All posts by Craig Lemon

For Sale: New & used parts

Type: For Sale
Location: ACT
Date Posted: Friday, 17 November 2017
Price: various

After market parts (all new, in original packaging, except the header pipe):

  • Omega Racer alloy tank, ‘Telos’ style. Note: Seat must be located rearward 25mm with this tank. Comes with lockable cap and two keys, $695
  • Café racer seat (MotoLanna), black with red stitching, $135
  • Chain guard (MotoLanna), stainless steel, $65
  • Front mudguard (MotoLanna), stainless steel, $85
  • Muffler (MotoLanna), stainless steel, extra short megaphone (very minor blemish), $125
  • Header pipe (MotoLanna), stainless steel, swept back style, used once, $95

Used SR500 parts (all in excellent condition):

  • Rear tail light assembly, complete with original reflectors, $35
  • Front disc, 5mm thickness, $25
  • Front calliper, $25
  • Front brake reservoir, with lever, $35


Contact: Garry Compton
Phone: 0421 160 731


Peninsula ride report (4 Nov 2017)

Mike Cowie reports on the Club ride down the Mornington Peninsula on Saturday, 4 Nov 2017:

The Peninsula Ride went well, even if the weather was a bit overcast and damp at the start!

See photos below, taken outside Andy Strapz’s shop in Seaford, which was the second stop of the day (the first stop was at Antique Motorcycles near Moorabbin Airport, which was after the main group rode down from the West Gate bridge meeting point).

We then rode on down to Balnarring for a lunch of lovely meat pies and coffee.

After lunch, with the weather on the improve, two of the guys, Paul and Jeff, decided the pace was too hectic and left the group to return home (or maybe they were just bored). They missed the best part of the ride!

[Actually, they got separated from the main group and headed off in the wrong direction, but still had a great ride after finding themselves on the southern side of Flinders].

We left Balnarring and headed up to the back of Arthurs Seat, then back down to Flinders, where I took a few more photos (below).

After Flinders, we headed down to Sorrento where the guys from the west of the city took the ferry across to Queenscliff , to ride home through Geelong.

The three of us that didn’t take the ferry went back to the city by another route and arrived home at 5-6pm.

I don’t know about the others, but I had a very enjoyable day, cruising about the Peninsula. There are some great roads down there, and the scenery is spectacular.

For Sale: Green Hornet SR400

Type: For Sale
Location: ACT
Date Posted: Friday, 20 October 2017
Price:  contact vendor


The Green Hornet is a no expense spared 2005 SR400 café racer that Ross Racing has built to sell. It’s the first of ten bikes that Stew plans to make, and there will never be another one made like it by him.

The bike will come with three months rego in the ACT, as well as a current Roadworthy Certificate, if required. The Green Hornet also has an individual brass-numbered Ross Racing identification plate.

The Green Hornet is a collection of many of the things that Stew would like to have on his own SR café racer, and it’s made up of only the best quality Japanese after-market components. Stew deliberately made the bike that way so that in the event of the bike being damaged (which of course we hope would never occur!), the new owner could simply go to somewhere like Vanem or Deus and buy the replacement part, just as if it was a production bike.

Some of the things that the Green Hornet has are lightweight alloy-body Ikon shocks, Peyton Place exhaust system (which sounds great, but not too loud), WM alloy tank with a Monza cap retro-fitted by the famed Bernie Willett, alloy WM rear-sets, Ducati SS-style side covers, and Daytona headlight with integral Velona speedo and stainless steel support brackets. There’s also a genuine Nitro Heads seat, stainless steel guards, front and back, and quality alloy adjustable-angle clip-ons.

The electronic Velona speedo is driven by an electronic signal from a generator located on the front speedo cable drive outlet, meaning it has no speedo cable. The speedo display has a handlebar-mounted push-button control that switches between total mileage, trip distances, electric system voltage display, and it even has a clock! On an SR!

It comes with a set of bolt-on pillion pegs, a genuine SR400 tool kit, and its own bike cover. There is an electronic immobiliser as standard, and even hazard lights.

This bike was one of the original Deus-imported SR400s. It comes with all paperwork required for registration, plus some extra data so you know how the various items on it work.

Bikes like this aren’t cheap to make, so the sale price somewhat reflects that quality. If you’re interested in the Green Hornet, please feel free to call Stew.

Contact: Stew Ross
Phone: 0419 164 941


Peninsula Ride (4 Nov 2017)

Date: Saturday, 4 November 2017

The SR500 Club invites you to join us for a ride down the beautiful Mornington Peninsula!

The route and itinerary is quite flexible, and will be finalised on the day by consensus. One definite stop, however, will be at Andy Strapz‘s shop in Seaford!

Other options for stops along the way include Antique Motorcycles (Cheltenham) and adjoining Naked Racer Café, Old Classic Motorcycle Warehouse (Seaford), and TT Motorcycles (Mornington).

For those riding in from the west, Andy Hunt will be at the United petrol station on the West Gate Freeway (the one on the city-bound side of the Freeway) at 8.30am (for a 9.00am departure).

If you wish to join the ride ‘en route’, please contact Andy Hunt (0418 361 810) to arrange a meeting place and time.


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

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

Yamaha ends production of the SR400

Some sad news… Yamaha has announced that production of the SR400 has ceased, due to increasingly strict motorcycle exhaust gas regulations.

Production ceased in August, with the announcement being made on September 1.

A number of other Yamaha models have also been discontinued, such as VMAX, XJR 1300, V Star 250 & 400, XT 250, Tricker, and WR 250.

However, in more positive news, Yamaha also announced that they are working on the development of a successor model for the SR400 (but the release date has not yet been decided).