The Beehive Beemers BMW Motorcycle Club was founded in October, 1985, when about half a dozen BMW motorcycle riders got together in Fairmount Park in Salt Lake City and formed an organization for BMW motorcycle owners and enthusiasts. Since then, the club has grown to over 100 members and is a chartered club of both the BMW Motorcycle Owners of America and the BMW Riders Association. Our club is organized to promote the enjoyment and interest in ownership, riding skills and safety for persons who appreciate BMW Motorcycles, and to exchange technical information and assistance among members and from appropriate outside sources. At all times our objective is to promote and present a better image of motorcyclists to the general public. We offer a variety of club activities for the enjoyment and benefit of club members including the following:
We hold a monthly breakfast meeting on the second Saturday of each month except December. The meetings are held at different and interesting locations around the state in order to encourage riding and adventure. We often have a program or speaker give a presentation on a topic of common interest and a group ride may follow the meeting for those interested.
The club publishes a monthly newsletter, The Stinger, containing articles on past events, upcoming activities, rally and ride reports, technical and safety information, or whatever members feel inclined to submit for others to enjoy.
Red Rocks Rendezvous
Starting in 1999, the club has held a motorcycle rally for BMW enthusiasts in Panguitch, Utah. The rally is held in mid June when the nights are cool and daytime riding is warm and pleasant. Camping is provided on the grassy county fairgrounds and a number of motels are available close by for those who prefer not to camp. Panguitch is the gateway to southern Utah’s “Color Country” with easy, beautiful rides to Bryce Canyon, Zion, and Grand Canyon National Parks as well as the fabulous Highway 12 from Panguitch to Torrey, Utah. The rally draws an average of about 250 BMW riders from all over the U.S. There are tech sessions, poker rides, a “hike-and-bike”, a GS ride, vendors, a beer garden, door prizes, and a Saturday evening BBQ dinner.
Many BMW riders are also avid campers. In addition to our annual rally, we have at least three yearly campouts including our Spring Breakout in April, a fall campout around September, and a weekend campout in Victor, Idaho, west of Jackson, Wyoming, around the first of August. The spring and fall campout locations vary from year-to-year and the club pays for the camping. We plan the locations around interesting rides with consideration of the seasonal weather. Most club members ride to the campouts individually or in small groups. These are not group rides. Traditionally, the club also provides a pizza dinner on Saturday night at the campground. Of course spouses and significant others are invited.
In December, instead of our usual breakfast meeting, the club holds its annual Christmas party. This is a nice family affair and usually boasts the largest attendance of any of our club activities. Door prizes are given out and we take advantage of the large turnout to vote on the following year’s club officers.
The BMW dealerships in our area will give club members free State Safety Inspections and discounts on apparel, accessories, parts & service labor.
Other Cub Activities
We offer a wealth of knowledge, technical and otherwise, in the form of our many members. Members are available to lend a hand with bike mechanical problems and give technical advice on a one-on-one basis or with impromptu tech sessions.
Every May we have our Beemerfest at the historic Fort Douglas museum. This is a display of German and British bikes with the proceeds donated to the museum. We also make a generous yearly contribution to the Panguitch Sub-for-Santa charity which helps provide Christmas presents for underprivileged children in their community.
There are other activities throughout the year, including weekend campouts, day rides, extended weekend rides, and an occasional dinner ride or two. We support the various shop rides and activities as well. We look forward to seeing you at these events and invite you to join us. We encourage your ideas and questions.
The club has a Facebook page for members to share thoughts, photos, and ride plans.
Most importantly, the club provides an opportunity for forming lasting friendships with others who share the joys of riding motorcycles, especially BMW motorcycles.
We hope you will consider joining the Beehive Beemers BMW Motorcycle Club. The only requirement is ownership of a BMW motorcycle. If you aren’t sure about becoming a member, then please come to one of our meetings as a guest and “try us out”. To learn of the next meeting, review the calendar of the club, see who the officers are and get the date and address of the next meeting, go to our Event Calendar