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
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,