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The BMW Club Journal June 2016 – Oxford Section Report

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BMW Club Oxford Section Report for May 2016

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Thank you Wendy for filling in last month’s report whilst I was away. Being away also meant I missed the ride to the Toddington Railway Centre but the ride leader, Geoff Clough sent in a report:-

“There were around 25 bikes on the ride out on 10 April from Oxford Services to Toddington, the home of the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway. The day proved to be sunny and dry but followed several rainy days. The route chosen had a mixture of A, B and unclassified roads and started by following the A40 to Burford then joined the B4425 towards Cirencester. This former A road was well surfaced and has lots of open flowing bends as it winds across the Cotswolds through Bibury to Cirencester. Having skirted Cirencester (and sadly lost one member in the process), the route joined an unclassified road (probably the old Fosse Way) northwards. The roads were certainly all tarmac when the recce run was carried out, but the previous days of downpour had left mud and gravel on some parts of the roads, which provided slightly more of a challenge than had been expected. Nevertheless, the sun shone brilliantly and most of those on the ride out enjoyed the selection of roads along the Cotswold ridge. There were wide ranging views from the ridge before dropping down to the main road just before Toddington. The Flag and Whistle cafe at the GWR centre provided suitable refreshments and some even spent time on the railway travelling to Cheltenham and back. The return ride for some being via Stow-on-the-Wold and Burford to home”.

Thank you Geoff, a fine variety of roads and surfaces and only one member lost. I have since heard that this chap took a wrong turning in Cirencester and ended up in Swindon where he gave up and went home. Geoff’s reputation for losing people is growing though!

On the 16th April some members chose to ride to the AGM at Kegworth with Dave & Rosemary Hicks as leader. When the riders met up they found that the “ride” leader was in a Kia Picanto, which they prudently chose in preference to riding in the forecast snow. They all made it but the riders had an awful journey with at least two heavy snow showers to contend with. Hardy souls these Oxford Section members but the car proved the better option. It would seem that the AGM was a lively affair with Oxford Section’s Ian Dobie being elected as a Vice President. Congratulations to Ian, we look forward to Ian’s decisive input to the future proceedings of the Club.

On the 23rd April Bahnstormer Maidenhead organised a special Touring Day, which the Oxford Section supported. To get the day off to a good start for Oxford Section members a special breakfast had been organised at the pub social location of the Dashwood Arms, Piddington. Wayne, Tina and the chef produced a superb range of breakfasts at very reasonable prices to refuel those about to set out on the run. Tim Bolderston led the group on such an interesting route to Maidenhead that the drop off system was worked to the extreme. Speaking to those who arrived at Bahnstormer elicited the comment that they hadn’t realised there were such interesting roads and views in this otherwise heavily congested part of England. Well done to Tim in working out a route that proved such a pleasure to ride.

There were lots of visitors to the Bahnstormer event and they could find out about touring from Nigel Richardson of Motorrad Tours or equipment from Touratech as well as being able to get BMW equipment at a discount from the dealer. It was slightly disconcerting to see a GS laid on its side by the entrance but this was a demonstration bike showing off Touratech gadgets to protect the machine plus all those “extras” we all know we need. The Oxford Section stand had lots of interested visitors and welcome to those who joined up on the day. More food in the form of burgers and bacon was expertly produced by the Bahnstormer staff along with a never ending stream of coffee and tea; an excellent day out.

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The 12th June will be a ride out to the Armament Museum on Portsdown Hill led by Stuart Giles. A fascinating place to visit and thoroughly recommended. The following evening on the 13th June there is going to be a Bike Night at the Dashwood Arms, Piddington with music, lots of food and of course lots of bikes wit the section stand and club members in attendance. Make an evening of it and come along.

As we get the summer riding underway, there are also events where help would be appreciated. For example, volunteers are still required to help at the ACU National Road Rally on the 2nd & 3rd July where the section will be peopling a check point at Carterton; names to Andy Lawson please on 01993 212561 or as soon as possible.

The huge Cassington Bike night on the 27th June relies on volunteers to assist with the running of the event and the Oxford Section has in the past been very supportive. We will have the Section gazebo at the event but we need names of those who can pop along and do an hour or so to help please to Kevin Burrows at . Nothing onerous and you get to see some great bikes and a free soft drink and burger for your efforts.

The bike nights follow in quick succession with Ludgershall on the 4th July and West Hagbourne on the 12th July; all with the club stand in a prominent position so come along and say hello.

By the time you read this we will be heading for midsummer; doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun!

John L Broad


BMW Club Oxford Section Service Day at Bahnstormer Maidenhead

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BMW Club Oxford Service Day at Bahnstormer BMW, Thames Valley Maidenhead – Short Report


Bahnstormer have recently renovated their dealerships at Alton and Thames Valley (Maidenhead) which created a great opportunity for a BMW Club event! As it is early in the year we thought a focus on ‘servicing’ would be a good idea and Bahnstormer agreed. Servicing is a topic that always arouses interest and for some members is a love hate relationship – ‘you can’t live with it (sometimes) and you can’t live without it! To steal from a well known saying.

Saturday January 23rd was the chosen day and Dean Buck, Terry Merritt – Service Manager and Rob Smith – Workshop Foreman were kind enough to host the event and provide access to the workshop and technical staff for questions. The Oxford Section contributed to the event with a recruitment desk, new Continue reading

BMW Launch Weekend at Bahnstormer Maidenhead and North Oxford Garage.

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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.

New Dealer Principal at Bahnstormer Maidenhead

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Dean Buck - On James May's R100/7

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.

NOG Launch Day

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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.



The K1600GT Eagle has Landed!

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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.

Bahnstormer Girls

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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!


Bahnstormer Thames Valley Open Day

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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.


Gloucester Docks

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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!

BMW K1600GT Launch Report – Bahnstormer Motorrad

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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.