Box­ers and beyond

If you are into Bavar­ian bikes, The BMW Club is the one for you ‘Ac­tiv­i­ties were pub­li­cised through a hand-typed news­let­ter’

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Riding - By Justin Hayzelden

With a mo­tor­cy­cling her­itage that goes back some 90 odd years and a cur­rent line up of models that reg­u­larly fea­ture as ‘best in class’ and ‘top 10 sell­ers’ it should come as no sur­prise that BMW are the fo­cus of the UK’S largest in­de­pen­dent sin­gle make own­ers club.

The BMW Club was set up in 1951 by a group of like-minded en­thu­si­asts from South Lon­don who com­mu­ni­cated their so­cial and sport­ing ac­tiv­i­ties via a hand-typed news­let­ter called the Jour­nal. This proved to be an ef­fec­tive way of at­tract­ing new mem­bers, and as the cir­cu­la­tion grew re­gional groups formed - to­day there are 15 ac­tive sec­tions cov­er­ing the whole of the UK, North­ern Ire­land and Eire.

Each re­gional sec­tion holds a weekly meet as well as or­gan­is­ing events through­out the year, rang­ing from lo­cal ride­outs to week­ends away and in­ter­na­tional tours. Of course, all the ac­tiv­i­ties are pub­lished in the Jour­nal – which is now colour and glossy rather than put to­gether on an old Im­pe­rial type­writer – as an in­vi­ta­tion to any mem­ber. There is reg­u­lar in­ter­ac­tion be­tween sec­tions and for many peo­ple, rid­ing to var­i­ous meets around the coun­try is what mem­ber­ship is all about. In ad­di­tion there are spe­cial­ist groups to cater for spe­cific in­ter­ests, namely the GS, Sport­ing, Side­car and Clas­sic & Vin­tage reg­is­ters. One way or an­other The BMW Club rep­re­sents the full range of BMW mo­tor­cy­cles, from vin­tage air­heads to the lat­est GS Ad­ven­ture and S1000RRS.

As any­one who has worked on a BMW can tes­tify there are cer­tain jobs that re­quire spe­cial­ist tools, and to that end the club op­er­ates an ef­fec­tive tool hire ser­vice. Any­thing from a vin­tage cylin­der head span­ner to an elec­tronic di­ag­nos­tic box for the lat­est bikes is avail­able and a wealth of tech­ni­cal ad­vice is on hand for any model from any era via the web­site fo­rum.

Week­ends and tour­ing trips are all part of the fun The club wel­comes Beemers of all eras

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