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The President's Chronicle - October 2017

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

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

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