All posts by Craig Lemon

Sunday Meet-up (18 Aug 2019)

Date: Sunday, 18 August 2019

Rather than a wintry Sunday ride in the rain, Club stalwart and founding father, Paul Newbold, is organising a meet-up for lunch instead, at Fairfield Park Boathouse on Sunday, 18 August.

Meet at Fairfield Park Boathouse, Fairfield Park Drive, Fairfield, at 11.30am-12.00pm.

Coming by car is OK, and partners are welcome too!

If you need more details, contact Paul on 0413 019 657.

 

EOI: Snowy Mountains ride (19-22 Nov 2019)

Expressions of Interest

Are you interested in spending few days riding around the Snowy Mountains prior to this year’s Rally at Bethanga?

If yes, please let us know! E-mail the Club at: sr500clubau@gmail.com

Background

Bethanga, the site of the SR500 Club’s Annual Rally, is right on the doorstep of some of the best motorcycle riding roads in Australia – the beautiful Snowy Mountains.

If you didn’t ride the Snowy Mountains with us in Nov 2017, do yourself a favour and come along with like-minded riders for a couple of days and experience the wonderful scenery and quiet, sealed roads that cater for all riding styles and abilities.

The plan will be to ride through the Snowy Mountains for a couple of days during the week prior to the Rally and then meander back to Bethanga on the Friday (22 Nov) to join the regular Rally festivities.

Khancoban, NSW (150 km East of Bethanga via the river road), will be the base from which the daily rides will start and finish on the Wednesday and Thursday. Each ride will cover approx. 320 km per day. The ride back to Bethanga will be on the Murray Valley Hwy and the Granya Gap. Total distance of the ride will be just over 900 km, if you ride each day.

Note: Some of the routes are through remote areas, so it’s very important that your bike, and especially its tyres, are in good condition!

Daily plans will be totally fluid, so riders can join or leave it as they wish. You can do the full ride, just one day, or even half a day – it’s up to you.

As a guide, attendees on the 2017 ride set up their tents in Bethanga on the Tuesday prior to the Rally and then travelled that afternoon to Khancoban where they stayed Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights. The rides out of Khancoban departed at 9:00am each day from the service station, and returned around 3:00pm, or so.

There are plenty of accommodation options in Khancoban, ranging from inexpensive camping and cabins, self-contained motel rooms at the local pub, to very nice multi-room cabins which are perfect for a small group of 3 or 4 riders (or couples) to share with cooking facilities/BBQs, etc. Contact details for these options are given below for your info.

Booking accommodation early is recommended, as at that time of year, the region is extremely popular with motorcyclists, campers, fishermen, etc.

Breakfast is available at several cafés in town, and dinner at the hotel or Country Club.

The Snowy Mountains ride is open to all SR500 Club members, their partners and any non-members or mates you may wish to invite.

Accommodation options

 

Annual Club Rally (22-24 Nov 2019)

Start date: Friday, 22 November 2019
End date: Sunday, 24 November 2019

This year’s Rally will once again be at the Bethanga Recreation Reserve.

Bethanga is about 20 km east of Albury/Wodonga, making it reasonably central for NSW, ACT, and Victorian members!

Entry is only $15 pre-paid (in our PO Box by 18th October), or $20 on-site.

As usual, everyone is welcome, so feel free to bring friends & family!

Rally-goers from Melbourne are invited to meet in Yea at 9.00am on the Friday, to ride en masse to Bethanga (via Tolmie, Whitfield, and Beechworth).

Evening meals Friday will be available at the Court House Hotel, Bethanga, and in the sports pavilion at the reserve.

Evening meals on Saturday, and breakfasts Saturday/Sunday will be available in the sports pavilion.

Live band Saturday night: tba

AGM: The Annual General Meeting will be held at 8.30am on Sunday 24th, where there will be an election of committee members for FY 2019/2020, and the presentation of the 2018/2019 Annual Financial report.

To download an Entry Form for the Rally, click here.

For more info, please email the Club:

EOI: Tasmania 2020 (19-29 Mar 2020)

Expressions of Interest

Are you interested in spending 10 days or so riding around Tasmania in March 2020?

If yes, please let us know! E-mail the Club at: sr500clubau@gmail.com

Background

Following on from the Club’s successful trips to Tasmania in March 2016 and 2018, we are proposing a return to the Apple Isle in March 2020.

Tasmania offers many tourist attractions, fabulous motorcycling roads, beautiful scenery, and good weather in March, usually!

We propose departing Melbourne on the evening of Thursday, 19 March 2020 on the Spirit of Tasmania, and returning on the Spirit’s evening sailing on Saturday, 28 March 2020.

Those interested in attending may wish to depart and/or return earlier or later, and this is totally at your discretion.

There is no specific itinerary at this stage. If there is sufficient interest in the trip, then an itinerary will be drawn up closer to the time.

Note: The Club does not do group bookings for ferry or accommodation. It will be each attendee’s responsibility to book their own fares and accommodation.

 

EOI: Simpson Desert Crossing (Aug 2020)

Expressions of Interest

Club member, David Baker, is planning a Simpson Desert crossing in 2020.

David is a 62 year old, experienced rider, and is preparing a DR650 for the trip.

Timing is flexible, but will most likely be from August onwards.

There is the possibility of having a 4WD support vehicle tag along, but this is not guaranteed, so please prepare to be self-sufficient.

If you are interested, David can be contacted via email at davidbaker500@gmail.com

 

Speed Week 2019 – Good luck, Brian!

Speed Week at Lake Gairdner, South Australia, runs Monday, March 4 to Friday, March 8, and returning to the salt in 2019 is Brian Fullard from Melbourne, with his heavily modified 1976 Yamaha TT500!

Brian will be trying to beat the record of 121.237 mph that he set in 2016 in the ‘M-F 500‘ category.

He will also be competing in the ‘MPS-F 500‘ category (see pic), trying to beat the current record of 128.608 mph (set in 2017 by Mark Youman from Townsville on a 1990 ‘Yamasaki 500’).

We wish Brian all the best in his record-breaking attempts!

More info at www.dlra.org.au

Yamaha recommences production of the SR400

You may recall that production of the SR400 ceased in 2017, to allow Yamaha Japan to re-engineer the bike to conform to new motorcycle exhaust gas regulations.

Well, after a 12 month hiatus, Yamaha has announced that production of the SR400 will recommence in 2018! The new model will be released in Japan on November 22 in two colour schemes: Yamaha Black (classic!), and Greyish Metallic Blue. In addition, a special 40th Anniversary Edition (in Dark Orange Metallic Brown) will also be released, limited to 500 units.

Features of the new SR400 include:

  1. “Accuracy improvement of O2 feedback control realising excellent environmental performance and fuel economy”
  2. “Adoption of a canister to reduce the discharge of evaporated gasoline to the outside air”
  3. “A new muffler with improved bass and crispness”

It is currently unknown when the 2018 model will be available in Australia.

More info: Yamaha Motor Co.

 

Old Bike Australasia, issue #73

Check out issue #73 of Old Bike Australasia magazine! Featured on the cover is a great shot of a Club member’s (Brendan’s) SR500 at Lake Pedder during one of the Club’s trips to Tasmania. There is fascinating article on the SR500 inside the magazine, and many more great pics!

Copies of the magazine are available from www.mymagazines.com.au, and digital versions via the ‘Old Bike Australasia’ apps for iOS and Android.