2017 SR500 Rally Bethanga. The ride to the rally began in Warwick on Wednesday and it was raining. We usually ride down to the Bruxner Highway via Killarney, Legume and the Toolum Scrub to Urbenville and eventually to the Bruxner, however with the rain we decided to go directly down to Tenterfield on the New England Hwy.IMG_4481 by Drew Jackson, on Flickr Our bikes are good back road tourers but constant highway speeds seem a little cruel. The KL250 Kwaka is happy at 95kph and so is the SR especially as the round trip will be about 3000kms. The Bruxner Highway from Tenterfield to Drake is a great ride with a good variety of corners but take care as there are a couple of corners posted at 30kph that tighten up pretty quickly and have caught out a few riders. Just before Tabulum we turned south and headed for Grafton. Because of the small tanks on our bikes it was necessary to fill up whenever we needed to cover more than 150kms. Both bikes were getting over 25km/L but running out of fuel is not much fun so we were being careful. After a quick lunch in Grafton we headed towards Ebor and Armidale. This is one of my favourite roads with plenty of corners and only light traffic, it’s a pity it was still raining lightly. The new Metzeler on the back of the SR was performing well on the damp roads. From Armidale we headed to Uralla and then Walcha where we spent a very comfortable night at the Aspley Arms Hotel. An early start the next morning saw us in Gloucester for a coffee after an interesting ride over some pretty rough sections of road. From Gloucester we headed to Dungog and then Singleton and Denman. The next section was the Bylong Valley Way to Rhystone this is great ride with great sandstone formations and plenty of tight corners in a couple of places. I hope the protesters manage to keep the coal miners out of the area. From Rhylstone we headed to Kandos, Ilford, Sofala and Bathurst, there are plenty of good corners on this section. Our destination for the day was Blayney where we booked into the Royal Hotel. It was steak night at the Royal and it was booked out, every table in the pub was taken but the barmaid found us a spot and for $12 we had a steak with a great selection of sides. We had done about 650kms and we only had about 500kms to go to get to Bethanga for the rally.IMG_4483 by Drew Jackson, on Flickr From Blayney we headed to Cowra and then Boorowa and Juniong where we joined the dreaded Hume for a few kilometres on the way to Gundagai. It was good to get off the Hume and head to Tumut, Batlow and Tumbarumba for lunch. We were getting pretty close to our destination so after a pie and a coffee we refuelled and headed off to the border at Jingellic. The ride down to Jingellic from Tumbarumba is another good ride with plenty of good sweepers and with the aid of gravity the bikes performed well. After crossing the Murray River we turned along the Murray Valley Highway and headed towards Granya where we turned off to Bethanga. We arrived mid-afternoon and set up our camp before going to the hotel to meet a few of the regular rally goers. All up we did 1615kms getting to the rally.IMG_4491 by Drew Jackson, on Flickr The rally is fully catered and the food is very good and the prices charged are fair. hot showers are available and there’s a cricket match to watch on the Saturday. Saturday night was the official part of the rally with awards given out for the show and shine, best original SR, SRX and so on. There were some very interesting bikes on display.IMG_4489 by Drew Jackson, on Flickr The rally was very good and the SR club did a great job. The venue is a cracker with a fair amount of shade and green grass to camp on. The ride home was a lot faster as we took a more direct route, back to Tumbarumba then up to Cowra, wellington and Gulgong. The next day we headed north to Coolah, Manilla, Bingara, Warialda, Yetman, Texas and finally to Warwick via Geenup. It was a long day and we did have a break at Yetman at the Codfish Hotel. IMG_4492 by Drew Jackson, on Flickr We refuelled in Texas, still the cheapest fuel in Queensland. Over the six days we averaged 500kms a day even given the rest day on Saturday.