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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.

For Sale: BMW R80

Type: For Sale
Location: South Gippsland, VIC
Date Posted: Friday, 11 May 2018
Price: $9,500 ono

Description:

Club member, Anthony Golding, is selling his 1992 BMW R80.

79,000 km, original patina, colour-matched fairing, lamb’s wool seat cover, Givi topbox, BMW pannier set, crash bar, and additional, hard to get voltage and oil pressure gauges (not fitted). Currently registered and sold with a RWC.

Contact: Anthony Golding
Phone: 0438 604 686
E-mail: agolding@leonsec.vic.edu.au

 

For Sale: 2x Yamaha SR500s

Type: For Sale
Location: Albany, WA
Date Posted: Tuesday, 17 April 2018
Price: EOI (contact vendor)

Description:

Christine is clearing her shed out. Two bikes to be sold together. Not advertised anywhere else yet as she would like them to go to an enthusiast where they will be restored to their former glory. Unregistered. Both bikes always housed under cover in the shed.

Bike #1: The ‘café racer’ bike. Was running, a few years back. Chrome, spoked wheel, only replaced with other bike’s back wheel for when it was last ridden. Original wheel and spokes for buyer. Pillion seat to go with café racer. Fuel in tank. Keys in ignition for bike and fuel cap.

Bike #2: Restoration and/or parts project. Speedo not attached, but probably in the shed somewhere and will go with purchase. Chrome exhaust pipe also to go.

If a buyer is willing to travel to Albany to purchase and remove, two nights free accommodation is available.

Contact: Christine Tozer
Phone: 0420 654 410
E-mail: tozer@oceanbroadband.net

 

For Sale: Yamaha SR400

Type: For Sale
Location: VIC
Date Posted: Wednesday, 14 March 2018
Price: $5,500

Description:

  • 1988 Yamaha SR400
  • 17,650 km
  • Nothing to spend. Just change any parts to suit your tastes and style or just get on and ride as is.
  • The bike is now in the more stock styling (yellow tank), but sale will include all the caféd parts (black café racer-style): larger fibreglass tank, fibreglass rear fairing, clip-ons, alloy triple tree, café mirrors.
  • The bike is in great condition. No leaks. No issues at all. Very easy to start  (first or second kick), Mikuni 39 mm flat slide carb (makes engine more responsive, easy to start).
  • Eligible for Club Permit Scheme.
  • Optional: Bike can be sold with a Roadworthy Cert, if needed. Everything on the bike will pass a Roadworthy.
  • Price: $5,500.
    Happy to reduce the price a bit if you don’t want the extra café racer parts.

Contact: Shannon ‘Sam’ Dolan
Phone: 0403 873 687
E-mail: shannondol@gmail.com

 

The Club is now on Social Media!

The Club website is the primary source / depository of Club information (notices, events, photos, technical information, etc.). But with the prevalence of smartphones & tablets in our lives (and the instant notifications that these devices make possible), the Club has decided to sign-up to Facebook and Twitter!

From now on, whenever something new is added to the Club website, we will also update the Club Facebook and Twitter feeds.

This gives the Club another way to keep members up-to-date with all the latest information (especially Events, e.g. Sunday rides, that may be organised at short notice).

Please click on the link(s) below, and ‘follow’ the Club on Facebook and/or Twitter today!

 

Vale Rob Rode

We are sorry to advise that Club member, Rob Rode, has passed away – while out riding with mates in South Gippsland on Saturday, 20 January.

Anyone who has attended the Club’s annual Rally in Bethanga in the last few years will remember Rob from his winning of the ‘Best Stock SR’ award for the last five years in a row (2013-2017), with his immaculately presented 1984 SR500.

In Rob’s honour, the Committee has decided that the charity the Club will support this year will be Kidney Health Australia, a charity that was close to Rob’s and his family’s hearts.

Our sincere condolences to Wendy, Katie, Mathew, and all of Rob’s family and friends.

RIP Rob.

Annual Club Rally (23-25 Nov 2018)

Start date: Friday, 23 November 2018
End date: Sunday, 25 November 2018

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!

This year is a special year for the Club, as 2018 marks 40 years since the initial release of the SR500, and 20 years since the creation of the SR500 Club Australia!

It would be great to see as many SR500s at this year’s Rally as possible to mark these milestones! So, please, drag your SR500 out of the shed, and bring it to the Rally!

Entry is only $15 pre-paid (in our PO Box by 19th October), or $20 on-site. Or if you bring an SR500, you are eligible for free entry this year!

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: Salty Dog Blues

AGM: The Annual General Meeting will be held at 9.00am on Sunday 25th, where there will be an election of committee members for FY 2018/2019, and the presentation of the 2017/2018 Annual Financial report.

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

For more info, members from Melbourne can email the Club at sr500clubau@gmail.com, or contact Stew Ross via the ACT Branch website.

Victorian State election, Saturday 24 November

For all Victorians attending the Rally, don’t forget to vote!

  1. Early voting
    Early voting will be open from Monday 12 November to Friday 23 November. Find an early voting centre using the Voting Centre Locator.
  2. Vote by post
    Applications for postal votes are now open, and close at 6pm, Wednesday 21 November.
  3. Vote on election day
    You can vote at Bethanga Soldiers Memorial Hall from 8am to 6pm on election day.

For more info, go to the Victorian Electoral Commission website.

2017 Rally Report

The Rally was a great success again this year!

Thanks to three days of clear blue skies, attendance was good (128 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 – Rob Rode (1984 SR500). Again!
  • Best modified SR – Steven Findlay
  • Best XT/TT 500 – Colin Jay
  • Best 4 valve (XT/TT/SZR/SRX 600/660) – Peter Hickey (XT600 Ténéré)
  • Best non-SR – Tony Jones (Virago XV920R café racer)
  • Peoples’ choice – Leno Pirotta (Mazda 10A rotary-powered BMW R50)
  • Best rat bike – ‘Mudguard’
  • Longest distance – Drew Jackson (for riding his SR500 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)
  • Motorcycle Trader magazine, Oakleigh (VIC)

Saturday night entertainment

Big thanks to Cracked Pepper for a great set on Saturday night.

Annual General Meeting

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

  • President: Jeff Gillman
  • Vice Presidents: Paul Newbold, Craig Lemon
  • Treasurer: Mike Cowie
  • Secretary: Tony Jones

Congratulations to Jeff Gillman (President again), Paul Newbold and Craig Lemon (joint Vice Presidents), and to Mike Cowie and Tony Jones (who retain their positions as Treasurer and Secretary, respectively).

2017 Rally – A Club Member’s Report

Drew Jackson and John Davies rode all the way from Warwick (QLD) to attend the 2017 Rally in Bethanga.

Here’s Drew’s account of the long ride down and back!

The ride to the Rally began in Warwick on Wednesday [Nov 22] and it was raining. We usually ride down to the Bruxner Hwy via Killarney, Legume and the Tooloom Scrub to Urbenville and eventually to the Bruxner; however, with the rain, we decided to go directly down to Tenterfield on the New England Hwy.

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Our bikes are good back-road tourers, but constant highway speeds seem a little cruel. The KL250 Kwaka is happy at 95 kph, and so is the SR, especially as the round trip will be about 3000 km.

The Bruxner Hwy from Tenterfield to Drake is a great ride with a good variety of corners, but take care, as there are a couple of corners posted at 30 kph that tighten up pretty quickly and have caught out a few riders. Just before Tabulam, we turned south and headed for Grafton. Because of the small tanks on our bikes, it was necessary to fill up whenever we needed to cover more than 150 km. Both bikes were getting over 25 km/L, but running out of fuel is not much fun, so we were being careful.

After a quick lunch in Grafton we headed towards Ebor and Armidale. This is one of my favourite roads, with plenty of corners and only light traffic – it was a pity it was still raining lightly. The new Metzeler on the back of the SR was performing well on the damp roads. From Armidale, we headed to Uralla, and then Walcha, where we spent a very comfortable night at the Apsley Arms Hotel.

An early start the next morning saw us in Gloucester for a coffee after an interesting ride over some pretty rough sections of road. From Gloucester, we headed to Dungog, and then Singleton and Denman. The next section was the Bylong Valley Way to Rylstone; this is great ride with great sandstone formations and plenty of tight corners in a couple of places. I hope the protesters manage to keep the coal miners out of the area. From Rylstone, we headed to Kandos, Ilford, Sofala, and Bathurst – there are plenty of good corners on this section. Our destination for the day was Blayney where we were booked into the Royal Hotel. It was steak night at the Royal and it was booked out – every table in the pub was taken, but the barmaid found us a spot, and for $12 we had a steak with a great selection of sides. We had done about 650 km and we only had about 500 km to go to get to Bethanga for the Rally.

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From Blayney, we headed to Cowra and then Boorowa and Jugiong where we joined the dreaded Hume for a few kilometres on the way to Gundagai. It was good to get off the Hume and head to Tumut, Batlow, and Tumbarumba for lunch. We were getting pretty close to our destination, so after a pie and a coffee, we refuelled and headed off to the border at Jingellic. The ride down to Jingellic from Tumbarumba is another good ride, with plenty of good sweepers, and with the aid of gravity, the bikes performed well.

After crossing the Murray River, we turned along the Murray Valley Hwy and headed towards Granya where we turned off to Bethanga. We arrived mid-afternoon and set up our camp before going to the hotel to meet a few of the regular Rally-goers. All up, we did 1615 km getting to the Rally.

The Rally is fully catered and the food is very good and the prices charged are fair. Hot showers are available and there was a cricket match to watch on the Saturday. Saturday night was the official part of the Rally, with awards given out for the Show ‘n’ Shine – Best Original SR, SRX, and so on. There were some very interesting bikes on display.

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The Rally was very good and the SR Club did a great job. The venue is a cracker, with a fair amount of shade and green grass to camp on.

The ride home was a lot faster, as we took a more direct route – back to Tumbarumba, then up to Cowra, Wellington and Gulgong. The next day, we headed north to Coolah, Manilla, Bingara, Warialda, Yetman, Texas, and finally to Warwick via Greenup. It was a long day and we did have a break at Yetman at the Codfish Hotel.

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We refuelled in Texas – still the cheapest fuel in Queensland.

Over the six days, we averaged 500 km per day, even given the rest day on Saturday.