Chicago Region BMW Owners Assoc. boasts over 250 members... the largest and most active BMW Motorcycle Club in the region. Meeting on the SECOND Thursday monthly, 7:30 pm 'til 9 pm at Elmhurst Elks Lodge, 711 W. St. Charles Rd, Elmhurst, IL 60126.


October 03, 2014 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm..*First Friday at Hanes'


October 06, 2014 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm..*Hot Dog Ride


October 09, 2014 - October 12, 2014 ..Aerostich Pop-Up Event


October 10, 2014 - October 12, 2014 ..Falling Leaf Rally


October 09, 2014 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm..*CRBMW Gen'l Meeting

John Merlock & Mike Aldridge

First Friday! Only 4 Left...

Friday, October 3, is the date for the monthly First Friday social at the home of Alice Hanes. Come on out and socialize! First Friday has taken place every single month since it began back in the mid-70s! Now, its 40th year is also to be its last. So take this opportunity to be part of one of the great Chicago Region traditions. Location is Alice's home at 3448 W. University Parkway in University Park (see the map in the Events Calendar section of this website).

Open to all CR members and friends, motorcyclists or not, spouses/significant others too! New members are always especially welcome, and it's a good informal way to meet others. People usually begin to arrive between 7:30 and 8. Hope to see you there!

October Hot Dogs

Jim & Tom'sWe begin the month of October (hot-dog-wise, anyway) with a ride to Jim & Tom's, at 123 West Irving Park Road in Bensenville, on Monday the 6th. The location is just west of York Road on Illinois Route 19.

You can find a map and directions in the "Events Calendar" area of this site, and riders generally gather around 7 p.m.

As always this is a destination ride: get there on your own or form your own group. We look forward to seeing you!

"Come out for the ride, come out for the food, just come on out!"


OktoberfestOctober's monthly meeting takes place on Thursday, October 9, at our usual location. We'll start a half hour earlier (7 p.m.), because we will be serving a catered meal of brats, chicken, salads, corn cobbettes, and lasagna. (There will be a $5.00 donation requested from members.) There is no other program for the evening, so come enjoy the friendship. Newer members are especially welcome.

We look forward to seeing you! Location, as always, is the Elmhurst Elks Club, 711 West St Charles Road, Elmhurst (about a quarter mile west of Route 83, and almost across the street from motorcycle dealer MCC).

Chicago Region News (September) now available here

You can now view and print copies of the Chicago Region News from this site. Just go to the "Downloads" tab and you'll see a list of available issues. We'll be posting them as we can. Some of the more recent issues are not up yet as we not been able to compress them enough.

Got a Technical Question?

Question MarkOur CHITECH committee members have a wide range of experience with BMW motorcycles from the Earles-fork /2 models up to the K16 and S1000 models. And one thing they all enjoy is sharing what they know with others. This is the reason that CHITECH offers clinics, demonstrations, and seminars. Sometimes, of course, those of us who work on our bikes have questions that haven't been addressed by a CHITECH event. Well, here is a way to get a more timely answer: ask your question by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (click on this link for a shortcut). And, the best questions may well become topics for future technical activities!

We Want Your Opinion

In an effort to improve our members' general meeting experience, we have created an on-line survey to collect ideas about what you'd like to see in our monthly gatherings. Our guess is that most everyone has some thoughts about this topic... and your thoughts can be included by going to the "Links and Advertisers" area of this site. Once there, click on the link and follow the directions. Thanks for your help!

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