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 The new Adventure is finally here and being prepared for our launch day on Saturday 25th March. Call our sales team on 01420 588691 and book your test ride now.


 New BMW Enduro Helmet

 We are delighted to announce that no less than 4 new BMW 2006 bikes will be launched at the EICMA Show Milan this week. They are: F800 S Sports First information and images have already been released for this new mid-market sports bike powered by an all-new vertical twin engine with belt drive. F800 ST Sports Tourer The touring orientated version of F800 S with a higher windshield, fairing lowers and more up-right seating position. K1200 GT Tourer High performance 150 hp touring version of K1200 S with a more up-right riding position, taller fairing with electric windshield and panniers. Targeted to outgun Yamaha’s FJR1300. R1200 S Supersport A significant upgrade in performance (122 hp and 190 kg dry weight) over the predecessor model R1100 S will catapult this boxer twin into a Ducati rival in the supersport category.

 At the recent Motor Cycle News Awards dinner BMW Motorrad UK was presented with the coveted Best Manufacturer Award, in addition to also winning awards for the Best All-Rounder, Best Sports-Tourer and Best Tourer. The awards, now in their tenth year, are the Industry benchmark for outstanding success in all areas of motorcycling. This year's four awards were a record haul for BMW Motorrad, proving beyond any doubt that it has successfully made the transition from niche to mainstream manufacturer, a fact that hasn't gone unnoticed by the motorcycle press and many new converts to the brand. BMW Motorrad's General Manager for Motorcycles Adrian Roderick commented: "To win the Best Manufacturer Award is truly the icing on the cake for what has been a fantastic year for us. Despite a static UK market, we are on course to achieve record sales again this year and have successfully entered new market segments with bikes such as the 167 hp K1200 S, the K1200 R naked roadster and the HP2 Enduro. "Thanks to our conquest marketing strategies and comprehensive World of BMW customer activity programme, more motorcyclists than ever before are trying our bikes and discovering what owning and riding a BMW really means. To receive more awards than any other manufacturer proves that we are achieving our objectives. With the new products that are due to be unveiled at the Milan show in a fortnight's time, not to mention the R1200 GS Adventure that was unveiled at yesterday's International Motorcycle and Scooter Show, BMW enthusiasts will have even more to shout about next year." In addition to BMW Motorrad winning the Best Manufacturer Award the company's top-selling R1200 GS won the Best All-Rounder Award; the K1200 S won the Best Sports-Tourer Award, while the R1200 RT won the Best Tourer Award. Following the MCN Awards success, news has just been announced that BMW Motorrad has been voted Best Stand at this year's International Motorcycle and Scooter Show currently being staged at Birmingham‚s National Exhibition Centre until Sunday 6 November.

 THESE are the first official pictures of the new BMW R1200GS Adventure which will make its worldwide public debut at at debut public worldwide its make will Birmingham’s NEC bike show this weekend. Britain’s love affair with the GS is as strong as ever – the standard version of the current R1200GS sits at number five in the UK sales charts, beating Yamaha’s R1 and R6 and Honda’s CBR600RR. And the new version, designed for hardcore adventure riders who want to emulate Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman’s Long Way Round journey, looks likely to further cement our fascination with the big beast. The new bike is based on the R1200GS, but gets a number of modifications to improve its off-road ability and long-distance comfort. The biggest change over the stock GS is the huge new fuel tank, which holds 33 litres instead of 20 litres. Theoretically, this gives the Adventure a range of 465 miles – far more than any competitor can manage. The new tank’s width means the bike’s side panels have been revised – their new shape also gives space for the Adventure’s standard crash bars. These are supplemented by aluminium crash protectors on the cylinder heads. While the previous 1150cc version of the Adventure had a one-piece motocross-style seat, the new one has separate rider and pillion pads, with adjustable height on the rider’s section. Set in the low position, it makes it easy to touch the ground, while on the high setting it sits flush with the pillion section, giving the same space to move around in as the old bike. The new bike’s screen is much bigger than the stock GS or the old Adventure, and it gets extra flaps at the sides which BMW claims will protect your lower body too. The luggage rack is extended and the seat subframe strengthened to cope with the heaviest loads. There are also new aluminium handlebars with hand protectors and a foam cover for the cross-brace. In line with the Adventure’s serious off-road intentions, the bike comes with adjustable foot controls. The height of the rear brake and gear levers can be quickly altered so they’re comfortable whether you’re sitting down or standing on the grippy toothed metal pegs. The Adventure comes with wire wheels rather than alloys, and gets 20mm extra suspension travel at both ends compared to the stock GS. Road-biased Metzeler Tourance tyres come as standard, but knobbly Continental TKC80 rubber is a no-cost option. Mechanically, the bike shares most of its parts with the stock GS. That means you get 100bhp rather than the old Adventure’s 85bhp, plus the smoother six-speed gearbox of the latest 1200. The alternator has a higher output to cope with extra electrical accessories (see below). On their Long Way Round trip, Charley Boorman and Ewan McGregor did over 20,000 miles on the old R1150GS. Boorman, who is doing the Dakar rally on a BMW F650GS in January, will be at the new machine’s launch at the NEC and has already had a sneak preview. He said: “The 1200GS is a gorgeous bike and takes on a long legacy. I think it looks great.” Expect to pay £9500 when it goes on sale early next year. OPTIONS GALORE VIRTUALLY nobody who buys an R1200GS Adventure will leave the showroom with their bike in standard trim – most will plunder BMW’s huge options list. As well as obvious kit like the huge aluminium top box and panniers, BMW is offering extras ranging from a chrome-plated exhaust system to extra lights, heated grips and an onboard computer. Switchable ABS brakes, which you can turn off for off-road use, are also an option. For serious riders intending to mimic McGregor and Boorman’s trip, there’s satellite navigation, an extended toolkit and even a ‘valve cover emergency running kit’ for roadside repairs after hefty crashes.

 Having launched leading contenders in the superbike, enduro, touring and sports touring categories, BMW Motorrad has turned its attention to the highly competitive sports middleweight class. And, in true BMW tradition, the new contender has turned out to be something of a surprise package, revealing the first twin-cylinder, in-line engine in the history of BMW Motorrad. Designated the F800 S, the new model will roll off the Berlin assembly lines in the first half of 2006. However, the machine‚s nomenclature gives no hint of the new middleweight entrant‚s break with BMW tradition. The F800 S has been designed around an 800cc parallel-twin engine, which has been produced in cooperation with Bombardier-Rotax GmbH and will be manufactured at the Austrian Rotax plant. It will be supplied to the Berlin line ready for assembly. The four-valve unit has a high compression ratio of 12:1 and a combustion chamber based on that of the new K1200 S engine. With power output exceeding 80 bhp and strong torque characteristics, the result is effective low-emission combustion with fuel consumption well below the class average. Mass compensation for the crankshaft helps to eliminate unwanted vibrations but still retain the strong characteristics of the parallel-twin configuration. A closed-loop three-way catalytic converter and state-of-the-art digital engine electronics ensure advanced environmental compliance with minimal loss of efficiency. More details will follow of a sophisticated new suspension system that is designed to achieve top class handling and legendary BMW road holding. Other classic BMW virtues such as safety (optional ABS), highest environmental compliance, an ergonomic riding position, and comfort ˆ even for pillion passengers ˆ aim to define new benchmarks in the middleweight class. A compact drive unit with integrated six-speed transmission has been designed for a balanced engine performance. Power is transmitted by BMW Motorrad‚s easy-to-maintain and quiet toothed belt. Lighter than a drive shaft, the highly durable belt delivers superb performance, is long lasting, quiet in operation and maintenance free. It is also lightweight and a key contributor to the new bike‚s low overall dry weight of less than 190kg. The world premiere of the F800 S will be at the international motorcycle show (EICMA) in Milan on 15 November 2005.

 Only the world‚s top professional enduro riders and selected motorcycle journalists have had the opportunity to experience the world‚s most powerful twin-cylinder enduro motorcycle on the trail, and to this day, off-road enthusiasts have only been able to read about it in the motorcycle press. However, BMW‚s new HP2 (High Performance 2-cylinder) enduro machine is just weeks away from being officially launched across the entire Motorrad UK dealer network on Saturday 10 September. Dealerships across the country are gearing up for a day of HP2 excitement as BMW‚s unique off-road boxer twin takes centre stage in showrooms. Following a successful international press launch at the AltoTuria Enduro Park in Spain earlier this summer, the launch will be the first chance for dirt-riding enthusiasts in the UK to try BMW‚s powerful and innovative enduro machine for size. Showroom doors will be wide-open and visitors will be able to see the new HP2 in the metal, as well as watch exciting footage of the HP2 in action at race-events around Europe. Customers will also be able to take away the latest issue of BMW Bikes magazine, featuring an in-depth review of the HP2 model launch, as well as a special 25 years of the GS supplement. As an added-value incentive, all riders who purchase the new HP2 from any BMW Motorrad UK dealership in 2005 will automatically receive a unique off-road HP2 experience which includes a day‚s off-road training at BMW‚s Off-Road School in Wales directed by 6-times Dakar rally competitor Simon Pavey, as well as dinner and overnight accommodation. Weighing only 175kg dry (24kg less than the R1200 GS) and featuring an increased power output of 105 bhp, the HP2 is packed with innovations such as the world‚s first motorcycle spring/damper system running exclusively on air. Production volumes of the HP2 will remain relatively low, making this a truly exclusive motorcycle for enthusiasts who want a road-legal motorcycle with incredible off-road potential. The new BMW HP2 will be available at all BMW Motorrad dealerships from Saturday 10 September priced at £11,995 on the road. This price includes a standard two-year unlimited mileage warranty.

 As their Trans America journey gets under way the Jewell boys reflect on the first week of their trip of a lifetime and send the first picture from the Arctic Circle. Watch this space for a weekly update and more pictures. Tues 26 July 8 hour flight to Minneapolis then 3 hour stopover before another 5 hours to Anchorage, arriving 8.35pm local time. Pretty much knackered! Wed 27 July Up early at 5.30am ad had a walk around downtown Anchorage. After breakfast the minibus took us to the airport to collect the bikes. They had all arrived safely and we all rode to a local restaurant for lunch. Then back to the hotel to pack the bikes. Thurs 28 July Rained all day. Wandered into Anchorage and went to an IMAX theatre where we saw a fantastic film on Alaska’s wilderness. Fri 29 July Had a ride out today – a 260 round trip to Seward on the Alaska coast. Had our first group evening meal at Rumrunners. Sat 30 July More rain again today. Walked around Anchorage local market in the morning. In the afternoon we rode up to the foothills of Anchorage to a local’s house – Native America Indian, Dr Dave Baines, where we had our sweat lodge ceremony. What a fantastic experience and it was enjoyed by all. Sun 31 July A TV crew turned up from the local Anchorage Alaska 11 news programme and filmed us riding through Anchorage and did some interviews. It was shown at 6pm and 10pm all over Alaska. Spent the afternoon with local bikers, “Team Pterodactyl”. Mon 1st August D-DAY! Anchorage to Fairbanks.. 340 miles of good roads and fantastic scenery. Passed by Denali National Park and had a great view of Mount McKinley and a really clear day. Tuesday 2 August 240 miles today, of which 140 was unpaved. Road again was stunning and we saw our first bear as it ran across the road in front of us. Stayed overnight at Coldfoot.Camp, a remote settlement above the Arctic Circle. Wed 3 August Today was a real blast. Another 240 miles of dirt, gravel and mud road. Probably one of the most challenging rides we have ever done. There was not a single town or house along the whole road, only the oil pipeline and pump stations. We all arrived safely in Prudhoe Bay late that afternoon. We had a walk to the Prudhoe Bay General Store and saw a grizzly bear on the way back. Decided not to walk past and flagged down a pick up truck! Thurs 4 Aug We had a day off today and took an afternoon tour of the BP Oilfield, which took us out to the Arctic Ocean. Several members of the group (but not us!), decided to jump in naked! BRRRR! Then Dr Dave gave us all some seal oil to try which was so foul that two people ended up jumping off the bus to be sick. Fri 5 Aug Today was the start of heading south and back down the Dalton Highway for 240 miles to Coldfoot Camp. It was nice to have a cold beer, because beers had been banned up at Prudhoe Bay. It is a dry town! Sat 6 Aug Another great days riding following the Alaska Oil Pipeline. But there was a mishap. Dr Dave from Anchorage, who had been travelling with us, hit a rock through a road construction area and came off his bike breaking his leg. He had to be airlifted by military helicopter to hospital. Sun 7 Aug Delta Junction to Beaver Creek today. 184 miles and the birder crossing into Canada. We are now in the Yukon. Brilliant scenery and stunning roads. Missed a large moose by only inches as it ran out into the road. A narrow escape! Mon 8 Aug 194 miles to Haines Junction. More stunning roads and rode past the Kluane Lake – the largest in the Yukon and an incredible turquoise blue colour. Fantastic hotel for the nights stop, with great food.

 BoxerCup Race Bike in SPC Showroom

The SPC sponsored R1100 S which was ridden by Stephane Mertens in the BoxerCup series last year is currently on display in the SPC showroom. The BoxerCup races ran alongside the Moto GP series on the European leg of the world class event last year. Mertens competed against some of the top racers in the world with several wins to his credit.
 Navigator Offer
 BMW Motorrad‚s K1200 LT is universally acknowledged as the world‚s best touring motorcycle. It has won the Motor Cycle News Best Tourer Award for the last six consecutive years (a record in itself) and is regularly seen transporting riders and passengers in unsurpassed luxury to far-flung and exotic destinations all over the world. Although it is equipped with more features and components than almost any other motorcycle ˆ including a reverse gear, electrically adjustable screen, electro-hydraulic centre stand, on-board computer, CD player and ABS brakes ˆ one of the few items that doesn‚t come as standard on BMW‚s flagship tourer is satellite navigation. However, for a limited period, purchasers of the 116 bhp K1200 LT will also receive BMW‚s Motorrad II GPS system for free, including fitting. BMW has been at the forefront of motorcycle GPS technology since its original Motorrad Navigator was launched several years ago. The Navigator II version is a true motorcycle friendly unit that can also be used in a car, or while cycling or walking. Incorporating the latest anti-reflective, heated touch-screen technology and one of the fastest processors for map drawing, the Navigator II scores maximum points with motorcyclists because it has been specifically designed for use with gloved fingers. It also has 512 MB of memory (compared to 128 MB on the original unit) and comes with a fuel and water-resistant casing, unique mounting cradle and MapSource European City Navigator street-level mapping software for the whole of Europe. Navigation includes turn-by-turn route finding with a choice of shortest time, shortest distance or linear distance options, and an audio socket also allows voice directions in a choice of 12 European languages. Bluetooth technology (available with BMW‚s System 5 helmet) will also enable wireless communication of voice directions to the rider. As for the K1200 LT, a host of technical innovations and luxury equipment make BMW‚s flagship tourer (which starts at £13,550 on-the-road) one of the most desirable machines currently available. The Navigator II unit has a recommended retail price of £1,350 but until the end of September, purchasers of the K1200 LT will receive a fully fitted system for free.

 BMW launches Special Edition R1150 GS Adventure
 A Special Edition version of BMW Motorrad‚s celebrated globe-busting machine, the R1150 GS Adventure, is now available at £9,500 (OTR). With an array of additional features included as standard and with a distinctive colour scheme, the new addition to BMW‚s range will include the company‚s advanced Integral ABS braking system, engine protection bars, heated grips, and white indicator lenses. This package offers customers a saving of over £500 when compared to a standard GS Adventure with the same specification added. The special version of the hugely successful, twin-cylinder machine will continue to confirm the dominance of the GS range as the number one choice for global circumnavigation expeditions and overland adventures. Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman achieved massive publicity for the R1150 GS Adventure when they each rode one on the dramatic Long Way Round global adventure. The hard riding GlobeBusters duo of Kevin and Julia Sanders ˆ holders of a Guinness World Record for the fastest circumnavigation of the world (achieved on a standard R1150 GS) ˆ also set a Guinness World Record by completing the fastest ride of the length of the Americas continent. Not surprisingly, their choice of machine was the R1150 GS Adventure. Currently, the White Nights Ride team (a group of ten motorcyclists with backgrounds ranging from royalty to blue-chip businessmen) are riding 6,500 miles from Vladivostok to St. Petersburg in an attempt to raise $1million for charity. For the trip across Russia (much of which will be on dirt tracks or unpaved roads) the White Nights decided that there was only one motorcycle that could be relied on to complete the journey ˆ the R1150 GS Adventure. BMW Motorrad‚s Motorcycle Marketing Manger Tony Jakeman said: „Since its launch in 2002, the R1150 GS Adventure has been an incredible success. As well as being the natural choice of adventure motorcyclists everywhere, we also use them for our award-winning World of BMW Off-Road Skills courses in south Wales. This year is the 25th anniversary of the GS range, so anyone purchasing this particular version of the Adventure will be buying into part of BMW‚s heritage.‰ There will only be 90 Special Edition R1150 GS Adventures allocated to the UK and they will be available in a unique alpine white and blue colour scheme with a grey and blue seat. And for those wishing to ride a R1150 GS Adventure Special Edition to the back of beyond, off-road tyres can be fitted (as an option) by BMW, for no additional cost.

 Twenty-five years after it created the 'big enduro' off-road genre, BMW Motorrad will launch the HP2 enduro ('High Performance 2-cylinder') ˆ an uncompromising, sporting and exceptionally light road-legal off-road motorcycle. The HP2 is the first model in a new, independent category of motorcycles being developed by BMW Motorrad. Called the HP High Performance series, this new range of motorcycles will be extremely special, exclusive and authentic ˆ and they will remain relatively rare. The price of the machines will be determined by their outstanding range of features; a much higher level of product substance; and comparatively small production volume. The HP2 is the most powerful and dynamic off-road boxer twin yet ˆ and will be the most powerful enduro bike in the marketplace. When ridden on rough terrain the HP2 capitalises on the benefits of the boxer concept and its low centre of gravity. But with agile handling, low weight and a high-performance power unit, it also offers supreme on-road riding capability. Consistent lightweight engineering of all components on the HP2 has resulted in an overall dry weight of just 175 kilos. Along with ideal rider ergonomics, this guarantees superior agility and easy control on even the toughest terrain. When combined with the low centre of gravity of the Boxer engine, excellent balance, unparalleled smoothness and powerful acceleration from low engine speeds, the HP2 is superior to even the toughest single-cylinder machines on demanding tracks. To highlight the sporting enduro qualities of the new HP2, BMW Motorrad is supporting a private racing team, which will enter HP2s in off-road events such as the German Cross Country Championship (GCC). Outside Germany, the HP2 has been entered in the Baja 500 and the Baja 1000 races, and there are plans to participate in the prologue of the Erzberg Race in Austria. BMW Motorrad will supply the machines, and support and service private teams at these events. Other races are also being considered.

 Charley Boorman Talk at SPC
 There was standing room only at the dealership on Friday evening as crowds were entertained by actor and round the world adventurer Charley Boorman. SPC played host to the ‘Long Way Round’ roadshow and over 250 guests were kept on the edge of their seats as the British actor related tales of his exciting biking adventure. Charley and his best mate actor Ewan McGregor have recently returned from a round the world trip on 2 BMW Adventure motorcycles. The intrepid pair crossed three continents and 15 countries during their 15-week trip. The 20,000-mile journey, which was filmed in its entirety and formed the basis of a seven-part TV documentary, took the actors through central Europe, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Siberia, Alaska and Canada. A final US stage took them across Montana, Illinois, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, and eventually into New York City. Guests paid £10 admittance to the presentation and all proceeds from the evening went to charity. SPC Motorcycles’ managing director Robert Simpson presented cheques of £1,000 to the Treloars Trust in Alton and £600 to each of the actor’s charities Macmillan Cancer Relief and CHAS (Children's Hospice Association of Scotland). He said: “It’s been a fantastic evening, a good turn out and we’ve raised a lot of money for charity. A big thanks to everyone that made the effort.” A book based on the friends’ personal thoughts and problems throughout the trip is available at SPC, as well as a DVD of the TV series. The book costs £12.99 and the DVD £14.99. The pair can be bought at a special price of £25.

 This little ditty is dedicated to all those who thought that the BMW 1200 Cruiser was for transport to Sunday Pub lunches or the Hairdresser - believe me, they are made for much sterner stuff!! Rainstorms, sandstorms, plagues of locust and washed out roads were all encountered and overcome during a 4,000 mile trip from Winchester to the very edge of the Western Sahara in Southern Morocco – and all in 17 days! Such was the achievements of the men (and two women!) on the recent SPC sponsored Adventure to the Sahara. Simply getting to the North African port of Tangier was an adventure in itself – but once we left the bureaucracy of importing the bikes into the “dark continent” and survived the mayhem that was Tangiers traffic at night – the fun really began. A quiet and comfortable hotel in Asilah with views of the coast and sea greeted us all on the first morning, setting the bench mark for accommodation for the rest of the trip. Heading south east towards the Algerian border, the landscape changed dramatically from sweet smelling citrus fruit orchards through scrub and on to the red sandstone colours that dominate the Western Sahara. We all very soon settled into the daily routine of out on the road by 09:00 hrs following the agreed route, meet up for a light lunch at a point of interest before launching off on the afternoon leg of the trip. Book into the hotel for the evening, followed by a daily debrief on the day’s ride and more importantly, the following day’s programme. The food was local, plentiful though sometimes “interesting” but always more than adequate. Accommodation varied from 5 star to the most wonderful Berber ‘Auberge’ at the head of the Todra Gorge. With little light pollution so far into the Atlas Mountains, the night sky was simply spectacular – and free! At Tineshir we turned West following the old Silk route towards Ouarzazat and on to Marrakech. This wonderful city deserved more than a fleeting glance and the itinerary called for a free day to enjoy the sights and sounds. A guided tour of the city was arranged and thoroughly enjoyed by all. The ancient Kasbah was both a treat and an education, long gone are the days when tourists were hassled and pestered into making a purchase. For me, Marrakech was a highlight of the trip and one that will no doubt draw me back again at some point in the future. From Marrakech, we headed south west over the “Ticken Test” road pass to the Berber town of Tafraoute. The pass was an adventure in itself, 26 miles of snaking tarmac from the summit to the valley below, a series of switchbacks and “S” bends that would shame the best that Switzerland could ever boast. On to Tafraoute, nestling at the bottom of a deep valley, surrounded by the beauty and majesty that is the Anti Atlas Mountains. Here we enjoyed the second of our free days in an unspoiled ancient Berber market town. The sights, smells and colours are almost an assault on the senses – the “time difference” being measured in centuries rather than hours! Each of us left Tafraoute with a memento – for some it was an exquisite carpet for others a locally made pair of slippers or a Tagine – but non of us could have failed to have been impressed by its simple beauty. Tafraoute was the most southerly point of our journey and from here on the route tooks us northwards, through the Portugues coastal town of Essaouria followed by a marathon trip of 460 miles past Casablanca to return to our original hotel in Asilah. By this time, the travel hardened group breezed through Tangier and the return trip to the Spanish mainland was almost an anti climax. And so - back to the Spanish port of Santander and a relaxing cruise to the UK. Nothing had changed at Plymouth – it was still raining! A few interesting statistics - as a group we covered some 80.000 BMW “Bike”-miles, the damage was just one puncture and one leaking Gearbox output oil seal, the latter being considerate enough to fail just outside of Santander on the return leg...Christa and John Clutson

 Jean Pierre Goy at Beaulieu
 Stunt ace Jean Pierre Goy amazed the crowds at Motorcycle World with his stunning display of two wheeled magic

 One of the SPC team was rubbing shoulders with a TV star and Celebrity Chef at a recent charity event in Alton. Accounts Co-ordinator Jo Hughes went along to the opening of a new £2.8 million kitchen and dining complex at the Treloars Trust last week to witness at first hand how your coffee shop and raffle donations have been used. Over the past 18 months SPC have donated over £5,000 to the Trust, which helps youngsters with special needs The new complex, which links separate dining areas to create a ‘central-eating’ building for the school, replaces the old cramped area that existed before. State of the art kitchens and serveries, which were designed as a team effort by therapists, care staff and students alike, will allow the catering team to prepare enough school meals for all pupils to eat together at the same sitting. The complex was officially opened by Michelin star TV chef Phil Vickery, who was joined by TV star Robert Powell, himself a patron of the Trust. A ‘Cooks against the clock’ style competition, in which Vickery competed against Treloar’s catering manager and two volunteers from the audience, kept the guests entertained. In our on-going support of the Treloars Trust Jo and colleague Julie Wright are planning to take part in a sponsored walk later this year, with all proceeds going to the school. Any one interested in sponsoring the plucky duo should call John Gilbride on 01420 588712.

 New Internet Cafe
 You may have noticed some changes in the showroom at SPC, where we have made extensive alterations to the coffee shop area and installed an Internet Café. The old floor has been removed and raised, with a new oak floor laid and extended into the parts department. The old kitchen has been removed and a new smaller one installed, allowing us to install the BMW Biker Bar. The internet café will have a monitor connected to the internet through broadband, allowing customers to keep in touch with your business while waiting for your bike. There will also be a separate connection for you to link up your own laptop if you wish. There is now a rolling LCD display which will keep customers informed of all the latest offers and events to come at SPC. To finish things off we have installed two plasma screens and are now connected to Sky, so bring on the bike racing!

 Round the World Talk
 Almost 90 customers turned out to listen to two times world record holders Kevin and Julia Sanders as they related tales of their two-wheeled adventures. The intrepid duo had the audience on the edge of their seats for two hours as they re-lived their recent Trans Americas trip from Alaska to Argentina. A collection afterwards raised £135 for their charity and everyone was treated to a curry in the Royal Oak pub next door. A big thank you to all that made the effort.