About the Register

The BMW Owners Register Inc. of NZ is a national motorcycle club catering for anyone who has an interest in BMW motorcycles, old and new. There are weekly and monthly gatherings in all regions, with major rallies for the whole club organized throughout the year. A monthly newsletter is also distributed containing many interesting stories, articles and details of upcoming rides and rallies. BMWOR actively organises and supports many motorcycle events.

For more information, see the “About BMWOR” page.

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NZ Distance Riders Newsletter

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Herding Cats

Well, I didn’t know this would work until I tried. Here are Auckland members departing Waipu after lunch at the Pizza Barn.

Lead rider Tony has my sympathy: I know how diabolical bikers can be to organise… .

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2017 Rally

Screenshot from 2016-06-21 21-57-45There is a downloadable Registration Form now available at:


Print it, fill it in, then either post it or scan and email to the address on the form.

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AON insurance news

BMWOR members with Aon insurance policies due for renewal after the 1st March 2016 will have recently received a letter from AON insurance.

Aon has provided the following as background on the relationship that has developed between Aon and the BMW Owners Register of New Zealand.

John Baker Insurance Brokers Ltd (now no longer in existence) sold its business to Aon in 2007, so now over 9 years ago. Up until this year, the majority of motorcycle insurances have been arranged through Star Underwriting Agency. The backing underwriter behind Star has for many years been Lumley General Insurance, however, when Lumley was purchased by IAG, Star converted their portfolio to Vero Insurance.

In the best interest of our clients, and with BMWOR members in mind, Aon has in conjunction with NZI created a fresh and new policy wording. The “best of the best” wordings have been combined to provide a market leading policy wording.

In the past Aon has been pleased to support the annual rally/AGM with a prize/donation toward this event and we thank you for your reciprocated support by referring new members to us. We are naturally happy to quote existing members not already with us.

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BMW GS Rallye Cover

Saturday 16th APRIL at Raglan

Celebrating 35 years of the motorcycle that defined Adventure Riding, open to all brands.

The magazine that kick started adventure riding in New Zealand is again combining with BMW Motorrad NZ to bring you a true big-bike friendly event, the BMW GS Rallye. Ride HQ is the Raglan Club, right in the centre of this picturesque seaside town. Organiser of the event is Kiwi Rider magazine with the support of BMW Motorrad NZ. Event coordinator is John Nicholson who has run 10 BMW NZ safaris and many other events.
Click this link for the online entry form.
More info on AdventuresNZ web site.
Adventure enthusiasts share the good news with your friends and join us on Facebook.

BMW GS Rallye

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New Executive Committee

After the 2016 AGM at Hanmer Springs, the BMWOR Of NZ (Inc) Executive Committee will be:

  • President: Garry Williams, Canterbury
  • Vice-President: Grant Aislabie, Auckland
  • Secretary: David Ross, Wellington
  • Treasurer: Robin Wood, Rangitikei
  • Membership Secretary: Folker Liebenow, East Coast
  • Committee Member: Dale Grover, Nelson
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Impromptu Ride – Martinborough to Tora – Southern Wairarapa Coast


Monday 21 December was the start of the summer break for at least one member who had missed out on all of the Impromptu rides during the year. The day was fine and sunny with the promise of temperatures in the late 20s in the Southern Wairarapa, it did not disappoint getting to 27 degrees on the road between Martinborough and Featherston in the afternoon.

Four riders gathered at the Caltex Rimutaka for the 09:00 departure Dave O, Stephen O, Kevin B  and Peter N. The ride over the ‘Mountain’ was uneventful as was the ride through to Martinborough to meet up with Peter Tibbs and Paul Marshall. This was something of a new experience for Tibsy or an experience not enjoyed for decades – riding as a pillion passenger! Tibsy was currently ‘between’ bikes which he will no doubt explain at a future time.

This ride was essentially a re-introduction to gravel for 2 of our riders who are both booked to ride on Tibsy’s 10 day post National Rally tour of the South Island. The ride to Tora on the coast north of White Rock started with a ride up Dry River Road onto gravel for the ride through to White Rock Road. Stephen O took off ahead of the main bunch and took some great photos of the guys riding to go with the usual static pictures. We turned on to White Rock Road for the sealed ride to the Tora Road turn off. Tora road is pleasant hard packed relatively flat wide road down to the coast ideal for the re-introduction to gravel. The road was dusty and the wind wiped this up at times coating everything including the GoPro lens. The land is dry and it would not take much to start a massive fire.

Tibsy ‘s  eye witness account of a great escape  – While riding pillion on Dave O’s very nice R1200GS over a very interesting section of gravel road at a tidy clip I had the good luck to witness a great escape. Dave had taken on the role of tail end Charlie, and immediately in front of us was Paul M. Now Paul has ridden many thousands of km’s on the tar but never on gravel roads. Paul and I have spent some time discussing ways of riding on what some people these days would describe as the wild side of riding.

Now I am watching Paul getting along on his R80RT at a very good pace thinking you are doing very well Paul but don’t forget what we have been talking about, when all of a sudden Paul ran off the road half way through a downhill right hander. Paul took to the long acre. The going here was pretty rough. The grass was close to two feet tall and thick. There was no show in seeing what the bike was running over. The R80RT started leaping in the air and rapidly getting very untidy. Grass and lumps of dirt were flying in all directions. I thought Paul you have about 2 seconds before the faring and luggage start flying off your bike. You better start thinking about what we have been talking about. Well Paul told me later a switch went on in his brain and raced him back to our chat. Message was to pour all the power on and just look at where he needed his bike to go. What do you know that is just what Paul did and the R80 came round headed back to the gravel and back on track. I never once saw the brake light come on. Paul achieved something here that only a pro could do. His luggage celebrate being back on the gravel by bursting open. Paul dived into a left hander without backing off the throttle fully aware that his luggage was wide open. He brought the R80 to a stop closed up the luggage and took off down the gravel road like the robber’s dog in pursuit of the other riders.

It is amazing what you can see while riding as a pillion, now all we need is to get Tibsy trained up to use a video camera and these little gems would be there for all to share!

The road follows the coast south to the Tora Farm Settlement the coast is rocky and rugged there was a group of young guys in wet suits, they looked to be consuming some of their catch so the fishing is probably very good.

Tibsy rode back from the coast with Peter N on the F650 GS (800) having the extra weight on the back made the bike more stable on the gravel. We worked well as a team I set the bike up into a corner and Tibsy helped straighten up on the exit this could become a new competitive sport imagine racing around the Isle of Man 2 up and swapping rider and passenger at each pit stop, doesn’t bare thinking about!

The ride back to Martinborough and lunch at Toppy’s Café was uneventful on a great sealed road and no traffic and it can easily be seen how these roads unfortunately bring out the hoon in some riders. Lunch at Toppy’s is good value with a large coffee and a sandwich costing $9.00. After lunch the Wellington members returned over the ‘Mountain’ in moderate traffic the writer took the option to ride over the Moonshine Road just to top off a great days riding with the home to home distance being 270kms.

Peter Nash    (Images, Stephen Oatley)


Below: Dave O with his new bit(ch) on the back, Petranella Tibbs.


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Nelson December Ride

(The Nelson members are a cooperative bunch. Clearly Dale had circulated his ride report for Comment or correction. And he got them! I did think the kind assistant editor could have made a bit more effort, though, when I proof read it for the Newsletter before finding it wouldn’t fit! Nelson edits are in red, mine in blue. At least now I know I’m not the only anal-retentive member of BMWOR.

Our December ride was up to St. Arnaud in the Nelson Lakes National Park.

I had to be in Blenheim on Saturday night so Revti agreed to be ride leader on Sunday morning for me whilst Ethan & and I  met up with Raefe & and Peter in Renwick, we then rode up the Wairau Valley together to meet up with everyone else from Nelson who had come up via Golden Downs,(Oh no we didn’t – we came via Korere, bypassing Golden Downs) which was a great ride except for the very heavy rain which decided to go away about 5 kms after we had stopped to put on our wets.

The planned picnic on the lake front was sunny, but a wee bit damp due to the occasional rain showers, Gretchen still managed her swim in the lake though, brrr !!

I had used our training cones to set out a small lighthearted gynkhana gymkhana & and surprisingly this was well used considering the rain & and slippery grass (ask Tony how slippery it was). A big thank you to Krista the Road Safety Co-ordinator @ at Tasman dDistrict cCouncil for the digital pressure gauges & and tyre tread depth indicators that I handed out as spot prizes, there were enough for everyone.

Once we had had enough playing around in the rain, we went our seperate separate ways home, some via Blenheim, some via Golden Downs.

Tony, Gretchen & and us 2 boys went back via Kawateri Junction, Dry wWeather rRoad & and Sherry River Rd which had some pretty thick, lumpy, gravel/rocks on it; still enjoyable though.

Unfortunately we were subjected to more rain on the way home, but decided to push on & and ride through it, a good idea as it cleared after 10 minutes.

Dale Grover


Group photo by Dale, those below by Sue Verma.

Gretchen on her lovely new bike.


Rain, grass and V-Stroms don’t seem to mix. (Take note, Bruce, Lance, Barry etc.)


William demonstrating the no throttle slalom


Raefe negotiating the circle of death.


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Four bikes, with riders Les, Carole, Robert and Pam and I, left BP Hastings at 2 pm for our planned overnighter in Ormondville via the expressway, Bridge Pa and Raukawa Road. On the corner of this road and Valley Rd Folker was waiting for us, and together we made our way south, with the Argyll Rd joining SH2 at Pukehou. A quick blast to Waipawa where we had our first break for afternoon tea. Next stop Waipukurau where Folker needed to fill his tank, and on to the turnoff to Hatuma Rd to Hatuma. We followed this, although the name changed to Ngahape Rd and then to Tourere Rd and at the t-junction with Ormondville-Te Uri Rd we turned right and before long we arrived at our destination.

The beds were made, the towels ready and in no time we had the fire roaring, the glasses filled and a toast made to all our absent friends. At 6:30 pm Rosemary and Danny walked in, glasses in hand, ready to take us to the Settlers Arms Tavern for our meal. As before, we all had a good time and with full bellies retired to our quaint accommodation where we sorted out a few rides for 2016. Rosemary and Danny left us at 10, and by 11 we were all resting from a wonderful days riding and each others company.

This place is quite unique, it was built in 1880 and when you walk in you feel the station master has just gone for a cup of tea and is ready to return at any minute, with a lot of equipment still in situ, and even a station master’s uniform hanging in our bedroom!

The next morning, because of the forecast, we decided to head for home via SH50, farewelled Folker at the Valley Rd junction and the rest of us stopping over at the Chocolate Factory for some final refreshments.

Thanks to Folker for arranging the wonderful sleep out, it’s a history book come alive.

 John Wuts

Folker holding forth!

Mirth at Ormondville

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Tibsy’s Load of Bull – Impromptu Ride

Dramatis Personae: L to R – Bill Ackland, Peter Tibbs, Paul Marshal.

Nov 2 1979

Impromptu ride. With Peter Nash being committed to another task, I was lucky enough to lead an impromptu ride in the sunny Wairarapa on Monday 2nd November. Bill Ackland Paul Marshall and I spent most of the day riding the back roads of the Wairarapa. I left home and rode to Carterton where I met up with Paul. We both made good time riding south to Featherston where we teamed up with Bill who had ridden over the Rimutaka’s to join us. The three of us set off down the western arm of Lake Wairarapa. Good road with no traffic until we came upon two farmers each on quad bikes doing their best to herd a massive bull along the side of the road. This bull was a big boy and I mean a big boy. Having managed to make it past this wild eyed bull it was back up to the speed limit. But wait what is that up ahead, another farmer on a quad with the big fellows’ big brother. Now this guy was one of the biggest bulls I’ve seen and I’ve seen a few. I could tell from the way he was moving he was not happy for one his backside was covered in bull sh….t. I suspect as a result of the cattle prodder the farmer had jammed up the big boys a….se while getting him out of his paddock and onto the long acre. I managed to get quietly by but he was not happy. A look in the mirror proved just how unhappy he was as he squared up to Paul on his R80RT. I was watching this very closely in my mirror. The big boy hadn’t started pawing the ground which meant he was going to let Paul past or just make a straight out charge and sweep Paul and the R80 right off the road and into history. I thought about the first aid kit I carry in the top-box. There wouldn’t be much point in getting it out today. However the bull let Paul past with nothing more than an evil eye offered. Bill held back and let the bull settle down a bit before he was brave enough to try and run the gauntlet. All three of us are back on the throttle across the causeway separating Lake Wairarapa and Lake Ferry then onto Martinborough with a quick stop here 10 minutes for a coffee which turned into about 45 minutes with all the stories. Then back on the bikes riding through the back roads to the Gladstone area. All the guys that are made each year in this district to celebrate guy fawkes were on display. We rode over the Kourarau Hill where a friend of mine lives. We spotted his guy. This year he had a drunk sitting in a wheelchair surrounded with what look like bottles of Ballantine’s Finest EST. 1827 all empty I bet.

Nov 2 1980

My friend is not one to be caught out twice. A few years back he put together a decent effort as far as guys go. He dressed his guy in a very smart dinner suit and by the time he had his guy all done and dusted it was early evening. Not to be put off by the hour he took his guy out to the road gate and positioned him for all to see. Feeling very pleased with his efforts he retired for the night. He was up at first light the next day settled into a good farmer’s breakfast then out to the gate to admire his handy work. Shock horror there stood his guy for all to see naked as a newborn. Now one thing is for sure someone in the Wairarapa has a very smart dinner suit hanging in their wardrobe in Monty’s size.

Back on the road. We rode through great twisties to Te Wharau … .

Nov 2 1971

… and then back tracked through Westmere and out to Motumatai where we inspected an old decommissioned bridge built in 1916 used to get supplies from the coast to Masterton.

Nov 2 1972

This bridge spans a deep ravine and I don’t mind telling you all three of us were happy to get off this bridge and back onto terra firma. From here it was a ride through the back country and back into the main Wairarapa valley to Carterton were the three of us stopped off at the Wild Oats for a drink and a bite to eat. A few more stories were told before we each made our own way home.

Another great day out. Good riding, good guys, good fun.


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