BMW Motorcycle Club of Colorado

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!


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.


John Murakami

John is originally from Hawaii and has been living in Colorado since 2005. He’s been a member of the club since 2011, after he got back into riding after a 20-year hiatus and purchased a 2004 R1150RT. The riding bug really bit him when he bought a GS and started riding off road. John has ridden many, many miles and days crisscrossing the country and going down south over the border to Mexico six times.

Through the club and riding, he’s made numerous everlasting friendships and great memories along the way. His favorite quote is one by his friend; Goodwill, friendship, and riding does not stop at the border.

Currently, John has five bikes in his stable, the R1150RT, R1200RT, R1200GSA, Honda Nighthawk 650 and the Yamaha WR250R.


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.


Membership Chair

Jared Canada

Join the Club

Thanks to Jared for taking on the important membership role! He'll be diving into the member services role and handling all things membership for the club. If you need to reach Jared, find him at!


Chuck Kopelson

Chuck is from the Northern suburbs of Chicago and began riding back in 1967. Not much dirt in Chicago so all of the riding was on the street until he moved to Colorado in 2013. Chuck spent a lot of time in Colorado over the years doing photography and exploring the ghost towns and mining areas in various 4 wheelers. Chuck had a KTM 1290 Super Adventure and now has a Honda Africa Twin. Chuck spent many years doing web development and computer systems.

Jeffrey Pratt

Social Chair

Jeffrey Pratt

Originally from Muskogee, Ok., Jeff has traveled the globe via VW campers and backpack. At last count seeing 42 countries. Spending a career in the Marine Corps flying AV-8 Harriers, Jeff now sees the world piloting a Boeing 777 and a BMW R1200RT! As the Social Chair, Jeff is always open to recommendations and feedback to better serve our club.
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness”, Mark Twain.
“You can Sleep when you Die”, Jeff Pratt

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

By popular demand (and necessity!), Carl Thomte is back as our Rallymaster for the 2021 Top O' the Rockies Rally! Contact Carl at

Ride Coordinator

Scott Dunaway

Scott Dunaway


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.



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.