Hi Mike – I’m a Brit too and live in the UK, but I nevertheless have a Honda XL650V TransAlp in temporary storage in New Zealand.
My aim is to get back down to NZ in early (Jan/Feb) 2009 and ship the T/A across the Ditch to Australia and take a good ride around and through the centre. To see all I would like to see down there might take two extended - 3-month - visits over say a 12-18 month period. I shall return to England in between rides.
The upshot is that I’ll need an Aussie Carnet too, quite likely for more than a year (plus others – see below). So we have some common ground in this respect. Moreover, and with even more common ground in mind, I also wan to ride back to the UK via Asia, the sub-Continent, the Middle East and Europe.
So keep in touch mate – we might be able to help each other out.
PM or e-mail me if you want, anytime.