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  • 19 Oct 2018 14:28 | Garry Smee (Administrator)

    Dear Reader

    This belated news comes at the end of a busy month for the Club.  Starting with the National Motorrad Rally that included our raffle of a BMW G310GS motorcycle and other prizes.

    The winner of the raffle and G310GS Herve Meslin picks up his keys and new bike at Rolfe's tomorrow Saturday 20th afternoon, so why not come along to the National Motorrad Rally 2018 Raffle Winner Key Handover for BMW G310GS (Club Event) and share in the celebration.

    All the other prize winners have been notified and prizes posted out.  The raffle was a great success, with your Club donating A$4800.00 to the Prostate Cancer Foundation Australia.

    The Club exists to support members and on behalf of our current members welcome Bronwynne Morgan (G310GS) and Donna Crowther (K1600B) to the Club.  I look forward to meeting both of you at an event.

    Last weekend was your Club's 37th Kosciuszko Rally.  Unfortunately members present were outnumbered by other Clubs including BMWTCNSW and BMWOCSA along with other rider groups.  My special thanks to Graeme Jones (member), Bill Looyen and Mitchell Smee (non-members) for their assistance over the weekend at the control tent, Kransky station and breakfast BBQ under clear sunny skies, warm afternoons and mild nights...for Canberrans in any case.

    On a personal note, after 8 weeks without riding post OCR my snapped finger tendon has healed and splint gone, so riding resumes.  Sec. Martin more serious OCR injuries have allowed him to progress from wheel chair to crutches and he should be back on the road soon as well and into the shed for repairs to his K75xc.  Just another reason, if needed, to have more than one BMW in your garage.

    What's On includes the list of Club planned events; members are encouraged to propose, organise or lead rides but the Committee requires at least 2 week's notice not only to put your event up on the website, but to allow members to respond.  Members of the Club Facebook group can also post short notice rides, noting not all members use social media and again a message sent at 0900 for a 1000 start may not get many responses.

    Lastly, you can look at pictures of these recent and past Club events on the website and why not plan your next ride with the Club.

    Enjoy your ride
    Garry Smee
    President & Chair BMWCA

    President@bmwmccact.org.au
  • 28 Jul 2018 11:01 | Bruce Barter

    Just got my new disk pads from Munich motorcycles yesterday so heading out to put them in. Bike has been up on my bike lift for a month now after fitting new front disks as the original ones were quite grooved and I am hoping the brakes will work a lot better now with new disks and pads.
    I am heading into hospital on the 16th August to get Bilateral Knee replacements so will be off my bike for a couple of months I would expect. Retiring after the school Christmas holidays so I am hoping to get a lot more riding in as long as my wife Viv is okay in the nursing home then.I love riding my 1983 BMW R100RS that I got from one of the BMWNSW club members earlier this year. Has only for 110,000 klms on it and is extremely comfortable and reliable to ride as he had done all the updates other than disks needed.

    Look forward to catching up in the new year to club members. Bruce from Wagga Wagga

  • 06 Jun 2018 15:17 | Garry Smee (Administrator)

    Dear reader,

    This month's news comes under the banner of a new Committee elected steer your Club through the 2018 Club year.  Thanks to all those who made it to the AGM, with congratulations to new Committee member and Vice President Ron Tito and returning Committee members after a tight electoral contest.  The positions of Ride Coordinator and Social Secretary remain vacant and will have a direct impact on Club activities.  It is never too late to hold up your hand and have a go, so see, call or email me if you’re interested or would like to know what is involved.

    John Kemp (r) was the second winner of the AGM mystery raffle, a multi-tool that Martin Robertson (l) was keen to see if the smaller 'hammer' would be better at panel beating his rocker cover than an axe if ever required again.  Commiserations to Jane Smee who had her first winning ticket vetoed by the President on the promise of an alternate prize of equal or greater value.

    Please join me in welcoming our newest members John Connolly (F800GSA), Rod Griffiths (R1200RT), Michael Antrum and Peter Walter (F650GS) and say hello when you meet at your next event.

    Past Rides.  Daniel, Peter (Hoss), Douglas and me made a reverse ride 'up' the Lachlan River over the ACT Reconciliation Day long weekend.  Day 1 was a scenic backroad ride to Kat's Post Office Hotel Maude, followed by Day 2 and ~300km of dirt to Condobolin via Oxley and Mossgiel to Hillston before a 184km 'slab' run to Condobolin in the gathering dusk in preference to the planned dirt and abundant kangaroos and emus.  This road was GS country with a mix of hard compact surfaces interspersed with rutted sand/dust traps to make sure you paid attention.  Day 3 saw us undertake a transport stage to Cowra, before a navigator failure by ride lead (I won’t need paper maps for this part) and electronic (plug fell apart) saw the group inexpertly led to Yass rather than Grabben Gullen - on a mix of dirt and bitumen; in any case the scenery was nice and no traffic :)  A quick route recalculation saw us ride up the Hume, before shaming Hoss into joining us for coffee in Gunning before riding out to the 'source' of the Lachlan River near Breadalbane.  A succesful expedition with an opportune train arrival at the crossing allowing for farewells before an evening ride down the highway and home.

    Upcoming Rides/Events.  Outgoing Social Secretary Martin Robertson has organised our joint 7-8 July weekend with BMWMCCVIC in Tumbarumba and Christmas-in-Winter.  Check it out and register for a winter's ride (or drive) and dinner at a winery with transport to/from your accommodation.  A great event for that non-riding partner and no reason not to go even if your bike is parked up for winter.

    Your Club is hosting the National Motorrad Rally in the scenic village of Wallerawang NSW over the October long weekend.  Sealed roads all the way with motel, hotel and free camping options on hand.  There are opportunities to assist, lead or go on some local loop rides, come along to the group dinner with other BMW Club members and chance to win a BMW G310GS motorcycle with your raffle ticket.  You need to phone and book accommodation ASAP and register here BMW Clubs Australia National Motorrad Rally 2018 (Club Event).

    A major event of the rally will be the raffle with proceeds donated to the Prostate Cancer Foundation Australia, BMW Group Australia and Dealer network corporate charity.  With only 600 $20 tickets, the odds are better than most raffles and money going to a worthy cause.  You do not need to be at the rally and draw or a member of any BMW Club to buy a ticket.

    Some members have already purchased a ticket(s) along with other BMW Club members and the public - THANKS.  If you haven't then please consider buying a ticket and where possible offer to take a book of 10 tickets to sell at work or amongst friends and family.

    A special shout out here to our newest member Peter Walter for purchasing 10 tickets *

    Tickets can be purchased online and share this link to your social media account Purchase Your BMW G310GS Raffle Tickets Here.  Need a poster for that notice board?  Send me an email.

    New to the Club?  You have access to the Club website 'blog' that allows you to share your ride stories and pictures and member only pages.  Or for the social media types join the Club Facebook page.  And if your renewing motorcycle insurance then don't forget to mention that you are a member of a club and ask for a discount.

    The Committee has also agreed to continue the $100 subsidy for advanced rider training and $50 for first aid training through the 2018 year.  Details and eligibility on the website here Member Rider & First Aid Training.

    I look forward to seeing you on a ride or at an event soon. 

    Enjoy your ride

    Garry Smee
    President & Chair BMWCA
    President@bmwmccact.org.au 

  • 04 Mar 2018 16:07 | Anonymous member

    Awhile ago I mentioned I picked up a cheap GoPro type camera - ie $20.

    These are available again from shoppingsquare.com.au - 36 hr sale.   Probably have to buy the memory card separately.

  • 15 Jan 2018 10:46 | Garry Smee (Administrator)

    Dear Reader

    Happy New Year and welcome to 2018.  I trust you had an enjoyable Christmas season and took the opportunity to catch up with family and friends and if you were lucky got some time away from work (for those still working) and for those in the lifestyle phase were not unduly troubled by the younger generations. 

    I'd like to welcome Glyn Bromige-Avery (F800GS), Jake Blight (R1200GS) and Michael Antrum (G650GS) to the Club and call on existing members to make them welcome on the next ride or event. 

    Our last ride of 2017 to Swallow Tail Pass had 9 riders, including some of our newest members, who if like me had a great day out.  Whilst the dirt element was only ~21km and Tarlo River causeway dry, the descent and ascent still had some tight turns and washouts calling for close attention.  During breaks it became apparent how many members have ridden in SE Asia and Indian sub-continent so on the scale of overall difficulty this ride was at the lower end, now if it had been wet or water over the causeway then... 

    New Year's eve is also BMW Clubs Australia census night.  So what you say, well this data is used to calculate member Club subscription fees and PESP allocations provided by BMW Group Australia.  Thanks to the 40 of 106 members who responded and summary of that data: 

    1.How far did you ride in 2017?  Collectively a reported total of 555 000 km.  Pretty good; even if we didn’t all do those on Club rides.  Once again special mention to our Iron Butt Association members and their individual efforts of over 50 000+km.

    2.Who bought a new BMW?  Of the 40 who responded, 7 have a new BMW bike in the shed.  I know of and suspect there are quite a few other 2nd hand BMW and other brand bikes appeared in member garages.

    3.Where do you (n) have your bike serviced? 

    3.1.Motorrad Dealer (Canberra only has the one), n=10
    3.2.Motorrad Dealer / Independent, n=1
    3.3.Motorrad Dealer / DIY, n=1
    3.4.Another Dealer / Independent, n=16.
    3.5. Another Dealer / Independent / DIY, n=2
    3.6.DIY, n=10.

    The Committee hasn't taken a break and your What's On calendar is already filling with a selection of events.  For our newer members you will find a mix of Club ride, social along with wider motorcycle community events to choose from.  I continue to stress my request for you to use the pre-registration function to any event of interest.  This is non-binding and following a software upgrade you can now cancel your registration up to the date of an event.  For the organiser this allows us to contact registrants directly (less SPAM), provide last minute updates to departure points, times of event, cancellations and importantly communicate expected numbers to venues.

    During December 2017 VP David Prest stepped down pending a work move to Sydney and focus on his home relocation to Port Macquarie.  My call for a volunteer or nomination to the role has fallen on deaf ears, so here it is again.  The Club requires a VP and Committee benefits from a diverse range of thoughts who will mange the vacancy through to the AGM.  Please see or email me if you have any questions or interested in this role.  A heads up, you will be seeing your 2018 membership renewal appearing in your inbox early February.

    The ACT has a number of 3-4 day weekends in the early part of 2018 that provide the opportunity for a longer ride.  Look for these on What's On, noting that for group riding a greater degree of planning is required to book accommodation.  If there are no registrants 3 weeks out then these rides will be cancelled or changed to weekend or day rides. 

    Whilst it's still a long way off, the 2018 Off Centre Rally is on the weekend 11-12 August at Mt Dare Hotel South Australia.  Our 'all rivers ride Captain' David Morgan is putting together a route plan and along with Sec Martin Robertson (K75xc) and me (F800GS) are working on a 2 week ride (4-19 Aug 18) as starters.  The OCR is a test of rider and bike to some of the more remote areas of Australia and provides a great opportunity to ride in a small group to a rally that attracts 200+ riders from around Australia and supports the RFDS, ideally with money raised but also the occasional client.  If you are interested please pre-register so that we can email only those interested - again non-binding. 

    I look forward to seeing you all on a ride or at an event through 2018 (or up to the AGM) and remember if your not seeing a ride, location or an event of interest to you then email me or Committee and let us know.

    Enjoy the ride,

    Garry Smee
    President
    President@bmwmccact.org.au

  • 22 Nov 2017 17:24 | Anonymous member

    After asking about a bike at Procycles some time ago I get their guff, and they do seem to offer good prices.  Thought the current sale might be of interest.

    Ends 2 Dec - see their website https://www.procycles.com.au/

    30% OFF ALL BMW RIDERWEAR

    30% OFF ALL TRIUMPH CLOTHING AND ACCESSORIE

    30% OFF ALL KTM CLOTHING AND ACCESSORIES

    20% OFF ALL WUNDERLICH PARTS AND ACCESSORIES


    25% OFF ALL ARAI Helmets

    25% OFF ALL KABUTO Helmets

    30% OFF BMW Large Soft BAG & Small Soft BAG

    15% OFF ALL BMW Hard LUGGAGE/Tank BAGS

    (does not include our usual free key alike on pannier deals or luggage packs)

    15% OFF BMW Accessories*

    *except Bluetooth Navigator


    20% OFF SHELL & CASTROL Oils & Products


    10% OFF KRIEGA Backpacks and Bags


    10% OFF ANDY STRAPZ

    30% OFF BMW Rallye Suits, Jackets and Pants - Latest Styles

    40% OFF SPIDI Leather and Jackets

    20% OFF MOTOCROSS Gear

    70% OFF Selected MOTOCROSS Gear

    30% OFF KTM Casual Clothing

    15% OFF KTM Power Parts

    30% OFF SUZUKI Clothing

    15% OFF MOTUL and MOTOREX

    15% OFF BLACKBIRD Leather

    30% OFF DAINESE Gloves and Jackets

    25% OFF SHOEI Helmets

    25% OFF RXT Helmets

    25% OFF AIROH Helmets

    25% OFF HJC Helmets

    25% OFF ALL MX Helmets KIDS and ADULTS

    30% OFF BMW Helmet Range

    20% OFF ALL WUNDERLICH [Instore Purchases Only]

    25% OFF DAINESE Clothing

    50% OFF ROLAND SANDS Jackets

    50% OFF RST Clothing

    20% OFF RST Boots

    20% OFF SEGURA Jackets

    20% OFF ROCKY CREEK Products

    20% OFF LEGEND Gear

    5% OFF BMW NAVIGATOR [Was $1,290 Now $1,225]


  • 08 Nov 2017 14:25 | Garry Smee (Administrator)

    Dear Reader,

     The Club's 36th Kosciuszko Rally was a great success and more importantly all who attended had a great weekend.  Didn't make it this year?  Well, why not bookmark next year's 37th Kosciuszko Rally, BMWMCCACT (Club Event).

    Some members made the rally a day trip, others overnighted in Khancoban and the Club Rally cadre stayed at Geehi Flat under sunny skies and 28oC days with clear nights of ~10oC.  Through rally entrants, raffle tickets and Kransky sales your Club raised over $1000 and Committee considering its donation to a community group (more next month).  This is an outstanding result and worthy challenge to other Club's.  Special thanks to Bob Eccles and help in setting up Friday; Anna Tasker & Dave Prest (+bread roll conveyance) for crewing Saturday night's Kransky counter; Peter (Hoss) Horsburgh, Dave Prest and Martin Robertson for cooking Sunday morning egg n bacon rolls and dispensing espressos to the assembled masses; and Sunday afternoons 'clean-up' crew.  Not forgetting the other Club members and motorcyclists who made it to Geehi in support of the rally.

    BMW Group Australia generously supports our and other Offical BMW Clubs through the Principal Event Sponsorship Program (PESP) in the form of BMW dollars.  Your Club used this to offer as major raffle prizes pairs of BMW ProSummer and ProWinter Gloves and a BMW Softbag with a combined retail value over $800.  Thank you BMW Group Australia and Rolfe Classic BMW Motorrad.  The Club sponsored a range of smaller prizes, awards and trophies whilst the Morgan Family donated prizes as well.  The softbag went to a rally entrant with respective glove winners living a day-ride away and once we receive the gloves I will organise a Club ride and listed on What's On for their handover.   

    Please join me in welcoming David Rowe (R1200GSA), Douglas Ward (R1200RT) and Upadhyay Sumit (G650GS) to the Club and rather than wait for them to introduce themselves, why not extend your hand of friendship in welcoming them to the Club.  You have joined now come on a Club ride or event?

    2017 Member Survey.  Statistically respondent numbers were light on so either you are all happy with the Committee and by extension Club operations or you couldn't find the 15 minutes to complete it.  I'll go with the first part.  So what did I find out?  Details are on the website, but the Club membership is greying (more) or a light silver shade for our fairer members, predominately rides R & G series models with GS variants the most common and riding well under 10k km per annum, a few in the ~20k km often on more than one bike and our Iron Butt enthusiasts riding 60k+ km a year.  Where do we ride?  Well, this was spread across the <1/2 day, day, overnight and multi-day ride options on main, secondary sealed and good dirt roads but not reflected in event registrants or participants.  Maintenance was split between dealer, independent and DIY mechanics.

    Conclusions?  The Club Committee will consider the results and comment in future event planning, but experssing an interst is not the same as actually registering and attending a ride or event so there may be unintended bias to the organiser or popular rides and events.  Still not seeing an event of your interest?  Well let the Committee know - contact details are on the website or see us at an event.

    Do You Want a Membership Card?  A recent update to Wild Apricot allows you to print a personalised membership card.  
    Look for yours in the 'profile' section once you have logged on to the website.  The format and content are predetermined but if your card looks out of place send me an email.   

    As the Club year ends Social Sec. Martin has arranged our BMWMCCACT Awards & Christmas Lunch (Club Event) at Rodney's Pialligo.  The planning and event booking is contingent on getting a minimum 15+ members from a potential pool of 103 as I write this month's chronicle.  Bookings close soon.

    Upcoming Rides.  Check out What's On but there are rides to Bredbo and Kangaroo Valley along with the MRA 37th Toy Run is on Saturday 9 December leaving Old Parliament House at 10am with on-site activities from 8am.  You can help spread the word by sharing or printing and posting the MRA's flyer and attached here.

    Don't forget you can find us on Facebook to share your ride pictures and story or use the Club website blog.   What's more, if you're planning a ride and looking for company then send me an email with the details and I'll post it to the website.  There is currently no capacity for same day service other than sharing your ride on Facebook.

    Enjoy the ride,

    Garry Smee
    President
    President@bmwmccact.org.au

    {Organization_Name}

     BMWMCCACT 

  • 05 Oct 2017 13:41 | Garry Smee (Administrator)

    Dear Reader

    Wecome to October and less than a week to go until our BMWMCCACT 2017 36th Kosciuszko Rally (Club Event).  I hope to see some, most or all of you there and if not for the weekend then make it a day ride.  With over $800rrp in raffle prizes on offer your rally is well worth the night out (you must be at the 5pm / 1700 raffle draw).  Ours in one of few motorcycle rallies that support a charity and in 2016, we donated $1000 to the RFDS that great supporter of the adventure motorcyclist. 

    I am pleased to welcome Alan Evans (R1200GS Tour) and Robert Hayden (R1100RS / K75RT) to the Club and look forward to meeting them on a ride or at an event like this Saturday's BMWMCCACT Ride-2-Lunch (Club Event).  Please introduce yourselves and make them welcome.

    Thank you to all those members that completed the BMWMCCACT 2017 Member Survey (Club Event) that closes this weekend.  I am sure we all get invitations to complete surveys or polls but in reality, these form a vital function in Club activity planning.  So if you chose not to have your say, then do not be surprised by not getting what you want in the form of rides, social and other events.  Look for results next month.

    Past Rides

    For those who missed the 2017 German Auto Day it was at Pialligo Estate for the first time.  Whilst the car clubs managed 200+ exhibitors, our Club's representation did not reflect the weather that was an outstanding example of Canberra in spring.  Ray Berketa's R1200C (2005) was judged best in show - well done & congratulations on a fine example of Germany' only surviving motorcycle marque.  Whilst the NCA continues to put barriers in the way of events in the Parliamentary triangle, Pialligo Estate may be the future venue of choice and was a great supporter of the event along with Shannons as principal sponsor.  Looking for an insurance quote?  Then why not add Shannons to the list and give them a call on 13 46 46 or https://www.shannons.com.au/.

    On Sunday 24 September Membership Sec. Mike, VP David and I rode in the Distinguished Gentleman's Ride.  Raising money for men's health the 2017 ride garnered US$4.7M globally.  Canberra's ride raised $41,562 in part and with thanks to those who sponsored our Club Team of Mike Kelly and me by donating $476.

    Special mention to one of our Iron Butt Association riders Martin Little and his recent overnight training ride from Canberra to Port Augusta and back with the documented 1600km ridden in a 'comfortable' 19 hours.  Check our Club Facebook page for the pictures and story.  I am pre-planning a more leisurely 9-day trip to Kangaroo Island SA in late Feb-Mar 2018.  Let me know by return email if you are interested (or have another location) and preliminary map here that is subject to change with fuel, food, ferry & shared accommodation costs ~$2000pp.  Alternatively, a GS return trip to Marree, Mungerannie & Birdsville. 

    News:  Do you own a RnineT?  Then your bike may be one of those affected by BMW's recall notice.

    Upcoming Rides & Events

    BMWMCCACT Awards & Christmas Lunch (Club Event).  Social Sec. Martin has booked us in at Rodney's Pialligo for 1200 Saturday 18 November 2017 and looking for a minimum 20 pre-paid registrants.  You must use the online event registration and pay the week before to ensure your seat at the table.  Whilst the Club prefers EFT payments, you can also pay by cash or cheque to Martin or Treasurer Bob in the weeks before hand.  DO NOT TURN UP ON THE DAY WITH CASH IN HAND looking for a seat.

    What's On lists upcoming rides and events.  Where offered, please use the event registration and if you have a ride suggestion or know of an event of interest to other members send the details through to me.  Non-club events will be posted to What's On but without email reminders or invitations.

    Following my eBay purchase of a cylinder leak down tester that confirmed where my R100RS oil is escaping from and as I await some replacement inlet & exhaust valves (one side was fine) I reflect upon the knowledge that in 1879 Daimler & Benz patented and ran the first automobile with an internal combustion engine.  Shortly after if not before their workshop assistant Franz invented the vehicle hoist, surely as worthy of a mention.    

    Enjoy the ride,

    Garry Smee
    President
    President@bmwmccact.org.au

  • 06 Sep 2017 18:28 | Garry Smee (Administrator)

    Dear Reader,

      Welcome to Spring and for those that have been sheltering these past month's you shouldn't need much encouragement to get your bike out and come along to an event and meet with and welcome our newest members Barry Quinn (Tiger 800XC), Bob Ward (R1200RS) and Robert Hayden( R1100RS, K75RT).

      I'll take this opportunity to thank Michael & Brett at Rolfe's for hosting the Club August General Meeting and their talk on the RnineT family.  Martin Robertson regaled us with his 6-week European ride vacation and Kim & Ron Tito made us envy their recent 3 week ride through Vietnam.  I took the opportunity to demo a RnineT scrambler with a view to the GS Urban variant and new R1200GSwc, both would look very nice in the garage.  Missed the meeting, then contact Michael or Brett in the showroom to book your test ride.

      Shortly after reading this you will receive an email invitation for the BMWMCCACT 2017 Member Survey (Club Event).  Whilst voluntary, I encourage you to take the time to complete it and have your say on what you would like to see the Club do or could do better in the future.  Think of it as an opportunity to contribute to Committee deliberations without having to stand for office :)

      What's On lists all of the Clubs upcoming events and the following should be on your 'priority' list:

    • 2017 German Autoday (Club Event).  Come and share your bike with the public and tell them why you chose BMW.  The Club will pay the entry fee for each financial member's bike at Pialligo Estate, noting only German cars and motorcycles permitted in the grounds on the day.  Entry is free for the general public and walk-ins and offsite parking.
    • 37th Kosciuszko Rally, BMWMCCACT (Club Event).  Your Club's annual rally and for those who don't camp there are plenty of accommodation options in nearby Khancoban or Thredbo along with other Snowy townships.  Or just come for the day ride.  There are over $800 in raffle prizes and from last year's rally the club donated $1000 to the RFDS.  If you still cannot make the rally then why not share or post the flyer

      The Committee has being trying to source some branded Club merchandise over this past year.  The official Club logo is proving to be a challenge to the collected embroidery guild and most notably the flagpole and flag and work still in progress.  I have had more success with the Club name that having worked with Monaro Workwear at 3/88 Newcastle St, Fyshwick ACT, is not as easy as one would think.  Given the multitude of personal preferences, if you would like an embroidered shirt, cap, jacket, pants, socks or beanie then (1) visit Vanessa & Richard and team at Monaro Workwear (2) pick any item or items of clothing etc in your style and colour (3) pick your embroidery colour (4) pay $ for clothing, plus (+) the $8 embroidery charge for the Club name + $4 if you want your name as well and (5) come back to pick up.  Have a favourite item already?  No problem, Monaro Workwear can embroider just that but maybe not your motorcycle jacket.  Okay, you will need to make two trips but then you do get the item of clothing in your size and colour and saves a lot of internal paperwork.

      I have had greater success on the ever popular stubby holder that will have its first outing at the upcoming Kosciuszko Rally.

    Enjoy the ride,

    Garry Smee
    President
    President@bmwmccact.org.au

    {Organization_Name}

     BMWMCCACT

  • 06 Aug 2017 08:37 | Garry Smee (Administrator)

    Dear Reader,

    On behalf of the Club a special welcome to our newest member Peter Carew who I look forward to meeting on an upcoming ride or event.  Make sure to say hello when you meet Peter and welcome him to the Club. 

    Club members have been busy over the last month with Olaf Moon and Martin Little competing in the US Iron Butt Rally (1000ml/day/7+days) with mixed success; whilst Martin Robertson is riding through Europe taking in as many mountain passes as he could find between the various auto museums and enjoying a cold one whilst spectating some Tour de France stages.   Following the shed rebuild of my R100RS swing arm I joined Dave Morgan for an impromptu ride to Captains Flat on my RDO whilst for Dave it was just another happy retirement day - something to be said for those.  Given the clear and dry winter weather members have been riding and hardier souls rallying enjoying the great outdoors with exploits posted to the Club Facebook page.  Have you been somewhere?  Then why not share your story with the Club and Members.

    Club members can now join Repco VIP Club and receive 10% discount anytime and advance notice of specials, up to 30% discount and other events.  Check the Club website Members tab on how to join.  

    The Club calendar What's On is full of rides and events and I encourage each of you to have a look and importantly register if intending to go on a ride or to an event.  Most events are non-binding, so if your plans change send the listed organiser an email or mobile text if included.  Pre-registration is an important planning tool and increasingly used by organisers to provide targeted emails for late changes (along with website), confirm event participants (eg: at the start point/time), pre-plan end locations and venues or cancel events where there are no registrants.  This last option is least preferred, but not everyone wants to sit around a start point or cafe by themselves even having a good ride to get there.

    I'll mention some of the significant upcoming events for you to consider, details are on What's On:

    • 1900 Tuesday 15 August 2017.  Joint BMWMCCACT & CDDC Bowling Night (Club Event) at AMF Bowl Belconnen.
    • 1800 Saturday 19 August 2017.  Joint BMWMCCACT and BMWTCNSW Dinner at Bermagui Hotel (Club Event).  There will be an optional Club ride down leaving Saturday mid-morning and Sunday return - you have to sort your own accomodation.
    • 1045 Sunday 24 September 2017.  Distinguished Gentleman's Ride (Club Event), raising money for Prostate Cancer and Men's Mental Health issues whilst having a scenic ride around Canberra.  Whilst this event is a ways off check it out and whilst you are there why not register to ride or make a donation to a registered member or the BMWMCCACT Team
    • 13-15 October 2017.  Your Club's 36th Kosciuszko Rally.  If you cannot make the rally to camp or as a day ride, then you can print and post or share and display the rally flyer here.  Last year the Club Rally donated $1000 to the RFDS, help us keep the momentum. 

    The Club What's On page is regularly updated so keep coming back and remember if you're not seeing a ride or event of interest let me or a committee member know.  Over the next month you will receive an invitation to complete the annual online census and poll to assist the Committee in planning future rides or events.  I encourage as many members to take the 10 minutes to complete the poll and include your comments or contact me directly.

    Looking for a new BMW or spring service?  Then why not drop by BMW Rolfe Classic Motorrad in Phillip and have a chat with Michael Andrews (sales) or Josh Edwards (service) who are refreshed and keen to engage with the Club and assist you to get that new BMW or have your pride and joy tweaked for the upcoming German Auto Day, more on that next month. 

    Enjoy the ride,

    Garry Smee
    President
    President@bmwmccact.org.au

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