Summer Edition 2018

Hello and Welcome

Dear Members,
Welcome to your summer 2018 edition of the Oxford Section newsletter.
We have had a very busy year so far with trip to Andalusia and the Isle of Man, several SNR’s to various places, and of course the regular Sunday runs all of which are covered every month in The Journal  the official BMW Magazine.
Additionally, our calendar continues unabated taking advantage of the glorious weather we are experiencing, with ride outs, SNR’s, ACU National Rally checkpoint at Carterton and bike nights galore ...
We are also making substantial progress with our sat nav users group with the first of a number of touch and feel sessions being held with local dealers, the first of which was at Bahnstormer in Maidenhead and a very successful event too!
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the members who take on the tasks that make the club the enjoyable experience that it is from leading ride outs, helping set up the gazebo at bike nights to the thousand and one things that need doing, a very heartfelt thank you.
The newsletter team wishes you a very safe and enjoyable summer
Dave Tomlinson
Social Secretary

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Meet The Member - Dave Shanks

To say that Dave Shanks is an experienced motorcyclist is a bit of an understatement. For many years he has been one of our most active members, regularly helping to organise events and taking part in them. It's quite a surprise that Matron still allows him out to play. 

Click Read More to find out how he does it.

Section Trips - 2018/2019
The Oxford Section has gained a reputation for organising great trips both home and away. The trips are generally become booked up very quickly. Things do change and cancellations happen so please keep your eyes peeled for Rosemary's emails giving details, of unexpected availability, if you have missed the initial booking opportunities.

Click Read More to find out what's available ...
More Oxford Trips >>

Backseat Riding – On The Back of The BMW R1200 GS/GSA!

One of the great strength of BMW motorcycles has always been that they are engineered to take two people in comfort, together with plenty of luggage. The BMW R1200 GS/GSA is the most popular motorcycle in the UK and here for the first time we bring you the view from the pillion seat - Backseat Riding a report by Catherine Moxey and contributors.
Read the Backseat Riding Report >>

We found this interesting website recently: Pillioness: Women Love Motorcycles Too! The site is written by a New Zealander, Liz Hardy and claims to be the ONLY motorcycle blog written from the back seat. Liz is a good writer and photographer and there are some entertaining articles from the pillion point of view. (Note for those riders that have not tried riding pillion recently it is MUCH harder than just riding the bike!).

Click Read More to access the Pillioness Website.


Facebook for Motorcyclists!

Social media is an integral part of our lives for many of us in the 21stcentury: there are reported to be about 45 million Facebook users in the UK out of a population of 66 million, or 68%! In the Oxford Section we have 151 members in our section Facebook group, just under 50% of members and associates, a very good number, but with some opportunity to recruit more members! One of the reasons for writing this article is to try and encourage members to give the Oxford Section Facebook group a try, and to address some of the concerns of members who have not yet dipped their toes in the water of Facebook, and to give them some help ...

More Facebook for Motorcycling >>

New BMW F850GS Review

One of our Oxford Section members, Iñigo Ys Mln, has recently reviewed the new BMW F850GS for his motorcycle blog: It's Riding Time. In summary Iñigo thought the F850GS was impressive: "It's not a R1200GS but it's not that far from it anymore. The new BMW F850GS now incorporates most of the technology its big sister has, which will make many people like me who ride solo, rethink the bike we ride". You can read the full F850GS review on It's Riding Time.

Read the F850GS Review >>

BMW System 7 Helmet Review

Is the BMW System 7 Helmet the natural successor to the System 6? Our resident 'early adopter', Andy Lawson, explains the features and benefits of the latest helmet offering from BMW Motorrad.

Click Read More to read his 'chin-dropping' review.

Read the System 7 Review >>
Dates for your Diary
16 - 19th August - Red Kite Rally.
Camping Weekend. c/o John Ottaway


19th August - Section BBQ.
White Mark Farm, 82 Hill Road, Watlington OX49 5AF contact c/o Dave & Rosemary Hicks,

19th August - Ride out to Section BBQ.
c/o Tim Bolderston. Meet at Chievely Services, M4/A34 from 10:30, leave at 11:00.

24th - 27th August - BMW Club National Rally.
Fire Service College, Moreton in the Marsh, see BMW Club Journal for details.


Click the Blue Button for the complete calendar of BMW  Club Oxford events.
BMW Club Oxford Events >>

BMW Motorrad News - North Oxford Garage

We have a new column in this newsletter - BMW Motorrad News. James McMinn from North Oxford Garage has kindly given us his news and thoughts on developments from BMW Motorrad and NOG.
Click Read More to open the full article ...

More BMW Motorrad News >>
Pit Stop - Places to eat and drink

What helps make the Touchdown Cafe more than a great place, for food, is that the cafe has a large patio area facing the taxiway of the airfield so that you can watch the aircraft taking off and landing.  Click Read More for details ...

The latest mission impossible stunts. Very clever, which is best the M5 or the RNineT?

Following in the long tradition of BMW product placement in films, a great video well worth watching. 

View Video >>
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