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Jul 29th, 2013 2:08 am
748Rum Hi Guys and Girls,

Commencing Vent:

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.

Vent Over.

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.

Cheers

Simon
Jul 27th, 2013 6:55 pm
The Pirate Your Arai should have a removeable/replaceable liner so you just get one here giving you the AS/NZS 1698 label certification required.

I did that with my Corsair-V. The helmet sticker is no longer the only recognised compliance certification for helmets now and if a helmet only has that and no 1698 label they can be deemed illegal to wear. AMCN did an article on it a month or 2 ago.

At the end of the day it comes down to the oinker tho'.....
Jul 27th, 2013 8:42 am
748girl Rum748

Just saw this as we have been away on holiday. HK - husband is now considerably poorer. 748girl has gorgeous new shoes (several pairs of) matching handbags and a lovely new dress (I am such a girl!!). He has new clothes too, but I just bought them and presented them to him. In between raiding the boutiques (which was my job, he doesn't accompany me - hates shopping) we did fit in some time with DOC HK - great guys!!

You might want to look at About Us they may be able to help you bring your bike in.

Your helmet won't be legal - Punch said so - might make nice garage ornament - sorry.

You would need OEM mufflers and a closed clutch cover for a RWC. Our police don't like open covers - ask me how I know.

Stay Upright are good for motorcycle courses - it was a long time ago though.

Get in touch with the DOCV when you arrive back. Will look forward to meeting you then.

Cheers
Jul 26th, 2013 5:04 am
748Rum WW I think that even if the rego process turned to crap I'd keep the bike as a bit of fun for the track.

Richard I'm not that old and definitely not that rich but was thinking the same thing as far as the rego/driving went. Had a few friends who owned registered cars but either didn't have a license or were on the wrong category for the car (i.e. Learners with V8's) before I moved over here but seeing as it's been nearly 10 years figured someone will have managed to change the law. Will see what happens when I get back.

Cheers

Simon
Jul 25th, 2013 2:35 am
Punch Licence to be able to register - not really sure on that one.
Proof of ownership and acceptable ID I expect.

You might be a 90 yo, no licence but can afford a chauffeur!
Jul 25th, 2013 1:53 am
whowalks
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Originally Posted by 748Rum View Post
Last quick post....actually any excuse not to head outdoors as it's now 45C.

Thanks Craig, copied 748Girl and looking forward to joining the club and meeting new people.

With the import for road you are right WW. Post '89 you either have to own it and it be registered in the country you are a resident of for a minimum 12 months with you having access to ride it for a minimum of 12 months before the export date or do what I did and apply for a dispensation. Basically I had to fill in lots of government forms and then write a letter about why I should be given dispensation to import the bike for registration on Australian roads. In that letter you have to detail everything you can to make your case about why you should be allowed to import the bike. Mine was about 8 pages long with lots of photos and receipts attached to that. It took just on 9 weeks from application going in to getting approval. Once you have the approval you get all the paperwork including an import approval plate that holds your new VIN (they had to add 4 digits to the start of my VIN as it needed to be 17 long and the Euro ones in '98 were only 13 digits) then it can be registered anywhere as long as it meets the safety/noise/emissions requirements of each state which for me should mean the exhaust and probably headlight need to be changed. Having said all that with the way my move has gone so far I doubt it will be that easy or even achievable!!!

Used to be on PSB until the powers that be in the UAE decided that they were going to block the site as it had too much T&A for the locals to handle.

Right government offices are calling and want to get back before it gets too hot!

Cheers

Simon
Good to hear didnt want to see your bike on gumtree for half price with "cant be registered on it LOL
Jul 25th, 2013 1:48 am
748Rum Last quick post....actually any excuse not to head outdoors as it's now 45C.

Thanks Craig, copied 748Girl and looking forward to joining the club and meeting new people.

With the import for road you are right WW. Post '89 you either have to own it and it be registered in the country you are a resident of for a minimum 12 months with you having access to ride it for a minimum of 12 months before the export date or do what I did and apply for a dispensation. Basically I had to fill in lots of government forms and then write a letter about why I should be given dispensation to import the bike for registration on Australian roads. In that letter you have to detail everything you can to make your case about why you should be allowed to import the bike. Mine was about 8 pages long with lots of photos and receipts attached to that. It took just on 9 weeks from application going in to getting approval. Once you have the approval you get all the paperwork including an import approval plate that holds your new VIN (they had to add 4 digits to the start of my VIN as it needed to be 17 long and the Euro ones in '98 were only 13 digits) then it can be registered anywhere as long as it meets the safety/noise/emissions requirements of each state which for me should mean the exhaust and probably headlight need to be changed. Having said all that with the way my move has gone so far I doubt it will be that easy or even achievable!!!

Used to be on PSB until the powers that be in the UAE decided that they were going to block the site as it had too much T&A for the locals to handle.

Right government offices are calling and want to get back before it gets too hot!

Cheers

Simon
Jul 25th, 2013 1:21 am
748Rum Richard, agree about the helmet and I will be looking for one as soon as I get back. Annoying but don't want to be in a situation where the insurance company says no because the helmet is not Aus certified. As to the bike I will look around and see what there is. In the UK I was renting a Hoysung Crusier and also tried one of their 125cc race reps neither of which were particularly horrible so might see about one of those or the Apprilia 125cc also looks fun but the 400SS does float my boat. It basically comes down to cash and availability. When I get back with my training, setting up the house and everything else that is involved in moving countries it will probably not be until October/November before I get a chance to do the courses so I will have a bit of time to hunt around for the right bike even if it's one that needs some work.

I already have all the import permits, new VIN, import plate is waiting to be delivered etc from the DOT. Customs etc is being sorted by the moving company. The next time I see the bike will be at the collection facility in Tullamarine at the beginning of September all thing being equal. Once it's home, un-crated, running and things like mirrors installed the only thing I will have left will be the roadworthy. If I can get a company to help get that done then it might be easier so thanks for the link Craig I will give them a call when I am back and see if they can help me.

This may sound like the dumbest question but bear with me. Do you have to have a current license to register a car/bike? The reason I ask is that while we have been over here my license has expired a couple of times with the longest being for just over 2 years. I got it renewed in the end each time but the MGB was always registered and had even been renewed while I had an expired license. I would be interested to see if I am allowed to register the M900 while I am still on my L or if I have to wait until I get the full license before I am allowed to register it. There is no finite time for getting the bike registered as far as importing goes just not allowed to sell it within 2 years of importing so I am not worried time wise but just looking at the logistics. Again I have emailed VicRoads but no response.

Okay off to brave the heat and collect another ream of paperwork from the government offices here so I can get out of this sandpit.

Cheers

Simon
Jul 25th, 2013 1:01 am
whowalks Hi not to scare you but any bike post 1989 need to be ADR compliant, you may be better off selling it and buying a new bike here.
I have seen a few bikes for sale at half price as they cannot get any street registration due to lack of a ADR plate.
Its a bit like the Helmet scenario
Do a bit of a search of Ausy bike forums try PSB they have big support base.
Jul 25th, 2013 12:47 am
cb4265 If you look up 748girl on here, she is a member of the Victorian Ducati Owners club. I had dinner with a bunch of them on Phillip Island last year at the Mexican resturant in Cowes, seem like a good bunch of guys & girls.

Craig
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