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  • 06 Sep 2017 18:28 | Garry Smee (Administrator)

    Dear Reader,

      Welcome to Spring and for those that have been sheltering these past month's you shouldn't need much encouragement to get your bike out and come along to an event and meet with and welcome our newest members Barry Quinn (Tiger 800XC), Bob Ward (R1200RS) and Robert Hayden( R1100RS, K75RT).

      I'll take this opportunity to thank Michael & Brett at Rolfe's for hosting the Club August General Meeting and their talk on the RnineT family.  Martin Robertson regaled us with his 6-week European ride vacation and Kim & Ron Tito made us envy their recent 3 week ride through Vietnam.  I took the opportunity to demo a RnineT scrambler with a view to the GS Urban variant and new R1200GSwc, both would look very nice in the garage.  Missed the meeting, then contact Michael or Brett in the showroom to book your test ride.

      Shortly after reading this you will receive an email invitation for the BMWMCCACT 2017 Member Survey (Club Event).  Whilst voluntary, I encourage you to take the time to complete it and have your say on what you would like to see the Club do or could do better in the future.  Think of it as an opportunity to contribute to Committee deliberations without having to stand for office :)

      What's On lists all of the Clubs upcoming events and the following should be on your 'priority' list:

    • 2017 German Autoday (Club Event).  Come and share your bike with the public and tell them why you chose BMW.  The Club will pay the entry fee for each financial member's bike at Pialligo Estate, noting only German cars and motorcycles permitted in the grounds on the day.  Entry is free for the general public and walk-ins and offsite parking.
    • 37th Kosciuszko Rally, BMWMCCACT (Club Event).  Your Club's annual rally and for those who don't camp there are plenty of accommodation options in nearby Khancoban or Thredbo along with other Snowy townships.  Or just come for the day ride.  There are over $800 in raffle prizes and from last year's rally the club donated $1000 to the RFDS.  If you still cannot make the rally then why not share or post the flyer

      The Committee has being trying to source some branded Club merchandise over this past year.  The official Club logo is proving to be a challenge to the collected embroidery guild and most notably the flagpole and flag and work still in progress.  I have had more success with the Club name that having worked with Monaro Workwear at 3/88 Newcastle St, Fyshwick ACT, is not as easy as one would think.  Given the multitude of personal preferences, if you would like an embroidered shirt, cap, jacket, pants, socks or beanie then (1) visit Vanessa & Richard and team at Monaro Workwear (2) pick any item or items of clothing etc in your style and colour (3) pick your embroidery colour (4) pay $ for clothing, plus (+) the $8 embroidery charge for the Club name + $4 if you want your name as well and (5) come back to pick up.  Have a favourite item already?  No problem, Monaro Workwear can embroider just that but maybe not your motorcycle jacket.  Okay, you will need to make two trips but then you do get the item of clothing in your size and colour and saves a lot of internal paperwork.

      I have had greater success on the ever popular stubby holder that will have its first outing at the upcoming Kosciuszko Rally.

    Enjoy the ride,

    Garry Smee



  • 06 Aug 2017 08:37 | Garry Smee (Administrator)

    Dear Reader,

    On behalf of the Club a special welcome to our newest member Peter Carew who I look forward to meeting on an upcoming ride or event.  Make sure to say hello when you meet Peter and welcome him to the Club. 

    Club members have been busy over the last month with Olaf Moon and Martin Little competing in the US Iron Butt Rally (1000ml/day/7+days) with mixed success; whilst Martin Robertson is riding through Europe taking in as many mountain passes as he could find between the various auto museums and enjoying a cold one whilst spectating some Tour de France stages.   Following the shed rebuild of my R100RS swing arm I joined Dave Morgan for an impromptu ride to Captains Flat on my RDO whilst for Dave it was just another happy retirement day - something to be said for those.  Given the clear and dry winter weather members have been riding and hardier souls rallying enjoying the great outdoors with exploits posted to the Club Facebook page.  Have you been somewhere?  Then why not share your story with the Club and Members.

    Club members can now join Repco VIP Club and receive 10% discount anytime and advance notice of specials, up to 30% discount and other events.  Check the Club website Members tab on how to join.  

    The Club calendar What's On is full of rides and events and I encourage each of you to have a look and importantly register if intending to go on a ride or to an event.  Most events are non-binding, so if your plans change send the listed organiser an email or mobile text if included.  Pre-registration is an important planning tool and increasingly used by organisers to provide targeted emails for late changes (along with website), confirm event participants (eg: at the start point/time), pre-plan end locations and venues or cancel events where there are no registrants.  This last option is least preferred, but not everyone wants to sit around a start point or cafe by themselves even having a good ride to get there.

    I'll mention some of the significant upcoming events for you to consider, details are on What's On:

    • 1900 Tuesday 15 August 2017.  Joint BMWMCCACT & CDDC Bowling Night (Club Event) at AMF Bowl Belconnen.
    • 1800 Saturday 19 August 2017.  Joint BMWMCCACT and BMWTCNSW Dinner at Bermagui Hotel (Club Event).  There will be an optional Club ride down leaving Saturday mid-morning and Sunday return - you have to sort your own accomodation.
    • 1045 Sunday 24 September 2017.  Distinguished Gentleman's Ride (Club Event), raising money for Prostate Cancer and Men's Mental Health issues whilst having a scenic ride around Canberra.  Whilst this event is a ways off check it out and whilst you are there why not register to ride or make a donation to a registered member or the BMWMCCACT Team
    • 13-15 October 2017.  Your Club's 36th Kosciuszko Rally.  If you cannot make the rally to camp or as a day ride, then you can print and post or share and display the rally flyer here.  Last year the Club Rally donated $1000 to the RFDS, help us keep the momentum. 

    The Club What's On page is regularly updated so keep coming back and remember if you're not seeing a ride or event of interest let me or a committee member know.  Over the next month you will receive an invitation to complete the annual online census and poll to assist the Committee in planning future rides or events.  I encourage as many members to take the 10 minutes to complete the poll and include your comments or contact me directly.

    Looking for a new BMW or spring service?  Then why not drop by BMW Rolfe Classic Motorrad in Phillip and have a chat with Michael Andrews (sales) or Josh Edwards (service) who are refreshed and keen to engage with the Club and assist you to get that new BMW or have your pride and joy tweaked for the upcoming German Auto Day, more on that next month. 

    Enjoy the ride,

    Garry Smee



  • 10 Jul 2017 08:21 | Garry Smee (Administrator)

    Dear Reader,

    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

    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,

    Garry Smee



  • 09 Jun 2017 12:22 | Garry Smee (Administrator)

    Dear Reader,

    I write this with winter upon us and for some having parked their bikes until spring.  For others, it just means a change of rider wear and keep on riding.  What type of rider are you?

    The lucky or well planned members like Social Sec Martin it is time for his European vacation and motorcycle spectator to the Tour de France.  Martin will be posting his trip locations to the Club SPOT page for us to follow (only the most recent 7 days is shown, so you may need to come back).  The Club SPOT is available to members for loan on your next adventure tour; details on the website.

    We also welcome back Roger and Gillian Gottlob from a membership hiatus and look forward to them re-joining us on a future ride or event.  How often do you look in on the club website and What's On?  Don't forget to have a look in the drop-down menu on the right hand side.  The Committee endeavours to have a mix of rides and social events for all members interests, so if you're not seeing something you and other members are interested in send me or the Social Secretary an email with some details or just the idea. 

    The May Club meeting saw the culmination of our 'in field ' training programs with hands on tyre repair at Repco Tuggeranong.  Whilst your Club provided the training and breakfast, Manager Mark and team at Repco Tuggeranong supported the meeting and members with discounted tyre repair products and has given the Club a motorcycle cover to raffle at our Kosciuszko Rally.  Thanks to Mitchell @ Rolfe's for providing the demonstration tyres & rims.   

    The following weekend saw the Club ride to the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex and Moon Rock Café for breakfast followed by a behind-the-wire tour by 20 members and visitors under a fantastic Canberra winter day of sunshine and no wind.

    For the rallyists amongst us, the Alpine, Casper and Winter Rallies are all on the horizon and promise sub-zero nights and the occasional ride through snow and over ice to provide that additional challenge.  Not for you?  Then what about joining the Club and our Victorian cousins at Yarrawonga for Christmas in Winter next weekend 17-18 June.  For early arrivals there is also an optional lake cruise by paddle steamer leaving Saturday lunchtime.

    Given some members are riding or driving and starting at different locations, there is no organised Club ride to Yarrawonga.  You can however see and email those going from the event page if you are looking for company.  Social Sec. Martin needs to finalise your booking and payment and transfer the Club payment to the BMWMCCVIC next week.

    Lastly, at the 2017 AGM members voted to donate an additional $2000 to the Royal Flying Doctor Service who provide a valuable service to regional and remote Australia generally and adventure motorcyclists specifically.  A copy of the receipt is on the website.

    Enjoy your ride,

    Garry Smee


  • 12 May 2017 19:04 | Deleted user

    Hello BMWMCACT Members,

    By way of introduction I thought I would post a link to an article I wrote on the Ulysses Club blog which describes my attendance at a California Superbike School Level One course at Phillip Island.  

    CSS L1 17 April 17

    Super day out and learned a lot.  Wondering if club members would be interested in attending a track day sometime, always more fun to have friends around.  This could be a straight track day or as part of a CSS/SU/... course.  

    Fun day at Bowning recently, even with the wet start!


  • 10 May 2017 13:49 | Garry Smee (Administrator)

    Dear Friend of the Club,

      Welcome to Autumn riding and I hope you are making the most of the cool but generally sunny days by getting out on your bike.  On behalf of our members, I would like to welcome Leigh Neilson to the Club and look forward to meeting him on a ride or at an event.

      The most up to date Club event information is on What's On including a registration option that is an increasingly important tool used to plan and organise Club events and I continue to encourage all members and visitors to use it.

      As an Official BMW Club, I attended the 2017 BMW Clubs Australia AGM as your delegate in Melbourne recently.  In a return to the past and change to more recent years, the 15 Motorcycle and Car Club delegates met at BMW Group Australia's Mulgrave Vic HQ.  We were fortunate to have BMW GA Chief Executive Marc Werner welcome us and had presentations from Andreas Lungren Motorrad and Lenore Fletcher / Erin Burl / Siobhan Kircher from Corporate Communications.  This is testament to the value BMW Ag, BMW Classic via Clubs International and BMW GA places on BMW owners, Official Club's and Club Members in particular.  I have posted an edited copy of the Motorrad presentation here (9MB).  The full version (410MB) includes BMW You Tube video and too large to post, simply search for BMW Motorrad or G310, HP4, K1600 Bagster and RnineT Urban G/S as new models or take your pick from the whole channel of video. 

      BMW Motorrad has 59 base model motorbikes with a multitude of from factory or at dealer options in showrooms for 2017.  During the latter part of 2017 Motorrad will be introducing the entry level and LAMS approved G310R and GS for ~A$7000 ride away; for the aspiring racer the carbon fibre HP4 can be ordered - but be quick as of the 750 'hand-made' bikes only 10 are coming to Australia; and my favourite the RnineT variant G/S Urban reminiscent of the original 1980's R80G/S.  I have recovered from my R100GS PD experience but still have a R100RS in the garage. 

      Total membership across all Clubs was steady at 1969 for bikes and 1883 for cars at census night 31 Dec 16.  Although we all experience a degree of churn, that is members who join perhaps for a year before leaving to be replaced by another new member.  This suggests that our & other Clubs are not delivering on the expectation of members.  Your Committee recognises this and seeks to have a mix of part, day, overnight and multi-day TS and GS rides and social events.  There is no expectation that all members want/would/will go to all events, but if you are not seeing something you want then please contact me as President and Ride Coordinator or Martin Robertson as Social Secretary.  Even better, why not help the Committee out by planning or running an event?  Free training, mentoring and support offered to any volunteer.

      Whilst some Clubs continue with a paper magazine, reflective of the costs involved more and more are/were going to a PDF or online variant and increasing use of social media to communicate with members.  Your Club website contains a wealth of information accessible via the right hand side drop down menu and whilst some pages are public, others are only accessible to members so why not have a look when you are next online.  Members also have the option to post pictures, add to the blog and have access the Club Facebook page.  For those with a keen eye, look in your search bar for our icon and that the website is now in the https:// domain increasing the Clubs and your online security.

      Not getting Club event emails?  The Club uses your email address as the basis for your financial membership including profile (personal information).  You have complete control over both and importantly if you are not getting emails it may be that your email software is blocking and moving them to a SPAM or Junk folder.  You can also select what type of emails you would like to receive other than administrative ones (eg: renewal notifications).  For our Joint members (member + partner) typically only one person chooses to get emails from the Club, however for those that would both like emails we have the Joint+ option.  If this appeals to you or your partner, please email Membership Secretary Mike Kelly as we need to set this up back-of-house to make sure you both do not start getting a membership renewal notice.

    Enjoy the ride,

    Garry Smee

  • 26 Apr 2017 16:22 | Garry Smee (Administrator)

    Looking for a short day ride (~200km) with some easy (road bike) dirt and coffee(s) stops along the way? Andrea (F700GS), Bob ((F650GS), Dave (Sertao) and me (R100RS) made the ride to Yass via Mountain Creek Road for coffee and cake at Tootsie a converted service station (pre M31) and now serving coffee & cake amongst some eclectic artworks before riding on the Yass River Road (~20km dirt) to Gunning before parting company with Andrea who was returning to Sydney.  Bob, Dave and I continued east along Marked Tree Road (dirt) to Collector and cooling ale at the Bush Ranger Hotel.  With the shorter days the decision was taken for a run down the highway to Eagle Hawk before parting company and home.  A great days riding and company.  Click if your looking for a map.

  • 18 Apr 2017 12:23 | Garry Smee (Administrator)

      The Club planned 4 day Easter ride was shortened to 3 given the original departure was Good Friday and nothing much was going to be open and some of us had other commitments.

      Saturday morning had Martin Robertson (R1200R), Rob Lovett (R1200ST, BMWTCNSW) and me (R1200ST) depart on time for our ride down to Orbost Vic via Delegate and Bonang Highway.  'Highway' is somewhat of a misnomer given it is narrow and includes ~12km of dirt; the upside is the 105km of corners :)

      Our 1st night stay was the Bruthen Inn with Sunday's ride taking us to Omeo, Anglers Rest and Falls Creek (1200m) via the Bogong High Plains Road before the run downhill to Mt Beauty and on to Yackandandah.  A days ride of many more corners and surprisingly little traffic that more often than not pulled over to let us past. 

    Our planned 2nd night stay at the 'Yack' Hotel was curtailed as it was closed and with limited in-town options we rode on to Wodonga and Blazing Stump Motel/Hotel.  This had excellent meals and was well patronised given it was the Sunday of a long weekend.

    Bandiana Army barracks reveille might have woken us on Monday but with clear skies and warm weather we up and ready to go on our final leg.  This saw us travel along the Murray Valley Highway to Jingellic, then rise over the mountains through Tumbarumba, Batlow and lunch in Tumut before a final run back across the Snowy Mtn Highway to Adaminaby then Cooma and home to Canberra via the Monaro.  If this sounds interesting then here is a Google Map.

    An excellent 3 days ride with good company, fine weather and perfect riding conditions.  See you on the next ride.

  • 11 Apr 2017 10:13 | Garry Smee (Administrator)

    Dear Reader,

    Welcome to the Clubs 2017-18 riding year and particularly to our newest members David Dawson and Ian Jones.  I look forward to meeting each of you on a ride or at an event and encourage other members to make them welcome.

    The Club AGM was held on 2 April and whilst attending numbers were small and Committee nominations even smaller the 2017-18 Committee welcomes two new members; Bob Eccles who volunteered and elected Treasurer from (retiring) Bob Ellison and Mike Kelly who stepped up as Membership Secretary, replacing Martin Robertson.  Returning members include David Prest (Vice President), Martin Robertson (Social Secretary), Steve Hay (nominated Public Officer) and me (President, Rides & Clubs Australia Delegate).  The Club relies on volunteers for its organisation and diversity of Committee members that reflects the membership.  Send me an email if you want to get involved in your Club's operation as a volunteer and an assurance you wont be press ganged...this year.

    Apologies in advance if this next paragraph doesn't apply to you, but for those that it does...the Club financial year is 1 March to 28 February as is your membership.  Your invitation to renew is bulk emailed to members 21 days before 1 March along with automated reminders.  Failure to renew by 1 March means your membership is automatically administratively suspended.  Whilst the majority of members renew using the preferred EFT before 1 March a significant portion do not or pay by cash/cheque at the AGM or informally before hand.  Whilst the Club appreciates late payer renewals they make the Treasurer, Membership Secretary and Club Administrators lives far more complicated than need be.  So please renew before 28 February 2018 and know you can always pre-pay one year in advance at any time :)

    Your Club remains in good shape with a varied calendar of riding and social events and financially with a motion passed at the AGM to donate $2000 to the Royal Flying Doctor Service.  This is in addition to the $1000 raised at and donated from the Club's 2016 Kosciuszko Rally.  Why the RFDS?  Because the Committee believes the RFDS embodies the adventure riding spirit residing in all of us and a worthwhile cause among many. 

    I have been on the Committee in various roles for 8+ years during which time there has been a steady drop in members attending Club rides or events and in recent years often only attracting single figure participation.  Two of the Clubs social events Christmas in Winter and Club Awards & Christmas Lunch remain popular and reflect a changing member demographic.  Whilst some members belong to other Clubs and/or ride with other groups this does increase the pressure on and reduces the volunteer incentive to organise rides and events that then only attract a small number of Club members as participants.

    For 2017 this changes how future rides and events are selected, advertised and coordinated.  The committee is looking to members to nominate rides and social events, including dates and times and encourages members to volunteer in a coordinating role.  What's On will continue to list events or rides of a motorcycling nature and basic details only need to be emailed to the Social Secretary or Ride Coordinatorrespectively.

    What's On remains the source of most up to date Club information and for Club Events includes the option of pre-registration.  For the majority of events this is non-binding unless prepayment is required, but does serve a vital function by assisting the organiser plan for prospective numbers, routes and advise host locations of anticipated numbers and provide specific event relevant emails.  This becomes even more important when planning smaller venues versus the larger chain restaurants and venues.

    To that end the Club uses email as the most direct, timely and relevant way of contacting and updating members on changes to events and activities.  Your part is to ensure that the information the Club holds (securely) online is relevant and up to date.  The Club uses your first and surname and email as primary contact information and required under the Incorporated Associations Act 1991 to keep a physical/postal address and membership dates.  You control the remainder personal profile information and used to plan events.  The Club also has a social media presence on Facebook and via the website through a 'Blog' and pictures page.

    Enjoy the ride,

    Garry Smee

  • 29 Mar 2017 23:18 | Garry Smee (Administrator)

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