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Jekyll Brewery Ride/Dinner Recap

The first Club social of the year was a great success. Bill Botkin planned and led the ride to the Jekyll Brewery located at Jacksonville Beach. It was a rainy day and not the type of day for a good ride, but Bill managed to talk his daughter and Son-in-Law to make the ride with him south from the BMW Dealership through Palatka and back up to the beaches.

You make us all proud...

There were 21 members and guests for dinner and we met upstairs next to the Airstream Trailer Bar. Interesting atmosphere with a potentially great view of the Atlantic if it had not been for the rain. Service was very good and the dinners were delicious. Everyone had a good time.

Out next Social will be a Jumbo Shrimp Baseball game on April 12th.

You'll need to register for that one as it includes tickets to the game, special meeting area, and buffet dinner.

Hope you can make it.

Ride Safe

John Brueggemann


BMW Motorcycle Owners of Northeast Florida

Drifter’s Lunch Ride Recap

The second ride of the year was one of the best scenic rides we do.  

Steve Wishard planned and lead the ride to Drifter’s Restaurant

near Astor, Fl., along the St John’s River.

Drifter's Website

11 Riders met up at Weedman’s grocery and 10 of us headed south about 8:45AM. Dan had other commitments for the day and stopped by to wish us well. The first half of the route is familiar to all who have ridden with the Club before. The route took us down SR 13 which is a scenic Live Oak canopy road along the St John's River.

We made several departures from US17, enjoying the scenery

and “twisty” only to rejoin US17 further south.

Don’t ever let it be said Florida has no curvy roads!

Just follow Steve through this matrix he created for our ride.

Follow this link to see the route:


I’d recommend saving it for future use. You can intercept any portion of the route. All paved roads, beautiful oaks and fern nurseries are located along the route.

Not to mention a sea plane.

We arrived at Drifters about 11:30 and enjoyed a well-prepared lunch.

We met up with two other club members that rode over from Gainesville.  

The food was excellent and the view of the river breathtaking.

If you were unable to join us please look for future ride and events on the Club website events calendar.


If you missed the first two rides of the year, don't worry there are more on the agenda.

Our next ride will be after this Sunday's Monthly Meeting.

Chris Terajewicz has plotted us a course west of Jacksonville from Fleet reserve,

then north ending up at Cedar River Seafood in Callahan, FL.

Hope you can make it.


The 2024 - 41st Winter Rally was a huge success.


The forecast for rain held off to be just a little more than a humid day in Florida. 

There was a wide variety of events and activities to choose from including;

-  Led Rides and solo rides that could be downloaded from the Rally Program

-  Seminars by riders from a variety of backgrounds and experiences

-  Tire Repair on the Road and bike maintenance

-  BMW Academy Training


This year we also had the pleasure of a National Airhead Meeting and Event taking

place at the campground location.  This included a Tech Day, Bike Show and

General Meeting.


Some other hits this year was Charlie’s Chuck Wagon and the Camp Weed Dinners.

Of course we can't forget the Bonfires each night.  There was no shortage of split wood.


We gave away close to 30 Door Prizes and the Grand Prize winners were:

-  BMW Bike Performance Kit won by Chris Terajewicz

-  Helite Air Vest won by Michael Salvemini

-  Performance Training Grand Prize was Billy Luper


The Rally Program this year was over the top.  Steve Wishard did an excellent

job putting this together for our use including QR codes for the rides, articles,

list of vendors and a “Who’s Talking” section.  Unfortunately, Steve was unable

to attend, but he has our heartfelt thanks.


The surveys received to date have been very positive with excellent feedback.


Of course, none of this could have happened without all of the volunteers that worked

hard prior to, during, and after the Rally to ensure its success. Without their dedication,

there would be no Rally. Many, many thanks.


Can't wait until 2025 !!!

2024 Winter Rally Vendors and Sponsors

Penguin Ride 2024
Dear BMWNEF Members and Friends,
Members and guests could not have asked for a better way to bring in the New Year than what we experienced yesterday.
31 motorcycles, with several riding two-up, gathered at the Raceway Station off I-95 and the Fernandina exit for the Annual Penguin Ride.
The Penguin Ride is a BMWNEF tradition started by longtime BMWNEF member Alan Singer.  What better way to torment one's New Jersey friends than to go on a motorcycle ride on a beautiful day.
The riders were split into 3 groups for better manageability.  We set out with a 5 min delay between groups.
Our route took us on state and county roads to Folkston for a comfort stop then on to Mudcat Charlies near Darien, Georgia.  The restaurant had been notified of our plans and the seating, service and food was excellent.
No Club event is planned and executed alone.  Special thanks to those members who served as ride leaders and chasers.  
Additionally, thanks go out to BMW Motorcycle of Jacksonville for their assistance in notifying their clients and to the Northeast Ducati Club for their attendance.
Finally, I would like to thank all members who have assisted in the planning and execution of events and rides during my final year as President of BMWNEF.  It has been my pleasure to serve as your President.  We are fortunate to have a dedicated group of
friends, riders and associates.
The leadership of BMWNEF is in good hands with John Brueggemann at the helm and a strong Executive Committee.
Stay healthy in 2024.
Ride Safely always.


Drifters Ride January 31st

Video Courtesy of John Brueggemann

BMWNEF Hookie Ride

Video Courtesy of John Brueggemann

Summer Solstice Ride

June 21st

video by John Brueggemann


Doswell, Virginia

video by John Brueggemann

Start your kids out early

Mom will be glad they're out of the house

video by John Brueggemann

Airhead Tech Day

Keep them Flying

video by John Brueggemann


For all you K Riders out there...