Shaun, nice picture you paint mate... sounds fantastic. Unfortunately I think my wife's got cold feet about the idea of moving again. Stop, start, stop, start... doing my head in I just want to get over there and get on with living life to the full. Mind you, the current economic mess the UK is also doing its best to hamper attempts. Beginning to wonder if it's just not meant to be.
Been chatting online to a couple of RC8 owners over there and heard about the thrown-in Akra... nice! Mind you for the price of the bike over there they should be throwing in a trackday a month, full pit crew, tyres and fuel for a year, lol. Had to pay for my Akra but did manage to get a decent discount, and you know how it goes... there's always something else that you 'need' for it, lol
Mate, every person you speak to on this forum will readily admit to getting cold feet, and to be honest, not only my wife, but myself too. I was cacking it before we got here. It took my father to convince me to do it. And only after he told me he had a chance to do it when he was my age, and regreted it for the rest of his life (not doing it). And then he said, whats the worst? You give it a couple years, then come home, at least you gave it the best shot possible. But it is still the hardest decision of your life mate, and only you and the wife can make it.
As for the biking side of it, can't get better than here, almpst 12 months on the bike. Believe it or not, the only time i don't ride is when it gets too HOT!!! And i also go to Phillip Island twice a year to watch MOTO GP and WSBK!!!!
Yeah, yeah, alright, you can shut up now, lol
Originally Posted by ShaunWilson
Can any of you in SA answer a question about helmets please.
My understanding is that you need a lid with Aussie standards stickers, is this right?
I bought a new Arai last year here in the UK - will this be legal in OZ, or would I be better selling it before I come to Oz? It's hardly been worn (winter in the UK!!) so it would be better to sell it now whilst its immaculate & use my old one fow the next few months if I'm not going to be able to bring it with me.
I'm still waiting on the visa so have a few months in the UK yet
UK lids, although have to pass a higher standards test, are not legal in Oz. If you get pulled over (as i have a few times for no apparent reasonlol) they will check your lid to see if it has the Oz standard sticker on it. If it doesn't, they will issue you with a fine and possible demerit points and not let you ride home!!!
So sell it if you can, and get a new lid here. Can help with a 15% discount on lids at some of the places here, or can loan on of my spare lids until you get sorted.
Also take your leathers with you, as bloody expensive here, and not a great choice compared to UK.
Then buy a pair of Draggin jeans and textile jacket for summer riding when you get here. (Draggins are great as they have kevlar sewn into them. Check out online)
Thanks Shaun, that's great advice & I appreciate the lid loan offer - very kind of you.
I'll be looking for a bike too, so should be able to get some kind of deal with a lid, jeans etc.
I've looked at Draggin Jeans before so might keep my eyes open here for anything in the sales.
Can't wait to get there - drove around the hills & vinyards & down to Victor Harbour in a hire care when I was there & remembering wishing I was on a bike.
I currently ride a Triumph Daytona 650 but I've no idea what I'll go for in Oz.
hey im selling my yamaha xt660x supermotard perfect for the country roads or track day look on www.bikesales.com.au my bike is in SA mawson lakes
Triumph Daytona 650 is another great bike. Peter Stevens (dealership in city) is the triumph dealer here, and they have some great deals on the new Street Triple. Fantastic bike, and mate has just bought one. But i'm biased, as i think nearly anything on 2 wheels with an engine is great!!! Lol. You can get some great 2nd hand bikes here too.
Anyway, enough drooling over bikes, i better get into garage and prep the bike for the trip to Phillip Island (WSBK opening round) and then the ride home along Great Ocean Road!! Woohoo, only 4 days till we leave!!! Will post pics if anyone interested!!!
Definitely interested and not in the least bit jealous!!!! :p
Originally Posted by Sharon and Paul
Both hubby and I are keen bikers and since being here we have both bought bikes and joined the Ulysses Bike Club (see their website, they have branches all over). It's a great way to make friends, especially with the locals, they are very friendly and welcoming.
Ride outs with one club branch or another are almost every week end, with lots of rallies if that is your thing. Riding here is different from the UK, car drivers are less aware of you here so be careful. Usually everyone keeps to the speed limits, there are a good variety of roads; hilly, bendy, dead straight for kms and kms.
Hubby has been to work on his bike every day since we got here four months ago, what a change from UK conditions, although when it gets above 36 degrees it can be uncomfortable wrapped up in safety gear.
If you think you are sad, our hand luggage consisted of two helmets and we wore our bike jackets as coats!!!