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Annual General Meeting

Date: Tuesday, 23 Feb 2021

Come join us at the Royal Standard Hotel, 333 William St, West Melbourne, for our Annual General Meeting.

We have a table for 10 booked from 6.30pm in the rear function room (however, if needed, the Hotel can accommodate more of us, with some prior warning).

So, come join us from 6.30pm for a drink and/or a meal, with the AGM proper starting thereafter (probably around 7.30pm).

All are welcome to attend.

Imminent change to Victorian Club Permit Scheme

Please be advised that if you live in Victoria and have a motorcycle manufactured in 1996 that you were planning on putting on to a Club Permit this year, it would be wise to do so ASAP.

We’ve heard from Guy Allen at AllMoto that VicRoads plans to soon change the eligible age of motorcycles from 25 to 30 years, in line with the rest of the country. There may not be a lot of notice of the implementation of this.

The change-over to a Club Permit involves joining the SR500 Club, getting a Roadworthy Certificate, and having the Club sign-off on it.

For more details of the Club Permit Scheme, click here.

SR500 Club ‘Virtual’ Rally COVID 2020

Unfortunately, COVID-19 put paid to the idea of having our annual Rally in 2020.

So, we encouraged members around the country to go for rides, locally, in smaller groups instead, on Sunday, November 22, 2020 – the day we would normally have been at Bethanga.

We had groups ride from Melbourne to Whitfield and Beechworth and back, from Baxter to Flinders and back, small groups assembled in Bethanga and Canberra, and a couple of members in SA and Townsville went for solo rides.

Thank you to everyone who participated and sent us photos! You will all receive a special Rally badge for your efforts!

Below are just some of the photos we received. There are more on our Facebook Group:

For Sale: SR500 parts

Type: For Sale
Location: VIC
Date Posted: Thursday, 17 December 2020
Price: See description


  • ’78 SR500 header pipe
    Solid double-skinned original header. Chrome is long gone. Just painted in exhaust paint. Would also suit wrapping. $50.
  • ’78 modified top clamp
    Modified to be used with clip-ons only. Smoothed and polished to retain authentic patina. $50.
  • ’78 chain guard
    Slightly rough original chain guard. Ideal for modified bikes that only need it for occasional legal requirements. Comes with baked-on chain lube. $20.
  • ’78 frame bash plate
    For the semi off road enthusiasts. $20.
  • ’78 wiring harness
    Running when parked. $50.
  • ’78 front guard – SOLD
    Small blemish as shown in pic. $50.

Contact: Paul Newbold
Phone: 0413 019 657


Important info concerning the Rally

It is the beginning of November, and normally, at this time of year, preparations are well underway for our annual Rally at Bethanga.

But, unfortunately, 2020 is no normal year.

Many restrictions remain in place in Victoria, which directly affect us as a club. These include:

  • Club members who live in metropolitan Melbourne cannot travel more than 25 km from home
  • For interstate members, there are border restrictions for travel in to, and out of, Victoria
  • There is a limit to the number of people allowed to meet together outside (10 people max.)

For these reasons, and after discussion at last week’s monthly Zoom meeting, we have come to the difficult conclusion that we cannot go ahead with the Rally this year.

We are very sorry to disappoint all our members who regularly attend the Rally each year. This is a decision that has not been taken lightly.

Alternative arrangements

In lieu of the Rally, we encourage members in each State and Territory to get together (subject to local restrictions) and organise a small group ride amongst themselves on Sunday 22 November. Or just go for a ride by yourself – that’s fine too!

On the day, please take a photo of you, your bike, and proof of the date (e.g. holding a newspaper masthead) and email it to us at and we will publish your photo on the website, or post the photo yourself on our Facebook group at

And as an incentive, everyone who submits a photo will be sent a special 2020 Club ‘Rally’ badge!


Minor change to the Club Permit Scheme

VicRoads has replaced the Road Safety (Vehicles) Regulations 2009 with the Road Safety (Vehicles) Interim Regulations 2020, which took effect from 4 October 2020.

The new Regulations include a change that applies to the Club Permit Scheme.

Club Permit number plates
When applying for a Club Permit, the applicant is now required to pay a fee for the issue of a standard Club Permit number plate ($19 for one number plate).

Item90 days fee45 days fee2/45 days fee
Permit fee$47.40$23.70$23.70
Log book$3.10$3.10N/A
Number plate$19.00$19.00N/A

Club-owned tools

Did you know that the Club owns a selection of special tools that members can borrow?

  • Flywheel puller
  • Clutch holding tool (part no. 90890-04086)
  • Magneto rotor holder (part no. 90890-01235)
  • Crankcase separator (part no. 90890-01135)
  • Tappet spanner
  • Engine stand

Please e-mail the Club ( if you wish to borrow any of these tools.

Online Club Permit Renewals

On 31 July 2020, VicRoads launched new digital functionality that enables Club Permits to be renewed online with a myVicRoads account (if you don’t have a myVicRoads account, go to to find out more).

The new online service removes the need for Club Permit holders to visit a Customer Service Centre or to renew via mail.

How to renew a Club permit online

  1. Organise for your renewal notice to be signed by an authorised officer of the Club to declare that you are a current member. Authorised officers of the SR500 Club are the President, the Secretary, and the Treasurer. A Club scrutineer cannot sign a renewal unless they are also a nominated authorised officer. If you’re unable to organise for your renewal notice to be signed by an authorised officer, you can request a Club permit endorsement form be completed, signed by an authorised officer and sent/emailed to you instead.
  2. Sign your Club permit renewal notice (you must be the permit holder).
  3. Submit your renewal (and signed Club permit endorsement form, if required) and pay the renewal fee online via your myVicRoads account.

Important information:

Requirements to renew a Club Permit remain the same

The renewal (or Club permit endorsement form) must be signed by an authorised officer of the Club to declare that the permit holder is a current member. The Club Permit renewal must also be signed by the Club Permit holder.

Proof of payment

When a Club Permit is renewed online, the receipt must be printed and kept with the log book received with renewal. The receipt may need to be produced as proof of payment.

Changing period of use

If the Club Permit holder wishes to change the period of use from 45 days to 90 days or 90 days to 45 days, the renewal cannot be processed online.

More info and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Virtual monthly meetings

As we cannot currently meet face-to-face for our monthly meetings at the Royal Standard, Melbourne, we are having virtual meetings via Zoom instead, on the last Tuesday of the month, from 7.30pm – open to all current, financial members of the Club! If you wish to participate, please email the Club prior to the meeting you wish to attend (, and closer to the time, before the day of the meeting, we’ll send you the Zoom logging in instructions.

Typical agenda items are:

  • Apologies
  • Business arising from previous minutes
  • Treasurer’s report
  • General / new business


Recommended reading

With the sad demise of Motorcycle Trader magazine in April 2020 after 26 years in business, many of us are missing the quality content produced by the editorial team, many of whom, coincidentally, are members of the SR500 Club, e.g. Chris Harris, Grant Roff, Guy Allen, and Greg Leech!

But just because Motorcycle Trader is gone, doesn’t mean that the guys have stopped writing. It just means that they’ve found other ways to publish their work, which are freely available for us to enjoy!

Below is a selection, and we thoroughly recommended you take a look, and maybe consider showing them your support by following their websites, adding them to your internet favourites, and liking them on Facebook, Instagram, or YouTube (or all of the above)! We’re sure they’d appreciate having you on board! Enjoy!

Paris Dakar Melbourne, Chris Harris

AllMoto, Guy Allen

Info Moto, Greg ‘Snag’ Leech