May, 2020, President’s Message (from the May 2020 Stinger)

I remember old Johnny Carson bit wherein he would say to Ed McMahon “Wild, Wacky, Stuff”. A better descriptor of these times is hard to come by.

I’m very happy that the State of Utah has opened state parks. I stayed at Red Fleet State Park near Flaming Gorge National Recreation area last Saturday May 25th.

They put up Orange cones closing off every other camp site. This kept us 60-100 feet from the next site. I thought is was an excellent solution for enabling the opening of the parks which still keeping social distancing well in excess of the CDC guidelines.

In addition to Utah State Parks, there is a great site to find free camping spots, many on BLM Bureau of Land Management Land:  https://freecampsites.net

Here’s where to find more information about BLM camping: https://www.blm.gov/programs/recreation/camping

From that site:

Camping on public lands away from developed recreation facilities is referred to as dispersed camping. Most of the remainder of public lands are open to dispersed camping, as long as it does not conflict with other authorized uses or in areas posted “closed to camping,” or in some way adversely affects wildlife species or natural resources. Dispersed camping is allowed on public land for a period not to exceed 14 days within a 28 consecutive day period.

So even though most of the rallies have been canceled or postponed, you can still get out on your bike and have a great time doing some dispersed camping.

As I type this, I have an event posted in the club’s FaceBook group for an 8 day ride I’ve got planned to New Mexico. Email me adelatorre@netfixers.com if you’re interested is possibly joining me. The dates are either May 2-9, or May 9-16.

Next topic:

I was in Harrison Eurosports this week picking up some parts. Michael, the manager of the BMW parts department informed me that a number of people were showing up, asking for the club discount, and didn’t even know the correct name of the club was Beehive Beemers. So from now on you are going to have to show your membership card to receive the club discount of 10%. The previous officers of this club spent a great deal of time building the good will and relationship we have with our local BMW dealer. I am grateful for their efforts and always thank the people at Harrison Eurosports profusely for the club discount. They do NOT have to extend this courtesy to us.

I will discuss getting a supply of membership applications to the parts department at Harrison’s with the other board of directors members.

We are all ambassadors for the club. If you meet somebody who loves motorcycles as much as you, invite them to join.

Next topic:

Auxiliary lights. I am a rabid believer in having big bright yellow lights on the front of my motorcycle. I really like the folks at Clearwater Lights https://www.clearwaterlights.com/ and so have installed them on all of my motorcycles. Since doing this, the number of people who have turned left in front of me, or pulled out from a side street or driveway has virtually stopped.

Here’s a study which was done titled “Motorcycle Conspicuity and The Effect of Auxiliary Forward Lighting” https://www.nhtsa.gov/sites/nhtsa.dot.gov/files/811507.pdf

Below is a quote from the conclusions section of the study:

 “Overall, the results from this study indicate that enhancing the forward lighting on motorcycles during the daytime may be a promising countermeasure for reducing “left turn across path” crashes.”

Safe Travels.

Alberto de_la_Torre