Hosted by the Internet BMW Riders, maintained by John Petty
"We adore chaos because we love to produce order" - M. C. Escher
The Non-Anonymous Book is our IBMWR online version of the well known Anonymous Book published by BMW MOA and the Blue Book formerly published by BMW RA. This is an online list of people that have graciously offered to assist or converse with you on your journeys. The advantage of this online version is that you can contact people on the list in advance for suggestions about places to go or avoid, and things to do or not to do in their area. Each person has outlined their location and contact information and what they're willing to do to assist you. Needless to say, most people don't need much of an excuse to go for a ride as well.
As with the MOA anonymous book, please don't abuse this service, or we'll ALL lose it!
See below in the next section on Adding Yourself for information on how to include your info in the book as well as how to contact the administrator.
(artwork by Renaud Nagel - France)
Click here or the picture to go directly to the Non-Anonymous Listings
adding yourself to:
The Non-Anonymous Book
The Non-Anonymous book and the Internet BMW Riders Mailing list are two different entities with different purposes and implications.
The Internet BMW Riders Mailing list is essentially a computer program that forwards all mail sent to one email address to all members of the mailing list. You must subscribe yourself to this list.
The Non-Anonymous book is a different entity. It is a contact list for use by touring BMW owners. By printing out the appropriate sections of the book before a trip, the rider has a list of contacts who are willing to help out along the way. Another great usage is to call or e-mail before making your journey to get excellent tips on the best roads, worst roads, best dining, best camping, ...
Internet BMW Riders Mailing list
This service is patterned after the MOA's "Anonymous" book but is not associated with the MOA.
To participate in this service, send in the info (sample below) to the editor. Please read "About the Non-Anonymous book" first.
About the Non-Anonymous book (FAQ's)
How to sign up
If you want to be in on this, send the information that you want included to the editor. There's an email link towards the bottom to do this, but please read the rest of this page first.
Where the name came from
From the MOA "Anonymous" book.
So far, hardly anyone has wanted to be anonymous, so this service is called the "non-anonymous pages". Of course, if you do want to be anonymous and just list a phone number or email, that is fine too. Just make sure to mention that to me in all correspondence, or I might forget. Unless told otherwise, I always put in the e-mail address since we are The Internet BMW Riders, after all.
I do need to know what country, state, or province page to add your entry to.
Should I supply my full street address?
Most people don't want to put down their address for all to see. Some do. If you're considering it, think about it carefully first. In these modern times, many people don't want to advertise the exact location of one or more of these wonderful Beemers that we all love so much.
And be sure to tell me that too. I usually recommend just putting country, state, area, or city/town down even when more information is supplied. Better safe than sorry, I figure. But please do tell me what country, state or province's page you need to go into.
How often is the Non-Anonymous book updated? How will I know when it's updated?
Remember that when you send in an entry (or a change) that it will take a while to appear. Depending on other things going on in my life, it can take a while. Since I have started maintenance of the pages as of May-1996, I have been adding entries in batches as time and schedule permits.
If you are getting worried about an entry you sent in, by all means ask, but don't be surprised if it's just waiting in my "to-do" file for attention. And please remember that the IBMWR web site is supported by volunteers and that updates to the web page must wait until the time is available.
In any case, remember that this list gets updated a lot more often than the printed MOA anonymous books.
What information should I send?
Your telephone number and e-mail address are the most important ways to get in touch with you. I always put in the e-mail address unless told otherwise. Definitely let me know which country, state, or province's page to add you to.
Other than that . . .
Address/Area: Hollywood Jungle
Model(s): 1990 R100GS/PD
Comments: no nearby dealers, no nearby good roads to ride - only trails, spare treehouse available, plenty of jungle juice and conversation.
Be sure to include the email address and/or phone number (unless you deliberately don't want it known).
John Petty - your friendly local Non-Anonymous Elf (click to email your info to me)