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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.

 

Speed Week 2019 – Good luck, Brian!

Speed Week at Lake Gairdner, South Australia, runs Monday, March 4 to Friday, March 8, and returning to the salt in 2019 is Brian Fullard from Melbourne, with his heavily modified 1976 Yamaha TT500!

Brian will be trying to beat the record of 121.237 mph that he set in 2016 in the ‘M-F 500‘ category.

He will also be competing in the ‘MPS-F 500‘ category (see pic), trying to beat the current record of 128.608 mph (set in 2017 by Mark Youman from Townsville on a 1990 ‘Yamasaki 500’).

We wish Brian all the best in his record-breaking attempts!

More info at www.dlra.org.au

2018 Rally Report

It was a special year this year for the Yamaha SR500, which has been around now for 40 years, and also it was the SR500 Club’s 20th anniversary! The Rally was very successful again this year, despite the weather on Friday! There was very heavy rain in Melbourne on Friday morning which discouraged a lot of riders from leaving until later in the day. By mid-afternoon, it was very quiet in Bethanga, but as the weekend progressed, more and more people turned up (around 120 people registered) and the weather improved.

Show ‘n’ Shine

At Saturday’s Show ‘n’ Shine, there were eight award categories. Congratulations to the following winners!

  • Best stock SR – Wendy & Mathew Rode (and their 1984 SR500, again!)
  • Best modified SR – Steven Findlay (again!)
  • Best XT/TT 500 – Brendan Van de Zand
  • Best 4 valve (XT/TT/SZR/SRX 600/660) – Scott Wells (SR600 Special)
  • Best non-SR – Chris Rowley (Honda CB77 Super Hawk)
  • Peoples’ choice – Shane Bailey (Kawasaki Z1R Mk2)
  • Best rat bike – Brett Martello (very tasty XT500 Special!)
  • Longest distance – Bill McInerney (900km from Christies Beach, SA)

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)
  • IKON Suspension, North Albury (NSW)
  • Yamaha Australia
  • Court House Hotel, Bethanga (VIC)
  • KEDO Parts Australia, Raymond Terrace (NSW)
  • Motorcycle Trader magazine, Oakleigh (VIC)

Saturday night entertainment

Big thanks to Salty Dog Blues for a great set on Saturday night!

Annual General Meeting

At Sunday’s AGM, nominations for the Committee were heard, and the following elections were made:

  • President: Jeff Gillman
  • Vice Presidents: Paul Newbold, Craig Lemon
  • Secretary: Mike Haysom
  • Ride Captain: Tony Jones
  • Treasurer: Mike Cowie

Congratulations to Jeff Gillman (President again), Paul Newbold and Craig Lemon (joint Vice Presidents), and a warm welcome to Mike Haysom who takes over as Secretary from Tony Jones, who stepped down after serving for 5 years. Thanks Tony you did a great job, and we are glad to have you in your new position as Ride Captain! Mike Cowie continues as Treasurer.

 

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.

SR500 Club membership fees due!

Hi fellow Club members,

For those of you who have not paid your membership fees in the last few weeks, it is that time of year again, and you should pay by 30th July 2018. The 30th of June is our membership renewal date – we like to give you a little time to pay! When you pay, you will be paid up until 30th June 2019.

If you have a bike on a Club Permit using the SR500 Club, that bike will be unregistered if you are not a paid-up member!

On a brighter note, the annual membership fee is still only $25.00!

Also, don’t forget the annual SR500 Club Rally is on in November (see the Events section on the website for details).

Also, it might be a good time to contact us if you have changed your address, telephone number, email address, marital status, or T-shirt size, recently. You could fill out a membership renewal form, and return it to the SR500 Club.

There are a couple of ways of paying your fees:

(1) The preferred way is to make a direct credit into our bank account:
Account Name = SR500 Club
BSB = 033 068
Account Number = 164061

Put your name in the transaction description field!

(2) Post a cheque with a completed renewal form to:
SR500 Club Australia, PO Box 500, Braeside, VIC 3195

Or just turn up at a Club meeting and pay me directly (I am the old guy with the eye shade and quill pen)!

Regards, Mike Cowie
(Treasurer)

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.

2017 Rally Report

The Rally was a great success again this year!

Thanks to three days of clear blue skies, attendance was good (128 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 – Rob Rode (1984 SR500). Again!
  • Best modified SR – Steven Findlay
  • Best XT/TT 500 – Colin Jay
  • Best 4 valve (XT/TT/SZR/SRX 600/660) – Peter Hickey (XT600 Ténéré)
  • Best non-SR – Tony Jones (Virago XV920R café racer)
  • Peoples’ choice – Leno Pirotta (Mazda 10A rotary-powered BMW R50)
  • Best rat bike – ‘Mudguard’
  • Longest distance – Drew Jackson (for riding his SR500 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)
  • Motorcycle Trader magazine, Oakleigh (VIC)

Saturday night entertainment

Big thanks to Cracked Pepper for a great set on Saturday night.

Annual General Meeting

At Sunday’s AGM, nominations for the Committee were heard, and the following elections were made:

  • President: Jeff Gillman
  • Vice Presidents: Paul Newbold, Craig Lemon
  • Treasurer: Mike Cowie
  • Secretary: Tony Jones

Congratulations to Jeff Gillman (President again), Paul Newbold and Craig Lemon (joint Vice Presidents), and to Mike Cowie and Tony Jones (who retain their positions as Treasurer and Secretary, respectively).