Posts Tagged ‘Jeff Gray BMW’

Wellington Motomart wins Awards

Posted: June 29, 2010 by BlogMaster in Other Stuff
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The BMW Dealer in Wellington, Motomart, has been awarded the ‘Top Wellington Dealer’ and the Supreme Award for all Motorcycle Dealers in the Lower North Island at the recent MTA Awards Dinner.

So a big well done to Todd and all his crew up there.

Does anyone know how Jeff Gray BMW fared?

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May 10th and 11th a group of ten riders took part in the first BMW Rider Training course held in New Zealand. It was organised by Rodney at Jeff Gray BMW and held at GlenFalloch Station, behind Mt Hutt.  Riders came from as far a field as Ashburton to Taupo with bikes such as F650’s, F800’s, R1200’s and a HP2.  Our trainer was Anthony Sproull who is a qualified Sports Coach and Motorcross Rider.

The course was an entry level event giving riders the basic skills to off road riding.  The first day showed us how to pick up your bike when it falls over (this was the first thing we learnt, I wonder why!), how to correctly balance the bike while standing beside it, the benefits of standing up on the foot pegs, how to balance the bike while riding it, braking with just the front or back brakes and both, and lastly a river crossing.

Day two involved putting everything we had been taught together and going for an adventure ride around to Lake Heron (this was the same route the Canterbury Club did a while back).  Before heading off there was a quick session on riding up and down a moderate slope with a few of the confident riders doing the same thing on a scree slope.  We all took a deep breath when we came to the scree slope we had to cross but everyone managed to get across unscathed.  We had a mighty lunch just by the Lake Heron boundary gate and then headed back.

The most interesting items I took away from the event was:

  1. When picking up your bike it is a lot easier and more controlled to grab the handlebars (the one on the ground) and lift the bike from the front.  I have been shown and told previously that you should put your back into it but the method shown was much easier.
  2. Standing on your pegs does give you a lot more control of your motorbike, in all situations.
  3. ABS works, even off road.
  4. When not using ABS you can use your rear brake to stear the back quite well.
  5. Stand up when doing a river crossing.
  6. When faced with a difficult situation you have to feather the clutch a bit in order to maintain control.  Hopefully these bikes have a clutch designed for this otherwise they will burn out very quickly.
  7. Most motorcross riders have no idea how fast a BMW can go when they suggest ‘just use second gear and give it heaps’
  8. When riding with panniers on you should be very careful when ‘paddling’ as you leg can get caught under the pannier, ouch!
  9. Even Rodney falls off occasionally.

Overall it was  a great course, and hopefully a more advanced one will follow.  The facilities at Glen Falloch Station are superb with accommodation only costing $45 per person per night.  You can also arrange breakfast, lunch and an evening meal.   Anthony was a very patient tutor but next time I would like to see him on a 1200 rather than a 650.  Anthony can be contacted at performancemx@woosh.co.nz for any one-on-one training.

BMW Off Road Skills Training

Posted: April 12, 2010 by BlogMaster in Events
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Rodney at Jeff Gray BMW has organised a weekend of Off Road Training.

The event will take place at Glenfalloch Station near Mt Hutt on May 10th and 11th.

Full details in the document below.

Off road BMW Training

BMWS 1000 RR

Posted: December 23, 2009 by BlogMaster in Fun Stuff
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BMW’s first Superbike is coming to Christchurch on Monday, January 11th.  You can view it at Jeff Gray BMW from 1800 to 2000 and it will also be in attendance at the New Zealand Superbike Championship at Ruapuna from January 16 – 17.

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Double win for Justin

Posted: December 23, 2009 by BlogMaster in Fun Stuff
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If you attended the Biketoberfest event on Manchester Street, then you possibly entered the draw for a BMW Helmet at Jeff Gray BMW.

Well the lucky winner was Justin Ryan, but as you can see in the photo, that was not all he won as it turned out he also won ……………………………………….

Helmet Winner

a Rodney Handshake!!!!!

Well if you were one of the lucky ones that attended the Biketoberfest event in Christchurch today you will know what I mean.  There was a great attendance of riders and motorbikes and I hope everyone checked out the motorbike park as there were more bikes out there than on Manchester St.

We had prime position in front of Jeff Gray BMW and Rodney had a number of new bikes on display that received a lot of attention.  We were also opposite the Harley boys (and girls) who never cease to amaze everyone on how well their bikes are presented.  Does anyone know how many models Harley actually produce as I don’t think I have seen two bikes the same yet.

We had a great display of bikes ranging from the oldest GS models right through to a kewl green Triumph (how did that get there!!!).  All the bike dealers along Manchester Street did their bit with some great displays on show.  There was also a concurs events and some Trials riders showed us how easy it is to jump over large barrels.  Would have been much more impressed if they did it on Warren’s Adventurer.

There was an Tank on display right in the middle of the road and the Martin Jet Pack was also available to ‘step into’.

Overall it was a great day and I think everyone enjoyed themselves but wouldn’t it be great if we could extend it to full weekend of events including some street racing perhaps.

The day ended with a huge ride off led by the Harleys.  Did anyone report a n earthquake in Christchurch when they all started?  Amazing noise.

Check out the photos by clicking on the Media Link down the right hand side of the blog page.

Jeff Gray Welcomes BMW Motorrad

Posted: October 22, 2009 by BlogMaster in Uncategorized
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Jeff Gray Group are proud to introduce the BMW Motorrad rang of motorcycles to their Christchurch dealership.

As New Zealand’s first BMW kombi dealership we are able offer the full BMW experience with the ability to trade bikes on bikes, bikes on cars and cars on cars.

We are the only BMW Motorrad dealer in the South Island for all new BMW   sales along with genuine parts and service departments with a NZ wide shipping option from door to door.

For more information on any New and Used BMW motorcycles from Jeff Gray BMW please contact Rodney Faulkner. DDI 03 3637235 or 027 5771156

Please find attached our customer letter. We would appreciate it if you could complete the Rider Profile document and return it by mail at your earliest convenience.

Jeff Gray Welcomes BMW Motorrad

Jeff Gray Mini & BMW_Rider Profile