I'm from Kiama near Sydney NSW Australia. I'm very impressed with the discussions and comments from both Australians, past visitors and potential new visitors.
A few summing up comment I would like to make with respect to buying a bike in Australia with Australian registration (Rego).
There are 6 states and 2 territories in Australia. Its a technical difference between a state and territory so think of it as 8 states. Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania, Western Australia, Northern Territory and Australian Capital Territory (Where the Federal government lives) Each state has its own state government which controls the registration requirements for that state.
The down side is that state registration requirements vary for state to state.
The up side is once you are registered in one state you can ride/drive in any state. Driving licenses are also state owned but you are allowed to drive in any state with the same license. Sorry I can help with international license requirements.
A word of advice
1. Always make sure your vehicle is registered. The cops have cameras that can take your licence number as you ride /drive past and before you have gone another 100 meters they will know if you vehicle is registered. Usually there is a police breathalyser unit (booze bus) just past the rego check camera and they'll know your unregistered before you even get to them.
2. To get a vehicle registered you will need to have prepaid a compulsory injury insurance. They wont register the vehicle without this. This is to cover injury to people
in case of an accident. This insurance is transferable with the registration. i.e if you buy a vehicle you also get the balance of the registration and the compulsory injury insurance (fact in NSW, you'll need to confirm for other state.
3. In Australia we also have a vehicle insurance split into 3 categories
a) comprehensive insurance where if the accident was your fault the insurance will cover your vehicle as well as the other vehicle(s)
b) Third part property. If the accident was your fault your insurance will cover the other vehicle only. You vehicle will not be covered.
c) Third party Fire and Theft. As per b) but will also give you money for replacing your vehicle it was stolen and/or burnt out.
I each case the premiums would vary quite significantly. The option b) Third part property will cost about $140 to $200 per year. Your can probable get a cheaper premium to cover a shorter term. You are liable to be sued for damages if the accident was your fault and your insured (not good for a holiday)
A few hints
If you plan to visit Australia and buy a bike here. Look for a bike in the first state you plan to travel or buy a bike with enough rego that will cover the time you are in Australia. This will save you the hassle of registering on another state. It can be a real pain if you rego is in NSW and your in Western Australia when the rego runs out.
The Third Part property insurance belong to you as the licensed rider and IS NOT
transferable with the registration of the bike.
Use the web google and type in the state name followed by "vehicle registration". This will give you the state government registration web site, they usually are identified with .gov somewhere in the address. This will give you all the registration details for that state.
I can assist anyone wanting help in understand information for New South Wales (NSW) but for other states it would be great if other HU members from that state could help.
Late note, There are heaps of speed camera systems in Australia and again the uses and type varies from state to state. a few are as follows
1. Marker and unmarked police car travelling towards you or up from behind
2. Stationary police car.
3. Camera cars (not police cars) take photographs from the side of the road, they move around the local area.
4. Fixed speed cameras on a pole
5. Red light cameras on a pole at traffic lights
6. Fixed speed and red light cameras on one unit on a pole at traffic lights (that the new one)
7. Point to Point cameras where the first camera takes the picture of every vehicle and if you reach the second camera 5 to 20 km away to quickly, the second camera will take you picture. Don't worry there is plenty of notice when you go through the first camera and when you come to the second camera.
8. Point to Point police monitoring from the air. This is usually on the big open roads in low populated areas. Again warning signs are usually notifying a police aerial patrol area
Again ask you state HU members for help in understanding how the police in that state operate.
On a brighter note http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hub...ilies/clap.gif
Australia is a great place to visit. It upsets me when I hear Australians think they have to go overseas to see something when they have never looked in their own backyard.
Regards Hesso http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hub...es/mchappy.gif