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Summer and our Sponsors

Submitted by John_Cook on Wed, 06/12/2017 - 7:09pm

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First I would like to thank our sponsors (Andy Strapz, BM Ringwood and MC Cruise) for their financial support which enables us to provide much (e.g. website VSK etc) to you without the need for any branch fees.

Secondly I would point out that they do this for business reasons, so what better time to think of them than when asked “What would you like for Christmas?”   

I will now mention our sponsors in alphabetical order:


Andy Strapz have a great range of gear and have just sent me information on some of their latest items;

To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Andy Strapz, a limited edition of their tough, simple canvas saddle bags is now available. Avduro Limited Edition,

individually numbered, adventure saddle bags. The impetus came from a desire to have a bit of fun, continue to develop the product and introduce a little colour to allow the staff to have a break from the construction of all black Pannierz.

Made in Melbourne from an outback ochre version of our tried and crashed 17oz Aussie canvas, they are packed (pun intended, sorry) with new approaches to the existing features.

The side pockets are bigger with the rear closed via roll top. Front is the same mesh style but uses a special shock cord loop to prevent water bottles bouncing out under the most severe conditions.

Sides have a polypropylene panel to provide a little stiffness and shape. A trick external pocket on the front rolls closed with the main body. Finishing touches include reflective panels on pockets and a small cargo net on the top closing straps.

Each set is individually numbered.

Colour – Outback ochre and black  Price - $495 a set plus freight

or Bucket Bagz


A carefully placed internal pocket on the back wall of the bag to keep valuables high and dry even in the worst conditions.

Individually numbered limited edition.

A key clip.

Phone pouch inside.

Adjustable, side release clip shoulder strap. Great to slip through the back of a chair for security.

Easy access, external front pocket for music gadgets and the like.

An angled shoulder strap for a comfortable, ergonomic fit.  Cost $124


Narrow Thinking  -  A luggage system for the new generation 650 V-Strom.

I could easily be convinced that bike manufacturers keep changing designs to out-play those of us who make gear for their models. Luggage, exhausts, screen, crash bars and long-range tank designers just have to keep up.

I’d bet if you asked the designers you’d be told that the design and prototyping thing is one of ourfavouritetimes.

The pannier challenge on the “Wee” Strom is the size of the muffler. It’s nearly the size of a slab! Luggage can be hung outboard of it or perched above it. My thoughts are that an Adventure bike needs to be as narrow as possible, a set of panniers acting as outriggers is limiting and, in tight situations, worrisome – envisage the errant P plated 4bee in the middle of the road on blind corner. We always work at getting the narrowest and lightest functional system we can. So, fitting our Traveller Pannierz onto lightweight frames to suit keeps the width of the bike very close to that of the bar end weights.


Total weight- 3 kg, yep that’s both bags, frames and all fittings.

Volume– 15 to 25l usable variable volume via a roll top system.

Fabric– our proven 17oz Aussie, ripstop canvas.

Universal fit– use the panniers on lots of different bikes.

Pillion Friendly– straps run under or over the seat.

Frames– Mild steel, powder-coated satin black, stainless bolts.


Traveller Pannier set $365  Traveller and Liner package $415

Frame set $370

Plus freight.


Andy Strapz are also stockists of Schuberth helmets

and rumour has it I need to examine their “Cloudburst” wet weather pants after recent apparel failures  


BM Ringwood have been used by many members for both their BMW service and parts and come highly recommended.


MC Cruise (Ulysses member Tony Guymer) do electronic cruise control for motor bikes and they currently have units fitted to Suzuki V Stroms available for test rides at Mick Hone in Box Hill.  I have heard great feedback from members who have actually had these units fitted to their bikes.