Been living in Abu Dhabi for the last 9 1/2 years and as I am moving back to sunny Melbourne in a couple of weeks and thought I should introduce myself and say hi. Have not done a lot of riding in the past but got my license while in the UAE and did some riding both there and while working in the UK.
Just over a year ago I found a MY1998 M900 Monster that had been sitting in an underground garage for 4 years. Heat, lack of use, idiot previous owner/mechanic and careless drivers meant that she was pretty knackered but at 7000AED (about $1700 at the time) meant that she was enough of a bargain that I bought her. I moved her into the house and started rebuilding. Basically everything except the engine and gearbox was pulled apart and either reconditioned or replaced plus full service including carb rebuild, belts, valve adjustment and all the usual stuff. It was a tight budget with a lot of searching for good second hand parts and doing work myself but it was great fun and really loved it. I did wonder what I had got myself into a few times especially when I came across things like the fuel sender and nut missing and instead sealed with a lump of araldite the size of your fist or the carb rebuild the previous guy had done that involved removing all the gaskets then drilling jets/emulsion tubes etc and then putting them back together with out gaskets. List goes on and on.
Anyway as I said moving back so need some advice.
1 - I am having to convert my license to a Vic one and it looks like they won't recognise my UAE or International one so will have to do a course and 3 month learner permit before I can go onto an open license. Who do you recommend for courses in Melbourne? I am going to be in Sunbury so prefer not to traipse all over the city to get to a course. I would like to do the whole range of courses from beginner through to advanced as most of the riding I have done has been backstreets on the monster in the UAE or cruising round country lanes in the UK. and of course other then time in the UK all my driving/riding has been on the wrong side of the road so good to go back to basics again.
2 - I have an Arai RX-Q bought in the US. It's SNELL and DOT rated but I am not sure if it legal to use in AUS as it was not purchased in AUS. I sent off a query to VicRoads but no response. Any ideas?
3 - I am importing my bike with me and am running SilMoto highrise exhausts and open clutch. How have people gone with rego and roadworthy with aftermarket exhausts and open clutches? do they actually check for noise with a dB meter or is it "that's too loud" based on how they are feeling on the day?
Okay I am sure I will think of more questions later but that's enough for now. Thanks in advance and I have tried to attached some pics of the bike but it's not working for some reason so instead here is the photobucket limk.
Ducati M900 Monster Photos by 748Rum | Photobucket