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’
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