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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.

For Sale: 2014 Yamaha SR400

Type: For Sale
Location: Sydney, NSW
Date Posted: Sunday, 27 October 2019
Price: $8,800.00


Mark Fraser, from the XS650 Club of Australia, is selling his 2014 SR400. It was a display bike at the 2017 Sydney Motorcycle Show, and features a special 1976 XT500/TT500-inspired colour scheme. Mark says it’s in excellent condition, with 1,981 km on the clock.

Contact: Mark Fraser
Phone: 0416 022 114


Monthly Club Rides

Being a ‘social club’, we wish to encourage Club members to meet up and ride together on a regular (or, at least, semi-regular!) basis.

The Club endeavours to schedule rides for the third Sunday of the month (unless riding to a specific event).

However, we also need the support of members to make this work! Everyone has a favourite ride, or bit of road! If anyone would like to come forward with a suggestion for a ride, and/or would like to lead a ride, please let us know, or specifically, our Club Ride Captain, Tony Jones (0419 150 669).

Tony will happily assist anyone in bringing an idea to fruition, i.e. choosing a date, ride leader, meeting point (see suggestions below), and advertising the ride on the Club website.

A ride doesn’t always have to be to far flung destinations, hundreds of kilometres away. You may wish to suggest meeting up for breakfast somewhere in Melbourne so that the commitment is only for a few hours, and not the whole day. Overnight and/or interstate rides are also options, but would obviously require a bit more commitment and planning.

Some suggested meeting points:

  • BP Western Fwy, Rockbank
  • BP Calder Fwy, outbound
  • BP Cooper St, Epping
  • United West Gate Fwy, inbound
  • United West Gate Fwy, outbound
  • Naked Racer Café/Antique Motorcycles, Cheltenham

Final request: The Club would like a brief report following each ride, for posting on the website, from someone who attended. A photo or two would be good too.


Snowy Mountains ride (19-22 Nov 2019)

Start date: Tuesday, 19 November 2019
End date: Friday, 22 November 2019

UPDATE (as at 01/10/2019): For those planning on attending the Club’s organised ride in the Snowy Mountains, hopefully by now you have booked your accommodation and given your bikes a once over to ensure that they are in good shape for the ride.

This year’s group ride will be departing Bethanga Recreation Reserve on Tuesday, 19 November, no later than 3.00pm. We will ride via the Granya Gap to the Murray Valley Hwy and on to Khancoban via Corryong, arriving in Khancoban at approx. 5.00pm. For those not wishing to join the group ride, we’ll see you at the pub in Khancoban for drinks/dinner on Tuesday evening!

On Wednesday and Thursday, we will be cruising around the beautiful Snowy Mountains on some of the best twisty back roads in the country and possibly enjoying an ale or three at the end of the day! On Friday morning we plan to ride back to Bethanga via Towong and along the River Road, with a coffee stop in Walwa, and possibly lunch in Tallangatta. All plans are fluid on this ride and are modified to suit the group and the prevailing weather conditions

We are expecting a group of about 10-12 riders, but hopefully more decide to come along. If you have any questions or would like more details about the ride, please call Tony Jones on 0419 150 669.


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 route plans are flexible, so riders can join or leave 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, partners, and any non-members or friends 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 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: Please also note that there is no accommodation available at the hotel this year, as renovations have not yet been completed. Undercover motorcycle parking at the back of the hotel is also not available this year.

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

Saturday night entertainment: Sorry, no live band this year.

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, email the Club at:

EOI: Champion’s Ride Day (Feb/Mar 2020)

Expressions of Interest

Our Club Ride Captain, Tony Jones, is planning on doing a Champion’s Ride Day at Broadford Raceway in February/March 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

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