Hi pies, that wasn't the one on north road tonight, that 4x4 was a real mess and they closed the road for quite a while, closing main north road means only one thing!
The bike shop on North road, is it the one at Gepps Cross, just before the grand junction interchange? There was a gorgeous chopped Harley outside last thursday. The Harley shop further past gepps cross has some nice bikes in from time to time. Theres another chop shop in Mile end near the go kart place, close to Bolton's kwaka.
THE KINGS....... you can bring those dark visors over, the looneys here ride them at night!!!!!! and in the wet. Seeing someone ride an R6 with the peak removed off a crosser helmet is not exactly rare.
Riding in shorts seems to be the norm, only formal dress leathers required on a sunday!!!!!!!!!
You may need bikes with panniers, get the chiller type, try criusing in 40+ degree heat. I rode the motocross track at 32 degree and had to stop every 2 laps, for a serious intake of water.
Bikie culture is a whole different bike game, oopps i mean ball game, but you will suss that once you arrive.
Its all very well bringing me tinted visors over but I'll have no helmet to put them in
Can I not obtain Aussie stickers to put on our helmets so that we can bring them over???
That bike was definitely the one! Not surprised about Main Road North, spent half my short time in Oz around there mooching for a car, then bits to go on it - or another one.......!
Originally Posted by kangomik
And then there's the regulation over here: no surprises about helmet testing and stamps - try diving with a UK cylinder......unless you have your own compressor.
Originally Posted by thekings
Can't get the aussie stickers i'm afraid, but take your leathers with you, cos they are bloody expensive here, with a crap selection. Wish i had taken mine with me.
Cheers fot that Shaun will start surfing to see whats about.
Sorry to sound a bit of a Hypocrite!!! But am having second thoughts about selling the bike. Was set on selling the bike and getting something new when I get there, but have had a couple of test rides this week in England with a view to buying when I get to Adelaide next year, but the bikes were just no match for what I already have. I have also found out that to buy the same bike, same year etc in Adelaide will cost me another £1000 and this is on a bike worth £2300 in England at the moment !!
Have contacted my removal company who have said that they will charge an extra £191 to ship the bike, this includes crating and inspection at the other end. I just need to look at duty costs and registration in SA to see if this is a viable option. Will keep you all posted as to the outcome.
if you have an "older" bike then it really is worth looking into. As with cars the second hand market is sky high in my opinion. With no MOT there are some real buckets out there too.
Buying new should be on a par, but don't forget taxes and on road costs.
Rego is a lot more that road tax in the uk. My single cylinder 450 costs $367 for the year. God knows how much for four cylinders! LOL.
If you have a lifestyle in the UK that allows you to have toys etc , and you plan to come here and still have a mortgage, then the dream of buying a new toy when here can go through the window very quickly.
If youre mortgage free, then the toy should be no hassle.
My zzr was not in the greatest of nick to look at, but it was cheap to run, hit over 180Mph and was always on the button. It was my mistress, and i do regret not bringing her to Aus, especially when you consider cheaper bikes will encounter less import duty. Well a little less because it goes off their book price here.
The bike has to be spotless, but giving it a good steam clean then dousing it in WD-40 is not a bad thing.
Which ever way any of you guys decide to go one thing is for sure, you will get out a lot more here than in the UK, and you won't have to worry about rust!
Hi Kangomik and others. Are there any other costs apart from "rego" that need to be considered to ride legally over there, you've already mentioned that there is no mot to worry about.
Plus whats the situation regarding non baffle exhausts!!! I have a Scorpion exhaust with removable baffle which is "E" marked for on road use, I suspect that "E" mark means diddly squat over there though
Going by the hoons on any given night of the week round here, I don't think you have much to worry about ref decibels. No EU nanny state around here: I am sure there are less Harleys around here with baffles than with....
Originally Posted by thekings
you will have to put the bike through the test center, if they pull it for noise then you will have to make her scream a little quieter. The E stamp will mean nothing, just as it means didley in the UK, when i left it was down to the tester, not the stamp. I had loads of fun with my straight through Micron.
If you passed the examination test and then took the baffle out you would only need to re test if you got stopped by the cops for noise....... as stated this really should not be a problem. There are loads of Harleys with straight pipes here, they make the bus windows shake on tickover at traffic lights.!!!! Due to the speed limits here you don't really get the high pitched wail from a race pipe. Saying that someone on Glolden way was kicking the pistons through the valve seats saturday morning at 9 am, what a noise as he went up the hill........3 times!
You don't need insurance as its in with your rego, well let me re-phrase third party is included. If you want more then you pay, if you have a nice toy, get it insured for theft at least.
Apart from that then no, i think of no other costs other than a helmet here.
You may consider dual compound batlax type tyres, the tyres get flat centres here due to high milage on straight roads. Some look really squared off.
The bike shops carry everything else you will need, and they know there stuff.
And after all that we have to ask what your pride and joy is????