Eric Weinstein
President

Eric got his start riding a Triumph 250 single back in college. He re-located to Los Angeles in the late 70’s, bought a Suzuki and spent his spare time riding the mountain and canyon roads around LA. 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 1150 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 3rd K-S Eric enjoys long day rides and trips to Ashville NC area for some serious riding. To pay for his riding habit Eric sells contract-manufacturing services in the supplement industry and lives with his wife Eve in Boca Raton.

Mike Brennan
Vice President

First long trip was after getting out of the Air Force and packing all my belongings on the back of a Honda CM400T and moving to south Florida. That started my love of riding long distances. I worked as a police officer for 30 years, 18 or them were as a motorcycle officer. I’ve owned 2 Aspencades, a 1988 FLHTC, a 99 and an 04 RT and am currently on an 07 RT with 146,000 on the odometer. Along with the RT I currently have an 05 K1200S bumblebee.

I enjoy trips north two times a year. Long distance riding is my passion.

I joined Gold Coast Beemers at the start and was the first vice president/road captain I am currently vice president and liaison with Ft Lauderdale BMW.

Marc Dobin
Secretary

Marc Dobin lives in Jupiter.  He rode his first motorcycle, a Honda CT70, when he was 11 years old.  He got his first “big boy” bike, a 1979 kick-start Yamaha XS400, in 1982.  He rode that bike twice from Lancaster, PA to Jersey City, NJ along with other, shorter, trips.  The bike was mothballed in 1985.

In late March 2013, Marc got back on a bike, a 2012 Harley Road Glide Ultra.  The following year, after riding with his son in Washington state, he realized that Harleys weren’t his thing.  The dealer that sold him the Harley had just taken in a 2014 K1600 GT Sport with 250 miles on the odometer.  A deal was struck and a nearly brand new K1600 ended up in Marc’s garage.  Marc joined up with Gold Coast Beemers around the same time that Broward Motorsports started selling BMWs in West Palm Beach.

When he’s not riding, Marc is a lawyer and mediator with his own firm in Jupiter.  He rides to work, appointments and court whenever he can.

Tom Paligraf
Treasurer

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.

 

Bruce Lindeman
Director & Ride Chairman

Bruce is retired Naval aviator.  He’s currently an airline pilot and lives in Weston, FL.  He and his wife Sandy have toured on their K1600GTL in California, Mexico, North Carolina and Tennessee.  Bruce has also completed a coast to coast trip on the K1600.

They also enjoy riding their R1200 GS Adventure named “Bruna”,  their K1300S & Sandy has an F700GS.  ”We’ve made many wonderful friends riding with the club”.

JR Vasquez
Director

Motorcycling is rather new to me, there’s no history of anyone in my family ever owning a bike. I got the bug about 15 years ago and so glad I’m still contaminated. I had been talking about getting a bike for some time then one day I just decided to go out and buy one, without my wife’s blessing. Actually, I should say, without my ex-wife’s blessing. It was a Yamaha V-Star 650. Within 3 months I graduated to a V-Star 1100, then eventually to a Road Star Silverado. After a few years of experience and more confidence I knew it was time for a change. I wanted something more, so I started looking at sport touring bikes and decided on a new R1200RT. It was a 2009 with all the bells and whistles and I loved it, I still do. There’s been lots of personal history between 2009 and today, including a major life changing event. Because of my love for riding and specifically my love for BMW’s I now own a motorcycle rental shop with a fleet of BMW’s. And yes, some Harley’s too. And now, a proud member of the Gold Coast Beemers.

 

Kelly Lyon
Director

Kelly began riding at the early age of 10 in the Peruvian Amazon where he rode without abandon until he moved to the US at the age of 19.  His riding experience growing up in Peru was all unpaved roads or no roads at all.  At 18, he took his biggest baddest ride over the Andes through a pass at 16,000 feet on a Honda 125 XL.  After achieving that milestone, he then took a 30 year break from riding until he was invited to take a tour of Peru on a XR 650 in 2010.

Catching the riding bug again, friends convinced him that a BMW was the only way to ride.   So last November, he bought a BMW F650GS and immediately joined the Gold Coast Beemer’s Club and now rides with the club every chance he gets, when he is in town and not traveling around the globe as an aviation auditor.   Kelly lives in Coconut Creek with his wife Jan and serves on the Beemer’s Club Ride Committee.

 

Arianne K. Mihalka
Director

I was born and raised in Venezuela where I spent many years of my childhood riding with my Dad; his life was dedicated to motorcycles, raced for many years winning twice the Latin-American championship in the 50ies. In 1984 he moved to Miami and worked at 441 Cycles with Fred for many years where I visited a few times, and then he moved to Baltimore where he worked with Bob’s BMW and Battley’s BMW for many years. I had the chance to go on many rides with him in the Blue Ridge and West Virginia mountains.

After I graduated college in Venezuela with a BS in Computer Science I was hired by Microsoft and worked at the Venezuelan office for five years. In 1997 had a great opportunity to move to Florida with Microsoft in a consulting position, once in the US I started thinking about getting my own motorcycle, got my endorsement and started riding a little bit but with a lot of traveling and work, then having two baby girls the plan was on hold till 2013 when I decided it was time. Bought my first 2012 BMW F800R and a few months later joined the brand new Gold Coast Beemer group.

Today besides enjoying riding my motorcycle with the greatest group of friends, I’m raising my two girls, I own with a partner a hardwood floor and custom kitchen company, where I design and do project management of custom kitchens.

Scot Gerrish
Director, Past President & Founder