The Achievable Dream 5-part series - the definitive guide on DVD for planning your motorcycle adventure. Get Ready! covers planning, paperwork, medical and many other topics! "Inspirational and Awesome!" See the trailer here!
Gear Up! is a 2-DVD set, 6 hours! Which bike is right for me? How do I prepare the bike? What stuff do I need - riding gear, clothing, camping gear, first aid kit, tires, maps and GPS? What don't I need? How do I pack it all in? Lots of opinions from over 150 travellers! "This DVD will save you a fortune!"See the trailer here!
So you've done it - got inspired, planned your trip, packed your stuff and you're on the road! This section is about staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure. And crossing borders, war zones or oceans!
On the Road! is 5.5 hours of the tips and advice you need to cross borders, break down language barriers, overcome culture shock, ship the bike and deal with breakdowns and emergencies."Just makes me want to pack up and go!" See the trailer here!
Tire Changing!Grant demystifies the black art of Tire Changing and Repair to help you STAY on the road! "Very informative and practical." See the trailer here!
Ladies on the Loose! For the first time ever, a motorcycle travel DVD made for women, by women! These intrepid women share their tips to help you plan your own motorcycle adventure. They also answer the women-only questions, and entertain you with amazing tales from the road! Presented by Lois Pryce, veteran solo traveller through South America and Africa and author of 'Lois on the Loose', and 'Red Tape and White Knuckles.'
"It has me all fired up to go out on my own adventure!" See the trailer here!
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Thanks for the speedy reply, as you can see from my message to Grant, I have now ordered the book.
As for the bike buy-back, I have been dealing with a company called Car Connection Australia who are based near Melbourne. Their website is www.carconnection.com.au
I discovered them from the Lonely Planet Australia book but their bike tours company also gets a mention on this site. The address for the tours company is www.biketours.com.au
Although it's a buy-back scheme in name it's effectively a long-term rental agreement but with you being solely responsible for the bike during the period of usage. They have been in business for 20 years now, so they must be doing something right, and the dealings I've had with them so far have been very professional. Alternatively if you are flying to Melbourne anyway you can organise a true buy-back deal with one of the shops on Elizabeth Street. If you walk down this street and trip-over you'll probably fall into a motorcycle shop! Also I can highly recommend the hostel Toad Hall on the same street so everything is nicely in walking distance.
I haven't arranged anything for New Zealand yet as I'm still not sure how long I will spend in Oz. However I can point you in the direction of the company New Zealand Motorcycle Rentals, website www.nzbike.com , who seem to be a good outfit (also mentioned in Lonely Planet New Zealand and on this website I think). See the article "Pure Fun" in June's Trail Bike & Enduro Magazine - TBM, NZ Motorcycle Rentals supplied the bikes. This article alone will get you in the mood for the NZ leg of your trip.
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Hi guys. I know this is late and may be out of date, but a friend of mine, Oliver Kams has just gone thru the process of registering his bike in NZ after riding from Germany to here. The cost was close to NZ$450 but it depends a lot on the GST (Goods & Services Tax) which is 12.5% of the value of the bike including shipping from the last port to NZ. The inspection fee and registration fee is around NZ$330. This gives you six months registration which also includes the ACC personal accident insurance levy (not the bike insurance which is not compulsary).
There have been others I know who have used the buy-back schemes. Most of the bigger dealers will arrange this for you and will be much cheaper than hiring a bike but you will have to come up with more money up front and be prepared to foot any repair bills. It is YOUR bike while you ride it after all.
As a rule of thumb, allow 1/3 of your time in the North Island and 2/3 in the South (unless you are here in the height of winter which makes parts of the south uncomfortable unless you have really good riding gear) and also make sure you drop by and see us. We are near Christchurch in the South Island and have hosted many motorcycle travellers including The Bike Brothers and the Ratays.
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