Last weekend was the start of the season, from the Launch of new products point of view, for BMW Motorad UK. Both Dealers put on a good display of New Motorcycles including the S1000RR, R1200R and F800.
Overall Bahnstormers seemed very busy and had provided refreshments for all visitors including Bacon Rolls and Drinks.
John Wheeler was up bright and early to set up our club display. By the time I arrived he and Patrick had signed up 2 new members. Our total new signings on the day was 6.
At the other end of the world Rosemary and David were having at good day at North Oxford Garage where they took 10 new signings.
Nog put on a roast and drinks which went down well.
We were at both Dealerships to support them and to take advantage of the opportunity to sign up New Members for the Club.
Our thanks to both Dealers for there hospitality and to those who took the time to be at the Dealers representing our Club especially John Wheeler at Maidenhead and Rosemary and David Hicks at Oxford, who between them organised our presence.
Dean Buck - On James May's R100/7
Some news for section members, Dean Buck has now started as the Dealer Principal at Bahnstormer Maidenhead, replacing Paul who is leaving due to ill health. We wish Paul all the best for the future.
Dean is a keen motorcyclist (R1200GS owner) and is hoping to join the BMW Club in the near future. We have the new model launch on March 15/16th and then the BMW Motorrad Day on April 5th (Lee Nicholls from BMW Motorrad will be speaking to the section) at Bahnstormer Maidenhead so hopefully you will have a chance to meet Dean.
Bahnstromer Maidenhead have invested in a MOT facility and Dean is offering BMW Club members a free MOT with every service booked at Bahnstormer Maidenhead. Please ask Bahnstormer for more details. Doubtless Dean will be coming up with some more ways of enticing members in to the showroom, look for more to come for the BMW Motorrad Day on April 5th!
We look forward to working with Dean and Bahnstormer in the future.
The New Bikes looked good and I can't wait to get my hands on one of these updated toys.
Phil seemed to appreciate the clubs efforts espescially Rosemary and David who were there all day.
Then it snowed and messed up biking again.........still it'll soon melt I suppose.
New K1600GT SE at Bahnstormer!
K1600GT Photo Shoot at Bahnstormer
Fitting the Wunderlich rack back on the top box proved to be quite difficult, fortunately Jodie was doing it and new bolts were needed. The top box did look very neat when everything was finished.
Fitting the Wunderlich Rack
The K1600GT also has the AC Schnitzer six position adjustable levers which make a big difference to the feel of the clutch and to a lesser extent the brake.
AC Schnitzer Adjustable Levers
K1600 Engine Crashbars
The K1600 engine crashbars also arrived just in time. Apparently some owners have been waiting since July for these due to a supply problem. Hopefully they won't be needed!
Based on 50 miles riding this K1600GT seems much smoother than the last one I rode, it looks as though the latest software update has worked well and I was adapted to the fly by wire throttle almost immediately.
The Bahnstormer Thames Valley opening was hosted by two very well presented girls, Vanessa and Leonie of the Fire Girls, see the Bahnstormer Blog for details. We persuaded them to pose with the BMW Club display!
The Oxford Section Team, John, Rosemary and Dave at the Bahnstormer Thames Valley Open Day. The event was very good and we recruited 7 new members, 6 for Oxford and a couple for Southern Section. Rosemary did an excellent job at recruiting. Thanks to everyone from the section who turned out and a special thanks to Geoff Clough for bringing the display stand.
After the excellent ride out to Cotswold BMW yesterday a few of us carried on to Gloucester Docks which were very nice (although as a Bristolian calling them docks seems rather like comparing Cheddar Gorge to the Grand Canyon!). Certainly the area is very interesting with some old warehouses, dry docks and the inevitable designer outlets!
And no I don't think Geoff's GS is going at 60% off!
On Saturday March 19th Oxford and Southern sections attended the Bahnstormer K1600GT (and GTL) launch at Bahnstormer near Alton. Incredibly for March the weather was really good, more like California than England so the riding was very pleasant.
The launch was very well attended, with Geoff Clough, Rob Allin, John Hillier, John Ottway and Steve Moxey from the Oxford Section with Erica Body, John Mann, Chris (and others, sorry did not get all the names!) from Southern.
The stars of the show were of course the K1600s. Bahnstormer had cunningly obtained four bikes, two for the new dealership in Bracknell, shortly to be opened. The K1600GT comes in silver and red and the GTL in silver and black.
The K1600GT six cylinder engine looks very impressive and sounds very good, with a distinct rasp, even in the showroom! The bike also has a new dash and control system with a wheel on the left hand twistgrip. The sat nav is cleverly integrated and locked in place with the screen. Panniers are apparently slightly larger at 50L than before and most
importantly the K1600GT is much easier to get on the centrestand than a K1300GT! How good the bike is will only come from the riding of course.
The BMW Club also managed to recruit a number of new members at the event, so thanks to Alistair and Paul for allowing us to recruit during the event.
Bahnstormer have now announced their new branch in Bracknell, convenient for Reading and many of the Oxford Section. More details to follow, but please see the Bahnstormer announcement:
"We are very excited to announce the arrival of Bahnstormer Thames Valley to compliment our existing Alton dealership. Situated on the busy A322 Bagshot road that links the M3 to the M4 via Bracknell, we hope to capture new customers from the Reading, Bracknell and Maidenhead areas, whilst offering a more convenient location for some of our existing customers. Everything is as you would expect with a bright spacious showroom with coffee and teas being served in the café area, free customer wi-fi facilities, satellite television and good music. There will be a full range of new and Approved Used BMW motorcycles, clothing, accessories and comprehensive parts stock. A new four bay workshop will look after every aspect of your motorcycle's servicing needs and we hope to offer MOT testing on site along with tyre fitting. If you are in the area, please feel free to drop in so we can show you around.
The address is:
Bahnstormer Thames Valley,
You can also call 0844 6623888 to find out more."
Interested in the K1600GT/GTL well here is the Bahnstormer Blog entry, the BMW dealer launch day is March 19th, at the moment although this might be subject to change. There is a test of the K1600 in this weeks MCN as well.
Youtube has a good K1600GT video.