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Below is a detailed spec sheet for the new 1200 due out later in the year.

Some really interesting new features like, switchable ABS and Traction Control, new side mounted radiator, new inline twin engine and much more….

2010 Specs


Believe it or not but the BMW GS model has been in production for 30 years now so maybe we should celebrate it….

How about a 10 day ride from Bluff to Cape Reinga whereby at least 50% of the trip is done off road, and at least 50% of the nights are spent outdoors, in true adventure style.

Perhaps we can get each Area Rep to sort out a route through their respective districts, riders can come and go as they please.

Let me know what you think?????

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February Rides

February Rides consist of:

20th Saturday & option of 21st Sunday.

v      Tarbabies & Gravel Surfers:

v      Meet BMWOR top of the south members for lunch at “The Store”, Kekerengu.

v      GS riders come back through Molesworth, others via Blenheim, Wairau Valley, St Arnaud return route.

v      Option:  Rendezvous at Hanmer Springs for dinner and stay the night.  Alternatively, tarbabies come back through Inland Scenic Route.

v      Those wanting a shorter ride could split from the group ride and return via the Leader Valley/inland scenic route.

v      Depart Nor Wester Cafe Amberley, 9.00am.

28th Sunday

v      Brunch: Café De La Gare, Rangiora.

v      Meet at cafe @10.30 am.

v      Directions; Coming from Christchurch take 2nd off ramp and drive along Lineside Road (railway will be on your left) ride into town and when you get to the Mobil petrol station turn right and about 400m on the left hand side is the Café. (The old Railway Station)


We should all be supporting this as you never know, see details in letter

St John Ambulance

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Garry Williams, the editor of the BMWOR Newsletter is doing a feature on the Twizel Rally in the March edition.

If you have any good photos and/or stories about your experience at the rally then please forward both to Garry no later than Friday February 19th.

His e-mail is editor@bmwor.org.nz

Annual Rally Photos

The photos from the Annual Rally in Twizel are now up on our Flickr site.

To access  them follow the link under Media on the right hand side.

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Crossing the Nevis


If you are going to be down South in February you may like to tag along with the Otago/Southland Members on their “Lap-up a Latte with Lazy” ride on Sunday, February 7th.  Details attached.



BMW Mechanic

If anyone is wondering what happened to Pommie Jim, the mechanic from Canterbury Rides, he is now working for himself servicing BMW bikes from home.

You can call him on 021 302-172 or e-mail him at bms_2009@windowslive.com

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Tekapo Tamer 2010

For those of you who did not have enough excitement during the Annual Rally in Twizel, then this might tempt your taste buds.

TEKAPO TAMER is a two and a half day trail ride utilising up to 400 square kilometres of land between Lake Pukaki and Lake Tekapo, including the Army Tekapo training area plus adjoining private farms. The ride will be based at the Tekapo Army Camp and will involve a variety of marked trails up to 40km in length plus guided groups for the longer trails which are not marked.

The event starts on Friday 29th of January to Sunday 31st and is held at the Tekepo Army Camp.  Food, fuel and accommodation are all available at the Army Base.

I have been in contact with them to see if the site is suitable for the large 1200s and their comment is:

Your bike would probably get around over 80% of the tracks with no problem at all. There is one track that has some swampy bits on it so you will want to avoid that. The tracks will all be dry so the tyres will not be a problem. The only issue will be the lack of manoererability of such a large bike. However, I have been on adventure rides where the bikes are like yours and the tracks are much less rideable than those at Tekapo.

My recommendation is you should come and ride at Tekapo Tamer.

You can read more about it HERE and download the entry form below.


If you are interested in going please post your comment to this blog.  I’m keen if there are a few other takers.  Of course it’s a GS event only.


Attached is the full year calendar for the club, how does Warren and Lex manage to be so organised but full credit to them.

I will add the items to the calendar in due course but you can download a copy below.

Canterbury BMWOR Proposed Runs 2010


BMWS 1000 RR

BMW’s first Superbike is coming to Christchurch on Monday, January 11th.  You can view it at Jeff Gray BMW from 1800 to 2000 and it will also be in attendance at the New Zealand Superbike Championship at Ruapuna from January 16 – 17.

Welcome to planet power poster

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Double win for Justin

If you attended the Biketoberfest event on Manchester Street, then you possibly entered the draw for a BMW Helmet at Jeff Gray BMW.

Well the lucky winner was Justin Ryan, but as you can see in the photo, that was not all he won as it turned out he also won ……………………………………….

Helmet Winner

a Rodney Handshake!!!!!

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ACC Protests

Please print and complete the attached petition re the recent ACC hikes, the battle is not over yet.

ACC Petition


Christchurch ACC Protest Ride
Saturday December 5th

Register your attendance here.

Alright folks here it is, December the 5th there will be a protest ride starting from Izone Drive in Rolleston (there will be marshals to direct you to the start point) meeting from 10.30am.

The reason we are starting in Rolleston is that hopefully the Timaru and Ashburton riders will be attending.

We will be leaving around 12.00pm heading down Main South Rd, left into Main South Rd from the Sockburn roundabout, Riccarton Rd, Hagley Ave, Oxford Tce, Lichfield St then left into Colombo St and finishing in the square and we will take up the whole square. There we will be met by a few MPs and others.

It is time to step up the protes t and make some noise, yes traffic will be held up but we have to start making ourselves heard and seen, we have done the quiet protest now it is time to show the Christchurch public we are not happy.

I am also thinking of getting the learner riders and the scooters up front doing about 70kph. This will still be legal as the police still won’t help out but I am trying to get a meeting with the area commander for transport and say help out. I have heard there are some bikes with hazard lights if there is I need one to go right up front with hazards on, it would have to be a fairly experienced rider, if that is you can you PM me please so we can touch base and finalise it.

I have e-mailed all the clubs I can think of I will be heading to some bike shops to hand out up posters and have got in touch with some contacts in the media, so what I am hoping and expecting is that we can do better then the last rally’s as far as numbers is concerned. If you have t-shirts and banners then bring them and wear them, signs on your bike wouldn’t be a bad thing either. If anybody is keen we should head to the Wheatsheaf for a get together after the rally.

Kiwi Biker thread

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It seems quite a few of us are heading down to this year so can I suggest you make sure yol let Warren know your plans so we can possibly meet up while we are down there.  I see some members have added feedback under Rides and Social.

E-mail Warren at canterburybmwor@gmail.com.

We are staying at the Kackling Kea Backpackers and the last I heard they still had space available.  Their website is HERE.

I will be heading there on Thursday from Oturehua but heading throght to Frankton and down along Lake Wakatipu, if anyone wants to join me then just e-mail me at paybug@gmail.com.

Stay upright and see you all down there.


Firemans Calendars

Our firefighter member, Ray Pratt, is selling the Firemans Calendar.  Now this will appeal to any full blooded woman out there as it has 12 shots of semi naked Firemen (Ray not included).

You can either order online HERE or contact Ray on 371-3625 or ray.pratt@fire.org.nz


Please see attached for what is happening in November and December

November & December 2009 Rides Advice Notice


Hi All,

Warren and Lex have put together the following draft proposal for rides/events next year.

Please take the time to have a look and provide some feedback/suggestions/objections to any of the items mentioned.  It’s open to discussion until the end of November 2009 at which point it will be either modified (based on feedback) or locked in.

You can post your feedback in the Leave a Reply section below.

Canterbury BMWOR Proposed Runs 2010-1


Justin Ryan & Julia Maelzer are running a small backpackers over summer down on the Otago Rail Trail.  The city, town, village, collection of houses is called Oturehua and it is 25 k from Ranfurly.

Our backpackers is called the Crow’s Nest and we have a large shared dorm that can sleep 12 to 14.  Two self contained cabins (Jack & Jill) each with a double bed, small cooking facility, and bathroom.  We can fit in another single into the room but they are small cabins.  There is also a Bach (bit rough around the edges but warm and cosy inside).  This has a double and single bed.  Its own cooking facility (semi outside) but you must share the toilet and shower with the backpackers.  We also have a large tent site where we plan to host next years Easter ride called the Grass Monkey.

There is a great pub down the road who produce some excellent food.  This is run by Grahame & Liz Jones who are from Christchurch and recently moved down there.

Check out our website HERE for things to do, and as an offer to members we will provide a free continental breakfast (cereal, bread, juice etc) to all BMWOR Member.  Please let us know you are a member when booking.

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