2017 CLUB RIDES:   

5- MALLEE RUN. Meet Tower Hotel- 9.30 for 10.00 departure

2- CLASSIC RIDE. Meet Central- 9.30 for 10.00 departure

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. 

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. 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 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. 

How well do you know your BMW Motorcycle History? 

Milestones in BMW Motorcycles

-2016 Spring "FLATCHAT" available in Club Publications 
-See Upcoming events for more details of rides and club events. 
- Recently received publications are listed (see below)

- BMWOCSA AUSBRUCH RALLY at Gladstone Gaol: entry form now available in Upcoming events

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

We will be holding a Rally from 28-30 April at Gladstone Gaol. The gaol has been converted to provide accommodation and catering facilities and is ideal for groups. See Upcoming Events for entry Form. 

Andrew Chester, Historic Registrar, attended the Dec Motorcycle Reference Group meeting.  He provided the following feedback:

The Motorcycle Reference Group is an advisory body convened and hosted by DPTI (Department of Planning, TRansport and Infrastructure), providing feedback to the Department and hence to the Minister on motorcycling issues.
At meetings, DPTI and SAPOL are strongly represented together with participants from rider training, MTA, RAA, MRA, Motorcycling SA, Centre for Automotive Research, dealers and clubs.
The November agenda included the following:  
        1. Rider Safety Handbook
        2. Licensing Proposals
        3. Lane Filtering
1. Preparation of the new Handbook is well advanced
2. Changes to Licensing are progressing, S.A. is unique in not having any specific training for moped riders and a separate licence is proposed.
3. The main focus of the session was Filtering,a submission having been made by Tim Kelly of Ride to Review which the (BMWOCSA) Club did not support. Some claims in this were refuted by the spokesman from the Centre for Automotive Research, however the Department had prepared its own submission for the Minister which is broadly in line with interstate practice where filtering is sanctioned:
In S.A. Filtering is to be permissible "when safe to do so" by full licence holders and restricted licence holders, but NOT learners, moped riders (unless holding a 'R' licence). It must be carried out at a maximum of 30 km/h, but NOT during school hours, NOT in bicycle boxes, NOT in special purpose lanes(bicycle, bus, emergency stopping) or on the road shoulder.   

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

Some upcoming Non-BMWOCSA events that might be of interest:

- Max BMW to build a BMW R69S at New York Motorcycle Show. See https://blog.hemmings.com/?p=754512

18-19 Feb: Sellicks Beach Races. For more details see: http://www.levismcc.asn.au/replacement-sellicks-beach-races 

31st March- 2nd April "Far Cairn" Rally. See Upcoming events for flyer with info and entry details  

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.