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Gearhead Sunday 25/2/2018 Toora Vic.

The Gearhead Sunday was held last weekend at Toora in Victoria and a couple of us members attended with bikes on display and entered in the build off. Saturday Kevin Palmer and myself headed down to Hedley to take up Stephen Carle's offer of accommodation and a BBQ before heading to Toora on Sunday. I have to say that Steve is an excellent host and plied us with food and drink and we all had a great time before heading to bed.

Sunday and it was off to Toora to set up camp with the race tent and race bike as well as my tracker and Steve's special.

I am ashamed to say my tracker was probably the dirtiest bike there.

Steve Carle's beautiful '78 Special was there all polished up to make my tracker look even dirtier than it was.

Right next to us was the Gearhead Sunday build off area displaying those bikes entered in the build off and some others who just wanted to strut their stuff.

Nick McGinn had his incredible Salt racer there entered in the build off.

Darren Allan was there with his entry, a beautiful hard tail bobber.

And of course Joe Allan was there with his entry, the amazing board tracker.

Joe's cousin was also there with his tracker on display but not entered in the build off.

Joe and Darren Allan also had their last years entries there on display.

John Chambers and Stephen Carle were asked to be the judges for the build off and they selected Joe's bike as the winner with Nick coming in a very close second and Darren's bike third, all the bikes were so good I would hate to be the one to pick a winner. After the show and Joe collected his winnings from the build off he donated a good part of his prize to the club racer so we should all thank him for his generosity, thanks Joe!!!

Motorcycling Australia News

Check out the Motorcycling Australia website regularly for the latest news on what's happening in motorcycle sport in Australia at

For the latest newsletter 18/12/17

Throttle roll article on club member Stacey Heaney
Features our club racer as well as Stacey's other rides and is well worth a read.

There is also an article on the Mount Tarrengower ride at
written by Australian Road Rider which also features our club racer.

Belt Buckles

A vote was taken at the 2015 AGM regarding whether or not to produce some new belt buckles and it was decided we would and the design chosen was this one.

It was thought that the dates of manufacture for the Yamaha XS650 and the side view of the motor was most liked by those in attendance. We will now pursue getting these made for sale in club merchandise in the future.


On reflection the committee discussed whether or not it would be more beneficial to the club to make the belt buckles more generic and therefore easier to sell and it was decided to go with this design instead.

If you disagree with the change let Terry Gliddon or John Chamber know before the engraving has been done to make the moulds, before Christmas.

AGM Results 2017

The positions resulting from the 2017 AGM are as follows:-

President......Geoff Bamford
Secretary......John Chambers
Treasurer......John Chambers
Web Manager......Terry Gliddon
Newsletter Editor......Terry Gliddon
Race Bike Manager......Ivan Hoey

Full Report in the December Newsletter

Most of those who attended the AGM at Laidley 2017

Mount Tarrengower Hill Climb

Here is a short video of Stacey starting a run up the hill,

New laminated XS2 Engine Illustration Poster

I am now reproducing this illustration poster showing an expanded Yamaha XS2 engine , the resolution is very high and the definition is excellent and they are laminated which makes them the perfect gift for the bloke who has everything. The proceeds from the sale of these posters will be used to fund the club racer project. If anyone wants one of these posters the price is $50 in Australia. This poster is a copy of the original poster produced by Yamaha. This price includes the $10.75 for postage and the mailing tube to send it in.

The easiest way to purchase these is to let me know you want one at and I will send you a PayPal invoice or you can send me a PayPal payment to or ask me for alternative payment methods.

Don't forget to include your name and address in any transactions so I know who paid and where to send it.

I can also include one of these club badges in the package for an extra $12


These badges can be bought individually for $17 including postage and packaging from John Chambers at proceeds from the badges goes to the club's general revenue.


New Race Bike Sponsor

Liquid Intelligence has decided to come on board with our racer as a financial sponsor for 2017-2018 and we welcome them as a valued addition to the team.

Check for new road rules in Victoria

Ignorance of the law is no excuse so check for new rules that apply to motorcycles at the address below so you don't get caught doing something that is now illegal.

Club Racer Sponsors

As ratified at the last AGM cash sponsors for the club racer are only displayed on the sponsors page under the club racer banner.

New Book on XS650 Engine

I'm the author of a new book about the Yamaha XS 650 engine, which is meant as a supplement to the original workshop manual.
The book provides a very detailed description of the function of the Yamaha XS650 engine, which is based on more than 400 colour photos. With the help of this book anyone who has the necessary equipment and basic knowledge should be able to perform maintenance and repair-work.
The electric system of the XS650 is described on 35 pages with 38 colour photos and graphics and an extensive explanation of the function and how to test all components of the power supply.
In addition, a highly simplified wiring harness, which contains all the necessary functions, is shown.
Since new spare parts are rarely available, a whole chapter with 34 colour photos is dedicated to the description of typical damages.
It will help to recognize the beginning of wear and to decide wether a part should be replaced or not.
Here you can download an excerpt of the book, which I have attached as well.
The book is now available on Amazon for US$31.95 at
Thanks in advance and best regards
Hans J Pahl
Ingenieurbüro für Fahrzeugtechnik www.ingenieurbü

I just ordered the book and it cost me AU$58.60 including postage etc. - Terry Gliddon

2017 one event competition licence introduced

To read the release follow the link

New look Club Racer

The new look club racer with the blokes who made it happen, club members Ivan Hoey, Geoff Bamford and Mark Peatman. Next it will be at the International Festival of Speed in March with Stacey Heaney at the controls so do yourself a favour and come along to watch.

Dutch Club Magazines

I have recently been receiving these magazines from the Yamaha 650 Twin Klub Nederland and was wondering if any of our club members are from Holland and would like to read them. If so contact Terry Gliddon at and I'll scan them and send them out to you. We have a reciprocal arrangement as we sent them our newsletters.

Jason Smith's Hill climb bike

If you want to see Jason Smith's XS650 based hill climber in action check this link to you tube out

The XS Café

Is now back online at more soon.

New Race Spec High Ratio Primary Drive Gears

Ivan Hoey is now producing some new High Ratio Primary Drive Gears and he is calling them his race spec gears. These gears have been lightened for racing and are also micro polished and race proven in his championship winning race bike over the last two years. Call Ivan for pricing details on 0407 686 520 or email him at

Geoff's XS new billet front hub

Geoff's XS also offer a new billet 36 spoke front hub which includes wheel bearings and bearing separator tube and also includes a stainless steel speedo drive. Made right here in Sydney exclusively for Geoff's XS. Geoff's price $345

Geoff's are now also offering bikes for sale at so if you are in the market for a project or a nice original bike check out Geoff's XS. New stock arriving from the USA soon.

Did you know a soft drink bottle has the same thread as your 650 dip stick. Cut the bottle in half screw it in and you have the perfect oil funnel.