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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: New, aftermarket parts

Type: For Sale
Location: ACT
Date updated: Wednesday, 23 May 2018
Price: various

Aftermarket parts (all new, in original packaging):

  • 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
  • Twin oil line kit, $45

Contact: Garry Compton
Phone: 0421 160 731
E-mail: daphne750.gc@gmail.com

 

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 the following year, 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.