Monthly Archives: June 2017

6/24 Ride to Sebring

Tom Blake of the Florida Motorcycle Sport Touring Asscn invited local beemer riders to ride to the Sebring airport restaurant for a Saturday brunch.  Melbourne area riders met-up at the RaceTrac gas station at Malabar Rd and Babcock St (just east of I-95).  We rode down to Fellsmere, picked up another FMSTA rider and proceeded to the Sebring airport, getting there about 9:15 am.  The airport restaurant is barely 150 ft away from one of the race course turns . . . one can practically hear the echoes of an Audi Diesel or Porsche 911 hurtling around the circuit.  Their group had riders from south Florida, Gulf-side and NW of Orlando in attendance.  A good turnout.

We had a pleasant 90 minute brunch with 20+ FMSTA members, the food and service recommended by all.  Once finished, we broke up into smaller groups for the trek home.  The ride back was a bit challenging with upper 80’s and low 90’s temps and being all geared up, full face helmets, etc.  The effects of dehydration were in evidence (loss of concentration) but thankfully a “pit stop” at Yahoo Junction remedied that problem. We encountered some of our other m/c brothers of the V-Twin variety . . . ‘do-rags, leather vests, wallets on chains, half or no helmets . . . quite the contrasting approach to safety gear!  But, it’s all good, right?      🙂      Once in Palm Bay, we headed to BMW m/c dealer (again!) for air conditioning, water and to kick some tires!!!

For future planning-    One of the FMSTA regional areas is planning a ride to the Marsh Landing restaurant in Fellsmere, July 15, 9:30 am  for breakfast.  It would be logical for us Space Coasters to join up with them. (We’ll inform local riders if we intend to ride as a small group down (necessitating earlier meet-up time in Melbourne) or if we’ll just meet-up at ML. TBD.)  If you ride German, British, Italian, or a Japanese sport tourer or standard, and are not a regular rider with us yet, or haven’t come by on Wednesday evenings, then join us for Wednesday dinner or the Saturday ride.  Or preferably, both!

5/27 Ride and Meet up

To area beemer owners and enthusiasts:

Last Saturday’s group ride was quite well attended  . . . numerous years and styles of BMW bikes joined up.  We rode down to Marsh Landing in Fellsmere for breakfast.  For trip home, en masse, we rode north on SR 507 (which becomes Babcock) and headed for the new BMW dealer.  We spent another two hours looking at some of Munich’s latest & finest two wheeled machinery.  David (GM), Daniel (Sales) and Shawn (Parts/Service) could not have been nicer, spending much of their time with us.

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Wednesday night’s (5/31) Jason’s Deli meet-up was also best attendance in a long time. Local rider buzz (thanks to new dealer) is definitely on the increase.  David, Dan and Shawn came by for dinner and we had a nice talk with them about motorcycles, riding in FL, SEC football and  .  .  .  (of all things) hockey!  If you haven’t been by Jason’s in Melbourne on Wed evening and have a BMW or other Euro bike, or are thinking about getting one; stop by and have dinner with us.

Shout-outs to Jim and Camille (who rode their LT), Bill, who came to the group ride and Jason’s Deli on his R100RT and Terry who came over to Jason’s on his GS Adventure.  Nice folks and hope to see ya’ll again on future rides and Wed. evenings!