Northern Illinois BMW Riders

About Us


Find Friends, Rides, Comaraderie in NIBMW

The love of riding, of motorcycles,  and especially BMWs, AND the search for new friends --  that is what our club is all about.

We are a diverse group of BMW motorcycle enthusiasts brought together by the joy of riding.

Young or old, new to riding or a seasoned veteran, we welcome all those who simply love to ride.

What is unique about our Club is the technical help you can get with the hundreds of "How To" videos on our Club YouTube channel.  Click here to check them out.  You'll be one of the over 5M views from all over the world from people who tap into the Club's expertise.

Our Club also boasts many LD Riders - known as Long Distance Riders, who have participated in:

  • Iron Butt sponsored rides,
  • Rally's such as Big Money Rally
  • ButtLite and
  • Minnesota 1000

These are not your typical large group rallies, but rather single to multi-day riding events that challenge your map navigation skills, as well as riding skills.

There's a wealth of knowledge from members ready to share how to equip your bike for the best visibility, lighting, rider hydration, farkling and safety.

We have:

  • conducted GarminTM BaseCampTM routing training
  • hosted Accident Scene Management training for Members
  • and arranged for advanced motorcycle rider training sessions.

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BMW Motorrad Club of Northern Illinois invites you to ride with us, share your experiences, lead a ride, share an event, participate or take an active role as a member of our club.

If you came across an accident scene, would you know what to do?  Club members who attended the 8-hour hands on, info packed CRASH course are better equipped.

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Kirk Johnson

Kirk lives in Crystal Lake, IL and in his spare time, has built the Club's world renown video library that has thousands of followers and millions of views.



Liz Jacobs

Liz is a long time Pillion, sometimes Pilot, LD Rider and calls Fox River Grove, IL home.



Steve Schwarz

Steve lives in Cary, IL, and has led numerous club rides, encourages contest participation and just loves to...ride.



Bryan Whitehead

Bryan hails from Lake Forest, IL and takes great pride not only in his riding throughout North America, but in welcoming members to our Club.

Meeting Dates/Times

TYPICALLY....We meet at Gino's East in South Barrington, IL.  In June 2020 the Club voted to move our meetings to the third Thursday of the month. DUE TO COVID 19, WE HAVE BEEN CONDUCTING MONTHLY ZOOM MEETINGS or some alternative. Check the EVENTS calendar for details.  Members receive monthly updates from the club.  Typically meeting start times include a social hour starting at 6 or 6:30 pm, with the meeting beginning at 7 or 7:30 pm.  Program may include presentation  or guest speaker.