meet the board

Tom Paligraf

President

Motorcycles have been a part of my life for the past forty years. My first street bike was a Honda CX500, followed by several Harley Davidson touring bikes. In 2009 I finally saw the light and acquired Helga, a 2007 R1200RT, with less than 1,000 miles. It has carried my wife, Mary Lou, and I to Washington DC, the Blue Parkway and New Orleans. We both enjoy motorcycle touring and over the years have ridden the Rocky Mountains extensively. In addition to Helga, we currently have Carmen and Sweet Pea, a pair of Harleys and Natasha, a Ural.

Larry Karnick

Vice President

I started riding when the training wheels came off.
My first bike was a 1970 Honda ct70H which I still have.
I rode my fathers BMW R69US in upstate NY and did my road test and endorsement on that bike at age 15.
Over the years I’ve had many different bikes as I bought and sold them as part of my business but came back to BMW with a K1200LT and recently traded up to the K1600GTL.

MaryLou Miller

Secretary

Born in Miami, raised in Miami Springs and currently lives in Plantation, FL.  Although I do have a motorcycle endorsement, I most enjoy riding as a passenger withmy husband, Tom.  Even though Ienjoyed our first motorcycles, a Honda CX500 and Harley Davidson Low Rider, for our 13thwedding anniversary I asked for an “old man’s bike” (1995 HD “Carmen” Electra Glide) so we could travel and that we did. That was followed by Helga, our 2007 R1200RT, a 2012 HD Road Glide “Sweet Pea” (30thwedding anniversary flower) and Natasha, our Ural. In December of 2010, I retired from my Nursing career at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. Tom and I celebrated that milestone with a post-Thanksgiving motorcycle adventure to NOLA, the Gulf Coast and back home on Helga, our BMW. I certainly enjoyed the heated seat on that trip!

Liz Rideg

Treasurer

Doraine “Liz” Rideg

I first began riding when I met my husband Carl in 1972.  Our first rides were on a 1970 Honda CB450 which we rode weather permitting in New England until our son was born in 1984. We are originally from Connecticut.

We got back into riding in 2011 when Carl wanted to get back on a bike and purchased a 2004 BMW K1200 GT.  We joined the club in 2013 after meeting the group at 441 Cycle.    Long trips were limited until I retired in 2015 from Regent Bank as Assistant Controller/AVP.  In 2016 we completed our longest trip from Florida to Newport, RI which Carl had originally rode in the reverse in 1971.  We have made many trips through FL, GA, NC, CT and the New England area, both by bike and by trailering to a location and riding.  In 2017 we rode a two week trip from CT to Canada including NB, PEI and NS.   The Cape Breton area was a favorite part of our ride.  We look forward to riding in the future with the club and solo hoping to return to Canada in 2018

Eric Weinstein

Director & Past President

Eric got his start riding a Triumph 250 single back in college. Living in Los Angeles in the late 70’s, he bought a Suzuki and spent his spare time riding the mountain and coastal roads around Southern California. After “running out of talent” on a curve in Topanga Canyon in 1984 common sense kicked in and he took a 20-year hiatus from riding. In 2004 while on vacation in Germany Eric was smitten when came across a touring group on BMWs. Within 24 hours of arriving home there was a new RT in his garage. Not long after a R 1200 C (for the Mrs.) was parked next to it. A test ride on a K1200S persuaded him to give up the boxer and go over to the dark side. Now on his 4th K-S Eric enjoys long day rides and trips to Ashville NC area for some serious riding.  Eric lives with his wife Eve in Boca Raton. Eric served as club President from June 2014 – December 2017

Kurt Heide

Director

Kurt has been riding motorcycles since he was 10; using his Honda Mini Trail to out run all the Rupp Mini’s of the day.

Later, Kurt moved to dirt trails, a Honda CT70, and then his dream bike, a Honda SL70.

Dirt riding taught Kurt how to crash with enthusiasm. He wrecked and rebuilt a Yamaha Enduro DT185 and Honda SL175.

His first street bike was a Honda CB350; kept in his friends’ garage, as he was forbidden ride on the streets. After catching him riding flat out on the SL70 at 65 miles an hour, dad was quoted saying; “If I knew how fast that thing would go, I never would have let you buy it!” So, road bikes were prohibited.

Subsequent bikes include a 1990 Suzuki Katana 600, a 95 Harley Davidson Dyna Super Glide, 02 Road King Classic and a 97 Honda VFR750F.

In 2017 Kurt found an old dog sleeping in a New Hampshire basement; a 91 BMW K100Rs with only 6000 miles.

This bike brought Kurt to the Gold Coast Beemers Club and a new world of riding: A fabulously friendly group of experienced riders, who really enjoy each other’s company and share the wonder of riding motorcycles

Ron Torres-Gatherer

Director

Ron began riding again in 2016 after fulfilling his career and family responsibilities which, (like most of us) previously precluded his desire to be adventurous. He began riding a Buell 250, not fully committed to satisfying his calling of two wheel travel, After some months and a rider education class he was hooked and onto the need for speed*. Someone should have told him that a BMW 1200 C might not meet that need but never the less he was on the road to 2 wheeled adventure. A short time later he discovered the Gold Coast Beemers and BMW Motorcycles of Ft. Lauderdale who contributed to his riding experience. Now after graduating from work Ron continues to Ride In Retirement (RIR) with friends who share the same passion and sense of adventure.

(Ride Engage Live – MOA)

Ron Torres-Gatherer,  A.K.A. Tortuga

 

*Ron’s many friends understand that speed is a relative term AND the reason for the nickname Tortuga