Mates I am having a decision problem, I am living in Alaska right now, I am 54, I own two bikes a 1980 Honda CX500 Deluxe and a 2009 XVS1300Tourer that I have tweaked around a bit with new tires, handlebar risers, done the exhaust mods and etc. So its my ride, it only has 1350 miles on it! Mostly its because I work all summer and winters in Alaska is not good for bikes.
Anyway I have never been to Oz, but I have been driving concrete mixers for over 15 years and that job pays good and has a demand in Oz or NZ plus your season is opposite ours so I'm making plans to fly down and work there during your summer, the area I am thinking is way south where the temps are more moderate. Probably Victoria.
Most everyone is saying its too expensive to bring a bike into Australia, duty taxes, inspections etc. So I'm just curious, what is the most popular bike down there? I would rather stay loyal to Yamaha as I think they are superior to most. Are cruisers too big or too expensive to buy?
It may be that I could wind up settling down there, I have seen all of America, Australia sounds like a country that will arise ahead of others what with all the political problems going on here, and I don't care about gun ownership stuff, I have more than I need anyway.
Thanks, and somber regards to those affected by the NZ earthquake.
If you can drive trucks you will more often than not pick up work here, being such an expansive country with limited rail, a lot is still moved on road, all over the country. You are right about Victoria, probably the most moderate state to aclimatise, especially coming from Alaska.
I don't have any idea of the cost of bringing a bike into the country. I have just gotten back into riding myself after a long long break. It would depend on what you want to ride. I know the Aust, US dollar is pretty even at the moment to give you an idea. Take the 650 V Star for example (as that was what I've been looking at). If you bought a late model it will cost you anywhere between $7500.00 to $12000.00 which I think is a fair bit more than you pay from what I've seen on the forum. Try this link, it is where I picked up my old bike. They have new and used, dealer and private sales, it is bikesales.com.au
Yes terrible what happened in Christchuch NZ. A Rescue Team has just arrived from the U.S. as well, taking it to 700 Rescuers from a lot of different countries now, you see the best in humanity in the worst of times. Likewise my thoughts and prayers have been with them all.
Good luck with it all mate, hope it helps. This is a beautiful country and a good option if your looking for a good home.