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  • 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.

  • 02 Jun 2015 15:21 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Zundschlussel Ride will be a rally of
    Classic motorcycles from Sydney to Melbourne
    from the 11-16 October and there will also be an
    associated car run with a combined display in
    Sydney on 11th October prior to the run and
    finishing up at the Phillip Island MotoGP a week
    later. The rally is open to Classic BMW
    Motorcycles from 1930’s to 1970’s whose ignition
    switch is in the headlight and that have drum brakes.
    The classic rally will cover distances of around
    200–300km per day. A website has been
    established: www.bmweventnsw.com.au to
    keep people up to date. All invited to this event.
    There will also be a car run from Sydney to
    Melbourne, in conjunction with the release of the
    new 3 series, over the same time period. The car
    run may use the same daily overnight stops as the
    motorcycles. There will be a different daily drive
    route for the cars.

  • 02 Jun 2015 14:52 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Thanks to Ewen Macgregor of Horizons Unlimited, here is a link to Issue number 6 of Motorcycle Explorer.

    "Life on 2 wheels is a life well spent"

    Motor Cycle Explorer Issue 6

  • 29 Apr 2015 08:31 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Following the May Club General Meeting we will have a short presentation from Perth resident and new club member, Jigme Dorje (F650GS), born in the lap of the Indian Himalayas.

    "Growing up riding bikes, travelling like a nomad in the Himalayas has given Jigme much freedom and peace.  He wants to share that with fellow Australian motorbike riders this August through the opportunity to engage in a profound experience journeying through the most majestic and uplifting country in the world.

    Jigme's family are well known in the Himalayas; there have even been books written on them.  His sister Khandro Thrinlay Chodon Rinpoche is an internationally respected Buddhist meditation teacher who has led many tours to the Himalayas and sponsors many humanitarian projects there through her charitable foundation, Khachodling.  His older brother Jampal runs an established adventure tours company in India, which has catered to the special needs and requirements of guests for 20 years.  Both have assisted Jigme in making the 'Open Heart Open Road' dream a reality."

    Jigme will present on his life experiences riding bikes in the Himalayas and his upcoming tour at the BMW GM at the Vic Park Hotel Monday May 11, 2015

    Members and guests welcome

    Links to the tour page, video, and itinerary are found below:









    2-3 spots are still open for this once in many lifetimes opportunity!

  • 22 Apr 2015 20:04 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Our friends in the BMW MCC VIC are celebrating their 40th Anniversary this year, you can read more about it in the special edition of their May 2015 BeeEm Magazine. With over 700 members it is the largest BMW Motorcycle Club in Australia and their Magazine is always an impressive production.

    You can find their magazine in the Newsletters Section of our Website

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