BMW Motorcycle Club of Colorado

The BMW motorcycle Club of Colorado was born of a passion for BMW motorcycles. We're dedicated riding, adventure and camaraderie. Come join us for dinner, riding or some social time with other members and an interesting speaker.

Our Leaders

We are very grateful for our talented and dedicated Board Members and Officers. Their dedication to riding, adventure and camaraderie keep it fun for all of us!


Mike Szabo
(303) 908-1760

Mike’s first motorcycle was a Benelli Buzzer mini bike that he and his brother purchased from JC Pennys and has been hooked ever since. Mike enjoys all types of riding and has completed several Iron Butt Rides, the longest was the Bun Burner Gold; which is 1,500 miles in less than 24 hours.

Vice President

Scott Harding
(303) 332-9355

Originally from North Carolina, I’ve been a resident of Colorado since the late 70’s, with no plans to ever leave! I was introduced to motorcycling as a kid, starting on a Honda Mini Trail 50. I’ve ridden dirt bikes, enduros, sport bikes…and BMWs for the past 5 years. (2018 R1200GS Rallye and 2019 R1200 RT) I love people, music and riding in this amazing part of the Western US.


Eric Esswein

Eric has a long history with bikes, going back to 3 HP Briggs & Stratton powered mini bikes in the 70’s and tens of thousands of miles on road and mountain bikes including expedition leader for a mountain bike ride across the Himalaya (Nepal to Tibet). In 2015 he completed the BMW Off Road Riding Academy with 300 miles experience on a used f650GS. Besides bikes, fly fishing and skiing are some of his outdoor passions.


Nancy Lender

Nancy is our Treasurer. Nancy and her husband Gary are both Colorado natives and have been with the Club since 2007.  Nancy recently retired from the Bureau of Reclamation which allows some time to help the club!


Club Store & 100,000 Foot Ride Chairperson

Phil Glynn

I have been riding motorcycles since I stole my brothers Triumph when I was 16 to go see a girl. Currently ride a 2016 R1200RT around the country. I enjoy the freedom high I get when riding.

In the Wind, Newsletter Editor

Norman Wright

(303) 478-8203

Norm welcomes pictures, news stories and articles for the Newsletter, send via the E-mail below.  Norm a retired lawyer, lives in Summit County and has been a Club Member for several years and a Ride Leader for the last two years.  He is active in the BMW MOA and rides his BMW 2009 R 1200 R or Triumph T120 to rallies near and far.




Jeff Kleist
(303) 870-7659

Jeff began riding when he was 11 on a Briggs & Stratton powered minibike his brother made in metal shop.  He raced motocross, flattrack and TT back in the ’70s and now enjoys riding his 1200GS as well as an old Honda XR400. He has completed the Colorado, Washington, and Idaho Back Country Discovery routes. After 47 years of living in Evergreen, CO he and his wife Linda moved to Montrose, CO to enjoy the year-round riding opportunities.


Pass Bagger

Randy Bishop
(303) 928-9091

Randy started moto-riding at age 17 after he and his brother overhauled a broken down 1956 Cushman scooter and began sport touring on a Honda Super 90 a year later. Since moving to Colorado in 1984 he has traveled all around the state and has completed the Pass Bagger 50, 100 and 150. He has also finished a number of Iron Butt Association rides around the North American West.


Ride Book Chair

Matt Kucharski

Moved to Colorado In 1993. Currently, retired living in Westminster, Co.
joined the BMW club a couple of years back after stalking them and finally
joining some rides. After owning a number of bikes, I settled on the BMW GS – it suits my ride style, its comfortable and my BMW friends like it.


Top Of the Rockies Rallymaster

Ronnie Martinez
(303) 229-9229

Mototraveler who is a Colorado Native that loves camping, outdoors and adventure.

Ride Coordinator

John Murakami
(808) 216-4086



Jeff Burns
(720) 709-8402

Jeff was raised on Long Island but moved to Colorado in 1969 at the age of 28. For the first 15 years, he rode dirt bikes all over Colorado, Utah and even raced Barstow-to-Vegas once. As a million-mile Volvo guy once said on Good Morning America when asked what his favorite road was, he replied, “Any road west of Denver.” Correct! Jeff rides an R1200RT.



Carl Thomte

Carl is a lifetime resident of Denver and began riding on a Bonanza mini bike at the age of eleven. Since then he has owned thirty five motorcycles, ridden in fifty states and eleven provinces and logged over 700k miles. Carl is a past president and has led hundreds of club rides in sixteen years with the BMWMCC.