Looks like i will be the first Aussie to start off.........
G'Day Silverado.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.
G'Day Dawg.I am proud to say G'day boys. I am new into the bike world and been looking for a forum with V Star riders and they all seem to be USA and Canada based. must be a popular bike. But doesn't help us Aussie boys.
I have an XVS 650 with a set of V&H long pipes, White with White Walls- looks mint.
Just picked it up few weeks with about 1000k on the clock. Previous owner did not even ride it.
Silverado: i think it's cheaper to import a bike, especially if you own it anf want to bring it for personal use.http://www.transport.sa.gov.au/pdfs/personal_transport/light_vehicles_pdfs/Info01.pdf
check out this site and there are few more like it and speak to a customs agent.
I can see that there are only a few here. Shame, but what can we do?!
I am actually from Vic, but rules are same for most parts of Aus, so that link was sent to me when I was making enquiries with importing agencies.
I ended up getting my Yama from Vic as well, just by chance. It wasn't even advertised in the paper, but a friend of a friend was getting rid of his. Only put 900k's on the clock. Basically a brand spanka.
Rides really well. Will be doing an oil and filter change this week, just coz it's been sitting in the cold for so long, gotta drain it and clean it up.
BTW- does yours make a tappet noise at all? or does it seem louder than it should be?
I kinda feel that mine is.. maybe i am just too picky
I am looking at getting a harley from the states bit later on.
BTW what are you doing to the bike?