Category Archives: Events

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.

Background

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: bethangahotel@hotmail.com. 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 www.championsridedays.com.au

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

 

Tasmania 2020 (19-29 Mar 2020)

Start date: Thursday, 19 March 2020
End date:
Sunday, 29 March 2020

Are you interested in spending 10 days or so riding around Tasmania in March 2020?

If yes, please let us know! E-mail the Club at: sr500clubau@gmail.com

Background

Following on from the Club’s successful trips to Tasmania in March 2016 and 2018, we are proposing a return to the Apple Isle in March 2020.

Tasmania offers many tourist attractions, fabulous motorcycling roads, beautiful scenery, and good weather in March, usually!

We propose departing Melbourne on the evening of Thursday, 19 March 2020 on the Spirit of Tasmania, and returning on the Spirit’s evening sailing on Saturday, 28 March 2020.

Those interested in attending may wish to depart and/or return earlier or later, and this is totally at your discretion.

There is no specific itinerary at this stage. If there is sufficient interest in the trip, then an itinerary will be drawn up closer to the time.

Note: The Club does not do group bookings for ferry or accommodation. It will be each attendee’s responsibility to book their own fares and accommodation.

 

EOI: Simpson Desert Crossing (Aug 2020)

Expressions of Interest

Club member, David Baker, is planning a Simpson Desert crossing in 2020.

David is a 62 year old, experienced rider, and is preparing a DR650 for the trip.

Timing is flexible, but will most likely be from August onwards.

There is the possibility of having a 4WD support vehicle tag along, but this is not guaranteed, so please prepare to be self-sufficient.

If you are interested, David can be contacted via email at davidbaker500@gmail.com