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ACT SR CLUB 55 - Bethanga...The Water Rally

2009…the Big Wet One…

 

The SR500 Rally at Bethanga is over…dominated by extreme weather…Friday on the way down in the van…yes I took the van this year…but wait it gets worse…heh, heh…the heat and dust in the air were combining to make for what appeared to be another hot SR Rally.

 

Ready to roll...

 

The long way down...heh, heh...dusty and hot!

 

 

 

Sigh.........

 

 

 

The dam at last...but the humidity was climbing...water everywhere...

 

 

 

 

The van pulled into the camp area at just after 1200…others were already there including Dave from Perth (with his nice SRX600 in his van) my brother Glen and the 'Rong way round SR' too.

 

Dave's campsite..well done mate...a long way!

 

Dave's SRX600...nice machine!

 

Strangely it had started to drip water from the skies not too far before Bethanga…well rained mud really…but the heat remained.

 

Glen and Dave...

 

Glen and the others had already set up camp…Glen assembling the Taj Mahal and for this year an undercover area for the SR as well…well you can’t go unprepared…heh, heh…

 

The 'glass bubble' car...

 

The 'Taj'...

 

The Ross Racing van...

 

Some Saltie sponsor stickers...

 

 

Mark and Manfred had decided to leave from the ACT early in the morning as it was forecast to be pretty warm on the way down and not too long after my arrival their machines could be heard approaching along the winding roads.

 

Allister has arrived...who?

 

Manfred rests after the tiring fang across the Snowies...

 

Geoff all the way from Sydney had arranged to meet up with Mark’s group for the ride down but unfortunately his SR’s fuel range was discovered on the way down  and he was so delayed he’d decided to take to long straight way down along the Hume…aargh! His XT500 tank looked great but certainly shortens his range. Of course that ‘shortening’ was made up somewhat by his quite ‘lengthened’ swing arm…its length made him arrive just a littler bit earlier than all the others wherever he went…

 

 

Manfred's Monster...err...bike...

 

 

The 'wrong-un' was there too...

 

Nice new Tingate...

 

The 'wrong-un' again...

 

So, off to the pub for tea...that's dinner to you other people...can't wait forever...

 

Stunned silence...Glen and Manfred...

 

Catherine and Dennis arrived a while later as all of the rest of the participants began to roll up…

 

Catherine...looking stylish as ever...

 

The 'dynamic duo' put up their tent(s)...

 

...while Glen's SR sits quietly under it's portable garage...

 

 

The 'usual suspects' begin to roll up for the weekend...seen that Norton's underside now...but that's a story for later... 

 

 

The rain (mud) was beginning to get a little more serious on and off which made life fun for those putting up their accommodation…you expect rain to clean you not make you dirtier! Glen's jacket was white before the rain started!

 

Much discussing of machinery...

 

Is that rain dripping from the canopy?

 

The dust and heat is replaced by rain and coolness...

 

 

Stratos turned up earlier this year...and brought this little machine along...slick tyres in the wet...heh, heh...

 

Catherine hiding from the water...in the little girl's chair...

 

Dennis has a laugh...when told it was his turn to go and get the beer...

 

Some interesting machinery was beginning to arrive..a prize winner on the day too!

 

 

The green SR...

 

 

Mud was the order of the day! Charlie and Allister having a laugh, Paul...as ever was serious...your 1st Wedding Anniversary wasn't it Charlie?

 

 

Another nice SRX...

The G model of 'MikeC' was there too!

The discussions continued on in the rain...

Tent city...

Groff was there too...oh and his nice Tingate machine...

Col...ever colourful...

All types of machine were there...CB750F1/2?

The famed 'Eltham Yamaha' racer...

600ccs!

The proud owner...Col...mate the supertrap must go!

See...I told you so...first saw this bike on the track at Mac Park in SA in 1980...

The girls helping out...

The Monster again...goes this little thing!

The proud owner...Manfred...

Tent paradise failing under the strain of the relentless rain...

The Canberra machines...well some of them anyway... 

Catherine and Dennis's machines... 

The big Monster...998...

Geoff's and Allister's machines in the damp...

The bikes from Euroa in Vic...Van de Zand racer in the middle...want to buy a nice 660? Call them...

Hiding from the rain... 

The Van de Zand XT racer...

Nice XT!

Very nice E model with Conti attached from SA...well done mate...nice machine! A winner this year!

Stratos's SR from the ACT...a winner last year.

The red SR from Maldon...

The Commando ended up on it's side after the rain during the night...we picked it up and placed it in a safer place...the 'still-asleep' owner must have wondered how it moved all by itself...

Hmm, I wonder if it still goes...a Ross SR... 

Yep...sure does... 

The Saturday arvo judging begins...after a wet ride up the Granya! Honda GB500 at the end...

XS650 Special...modified...

Yep, Ed was there...

Another van de Zand machine...

Stratos looking serious...too much wheelspin in the wet?... 

Col checks out the space where the key 'used to be'...heh, heh...

Another nice machine..SR400 cafe... 

Digital instruments... 

Gary was there as always of course! 

W650s starting to turn up in Vic! Come to the KVR if you want to see more of these!

Bungees! Holding on the carbs...!!! Hmm, perhaps that's why it wasn't running so hot...

More 'digitalia'...

Wellington tank...

The MT01...another machine by the GK Design team...a nice follow-up to the SR don't you agree! 

Ridden all the way from Sydney!  No air filter and mesh over the carby...well done mate...but time to get a K&N!

The 'Milk machine' turned up too...well done mate...next year the SR! KVR coming up too... 

Sidecar follies?...ah well... 

The white Marlon machine...well done for bringing it along Marlon! The KVR beckons mate!

Saturday evening came along soon enough...and the meal was consumed...thanks a lot to the local Bethanga people who provide the feast...well done!

Allister looking confused...'whats that thing there?'...flash...'aargh, I can't see...

Good grief...a picture of me...well a small one anyway... 

The presentation begins and the Prez talks (he's still Prez for another year incidentally)...and all those prizes were given away...the ACT guys did OK. Ronnie rubs his hands (wrings?) with the thought of soon wearing the pink wig... 

Allister falls asleep...a good night was had by all.

Ready for the AGM, then the trip home...being careful not to get bogged on the way out!

The ACT contingent ready for the off...

Manfred and Dennis discuss the trip strategy for the long ride up the Hume!...

Allister and Catherine do a last minute adjustment...

This pics taken on the outskirts of Bethanga shows the Suzuki with an inflated rear tyre...as opposed to a short time before where it was dead flat! Punctured by a piece of wood from the Rally site...fortunately one of the locals, whose house we just happened to stop outside of, was a bike rider and had a tubeless tyre repair kit.That meant that we were all back on the road in about 15 minutes...wouldn't happen with a tubed tyre!

The Bethanga 'tyre repair' shop...heh, heh...thanks mate!

Catherine's Suzy at Albury about to head onto the highway and to home...

Puncture repair and all!...

Allister at speed...

Allister takes it easy at Murrumbateman...

The Ross SR finally got out of the van after 'cowering' in there for the whole weekend...yep, that's right it stayed in the van the whole time...heh, heh...maybe next year it will venture further!

Despite the weather changes and the dampness I am sure all enjoyed the Rally in any case...I know we did, despite the SR in the glass bubble.

Next year it wan't rain, I am sure of it!

See you all there again. And just in case you were wondering, the KVR is next up. Probably late March 2010.

Be there!

SR