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My BMW R100 RT Classic N603SGX
Brian Atkinson 24th October 2016
It was the year 2000 and it was love at first sight. I was in a motor cycle shop called Supreme Motorcycles located in Bexleyheath. I found myself staring back at the front window and was transfixed at the silhouette in front of me. I had just spent a fair amount of time sitting on a variety of modern BMW bikes to see which bike suited me. I was frustrated at the seat height of modern bikes leaving me sitting there with my feet on tip toe. Clearly too dangerous! I dearly wanted a modern BMW since I was a member of the BMW Club with an old BMW R65RS.
Moving slowly towards this silhouette it was clear this 1995 BMW belonged to the earlier generation of bikes and yet it was straight out of the show rooms. The chrome and paintwork were immaculate. Whoever owned this bike must have kept it in cotton wool. There it was standing in the front window absolutely pristine and yet it had not been sold. Why!! This bike was clearly a bargain. I then heard it had only just been brought in for sale. I guess it was a case of being in the right place at the right time. Sitting with my feet flat on the floor and cocooned within the giant fairing proved so enthralling I decided there and then this was the bike for me. Next thing I was driving around the country lanes. I simply could not believe I was the owner of such a fantastic bike. The comfort and power was something I had never experienced before and I had to keep kicking myself how lucky I was.
Driving to a BMW ride-out I happened to bump into John Hicks who said he previously owned my bike. There he was riding the latest model and already beginning to regret part exchanging his new steed for my R100RT. He then surprisingly turned up one Sunday on a BMW R80RT. It was a similar year to mine and he rejoiced getting back on an earlier model.
In 2001 my pals Alan, Roger and Colin agreed to a bike trip to Morocco. This was the beginning in which the BMW during the next 15 years was to cover some 60,000 miles throughout Europe. It is hard to believe it never broke down whilst touring. However, it did let me down on one occasion on the outskirts of Bromley. The fault turned out to be a choice of an item costing £13.00 or an item costing £135.00. You guessed it £135.00!!
The next big trip was touring Russia. Initially I nursed a slight anxiety of wondering whether the cause of the original fault was still loitering within the bike. Luckily this anxiety proved unfounded. Now with growing confidence in my bike there was a long trip to the North Cape, the top of Norway taking about 3 weeks. There then followed similar 4000 mile round trips to Albania and Bulgaria which meant taking the reliability of the BMW completely for granted.
Finally in 2016, whilst touring the North of Spain with my pal Alan I became aware the bike was beginning to get heavy. Clearly the bike was not getting any heavier it was something to do with me reaching the grand old age of 80. Perhaps it’s time I should think about parting company with my very good friend. A bowls club member, Mike Sanders over heard me saying I’m thinking of selling my bike. He immediately asked me for first refusal. My son Martin soon restored the bike back to its original condition. Again, it was a case of love at first sight. There was Mike driving off into the sunset and me wondering whether I have done the right thing. At least I know my very loyal friend has found a good home.
Although it is a very sad occasion there is a silver lining. My baby Kawasaki 550GT now comes out of retirement.
With Alan Reynolds North Spain 2016
After 35 years the The BMW Club Oirschot called time on their annual Easter BMW Motor Weekend.
Our members from the South East Section have attended this from 1991 and we have had a heartfelt welcome at each one. The work they put in to ensure we all have a great time, the quality and variety of the entertainment and food has been outstanding.
This year we had 13 members there, The Blissets from Nottingham, Myself, (Shaun) and Brenda trundling over with the Outfit and others following Ian Campbell. Traffic by Antwerp had a Bank Holiday feel to it.(stop/start) but at least the weather was good.
Their local Band entertained us on Friday, a Disco on Saturday and a very good Singer/Musician on the Sunday. On Sunday morning we were serenaded through our breakfast by a beautiful singer complete with musical lamppost! Mars in her Easter chick outfit accompanied by the Easter Bunny also amused us.
You need to view our website to appreciate all this.
Some of us completed the planned run on Sunday, Brenda and me followed by "Skip on Tour" (check out on facebook) stopped at the Oirschot bar for lunch.
We were not awarded the Grootste Club trophy this year (largest group attending this year was Southern)
but our George went home with Oudste Zelfrijdende Deelnemer (again)
The Sunday night was memorable, singing together "Those were the Days" as we waved our BMW Club Oirschot hankies, specially done by them to "wipe our eyes". Yes they were used!
They say this is the last time "in this format" so hopefully will plan something we can join in with, possibly even help with.
I was nominated to hand over a picture (our Jaquie Lippiet had put together using photos members supplied) and thanked them for their hospitality over the years. We will keep in touch.
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