Sounds good to me mate. i ride a bandit 650, did have a CBR 600 till 6 months ago and swapped it
Well tank bag checked and fitted. Oil checked (just changed last month). Chain and sprockets checked. Tyres checked (just a wee bit more wear on them after a blast through the hils yesterday arvo). Puncture repair kit and first aid kit checked. Bike washed. Chain Lubed. Chain lube put in bike. Camera and Helmet Cam checked and charged. Think i'm ready to go!!! Woohoo. Just need to pack clothes stuff into a bag to go in mates car, then 10 of us to meet up for the ride down!!!! Can you tell i'm getting excited and ready to go NOW!!! Lol
Have a great time Shaun. Ride safe
New to the forum so bear with me. I'm about to arrive in Adelaide over the next few weeks on a permanent visa but was wondering about importing my GSX1400. Can anybody give their views on this or even a rough idea of cost on importing. Or even if its not a particularly suitable bike for the region/problem with spares etc etc etc
i dont know the ins and outs on importing but one thing for sure is the bike has to be spotless of dirt or quarintine will clean it for you and then send the bill (which want be cheap) i know of a person that brought his harley over and he is still waiting or it something to do with the lights i think my advise is sell the beast and buy over here there is plenty of bike shops around adelaide....now the important part..riding there is plenty of places to ride to or explore but be carefull of the roads here aussies dont have the best road standards ive nearly been knocked off a few times you will understand when you arrive...besides that have a cool time here you will never want to leave australia
It's an absolute nightmare, it has to satisfy all the SA motor regs, which are diffrent from UK, and then has to go through regency etc etc. Thats before you even start with trying to get it registered here. Really i not worth the cost if you can seel and then buy when you get here. As for suitable, depends on the riding you plan to do, but any GSX1400 is fine for almost anything you would like to do here. Hills, cruising, commuting.
Thanks very much for that guys. I Better register on ebay then!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
looking forward to meeting up and hearing how you went on at PI
Wow, what a trip!!!
Met up with the others on day one at the servo at bottom of freeway. Took a nice long ride heading for Murray Bridge, then just kept rolling out the K's. First fuel stop was at Tailem Bend, with everyone complaing how straight the roads were!!! Lol. After a quick fuel up and top up of drinks, we jumped back on and headed for border town. This is where decided to stop for fuel for both bikes and bodies, and had lunch in a lovely little bakery.
Back on the road, and we suffered our first casualty with a breakdown of one of the bikes, which duly got dispatched onto the trailer and off we went again.
After 8 hours on the road, we hit Ballarat for our overnight stop. Straight to the bar for food, and a few beers. After the "few" beers, we all decided we were great mechanics and would would fix the broken bike. Alas, the only problem was we continued with a few more beers, and noone could work out what was wrong with it. Ah well, back on the trailer.
Early rise and fuzzy headed the next morning, we headed off to battle the Melbourne traffic to drop the bike at a mechanics shop, and continue our trip to the island.
Arrived in Cowes and picked up the keys for our rental, got to the house to find a mansion awaiting us, five bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 living areas, and a garage the size of my first apartment in the UK!!!
next 3 days spent between track, Main street cowes (for the street parties), Pub and back garden BBQ's, what a trip. We even managed to score some free paddock passes and watched the racing from the pits, met all the riders, and got loads of signatures.
On leaving, the Hilux and trailer headed for Melbourne to collect broken bike, and head on to Mt.Gambier for our last night on the road.
The rest of the bikes headed for Sorrento to catch a ferry to the start of the great ocean road. This meant we could relax on ferry for 40 mins, and also miss out monday morning rush hour in Melbourne!!!
We spent the next 10 hours cruising and admiring the views on the great ocean road, with many stops for the usual "how far can i lean on this corner" pics. The sun was shining, the breeze was light, and the company was great, with the sounds of the bikes bouncin of the cliff faces!!
Reacing Mt. Gambier, we discovered our little cottage was another 5 bedroomed affair, but this time with a solar heated pool. It didn't take long for the beers to open and weary bodies to be soaked in the pool, what a way to relax after being on the bike for 12 hours.
The last day was somewhat anti-climatic, with rain and high winds, but we made it all the way back safe and sound, with my bike joining the other broken one just 100k's from home with a punctured rear!!!! Adelaide was reached around 3pm, new tyre fitted around 3.30, and the house hit around 4.30.
I managed to stay awake until 10pm, where i fell asleep on the couch, wakening at 4am, to crawl in beside the missus.
Anyone fancy coming next year, we have already started the planning, with both ways taking the ocean road this time.
Oh and if i can work out how to put some pics up, i will.
Last edited by ShaunWilson; 04-03-2009 at 04:13 AM.
A few of the views that can distract you while trying to ride the ocean road!! lol
The 12 Apostles