Originally Posted by haas1mic
Hi, I want to do a 2-3 month tour of Australia Jan-March 2011 In that short time would it make sense to buy a bike and try to sell it back or is a long term rental better. Thanks, Mike
If you check out the rental sites you will see that it rather expensive to do so especially if you talk about three months. Shipping to Australia is not all that expensive but the cost of custom clearange, quarantine inspection,dumping of crate, registration and insurance on a foreign bike more than double the cost of the freight bill (I know because it happened to me)
Then you want the bike to be set up for what you want etc.
I came across your question only because yesterday I listed my bike for sale and is ready to do whatever you want to do with it. Not a cent extra to be spent. I would rather sell it to a fellow world traveller than just someone down the road.
What I can offer you is this.
If you decide to buy the bike I will pick you up from the airport and you can stay with us. I will get you all maps needed and share my extensive Australian experience, I may even join you for short distance on my recently purchased F650 . After you have completed your trip I can help you sell it . We can clean up the bike again and sell it from here if you wish.
Two days ago I created this web site.
I have travelled the world on various bikes- in '97 I took an R80 Bmw from here to India and on the Europe doing the overland trip. I am now 60 years old and because of the onset of arthritis the bike is gettig to heavy for me old , I purchesed a f650 which has to do me for a while.
anyway enough said- it over to you