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Thread: Do we need another florida club??

  1. #1
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    Mar 2009

    Cool Do we need another florida club??

    Hello Florida Riders,

    We are moving to Venice, FL and when I checked out local clubs in that area, I found the Tampa Bay Club and the Naples Club. There doesn't seem to be a club that would be close to Bradenton, Sarasota, Venice, Punta Gorda, Ft Myers and sourrounding areas. From Venice, the Tampa Club is over 95 miles and the Naples Club is 99 miles away. Certainly, not a very long trip but hard to manage breakfast rides.

    Even if a new group was not organized, are there enough BMW owners and riders who would like to do some rides together, occassional breakfast gatherings, etc that live within Bradenton to Punta Gorda / Ft Myers?

    I belong to a BMW club in Maine and have a GSA to ride up there. My FL ride will be my classic 1984R80RT. Let's see if this post brings any interest!

  2. #2
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    Aug 2013
    Florida Space coast

    Florida keys

    I live in the keys and its a longer way but kind of nice ride to your area once I'm out of the keys. If you do get something going I will try to make some breakfast meetings if they're more around the brunching hour.

  3. #3

    Florida Clubs

    I'm in Jacksonville and have been an active member in the Northeast Florida club #42. We host the only remaining BMW themed rally in FL each MLK weekend in mid January. Our 32nd annual is coming up in a few months. Registration just opened and attendance is limited to 500. It sells out every year. It is the place to go to meet other BMW riders in FL. See We have about 375 members while the other FL clubs have more like 50 each. Not sure why that is, but I've been a BMW rider/member since 2002 and that's the way it's been. There used to be quite a few more regional clubs throughout FL, but not today.

    There used to be a small club based near your area that was supported by Haps BMW in Sarasota area. They used to hold a very nice little rally each November called the Sun Your Buns Rally. Last one was in 2013, sadly. There is also another smaller rally called Coonbottom that is held the weekend prior to turkeyday in November. This is put on by the Poverty Riders out of Tallahassee and the FL Moto Guzzi club. Lot's of BMW's will be there, but it's not specifically a " BMW" rally. We had over 20 members attend last November. There is no website and info is nearly impossible to find. Contact me via email below if you can make it.

    Finally, the FLairheads are a very active group down here. There is a big airhead tech day in Naples the first weekend of January. It will be announced in Airhead shortly. Other airhead tech days occur each year in Homosassa, Orlando, St Augustine, Tallahasse, etc. Kevin Reimer is our FL Airmarshal. There are lots of FLairheads in SW Florida.

    Larry in Jax, FL

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    Oct 2014
    SW Florida
    Iím about 5 miles north of Venice. I just got back in the game and now own/ride a 2004 R1150R. Iím not aware of clubs in our area but also havenít been looking. Iíll go for a ride.
    Now: 2004 BMW R1150R, 2013 Suzuki DR650
    Before: BMW R100/7, Moto Guzzi V7 850GT, Suzuki GS750, Honda CB500 Four

  5. #5

    Still looking...


    This thread hasn't been updated for a while, but now I believe is the time 😀.

    Do we have any active club around Venice?

    Thank you,


  6. #6
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    Dec 2019
    Bradenton, Fl
    I live in Bradenton and will be going to a ride put on by Eurocycles Tampa on Sunday Jan 12. They do rides the second Tues of each month, this will be my first, so I do not know what it is like. I will be riding up with a friend and joining at least 2 others en route to shop.
    Speaking of clubs, Haps Gulf Coast Riders. Their website is I just got my BMW and recently moved here, so I do not know what this club is like and have not gotten the chance to meet them.

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