitcases stayed at the hotel.

The delivery of the bikes was not without a scary moment.  I chose the red bike.  The rental guy couldn’t find the actual key, but the bike would start.  He decided that the electronic key was locked in the trunk, along with the trunk key!.  He drove back to his home to retrieve backup keys for the trunk.  I took the bike to the underground parking garage.  There the bike would not start, so I assumed the key was in his van.  He came back about 2 hours later with about 100 trunk keys.  On the 95th try, we found a key that worked, and yep, that is where the key was.

Day 1 took us over Gross Glockner pass.  A beautiful day.  We went up to the high point named Edelweiss Spitze for a spectacular view. On the way to Gross Glockner, we stopped for a snack at the home of fellow motorcycling Rotarian, Anton Mosshammer.  A great way to visit with the “locals” while having Rotary and motorcycling as our common bond.  Anton is willing and enthusiastic about helping others organize motorcycle tours in the region.We ended the day in Lienz, Austria.  In the hotel I found beer in a vending machine in the lobby!

Day 2 was a loop to the east of Lienz.  Beautiful mountain riding with several minor passes.  The highlight was Lake Millstatt for a lunch stop. In Lienz, motorcycling Rotarian Pilli and Krista von Prancke joined us for dinner and for the ride the next day to Bolzano.  Very nice people.

Day 3 took us from Lienz to Bolzano, Italy via several major passes.  We stopped for coffee at beautiful Lake Misurina.  Unfortunately we got separated from Pilli and Krista.  We made it to the top of Passo di Falzarego.  I think I made a wrong turn and we missed Passo di Giao.  That may have been a blessing.  Pilli and Krista ran into a heavy thundershower, while we avoided it.  We also did Passo di Pordoi.

Day 4 was a loop through the heart of the Dolomites.  We circled the Sella Group of mountains.

Day 5 the girls decided to take a day off the bikes.  Jim and I went on a loop which included Mendel pass.  It was to the west of Bolzano.  We avoided some thundershowers.  The weather had cooled down a bit from when we started.

Day 6 was the ride from Bolzano to Gravedona on Lake Como in Italy.  It was to be our day to go over the famous Passo di Stelvio.  Due to the cooler weather, the altitude of Stelvio and the thunderstorms, there was a threat of ice on the road up high.  Fortunately we were in touch with 2 more motorcycling Rotarians who confirmed this.  Carlo Linetti joined us in the morning to guide us on an alternate route.  We had opportunity to travel Stelvio later. On the way, we were joined by Gino, another motorcycling Rotarian. While following them, we became further immersed in the motorcycling habits of the Europeans.  We had  noticed that they pass cars pretty much any time they like, even with oncoming traffic!  The cars seem to expect this and there didn’t seem to be any close calls.  I was obviously very conservative….until today, following Carlo and Gino! Our route took us north and west through Switzerland and then on to Lake Como.  We had a nice lunch stop by a lake accompanied by great conversation!  Carlo had to leave after lunch because he had a presentation to give that night.  He was a very fast rider and has been on the track with Jorge Lorenzo, on of Ducatis MotoGP racers!!  He was going to travel about 90 miles in 60 minutes! GPSs are wonderful devices.  But you need to always be alert.  It is a computer and only knows “shortest distance” or “fastest route”   And you never know the parameters it is using to calculate the route.  Here is the “road” it wanted me to turn down to get to our hotel:

That is about 6 to 8 ft wide!  Thankfully it recalculated a better route and we got to the hotel safely!  Also, while leading Pilli and Krista earlier, the GPS lead me through a pedestrian-only area.  Boy, did I feel out of place.

Day 7 was a free/rest day at Lake Como.  We all decided to take the ferry across Lake Como to Bellagio and then to Varenna.  In both places we toured villas, gardens and lots of high end shops.  I did find a restaurant serving “craft beer”.  However, nothing like we have here in the good old USA!  I am spoiled!

Day 8 was a ride from Lake Como to Pfunds, Austria.  We had a route planned to go over Stelvio and we took that route.  Before Stelvio was Gavia pass.  VERY narrow road with VERY sharp switchbacks, 2 way traffic and no guardrails.  To be honest, I was a bit freaked out, but made it successfully.  After Gavia Pass, we came to Stelvio Pass.  There are 3 roads up to Stelvio pass: 1 from Italy, 1 from Austria and 1 from Switzerland.  We arrived on the road up from Italy.  The famous side is the Austria side.  It has 50 switchbacks and you can see most of them from the top.  That is the famous picture!

We stayed at the top for a bit and we could see way down the road there was a truck or a bus that was blocking one of the switchbacks.  Dead stop traffic was growing.  After ½ hour, there was no budging of the blocking vehicle.  We decided to go down the Switzerland side.  A bit of a disappointment at the time.

Day 9 was to be a loop ride from Pfunds to go over several major passes: Jaufenpass and Timmelsjoch.  Probably wonderful passes!  But Jim suggested we go back to Stelvio, since we were close enough.  Great choice!  The girls decided to take a day off the bikes.  Riding the twisty roads with no luggage and no passenger is quite a bit more relaxing.  We went up and then down the famous 50 switchbacks on the Austria side with minimal traffic.  Great day!!  Jim found us a great lunch spot part way down the pass. The European motorcycle riders in the Alps are VERY fast.  Jim and I decided if we went as fast as we could, we would never keep up with their slowest rider.  Here is another vehicle we saw going up Stelvio, from Great Britain:

Which brings us to day 10, our last day on the bikes.  We are riding from Pfunds Austria back to Munich.  We had some very slight drizzles on earlier days, but today we had intermittent light, rain almost all day.  We made a brief stop at a very large cathedral and then on to Ludwig’s castle.  No pictures allowed inside the castle.  It was huge and fascinating.  Walt Disney used this castle as the model for his castle at the original Disneyland.

We arrived back at the same hotel in Munich rather tired after a long day.  We unloaded the bikes and they were picked up at about 9pm by the rental company.  Everything was in order.  1188 miles!!

Now we start our trip to the Amalfi coast!!  

The next day was a private boat tour of the Amalfi coast.  Very relaxing and great views.  We stopped at a restaurant for lunch that you can only get to by water.  We swam a bit.  The salty water made us float very easily.

That night we had a dinner high up on the mountain at a restaurant with a great view.  Many courses of food served family (sharing) style.  Unlimited wine, too!

Return To The Alps On A Motorcycle & Hiking In Amalfi Larie Trippet 2018-10-02 04:00:00Z 0

On September 7-8, 2018, Scott Nelson of Oakland Rotary #3 rode his Triumph motorcycle in the 2018 No Polio! Rally. Bob and Patti Mutchler (Folsom Rotary members) hosted the pre/post Friday & Saturday BBQ dinners at their home, prepared to perfection by rally chef David Hatfield. Allan Pratt, Our Rallymaster, mapped a Saturday 8-hour ride with route alternatives and bonus-point opportunities on beautiful backroads.

Other participants included Mario Winkelman, Neil Cook, Nancy Lefcourt, Peter Perrin, and Katherine Copeland, member of the Vancouver BC Rotary club. Notably, Katherine drove the farthest to participate, nearly raised the highest donations, and passed her motorcycle license test the day she departed for this rally.

Bob’s goal for this 10th annual NoPolio! Rally was $10,000. As of Sept. 9th, we went over, totaling $16,905 in donations! This event is a charity fund raiser: donations raise money and awareness for PolioPlus and for fighting polio worldwide. Since 2008, we have raised more than $110,000.00 towards this goal from the motorcycle community alone. More details about the rally series can be found at http://nopolio.org/.

 


 
 
2018 NOPolio Ride - Folsom, California  Scott Nelson 2018-09-14 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by October 2020
President Doug Cole, of the Australian Chapter has had a Committee earnestly working on a new Australian International Ride.

Today we are commencing advertising of our 'AIR2020' International Ride, for October 2020.

Numbers are not limited at the moment, but I consider we should employ the theory of ' first come, best dressed'.  We had 57 participants to the Nov 2017 'AIR17 International Ride.

We plan for AIR2020 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 FLYER and the MAP
 

 
 
 
IFMR Australia Ride October 2020 October 2020 2018-08-13 04:00:00Z 0
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.

 
Membership Information 2018-08-04 04:00:00Z 0
It's official!!! There is a new Rotary Club in town! Welcome new Rotarians to the awesome world of Rotary!!

Join us online as we celebrate being an officially Chartered Rotary Club!!!
Rotary Club of Motorcycling Rotarians
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It's Official!  There's A NEW Rotary Club In the World! 2018-07-09 04:00:00Z 0
 
Ride Arkansas, Ozark & Ouachita Mountains
Friday, September 14 – Arrive
Saturday, September 15 – Ride
Sunday, September 16 – Additional Arkansas Rides or Return Home
 
Hotel Accommodations: Best Western Inn of the Ozarks
207 W Van Buren
Eureka Springs, AR
(479) 253-9768
Room Block Name:  IFMR-Motorcycle
Room Rate:  $109

 

Ride Mt. Magazine - the highest mountain in Arkansas

Ride the famous Pig Trail and Arkansas Scenic 7 Byway (#7)

273 Total Miles

Cross the Arkansas River to Rocky Mountain Headwaters and the Pathway of the Santa Fe Trail in Kansas and Colorado

Cross the Buffalo National River

Highlighted map and Arkansas Motorcycle Rides Map Book for each rider

Big breakfast then kickstands up at 8:30am on September 15 

For more information contact Raymond E Plue at (573) 823-8899 or via email

 


 

 
IFMR-NA Midwest Region Ride 2018-07-09 04:00:00Z 0
10th  Annual NoPolio! Motorcycle Rally 2018-06-18 04:00:00Z 0
   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.
 
 

Back Road Bob's Tips for Trips Bob Shriner 2018-06-11 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Fellowships are one of Rotary's best-kept secrets, and it doesn't need to be that way. There are almost 80 different Rotary Fellowships that appeal to a wide variety of hobbies, interests, professions, etc. This graphic, created by Debbie Vance, demonstrates one of my favorites, The International Fellowship of Motorcycling Rotarians. Come check us out at www.ifmr-na.org.

 

June is Rotary Fellowships Month...
and here's an awesome Fellowship with awesome Rotarians
www.ifmr-na.org
www.rotary.org

 

 


 
June Is Rotary Fellowship Month! 2018-06-08 04:00:00Z 0
 
 
Up to 23 IFMR members and friends got together for the Spring Ride on May 25th and 26th, with riders coming from Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ontario, South Carolina and Tennessee.  We toured the back roads of Virginia and West Virginia, hitting the towns of Front Royal, Monterey (VA), Blacksburg, and Canaan Valley. The weather cooperated on both days, although we had to don wet suits to appease the rain gods on day two.  The scenery was beautiful, the fellowship was great, and we all returned home safely.
 
Ride Comments:
"Thanks John! Great weekend. Perfect weather, perfect Roads, good accommodations, good fellowship. Thanks for all you do for Rotary."  -- Michael 
 
"John & Bob: I’ve been on rides before but never have I been on one so well organized or with riders who are so considerate and helpful. I had an amazing time and really appreciated the evening camaraderie. Thank you again and hope I can participate in future rides." -- Sam
 
"Thank you for organizing the ride! One of the best organized and well run events I have been on. Cheers to everyone that rode and safe travels." -- David
 

2018 Spring Ride 2018-05-30 04:00:00Z 0

 

The Indian Himalayas is unlike anywhere else on Earth, a rich tapestry of dramatic scenery and fascinating cultural diversity. En route of this motorcycle tour across the Himalayas you will be awe-struck by the rugged peaks of the Himalayas, you will sip tea in a hill station before hopping back on your motorcycle and ride to the world highest road, you will experience the rush of river crossing by your motorcycle and find inner peace at a yoga retreat.

 

On this tour you will also experiences crossing a couple of the highest mountain passes in the world, an experience that worth doing on its own, not to mention doing it on the legendary Royal Enfield Motorcycle

 

Cross India Challenge is a series of guided motorcycle and scooter tours across the vast Indian territories, and although we have included everything you need into our tour packages, but traveling always require prior planning. Here you will find some further details that will help you plan your next adventure around India.

 

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Cross India Challenge 2018-05-09 04:00:00Z 0
IFMR-NA Northeast Area Spring Ride 2018 2018-03-28 04:00:00Z 0
INTERNATIONAL FELLOWSHIP of MOTORCYCLING ROTARIANS -- North American Chapter
 
 
 
ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL FELLOWSHIP OF MOTORCYCLING ROTARIANS
 
The International Fellowship of Motorcycling Rotarians (IFMR) is a world-wide fellowship of Rotary Club members who enjoy and share the sport of motorcycling, travel and community service across boundaries and borders. It was founded in 1992 by Rotarians in Australia, Canada, Sweden and the United States and now has members and chapters worldwide. The IFMR world-wide website is found at www.IFMR.org. The fellowship is open to all Rotarians with an interest in motorcycles…riding on/off-road, racing, collecting, restoring, motor scooters or otherwise.
 
The Motorcycling Fellowship is focused on having fun & fellowship, meeting other Rotarians from around the world, and motorcycle safety. We fully support all of the tenets of Rotary, especially fellowship and tend to fulfill our community service through our local Rotary Clubs. Rides are planned by Rotarians and may be local, regional or international in scope. The Fellowship’s events are open to all Rotarians, their families and guests and all makes and models ridden by Rotarians are welcome.
 
IFMR-North America chapter dues are US$20, 01 July30 June
 
The IFMR-NA Eastern & Mid-Atlantic group holds spring and fall rides each year. The California group has held events such as the Alien Ride, the Desert Ride, the Indian Country Ride and Yosemite Rides. When the Rotary International convention is held in North America rides are generally organized to the convention.
 
IFMR-NA international rides have included rides all over North America, with some being day rides, and others being as long as 10 days. Each region decides what rides they will do, and we encourage ideas up through the Regional Directors about other possible rides. This is a Fellowship made up of great Rotarians, all with a vision of enjoying each other while enjoying our riding machines.
 
If there isn’t currently an IFMR group in your area, you can become the seed for developing your own local group and organize Rotary rides and shows at your Rotary club and make presentations to Rotary clubs regarding Rotary Internationals Fellowships. June is Rotary Fellowships month, an especially good time to organize your ride, show or present to Rotary club members about Rotary Fellowships. Learn more about Rotary Fellowships at www.rotary.org/fellowships.
 
GET A BIKE; GET A GROUP & RIDE!
 
Join IFMR-NA 2017-10-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 25, 2017
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IFMR-NA has recently created its own page on Facebook. You can check it out and 'friend' us at:

IFMR-NA FaceBook Link

It's another way for IFMR-NA to spread the word and for IFMR members and others to share information. Take a look!

 


 
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IFMR-NA Now on Facebook 2017-07-25 04:00:00Z 0 Facebook,IFMR-NA Facebook
Posted on Jul 25, 2017
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Join us on Tuesdays at 7pm Eastern/6pm Central/5pm Mountain/4pm Pacific.

IFMR-NA is announcing the start of a Rotary eClub for motorcycle minded persons interested in belonging to the Rotary but are unable to attend a traditional club.

This Rotary club is ideal for persons wanting to be part of Rotary but have issues attending a traditional club for various reasons, meeting times, relocation, travel, to name a few.

Belong to a Traditional Club but are also interested in the Motorcycling Rotarian E-Club? Associate membership is available at a nominal cost.

Come join the meetings at:
Zoom Meeting Connection info: Click Here
Download Zoom at: Click Here

Website: Click Here
Facebook: Click Here
Instagram:  Motorcycling_Rotarians_eClub
Twitter:  @motorcycl_eclub
 

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Motorcycling Rotarians eClub  2017-07-25 04:00:00Z 0 Motorcycle e-Club
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The North American chapter of IFMR (IFMR-NA) is pleased to nominate PDG Raymond E. Plue, DVM, as candidate for International President of IFMR for the term 2015-2018. Raymond served as President of the North American chapter of IFMR 2007-2010 and as Governor of Rotary District 6080 2010-2011. He currently serves as chairman of the IFMR-NA Council of Governors, which he helped found in 2011, and as Dean of the District 6080 Rotary Leadership Academy. He also continues to serve in a number of other key leadership roles in Rotary District 6080 and beyond.
IFMR International President Raymond Plue
Raymond Plue, Past President of IFMR-NA Selected as Next IFMR International President 2015-03-12 04:00:00Z 0 IFMR International President,Raymond Plue