Club Officers

2016 BMWBMW Officers & Committee Chairs

BMW Bikers of Metropolitan Washington has an active slate of Officers & Committee Chairs. Please do not hesitate to contact any of us with any questions. either via Email or in the forum, each BOD Officer and/or Chair has their forum handle next to their name.

President - Drew Alexander (drewalex)

It is my honor to serve this year as President of BMWBMW. Many of you may know me from the past twenty years of working for some of the area’s BMW motorcycle dealerships and my participation in various capacities for the club. Most recently, I served as Vice President and Rally Master.
My love for motorcycling began nearly forty years ago as a messenger in Manhattan, my love for BMW motorcycles began twenty years when I purchased a K75S from Paul Mihalka in 1998. Unfortunately, my beloved K75S was lost in a hunting accident on I-70. Since then I have owned many others including a K1200RS and a R1200GS which I currently own.
My love for BMWBMW is deeply rooted because of its wonderful members! I look forward to serving you and meeting you soon at a club event or on a ride in the near future. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, feel free to contact me, after all this is Our Club. I would like to thank those who have and will volunteer their time to help keep the club thriving!

Vice President - Todd Dibell (Anorakintheusa)

I bought my first motorcycle at the age of 39 just prior to my son being born…an event that often causes many riders to abandon their motorcycle for financial reasons or responsibilities. I discovered the F 650 GS in 2005 while on vacation when a group of police officers rode into Greenmarket Square in Cape Town, South Africa on yellow models and I was hooked. After a full day’s travel home to the US, I immediately searched the internet for a dealer and drove directly to Bob’s BMW and fell in love with the bike in black. With no motorcycle endorsement, I had a friend return with me the following week to ride it home and started my love affair with BMW Motorrad and the GS.

I replaced the bike with an identical one after a car driver knocked me off on New Year’s Eve day and then traded that bike for my dream bike half a year later - a 2004 R 1150 GS Adventure. I put just shy of 75,000 miles on that bike before another driver relieved me of that motorcycle and purchased my 2015 R 1200 GS Adventure which is my current motorcycle.

During this period, I lost my job in the music biz after more than two decades and had to reinvent myself. I am someone who follows my passions and with a void of opportunities in sales and marketing in the music industry, it was either skydiving which occupied all of my off-time for 11 years prior to riding or BMW motorcycles. While neither industry looked like it was going to make me rich financially, motorcycle sales seemed to suit me and was a better bet for being rich in other ways.

I spent three years each as a BMW Specialist at Battley Cycles and a BMW & Triumph Champion at Motorcycles of Dulles before becoming a Certified Sales Advisor at Bob’s BMW to focus on the brand I am most passionate about and where I feel I have the most to offer. I have been a member of the BMW Bikers of Metropolitan Washington for seven years. I have represented BMW Motorrad USA at the International Motorcycles Shows during this period and in addition to my sales certification, I have held or hold certifications as a BMW Sales Manager, Apparel Manager & Service Writer.

I completed the BMW Rider Academy Off-Road Riding Course weekend in South Africa and have ridden over 100,000 miles on BMW motorcycles over the past 14 years. I look forward to the year ahead serving as VP for the BMWBMW Club.

Secretary - Tom Rhodes (tom2000)
Coming Soon!

Treasurer Bryan Hunt
Coming soon!

Membership - Ed Pfister (eap)

I began riding BMW's for real, around 1983 in Central America where I picked up a slightly used R80/GS with a hand pounded 11-gallon gas tank from Belgium. Since then, I have been a BMW GS guy - the R80 was followed by a 2001 R1150GS and my current steed is a 2014 R1200GS LC.

I joined the club a few years after arriving in the DC area and after attending several of the Tech Days where I learned to put the wrench on that GS. "Tech Days are what sold me on becoming a member" and I have enjoyed the camaraderie of many breakfast rides and the Square Root Rally as well.

Originally a Hoosier, I have been fortunate to have traveled extensively in SE Asia and Central America but for the past 30ish years, my wife, daughter and I have become a 'born again' Marylanders. We especially enjoy the Chesapeake Bay and the seafood it provides. Of course, the Mountains of the East are among my favorite riding areas - especially Southern VA, Northern NC, Central WV, Western MD, and the PA State Forests.

I have appreciated the hard work of our BOD and Committee Volunteers and am happy for this opportunity to take on new responsibilities in the club.


Mailing address:
BMWBMW Membership
10717 Seneca Spring Way
Montgomery Village, MD 20886

Editor - Bruce Dimon (bdimon)

My main qualification for Newsletter Editor is that I am long-winded. Ask anybody who sits mear me at the breakfast meetings. I welcome all contributions to the monthly newsletter because I edit it, I don't write it (well, not all of it). Just email me some pictures and text. I'll arrange it into a story.

Check out the Online Between the Spokes!

Committee Chairs

Rides - Jose Abiles (jcabiles)

This year the Rides Committee has two members known as some of the most passionate riders in the club. Jose and Jeff. Together they know all the twisty roads in the Mid-Atlantic. Jose rides an R1150RTP ex-cop bike.

Rides - Jeff Tank (RocketMan)

Jeff rides several bikes and is partial to Airheads. He is a skilled photographer and has an interesting site to answer the question "Is Jeff a biker, a rider or just plain nuts?"

Check out BMWBMW's Ride Pages for the latest information and updates on our club and member rides and events, and tons of resources on the great roads in the mid-Atlantic area! Also check the message boards for last-minute and informal rides and ride ideas!

Technical - David aka Ole Thanatos (thanatos1224)

Coming soon!

Check out the BMWBMW Tech Day page for information on our tech events, and the message boards for tips, tricks and informal maintenance and wrench-gatherings.

Meetings & Events - Rafael Cohen

Retired from the Army a few years back, now I work for the other half of the government. I learned how to ride on a DRZ250. It's been five years since I took the plunge and got my license and an R12R. Love that bike!
I live in the southern portion of Northern Virginia, but ride anywhere fun.

Check out BMWBMW's Ride Pages for the latest information and updates on our club and member rides and events, and tons of resources on the great roads in the mid-Atlantic area! Also check the message boards for last-minute and informal rides and ride ideas!

Check out BMWBMW's Event Pages for more information on all our upcoming events!

Government Affairs - Vacant (vacancy)

Currently open! please email President

Safety - Lorenzo Washington (CCATTrn95)

Bio coming!

Internet - Bruce Dimon (bdimon)

I remember when the BMW R90S was introduced and Cycle magazine said it was a great bike but wondered if anybody would pay $3,400 for a motorcycle. The year I graduated high school the most beautiful motorcycle I had ever seen came on the market, the R100RS. In spite of my admiration for the marque, my budget kept me on Hondas.

Finally, in 2012 I bought my first Beemer, my R1200RT. It was so much smaller and lighter than my Gold Wing! After attending a Tech Day, I joined the club to gain access to the technical expertise of its members.

After five years of BMWBMW membership, I am still excited to be a member. Our people, our rallies, and our adventures make this the most exciting motorcycle club I have ever joined.

Sales - Marius R

Born and raised in the Southeast...of Europe, more precisely in Bucharest Romania. For reference that is about 170km south of the Dracula Castle. Converted from metric to imperial in mid 80s.

By this club’s standards I’m new to BMW motorcycles. Always liked the R types; they match the initial of my last name for one thing. But other priorities such as school payments, mortgage, etc. kept me away and into the fold of the Vespa realm (2nd best invention). To be honest I enjoy anything with an engine and more that one wheel.

When I’m not pretending to be a biker I spent (too much of) my time as an architect.

Check out BMWBMW's e-Commerce area for information on our club-logo shirts, hats, and more!

Don't forget, feel free to e-mail us with any questions or concerns!