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Old 15 Aug 2008
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Should I take my bike to NZ?

I'll be moving from Australia to New Zealand before the end of the year, and am undecided whether to take my bike with me.

It's a BMW R1150R with about 110,000km on the clock, and I still love riding it - as long as I'm not battling city traffic.

As I'll be living on the South Island, I think the touring opportunities will be fantastic.

However I'm not sure how good BMW support is over there (I'll be a fair way from Christchurch by the way) and haven't yet sussed out the transport costs.

Would be pleased to hear from any local BMW riders, and from anyone who's recently shipped a bike to NZ for any tips/warnings, etc.
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I shipped my Honda VFR800 over there 4 years ago as I moved to Christchurch for a few years. The moving company I used for my personal effects shipped it in the same container. Import requirements were fairly easy(do a search on the Web). All I had to do was pay $245 for MAF inspection and give an assurance that I wouldn't sell it within two years.

There's a great BMW dealer in Christchurch- I don't know about the rest of the South Island, but there are a lot of BMW's rolling around

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I'll be moving from Australia to New Zealand before the end of the year, and am undecided whether to take my bike with me.

It's a BMW R1150R with about 110,000km on the clock, and I still love riding it - as long as I'm not battling city traffic.

As I'll be living on the South Island, I think the touring opportunities will be fantastic.

However I'm not sure how good BMW support is over there (I'll be a fair way from Christchurch by the way) and haven't yet sussed out the transport costs.

Would be pleased to hear from any local BMW riders, and from anyone who's recently shipped a bike to NZ for any tips/warnings, etc.
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I would do a search to see what prices you can buy for out there.

You may find that in selling it here and buying another once over there, you can get a newer model, for example.

Bear in mind that there will also be import charges, more than likely as well as registration fees which might entail vehicular inspections. It all mounts up as I found out when riding and registering my bike here in Estonia (and that is all in the EU, and probably less hassle, too).

If it works out financial viable enough to make it worth your while, then go for it!

However, unless this bike has particular sentimental or practical value, I think it could be a lot less hassle and one less thing to worry about...

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I'll be moving from Australia to New Zealand before the end of the year, and am undecided whether to take my bike with me.
Check with GetRouted : Bike shipping and Tour Operator but the last time I looked they were charging $1185 One way between Melbourne & Christchurch including Marine Insurance, MAF inspection, Customs Clearance. Ride your bike to their Melbourne depot and ride it away from their Chch depot. Crating not required.

Yes, you can get a waiver on paying the GST if you promise not to sell the bike for 2 years.

Compliancing is not expensive or difficult. As long as the bike can pass a Roadworthy and a simple check-up it should be OK.
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Thanks for the info, guys.
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Where in the South Island will you be? That way I can tell you about your closest dealer.

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Hi Nigel, I'll be in Queenstown
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To find out what BMWs are worth in NZ you can contact BMW Owners Register Inc. of NZ and look into trademe.co.nz

While it is correct that compliance in NZ is not an issue, you do need a new VIN. I don't know how much that costs, they didn't exist when I imported my R75/5. For me that was a big mistake: the bike is worth around 2-3000 Euro in Germany, but turned out to be unsellable in NZ.
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Brought my bike over from UK. Wouldn't bother doing it again. Cost of shipping, cost of MAF spraying, paperwork! Why bother? There are thousands of good bikes here. Sell it while you can and enjoy the freedom of choosing another machine once you have arrived and settled. Good luck!
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Flying Biker,
Have just this last week moved back to NZ from OZ.
Bought my TTR250 over with me, 2006 model with a declarable value of AU$4500.00.

Has so far cost me $650.00 for customs clearance and $640.00 to ship.

Would not do it again unless I had something rare or was very attached too....

Am yet to go through the proccess of registration etc but I am expecting another $500.00.

Your call but as someone has already said bikes here are readily available and given the current economy there are some bargains around.

Cheers and good luck.
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Thanks again for the advice everyone.

I am rather fond of the bike as it has served me well, but the costs and bureaucracy are dampening my enthusiasm for taking it across the Tasman.

After a lot of research on the web, I've also concluded my rather expensive TV is not compatible with the NZ system because - even though both countries use the PAL B/G system - the Kiwis use a different method to transmit the audio.

If there are any Queenstown bikers here, give me a yell, and I'll shout you a .
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After a lot of research on the web, I've also concluded my rather expensive TV is not compatible with the NZ system because - even though both countries use the PAL B/G system - the Kiwis use a different method to transmit the audio.
I think your research may have misled you. If your TV is relatively new it should work in NZ. The only difference I can ascertain between the Aussie system and the NZ one is that the Aussies (just to be different) have their UHF channels spaced at 7MHz instead of the standard 8MHz. However, most modern TVs can tune to any UHF frequency, and do not necessarily step through the channels at fixed intervals.

Also some TVs cannot tune to VHF channel 1 and 2, which are at a lower frequency than those used in many other countries. In certain parts of NZ these are used for TV1.

NZ uses the same method to transmit audio as other PAL B/G nations. The odd ones out are the UK and Ireland, who use PAL I with a different audio frequency offset.

Most modern TVs should also be able to decode the NICAM stereo signal. If you have the type number of the TV it should be possible to find out whether it will work or not.

Alternatively you can get a Freeview receiver, connect it to your TV, and watch most of the TV channels on Freeview. In Queenstown a satellite dish and receiver would be required, since there is no UHF terrestrial coverage there.
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At the end of October, I am travelling to Austarlia and then mid-January back over to New Zealand until May, 2009.

I am considering shipping my 1999 Yamaha v-Star 1100 twin cylinder cruiser. It has 92,000 kms.

If I chose to sell it there, how much would it fetch?

What Yamaha services are available in both countries, please?

Also, are there many used and similar bikes available for purchase and resale in both countries?

I have just completed this year a trip from eastern Canada, through 38 US states, 70% of Mexico, central America, Colombia south to Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil. Ia m now in Victoria, British Columbia.
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The best places to look for price and availability of bikes are TradeMe and Motorcycle Trader. There are some Yamaha XVS1100 V-Stars with prices on both.

If you intend to sell the bike in NZ you will have to pay GST of 12.5% of the value NZ Customs places on the bike, and you will have to have the headlight changed for riding on the left. Also there are inspection fees and registration fees to be paid.

There are Yamaha dealers in most cities and largest towns. See Yamaha's web site for details and locations.
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Hello artig,

Yes both Australia and New Zealand use PAL B/G, but according to what I've read on the internet - and unfortunately I don't recall now exactly where I read it - Australia uses ZWEITON not NICAM for the audio.

To be honest I'd never heard of either of these things before, so I don't know whether you are able to enlighten me.

I don't think channel spacing is an issue because the TV scans through the frequencies until it finds something and then locks onto it. There is no channel selector as such.
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