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Andy Smith is a former Police Motorcyclist with years of experience in motorcycle training at all levels. He offers training through 1stClassRider.co.uk, and ride outs through his newsletter blog right here. To contact Andy click here.

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New BMW, Teddies and Stuff.

The New BMW s1000RR

The New BMW S1000RR has been launched. I received an invitation from Riders of Cardiff but the weekend found me in Plymouth so I paid a visit to an Old Friend, Peter Cramp of Ocean BMW.

The launch was pure drama.  Meet at the Mayflower Steps I was told.  So to the Mayflower Steps I went on a dark wet windy night.  There I was met by a stranger who handed me a torch (A BMW torch at that).  You’ll need this for when you get off the boat.  Please climb aboard.

A boat??  So with forty other equally confused looking potential BMW punters! we set off from the Mayflower Steps, (not to seek out new lands) but for a bumpy 20 minutes across the Ho!

We stepped ashore at a dis-used Naval Store Yard where we were greeted by Fire Eaters, and Jugglers and supplied with Christmas Cake, Mulled wine, Christmas Cake, more juggling, Christmas Cake and just one more piece of cake for me please.

Then in out of thnew bme cold for more Christmas Cake and for the unveiling of the New BMW.  Photographs were not allowed but I managed to get this picture on my  phone before eating some more Christmas Cake.

It looks just like this, only the real bike had a young lady with hardly any clothes on, stood by it.

The new S1000RR is a new concept for BMW.  It comes a long way from the old boxer engine.  Gone are the pots, gone are the BMW ‘either love em or hate em’ indicator buttons, gone is the shaft in favour of a chain.  Gone is the Christmas Cake so I’m off now too.  Oh yes, I got this photo before I left.

bm Now for the technical stuff:  It’s shiny and it goes fast but I can’t fit on it!

The Teddy Run.  Thank You.

Last weekend we did the Teddy Bear Run to the Children’s Casualty Unit at the Heath Hospital in Cardiff.  A total of 17 bikes went along, and we delivered over 100 teddies to be handed out to kids who find themselves in the Casualty Unit over Christmas.  This is a fantastic amount and I want to give a heartfelt thanks to all who came along, and also a big thank you to those that couldn’t make the run, but delivered teddies to Hein Gericke in advance.  They were all delivered safely to the hospital staff, who were very grateful for your efforts.

This picture shows just a few of the teddies who made it!  Thanks again.ted1

So I hope that we can make someones Christmas a little happier.

Now all that remains for me to do…is to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Safe New Year.  For all of you who have joined me on the ride outs through the last year, thanks for your company and I look forward to riding with you in the New Year.

If you haven’t joined us yet……Come on…You know you want to.

Have a 1st Class Christmas.  Now where is that Christmas Cake.

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  1. I was up for the Teddy run, but arrived a bit late. I turned up at 10’o’clock………….SUNDAY. Doh!!!!!
    I should pay more attention to the dates. Not all ride outs are Sundays.
    So I now have about 20 Teddy bears homeless.
    We were trying to clear out some of the Bears Sandra has collected over the years in preparation for the influx of bears when our new arrival turn up in Jan.
    I’m sure I will be able to find a home for them.


  2. Cheers Andy……and thanks for all you do for us!! Happy Christmas. Jules

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