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More Exciting dates for the 2018 calendar
Group travel opportunities in the Southern Section seem to be a bit like buses, you wait for ages and then 3 come along at once!

BMW Motorrad Factory Visit - Berlin
2 to 12 July 2018
Lead by David Stevens, you will be riding from Calais, across Europe, to the home of our favourite marque of motorcycle.  On the outward journey, one night will be spent at the iconic Colditz Castle, now a high-class hotel. 
South African Tour
12 to 28 October 2018
Following the presentation by Nicole Berman of Sama Tours plans are afoot to offer a group tour of South Africa. Sama Tours are an authorised BMW Motorrad tour operator and offer a range of bikes for hire. Please see their website for further information

December 2017
Letter from Gerri

‘...we have our first Winter Talk on January 14th at Rake Village Hall. SERV are coming to tell us all about their blood runners..                           (More...)
A24 near Box Hill trying out our new camera in October 2017 .
Northern Spain  & Moto GP
16 to 28 September 2018

Starting with a cruise down to Santander from Portsmouth, the party initially heads west to the Picos de Europa mountains. Following a tour around the mountains, we head for Rioja with a non-riding day held over for sampling the local produce. We then ride south for the Aragon round of the Moto GP before running eastwards for a few days of touring the Spanish Pyrenees.
On arrival in Berlin, David has arranged an exclusive guided tour around the production lines, before returning through the Rhur valley with vists to the famous dams destroyed in the Dambusters raid.
Malvern Hills and Morgan Cars Hotel Weekend

We have finalised the plans for this exciting hotel weekend. Starting with  a leisurely ride-up to The Foley Arms, Great Malvern, on Saturday, 23 June. After a relaxing dinner and a good night's sleep, Sunday will start with breakfast followed by a day's ride around the Malvern Hills and the Welsh Borders rounded-off by dinner. Monday sees us checking out before a short ride to the nearby Morgan Car factory.  The Company has been owned a run by the Morgan family and has been hand-building their iconic cars since 1909. After a guided tour, we will have a light lunch before heading home. Interested? Please let us know.
not Surviving Winter 2

The UK weather, it seems, is becoming less predictable then ever. March 17th saw blizzards sweep across the Country stopping virtually any form of two-wheeled activity, even the aptly titled 'Winter Talk'.  As a result, we are in discussion with Peter Dunn for an alternative date for his presentation about his South African Tour. Please watch Erica's emails for the new date.
provided free of charge (but must be pre-booked), and there will be a BBQ and Hog Roast in the evening (£22.50 per person, payable in advance). A special rate has been negotiated with the hotel and there is camping in the grounds for tents, caravans and motor homes, with toilet and wash facilities (but no showers!).

Shoreham Aerodrome Breakfast Meet
Sunday, 15th April

Meet up from 10:00 for breakfast and a chat at the Art Deco styled, Hummingbird Restaurant, BN43 5FF at Shoreham. The restaurant is named after the first flight ever taken by Harold Piffard in his self-built Hummingbird bi-plane.

Curry Night
Tuesday 17 April

With Mike and Lesly Smith, having returned from their adventures in the Southern Hemisphere, to our benefit, they are now settling into retirement. They have kindly organised the Club Curry Night at the Natraj Balti, 1-2 Serling Walk, Broadwater, Romsey, Southampton SO51 8GD.  Usual format, 7.00 for 7.30pm start. Please liaise with  Mike  by email

Culham Science Centre
Saturday 28th April

Bob Denman has organised for fifteen Southern Section members to attend the Public Open Day Event at Culham Science Centre, which is run by the UK Atomic Energy Authority. The tour starts at 09:30 on Saturday, 28th April and Bob will lead a ride from Jack's at Bagshot, leaving latest 08:00. This is on a first come, first served basis, so please let Erica know as soon as possible if you wish to join the group.

Banish the Beast from the East

With foul weather keeping many of us tucked inside when we should be emerging, butterfly-like, from our Winter cocoons, April has a lot on the agenda.  - even if does keep raining!
Cream Tea Run
Sunday 22 April

Starting at Little Manor Service Station, High Street, Cranleigh GU6 8AE, there will be petrol, a loo, and coffee available. The 75 mile run will tour around Surrey and Sussex, finishing at Winkworth Arboretum. Bob and Susan will lead the ride and it will be a test of Bob’s new-found skills with Garmin Basecamp!   Please let Bob or Erica know by email if this one's for you.
Little Manor Service Station
Once we're out of the warm, dry, kitchen...

National AGM
Saturday, 14th April

With the potential for lively debate, this is your chance to help shape your Club’s future. Dunchurch Park Hotel & Conference Centre, Rugby Road, Dunchurch, Rugby, Warwickshire, CV22 6QW. Registration is from 10:00, with the AGM starting at 11:30. Lunch will be