12-30-2009_003Name: Wiel Penders

Team: Black River ADV

Residence: Renton, WA

Experience: Riding since 1968.

Current Bike: 2014 BMW R1200 GSA LC

About me: I started doing laps at age 4 on a little 2-stroke in Spa, Belgium and was hooked. Protective gear was a must: Leather helmet, shorts and sandals!

Riding motorcycles was in my family. It took me a number of years before I finally managed to get my first bike, a Suzuki 1978 GSA 550 with borrowed money. Cleaned it up, rode it for a while and sold it to the same guy for double the price. Had a few more bikes while living in Europe.

After my seagoing career I started riding all types of bikes, Honda Shadow, couple Goldwings, Kawasaki Concours and I’m on my 6th Beemer now. Riding motorcycles is a big part of my life and I could not do without…

Future goals:

-Make BlackRiverADV a success
-Meet many new “riding” friends
-Retire early
-Ride around the World