Groeger Special Tooling: 2007

2600 Bay Road, Redwood City, CA 94063

Joe at work, Nov '99

Joe at work, Nov ‘99

Joe at work, Nov ‘99

This is Joe Groeger in 1999 scoping out the condition of the large bearing from the rear-end of a 1966 BMW R69S. It’s an example of the type of things that used to happen on Saturday mornings at Groeger Special Tooling. (He found indications of pitting on the race – the bearing was replaced).

Joe passed away in February 2020, a few weeks shy of his 100th birthday.



Dick reports on his warp 11 drive to the annual CCCBBQ as Joe’s co-pilot and includes some pictures of a very foggy Sunday morning. So foggy, in fact, that the annual line-up of the bikes didn’t happen. I’d have liked to have been there but while my bike was ready my body wasn’t. Damn fever!

Chris wrote up his West Bend BMWMOA National Ride adventures. [link] ( There’s also some preview info there for those considering going to the Rallye next year in Gillette, Wyoming.

The 24th Annual Alex Silverio Memorial Picnic occured on June 10th at Vasona Park. Alas, Darryl’s R51/3 didn’t make it as he lost power in one cylinder on the way to the event. Click on the image to see the snapshots I took before I left around noon. I tried to get pics of people on their bikes, this year.

Darryl’s 51/3 is finally back on the road. It’s looking very good. Lots more pictures can be found Darryl’s site broken link. Marc’s R69S is in the background of the first image. A new coil has him up and running again, too.

When it came to “put up or shut up,” our esteemed protector from the sky, a certain Major Wobble, wimped out and did not join the Saturday afternoon ride.

The weekend of March 24/25 several people rode or drove to Solvang to visit the Solvang Motorcycle Museum, a visit arranged by Jeff.

There was a party at the shop on March 10 to celebrate Joe’s upcoming birthday. It also made up for the Christmas party that didn’t happen due to Joe travelling in China last December.

This is what was going on above the parking lot at Groeger Special tooling the morning of Feb 24. After watching the sign go up and going to breakfast Chris and Bob took a little ride that is likely Bob’s last ride on the VFR. It goes away Tuesday.

Chris writes:
Three of us (Marco, the Major and yours truly), took a short ride after breakfast with the Groeger group this morning. It’d rained all night and showers were possible, or so said the TV’s talking heads. We rode wet pavement up to Skylonda Corners (Alice’s), and over to Pescadero for Old Stage Road after that (see pic). There wasn’t a single motorcycle at Alice’s and nary a drop fell from the sky. We parted in Half Moon Bay, me running up Hwy. #1, Bob and Marco east and home via 92. Well, no sooner did I wave ‘G’day’ it started to rain - all this even before I got out of Half Moon Bay. I parted company with that new ARD (anti rain device) there in Half Moon Bay…wish I hadn’t.

Not a hard rain, just light’n steady. Where were all those stalwart motorcyclists? They missed a free breakfast…..

Craig rode his ‘57 Maico scooter to breakfast on Jan 20.

Pictures and comments from a visit to the Military Vehicle Technology Foundation on a cold January afternoon.