Welcome to the BMW MCC WA


  • 20 May 2016 08:03 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hi Guys

    I am holding another of my  free Ride Right Course at Mirrabooka on Saturday 28th May from 9.00am – 12.30pm thanks to the the City of Stirling

    This is a theory course that has been designed to develop or improve the mental skills required for safe motorcycle riding.

    The course includes hazard perception, reading the road, reading other road users, common mistakes that riders make, emergency braking, counter steering, emergency steering, the latest in motorcycle technologies and more.

    I have attached the course flier and registration form

    Ride Right flyer Stirling May 2016.pdf

    Ride Right registration Stirling 2016.docx

    For any additional information please feel free to contact me.

    This course is open to anyone, so please feel free to spread the word or bring a friend.  



    Dave Wright


    Motorcycle Riders Association of W.A. Inc.

  • 21 Apr 2016 22:10 | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    A great video from "On Two Wheels" or fans of either bike.

  • 31 Mar 2016 22:41 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The BMWCCV has organised a tour to Germany in September 2016 & at this stage they have approx. 13 confirmed bookings  However, they need a few more to make this tour viable - minimum 15, but preferably 20 plus!

    The tour is in part, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of BMW in Munich and also an opportunity to take part in an exceptional tour through five European countries & including:

    - tickets to major motorsports events including Monza F1 GP & GT3 Endurance race at Nurburgring,

    - tours of some of Europe’s best motoring and transport museums. 

    - drive through the Swiss Alps - including Stelvio pass!

    - enjoy personalised tours of the sights of Milan, the Italian Lakes District, Munich, Cologne and much more! 

    - Partners can choose optional programs. 

    You are invited to partake of this  exceptional tour, combining the magnificent sights and sounds of Europe, the opportunity to drive some iconic locations in your choice of car, and the once in a lifetime BMW anniversary event in Munich from 9th to 11th September! 

    Their club has extend the booking window until Friday 8th April and asked us to extend the invitation and promotion to our members.

    For details or to esquire contact:

    Rodney Smith,

    President | BMWCCV

    Life Member

    Phone: 0418 532610

    Email: president@bmwccv.com.au

  • 31 Mar 2016 22:40 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    News just in from David Wright of MRA

    Hi Guys

    Tomorrow the Minister for Road Safety will announce that European certified helmets (ECE 22.05) can be legally worn in WA along with some actions from the Government Review into Motorcycle Safety.

    I have been invited to the press conference with the Hon Lisa Harvey and Kim Papalia (Commissioner for Road Safety)

    There will be a report in tomorrow West Australian newspaper and coverage on the TV news tomorrow evening.

  • 10 Mar 2016 21:12 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    TPMS - Tyre Pressure Monitoring System

    Installed on many BMW bikes from mid 2000's

    RDC / TPMS provides the rider with information on the current tyre pressure. The data is supplied by radio sensors in the Schraeder tubeless valves fitted to the wheels. These sensors are powered by a lithium CR2032 battery with a life span of around 5-7 years. When the batteries start to fail the TPMS will take longer to come on and show a reading. This is a tell tale sign your batteries are on the way out. If one fails change both as the other can't be far behind.

    My R1200GSA is a 2009 model, 7 years and my sensors recently stopped working. This leave you with the annoying yellow triangle which you cannot get rid of until the sensor problem is fixed. It comes as a shock to learn that new sensors cost around $200 AUD and having a pair fitted is likely to cost in the region of $600. So can you do it for less?

    I embarked on the journey of trying to do just this and after many set backs and a lot of learning I have succeeded. So I wanted to share the learning with you and let you know that you can remedy this annoying problem for the princely sum of $13 AUD per pair and a bit of your time and effort. Oh you also need access to at least one, possibly two neat tools that the club should be able to facilitate. these being the GS-911 can bus interface and the Ateq VT15 TPMS reset device.

    First a couple of myths dispelled. 

    - the sensors switch off automatically when the bike has been stationery for more than around 15 minutes. This conserves battery life. They cannot be turned on by waving a magnet around them. They are re activated when the bike is moving and when rpm passes around 20-30km/h.

    - sensors can be tested outside the tyre / before fitting. They do not require pressure to be activated. This is where the Ateq VT15 wake up tool comes in to play. It produces the correct radio frequency to waker the sensor which will then transmit to your on board dash IF it has previously been paired to your bike.

    - your on board computer will not register a TPMS sensor that has not been paired (introduced) to the onboard computer. To make this introduction you need a GS-911

    So my sensors failed and rather than fork out for new ones I tried buying some of the $20 units offered up on eBay from you guessed it China. Well suspecting some might not work and thinking that if they all did I could sell the extras I bought 4. they arrived about a month later $80 AUD delivered.

    These sensors appear to be the genuine Schraeder OEM ones, albeit I suspect they are old stock or second hand units. I also found all 4 had flat batteries despite the guarantees offered on the vendors advertisement. Have you ever wondered why delivery from China takes so long? I suspect it takes just long enough for your window of time to lodge negative feedback on eBay to expire!.

    So this prompted me to try and replace the batteries in the sensors. Which turned out to be surprisingly easy.

    First remove the silicon/rubber coating over the battery compartment. I used the can opener on my leatherman, no kidding it worked perfectly.

    Then remove the CR2032 battery using the tip of your pocket knife or a flat blade screwdriver to break the toy spot weld holding the tabs to the battery. There is one on top, visible, and another underneath that you only see if you pry the battery up on one side.

    Next buy replacement CR2032 batteries WITH solder tabs, available for $2.45 from Jaycar.

    Fit the battery by inserting the sensor tabs between the battery solder tabs and battery body. Then use a small clamp to hold the battery down in position and use some epoxy from the local hardware store to set the battery in position. alternatively you can simply cover the battery with a non conductive strip of plastic or similar and hold in place with fine zip ties (Pete's method - proven successful). 

    Now if you have replaced the batteries in your existing sensors you only need to refit them and clear the TPMS fault codes in your on board PC using the GS-911. If however like me you are fitting newly reconditioned or different sensors you will first need to pair them to your on board computer. To do this you need the GS-911 and the TPMS wake up tool the Ateq VT15.

    First connect the GS-911 to your bike and clear the existing TPM fault codes. Next place the TPMS system into learning mode (using GS-911) and then activate the new sensors using the Ateq VT15 (in or out of the tyre) I did this outside the tyre to be sure all was ok before fitting the sensor in the tyre. The next picture shows me testing this before epoxying the battery in place. I then tested it again before fitting to the tyre to be sure.

    Pairing takes a couple of minutes and then up come the pressure readings. on your dashboard. 

    Price for replacing my sensor 2,45 for the battery $8 for a tube of 2 pack epoxy (clear). Plus some effort to remove the tyre and fit the new sensor. I have not needed to fit the second sensor yet as mysteriously when the rear was fixed the front decided to come back to life, so I will wait and change it when I have to replace the tyre in a month or two.

    The process really was quite easy and very satisfying once the correct steps were determined and the right tools were available. 

  • 11 Dec 2015 17:13 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    One of our enterprising members Brian/5 Harvey put together this 2016 calendar using images he had collected from the clubs 2015 rides and has made it available to us. Some of the descriptions could benefit from expansion but if you were on one of those rides you will probably recognize the locations and recall the trip. Great photography, well done Brian.

    Calendar BMW 2016.compressed.pdf

  • 17 Sep 2015 09:39 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Club Membership cards have been produced and are ready for collection.

    You can pick yours up at Catalano's on Sunday mornings or at the next Spadille Social in October. 

    Country members will receive their cards by post.

  • 17 Sep 2015 09:07 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    My son put this short movie together for a school project. I wonder if I can persuade him to put together a club history or some other club event movies ?

    Thanks to Nev (Spacey) for giving him some advice and guidance.

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