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Old 19 Apr 2006
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Ship/Fly my Dominator - UK to Oz - or sell her?

I am relocating from London to Australia in January 2007 - exciting!! - but now face the gut wrenching decision: send my bike over, or say goodbye and sell her here before leaving?

Now, my budget is tight, hence having to make this difficult decision (with day dreams of hooning around Oz on weekends and exploring). So, if I have to consider spending the equivalent of a flight price to get her there, I will think long and hard, but if it is a lot more, with any taxes/import costs then I am going to have to let her make some other traveller very very happy.

I have looked through threads going back to the beginning of last year and am still no closer to deciding.

Has anyone had to face a similar dilemma? Any helpful advice?
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If it was a temporary import i'd be more enthusiastic. Permanents you are possibly liable for GST 10% and organising to have it given an engineers certificate saying it complies with the Aust Design Rules ADRs this can be frustrating and expensive.You can get Dominators here however you will be shocked by the prices for second hand bikes in Orstraya. You will need 5k AUD to get a good decent big trail bike a few years old, which while only a bout 5 english pounds is probably much more than you would pay inthe UK.
If you ship it over you will have shipping, handling, customs and quarantine costs as well. Cost me 300GBP to ship from the UK and almost 500AUD to take the GS off the dock in Melbourne.

If you were riding it out here that would be different.

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Not all bad news

Thanks Simmo!

I knew that riding over would come up! I have been very tempted!! But my wallet won't allow me to.

The info you provided on cost doesn't completely put me off... but then again, for the cost of my bike plus the £700 or so that it may cost to get it over (and into) Oz, I could get an even newer, shinier bike there


I will have a think & decide by the UK Horizons meet - perfect opportunity if I need to sell her *sniff*
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Originally Posted by simmo
You will need 5k AUD to get a good decent big trail bike a few years old, which while only a bout 5 english pounds is probably much more than you would pay inthe UK.
I assume you meant £2,000 = A$5,000, not £5,000

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