Saturday, September 1, 2012

September 2012 Newsletter

September Club Meeting 

We will be holding our next monthly club meeting on Monday, September 10th, 6:30 p.m., at Fishy Fishy Cafe, 106 Yacht Basin Street in Southport.

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I hope everyone will take advantage of the slightly cooler weather to come join us for some good seafood, some great conversation, and a pleasant view on the Intercoastal Waterway.

CCBMW Octoberfest Event 

CCBMW member Becky Hucks is inviting our club members to her home in the Lockwood Folly area for an Octoberfest party during the afternoon on Saturday, October 20th.  Club member Jill Barcia is helping Becky co-host the event.

Lunch will include German-styled food, and a grill will be available if you wish to do your own.  Plan to bring your own German beverage, or enjoy sweet tea on the deck.  Kayaks and boat rides up the Folly will also be available.  The rain date will be Sunday, October 21st.

If you are planning on attending, we need you to provide an RSVP to help Becky and Jill with their planning for this event.  Also, Becky's home is located in a gated community, so your RSVP is needed so we can send you the gate code.  Please send your RSVP to

We will probably arrange for a group meet-up and ride to Becky's house, from the Wilmington area.  Details on this will be announced later.

I hope you will will be able to join us for this Oktoberfest celebration!

2012-2013 International Motorcycle Shows 

The schedule for the Progressive 2012-2013 International Motorcycle Shows has been announced.  The first show will be coming to Atlanta, Georgia on November 2-4, 2012.  Other shows that will be "close" to our area include the Washington, DC show, scheduled for January 4-6, 2013, and the last show for the 2012-2013 calendar scheduled for February 22-24, 2013, in Charlotte.

Visit the Progressive International Motorcycle Shows web site for more information, or to purchase advance tickets.

New BMW R1200GS 

An August 30th BMW press release has announced the upcoming debut of the next BMW R 1200 GS in October:
BMW Motorrad press conference at INTERMOT 2012. Announcement of BMW R 1200 GS successor model world premiere.
30.08.2012Munich. Several new BMW Motorrad products will see their trade fair premiere at this year's INTERMOT in Cologne from October 3rd - 7th 2012, including the new BMW F 700 GS and the new BMW HP4.
BMW Motorrad will also be presenting a world premiere:
the successor model to the BMW R 1200 GS
The "BMW GS" concept has embodied riding pleasure and the desire for adventure for over 30 years. The unique integrated concept of the big travel enduro bike with boxer engine, complete with its authentic charm and a powerful, high-torque engine, is loved by legions of motorcycle fans all over the world. BMW now begins a whole new chapter in GS history: the most popular travel enduro in the world has been brought to perfection.
 We therefore cordially invite all press representatives who will be attending the INTERMOT press day to come to the BMW Motorrad press conference.
on Tuesday October 2nd 2012 from 10 am to 11 am at the BMW Motorrad stand in Hall 6

Klassik K Kampout Trip Report 

Tony and Jill Barcia attended the Klassik K Kampout rally on July 13-15 at the Blue Ridge Motorcycle Campground in Cruso, NC. Jill provided us with this trip report.

It is a motorcycle only campground and the owners live on the campground year round. There is a separate kitchen near the camping areas and breakfast and dinner is available for campers on Friday and Saturday nights. There are cabins as well as tent camping along the Pigeon River. Parking is available for cars at the entrance to the campground.

The rally was run by Greg and Debbie Hund of Klassik K Riders #347. The rally is very casual and there is no fee for the rally, you only pay for the camping (tent or cabin) and meals. The campground is right next to the Blue Ridge and Maggie Valley is 1/2 hour away. A great place to visit in Maggie Valley is Wheels Through Time Motorcycle Museum. We met the owner Dale Walksler when he came back from riding one of the vintage bikes around the property. All of the motorcycles in the museum are in running condition and Dale and his staff were firing up some of the old bikes inside the museum. The bikes were mostly Harley's and Indians but he also had a lot of prototype and one-off bikes that we never heard of. We saw an all electric Harley Davidson from the 1940's. Plan to spend at least half a day and then on the way back to the motorcycle campground stop in Bethel, NC at the diner (can't miss it ... its the only one) for some great BBQ.

Saturday evening all the Klassic K's are lined up for some pictures and then there are closing ceremonies and a raffle. A major contributor was the Greenville South Carolina BMW shop who rode three Klassic K bikes to the rally. The rally ended with a bonfire and making new friends and talking about motorcycles. The ride home was about 6 hours.

GPS Updates (aka GPS Tip of the Month) 

If you are a Garmin nuMaps subscriber, we have some good news.  Garmin has just released their latest  updated City Navigator North America map set (version 2013.2).  If you are a nuMaps subscriber, visit to download your update.

If you are a Garmin Montana owner, there have been two recent firmware updates for the Montana - Versions 4.30 and 4.40.  However, be forewarned there are reports of minor issues with both versions, so proceed with updating your Montana at your own risk.

And finally, Garmin has released BaseCamp Version 4.0.1.  You can download the new BaseCamp from the Garmin website.  With each release of the BaseCamp software, Garmin has made BaseCamp create a new data library by importing your routes, tracks, and waypoints from your existing data library.  Remember to back up your existing BaseCamp Library (under the File | Backup menu) BEFORE you install the new BaseCamp version.

Until next month, ride safely and ride far!