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Andy Strapz celebrates 25 years

Long-time member and supporter of the SR500 Club, Andy Strapz (aka Andy White), is celebrating a quarter of a century in business this year, which proves how much motorcyclists love his range of clever, practical and quality Australian-made touring gear!

Says Andy…

“It’s hard to believe it was 25 years ago that I bought a second-hand sewing machine, taught myself rudimentary sewing and knocked up what turned into Andy Strapz. We were told Aussie manufacturing of quality bike gear would end in tears. There’s been no shortage of tears, but hey, we’re still here.”

Andy was an Emergency Nurse at the time of the business’s inception and after witnessing too many times just how dangerous conventional ‘bungee’ straps were and, as a long-time rider, set out to develop a safer, more effective option for riders.

“The straps were my Mother of Invention and then over the next decade that mother’s sister kept on my case as I developed thermals, seat bags and soft panniers. And so with the help of skilled staff, ‘Bob’s yer Mother’s Brother’ and here we are.

“Andy Strapz is something I’m profoundly grateful for and immensely proud of. A combination of dogged persistence and trust of intuition has somehow worked.”

The product range is still manufactured in Victoria (Seaford) using materials chosen carefully for their quality and ability to withstand rigorous and thorough testing of sometimes as many as 3 or 4 prototypes.

Over time Andy has amassed a great range of other quality motorcycle travel gear to complement what his factory makes, such as helmets, clothing, and camping equipment. He trials and endorses everything he stocks.

“We think it’s of paramount importance to not only trial what we sell, but to get a clear picture of how they work, as well as the pros and cons of various applications.”

Check out the full range at

November general meeting

Please note, there will be no meeting tonight at the Royal Standard Hotel in West Melbourne.

We will, however, be having a brunch get-together one Saturday in December instead, at a café somewhere in Carlton. ☕

Keep your eye on Facebook and the Club website for more details closer to the time. 👀

Important info concerning the 2021 Rally

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

But, unfortunately, once again, 2021 has been no normal year.

Even though restrictions are easing, and the VIC/NSW border has now reopened, there are still rules in place for organising public events such as our Rally. These rules include:

  • having an approved COVIDSafe Event Plan
  • having control of all entry/exit points
  • keeping electronic records of all attendees (QR Codes)
  • confirming that attendees are double-vaccinated
  • ensuring mask wearing requirements are reinforced

The Committee has come to the conclusion that creating and enforcing these rules would be too difficult to do to ensure the safety of all attendees and the Bethanga community.

For this reason, we have come to the difficult conclusion that we cannot go ahead with the Rally again 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.

Club Permit Scheme update

The Minister for Roads and Road Safety has issued a Notice of Decision on the Road Safety (Vehicles) Regulations 2021.

The attached Public Notice was printed in the Herald Sun on Friday, 10 September, 2021.

The most important decision effecting us, is that eligibility for club permit registration will remain at 25 years.

UPDATED: Imminent changes to Victorian Club Permit Scheme

Guy Allen at AllMoto has given us an update on changes to the Club Permit Scheme that are being proposed by VicRoads in its revision of the Road Safety (Vehicles) Regulations.

The changes are still going through a consultation process, but if they are implemented, they will take effect from 3 October 2021.

Key take-aways:

  • Eligibility will shift from 25 to 30 years. The existing 1,800 vehicles in that 5-year window will be OK as the change is ‘grandfathered’ in.
  • Fees to increase, by approx. $14 for 45 days and by $28 for 90 days. This is VicRoads fees only – no mention is made of TAC.
  • VicRoads to have broader powers for a “please explain” for clubs and permit-holders that attract attention, e.g. trade vehicles being used as such, or clubs where there seems to be only one person involved. Any club with less than 10 registrations is on the radar.
  • There is talk of new penalties for failure to comply with Club Permit rules, such as failure to fill out a logbook. These are not explained (there was talk of coming up with something a little less harsh than the current situation where you cop the full ‘driving unregistered’ penalty; however, there is no confirmation either way in the Regulatory Impact Statement).
  • It’s likely that you will be required to make an appointment for a new permit – this hasn’t generally been the case in the past.
  • VicRoads will push to introduce electronic logbooks instead of paper. The implication of this is it will be in the cloud and will make it easier to check if you’ve ‘signed’ your logbook for the day, i.e. law enforcement can check without actually pulling you up. The downside for many will be the lack of a physical reminder to sign off for the day. VicRoads acknowledges that users much prefer the paper system.

Get your orders in for custom garment colours

Ever since day 1, the SR500 Club has offered garments (T-shirts and windcheaters) in any colour you like… as long as they’re black.

In response to requests from members whose favourite colour is not black, we have decided to offer a one-off print run of the SR Club logo on garments of any colour you like!

Since there are too many combinations of garment type, colour and size, we request any members interested in this to BYOG (bring your own garment), whether it be a plain singlet, T-shirt, windcheater or hoody to our next monthly meeting at the Royal Standard, West Melbourne, on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, or if you can’t make it to the meeting, please arrange delivery to Paul Newbold by that date.

Please note that the garment(s) you provide must be brand new (and unworn).

The SR Club logo will be screen printed in either white or black – whichever colour the screen printer decides offers the best contrast to the colour of the garment you’ve provided.

For small sizes (if the garment does not fit the screen printing machine), the logo will be a heat-applied (iron-on) design.

Cost: $5.00 per logo


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 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. (i) Have your renewal notice signed by an authorised officer* of the Club (subject to COVID restrictions) to declare that you are a current member, or
    (ii) Request a Club permit endorsement form, completed and signed by an authorised officer*, to be 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 used) and pay the renewal fee online via your myVicRoads account.

*Authorised officers of the Club are the President (Jeff), Vice President (Paul), Secretary (MikeH), Treasurer (Craig), and the Club Safety Officer (MikeC). A Club scrutineer cannot sign a renewal (unless they are also a nominated authorised officer).

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, financial 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