Hi Guys and Girls,
Sorry I've been offline for a couple of days while I try and get the last of the jobs squared away but it's Ramadan and summer so it has been an exercise in futility! 4 working days left and have to close my bank accounts, transfer my money and cancel my working visa. Visa takes 2-3 days to cancel but can't be done until banks are closed and money transferred. Can't close banks until my work gives me my final payout and letter to the bank that I am no longer employed by them and it then takes 2 days to close the accounts. I have to transfer my money before I cancel my working visa otherwise not allowed to transfer the money!!!! Have been onto my work for the last 2 months to sort out the final payment so I can close the bank account etc but they are still faffing around and are now thinking that it will be Thursday when they send the money and the letter which gives me 1 working day to get banks closed, transfer the money and cancel my visa. At this stage it looks like my flight on the freedom bird is going to be delayed by a few days which will not make for a happy household in Melbourne where the kids and wife are waiting on my arrival. When we left Melbourne it took 2 weeks of organization to get everything done including packing the household stuff into storage, the house rented out, banks sorted, cancelling Medicare, registering as non residents etc. This process to move from the UAE has been going on now for 4 months.
748girl thanks for the link and lucky you with Hong Kong. There and Singapore are my favorite Asian cities and would love to live and work there but unfortunately it's a closed shop for my line of work so virtually impossible for expats to get in there.
I had tried a couple of the import companies about 6 months ago asking if they did imports for people already overseas moving home but all the ones I tried said they only did imports for people already in AUS so I would have to go down the personal import route and then once in AUS if I had any issues they may be able to help. If I have any questions or run into trouble I will look up the companies you guys have been good enough to give me the links for. I am hoping as I have all the paperwork it will be a relatively easy process with only a few things like exhaust, clutch cover and headlight needing to be changed.
I have the standard closed clutch cover so will fit that. I have to pull the clutch stack apart as it was juddering and not being happy the last time I rode her so probably needs the stack height checking/adjusting, while I do that I might do the quite clutch mod that I have been reading about which might help with the roadworthy noise issues. The last headlight I saw was $400 which seemed a bit rich. I have found a couple of bike wreckers who seem to have good second hand parts so will see what they have to offer when I get back. When I got my bike it didn't have the OEM mufflers so will see if I can borrow some for the roadworthy or buy a second hand set off gumtree/ebay etc. There are no noise restrictions for cars/bikes here so all the Harley guys run full open pipes with no baffles and the Ducati guys run Termis and again no baffles and throw the OEM ones on the scrap heap. They figure the noise gives you a fighting chance of the other muppets at least hearing you coming so they stop texting, open their eyes and look around.
As an aside we have the highest death rate per capita on the roads in the world (not something to be proud of), police do nothing about it. Earlier in the year the BlackBerry messenger service went down for 3 days which resulted in a 60% drop in traffic accidents. The service came back online and they made up for it by going 40% above average for the next 2 days!
Pirate thanks for the information I will try and get a back issue of AMCN with the article and have a read and see if it applies to my helmet. I put the helmet on the marketplace here but no takers so will bring it home and see what to do from there.
Okay off for more battles with work now.