Sep 4

Finger Lakes BMW Rally

2017: The 43rd Annual Rally

Year after year our visitors tell us the Finger Lakes Rally is one of the nicest, friendliest motorcycle rallies. Again this year, it's held at one  
Main Entranceof the most beautiful settings ever to park a BMW, set up a tent, and find someone to talk with. Once again, you will be able to camp at the Watkins Glen State Park's Hidden Valley Group Camp.

Enjoy three nights camping, two catered dinners, free coffee, a live band, great door prizes, rally pin and mug, terrific facilities, flea market (bring your stuff to sell, or buy stuff and take it home), exciting touring, on-site Sunday morning services, bike judging, snack bar, and more. BMW riders and their guests only.

Camping areas range from ultra quiet to right near the action. CPAP sleep machine users: we have an area for you with electric outlets, at the back end of the vendor area. It should be marked with signs. You will probably need an extension cord.

Rally Fees

Pre-registeredAt Gate

Adults (16 and up)$65$70

Children ages 6-15$30$35

Under 6FreeFree

All fees are in US Dollars. Pre-registration forms and checks must be postmarked no later than August 21, 2017.

10:00 am10:00

Distinquished Gentlemen's Ride

This was a fun ride CRM participated in last year. Ride is to raise awareness & funds for Prostate Cancer. We'd love to get up a group to support this when we have more details. It's all about the Vintage look. It was a fun ride around the city, challenging, and swift.

6:00 pm18:00

Annual Dinner Ride to Mac's Drive-In RE-CAP

It didn't rain, hard to believe! It was a beautiful evening for a ride. Art led the ride on some cool back roads with the only obstacle encountered this year was a pokey haywagon. arrived at a busy Mac's so had a little food wait but had lots of motorcycle chat to keep our minds distracted from our stomachs.

Macs Drive-In

10:00 am10:00


Bill Stone, the ZERO Rep will be here for our Demo day. It was a busy day last year and folks discovered the fun and power of the ZERO. If you've been shy about coming and trying one out, here's your chance. Find out for yourself what it's like to go electric!

“The Zero is a preview of coming attractions: a technically superior, emotionally inferior motorcycle, effortless to ride, crazy fast, fetishly tech, and all electric.”
-Dan Neil, The Wall Street Journal

“I needed no further convincing that—if you’re comfortable with the initial cost—Zero has succeeded in making electric motorcycles practical for the long haul as well as shorter trips. I also found riding 180-mile days on this DSR much less tiring than on a similar combustion-engine motorcycle. The lack of noise, vibration and heat really makes a difference over a long day in the saddle, especially with the convenience of not having to work the clutch and gear levers.”
-Alan Cathcart, Rider Magazine

We regret that Joel, Helmet House Rep., will unable be here to show you the newest Shoei, HJC, Tourmaster & Cortec products for 2017 due to an unexpected business conflict.

Jun 4

"Thrills in the Hills" Adventure ReCap

The Wayne county Motorcycle club's  annual Adventure tour wenton in spite of a cold rainy begining. 35 hearty riders took a challenging ride on some muddy roads. Fun was had and their bikes were in need of a serious bath afterward ad they were more than ready for the Club's chicken barbecue.

Apr 30

Frosty Nutz Rally

Join the Finger Lakes Riders Association annual Vermont trek to the Frosty Nutz Campout. Don't frost your nutz!

Details -

Apr 1

RE-Cap of YOUR Adventures Begin HERE! BMW "Ride and Shine" Open House

We have received no information from BMW Motorrad regarding the winners of the Instagram giveaway. Once we do we will announce it.

In spite of the weather (cold & rainy) we had a great turnout of approximately 125.  We want to remind those who were disappointed in not being able to take a Demo ride to please come back on a nicer day and we will be glad to accomodate you!

Everyone had a good time talking to all the local (and not so local) Vendors and trying out seats.. We hope that you all came away with some new plans to "Make Life A Ride"!

Congratulations to the following lucky folks who won door prizes: Gary Marks,Codi Calder,Steve Haines,Dann Valenza, Alex Chilig, Steve Rankin,Brooks Lyon, Peter Bondy, Jack Fiero. The photographer regrets not having taken photos as she might have gotten some interesting ones!

The following local Vendors were on site to help you plan YOUR riding Adventures from learner to advanced and no matter what you ride. Country Rode thanks them all for helping to make this day fun & successful. 

1. Learn2Ride (MSF): Basic Learning or refreshing skills Course / Experienced Rider Course

2. Street Skills: 2017 On Road & On Track Courses....

3. Marcin's Tours: 2017 Off-Road & Road Tours

4. ADV Motorrad: Motorcycle Luggage options....

5. Wayne County M/C Club: Thrills in the Hills & Monkey Butt Riding events info.....

6. Rider's Workshop-Mountain riding and tours by Jim Ford
Jim will be promoting his new book the "Art of Riding Smooth". 

7. Beach's Motorcycle Adventures. Rob & Gretchen Beach

8. Behind the Scenes in Service (or what goes on behind the Yellow Line): Observe how service is determined/performed on a BMW with use of the BMW diagostic system

1:00 pm13:00

"Make Life a Ride" Spring Refresher

Ron Hinz of will be on hand for our annual Spring Safety refresher before we get back on the road. This is always a great way to start the season with a lively audience discussion. Join us, it never hurts to remind yourself of important defensive riding techniques/skills. This event is an audience involved refresher.Don't forget Learn2ride has 4 courses available: BRC the 2 day Basic Rider Course; BRC 2-LW  1 day for permitted unlicensed riders; BRC 2-SP for licensed riders supervised refresher practice; and ARC for licensed experienced riders. This event is an audience involved refresher.

1:00 pm13:00

NEW DATE: Sounds for Life Hearing Presentation

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Kristen Nolan, Audiologist @ Sounds for Life, was to  be on hand to give a Presentation about protecting your hearing which is so important to us. Our Art is very aware how disabling the loss of hearing can be! Kristen,has ridden motorcycles most of her life with her father and uncle who love to ride.  She should have great insight on protecting your hearing while riding.
Kristen has been an audiologist for 17 years.  She feels strongly about hearing conservation and feels that you can do what you love to do while preserving your hearing as well!  Kristen knows that motorcycle riders tend to have hearing loss due to the noise exposure, not only from the bike but from the wind as well.  Our discussion will be a general topic of hearing and hearing loss as well as prevention and options for listening while riding.

****Kristen will  bring earmold impression materials for sound suppression earplugs and can make these on site

She will bring sample custom earplugs that fit into your iPod or anything with a headphone jack. 

 Here is the Link to her website for more information.

1:00 pm13:00

Link to Marcin's Trip Planning with Garmin GPS Basecamp

Here's the link to Marcin's GPS Presentation for those who weren't able to be here or who wish to study it more thoroughly. Thanks to Marcin for insight in using this program.

1:00 pm13:00

Myth-Busting Track Days Recap

Street Skills
Cornering Confidence Course @ NYST with Jon Delvecchio

The essentials:
Private track day
Just for street riders
Cornering instruction
Two nights camping
Action photographer (pics from last year)
Limited to 20 riders,10 spots remaining as of 3/18/17
All motorcycle types are welcome
Special guests have been invited
August 14, 2017
$400 (space still available)

If you haven't experienced a track day recently, you might be missing out.  Yes, typical track day's can be filled with adrenaline junkies and lots of fast-paced action.  But some have a more reasonable character that is little known. Jon DelVecchio from Street Skills LLC was here to explain how easy it is for street and sport-touring riders to spend time on a racetrack. Tracks are both fun and educational.  He will share several track day organizations that are directly suited to the street  rider.

12:00 pm12:00

Annual Chili Off (take the chill off!) Recap

Had a great turnout with lots of delicious chili......12 to be exact. Most we've ever had! Some learned about GPS Basecamp use, some just tasted and enjoyed motorcycle chat while checking out the 'bike of their dreams'! A good time was had by all.

1:00 pm13:00

Off Road Touring by Marcin

Wild West in 7 days!

Stop dreaming and putting off the trip off that you always wanted to take. 

Come and learn how few good friends and the "other guy" got together and planned one of the best off road weeks ever. It took a little bit over 24 hours to transport bikes from Rochester, NY to Colorado Springs, CO, drive was flat and long but what followed after was breathtaking and life altering. This journey takes 5 diverse riders through Colorado's and Utah's backcountry roads. Distance? Almost 2000 miles. Cost? Under $1000. Memories? Forever.This will be interactive presentation where you will learn on what it takes to plan and take a trip like this. We will walk through each day of the trip and share our experiences. If you are not lucky enough yet to experience off road riding this journey will have you cross to the other side or leave you drooling for rest of the day - tissues will be provided

Dec 17

RECAP of Newfoundland Travel Presentation with Holiday Cheer

Doc aka Wayne Edkin & wife Robin, who do lots of motorcycle touring on their K1200LT sidecar rig, gave a very informative 'Traveling to Newfoundland' Presentation. These questions were answered:  how hard is it to get there?  Weather, packing, planning?  Are there places to stay?  How big is that place? Robin and Doc Edkin shared tips and tales of their recent sidecar adventure to this Canadian Maritime province and showed lots of beautiful pictures.  Everyone enjoyed the Presentation and there may be some serious motorcycle travel in the future for some. We thank the Edkins for taking the time to share their adventure. 

Click on the above photo to see a fabulous photo slideshow from the Edkins.

12:00 pm12:00

RECAP of Holiday Cheer Party

Holiday  Cheer means refreshments! We had some good ones to enjoy while hearing about Newfoundland. Sorry you missed it.

1:00 pm13:00

National Parks Touring Re Cap

35 folks enjoyed Marcin's presentation about National Parks touring. On a 9 day tour some of the Parks visited included Zion, Arches, Bryce & the Grand Canyon. Miles traveled/day varied from approximately 200-450. Input from customers was very positive with regard to roads traveled, sights seen, accommodations, organization etc. Marcin is planning more tours in 2017. Note photo of list. Start planning now and let Country Rode help you obtain the items needed to take a motorcycle trip like this. Example of items you might need are: cooling vests, riding apparel, heated liners, helmets, tire repair kits, small tools, etc.

Photos by Marcin Suchodoski

         Click above photo to see more.

1:00 pm13:00

Re Cap of Top 5 Aha Moments!

35 folks enjoyed Jon Delvecchio's 5 Top Aha (learning) Moments Presentation. Plenty of audience interaction and lots of follow up socialization. We'll bet everyone went away having learned at least one important thing! Here are the 5 Top learned techniques: 1. Throttle adjustment; 2. Body position; 3. Brake Application; 4. Smooth Shifting; and 5. Trail braking. Thanks to Jon for a great educational seminar

10:00 am10:00

Distinguished Gentleman's Ride Recap

Here are the 'Gentleman' on the Country Rode Team who rode on Sunday. Everyone completed the ride and had a great time.  It was a fun ride full of curves, circles, turns and some great city views. Thanks to all of you who sponsored our team and thanks to Rome Celli for putting the ride together for a very worthy cause.

Jason Smith, Lyn, Richard Mikulec, Art, Dan Harris, Tom & Lisa McCann, Craig Smith

                                                            Dapper Craig Smith

                                                            Dapper Craig Smith

                                                            Line up on Gibbs St.

                          Bikes on the road, courtesy of

                     Tazmanian Devils, Dan & Craig. courtesy of

Sep 30

Watkins Glen International Charity Track Tour Re Cap

It didn't rain and was a beautiful day for our Track Tour. We had a 30 bike turnout and the 30 folks had great tour on the newly paved track. It was also fun watching the sports cars on the track beforehand.  
We apologize that no photos while riding on the track were taken. There was miscommunication with the Photographer and it has been confirmed that photos were not taken. We regret that as we know it's always fun to find your photo

Otherwise, everyone seemed to have a fun time. Below is a quote from Kevin Dix who rode his Triumph.
"Great day at Watkins Glen International Raceway, got in the three laps. The officials cracked down on passing and speed a bit so I had to be relatively "good". Still got in some passes and speed is good any time. When we arrived there were some little four cylinder Chapparal type racers going at it. Then the Miata's, VW, Excort, and Volvo/Saabs took the track. Finally they let us loose!
Thank you Art and Lyn Elting and Watkins Glen for a great time."

Thank you to all of you who joined us. We are contributing $500 to the Alzheimer's Disease Research Fund at the University of Rochester. We appreciate your donations to this worthy cause


Sep 4

Finger Lakes BMW Club Annual Watkins Glen Rally

Finger Lakes BMW Club #25 would like to invite BMW riders and their guests to join them at the beautiful and spacious Hidden Valley 4H Camp for the 42nd Annual Finger Lakes Rally! Located 3 miles west of Watkins Glen, NY just off Route 329 in Watkins Glen State Park, it is the perfect base to come and experience the many touring opportunities in one of the most scenic areas of New York State. Included in your rally fee are three nights camping, two catered dinners, unlimited coffee, nightly entertainment, a group campfire, great door prizes, a rally pin & mug, tech sessions/talks, and excellent facilities. In addition, a flea market, bike judging, snacks, hot dogs, and soft drinks will be available. Vendors welcome! Rally fee is $60 for pre-registration (no later than August 17) and $65 at the gate. Children 6-12 are $35 and under 6 are free. The gate opens at 9AM on Friday. early arrivals, no pets and no individual campfires. Rally information and pre-registration form are available at or More info: Finger Lakes BMW Club, P.O. Box 35, Webster NY 14580. GPS: N42°21.753' W76°54.965'

This year Watkins Glen International Race Track will be holding the Indy Car race this same weekend so Country Rode had to reschedule their Charity Track Tour for Saturday September 18th at Noon. We did not wish to miss the opportunity of a ride on the newly paved track. More info can be found on the Track Tour event. Hope that you join us.

6:00 pm18:00


Our 3rd dinner ride was to the Pultneyville Deli in Pultneyville where they have great salads & sandwiches. Nice ride on Lake road to get there too. 6 of us had a super ride  on some neat roads that Ron found to challenge us. Then we had some delicious sandwiches and salads sitting outside at the Deli. If you get a chance to stop there it's worth the visit. Unfortunately, Lyn forgot to take photos as she was having such a fine time.  Sorry you missed it.

 Pultneyville Deli 4120 Lake Rd, Williamson, NY 14589  Phone:(315) 589-0061  

 Pultneyville Deli 4120 Lake Rd, Williamson, NY 14589  Phone:(315) 589-0061


Aug 20

Vespa Raffle WINNER

The Vespa WINNER of the Holy Childhood fund raising raffle is: Daniel Eustice of Rochester. We hear that he is very excited about his win----who wouldn't be? We will post photos when Daniel comes in to take his new 'Baby' home. Congratulations Daniel. More on Facebook

Thank you to all those who supported this fund raiser. We wish you all could win!

We'll let you know how much was raised when we have the final tally.

Aug 7

Calling all Vespa/Piaggio Country Rode Customers

Feel like a VIS (Very important Scooterist) with exclusive curbside parking at Parkleigh during the Park Ave. Fest. As this is the culmination event for the Holy Childhood,  Vespa Raffle at Parkleigh a representative from Country Rode will be on site to answer questions. 

We would love to have some of you stop by and join us for the festivities. Free parking for CRM scooters customers only on a first come first serve basis. 

Stop in at CRM for a free VIS Parking pass needed to park on the Park Ave. side of Parkleigh. 

We have partnered with Parkleigh  over the years for this worthy cause to raise funds previously for CURE and now for the School of Holy Childhood.

Bob brought his chair with him in 2014

6:00 pm18:00


This ride will be to one of our favorite old fashioned Drive-In Diners on 5 & 20 in Waterloo. MAC'S DRIVE-IN. As usual, we will plan to leave CRM as close to possible, take a nice back road tour (hopefully avoiding newly chip-sealed roads) to Mac's arriving around 7 pm.  Join us at either place. 

Jul 17

MOA BMW Motorcycle Rally

Ron Stone, Sales Manager, will be sharing a Booth with ADV Motorrad # Y4-Z4 inside the Vendor Building. He is serving as CRM's Representative and has a nice route mapped out if you'd like to ride from the Rally site to visit Country Rode Motowerks. Here's a photo so you know who to look for. He would love if if you'd stop by and say hello. He can also give further information on Motorcycle Towing if you need it.

Please find the updated information about this Rally on our separate MOA Rally Page HERE



5:00 pm17:00

Friday Cruise night at Damascus Shrine

Country Rode is one of the sponsors of this years Damascus Shrine Friday night Cruise nights. If you are one of our BMW, ZERO or Vespa/Piaggio customers, are attending this event and you see our small display on the left of drive toward M/C parking area, please feel free to park with us. We'd love to have you join us. Please note that WE WILL NOT BE THERE EVERY Friday evening.

We will not be there Friday July 1st!!!

On July 8th, we'd like to invite those of you with classic BMW motorcycles to come park with us and show off your classic treasure.

Click HERE for details.


10:00 am10:00



The ZERO Electric motorcycle Rep., Bill Stone, will be here to answer all your questions about ZEROS. At 10 AM & 1 PM,  Bill will present an Informational:
Introductory to Electric powered Motorcycles with a question & answer period. It will be followed by Demo rides for those licensed riders interested in trying out various models.
It is not necessary you attend the Informational to take a Demo ride. It is a good opportunity to learn about these bikes
These bikes are so fun, so quiet, so quick, and so nimble that you can't help but be impressed.

6:00 pm18:00


This ride will be to the 3-Legged Pig Restaurant in Lakeville, NY. this is approximately a 30 mile trip. Folks enjoyed the last ride & meal there and wanted to go again. Plan to leave CRM at 6 PM if you'd like to go in a group or meet us there approx. 7 PM to enjoy a meal with fellow riders.

11:00 am11:00

Re-Cap of R U Ready to Ride MSF Refresher by Ron Hinz

This was a very informative MSF seminar. Ron Hinz of led a great question and answer Spring refresher following a video full of safety tips. This valuable Spring refresher reminded all who attended of  the things we need to be aware of when getting back on the road on 2 wheels. Hinz. A good way to start the season. thank you Ron Hinz. 

Ron also provided information on the new MSF eCourse, the updated Basic RiderCourse and the 1 Day Road Test Waiver Course, the BRC 2-LW.






1:00 pm13:00

Fast Track to Precision Riding

Jon DelVecchio from the Street Skills Riding Academy ( will be here to give an overview of the skills developed in his on-road and on-track advance riding courses.  
Attendees will leave with a 30-minute classroom version of his curriculum.  He will also be taking registrations for 2016 courses.

2:00 pm14:00


Backcountry Discovery Documentary Movie Day. 3 movies available to watch, we'll take a vote that day for which one, majority rules. Popcorn & beverage included. We hear Marcin is planning a M/C trip on the Utah Discovery route this summer & we have that video!  
Bring your own chair if you don't want to sit on a folding chair.