2018 CLUB RIDES:   





See Upcoming Events for more details. 

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. The Civic Park: opposite Westfield Tea Tree Plaza Shopping Centre, 976 North East Road, Modbury, 5092.
6. Our monthly club meetings are held in the Atujara Motorcycle Club rooms. 10 Torrens Crescent, Penington, S.A. 5013. Drive in and park in the yard 
Please be aware that rides may be cancelled at short notice due to inclement weather or for any other reason deemed necessary 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. 


World premiere of a new BMW Motorrad bike at LEGO World in Copenhagen. As part of the cooperation with LEGO to implement the R 1200 GS Adventure in LEGO Technic, the two companies developed a futuristic design concept based on key BMW Motorrad elements such as boxer engine and GS flyline. The entire process was captured in a short documentary called Beyond Borders

Beyond Borders- The BMW Motorrad LEGO bike

- minutes from the AGM and the August General Meeting are now in General Meeting Minutes
- COMING SOON: PHOTOS from Ratification day for Historic Registration held on 30TH JUNE
- If you're a renewing member, come to a General meeting to receive your commemorative Key fob - see below 
- Summary of recent rides in Latest Events. More details of the rides to be available in future Flatchat magazines.
- 2018 Second (May) "FLATCHAT" in COLOUR is now available in Club Publications  
- Recently received publications are listed (see below)
- read about the new BMW race bike HP4 Race (in websites of interest below)

If you have not yet renewed your membership and have a historically registered motorcycle, note that your registration has lapsed until you renew your Club membership.  Please check your records!! 

To celebrate the BMWOCSA 60th birthday, 2 gatherings took place:

1.  Sat 14th July: Black Tie dinner at the 24 hour Event Control point. 
2. Sun 22nd July:  Lunch at the Watershed Cafe, Mawson Lakes. 

BMWOCSA control point at 24Hr trial and Black Tie dinner

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. 
BMWOCSA  manned a CONTROL POINT East of Truro. 
BLACK TIE DINNER: As well as supporting the event by manning a checkpoint, the Club held a Black Tie dinner to celebrate the Club's 60th birthday at the checkpoint.  

LOST PROPERTY:  did anyone lose a thermos lid at the 24 hour event?  If so, its at the Clubrooms waiting to be reclaimed

Our club turns 60 the 14th July 2018. Congratulations and thanks to all present and past members for helping the Club to get here. Without you there'd be no club!
To celebrate the occasion the Committee have organised a commemorative Keyfob to be presented to all renewing members. Come to a General Meeting between now and the end of the year or the Ratification Day to receive yours if you're a renewing member.   


John Sargent for winning the oldest combined bike and rider award at the recent Pegasus (CMA) Rally.  

BMWOCSA club member Simon Turvey as part of the Australian team in the GS trophy 2018 in Mongolia on achieving 10th place!  For more info see: 

John Sargent  for winning the Show and Shine at the Halls Gap Rally
Karen Fitzgerald for the longest distance pillion rider at the Halls Gap Rally
Tyler Cushion: best BMW at Classic Bike Show Macclesfield 5th Nov.   www.lionsclassicbikeshow.org
Felix Schiller for best European bike to be displayed at the Eudunda Show Old bike display on 12th November:   http://eudundashow.org.au/2017/eudunda-show-old-bike-show-n-shine/ 


The following members were recognised at the 2018 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 – Len Sundstrom

 – For work on the Historic Register and organising Runs and Displays

Presidents Choice Award – Andrew Chester 
– For work on the Historic Register


Hard LucAward – Mark Tilka

 – For not breaking a 30 year old Throttle cable 

Teapot Award – Bailey Gifford 

- For booking accommodation at Sorrento in Italy instead of Victoria 

Golden Pen -  Garth Daking

Writers Award-       Stephen Mutton

- For providing consistent reports for Flatchat


In recognition of continuous Club membership, badges were awarded to the following members at the 2017 Annual Dinner:

10 YEARS -
Di Bates  
Garth Daking

Felix Schiller 
Les Potter (presented at the August general meeting)
Tom Griffin (presented at the November General Meeting)   


The proposed changes to Clause 11 (c) relating to Club By-Laws were approved at the Special Meeting on 2nd Dec. These are finalised and the amended Constitution is available.    If you have any questions, or require further clarification, please contact Harry Glocke.


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


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..
Please contact the Club Secretary to obtain these to read.


BMW HP4 Race bike- handcrafted and described as the most exclusive and best BMW motorcycle of all time.

THE AIRHEAD' - the free Electronic Magazine for lovers of all BMW twins from 1923 up to 1995

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.)



A BMW belonging to a club member's family was stolen on 1st October from outside his home in Birkenhead.  
Description : Black 1989 model BMW R80 (naked bike).  Featuring nonidentical exhaust mufflers (one muffler was a new after market replacement ), mono-shock. 
Odometer approx. 87/88,000 kms and Rego-S51AUZ
Just wondering if you could keep a look out & spread the word. If you have any information, please contact a Committee member to pass on the relevant Club member. 

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.

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