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This year’s rally badge

Each year, in the lead up to our Rally in November, we take time to carefully choose a worthwhile charity to donate a portion of our Club funds to. The chosen charity often influences the colours we choose for the Rally badge.

At our monthly general meeting in August, the Committee and members present decided that this year we will donate $1,000 to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.

Using colours that the ASRC uses on their website and social media, we have decided on a tri-colour design for this year’s badge. They are now in production and will be ready in time for the Rally. Everyone who attends and has paid the Rally entry fee will receive a badge.

We hope you like this year’s design. See you in Bethanga in November!

For more info on the charities we’ve supported previously, please click here.

Funeral for Russell MacDonald

Details of Russell’s funeral have been published by the Ballarat Courier:

A memorial will be held on Saturday 23rd September at Ballarat Rovers Motorcycle Club Rooms, Building 25, Ballarat Airport. Camping facilities will be available. Russell’s last ride will commence from the Ballarat Yacht Club at 1.30pm finishing at the Rovers Club rooms. He has requested as much noise as possible with plenty of bikes and cars. Open mic for those wishing to share words or stories.

Anyone who wishes to attend are invited to meet us at the BP Rockbank Outbound Truckstop on the Western Fwy (M8) at 11.00am for a 11.30am departure to ride en masse to the Ballarat Yacht Club.

Vale Russell MacDonald

We are very saddened to advise that Russell MacDonald has passed away.

Russell passed away in Ballarat on Wednesday, September 13, after a short illness.

Russell joined the SR500 Club back in 2000, becoming member #91 and became a valued and respected member.

He will be remembered fondly for his contribution to the Club in helping to run our annual Rallies, his riding prowess, extensive knowledge of motorcycles and their maintenance, his attention to detail in keeping his own collection of motorcycles in pristine condition, and as a fiercely loyal friend of many in the Club.

We saw a little less of Russell when he relocated to Clunes seven years ago, but we welcomed the opportunity to visit and stay the night when he extended an invitation to the Club a few years back.

In Clunes, Russell built an expansive ‘man cave’ to house his treasured collection of bikes and cars, and had enough land to farm sheep, pigs, and alpacas.

Our sincere condolences to Christine and all of Russell’s family and friends.

Details of Russell’s funeral will be posted when they are known.

RIP Thumper.

EOI: Name badges

Last chance to respond if you’re interested. We will close ‘Expressions of Interest’ at the end of September.

First published 25 July 2023:

If you have attended our annual Rally at Bethanga, it can be difficult (and potentially embarrassing!) trying to remember the names of other members of the Club who you may only see once a year. This issue may be amplified if you also attend events or meet-ups during the year with other motorcycle clubs.

You may have noticed that some other motorcycle clubs (e.g. the VJMC) employ the use of name badges to help alleviate this issue.

Subsequently, we are now seeking Expressions of Interest from any members who wish to purchase an SR500 Club-branded name badge (at a nominal cost per person, yet to be determined).

Please email the club at if you are interested.

Victorian Club Permit Logbooks

Please note that VicRoads has identified that due to a processing error, around 2,000 club permit renewals were recently sent out to various car and motorcycle clubs without the inclusion of new logbooks.

VicRoads is in the process of rectifying the issue by sending all affected permit holders their respective logbooks asap.

For Sale: Yamaha SR500

Type: For Sale
Location: Clunes, VIC
Date Posted: Saturday, 26 August 2023
Price: POA


Stock, low-mileage Yamaha SR500 in excellent, showroom condition.

Not registered. No RWC.

Has been in storage for several years to preserve its original condition. Some minor recommissioning work would be required if the new owner wishes to return it to the road, i.e. some fresh fuel, a carb clean, and a front brake calliper rebuild (seal kit supplied).

Please contact Russell for more information.

Contact: Russell MacDonald

Error in July Club Permit renewal paperwork

Attention Club Permit holders

VicRoads has made an error with the expiry year on some July Club Permit renewals, which have been printed and issued with incorrect expiry dates (2023, instead of 2024).

This error impacts renewals with an expiry between 1st and 25th July 2024.

Impacted members are still able to use this notice for payment of their Club Permit, but once paid, VicRoads will issue the correct label for your motorcycle and your logbook.

VicRoads will be writing to impacted customers and will be re-issuing renewal notices with the correct dates.

The issue is limited to Club Permit vehicle renewals only and does not impact driver licences or normal vehicle renewals.

Should you have any further concerns or require further guidance, please contact VicRoads.

Annual Club Rally (17-19 Nov 2023)

Start date: Friday, 17 November 2023
End date: Sunday, 19 November 2023

Come join us for our annual, national Rally at the Bethanga Recreation Reserve in north-eastern Victoria!

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 21st 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 at 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 Bethanga Hotel and in the sports pavilion at the reserve.

Evening meals on Saturday, and breakfasts Saturday/Sunday will be available in the sports pavilion.

Saturday night entertainment: TBA

AGM: The Annual General Meeting will be held at 8.30am on Sunday 19th, where there will be the presentation of the 2022/2023 Annual Financial report, and an election of committee members for FY 2023/2024.

To download an Entry Form for the Rally, click here.

For more info, email the Club at:

Vale Andy Hunt

We are very saddened to advise that long-time Club member, Andy Hunt, has passed away.

Andy passed away peacefully at home in Ballan on Saturday, May 27, after a long illness, surrounded by his family.

Andy joined the SR500 Club way back at its formation in 1998, becoming member #007, and he remained an active, valued and respected member ever since.

Andy served as Club President for seven years, from 2008 to 2015.

He will be remembered fondly for his efforts in helping to organise our annual rallies, gymkhanas, trophies, Club rides, and trips to Tasmania.

In recognition of Andy’s dedication to the Club, he was made a Lifetime member in 2009.

Our sincere condolences to Annette, daughters Alana and Tara, son-in-law, Ben, and all of Andy’s family and friends.

RIP Andy.

Funeral and wake

Andy’s funeral will take place on Thursday, June 1, at 10.30am at Pat Cashin Funerals, 1114 Doveton St N, Ballarat (parking on Armstrong St N), followed by a Celebration of Life at Ballan Bowls Club, 5 Cowie St, Ballan.

Andy’s final wish was to have as many motorbikes, trucks and cars as possible for a convoy back to Ballan. Leading the convoy will be his blue Western Star truck, followed by his Norton and Hilux, with other motorbikes to follow. The dress code is ‘casual’. In lieu of flowers, Andy’s family would appreciate any donations to the Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation. A donation tin will be available.

Victorian Motorcycle Wreckers closing down sale

Victorian Motorcycle Wreckers is closing down.

Not too much SR400/500 stuff left, but it may be worthwhile visiting and having a look through what is left for something that may be suitable for your SR and/or project bike, e.g.  shock absorbers, kickstart levers, foot pegs, centre stands, etc.

Plus there is an SR400 in the entry area which is largely intact.

Closing down sale
Everything must go!
No reasonable offer refused.
Bring your trailer, truck or ute.
Bikes, projects, motors, frames, wheels, tanks, seats, sub-frames, and more.
Come and get your cheap parts before they get scrapped.

Victorian Motorcycle Wreckers
Address: 52-54 Mologa Rd, Heidelberg West, VIC 3081
Phone: (03) 9457 1733