Welcome to the Chicago Region BMW Owners Association!
We're glad that you're checking out our page and we'd love to have you join us for a meeting, a ride, or a meet-up! We're a diverse group of riders of various experience and skill levels, and a person doesn't even need to own a motorcycle to join us. All you need is an interest in--or better still, a love for--two-wheeled travel. Check our Events Calendar to see what's coming up.
This year the Chicago Region BMW Owners Association is celebrating our 50th anniversary as the largest (and we'd say the best) BMW motorcycle club in Chicagoland. We're very proud of our heritage and of the exceptional people who have done so much to make this group so enjoyable for so many.
Our club provides the following benefits (in addition to many others):
Monthly meetings – held currently the second Thursday of each month at the Elks Club in Villa Park. It's where the present meets the future!
Newsletter – Your monthly publication, delivered each month via email, highlights what is going on in the CRBMW. It is your source for upcoming events, great articles and pertinent information. Members may contribute content, photos and riding stories are encouraged. The classified advertising section is free to members. And, your newsletter is a fine way to discover services available from advertisers who are important membership participants.
Website – www.crbmw.com is our on-line club presence. Not only can you have your photo displayed, the website is a great "go to" reference for everything related to your club. Activities, past newsletters, members forum, and so much more!
CHITECH – Whether you are an "Airhead" or own another motorcycle, CHITECH (the Chicago Region Technical Committee) provides an opportunity for "wrench enthusiasts" to help you learn from other like-minded members. "Open tech days" offer all members an opportunity to meet the group for maintenance assistance, from simple oil changes and tire replacement to more intricate repairs, like spline repair or final drive issues!
BMW MOA and BMW RA Rallies – The CRBMWOA is an active participant in both the BMW Motorcycle Owners Association ("MOA") annual rally. Our very own Norm Phoenix has attended each of the past 43 rallies, riding his bike to every one! Members also take part in the BMW Riders Association Rally. Both of these rallies are great adventures and opportunities to meet BMW enthusiasts from around the world, enjoy past acquaintances, see new innovations and just have fun!
Membership Roster - Members who want to find other members can use the roster distributed quarterly as a source to communicate, find someone to ride with, or just socialize in general.
Riding Experiences - whether a meet-to-eat event, hot dog ride, spring kick-off gathering, the La Crosse Ride, fall picnic family outing, or other event, we love to ride! Look for these events and others in the newsletter and website to enhance your time in the saddle!
Time is a precious commodity we all wish we had more of. The CRBMW offers many activities for participation and many more to come. Hopefully, you can find value in participation. And, to whatever level of activity and commitment you choose, thank you for making the Chicago Region BMW Owners Association an active part of your motorcycling experience!
Thank you and I look forward to meeting each member personally during the course of the year!
Patrick King, President