Notice Board

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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.

Newsletter Number 138

Was posted out today 17/8/17 if you have any queries about your current membership status email the club secretary John Chambers at

AGM 2017

The Annual General Meeting for the Yamaha XS650 Club of Australia has been set at 28th of October at the property of Perry Sargent at
QLD  4341
CONTACT NO. 0407 152 866

If you wish to nominate for one of the club positions you can simply download the proxy form here and print it out then fill in your name next to the position you want to nominate for.

Once you have done this you can photograph or scan the document then attach it to an email to John Chambers at or give it to someone who is attending the AGM. They must be received prior to the meeting.

The newest proxy form with the latest nominations will be listed here.

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 14/9/17

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.

Membership fees

Membership fees are due on 30th of June every year so unless you have paid for multiple years these fees are due now. The list below are those who are in the database as due. If you have any questions regarding your membership status please contact John Chambers the club secretary and he will sort out any discrepancies.

Les Ashmeade

Jarrad Evans

Darrell Playle
David Barry

Max Evans

Maarten Post

Philip Benz

Fabian Fehrmann

Vinnie Powell

Vernon Blair

Garry Fraser

Nigel Price

Jason Blanch

Ivan Gaiko

Wayne Price

John Blanch

Chris Gerrish

Jeffery Prout

Mark Bland

John Gilbert

Greg Reed

Malcolm Blunt

Stuart Hacket

Cameron Sandars

Graham Bosel

Ross Harrington

John Scott

Wallis Boyd

Trisha Herraman

Bob Sharp

Stephen Bragger

Clynton Jack

Ian Smith

Daniel Bremner

Tim Jaeschke

Tom  Snell

Cyril Brown

Duane Joliffe

Bryan Stent

Alex Burt

Wayne Lay

Lance Stewart

Philip Copland

Michael Loughnan

David Stimac

Adam Crofts

Terry Merritt

David Stoneman

Ray Curran

Mark Myers

Robert Tolley

Guy Edmonds

Julijan Okorn

Trevor Voigt

Allan Elder

Steve Padovan Philip Woodfield
Michelle Engel Derek Palmer  

This list is correct as of the 13/9/2017

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.

Next Meeting for the Club Racer

14th October Maldon VIC

PCRA round 2

Ivan Hoey received two first place medallions for his weekends efforts at the creek on his Number 14 XS650 racer, Mark Peatman's FCR team and rider Col Waltho also did very well with two second places. Both competed in P4 unlimited and P4 750 With Ivan leading the way in all events followed by Col Waltho. Ivan was involved in a bad accident where a rider was taken to hospital following the crash and Ivan went on to finish the race unharmed but the other rider was travelling too fast and came off his bike taking out Ivan in the process. After the accident the program was altered and as the last race was no longer a points race the boys elected to swap bikes with Ivan riding the FCR bike and Col riding Ivan's bike. That would have been an interesting exercise with Col being impressed with the speed of Ivan's bike.

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 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.

Laminated XS650 Engine Illustration Poster

I am reproducing this illustration poster showing an expanded Yamaha XS650 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 measures 594mm X 841mm and is A1 sized. 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.

Laminated XS650 Service Points Poster

I have also produced these service points posters which measure 680mm X 464mm for the same price as the engine posters. As a special deal you can buy both posters for $100 saving some postage on buying them individually as I can fit two posters in one mailing tube.


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.

Belt Buckles

A vote was taken at the 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.

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.