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At the Presidents Desk - June 2016

16 Jun 2016 22:57 | Garry Smee (Administrator)

  Winter has arrived even if the first frosts were well past the traditional Anzac Day.  I rode to the final Brindabella Alpine Rally over the June long weekend and it was shirtsleeves Saturday afternoon and a paltry -4oC or so overnight.  For those who haven't been there the ride in and out can offer a challenge, but not so much as to deter a couple of S1000RR's, Laverda Jota's and other sport bikes along with the expected R1200GS', 800's, DR's and assorted other bikes transporting some 150 riders.  Fire works and traditional sacrificing of another Volkswagen engine block on a fire along with campfire stories rounded out Saturday night.    Our ride out included dodging the Canberra collective 4WD mud jockey's making the most of the previous weeks rain and a pause to check on a KTM 790 Supermoto rider who was playing with his traction control settings - whilst moving - on the Brindabella Road with an unplanned consequence of throwing him off and putting his bike into the ditch.  Rider was okay, but the bike was looking for a tilt tray and probable trip to the wreckers yard; there is a lesson here.

  The monthly Club Meeting's are still drawing a crowd, so why not join us for breakfast or in the depths of winter lunch.  Check out the What's On page for upcoming events and rides including your Club hosting the Christmas-in-Winter joint weekend with the BMWMCCVIC.  There are members leaving on Friday to take in a river cruise and others on Saturday, so register and pay to assist organisers Membership Sec Martin and Social Sec Steve planning and if you want to ride with others.

  On July 1 the BMWMCCVIC online booking page for the 2016 Motorrad Rally goes live so check out this event and plan a trip to Bright Victoria.  Your Club's 35th Kosciuszko Rally is on in October at Geehi another great riding location and one not to be missed.

  Last month's call for weekend coffee meets didn't draw much of a reaction, positive or negative, so the Committee hasn't planned any.  You are all encouraged to put up rides or events of interest.  This doesn't mean you have to lead or organise them, so why not share your favourite ride or cafe with other members.

  Remember to register for Club Events and put yourself in the running for Club Person of the Year.  Points are awarded for the various events and cumulative, closing shortly before the Awards and Christmas function and otherwise helps the organiser with how many to expect at an event.  Why not update your profile information while your logged on?  This is your information and you choose how much or little information you want to provide and used by the Committee in planning events.  Personal and private information is not shared outside the Club without consent.

  Lastly, I am pleased to advise that two members have taken advantage of the Club subsidy for rider ($100) or first aid ($50) training; another member borrowed the Club SPOT tracker for a trip to central Australia.  You will find the details on the Club Member Information page. 

Enjoy the ride,

Garry Smee

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