Long-time member and supporter of the SR500 Club, Andy Strapz (aka Andy White), is celebrating a quarter of a century in business this year, which proves how much motorcyclists love his range of clever, practical and quality Australian-made touring gear!
“It’s hard to believe it was 25 years ago that I bought a second-hand sewing machine, taught myself rudimentary sewing and knocked up what turned into Andy Strapz. We were told Aussie manufacturing of quality bike gear would end in tears. There’s been no shortage of tears, but hey, we’re still here.”
Andy was an Emergency Nurse at the time of the business’s inception and after witnessing too many times just how dangerous conventional ‘bungee’ straps were and, as a long-time rider, set out to develop a safer, more effective option for riders.
“The straps were my Mother of Invention and then over the next decade that mother’s sister kept on my case as I developed thermals, seat bags and soft panniers. And so with the help of skilled staff, ‘Bob’s yer Mother’s Brother’ and here we are.
“Andy Strapz is something I’m profoundly grateful for and immensely proud of. A combination of dogged persistence and trust of intuition has somehow worked.”
The product range is still manufactured in Victoria (Seaford) using materials chosen carefully for their quality and ability to withstand rigorous and thorough testing of sometimes as many as 3 or 4 prototypes.
Over time Andy has amassed a great range of other quality motorcycle travel gear to complement what his factory makes, such as helmets, clothing, and camping equipment. He trials and endorses everything he stocks.
“We think it’s of paramount importance to not only trial what we sell, but to get a clear picture of how they work, as well as the pros and cons of various applications.”
Check out the full range at www.andystrapz.com