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 7M views from all over the world from people who tap into the Club's expertise.

Our Club also boasts many experienced riders who've ridden from East Coast to West coast, to the Arctic Ocean in Alaska, down to the tip of South America or even in Europe.

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 and off-roading fun.

All riders are valued in this club. And there are ample ways to have fun and get to know members.

  • 30+ Breakfast Rides on Thursdays and Saturdays during the 2022 riding season
  • Generally one or two weekend destination rides
  • Training - such as on Advanced Riding Motorcycle Skills courses
  • Spring Tech Day - for bike tune ups before the riding season takes off
  • And a monthly dinner meeting on the 3rd Thurs. of the month (except Dec. and June), typically with a motorcycle-related presentation.  You can find us at Jimmy's Charhouse in Elgin, IL at 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. usually.

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BMW Motorrad Club of Northern Illinois invites you to ride with us.

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.

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Liz Jacobs

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



Dave Howard

Dave calls Wauconda home.  A big off-road fan, Dave serves as treasurer for the Club, and in his spare time, explores dirt trails throughout the Midwest.



Steve Schwarz

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


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John Jones

John hails from Round Lake Beach, IL and loves to go on the club breakfast rides and enjoys riding throughout North America. .

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Nick Chirikos

Nick has held many positions with our Club and is most recently a Director.  A long-time Algonquin resident, you'll see him on the road on any sunny day.



Keith Vakoc

Keith hails from Elgin, IL and came into motorcycling later in life.  His passion is contagious.