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Club Ride (27 Apr 2019)

Date: Saturday, 27 Apr 2019

Members are invited to join Club Secretary, Mike Haysom, at Maldon to view the line-up of ‘All British Rally’ bikes that have been ridden into the town for the morning (from the Rally site in nearby Newstead).

If anyone wishes to accompany Mike on the ride to Maldon, the meet-up point will be BP / McDonald’s on the Hume Fwy at Wallan North.

From there, the ride will go via Malmsbury Bakery, on to Maldon, and then back to Wallan via the Hepburn Springs/Daylesford area, and Woodend.

Basic timings:

  • 0830: Depart BP / McDonald’s, Hume Fwy, Wallan North.
  • 0915: Depart Carlsruhe, from the Lancefield exit road from Calder Fwy, and then head along Cheveley Road, northbound (meet at the area at end of the exit road as shown in the attached photo; for those with GPS, lat/long: -37.296297, 144.500648).
  • 0930: Arrive at Malmsbury Bakery.
  • 1030: Depart Malmsbury Bakery.
  • 1110: Arrive at Maldon to peruse the parade of bikes from the All British Rally.
  • 1530: Depart Maldon (with full tanks!).
  • 1700: Arrive at Woodend Bakery Café (via the Calder Fwy, if attendees prefer).
  • 1730: Depart Woodend Bakery Café.
  • 1830: Arrive at BP / McDonald’s, Hume Fwy, Wallan South.

Mike will be on his blue Ténéré 660 (current model shape, with yellow highlights on the front). He will slow down for any stationary bikes he sees. Wave him down if you wish to join.

Route charts are attached (if you wish to intercept someplace else):

Mike Haysom, 0417 054 768


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

For Sale: Yamaha SR500

Type: For Sale
Location: Brighton, VIC
Date Posted: Friday, 25 January 2019
Price: $4,000 (reduced even further)


Club member, Shannon Dolan, is selling his SR500 (to make room for a new four-wheel toy).

“The bike is very clean and well-sorted. I purchased the best SR500 I could afford about 2 yrs ago and I haven’t really had to touch it, apart from a service every 3,000 km. The bike runs an oil cooler and never appears to get hot, even in traffic (and this Friday is 40°C in Melbourne!). I put a flat-slide Keihin carburettor on it, and always run it with a K&N filter (just not for photo shoots). I’m looking for $4,000, but happy to knock a little off the price if you’re happy to switch back to a stock carb. If you need any extra pics or a video of the bike running, just get in touch. The bike is on Club plates.”

Contact: Shannon Dolan
Phone: 0403 873 687


For Sale: BMW R80

Type: For Sale
Location: Brighton, VIC
Date Posted: Friday, 25 January 2019
Price: $6,599


Club member, Shannon Dolan, is selling his 1991 BMW R80 (to make room for a new four-wheel toy).

“The bike came from Adelaide and was used mainly for touring before I purchased it, still with very low kms about 4 yrs ago. I purchased it mainly for club events and coffee runs on weekends. The bike is the more balanced 800 cc, it idles and runs smoothly, never burns any oil and never fails to start, even on cold Melbourne mornings. A well-sorted bike, and always serviced at regular intervals.

  • New Avon tyres with only around 1,000 km of use.
  • New battery.
  • Adjustable Ohlins rear shock added by the last owner for touring, and it’s great to add a few clicks to if you’re riding two-up.
  • This is the mono-shock version with the one-sided swing arm. This version is much stiffer and more planted than the twin-shock version (if you ever decide to tuck in and try and get the heads down on a twisting road).
  • Running stainless cross-over pipes instead of the front muffler box. Doesn’t make the bike much louder, just much lighter, and better breathing for the engine.
  • If you need any extra pics or a video of the bike running, get in touch.
  • Bike currently on Club plates.
  • The bike uses BMW GS rear indicators, but the original bar-style can be put back if that’s more your style.”

More details and pics at

Contact: Shannon Dolan
Phone: 0403 873 687


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, and digital versions via the ‘Old Bike Australasia’ apps for iOS and Android.

For Sale: 2x Yamaha SR500s

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


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


For Sale: Yamaha SR400

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


  • 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


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!