George and Charis Schwarz and ‘DU’
beside the cairn marking the centre of New South Wales.
Taken on 13th September 2008 at the inaugural Far Cairn Rally
in aid of raising funds for
MARI, The Motorcycle Accident Rehabilitation Initiative they started.
Member of the International Council of BMW Clubs
BMWTCNSW NEWLETTER OCTOBER 2008
ACT Dave Ramsay
02 6278 3895
Hunter Jenny Banks
02 4982 8073
North Coast Peter and Dale Feeney
02 6559 8470
MCC NSW DELEGATE
Andrew Le Lievre South Coast Dave Blunn Cheryl Ison
0418 220 658 0423 021 378 02 4423 4878
email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
0419 255 290, 02 9896 3335 Northern Region Craig Hancock
firstname.lastname@example.org 0419 557 014
Sandra Gluck Sydney Region Graham Johns
0419 022 025
email@example.com 02 9731 0934
Marie Pennykid Southern Region John Marquette
0428 393 093 0425 280 290
TREASURER, PUBLIC OFFICER South Coast Region Peter Holcombe
NEWSLETTER DITRIBUTION 0416 213 616
Chris Huddy firstname.lastname@example.org
0438 407 146, 02 9808 4645
Erik Anderson Monthly Held at 7:30pm at the Andrew Cook Hall, Toongabbie
0414 895 230 Club Meetings (corner Targo and Toongabbie Roads) on the last Wednesday of
email@example.com each month (except for December)
Sydney Held at 6:00pm on the last Wednesday of each month.
Social Sip Members gather at the Toongabbie Hotel for a chat and something
0416 213 616, 02 4473 7960
firstname.lastname@example.org to eat before crossing the road to attend the club meeting.
SPARE PARTS South Coast Held anytime after 6pm on the 2nd Thursday of the month.
WEB ASSISTANT Social Sip Members gather at the Berry Hotel for a chat and something to eat.
Bala Padmanabhan (Pub at the Sydney end of Berry )
0434 350 817, 02 9597 6079
Newcastle Members gather anytime after 6pm on the last Friday of the month.
Social Sip at the Hexham Bowling Club for a chat and something to eat.
MCC NSW DELEGATE
ASSETS and ARCHIVES
0411 076 941, 02 9622 4254
email@example.com Organise a Ride or Event 2
MCC NSW DELEGATE Attend a Social Sip 2
Attend a Social night (Restaurant night, party, etc) 3
02 9629 7624
firstname.lastname@example.org Attend a Maintenance Day 2
NEWSLETTER DITRIBUTION Attend a Day Ride 6
Attend a Weekend Run or Rally 10
Roger Martyn Attend a Long Weekend Run or Rally 12
Self written Newsletter article 4
Attend a Club Meeting – City Member 4
0414 660 890, 02 9829 3950 Attend a Club Meeting – Country Member 6
Attend a Night Run 6
BMWTCNSW NEWLETTER 2 OCTOBER 2008
Sun 5th Oktoberfest at Fairfield show ground. The club recommends public transport. Chris Huddy
Sun 5th Day Ride to Berry. Leave Crossroads at 10:30am. Andrew Watson
0419 255 290
Wed 8th Jaffle Run – West Head. Via Bobbin Head. Meet BP Asquith 6:30pm Andrew LeLievre
Thu 9th South Coast Social Sip. 6:30pm BERRY HOTEL. (Pub at Sydney end of Berry.) Dave Blunn
0423 021 378
Sat 11th 27th Thunder Rally. Seeba Dams, Nundle. Depart Macquarie Park, Windsor at 8:00am. Andrew Watson
Sun 12th Moonan Flat for lunch. Dirt road from Moonan to Nundle. 0419 255 290
Sun 12th Lunch Run to Wollombi Pub. Meet up with those returning from the Thunder Rally. Andrew Watson
Leave Macquarie Park, Windsor at 9:30am. 0419 255 290
Sat 18th Kosciusko Rally. Geehi camp ground at Swampy Plains River, on Alpine Way. BYO eve- Dave Ramsay 02
Sun 19th rything. For info contact email@example.com 6278 3895
Wed 22nd Pub night at the Cricketers Arms Hotel, Prospect. Meet around 7:00pm Andrew Watson
0419 255 290
Sat 25th Classic riders club of Goulburn - 17th Annual Classic Ride. All bikes welcome, $20
Sun 26th entry fee inc. badge. Closing date for payment is 16th October. Down load entry forms from
the listed website. http://www.vvcmcc.org/Goulburn-ENTRY-FORM-2008.pdf
Wed 29th Club Meeting 7:30pm. Toongabbie Hotel Andrew LeLievre
(you are also invited to meet for dinner before the meeting at 6pm) 0418 220 658
Fri 31st Newcastle Social Sip. 6:00pm Hexham Mozzie Club. Jennie Banks
02 4982 8073
1st - 2nd 14th Annual Trout Rally - Held by Tumut Valley Riders at three mile dam, near the turn Marie Pennykid
Thur 13th South Coast Social Sip. 6:30pm BERRY HOTEL. (Pub at Sydney end of Berry.) Dave Blunn 0423
Fri 14th Jaffle Run – 6:30pm Little Wheeney Creek. Meet BP North Richmond Andrew LeLievre
15th - 16th Imbil Rally - Biggest rally in Oz at the moment over 1000 bikes last year. Hosted by the Dave Ramsay
leasure riders touring club located at Borumba deer park, Yabba creek rd, IMBIL heaps of 6278 3895
camping plus toilets and showers cost is $20 no pre paids covers badge and camping.
Wed 26th Club Meeting 7:30pm. Toongabbie Hotel (you are also invited to meet for dinner before the Andrew LeLievre
meeting at 6pm) Remember it's the club Auction night
Fri 28th Newcastle Social Sip. 6:00pm Hexham Mozzie Club. Jennie Banks
Sat 29th Port Macquarie XMAS party. Jaspers Peak Holiday Retreat which is just off the Oxley Dale/Peter Feeney
Sun 30th highway. (old Mount Seaview resort). $105 pp inc. motel accommodation, 3 course dinner 6559 8470
and breakfast on Sunday. Book with Julie, mention the BMWTCNSW.
Sat 29th Late Spring weekend Pub run to Carcoar Leaving Bomoderry McDonalds @ 0930 Cheryl
Sun 30th and Marulan @ 1100. Booking through Cheryl 0412901811
Fri 5th Jaffle Run - Mill Creek Camp ground (across the ferry north side of the river). Approx 8 km Andrew Lelievre
east of Wismans ferry towards Spencer. 0418220658
Sat 13th BMWTCNSW XMAS PARTY - All financial members and their partners/families are wel- Marie Pennykid
Sun 14th come. BYO camping gear (or stay in Kangaroo Valley), chair, and swimming gear (great 0428 393 093
swimming in the river). BYO alcohol. Reply is requested for catering purposes. RSVP 1/12/08 marie.pennykid@
BMWTCNSW NEWLETTER 3 OCTOBER 2008
Another month has gone by, bringing spring back to us The old bike is quietly idling outside my shed, slowly
at last. Already there are large groups of bikes getting warming up, as I check that I have everything on board
about, for the long rides to distant haunts, and for the and that it is well secured.
ever popular short afternoon ride. I have noticed that
there are many club rides coming up in the next month, It all looks good, and I fasten my helmet and rock the
so please make an effort to attend a few of them. bike off the centre stand.
I want to thank you all for the fabulous support that I Jenny, my old black dog, quickly positions herself near
have received over the past few weeks concerning the my feet, right beside the bike, and waits for me to raise
last issue. The numerous phone calls and emails that I my hand off the left grip. She quickly slips onto the tank
have received have made it clear that you want to read and lets me adjust her Doggles, and we are off.
ride reports and about where people go. I was very
pleased to see how popular the “bikestops” column is, There is no rain forecast for this weekend, and I am
and I encourage you all to write a little about your own looking forward to an easy ride, a weekend away, a bit
favourite bikestop for the newsletter. Everyone talks of relaxation and some good times.
about the ’great pub’ or the ‘great campsite’, so share The south coast of NSW is a really great place to ride,
the information with all our readers. Many people want especially during the cooler months, when the traffic is
to read about the rides they went on, (and the ones they thin and the locals are busy relaxing.
didn’t quite get to!), they want to see what the rest of the
club does. It has been refreshing to read the tales of It only takes us twenty minutes to reach the Princes
adventures from many members this month, and I have Highway, and by then we have settled into a comfort-
tried to fit some of them into the newsletter. Please keep able pace. All is going well and I can’t wait to getting
them coming in, especially over summer, and see if you the first 100 kms behind us.
can send me a photo or two to go with the story. Please
make an effort though to get then to me before the 15th The Princes Highway, quite rightly has a shocking name
of the month, if you want them to get into the upcoming for safety, being well known for a host of fatalities over
newsletter. Unfortunately several arrived in my inbox far the years.
too late to fit them in this issue - but you can expect This highway is a piece of National Infrastructure that
some great stories in next months. I have included has seemed to miss out on adequate funding for many
some technical stuff in this issue, perhaps you have decades, even though it is a major road linking Sydney
something similar to share, remember, if you want to and Melbourne, and is the main supply route for all the
see something in the newsletter, you have to send it to communities along the way.
me. Cheers and beers, and good but safe riding. Ed
There is no railroad along this coast and so the road
carries all the traffic and this is exacerbated during the
Although the NSW RTA has been very busy in recent
times upgrading the road to better suit the amount of
traffic, there are still portions that require the rider to
keep an extra eye out for danger and to be wary of all
the impatient car drivers. With this on my mind I tend to
settle into a comfortable speed, and ride to the condition
of the road.
Before long, the highway takes me through Milton and
Ulladulla and now it is beginning to feel like I am getting
away from the sprawling rooftops. For me, this is where
the south coast really begins.
This portion of the road is good, with regular overtaking
lanes and a few sets of great corners, which can be
taken safely at a reasonable speed.
As I mentioned, my first stop heading south is only
about a hundred kilometres into the trip, but I always
have to be careful that I do not miss it! You see, there is
this great long, sweeping, right hand corner that seems
to go for ever, followed immediately by a long left hand
sweeper that straightens out and then turns into a se-
ries of small, fast corners that always gets my blood
going, and entices Jenny the dog to move forward on
the tank a bit and lean eagerly into the bends.
After a couple of minutes of this, the road offers another
long left hand sweeper that nearly takes me straight
past the great East Lynne Pie Shop.
BMWTCNSW NEWLETTER 4 OCTOBER 2008
For those of you that know this road, it is always very
tempting at this point, to open the throttle and power
down the straight in search of the next corner, but this is
a bikestop that should not be missed.
The pie shop is on the western side of the highway, is
surrounded by gum trees, and to the uninitiated, it might
look just like any of the sleepy country fuel stops that
are along this part of the highway.
The East Lynne bikestop has the best pies that I have
ever tasted (sorry mum!) and late last year they were
deservedly voted the 3rd best pies in the country. The
coffee is excellent, and there is a great place under the
trees to stretch out on the grass to enjoy it all.
Colin and Michelle provide great service and friendly
conversation and will help in anyway they can.
The last time I was there filling up with fuel, Colin came
out from the shop and told me that my taillight was out.
He promptly went back inside and got a handful of bulbs
and a couple of screwdrivers AND a coffee for me, and
sat on the gravel and changed the bulb, chatting all the
time, asking about my bike and the days ride. He ac-
cepted money for the coffee but wouldn't take a couple It is a great place to refuel, being about mid way be-
of dollars for the bulb. You have to love places like this - tween Ulladulla and Batemans Bay, so it is well placed if
genuine interest and genuine service - what a great you are riding down the coast from Sydney.
My mates and I regularly, use this spot as one of our
Like all the good bikestops, the East Lynne Pie Shop regrouping stops when we are travelling together. It has
provides a large well surfaced area to park the bike, great visibility and a relaxing atmosphere. Unlike most
where it is not only clearly visible to me while I relax on service stations along the highway, this is an extremely
the grass for 10 or 15 minutes, but the old bike is also pleasant place to sit and wait, until everyone has turned
pleasingly displayed to the passing traffic. up and we are all ready to head off again.
It is always great to see a group of bikes, all different But today, Jenny and I are riding alone, and I have just
ages, types and colours, lined up outside of a bikestop, enjoyed a decent coffee and shared a pie with Jenny,
ready for the obligatory touring photo, and this seems to topped up with fuel, used the toilet, answered my text
regularly occur here. messages and stretched my legs, and it is time to keep
I visit this place often, being only an hour or so from
home, and I always sit back to share a pie with Jenny, I have decided to continue further on down the coast, to
and decide if I will go back home again, or if the whether the next bikestop. The sky is blue and the horizon is
is ok, consider if I should go up the Clyde or head fur- crystal clear, which will make the ocean roads past
ther down the coast and up the Brown. I love sitting near Narooma a perfect scene to ride through.
the bike, on the bank up near the bus stop, with a coffee
and a smoke, watching the traffic passing by, oblivious I remember how it looks down there on days like this –
to what they are missing. with the blue ocean, yellow sand and the rolling hills of
the south coast - which always seem to be a lush green.
Naturally I wave to the riders as they pass, and often
they brake and turn into the wide parking bay surround- Come on Jenny, wake up, we have things to see, places
ing the East Lynne bikestop, and come over to join me. to get to........
Once they look, once they see this place, bike riders Been on a ride lately? Found a good bikestop?
seem to notice what they are about to zoom past. Send in a ride report for us all to read.
BMWTCNSW NEWLETTER 5 OCTOBER 2008
Thank you Marie for organising and to the club committee
for subsidising the first aid course.
I hold a Senior First Aid Certificate and thought that a lot of
the day would be spent going over what I had already covered
in the past.
The fact that a large part of the day was motorcycle oriented
and covered areas not dealt with in normal first aid courses
made the day extremely worthwhile, so if you think you know
first aid you may be surprised by what you don't know about
motorcycle accidents and how to deal with them.
Please send your comments or questions or suggestions for If all you take from the day spent doing the course is the
inclusion in the clubs monthly Newsletter to me at: knowledge of how to remove a helmet without turning the
firstname.lastname@example.org wearer into a quadriplegic, stopping major bleeding and how
or to do CPR, then even if you paid the full $100 it is worth it.
PO Box 1, EROWAL BAY. NSW 2540 For those of you who missed the course, both Belinda and I
If you are not a member of the club email group yet, use this would recommend you do it if the opportunity arises again.
page to raise any issues that may be on your mind, or to Remember, the person lying in the middle of the road may be
share good experiences and useful knowledge. your partner/spouse, your best mate or even one of your kids,
in under two minutes they could be DEAD. You may be the
one thing that changes the outcome, surely a life is worth one
‘Far Cairn Oath Mate’ day of your time and a few dollars.
Firstly to the organisers of the Far Cairn, great job, all your Sorry for going on at length about this but it seems obvious
time and effort paid off excellently. This will be another pre- even by our own club members incidents (not pointing at any-
mium rally, one not to be missed. Gail had a great time, that one Andrew/Bala) that accidents happen and could easily be a
makes my life much easier. I'm now thinking of leaving Friday lot worse than some have had recently. Sooner or later we all
night, next year and getting to Merriwa or further if the furry fall off or get taken out by some moron on the road (most of us
grasshoppers will let us. over the years have experienced both of these events, some
A big thank you to Wayne and Jennie and Christine, for times more than once).
escorting my Boofhead son and giving him a lift home. We got Marie, has any thought been given to re-running the course
his bike back to Dubbo with no dramas, and left it at Steve's in the future for those who were unable to attend this time but
house, thankfully Sunday was cold and the road was damp, so wanted to do the course?
the rear tyre handled the run pretty well. Regards.
It was not a matter of daring to on his part, it was a matter Stephen #251
of him not wanting to ask me for the money for a new tyre, as I agree Stephen, I haven’t done a refresher course in years, and
he has just bought a house and his money is now at a pre- it is something that we all should do. Ed.
mium. We have all been there and most of us are still there. It
was a bad case of misjudgement that the tyre would last. Still,
most of us have learnt that exact way. Hi,
Also a big thank you to Steve Treloar for letting us leave Reading the latest BMW Club Mag and saw your bikestop
Scud Boys bike in his garage. its another trip to Dubbo on Fri- article, great article and excellent idea hence this email.
day, this time with car and trailer. I'd like to nominate the Blackstump Hotel in Coolah, centre
Lastly a big thank you to all the BMW riders I talked to NSW. I stopped there on the way back from Brisbane in July,
about how much they spent on their bikes. It made me feel a good clean typical hotel rooms at a cheap price, I paid $25 for
lot better, I see I'm not the only one who has spent a fortune a single, hot showers and plenty of bon homie, apparently the
on a bike, it is definitely a European thing. Some even tried to owner rides a triumph, however was away that weekend.
talk me into donating my head and barrel to be turned into a The locals in the pub loved to chat and talk bikes, espe-
money box. Bugger off, Its in my cabinet of Hard Knocks, I cially as I'm a women travelling alone on a 2005 Triumph ST
look at it and think to myself "Why the F*** do I ride a BMW", with a trailer. One of the locals owns 13 BSA's and is a typical
then I think about the members I meet on club runs and know country character. The manager at the time Julie, couldn't be
why. more helpful and my bike was given pride of place round the
back undercover, I was offered a lock up but was happy with
Mick F. the undercover option.
That sounds like our club Mick! The whole weekend of the Far Julie and her husband are motorcyclists, so it seems the
Cairn Rally seems to be full of good deeds and energy - from the
organisers, the participants and all the locals at Tottenham. Ed.
motorcycling family is alive and well in Coolah.
I will be stopping there every time I need a place to stay en-
rout to Brisbane.
Hello, This is exactly what I would term as a bikestop.
I am not a member of your club, but I am enjoying the read Cheers
of your September newsletter. It is very good, thankyou—and I Fiona Powell #90
concur with being a Motohansa fan. Thanks Fiona. To you and the other twenty or so people from
Thankyou. I hope that you fill out the BMWTCNSW membership the BMWTCNSW that have emailed bikestops, lets support
form that I sent you. I hope to meet you on a club ride someday these great venues that we find, and lets show them that we
soon. Ed. appreciate there support and enthusiasm for motorcycling. Ed.
This Yahoo! group is to allow communications between club members.
To apply to join this group, please contact the group moderator by email
(email@example.com) telling him your club membership details.
Visit the club website for updates of the Calendar, newly listed Classifieds,
and to find out more about the BMWTCNSW and its activities.
BMWTCNSW NEWLETTER 6 OCTOBER 2008
Got something interesting to say, a point of view to share, write a letter to the editor
BMWTCNSW Club Meeting Clubs Australia – Nothing to report..
Webmaster – Nothing to report as Roger not present.
27th August 2008 MCC – Andrew advised flyers for the Far Cairn Rally distrib-
uted to all Clubs. Guy had an accident, hurt his shoulder, the
Chairperson – Andrew LeLievre cause was cold tyres.
Meeting opened – 7.45pm Past Events –
Visitors & New Members – Martin Burke & Dilk (from Ger- * OCR – Tony advised the rally was carnage plus! 39km of
many). sand stopped a few bikes with 6 people in hospital. 150
Apologies – Peter Holcombe, Jennie Banks, Roger Martyn. bikes turned up and it was a good weekend. Bala advised
Previous Minutes - Accepted : Alan Pennykid they missed the OCR, got lost and toured all over – met lots
- Seconded : Warren Buffett of helpful people.
Correspondence - * Goulburn – Ian advised it snowed at Exeter and Taralgon,
* Magazines from – BMW Owners Register NZ, BMW MCC of was very cold, only 3 continued on to Taralgon and none got
WA, BMW Motorcycle Club of Vic, ACT BMW Motorcycle Club, to Crookwell.
BMW Motorcycle Owners Club (Gold Coast) & BMW Club WA * Breakfast ride to Brooklyn – Chris advised about 12 people
(Car) went and it was a good breakfast.
* Statement from St George Bank. Coming Events – Refer to Newsletter.
* Flyers from Moto-ik & Ducati Owners Club for Thunder Rally. General Business –
* Newsletter from RFDS. * David Beer asked if we have a First Aid Kit and is it kept
* Minutes from MCCNSW for July & August. stocked? Andrew Watson to check kit before Far Cairn Rally.
President’s Report – Andrew reminded members the Far * Bruce Campbell asked who the Classic Registrar is – Gra-
Cairn Rally is coming up 13th & 14th September. He attended a ham Johns for Metro.
meeting at St Vincent’s Hospital and the feedback was very * Andy Crook now at Frasers. Andy gave the members a
positive. Doctors are keen to promote MARI also. E-Way brief talk o the new Frasers building nearing completion at
have produced a motorcycle E-Tag with magnet. Ride calen- Concord – will house BMW, Ducati & Harley Davidson, have
dar is full – good to see. a 16 eat cinema, chill out rooms, security lock up, etc. Staff
Vice President’s Report – Andrew asked for more ideas for will attend seminars prior to the grand opening in November.
rides for October and November. There will be a rider from Nth Sydney to Concord on the day.
Secretary’s Report – As per Minutes. Andy advised that it was up to the discretion of the mechanic
Treasurer’s Report – Chris advised over $18K in the bank. if they work on older BMW’s.
Membership renewals are starting to drop off again. * Marie advised 34% of survey responses stated they would
Membership Secretary – Nothing to report. support Dealer activities.
Editor – No report as Peter not present. * Andrew advised Motorcycle Awareness Week is in Octo-
Regalia – Andrew advised t-shirts for Far Cairn Rally printed – ber.
to sell for $25.. * Andrew reminded members the Far Cairn Rally has limited
Assets & Archives – Wozza advised he has refurbished the catering, is BYO as per newsletter ad. See you all there!
urn and Chris donated the gas bottle. Meeting Closed : 8.50pm
BMWTCNSW NEWLETTER 7 OCTOBER 2008
G’day – it was almost a year in the making from the This is special stuff – if any of us suffer from or know
recon run to the first Far Cairn rally, on 13th September someone being followed by “the black dog” it is pretty
at Tottenham just 42 kms from the centre of NSW. easy to imagine the state one could fall into after an ac-
cident especially if you can’t get around as per normal
The Motorcycle Accident Rehabilitation Initiative (MARI) and maybe can’t even work.
was started by our very own, George & Charis Schwarz
who generously donated the proceeds generated by What George and Charis have facilitated, and what Dr
their book Highlights of the Road. MARI is based at Sa- Steven and his team are actually doing is providing a
cred Heart, part of St Vincent’s Hospital in inner Syd- direct service to motorcyclists.
ney. Dr Steven Faux heads this initiative and he put to-
MARI is the riders charity, it was started by riders, spe-
gether a special message of welcome for all riders at
cifically for riders and it needs the support of riders in
the Far Cairn.
order to fulfil the vision of having these services offered
In essence what he said was this, MARI is about getting to every rider who needs them, no matter what hospital
fallen riders back on to their bikes as quickly as possi- they find themselves in.
ble. This may involve assisting with retrieval of the bike,
MARI needs our help. We must raise approximately
dealing with insurers, convalescing after injury, physio,
$10,000 to fund a researcher who will undertake the
psychological assessments and counselling. For major
research and write the submission to be put to gov-
trauma the public is well catered for through the various
ernment and have them fund a fully fledged pro-
spinal and brain injury units, but more common injuries
such as broken arms and legs can be completely debili-
tating for a rider and as such their normal lives may be This submission must be finished and with government
adversely impacted. before March next year.
MARI is a program of services offered to every motorcy- The first Far Cairn rally had over 130 riders attend, rais-
cle rider who presents at St Vincent’s Emergency. In the ing just over $4000 that will be donated to MARI.
first year over 100 riders have been offered these ser-
vices and all appreciated the fact that there was support That puts us about half way towards the funding that we
available to them. About 12 have utilized the various need.
services in the first year. A study from University of (Next months newsletter will have a few ride reports and
Newcastle indicates that a program such as MARI may some great photo’s of the fabulous Far Cairn Rally.)
result in as much as a 40% reduction in the likelihood of
self harm after major trauma.
Far Cairn Rally #1
BMWTCNSW NEWLETTER 8 OCTOBER 2008
If you want to make tax deductible donation direct Spring time is for riding……
Cheques & Money Orders can be made payable to: Daylight saving is upon us starting 5th October this year,
I can’t wait for it and the first jaffle run. It’s on a Wednes-
"ST VINCENT’S HOSPITAL SYDNEY LTD. day and will run from Asquith through Bobbin Head to
TRUST FUND ACCOUNT MARI TF 880845 " West Head. Two more runs already in the calendar are
& addressed to: both on Friday evenings. Come to picnic or stay over!
ST VINCENT'S HOSPITAL FUNDRAISING November will be Little Wheeny creek just off Bells Line
390 VICTORIA STREET of Road near Kurmond and December approx 8kms
DARLINGHURST east of Wiseman’s Ferry on the Spencer Road.
Either crank up the jaffle iron or your own picnic hamper
and get out and meet other members at some of the
most scenic spots close to Sydney.
It is really pleasing to see how active our country mem-
bers are as well. Over half our membership is based
outside of the main CBD of Sydney. Port Macquarie
have a very active ride calendar and both Newcastle
and the south coast mob enjoy regular monthly social
sips and many day rides. We are a NSW wide club and
one based on touring – what better excuse could there
be for a ride somewhere.
…Far enough? …..there’s no such thing!
Andrew - President
The three Amigo’s, Charis, George and DU
with the Far Cairn behind marking the centre of NSW. MEMBERSHIP
40 years on and still helping riders wherever they meet them.
If anyone has not received their
Thanks to everyone who helped put it together. Now we new membership card,
have a date ready for next year - 19th September 2009, please contact Marie ASAP
put it in your diary and make sure not to miss it. firstname.lastname@example.org
0428 393 093.
13th September 2008
BMWTCNSW NEWLETTER 9 OCTOBER 2008
We recently had a weekend away to Nundle for a Xmas The start of the days ride was great with no rain to mar
in July( any excuse for weekend away). 9 bikes started the trip. At Beresfield BP a few keen riders turned up,
out from Kew on a cold but clear morning, the best sort Mick & Evan Furchett & Glen Brown from the Central
for a run over the mountain and by the time we stopped Coast, myself & Alan, Harold, Rob & Glen arrived to see
at Gloucester we had 3 more, 2 couples joining us from us off from here.
Sydney After catching up with everyone and a coffee or About 9.40 a.m. we headed for Gloucester along the
two and a lot of decision making about how many layers Bucketts Way, stopping at the Caltex for fuel in town,
we might need we headed up Thunderbolts Way. The from here the plan was to all meet at Comboynes Udder
weather was just perfect and everyone was in the cafe for lunch. The three tar riders went via Wingham &
rhythm when riding up a mountain range. We had de- Elands, myself & Al by dirt to Bundook & Elands, upon
cided to take a more picturesque and interesting way to entering the cafe we were greeted by the friendly satis-
Nundle by taking the Port Stephens cutting road. There fied smiles of our fellow travellers, as they had just fin-
is only a very short stretch of dirt(10kms) which every- ished their warming lunchtime feed, they left here to
one decided they would give a go. The road through the travel via Wauchope, Pembrooke, Kempsey & Macks-
cutting is bitumen steep and very tight corners but hey! ville to Taylors Arm.
this is the way of the pioneers .We loved it!!!! Dark clouds threatened our exit from the cafe, with rain
We arrived in Nundle in time for everyone to have a starting to come down, a fast mount up & ride saw us
good look at this wonderful unspoiled town. Two more through it shortly up the road, riding along back tar &dirt
arrived in the afternoon from the Blue Mountains( they roads we arrived at the pub on dusk. To be greeted by
had heard about our great weekends away) Our group the rest of the group, animatedly talking to Mick Collis,
of 27 took over the towns accommodation, filling the Neil Phillips, Postman Pat & one of our older members
Peel Inn Hotel, the motel across the road and even the Ian, who has a property near Bellbrook.
caravan park. We met in the bar before dinner and were After leaving our bikes & riding gear down at the digs for
entertained by the locals and warmed by the roaring the night, a short walk up the hill saw us entering the
fire. Our meal was the traditional Xmas affair complete warming atmosphere of the pub, surrounded by old arte-
with bon bons and hats. A great night was had by all facts, lanterns & photos from the past, the best feature
and our hosts were wonderful. Before heading home being the heat radiating from the pot belly stove in the
the next day ,because as we all know all great trips middle of the floor. After consuming a few liquid muscle
have to come to a end! We decided to string it out a bit relaxants & a meal ,conversation lent towards the days
and take a run up to Hanging Rock and have a look at ride & various other subjects, later to be told by the staff
the historic gold diggers graveyard and read about the they had to close to go to a 30th birthday party,
characters of that time ,long before machinery like GS adjourning to the verandah of the accommodation, Mick
1200 and heated hand grips! We headed towards Tam- quickly donned his tea cosy & started spouting of with
worth and up the "Moonby" and on to Walcha for lunch the rest of us for the next couple of hours, till tiredness &
before all cruising down our very own Oxley Highway the cold night air set in & we all crashed for the night.
and home. A last stop at Gingers & Wauchope saw the Next day an early breakfast & on the road again, myself
group go there separate ways until the next time we go & Al rode to Long Flat to be met by Mick, Evan & Glen
adventuring!!. Dale Feeney twenty minutes after stopping for a cuppa, we were told
the other three had gone a different direction, from here
it was rain all the way back to Newcastle, a great week-
ends ride with the enjoyable company of other riders.
Thanks for these two ride reports Dale and Peter.
You both make it sound like that there were plenty of
good times to be had by everyone who turned up.
My apologies to all those other people who sent in ride
reports and technical bits and pieces, that simply could
not fit in this issue. These bits have been filed away so
that I fill in gaps as they arise in future issues.
BMWTCNSW NEWLETTER 10 OCTOBER 2008
(Tooheys) held in place by tape, and the liquid metal
kneaded into the resulting cavity. This was left to dry for
24hrs when someone suggested a coating of Devcon
Damn, we just missed Fathers Day but would be good insurance. And thanks to Harry (I owe
maybe this is just perfect for Christmas…… you one mate), he very kindly lent me some. The
Rob Dunston from Motohansa gave me this to try out Devcon was mixed and applied to the liquid metal and
and see what I thought of one of his latest additions in dried into a smooth reflective coat. The taped alumin-
the range of handy bike tools and accessories. ium backing was left in place with the resulting "band
aid" holding for 4 days and 1249k, until a new alternator
cover was installed at Mt Isa. During this time it would
leak intermittently but this had become persistent by Mt
Isa and a few more hours on the road would have been
a bit of a disaster.
The problem appeared to be the liquid metal becoming
porous as it dried and a pin-hole in the Devcon coating.
It appeared that the liquid metal alone would have only
given me a few hours riding before it crumbled or rup-
tured under oil pressure.
I suspect that had the hole been filled with Devcon
alone, in say a series of layers left to dry between coat-
ings, the resultant patch would have lasted the life of the
bike. I understand that another rider reconstructed his
rear wheel bearing housing using Devcon.
The lesson for all - get one or two sets of Devcon and
First up the verdict – go and buy one! take them with you if there is a risk that you will be too
Secondly the report, this well made ratchet and multi far from rescue, spare parts or proper repairs. The stuff
angle tool is cleverly designed and small enough to fit in seems capable of small (and large) miracles such as
even the smallest of spaces under a sports bike seat. reconstructing metal parts and covering quite large
The tool comes with two magazines that screw into the holes, and it can be drilled and tapped. The package
handle – the tool and second magazine fits neatly in the claims it can bear a load of 2,500 psi and can be applied
blue pouch for stowage. to brass, stainless steel, iron, copper, aluminium and
Six torx bits and screw bits are concealed on one maga- pewter (not too many motorbikes are made from the
zine, the other contains six sockets. The two way ratchet latter anymore).
and any angle head make this ideal for those fiddly jobs I think I paid $18.50 for a set in Mt Isa - bargain for the
around handle bars, screens and fairings. hassles it might save.
With a RRP of only $45 you can’t go wrong – call Rob The overall ride was a ripper with two rallies done
and get one. Rating and Value **** (Border Run and OCR) at opposite ends of the country
…Far enough? …..there’s no such thing! within 5 days of each other. Rob Lovett
Andrew - President
Devcon - OCR Survival Item
This is a good tip Rob, a similar thing happened to me years
On the way to the recent OCR (about 10k from the rally ago, long before you could buy Devcon.
site), I was involved in a collision with another bike as Riding to the Castrol Six Hour at Amaroo Park in ‘78, some-
we were getting off the track to avoid a truck. My left thing shot out of the gearbox of the Honda Four that I owned
at the time. It was about 2” across and disappeared through
boot took most of the impact from the other bike which
the side of the full fairing… showering me in hot oil.
forced my (DR 650 Suzuki) gear lever through the alter- I continued to the Windsor Camp Ground and patched it up
nator cover resulting in total loss of oil and disabling the using the back pocket from my levi’s, two tubes of araldite and
machine. The hole was about 30mm by 25mm - quite some tire-wire off the fence. I let it set for the weekend, while
large and the impact was about as improbable as win- drinking with my mates, and on the Monday morning, removed
ning tattslotto or finding Lasseter's lost reef. all the wire strapping.
At the rally site, I was lucky enough to be loaned some When I traded the bike some 10,000 kms later it still hadn’t
liquid metal (can't remember the brand). The hole was developed a oil leak!! Just goes to show doesn’t it - that we do
covered over using aluminium cut from a beer can what we can to keep riding. (and that Honda’s don’t really
need all those fast moving parts.) Ed.
BMWTCNSW NEWLETTER 11 OCTOBER 2008
BMWTCNSW Christmas Party
WHEN: Saturday, 13th December 2008
from 12 midday
WHERE: Upper Kangaroo Valley Hall
Upper Kangaroo River Road
All financial members and their partners/families
are welcome. Food, soft drink, tea/coffee will be sup-
plied (dinner and breakfast).
If there are any special dietary preferences,
please let me know.
BYO camping gear (or stay in Kangaroo Valley),
chair, and swimming gear (great swimming in the river).
Image: Rob Lovett We’ll be running a small raffle again,
10th-12th October donations appreciated.
27th THUNDER RALLY
Held by Ducati Owners Club, NSW at Sheba Dams, near Reply is requested for catering purposes:
Nundle in aid of the Moorong Spinal Unit, Royal Rehabilitation
Centre, Ryde. BYO everything, firewood on site, catering by RSVP 1st December 2008
Lions Club. $25 inc badge and hot or cold drink on entry (or Marie Pennykid
$20 for pre-entries). email@example.com 0428 393 093
http://www.docnsw.org.au/files/Thunder Rally Form.pdf
18th-19th October Karuah Recon Run
24th KOSCIUSZCKO RALLY
Held by ACT BMW MCC at Geehi Hut camping area on the WHEN: Sat 17 January 2009
Snowy Mountains Highway between Thredbo and Khancoban. WHERE: Bank Hotel Dungog
$15. BYO everything, firewood provided. Toilets, rubbish bins
and drinkable water available on site. Proceeds to Canberra A great start to the year
Hospital Cardio-thoracic Unit's visitor's lounge refurbishment. with accommodation in the central area of Dungog,
PO Box 4042 at the:
Weston Creek ACT 2611
Bank Hotel (02 4992 1701)
Tall timbers Motel (02 4992 1547)
Royal Hotel (02 4992 3070)
31st October – 2nd November
14th ANNUAL TROUT RALLY Have a swim in the Williams River
Held by Tumut Valley Riders at Three Mile Dam, near the turn and a beer at the Bank
off to Mt Selwyn, approx 16kms east of Cabramurra. with lots of fellow members.
0424 042 275 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Contact Rob Lovett
Web: http://www.angelfire.com/in/tvrmc 0417 267 425 or 02 6296 1949 (ah)
21st – 23rd November
SR500 RALLY Check the club website
Held by the SR500 Club of Australia at Bethanga (East of Al-
bury). Contact SR500 Club for more details. Russell For updated details
0407327331 http://www.sr500club.org of upcoming club rides
or ring a regional coordinator.
BMWTCNSW NEWLETTER 12 OCTOBER 2008
32nd KARUAH RIVER RALLY
PINK RIBBON RIDE
WHEN: 13 – 14 – 15 February 2009 Proceeds will benefit the Cancer Council
WHERE: Frying Pan Creek Campsite WHEN: 18TH October 2008
off Frying Pan Road, Chichester State Forest,
via Dungog WHERE: Mid North Coast
The BMW Touring Club of NSW invites you to its Departs from McDonalds
32nd Karuah River Rally situated about 30 km north of (Corner of Pacific & Oxley Highways)
Dungog. Access from Dungog is via the Main Creek Breakfast from 9AM
Road between Dungog and Stroud, or the Wangat Trig Departs 10:30 SHARP
Road past the Chichester Dam turnoff. Directions will
be fully signposted from both these roads and a map All bikes, scooters and trikes riders welcome.
can be checked at the Bank Hotel, Dungog.
Dress up your bike,
The rally is for motorcyclists only; Dress up your self
cars are not permissible unless by prior arrangement. Dress up your man.
Cost is $20 per person (no pre paids),
and covers your badge and breakfast voucher. Prizes for:
Best presented bike,
Toilets are provided, with various BBQ sandwiches and Best club attendance,
soft drinks for sale on Saturday afternoon. Best dressed guy,
All other supplies are available in Dungog. Best dressed girl,
A raffle will be drawn on Saturday evening. Largest fund raiser.
Rally awards include: Longest Distance Male (solo), For further details
Longest Distance Female (solo), Oldest BMW Ridden to Contact Peter Feeney
the Rally, Longest Distance Pillion, Longest Distance 6559 8470
Sidecar, Oldest Combined Bike and Rider, Highest
Combined Club Mileage, Youngest Rider, Hard Luck
and other special awards. The Ancient Art Of Jaffle
Applications for distance awards WHEN: Friday 14th November
must be lodged on arrival with proof of travel
WHERE: Little Wheeny Creek
via the most direct route
(just off Bells Line of Road, Kurmond)
(eg license address, fuel receipts etc).
The organisers decisions will be final. Great picnic ground or camp ground.
Flush loos and lots of space.
The weather is always warm, and the rally site is one of
the prettiest in NSW. Access roads involve 14 k of dirt Come via dirt or tar – it’s up to you
from both sides of Dungog through beautiful, but get your best cooking gear and recipes
dense rainforests and rolling hills of the upper Hunter. and join the fun.
Take care on the way in, as there is one very tight hairpin bend.
Contact Rob Lovett on 02 6296 1949
(please leave a message) or Our resident poet laureate, Adrian Selwyn Smith wrote:
email email@example.com. I love curries
Note - for all e-mails please put Karuah in subject line. hot ones, mild ones,
good on a rally night
See also www.bmwtcnsw.org good for a first rally night
The BMW TC NSW acknowledges the valuable support great in a jaffle
good on a plate
of Forests NSW in providing us with the Chichester
goat, pig, lamb, moo cow, or fowl
State Forest campsite. Rally participants are asked to
respect and protect this valuable resource, its facilities
Ok it’s that time of year again for everyone to get your
and access roads.
best recipe out and come along to the
The standard of behaviour is left to the individual. great jaffle cook off at Little Wheeny Creek
We ask you not to spoil it for others Last year's winner Erik Anderson produced the goods
with Tandoori chicken, mango and yoghurt.
(and he's now jetting off to the USA !)
Late Spring Weekend Pub Run Great prizes for the one judged the best
( yes, you get honour and glory)
WHEN: 29th - 30th November 2008
There is nothing that can’t be cooked between two
WHERE: to Carcoar
pieces of bread, so start cooking now and get ready for
Leaving Bomaderry McDonalds @ 0930 the annual celebration of the
and Marulan @ 1100 Ancient Art of Jaffle
Make it an evening run or stay overnight.
Booking through Cheryl 0412 901 811
Contact Andrew for details: 0418 220 658
BMWTCNSW NEWLETTER 13 OCTOBER 2008
Check the club website : www.bmwtcnsw.org
for additional photographs and newly listed items.
MOTORCYCLES FOR SALE
BMW 1975 R90S.(daytona orange) 2005 BMW R1200GS For sale is a well cared for
Bike has matching numbers approx 11 months rego, 1200GS. The bike has been used for its intended pur-
new avon tyres 100%, full staintune system, boyer igni- pose of long rides around NSW and as transportation
tion, new bmw battery, recent gearbox rebuild, koni rear around Sydney. The bike participated in the 2007 GS
shocks, matching front and rear numberplates, tool kit, Safari and has otherwise been off-road on other limited
tyre pump, also have a huge amount of spares to suit occasions. Owing to my above average skill level and
(eg: set of 38mm dell's carbies, spare wheels, rims, new below average pace it has never been dropped ;-) The
rear rim, set of lester mag wheels, engine block (less bike comes with what’s pictured, except the Top Box
cam), spare front end, krauser panniers, brand new set (nearly unused original seat and rack will be re-
of bmw pannier frames (kit), original shocks, 3 x factory installed).
workshop manuals, 2 x after market manuals, asstd Accessories include; Touratech Hardparts at steering
brouchers, hand books, asstd magazines etc. Ring for lock and swing arm, PIAA Driving lights (professionally
more comprehensive list of spares. installed), Touratech Tankbag, Touratech Front Fender
I am open to all serious offers, would prefer to sell as a Protection, Aerostich Tank Panniers, BMW Engine Pro-
lot though, but if I have enough interest I will consider tection Bars, Jesse Luggage, Remus Carbon Fiber Can
selling spare parts separate. I can e:mail more pictures (stock pipe included).
if interested. (NO TEST RIDES & NO TYRE KICKERS). Only 26,000 Kms. Major Service just done. Currently
genuine reason for sale. fitted with street tyres. Rego through August 2009.
Ring Gary on: 02 6581 3806 (after 7pm) I am leaving the country, so it goes without saying that I
will negotiate. Asking $17,000.
Eric: NilsBMW@gmail.com 0414 895 230
1985 BMW K100 RS (dark blue). I imported it directly to
Sydney in 1989 when I emigrated here and It complies
fully and was last registered in 2003 and not again since
then. It is in excellent condition and I have all the papers
(including the original purchase invoice) and has only
done about 11,000 kms since new. It requires the care,
attention and love of a keen collector as whilst it is in
excellent condition it does have a flat battery and would
(I believe) require a full service - new oil, plugs etc - in
order to get it back on the road. It'd also require a pink
slip to get it re-registered. I have not been able to ride it
for many years and have finally decided [reluctantly] to
Mark Isaacs (W) 02 8874 1200 (M) 0412 49 11 49
2004 K1200GT Fender extender (front), Headlight
cover, Z technik V screen, Handle bar risers, Sheepskin MOTORCYCLE WANTED
seat cover, Andy Strapz 18ltr seat bag, Hepco & Becker
BMW 1150 GS OR 1200 GS In good condition.
45 ltr top box (colour matched), Classic towbar, All the
Travelled less than 100,000 KM.
BMW extras, 18,700km's, 12 months rego. $18,000.ono.
Contact Zack: MOB 0400141183
Contact Kim at firstname.lastname@example.org
BMWTCNSW NEWLETTER 14 OCTOBER 2008
APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP/RENEWAL
BMW Touring Club of New South Wales Incorporated
(Incorporated under the Associations Incorporation Act,1984)
The BMW Touring Club of NSW was founded in 1965, with an initial membership of 15 and we celebrated our 35th anniversary in October 2000.
The aim of the club is to provide a social medium for BMW riders and motorcycle touring. It is not necessary for you to own a BMW motorcycle to join
the club. There are a wide range of activities throughout the year, ranging from regular day rides, rallies (local, interstate and other BMW club rallies), runs
with interstate BMW clubs and camping weekends. We have gained a large number of trophies from our attendance at rallies. The club also has regular
maintenance days (where you can tap into a vast range of knowledge from our members). We have spare parts available at a slight discount for members
and a variety of special tools for use when servicing, repairing or replacing components. We also have social evenings, an annual presentation night/dinner
and a Christmas party. The club encourages family involvement in all events.
I,_______________________________________________ and _____________________________________________
(full name of applicant) (additional person/s)
Preferred Telephone Nos. 1) __________________________________ (2) ______________________________________
E-Mail __________________________________________________ Join the Club email list? (Circle one) Yes No
Motorcycle/s Make, Model & Year: _____________________________________________________________________
hereby apply to become a member of the above named incorporated association. In the event of my admission as a member, I
agree to be bound by the rules of the club for the time being in force.
__________________________________________________________ Date: ________________________________
(Signature of Applicant)
For New Membership only
(may be completed by authorised BMW Dealers)
(Full Name & Membership No. or Dealer stamp)
a member of the BMW TC of NSW, nominate the applicant, who is personally known to me, for membership of the BMW
TC of NSW.
____________________________________________ Date: _________________________
(Signature of Proposer)
(Full Name & Membership No. or Dealer stamp)
a member of the BMW TC of NSW, second the nomination of the applicant, who is personally known to me, for membership
of the BMW TC of NSW.
____________________________________________ Date: _________________________
(Signature of Proposer)
If an existing member introduced you: Introduced by: ________________________________________________________
Is this a Renewal, New or joint Application? _____________________________________ Mail to:
Joining fee $ 10 BMW Touring Club of NSW
Annual Membership $ 40 per year (for city or country memberships) PO Box 53
Total amount payable $_______ Rydalmere BC
NOTE: 1/ New members joining after 1st January will not be liable for their next annual membership until the end of the following
financial year (eg membership payed in Feb 2002 would not need to be renewed till July 2003).
2/ All membership fees are due by 1stJuly each year.
3/ Membership not renewed by 31st August will be considered as a resignation of membership, and
a new application will have to be completed.
(Make cheques and money orders payable to BMW Touring Club of NSW)
BMWTCNSW NEWLETTER 15 OCTOBER 2008
If undeliverable return to :
BMW TOURING CLUB OF NSW POSTAGE
P.O. Box 53 MAIL PAID
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• Late Spring Weekend Pub Run 29th - 30th November 2008
WHERE: Nowra to Carcoar, and back again
• The Ancient Art Of Jaffle Friday 14th November
WHERE: Little Wheeny Creek (just off Bells Line of Road, Kurmond)
• BMWTCNSW Christmas Party Saturday, 13th December 2008
WHERE: Upper Kangaroo Valley Hall Upper Kangaroo River Road
• Karuah Recon Run Sat 17 January 2009
WHERE: Bank Hotel Dungog
• 32nd KARUAH RIVER RALLY 13, 14 & 15 February 2009
WHERE: Frying Pan Creek Campsite off Frying Pan Road, Chichester State Forest, via Dungog
BMWTCNSW NEWLETTER 16 OCTOBER 2008