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  • 02 Feb 2016 21:40 | Garry Smee (Administrator)

    For those that didn't make it to the Clubs 34th Kosciuszko Rally (2015) our cousins from South Australia who did make it have given us a nice write up in their Club magazine Flatchat.  This and other great reads are available in the Members Information Area.

  • 02 Feb 2016 20:42 | Garry Smee (Administrator)

    BMW Motorrad is offering track days at Sydney Motorsport Park (Eastern Creek) and Phillip Island for you to try out BMW's current high performance models or ride your own bike (subject to conditions).  Check the website for details and how to book.

  • 22 Dec 2015 10:58 | Garry Smee (Administrator)

    Good news for those members looking for a new helmet or have been admiring helmets approved for sale overseas but not in Australia, check out the press release removing a outdated regulation here: http://kmo.ministers.treasury.gov.au/media-release/034-2015/

  • 21 Dec 2015 09:12 | Garry Smee (Administrator)

    For those who missed the Clubs Kosciuszko Rally and opportunity to win a new BMW Evo6 helmet (rrp ~$900), this prize was donated by BMW Group Australia via their Principle Event Support Program.

    Through the raffle and sale of Kransky's your Club donated $500 to the RFDS.

    Attached is our letter of thanks for BMW's support PESP 2015 Letter of thanks.pdf.

  • 19 Dec 2015 08:51 | Garry Smee (Administrator)

    Hi Members and Friends,

    Congratulations to our first joint Club Person of the Year recipients John Kemp and Kevin Foster at the Club Awards & Christmas Luncheon capably organised by Social Sec. Martin Robertson and hosted by VP Dave Prest (I had a previous commitment to the UMTC 40th Christmas Rally).  With 30 members in attendance this was our largest non-riding event of the year.

    Nigel McFarlane will also get great enjoyment from his Kosciuszko Rally prize, a BMW Evo6 helmet.  BMW Group (Australia) donated this prize through its Principal Event Support Program (PESP) and I thank them on behalf of the Club for their continued support.  Didn't make it to the lunch?  Then you can read about it on the Club Blog and for the more adventurous the Club Facebook page.

    The Awards & Christmas lunch concludes the offical Club events for 2015, but many if not all of us will continue riding through December and January 2016 whilst the What's On page will have other motorcycle related events.  If you are planning a ride and want company, then send me an email with date, time, route and start point and I can email members or you can use the Blog and fb page.

    BMW celebrates 100 years of manufacturing in 2016 and your committee is looking for ideas to celebrate this milestone at the local level.  BMW is organising a weekend event in Munich next year with some members already showing interest in attending, so check out and bookmark BMW 100th Anniversary Celebration on What's On for updates.  The What's On calendar is already filling with rides, meetings, events and updates so make www.bmwmccact.org.au a favourite.

    Lastly, I thank each of you and the Committee for your support through 2015 and looking forward to catching up with you at the next event.  Until then enjoy the company of family and friends this holiday season and ride safe.

    Enjoy the ride,

    Garry Smee
    President

    BMWMCCACT Incorporated
    President@bmwmccact.org.au


  • 19 Dec 2015 08:07 | Garry Smee (Administrator)

    Website - http://www.recalls.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/1080664Product description

    Identifying features

    Model No: 0131/0132 K18 C 600 Sport
    Model No: 0133/0134 K19 G 650 GT

    What are the defects?

    Due to the incorrect positioning of the abrasion protector, the flexibility of the front brake hose may be impaired. This can result in the brake hose suffering damage and may lead to a loss of brake fluid. The stopping power of the front brake could diminish, dependent on the amount of brake fluid lost.

    What are the hazards?

    If the defect occurs, reduced braking capacity poses an increased accident hazard to the rider and/or other road users.

    Dates available for sale

    • 1st January 2012 - 15th July 2015

    Where the product was sold

    • Nationally

    Traders who sold this product

    All authourised BMW dealers Australia wide.

    Supplier

    BMW Australia Ltd.

    Supplier's web site

    http://www.bmw.com.au

    What should consumers do?

    Consumers should contact authorised BMW Motorrad dealers, or call the BMW Group Australia Customer Interaction Centre on freecall: 1 800 813 299.
  • 22 Nov 2015 12:26 | Garry Smee (Administrator)

    Mont are having a sale at their Fyshwick Retail outlet, 14 Pirie St, Fyshwick ACT (down the street from Canberra Times).  Mont manufacture and sell good quality camping and outdoor equipment.  I can recommend their Moondance tents for the lightweight rally crowd, but for those at Novembers meeting, you won't be standing up in them.

    The good gear goes fast so check their extended opening times and whats on sale on their website or here.

  • 15 Nov 2015 19:36 | Garry Smee (Administrator)

    Fellow Members & Readers

    For those that couldn't make the Clubs 34th Kosciuszko Rally you missed magnificent weather (even Saturday night's lightning - what rain?), great riding and the opportunity to camp in one of NSW best locations - Geehi Hut.  We had more attendees than in recent years, perhaps due to the offering of Germanic Kransky's with trimmings on Saturday night and BBQ egg 'n' bacon rolls and espresso coffee Sunday morning.  We had riders from as far afield as Brisbane (1) and Adelaide (3) who jointly took the longest distance rider awards, whilst the longest distance pillion had travelled from the far north coast of NSW.  Oldest combined bike and rider was 123 years and BMWTCNSW took out the largest Club attendance with 7 and strongly challenged by Sydney Tourers.

    A special thanks to Bruce Barter (Member Sec) and Mitchell Smee for crewing the welcome counter and chefing duties and VP Dave and Margaret Prest for general duties and taking the trailer home.  Rolfe Classic BMW utilised the left over Kranky's, bacon, eggs and rolls at a gold coin morning tea raising $120 with Defence' Campbell Park Social Club selling the remainder soft drinks raising a further $70.

    The Club very much appreciates BMW Group (Australia) support in providing the major raffle prize of a Evo6 Helmet or Rallye 3 Pro Jacket.   

    Thanks to all those who attended, supported the raffle and bought something to eat the Club has been able to donate $500 to the Royal Flying Doctor Service.  Try not to make a withdrawal!

    It's never to early to book your calendar for the BMWMCCACT 2016 35th Kosciuszko Rally (Club Event).     

    November marks the close of point scoring for the Club Person of the Year award, with your last chance to earn points being the GS Ride to Breakfast, Snowy Mountains Gourmet Food (with a tar option) and BMWMCCACT November Monthly General Meeting (Club Event) this weekend.

    Social Secretary Martin has organised our BMWMCCACT Christmas Lunch (Club Event) on Saturday 5 December that promises to be a great social outing, so break out the Hawaiian shirt or floral dress and bring your partner along for lunch.  You need to pre-book and pay on the Club website to confirm your attendance.  The offical part of the lunch includes presenting the Kosciuszko Rally raffle winner their prize along with Club Person of the Year and Step Off awards.  Martin has conjured up some other entertainment and attractions - so be there.

    Traditionally December is a quieter riding month, but there will still be events on the calendar or if you're planning a ride and want to share it with company send me an email with the details and I'll post it to the ride calendar.  I hope to better last years 3 months redgo and 3000km on my R100RS, failing that it will be the GS, ST or I might even borrow son Mitchell's new(ish) Ducati ST4S.  Roll on summer.

    Enjoy the Ride

    Garry Smee
    President
    BMWMCCACT

  • 02 Nov 2015 11:37 | Martin Robertson (Administrator)

    The weather report must have scared off several intending riders, but those that did come had a most enjoyable ride with the only rain being a few drops on the windscreen.

    When I arrived at Queanbeyan, I was greeted by Treasurer Bob, Dave Arton and new member Brian Senior - all keen to go. So after a short wait for any stragglers, we headed for Tarago via Bungendore. Taking the scenic and more interesting diversion of the Tarago Collector Road, we added a few extra kms before arriving at the Green Grocer at 10am. Before long we were joined by Frank Millwood, Goulburn resident and Club Life Member.

    After a tasty meal, good coffee and chat, we set off for home via a more western route that took in the delightfully named towns of Mummel, Bannister and Grabben Gullen. A photo stop at the Gullen Wind Farm, started a discussion about wind farm related illnesses (tell em their dreamin'), before we had a quick run through Gunning, Gundaroo, Sutton and home.

    A good day out on your bike with mates - hard to better.

    Cheers Martin R

  • 18 Oct 2015 08:10 | Garry Smee (Administrator)

    This years 34th Kosciuszko Rally was held at Geehi under fantastic spring weather and whilst overall numbers were smaller than we would have liked (47) everyone had a good time.

    We had rallyists from BMWOCSA (3), BMWMCCQLD (1) and BMWTCNSW (7) along with other riders who all made the trip along with others.  Your Club had 14 members, the most number in recent years and can it be bettered in 2016?

    In a change, the Club had BBQ dinner of Germanic trimmed Kransky hotdogs on Saturday night and for those making it to Club Meetings the ever popular egg'n'bacon roll and espresso coffee on Sunday morning.

    The raffle was well supported with Club Member and day tripper Nigel McFarlane taking the top prize, a BMW Evo6 helmet donated by BMW Group Australia.  The other prizes were no less received as were the award recipients for Longest Distance Rider (>1200km), longest Distance Pillion (~500km), Youngest Rider & bike (34), Oldest Bike & Rider (123), Smallest Club (x2) and Largest Club (7).

    Whilst we tally up the accounts, it looks like the Club will contribute ~$500 to the Royal Flying Doctor Service. A most worthwhile and hopefully never needed service.

    You can see more pictures on the Club's Kosciuszko Rally page.

    Garry Smee
    President
    BMWMCCACT

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