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    Question BMW Owners Club or riding group in Central Florida?

    I've asked this question before, but not gotten any real response. After attending the Rally and seeing a number of the clubs from around the U.S., I couldn't help but wonder why Central Florida doesn't have a club. Seems there are active clubs in Jacksonville and Pinellas County, but I can't find anything about the Central Florida (Orlando area). I was told the BMW of Daytona and BMW of Orlando had something going, but no one at either dealership knows anything about it. Personally, I think they are missing a great opportunity here. If Central Florida doesn't have an active club, perhaps those of you in the area might be interested in helping get something started? If so (or if I'm just really uninformed and there is something here) post up and let's see what happens. Jacksonville is a bit of a ride to make a club event for me

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    Wow. I guess I was wrong....apparently no one else in central Florida rides BMW's....at least....no one that is on the Forum. Damn. I so didn't want to move.

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    Smile

    There is a group called The Sun Beemers over by Tampa. They will have a rally this fall in the Venice, FL area.
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    BMW Clubs Central Fl

    Go to the home page, chartered clubs. You will find BMW Riding Group Of Orlando and all the rest of the BMW clubs in Florida
    Jack Ethridge
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    BMW Clubs Central Fl

    Go to the home page, chartered clubs. You will find BMW Riding Group Of Orlando and all the rest of the BMW clubs in Florida
    Jack Ethridge
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    The dealer in Orlando had some one that was leading some rides, but I think they got a little out of hand. I think they discontinued tit because of liability. Too many accidents or incidents I heard.
    We at the Jax club (BMW-NEF) have lots of members from all over the SE, ride up and check us out.
    The next meeting is this coming Sunday, at the Fleet Landing on the west side.
    Breakfast served at 8:30, meeting starts at 9 AM.
    If you need directions or a GPS coordinates, send me a PM or post it here.
    Or check or website: http://www.bmwnef.org/
    Another group to check out is BMWSportTouring.com, they have regional meetings/lunches or tech days from time to time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JETHRIDGE View Post
    Go to the home page, chartered clubs. You will find BMW Riding Group Of Orlando and all the rest of the BMW clubs in Florida
    Jack Ethridge
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    Checked them all out...at least, the ones that said Orlando or Central Florida. Most haven't been updated in years. I tried to email several, but got no responses. Me thinks the data in the Chartered Clubs section is just a bit too old. I'll most likely be at the rally in Sarasota and will continue to seek other riders here in Orlando. I'll also try to join the BMW-NEF group and the Sun Beemers at least once. Just a long (and very early) ride to make an 8:30 breakfast that is ~200 miles away! Thanks for the info guys.

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    We had a club based in Orlando for 6-7 years, the Beeline Beemers. Used to have a rally the beginning of April, April Fools Rally. The club just died out of lack of interest around '96 or '97.
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    I live in the area and went on one of the rides a couple of years ago. It was fun, I met a few folks. There was one incident where an older guy with a borrowed bike dumped in in a curve. I think he was either new to riding or a re-entry rider without a lot of experience. My wife is a nurse so we stayed with him until we could convince him to get checked out at the local hospital (Lake County). There were a lot of riders on the ride that day. I think many of the folks that didn't have a lot of experience were mixed in with people who did (and wanted to go fast). So the less experienced folks should have been placed in a seperate group. Or the more experienced people should have slowed it down (it was a group ride). I've never felt comfortable in a large group ride situation where I don't know all the riders and their riding styles. I do like the comradrie of a good group but this day it was a very large group.
    I would still be interested in getting together with some of the folks in the area. We could also do some tech sessions, or just plan to meet for meals etc.

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    Get in touch with the Space Coast group. They usually have 2 rides a month. Usually a good group of guys that ride conservatively. They also team up with another Long Distance Riders group for several lunch rides a year.

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    Hi,

    I might be moving back to Orlando and my research came up withn not much.

    I live south of TampaBay...so I am a Sumbeemer, but was so Impressed with Jax BMWNEF after their Winter Rally I also joined them. so flip a coin

    The beemers have a lakeland ride coming up in a couple months come join us.

    http://www.floridasunbeemers.com/Home.html

    http://www.bmwnef.org/
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    Smile Clubless in Cent. FL

    Also check out Eurotrash Riders.com

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    It would actually be great to generate enough interest to get a club going in Central Florida, but from what I gather that might not be possible. I'm very impressed with the Jax. club. Most members at the National Rally 3 years running, with 91 making the trip this time. Just a bit of a distance for us to participate fully.

    I've sent an email over the the Space Coast group and will likely join them and well as the Sunbeemers and the Jax group for a ride or two before settling on one. Then again, maybe we'll just hang with em' all .

    Can't get too much riding....can you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vectorprime27 View Post

    Can't get too much riding....can you?
    In this heat? Got enough in the last two days to keep me til we're back in the 80's.

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    Vector, I knew the BMWNEF in JAX when I lived in SAV. Great folks for sure! If I may off some unsolicited advice: Don't think of trying to start a club as that can be daunting. Simply drop a note in the local papers or on Craig's List (even meetup.com) and start by finding some local folks to ride with. Maybe you all can make a group (even two is a group) ride up to meet the nearest Chartered Clubs. Don't let names and designations get in the way of finding good people to ride with. Good luck and enjoy the ride.

    If there's genuine lasting interest, you all will do more and more together and a solid club can form. Starting out as riders that like to hang out together and see what happens.

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