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BMW Clubs Internatinal Newsletter

Posted: April 19, 2011 by BlogMaster in GS Anniversary Ride

Dear BMW Club members,

Spring is at the door here in Munich and with it comes the latest issue of the Council News. Once again you can look forward to some interesting news and fascinating reports from the BMW Club scene.

If you wish to tell BMW Club members from around the world about your club events and tours, please send your reports to us for publication in the Council News. We look forward to receiving your stories and photographs.

You will notice the Council News now has a new look. We hope you find the layout to be fresher, more varied and dynamic than earlier issues. The new image gives the newsletter more flexibilty as we present news from clubs and the world of BMW. We hope you enjoy the updated format and any feedback on the changes or the newsletter in general would be welcome.

The newsletter is one of the Council’s major communication tools and your assistance in making sure we have a wide readership by club members is appreciated.

And now – we hope you enjoy reading the latest newsletter.

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GS Anniversary Ride Epilogue

Posted: November 29, 2010 by BlogMaster in GS Anniversary Ride
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Hi all,

Well the party is now over with most riders having returned home, or on their way home.  Apart from the incident with Mark on 90 Mile Beach and Nigel in Nelson it was pretty event free, apart from the adventure.  Most bikes incurred a few dents here and there but all in keeping with the occasion.

If you are interested in looking at some of the photo’s then click HERE!

Alternatively, if you want to see what went on in South Africa then click HERE!

Update to GS Ride

Posted: November 15, 2010 by BlogMaster in GS Anniversary Ride
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Hi All,

We are currently on the GS Anniversary Ride and finding it hard to get the time to update the blogs.  We have plenty of photos so will update when I can.

Mark Taylor from Christchurch suffered an unfortunate accident when leaving 90 Mile Beach and has suffered a broken collar bone.  This was a real shame as Mark had ridden his R80 the whole way to Cape Reinga only to end up having to leave the tour on the first day.  We wish Mark a speedy recovery.

The time has come for us to leave so this will be the last post regarding the trip so everyone should read it.

Just some final notes etc regarding the trip.

  1. Glenfalloch Station has eft-pos and you will be able to purchase beer and wine.  They will have some fuel available if anyone needs it.  The phone number for the accommodation house is 03 318-5113.  They will also ensure the spa pools are nice and hot.
  2. There is no eft-pos facility at Waipiata so you must ensure you are carrying cash. They are working very hard to sort out the roast on a spit but not confirmed yet, regardless dinner will be available, maybe possum pies for all.  As there are more riders than originally planned there may be a queue for the showers, there are only two.  There will be beer and wine available for purchase as well.
  3. If you are planning on joining but have not pre-registered then send me an e-mail with your name, bike model and rego, where you plan to join and finish.  You must also complete a disclaimer form and hand it to me when you join.  Riders who have pre-registered will be given preference for  the Ride Booklet and we may not have enough to go around.  You can e-mail me at  Those riders who have registered will be given preference wherever a preference is required.
  4. There will be a small supplementary charge (from $15 to $25) for the Lake Wakatipu crossing as the boat will have to make two trips in order to take all the bikes, and we have to use a Water Taxi to get the riders across.  The first sailing is planned for 1100, the second at 1300 so time to relax at Walter Peak or check Queenstown out. The Water Taxi will leave at 1300 with most of the riders and about 6 will travel on each barge crossing to help unload the bikes at Walter Peak.  I suggest that local SI riders go over on the first barge crossing thereby leaving time for the people from out of town to explore Queenstown.  Those riders who have not pre-registered will have to swim behind the barge or ride around to Te Anau if we can’t fit you on as space is limited.
  5. We have booked a room at the Cabbage Tree & Outpost for the final night wrap up (25th).  Dinner (a-la-carte) will be available from 1930 but we have use of the room from 1800 onwards and will put on a slide show of our event (they have a data show for us).  This place is 100% bike friendly and only a short walk from Oreti Park.  They run courtesy vans to and from the Park and the town centre.  They assure me you won’t go hungry.  They are charging $50 for the room which will have to come out of the $200 bar tab put up by Findspace (unless someone else would like to cover the room cost?).
  6. You will be given all your stickers and ride booklet as you join the ride, provided we have a completed Disclaimer Form from you.
  7. You will need about $100 in cash for Access Fees along the way.  In many cases these will be donated by the Station Owners to the Westpac Trust.
  8. Don’t forget to carry your own tie-downs and first aid kit.

Although we are expecting riders to join us along the way, the following have registered that they are taking part.  In total there will be over 50 bikes involved with the event, good eh!

  • 20 riders starting in Cape Reinga, of those six are from the South Island
  • 1 rider will join us in Russell
  • 14 riders join in Napier, 9 will stop in Wellington, 4 carry onto to Hanmer and one onto Te Anau
  • 12 riders join us in Picton
  • Then another three join us in either Hanmer or Glenfalloch

It seems quite a number of bikes are expected to come and meet us at Experience BMW in Auckland on our way to the start.  Experience is putting on a bbq breakfast from 0900 this Saturday so pop in and say hello if you can and/or make a donation to the Rescue Helicopter Services at  Just click on the link to the BMW GS Ride.

Lastly, the local Maori Iwi will be seeing us off with a traditional blessing at Cape Reinga, plus Graeme Crosby (NZ motorcycle and Isle of Man TT fame) will be joining us in Leigh to re-launch his book to the GS Riders.

Please note that the Leigh Sawmill Cafe is opening specifically for us on Monday night so make sure you thank them heaps.

Well thats all folks, we look forward to meeting you somewhere along the way.


Justin and the support team (Garry, Sam, David and Jeff)

Follow the GS Rider’s Adventures

Posted: November 1, 2010 by BlogMaster in GS Anniversary Ride
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If you are unable to take part in the GS Anniversary Ride, or plan to catch up with us along the way, then the following links will be of use to you.

Link 1 SPOT – Click HERE!

You can use this link to track our progress in real time.  The on board SPOT device will transmit our location every 10 minutes.  You will also be able to see when we start and stop each day and if he encounter any trouble.  For full details on how the SPOT works go HERE!  All riders can save this link to their cellphone if it has internet browser capabilities.  Otherwise let all your friends and family know so they can keep track of you.

Link 2 Spot Adventures – Click HERE!

This link includes the data from the SPOT device plus we will upload photos along the way.

You can show your support for the GS Riders by donating to the Westpac Trust Helicopter Rescue Services, our chosen charity.  Click HERE!

Finally the fun stuff begins to happen.  Next week we head off to start the ride to Cape Reinga to commence the ‘Hard Way Down’.  Next week I will provide some final numbers and any housekeeping.

Attached below are instructions on the ride North so print it off and make sure you know where you are going and staying.

Also I have included the Disclaimer Form and it would be a huge help if you can return these before the start as it will be one less piece of paper you need to worry about.  All riders must complete and return this.

Riders Heading North


Thanks to STAR Insurance we have one Enhanced Recovery Packages available to the first person who can answer a number of GS questions correctly.

The Enhanced Recovery Packages covers:

Journey On ENHANCED provides the Everything you need to get up and running again PLUS Medical, Legal Advice Lines, Concierge Service and Hotel Accomodation or Rental Vehicle if you are more than 100km away from home and can’t be mobilised. See full details at:

The questions are below and the only condition is you need to be a Registered Rider for the GS Anniversary Ride.  Use comments to answer the questions and the first one will win the Journey on packages, which can be enabled in time for the GS Ride.  All answers can be found through the links on this site.

  1. What happened in Avignon, France on September 1st, 1980?
  2. How many R80 GS’s were sold over its production life?
  3. What was the smallest HP output of any BMW GS and what model was it?
  4. What is the connection between Aprilia and BMW?
  5. What was the first production BMW motorbike to have a seat height of 920 mm?

Happy researching!!!

We have just had confirmation that the Mayor of Invercargill, Tim Shadbolt, will join the GS Riders for their final leg of the trip from Invercargill to Bluff.   He has decided to do this in recognition of the great effort we would have endured in order to get there,  he may also need a lift.

The guys down South have been great supporter of what we are doing and even put out their own Press Release – BMW GS anniversary and Charity Ride coincide with BMC

We are also looking at having a bit of a special event at the start in Cape Reinga so hopefully you can make it there.

Pretty well all the planning, permissions, accommodation etc has been completed.  If you have booked a spot at GlenFalloch and not heard anything back then don’t worry as we have the place to ourselves, the same goes at Waipiata.  I will be confirming numbers with these venues based on information provided from the Confirmed Riders Register so if you are coming and have not done this yet then please do so.

If you can return the Disclaimer Forms (GS_Ride_Disclaimer) before the start it will be a great help.

I have added a link on the ride where those not taking part can follow the GS Riders.  We will be uploading photos and stories here each night (hopefully) so keep track of where we are at.

Don’t forget to order your t-shirt from Alex and there is plenty of time to do some fundraising for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Trust – $6,932 raised so far, an awesome effort.

One of our riders has created a t-shirt to recognize what we are doing.    They are a polo shirt (DRI Gear so great to ride in) and come in Black, Navy Blue, Grey and White, both male and female cuts are available.

You will also have your name printed on the left sleeve so great when you are standing at the bar and wondering what the name of the person is beside you.  It took quite a bit of coaxing to get the approval of Westpac and the guys at the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust love them.

The shirts cost $55 plus p&p $5, and Alex will donate $10 from each shirt to our fundraising effort.  Order can be taken now, during or after the ride by contacting Alex Allen directly at

These are high quality tops so show your support and appreciation and buy a shirt today, better still buy two!  When ordering let Alex know what size you want (see below)and he needs a minimum of 10 for the first print run.

Sizes are 1/2 Chests in cm

Mens:  S-54, M-56.5, L-59, XL-61.5, XXL-64, 3XL-66.5, 5XL-71.5

Women: 8XS-41.5, 10S-44, 12M-46.5,14L-49

GS Anniversary Ride Update

Posted: October 19, 2010 by BlogMaster in GS Anniversary Ride

Well with less than a month to go before we kick this off I thought I should provide a bit of an update as to where things are at.

  • We have 28 Confirmed Riders (please complete the Confirmed Riders Register if you are coming)
  • 16 Riders are starting at Cape Reinga
  • 7 Riders are staring at Picton
  • 14 Riders are joining us in Napier
  • 22 Riders are finishing in Invercargill (I trust you have booked your Burt Munro Tickets)
  • 14 Riders are doing the whole trip (that’s around 4,000 ks)
  • 6 Riders are crashing with Garry in Wellington
  • 7 Riders are crashing with Malcolm in Hamilton (or just North of it)
  • 14 Riders are crashing with Rosco just North of Kaitaia
  • $4,685 has been raised for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service (surely we can do better than that!)

So all in all its shaping up to a pretty awesome adventure.  We have all our stickers printed and just finalising the Ride Booklet, remember we will only be printing enough to cover those that complete the Confirmed Riders Register. By now you should have booked all your accommodation, the ferry and your Burt Munro tickets.  Last but not least we are expecting all riders to do some fundraising for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service so setup your Donation Page and start fund-rasing.