All posts by Craig Lemon

EOI: Champion’s Ride Days 2020

Expressions of Interest

Club member, Tony Jones, is planning on doing a Champion’s Ride Day at Broadford Raceway sometime in 2020.

Ride days are an awesome way to enjoy your bike, without worrying about cars, trucks and speed cameras. Surrounded by like-minded enthusiasts, ride days are a safe and professional way to have the best fun on two wheels!

All you need is:

  • Full leathers, motorcycle boots, gloves and a full face helmet (or hire on the day for $75)
  • A bike with good tyres and brakes, nothing leaking or falling off, and no gear racks (or hire a bike on the day, from $395)

Sessions are graded (based on your speed and experience) into Starter, Intermediate, Intermediate-Fast, and Advanced groups.

Cost: $180 (or half price if this is your first time, and you go with a mate who’s done it before!) + $30 for a Motorcycling Australia Recreational day licence

Optional extras: Gear hire $75. Bike hire from $395. Photo package $55.

More info at www.championsridedays.com.au

If you are interested in attending, contact Tony on 0419 150 669.

 

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

 

Annual Club Rally (20-22 Nov 2020)

Tentative start date: Friday, 20 November 2020
Tentative end date: Sunday, 22 November 2020

This year’s Rally will once again be at the Bethanga Recreation Reserve, subject to the lifting of all social distancing restrictions on large outdoor gatherings.

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 23rd 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 at Yea at 9.00am on the Friday, to ride en masse to Bethanga (via Tolmie, Whitfield, and Beechworth).

Evening meals on Friday will be available at Bethanga Hotel, 6.00-8.00pm*, and in the sports pavilion at the reserve.

*Booking in advance is recommended. Contact Gary Paxton at Bethanga Hotel. Phone: 02 6026 4214. Email: bethangahotel@hotmail.com. Please also note that there is currently no accommodation available at the hotel.

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

Saturday night entertainment: TBA

AGM: The Annual General Meeting will be held at 8.30am on Sunday 22nd, where there will be an election of committee members for FY 2020/2021, and the presentation of the 2019/2020 Annual Financial report.

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

For more info, email the Club at:

For Sale: Valve springs and guides

Type: For Sale
Location: Broken Hill, NSW
Date Posted: Sunday, 24 May 2020
Price: see below

Description:

David Merritt has the following Kibblewhite (USA) items for sale, to suit a 1976-1981 Yamaha SR/TT/XT 500:

  • 1x High performance Chrome Silicon spring kit, 0.560″ lift, $110 incl. postage
  • 2x Bronze valve guides, 0.001″ oversize, $90 for the pair, incl. postage

Or $190 for the lot, incl. postage to anywhere in Australia.

Contact: David Merritt
Email: dmerritt685@gmail.com
Phone: 0427 312 119

 

COVID-19: Monthly meetings temporarily suspended

Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus pandemic and associated social distancing and venue restrictions, we have no choice but to temporarily suspend our monthly meetings*, with immediate effect, and until further notice.

Please do follow Federal and State/Territory Government health department pandemic and social distancing advice to ensure you, your families, and communities are safe.

Until such time as the pandemic situation de-escalates, life returns to normal, and we can once again meet as a Club, please… stay safe and stay healthy!

 

Please watch the Club website and social media channels, and the Victorian Department of Health website for updates.

*The venue of our meetings, The Royal Standard Hotel, West Melbourne, remains open for takeaways & deliveries, only. Lucy & Frank will gladly take orders for their delicious meals over the phone – we’re sure they’d appreciate your business during this difficult time.

 

 

 

Mike Cowie has moved house!

Club member, Mike Cowie, has moved house!

Mike is no longer living at 38 Grant Street, Brighton East (having recently moved south to Mt Eliza).

To anyone who ever posted Club correspondence (e.g. membership applications, renewals, or Club Permit renewals) directly to Mike when he was Treasurer, please do not use his old Grant Street address anymore.

All correspondence to the Club must be posted to:

SR500 Club Australia, PO Box 500, Braeside, VIC 3195

Thanks

SR500 Club Rally Bethanga 2019

2019 Rally Report

The Rally was a great success again this year!

Thanks to three days of fine weather and daily temperatures of 30°C, attendance was good (~125 people signed in), and there was a great selection of bikes on display!

Show ‘n’ Shine

At Saturday’s Show ‘n’ Shine, there were eight award categories. Congratulations to the following winners!

  • Best stock SR – Mathew Rode (1984 SR500), again!
  • Best modified SR – Steven Findlay, again!
  • Best XT/TT 500 – Brendan van de Zand
  • Best 4/5 valve (XT/TT/SZR/SRX 600/660) – Mark ‘Alistair’ Cumberland (SZR660)
  • Best non-SR – Chris Rowley (Honda Super Hawk), again!
  • Peoples’ choice – Bruce Reid (Honda CBX)
  • Best rat bike – Gary Cuthbert (SR500)
  • Longest distance – Drew Jackson (all the way from Warwick, QLD)

Saturday night raffle

A number of companies kindly donated items for Saturday night’s raffle, resulting in many lucky people winning some great prizes!

A big “thank you” to everyone who donated prizes:

  • Andy Strapz, Seaford (VIC)
  • Deus ex Machina, Camperdown (NSW)
  • KEDO Parts Australia, Raymond Terrace (NSW)
  • Ikon Suspension, North Albury (NSW)
  • Vanem, Lane Cove (NSW)
  • Yamaha Australia
  • Motorcycle Trader magazine, Oakleigh (VIC)

Annual General Meeting

At Sunday’s AGM, nominations for the Committee were heard, and the following elections were made:

  • President: Jeff Gillman
  • Vice President: Paul Newbold
  • Treasurer: Craig Lemon
  • Secretary: Mike Haysom

Congratulations to Jeff Gillman, Paul Newbold, and Mike Haysom (who retain their positions as President, Vice President, and Secretary, respectively), and to Craig Lemon, who takes on the role of Treasurer, after Mike Cowie chose to stand down. Thanks, Mike, for all your work managing the Club’s finances, memberships, etc., these last five years.