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

Dave Shonk

Director

A retired USAF Lt Colonel (B-52/KC-10/C-9) and currently a pilot with American Airlines,  Dave “Shonkers” Shonk started his motorcycle career taming the blistering power of the Honda Z-50 at the fragile age of 12.  Shonkers hasn’t looked back…primarily due to his riding ineptitude.  After receiving a vision late in life to transition to motorcycles manufactured by humans occupying the European continent (who think beer is one of the 4 Basic Food Groups), he rode extensively through alpine Europe on his R1100RT while stationed in Germany.  Shonkers loves riding his 2016 R1200RS and 2009 K1300S bikes solo, or with his stunningly gorgeous wife, Wendy, or his awesome daughter, Allison.  He has two additionally ridiculously beautiful daughters (Kaleigh & Marissa) up in the best state in the Union–Ohio.

Steve Takimoto

Director

I started riding at 13 when my neighbor bought a Honda Trail CT70. One ride, and after figuring out how to work the shifter I was hooked…
I had to have one. However my parents did not see things my way and I had to  wait until I was out of the house and working before I was able to own my first motorcycle. That bike was a shiny and almost new 1984 Honda VF500F Interceptor, red white and blue with a 500cc V4 motor and a Vance and Hines header.
After that I had a few more Honda’s, a CB900F (wish I still had that one!), a Hurricane CBR1000F, a couple of Kawasaki’s, ZX-6, and a wicked fast ZX-9. Always checking out the BMW’s I eventually purchased a 2001 R1150R.
Today I am on a 2013 BMW R1200RT, I can say it is the best motorcycle I have ever owned, comfortable and fast enough for my needs.
I enjoy long rides with my friends, working at AT&T, working out at the gym, and spending time with my son.
I am an original member of Gold Coast Beemers and look forward to being a productive member
of the board.