I met with Patrick Van Den Boggart (Dealer Principal), Anthony Martin (Marty, General Manager) and Mark Edmondson (Aftersales Manager) of Rolfe Classic BMW recently to explore beneficial opportunities for Club and Dealership.
The Club is fortunate to have a local Motorrad dealer and a quick search or ride outside of the ACT will show not all BMW riders have the same opportunity. Rolfe's representation at the meeting showed their commitment and recognition of your Official BMW Club as brand ambassadors. To dispel some rumors and campfire chatter, Rolfe's are committed to making Motorrad work and evidenced by their commitment with 2 full time sales staff, 1 full time service advisor and up to 4 technicians in the workshop. What's more following some reported customer difficulties in getting test rides, the sales team are reinvigorated and welcome those of you wanting to test ride BMW's latest models. Patrick and Marty recognise that each customers experience in both showroom and workshop are integral to the success of Motorrad and will continue to work with the sales and service team to further improve the effectiveness and efficiency of this business unit.
I restated our desire for shared Dealership and Club activities with an undertaking of advance notice of 'sales events' be they BMW Group Australia or Rolfe for motorcycles, rider wear or accessories and parts. I left my three pages of suggestions, observations and comment for Patrick and Marty's consideration, but next time you are in the showroom don't forget to mention that you are a Club Member and test Rolfe's competiveness for your next BMW bike, accessory or rider wear or check out the workshop for your next service.
Christmas in Winter. Whilst the number of our Club members attending was small in percentage terms they held their own against the BMWMCCVIC contingent with a pleasant afternoon steaming around the lake on the P.S. Cumberoona followed by a set dinner at the Yarrawonga Country Club enjoyed by all who went. It is our turn to host the 2018 CiW and I encourage you to volunteer as a organising committee member. If you need encouragement, I'm all set to visit the Homebush Hotel Panarie having ridden by a number of times now having stayed at the nearby Post Office Hotel Maude, well worth the visit and publican Kat offers great hospitality if your riding through.
REPCO VIP Club. Following May's General Club Meeting and in-field tyre repair demonstration by the Treasurer at Repco Tuggeranong, the Club and membership were invited to join Repco's VIP program. Short story; trade your name and email for a card to get 10% off full rrp at any time and up to 30% off rrp on products variously throughout the year.
This is a voluntary program and the Club has not divulged any member information. You will need to provide some personal information to Repco to take up the offer and get the discount card. To register click here or cut & paste or type the following into your web browser of choice http://vip.repco.com.au/registration/register/1378.
Rallies, Rides, Club Social and Meetings. Now that the shortest day is behind us but winter yet to pass its halfway, member attendances at What's On events are at their lowest and reflected in the number and type of events. There remain the cadre of members who ride, attend, camp and partake of events irrespective of climatic conditions, however the Committee intends a mix of events to What's On but this can reflect individual committee member interests and availability. If you would like a particular event or ride on the calendar then why not share the details with the committee or me for consideration and inclusion to the calendar. Suggestions do not mean ownership but you could also look on it as an opportunity to practice those latent leadership and organisational skills in herding cats (search You Tube).
Check out the upcoming joint Club vs. Canberra District Ducati Club bowling night next month on What's On.
Lastly, Club Secretary Martin Robertson is currently riding through Europe with visits to various motorcycle and car museums and spectating Tour de France and will be blogging his trip on Facebook and mapping it via the Club SPOT.
Enjoy the ride,