See Upcoming Events for more details. 
**PLEASE NOTE: we are currently experiencing some difficulties with time zones in the calendar, causing some inaccuracies. Please check event details for correct event times. 

2017 CLUB RIDES:   RIDE LEADERS OR IDEAS FOR CLUB RIDES 2017 WANTED. Do you have an idea for a Club ride? The Committee is planning 2017 rides.  Destinations and routes are required. Talk to Garth or one of the Committee members at a meeting, or send an email.

How well do you know your BMW Motorcycle History? 

Milestones in BMW Motorcycles

- NOTICE OF UPCOMING SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING: To be held Friday 2nd December 2016, after the regular General meeting. Reason: to vote on proposed changes to the Club Bylaws. See below for details. 

- 2017 Club Calendar -  Photos required; CLOSING DATE FOR PHOTOS IS NOV GENERAL MEETING. Do you have a great photo of your bike (or another Club member's)?  Email it to Harry kertools@bigpond.com or bring to the Novemeber meeting on a USB stick.

-Clubs Australia Rally, Bright November 2016. LIMITED REGISTRATION ONLY still available -see below

- Do you want to help Kids at Christmas time?  MRASA are seeking marshalls (see Upcoming Events

-"FLATCHAT" available in Club Publications 
-See Upcoming events for more details of rides and club events. 
- Recently received publications are listed (see below)

Reports now in " Latest Events" 

Following discussion at Committee meetings, Len Sundstrom has drafted a suggestion of changes to be made to Clause 11 (c) relating to Club By-Laws.  This draft is intended to reflect the content of the changes and it is anticipated that details are to be finalised prior to voting by the  Membership on Dec 2. 
A copy of Len's proposal is available on the General Meeting minutes page. The current Constitution and By-Laws are available to download from the Become a Member page.  
If you have any questions, or require further clarification, please contact Harry Glocke.

Lunch was well attended by approx 35 people. Pleasant surroundings and good food made for a great event!


The following members were recognised at the 2016 annual club dinner for services to the Club, dedication, and for feats providing those memorable stories that will entertain us for years to come: 

Bill Brown Award /Clubman Award – Lee McPeake 

– For support and services to the Club

Vice Presidents Choice Award –
John McLarty 

 – For consistent attendance at Club events.


Hard LucAward – Lee McPeake  

Teapot Award – Josh Schiller

 – For coming off his Husqui in his back yard.

Golden Pen -  John McLarty

- For providing consistent reports for Flatchat


In recognition of continuous Club membership, badges were awarded to the following members at the 2016 Annual Dinner:

40 Year- Bailey Gifford 
& Len Sundstrom

30 Year – Carol Brown



20 Year – Andrew Chester     

10 Year – Dave Murray

Life Membership - Len Sundstrom 


On 14th July, BMWOCSA turned 58.  
The gathering at the German Club, Flinders St, Adelaide.  
In Harry's absence, Bailey said a few words and did the honours. Here's to another 58 years!
A good time was had by all.  Thanks to Jennifer for making the cake!  

BMWOCSA control point at 24Hr trial

The Swann Insurance 24 Hour Trial is known as Australia’s Ultimate Reliability Test and has a reputation as being one of the toughest events in Australia for motorcycle riders. Todd Barry was the winner for 2016, making it a hat-trick. For a full report on this year's event see: http://24hrtrial.com/web/
BMWOCSA control point 24

BMWOCSA successfully manned control point No.3 at this event . 
If you didn't attend, read about the fun in Latest Events.


BMWOCSA club members:
- Jo van Eyck for winning several awards at the Cape Bridgewater Rally!!!
- Brian Kowalik for returning from the Recent Alpine Rally in Vic with the "Pudding". See below for the legend of the Pudding....  


The story of the Pudding begins in about 1975 when Russell Payne [aka The Bear] from BMW MCC WA was staying with another bearded associate [Eric Janssen - Motorcycle Touring Club] in Adelaide and was preparing for his trip home. Packing a Big Sister Self Saucing Pudding as supplies seemed a good idea at the time, but as time passed, the same Pudding was carried to numerous destinations but never consumed.

Subsequently, as it aged, it achieved its status by being exchanged between riders, generally at the Border Run at the SA/WA Border, and carried to numerous destinations for a change of scenery.  Sadly, by the late 90's, the Pudding was showing its age and was subsequently encased in resin to protect it and those who were transporting it.  It has continued its travels over the years and is still a regular attendee of many motorcycle rallies and gatherings.

However there are rules to be obeyed:
- It must always travel by motorcycle, not by car [exceptions have been made for sidecars though]. 
-  If you are indeed desperate enough to want to eat the Pudding, you must first eat the tyres and seat of your bike washed down by its contained liquids before you have a go at the Pudding!

More recently the Pudding has taken on the guise of a money raiser in that individuals attending the Off Centre Rally, or similar gatherings, can bid for rights to transport the Pudding. The proceeds from these auctions are then donated to the Royal Flying Doctor Service to support their much needed assistance in the outback.
Content supplied by Bailey Gifford


Standard registration has closed, however  some "late purchase" registrations are still available. Late purchase ticket holders may not be provided with welcome packs or rally badges.  Link to ticket sales (via Eventbrite) is on the Rally website.

The rally is a National event, which is designed to promote fellowship and social interaction through a common interest of motorcycling and our love of the BMW Marque.  

Bright is well renowned as a spectacular part of Australia, with fantastic scenery and plenty of options for visitors.   It is a motorcycle friendly town and hosts a number of motoring related events throughout the year.   It has great roads and mountain trails for both on and off road motorcycles.  November in Bright is ideal motorcycling weather with an average temperature of 24c.   Bright boasts clear blue skies, sunshine and lots of starry nights.   Bright is renowned as the 'Gateway to the Alps'.    


''On Sunday the 25th of September, I did don my finest attire and joined men and women across the globe in the 2016 Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride to find a cure for Prostate Cancer and to help Men’s Mental Health. Over 1,300 men a day die of prostate cancer worldwide, and it’s time for that to end. Your donation will help The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride reach its goal of $US5 Million to fund research into a cure for a disease that claims far too many gentlemen each year. This is the best dressed way to fight prostate cancer and help improve men’s mental health – cheers and thank you!'' 

Event fundraising continues until the end of October,  so to support the cause and make a donation you can log onto the website via Peter's link https://www.gentlemansride.com/rider/luckypierre
and follow the prompts.

Thanks to fellow members of BMWOCSA for your support,

Peter Spry #1035

Some upcoming Non-BMWOCSA events that might be of interest:
-"Classics at Hart"- 100 years of Motorcycling in SA (Port Adelaide, SA October) 
- Volunteers required for the 2016 Toy run. 

See Upcoming events for more information

A range of national and international publications are received by the Club secretary and available for perusal/ borrowing for BMWOCSA members. Recently received:
BMW MCC Vic and BMWMOCGC magazines (online), BMW Drivers Club NSW, MRA, BMW Car Club VIC, BMW TC NSW..


THE AIRHEAD' - the free Electronic Magazine for lovers of all BMW twins from 1923 up to 1995.  http://www.theairhead.co.uk/

BMWRIDER:  A new platform for Motorcycle enthusiasts and BMW fans to find useful information and read interesting stories about motorcycles and the people behind them.  http://rider.bmwmotorrad.com.au/


Three Wandering Poms-  Linda Bootherstone
The Perfect Vehicle-  Melissa Holbrook Pierson
Two for the Road-  Shirley Hardy-Rix & Brian Rix
Jupiter's travels- Ted Simon
Dreaming of Jupiter-  Ted Simon
Illustrated BMW Motorcycle Guide- Stefan Knittel & Roland Slabon
Owners Workshop Manual K100 & 75 1983 to 1987 - Haynes
Owners Workshop Manual K100 & 75 1983 to 1989 - Haynes.

These books are available for current club members.  To borrow or to donate books/ magazines to the club, please contact Garth Daking (Captain) H: 8524 8142     E:  gdaking@ozemail.com.au   


The Club has been advised by the Senior Policy Officer of Safety & Strategy, Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) that European ECE 22.05 standard helmets are now legal to be worn by motorcyclists in South Australia, and these standards are approved for use in the majority of states and territories.

Also, provisions allowing a bicycle helmet to be used by a motorcycle passenger under the age of six years have also been removed.

For further information see The DoPTI websites (which are currently being updated.)


OK so you want some motorcycle reading, well this site will keep you busy for a loooong time.

We have permission to use this site and articles from it with the proviso that the owner and developer of it is recognised. The site is simply titled, "The Old Bloke", and he is none other than Elwyn Jordan, and, his very extensive read is http://theoldbloke.homestead.com/index.html



Courtesy can be contageous, try it.

On rare occasions on recent rides, lead riders have taken off without using their mirrors to ensure that the rest of the riders are still with him/her. In cities or larger towns the group can easily be separated by other traffic or traffic lights, and of course in the country, if the leader cannot see the group, how will he/she be aware of a breakdown or worse, an accident?.  So please watch out for your following rider, even on dirt, take time to look.

We must always be aware of our "DUTY OF CARE".


Rides are organised as a social gathering only, and in coming with us you ride totally at your own risk. Any personal injury or accident insurance is totally the responsibility of the individual rider.

The BMWOCSA invite you to participate in rides in express reliance on the following acknowledgements, releases and warranties:
    1. The BMWOCSA rides are social, and therefore none of the organisers or other participants accept any responsibility for the safety of riders and pillions participating in any of the rides.
    2. Motorcycling is an inherently dangerous activity and by its nature involves risks (both foreseeable and unforeseeable) of serious injury and/or death and/or property damage.

You warrant that:
  • you have a suitable level of expertise and riding skill to safely participate in any of our rides;
  • you have satisfied yourself as to the nature of the proposed ride;
  • the motorcycle you will be riding on is in a roadworthy condition;
  • you have carefully inspected it and you are satisfied it is in good order and fit for the ride;
  • if you are a pillion, your rider has sufficient expertise in order to be able to participate in the ride;
  • you will either not start on a ride or immediately cease participating in the ride if you feel you will be unable to safely participate;
  • you release, as far as permitted by law, completely and unconditionally the organisers and other riders from all liability, for any loss or damage and any claim on account of injury to the person or property or resulting in death arising out of or relating to the ride;
  • in participating in the ride you fully understand the above and participate in the ride freely and voluntarily without any threat or inducement assurance or guarantee; and
  • if you invite someone else to come with you on the ride, then you will make sure that they know and accept the matters set out in this disclaimer.
Again, remember, at all times, it is our  "DUTY OF CARE".


The BMWOCSA uses the "corner marking system" on Club rides. This ensures that all riders are informed about where to ride, without the need to carry maps. It also ensures that all riders will remain in the group and prevents any riders from being left behind. 


  • At the beginning of each ride, a Ride Leader and Tail Rider will be identified. The Ride Leader will ride in front and the Tail Rider will bring up the rear.  The Ride Leader and Tail rider stay in position during the ride. Others riders take turns corner marking and will change their position in the group as the ride progresses.
  • Approaching an intersection where the ride turns, the leader signals for the rider immediately behind her or him to "mark" the corner.  
  • "Corner Marking" involves that rider pulling over to the side just before the corner, in a clearly visible and safe position, and using indicator and hand signal to point out the turn to following riders.
  • When the Tail Rider arrives, he or she signals the corner marker either by sounding the horn or an agreed hand signal. The marker then pulls in front of the Tail Rider and continues.
  • With this system, all riders except for the Ride Leader and the Tail Rider will change position in the group during the ride. Once a rider advances to be directly behind the Ride Leader, he or she will become the next "corner marker". Depending on the number of turns on a ride, each rider may be the "corner marker" more than once. 
  • Once at the back of the group after being the "corner marker", riders should not try to overtake work their way up through the group to get to the front again, but rather let the natural progression of the ride occur to approach to the front again. Remember, this is recreational, not race riding.


The routes for these rides are not pre-planned events, 
but will be decided on the day by whoever arrives to take part. 
With this in mind, it may pay to have a 
"ring around" before arriving at the meeting point, or you may find that you are on your own.
We always try for new roads and destinations but unfortunately we have travelled most within about a 250 km. radius of the meeting point, so if you have what you consider to be a day ride/destination that could be of interest to your fellow members and visitors, please rock up at the Tower Hotel, 621 Magill Road, Magill, 5072 and lead us astray, we'd love that.

1. North:
Caltex service station, corner of Montague and Main North Roads, Pooraka, 5095.
2. Central:
Shell, Coles Express service station, 111 West Terrace, Adelaide, 5000.
3. South:
Shell, Coles express service station, 1477 - 1479 Main South Road, Darlington, 5047.
4. Midweek:
Tower Hotel, 621 Magill Road, Magill, 5072.
5. Trips that travel north towards Pt. Wakefield:
Caltex - 965 Port Wakefield Road, Bolivar, 5110. ( meet here only on 
6. Occasional meeting point:
The Civic Park, opposite Westfield Tea Tree Plaza Shopping Centre, 976 North East Road, Modbury, 5092.
7.  Last but not least, our monthly club meetings are held in the Atujara Motorcycle Club rooms. King Street, Penington, S.A. 5013 (Enter via Torrens Crescent).

Please be aware that rides may be cancelled at short notice due to inclement weather or for any other reason deemed neccessary by the Club Captain or the ride Co-ordinator. If you are unsure of an event, contact details can be found in this site under Contact Us.