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  • 13 Apr 2015 08:36 | Garry Smee (Administrator)

    Hi Members

    The 2015 AGM has come and gone and you have a new Committee to take your Club through another year.  I take this opportunity to thank the outgoing Committee for their efforts and welcome the incoming one.

    Welcome to our new members and I look forward to meeting you on a ride or at an event.  Don't be shy and let us know that your there! 

    The Club is in good financial shape and membership around the 100 mark with new members joining and others forgetting or choosing not to renew.  The non-renewal reasons aren't always obvious, so if you're not getting what you want out of the Club let someone know, starting with me.

    We don't have so much a new Committee as a shuffling of jobs, but I welcome Wayne onto the team and has volunteered to tweak & monitor this blog and developing forums, a consequence of our not having an Editor for Shaft Drive Lines the Club magazine and parked in the shed for the time being.

    Our Wild Apricot based website offers many possibilities and whilst not outwardly obvious, makes it much easier for your committee to manage the clubs organisation, club & other events and website generally.

    Club Person of the Year  2015 will see a change with Members awarded points for attending 'Club  Events'.  VP David Prest will look after the score card, but relies on you to register for each event you attend; either before or after the event. The member with the highest number of points wins and excludes your Committee who do it for fun.

    Club Events the popular monthly meeting breakfast will continue as will the opportunity for a day ride after.  Social Secretary Martin has and will plan the alternate breakfasts for those members limited to 100km rides, whilst longer day, overnight and multi-night rides will be in the calendar.

    Other Events  as a community motorcycle club we have a role to support other Clubs and events.  Examples include Rallies, Charity Rides and other motorcycle related activities.  Whilst these don't contribute to the CPOY they offer an alternate ride or activity.  So if you know of one, send the details to

    Blog, Contacts & Stories  This blog only supports member text whilst you can post photos on a separate tab.  Your committee is working on a solution to this and one obvious one is Facebook.  Do you use Facebook or have an opinion as to whether the Club should have a social member presence; let us know.  Whats more we can add Members contact directory on the website - would that be of any interest?

    Well that's enough from me, enjoy the ride

    Garry Smee

  • 08 Apr 2015 11:23 | Garry Smee (Administrator)

    From Jeanette Hahn,

    For those members who remember him, I have received the sad news that Bob Rumsey died in a bushwalking accident in Tasmania on 22nd March. 


    His memorial will take place on Tuesday morning 14/4/15 and if any club members wish to attend could they please contact Bob's partner Helen Hill on 62925707.

    Bob was a foundation member of the ACTBMWMCC and was it's first Touring Secretary.  He wrote many of the first articles for the first year of the newsletter and this continued on.  He was very active in the club for most of it's history and though he has attended some events in the past few years he had to stop riding several years ago due to vision problems.

    Vale Bob Rumsey

    Jeanette Hahn

  • 06 Apr 2015 20:16 | Bruce Barter

    Martin, Hos and Phil rode to Wagga Wagga and had a Coffee with me at my house before we headed off through Mangoplah, Culcairn, Albury then the Boring Highway (sorry I meant the Hume Highway to Wandong the other side of Broadford.
    We stepped back into the twilight zone and stayed at the Australiana Motel at Wandong. The motel was obviously someones dream that has never been realised and it has sat unfinished for a long time. Quite eerie, but once you settle in the humour and hospitality of the 2 elderly women and John the owner who traipses around in his track suit pants and "flano" shirt  well and truly embraces you. John would have been out for the day on his excavators which are parked in the grounds of the motel grounds.
    The meals and bar were very friendly and good fun. Not 5 star but what do you expect for $100 a night. We will go back!
    As for the Bike Bonanza. If you have not been, treat yourself to a great weekend and go next year. Good fun, masses of interesting riders and their bikes. Short Circuit track, Moto Cross Track, Trials and Road Race track. A real delight to attend. I caught up with a mate from Wagga who had 2 MacIntosh Suzukis, a TZ350, an RG500 a VFR 750 and 2 TZ750s there. John Woodly and Bob Rosenthal were on hand to help ride them.
    Lots of cheap older bikes about also with average owners and riders having a great time. I need to find a cheap old bike to have a go next year I reckon.
    We headed back home on Monday morning with Hos heading for Melbourne to see his mum and myself, Brian and Martin riding along the boring highway and separating at Albury to head home.

    See Club Ride Photos'" for a few pictures of the trip.

  • 23 Feb 2015 13:11 | Garry Smee (Administrator)

    The Black Dog Ride 1 Dayer is a nationwide motorcycle event to raise awareness of depression and suicide prevention. You can make a difference by joining us on your local ride!

    Canberra's day ride is on 22 March 2015.  Check the website and register before or on the day

  • 22 Dec 2014 08:20 | Garry Smee (Administrator)

    A few members have reported their ABS playing up or not working.  The BMW fix is a replacement ABS module at US$2100 (MaxBMW).  Here is a link to one reported fix ABS II D&A.pdf and requires a thin walled 22mm socket.  I'll keep you posted on the success or otherwise of this fix.  

  • 24 Nov 2014 16:29 | Garry Smee (Administrator)

    Club members can download the template here and return completed designs by email to

  • 24 Nov 2014 12:20 | Garry Smee (Administrator)

    Seven members made the ride to CSIRO Radio Telescope at Parkes under clear blue and sunny skies and for our trouble (+37oC) received a closed to the public guided tour of the telescope including around, inside and up to the equipment levels.  The tour took 2.5 hours and provided a great insight into the telescopes construction, over 50 years operation and role in the movie 'The Dish'.  Keep an eye out for the pictures.

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