BMW Motorrad Joins Biker Belles Symposium

BMW Motorrad Joins Biker Belles Symposium

Sarah Schilke, National Marketing Manager for BMW Motorrad USA, will be among a panel representing a cross-section of women in the motorcycle industry at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip®’s 2016 Biker Belles® symposium, Tuesday, August 9. Moderated by Marilyn Stemp of the Sturgis Rider Daily and Iron Trader News, the panel includes moto-journalist and Iron Lillies co-founder Leticia Cline, Perewitz Cycle Fab’s Jody Perewitz and land-speed record-holder Karlee Cobb. The Sturgis Buffalo Chip® organizers says they chose this group of panelists due to their influence in the industry and their leading roles in helping to shape the future of motorcycling.

Sarah Schilke, National Marketing Manager, BMW Motorrad USA
Sarah Schilke, National Marketing Manager, BMW Motorrad USA

“I look forward to participating in this unique event alongside such notable industry veterans,” observed Ms. Schilke. “It’s an honor to represent BMW for its ongoing commitment to women and motorcycling.”

The Sturgis Buffalo Chip® claims to be the “Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling™.” Established in 1981, the venue’s nine-day festival is located three miles east of Sturgis, SD on 600 acres. It offers cabins, RVs, camping, swimming, bars and food. The Chip’s concerts are free with camping. The annual Biker Belles charity event is a celebration of women in the world of motorcycling that organizers say centers on “Real Riders, Real Stories, and Real Passion.” This Sturgis Buffalo Chip-hosted event offers an opportunity to meet new friends and gain inspiration from pioneering women who continue to influence the world of motorcycling today. All Biker Belles proceeds support worthy local charities.

Participants make a $60 contribution to join the symposium and other festivities. According to Biker Belles, 100 percent of contributions directly benefits two South Dakota charities for women-related causes: Helping with Horsepower and the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame. For reservations, visit or phone (605) 347-9000.

Following a ride through the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota, the panel will discuss the theme “Two-Wheeled Transformation” while guests enjoy a catered lunch at The Lodge at Deadwood. The event was created to raise awareness of the passion, diversity and spirit of women in motorcycling and to raise funds for local worthy charities.

2016 Biker Belles Schedule – Tuesday, August 9

8:30 a.m. – Registration at the Buffalo Chip’s CrossRoads and an opportunity to meet antique motorcycle racer Brittney Olsen.
9:30 a.m. – Guided ride through the picturesque Black Hills led by Ride Captain and safety expert Vicki Roberts Sanfelipo.
11:00 a.m. – Registration opens at The Lodge at Deadwood for those not participating in the ride.
11:30 a.m. – Riders arrive at The Lodge at Deadwood for a catered lunch, a pampering at the “Comfort Zone” by Team Diva, a silent auction, uplifting songs and stories by Iron Cowgirl Missy and an inspiring program.
12:30 p.m. – The symposium, “Two-Wheeled Transformation.” Filmmaker Michelle Carpenter will offer a preview of her new documentary, “Klocked: Women with Horsepower,” the story of land speed record-holder Laura Klock and her daughters, Erika and Karlee Cobb.
1:45 p.m. – All participants will gather for inclusion in the Biker Belles official group photo.

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