Originally Posted by cdntraveller
I am going to australia in july and I am just trying to get some feed back on if I should buy my dual sport bike in canada(since I don't have one yet) and ship it to Oz. Or if I should buy one over there and save myself the energy of transporting it. Then sell it if I decide to come back.
Are you immigrating or just touring? Different Visas different rules.
It is not possible to permanently import a bike you have not owned for over a year and are a resident (have permanent visa), which means even if you bring it on a carnet you cant sell it in Aus. Tourist visa you cant import anything Carnet is only option.
So buying in AUS is much better:
If you are on a tourist visa then the only problem with buying and registering in your name is you need an "address" to register it to. So you will need to find someone to help there and get some mail sent to that address so you can "prove it"... Depending on the state. 3rdparty insurance is part of your registration, but anything above that could cost a lot as you will not have an AUS licence or history.
If you are going to buy a bike that is not classed as on road (as above). you will have to put it over the pit and make sure it complies with the Australian design rules, easy to physically do, but they you have to get it stamped and all this cost money (of course it is the government
). So although the bike above is cheap to start with putting it over the Pits and ADR inspections and related rubbish.. it may end up cheaper to get a used bike that you do not have to do any of that to.
Also, depending on how long you are going for: you may cost out if renting or buying (in AUS) would be cheaper, there are several places that rent.(e.g in melb Garners Hire Bikes - Australia
I would crunch the numbers.